Crow was dominant on Thursday
The Royals' minor league organization had an excellent day on Thursday, as five of the seven clubs won their games. Aaron Crow was dominant for the NW Arkansas Naturals, tossing seven shutout innings in an 8-0 win. Click inside to read the day's entire report.
AAA: Omaha 4, Albuquerque 1
W: Gaby Hernandez (6-5, 5.82)
HR: Kila Ka’aihue (17), Scott Thorman (15)
Two home runs and a strong start by Gaby Hernandez powered the O-Royals past the Isotopes, 4-2. Hernandez threw 6.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four. Matt Herges, Blaine Hardy, and Josh Rupe held Albuquerque scoreless over the final 2.2 innings. On offense, Kila Ka’aihue went 2-for-3 with home run, while Scott Thorman also had two hits, including a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
Omaha plays a doubleheader against Albuquerque Friday.
AA: NW Arkansas 8, San Antonio 0
W: Aaron Crow (6-6, 5.67)
HR: Ernesto Mejia (11), Clint Robinson (16)
Aaron Crow was dominant Thursday, throwing seven shutout innings as the Naturals defeated the Missions, 8-0. The right-hander only allowed four hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Brandon Sisk and Patrick Keating each tossed a scoreless inning in relief. At the plate, Ernesto Mejia went 2-for-4, smashing a double and a home run, while Clint Robinson also had two hits, going yard for the 16th time this season. Johnny Giavotella and Paulo Orlando each had multi-hit games, and Jeff Howell contributed a double to the Naturals’ attack.
NW Arkansas plays the second game of their series against San Antonio Friday night.
High-A: Wilmington 11, Lynchburg 3
W: Jairo Cuevas (3-3, 6.32)
HR: Adam Frost 2 (3)
The Blue Rocks’ offense exploded for 21 hits, helping Wilmington rout the Lynchburg Hillcats, 11-3. Adrian Ortiz and Wil Myers had four hits apiece, while Adam Frost connected on two home runs and a double. Jarrod Dyson, Christian Colon, Eric Hosmer, and Patrick Norris all had multi-hit games. Buddy Baumann tossed the first four frames, allowing three runs on six hits. Jairo Cuevas threw four scoreless innings in relief of Baumann, and Devon Lowery threw a scoreless ninth to end the game.
The Blue Rocks will go for the sweep of the Hillcats Friday.
Low-A: Burlington 5, Cedar Rapids 4
Burlington 5, Cedar Rapids 4
W: Ryan Dennick (3-3, 4.29), Sam Runion (2-1, 6.59)
HR: Gerard Hall (2), J.D. Alfaro (3)
Gerard Hall hit a walk-off single to give the Bees a 5-4 victory in Wednesday's suspended game, and paced the Bees attack with two hits in Thursday’s game, as Burlington was the 5-4 victor in that game as well. Alfaro had two hits in Thursday's game, and both Alfaro and Hall cracked doubles. Matt Mitchell started on Wednesday, throwing two scoreless innings before Keaton Hayenga allowed two runs in five innings of relief. Rodolfo Encarnacion blew the save by allowing two unearned runs in the eighth, but Ryan Dennick recorded the victory by collecting the final four outs. On Thursday, Sugar Ray Marimon allowed four runs on six hits in four innings, but Mitch Hodge, Sam Runion, and Rodolfo Encarnacion held the Kernels scoreless over the final five frames.
Burlington will try to sweep Cedar Rapids when they wrap up their series Friday night.
Rookie: Orem 7, Idaho Falls 6
L: Matthew Morizio (0-1, 0.87)
HR: Jacob Kuebler (2)
Matthew Morizio allowed the game-winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth, as the Chukars blew leads of 3-0 and 5-2 en route to a 7-6 loss to the Owls. Michael Mariot pitched the first five innings, allowing five runs on six hits while fanning six. Nick Graffeo followed Mariot, allowing an unearned run to cross in three innings, before Morizio entered the game in the ninth. On offense, Tim Ferguson had three hits, while Jake Kuebler smoked his second dinger of the season.
Idaho Falls continues its series against Orem Friday.
Rookie: Burlington 4, Danville 2
W: Leonel Santiago (4-0, 2.05)
Leonel Santiago picked up his fourth win in as many starts, leading the Burlington Royals past the Danville Braves, 4-2. The right-hander pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while ringing up three batters. Jonathon Keck, Josh Worrell and Claudio Bavera shut out the Braves over the final four innings to preserve the victory. At the plate, Ryan Jenkins went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI, while Alex Llanos and Ryan Stovall added extra-base hits.
Burlington finishes its series against Danville Friday night.
Rookie: AZL Brewers 11, AZL Royals 3
L: Robinson Yambati (1-1, 4.96)
Robinson Yambati was hit hard Thursday, allowing eight runs on nine hits in just 1.2 innings as the AZL Royals fell to the AZL Brewers, 11-3. Dylan Lindsay and Jordan Roualdes helped keep the Brewers scoreless until the eighth, when Jose Sanchez was tagged for three runs. On offense, Jose Rodriguez had two hits, while Victor Soto went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs.
The AZL Royals square off on Friday against the AZL Reds.