Ka'aihue hit two bombs on Monday
The organization had an excellent day on Monday, as four of its six minor league affiliates in action won their games. The Omaha Royals moved within half a game of first place behind four home runs, including two by Kila Ka'aihue. Click inside to read the day's entire minor league report.
AAA: Omaha 7, Memphis 2
W: Bryan Bullington (7-2, 2.84)
HR: Rick Ankiel (4), Kila Kaaihue 2 (20), Alex Gordon (14)
The O-Royals smacked four home runs, blasting their way to a 7-2 victory over the Redbirds. Kila Ka’aihue went yard twice, while Rick Ankiel and Alex Gordon each added a dinger. Ed Lucas had a two-hit game, while Mike Moustakas hit a double for his first Triple-A extra base hit. Bryan Bullington tossed seven frames, allowing two runs on four hits while fanning six. Blaine Hardy and Greg Holland each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Omaha continues its series against Memphis Tuesday night.
AA: Arkansas 7, NW Arkansas 6
L: Brandon Sisk (4-3, 4.37)
HR: Eric Hosmer (3)
The Naturals allowed three runs without recording an out in the ninth inning, blowing a 6-4 lead to fall to the Explorers, 7-6. Aaron Crow allowed four runs on five hits in five innings before being lifted for Blake Johnson, who pitched three scoreless innings. The Travelers then touched Brandon Sisk and Rowdy Hardy for the deciding three runs in the ninth. On offense, Eric Hosmer continues to hit at a torrid pace, going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-2 with two walks, but Johnny Giavotella and Clint Robinson were the only other Naturals to collect a hit.
NW Arkansas will play the second game of its four-game series against Arkansas Tuesday.
High-A: Wilmington 2, Myrtle Beach 0
W: Bryan Paukovits (2-2, 4.44)
Bryan Paukovits and the Blue Rocks’ bullpen combined to four-hit the Pelicans, leading Wilmington to a 2-0 victory over Myrtle Beach. Paukovits allowed three hits and struck out two batters over seven innings before being relieved by Kevin Chapman, who struck out the side in the eighth. Buddy Baumann allowed one hit but pitched a shutout ninth to record his ninth save on the season. At the plate, Nick Francis had two hits, while Rene Oriental added a double. Wil Myers was 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Christian Colon finished 0-for-3 with a walk.
The Blue Rocks face the Pelicans on Tuesday for the second game of their series.
Rookie: Idaho Falls 4, Great Falls3 (F10)
W: Alexander Rivers (1-1, 0.75)
HR: Cheslor Cuthbert (1)
Yowill Espinal hit a walk-off single, driving in Cheslor Cuthbert and helping the Chukars defeat the Voyagers 4-3 in ten innings. The hit was Espinal's first of the day, while Cuthbert clubbed a solo shot in the first inning. Tim Ferguson had a multi-hit game, while Malcom Culver roped a triple. On the bump, Michael Mariot threw six innings, allowing two runs on two hits while punching out nine batters. Jason Mitchell surrendered one run on four hits over 2.2 innings before Alex Rivers shut out the Voyagers over the final 1.1 innings.
Idaho Falls wraps up its series against Great Falls Tuesday night.
Rookie: Princeton 7, Burlington 5
L: Cole Lohden (0-2, 1.65)
The Burlington Royals gave up five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, collapsing to lose to the Princeton Rays, 7-5. Leonel Santiago allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of work before being removed for Jonathon Keck, who pitched a scoreless seventh. Keck got one out in the eighth, but he allowed two base runners before being relieved by Cole Lohden, who allowed the inherited runners to score and three unearned runs of his own. On offense Alex Llanos and Geoff Baldwin collected two hits apiece, including a double, while Alex McClure also had a multi-hit game.
Burlington plays the second game of its series against Princeton Tuesday.
Rookie: AZL Royals 2, AZL Cubs 1
W: Yordano Ventura (2-1, 3.97)
Mike Montgomery made his first rehab start since being placed on the disabled list, pitching two perfect innings as the AZL Royals beat the AZL Cubs, 2-1. Former outfielder Allen Caldwell (a newly-converted pitcher) tossed a perfect third inning before giving way to Yordano Ventura, who allowed one run on four hits in five innings. Tyler Gatrell threw a scoreless ninth for his sixth save of the season. At the plate, Daniel Mateo went 2-for-4 with a triple, while Jose Rodriguez also had two hits. Henry Moreno collected a double for the only other Royals hit.
The AZL Royals will face the AZL Dodgers Tuesday night.