Hosmer homered again on Sunday
The organization split its six games on Sunday, with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Burlington Royals, and AZL Royals all winning their games. In Springdale, the recently-promoted Eric Hosmer banged his second home run in three Double-A games, sparking the Naturals to a 4-3 win over Springfield. Click inside to read the day's entire minor league report.
AAA: Nashville 8, Omaha 2
L: Manuaris Baez (2-2, 5.76)
Manuaris Baez was rocked Sunday, allowing seven runs on eight hits in three innings as the O-Royals fell to the Sounds, 8-2. Louis Coleman and Devon Lowery combined to toss three scoreless innings before Matt Herges allowed a run to cross in the seventh. On offense, Ed Lucas went 3-for-4 with a double, and Marc Maddox and Kila Kaaihue both had two-hit games. Maddox and Manny Pina added doubles.
Omaha hits the road Monday to face the Memphis Redbirds.
AA: NW Arkansas 4, Springfield 3
W: Ben Swaggerty (4-4, 3.63)
HR: Eric Hosmer (2)
Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4, smacking a double and a home run, powering the Naturals to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Cardinals. Jeff Howell had two hits, while Derrick Robinson roped a double. Chris Dwyer tossed six innings, allowing three runs on two hits while fanning seven. Ben Swaggerty threw two scoreless innings in relief before Patrick Keating worked a shutout ninth to earn his third save.
NW Arkansas travels on Monday to face the Arkansas Travelers.
Low-A: Dayton 6, Burlington 2
L: Keaton Hayenga (1-7, 8.15)
The Bees’ bats were quiet Sunday, only mustering three hits in a 6-2 loss to the Dragons. Fernando Cruz connected on a triple, with Gerard Hall and Luis Del Rosario collecting the other Burlington hits. Keaton Hayenga pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits before being removed for Mitch Hodge, who allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Scott Kelley was perfect over the final two innings to end the game.
Burlington wraps up their series against Dayton Monday night.
Rookie: Great Falls 14, Idaho Falls 6
L: Leondy Perez (2-3, 6.99)
The Chukars’ pitching staff struggled on Sunday, allowing 14 runs on 19 hits in a 14-6 loss to the Voyagers. Leondy Perez threw the first five innings, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out six. Chad Blauer allowed four runs on seven hits in three innings of relief, and Tyler Graham gave up five runs on three hits in the ninth inning. At the plate, Murray Watts went 3-for-5 with a double, and Geulin Beltre finished 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI’s. Justin Trapp, Yowill Espinal, Travis Jones and Kevin David each had two hits.
Idaho Falls plays the third game of its four-game series against Great Falls Monday.
Rookie: Burlington 3, Princeton 0
W: Crawford Simmons (2-1, 3.77)
Crawford Simmons and Robbie Penny combined to four-hit the Princeton Rays, giving the Burlington Royals a 3-0 victory. Simmons allowed one hit over the first six innings, walking two batters while ringing up six. Penny allowed three hits and no walks while striking out three to end the game. On offense, Adrian Martinez and Geoffrey Baldwin had multi-hit games, and Anthony Howard cracked a double.
Burlington will face Princeton Monday night for the series finale.
Rookie: AZL Royals 8, AZL Brewers 5
W: Robinson Yambati (3-1, 3.29)
HR: Shane Costa (1)
The Arizona Royals moved into sole possession of first place behind what was arguably starting pitcher Robinson Yambati’s finest outing as a professional. The 19-year-old fireballer threw six shutout innings, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters. The Royals’ offense banged out 11 hits, including 1-for-4 efforts by Jin-Ho Shin and Mike Antonio. Shane Costa finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
The Royals travel to Mesa on Monday evening to take on the Cubs.