Nick Francis slammed two home runs on Sunday
Omaha split its doubleheader on Sunday, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Arizona Royals were the only other Kansas City affiliates to collect wins on the day. Wilmington outfielder Nick Francis hit two home runs and drove in six in the Blue Rocks' 10-4 win over Kinston. Click inside to read the day's entire minor league report.
AAA: Omaha 7, New Orleans 4
New Orleans 7, Omaha 4
W: Greg Holland (3-3, 3.81)
L: Josh Rupe(1-3, 2.41)
Omaha split its doubleheader Sunday against New Orleans, winning the first game 7-4 but losing the second one by the same score. In the early game, Gaby Hernandez allowed three runs on four hits over four innings before Greg Holland worked the final three innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out six. In the late game, Philip Humber gave up four runs on five hits over 5.1 innings before Josh Rupe relieved him and allowed three runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. On offense, Kila Ka’aihue had four hits on the day, while David Lough connected on a double and a triple. Scott Thorman and Ed Lucas each collected three hits, while Cody Clark added a double.
The O-Royals will travel to Nashville Monday to start a four-game series against the Sounds.
AA: Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 2
L: Alex Caldera (3-1, 3.77)
HR: Anthony Seratelli (7), Eric Hosmer (5)
The Naturals could not capitalize on their opportunities on offense, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position as they fell to the Cardinals, 5-2. Anthony Seratelli and Eric Hosmer both jacked solo home runs, while Seratelli and Paulo Orlando both had multi-hit games. Alex Caldera pitched the first 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while fanning seven. Rowdy Hardy allowed two runs on nine hits over the final 4.1 innings.
NW Arkansas wraps up its series against Springfield Monday.
High-A: Wilmington 10, Kinston 4
W: Harold Mozingo (3-1, 4.17)
HR: Nick Francis 2 (6), Rene Oriental (1)
Nick Francis mashed two home runs and collected six RBIs, powering the Blue Rocks past the Indians, 10-4. Rene Oriental also went deep, while Ernesto Mejia and Rey Navarro had multi-hit games. Adam Frost cracked a double, and Wil Myers drove in two runs. Buddy Baumann shut out the Indians for four innings, allowing three hits and punching out seven before being replaced by Harold Mozingo, who allowed two runs on five hits in three innings. Kevin Chapman allowed two runs on two hits over the final two frames.
Wilmington returns home Monday to face the Potomac Nationals.
Low-A: Fort Wayne 3, Burlington 0
L: Sugar Ray Marimon (2-3, 7.31)
The Bees recorded ten hits but failed to drive any runners across the plate, getting shut out by the TinCaps, 3-0. Jake Kuebler and Gerard Hall had multi-hit games, while Jose Bonilla added a double. Sugar Ray Marimon tossed five innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six batters. Mitch Hodge, Scott Kelley, and Sam Runion each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Burlington plays its series finale against Fort Wayne Monday night.
Rookie: Great Falls 8, Idaho Falls 7
L: Scott Alexander (1-4, 6.62)
HR: Yowill Espinal (1)
The Chukars mounted a late rally, scoring four runs in the ninth inning, but fell short in a 8-7 loss to the Voyagers. Yowill Espinal went 2-for-4 with a home run, while Tim Ferguson went 2-for-4 with a double. Kevin David and Murray Watts both had three hits, and David roped a double. Scott Alexander pitched the first five innings, giving up six runs and 10 hits while only striking out two batters. Tyler Graham allowed two unearned runs over the final three innings.
Idaho Falls continues their series against Great Falls Monday.
Rookie: Elizabethton 7, Burlington 1
L: Mike Giovenco (0-4, 9.12)
Mike Giovenco was rocked Sunday, allowing seven runs on seven hits while only recording two outs in the Burlington Royals’ 7-1 loss to the Elizabethton Twins. Robbie Penny and Claudio Bavera shut out the Twins over the final 7.1 innings, striking out a combined seven hitters. At the plate, Alex McClure had two hits and a walk, while Luis Piterson, Ryan Stovall, and Yunior Figueroa recorded hits.
Burlington returns home Monday to square off against the Johnson City Cardinals.
Rookie: AZL Royals 9, AZL Padres 7
W: Rudy Brown (2-0, 2.05)
The AZL Royals scored nine runs on nine hits, defeating the AZL Padres, 9-7. Victor Soto was the only Royals’ player with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mike Antonio was 1-for-5 with his fourth double, while Jin-Ho Shin finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Rudy Brown picked up his second win of the season, tossing 4.0 innings in relief while allowing one run on four hits. Tyler Gatrell picked up his league-leading eighth save by pitching a scoreless ninth. The 22-year-old reliever has yet to allow an earned run this season.
The AZL Royals host the AZL Athletics on Monday night.