Crow had another rough start on Thursday
The Royals' organization split its six games on Thursday, with the Omaha Royals, Idaho Falls Chukars, and Burlington Royals winning their contests. Click inside to read the day's entire minor league report.
AAA: Omaha 7, Nashville 4
W: Gaby Hernandez (8-6, 5.44)
HR: Ed Lucas (8)
The Omaha bullpen combined to throw five perfect innings, helping the O-Royals defeat the Nashville Sounds, 7-4. Anthony Lerew allowed four runs on 11 hits in the first four innings before Gaby Hernandez, Devon Lowery and Josh Rupe allowed no base runners and struck out eight batters to close out the game. On offense, Ed Lucas went yard for his eighth home run of the season, while Marc Maddox, David Lough and Jarrod Dyson each had two hits, including a double. Scott Thorman and Cody Clark each had multi-hit games, and Mike Moustakas roped a double.
Omaha wraps up their series against Nashville Friday night.
AA: Tulsa 5, NW Arkansas 3
L: Aaron Crow (7-7, 5.66)
Aaron Crow was tagged for five runs in the first inning, and the Naturals never recovered, falling 5-3 to the Drillers. The right-hander gave up five hits and six walks while striking out five in four innings before being lifted for Brandon Sisk, who held the Drillers scoreless for the next three innings. Ben Swaggerty followed Sisk and tossed a shutout frame. At the plate, Paulo Orlando smacked two doubles, while Jamie Romak, Eric Hosmer, and Tim Smith added two-baggers as well.
NW Arkansas continues its road trip Friday when the club squares off against the Springfield Cardinals.
High-A: Kinston 2, Wilmington 0
L: Will Smith (0-1, 1.29)
Will Smith pitched well in his debut for the Blue Rocks, but Wilmington was shut out by the Kinston Indians, losing 2-0. Smith scattered seven hits over seven innings, allowing one run while fanning four. Kevin Chapman threw a scoreless eighth before Harold Mozingo allowed a run to cross in the top of the ninth. On offense, Rene Oriental had three hits, while Salvador Perez collected two. Wil Myers and Christian Colon finished a combined 0-for-6, although Myers drew two walks.
Wilmington plays the second game of its series against Kinston Friday night.
Low-A: Beloit 13, Burlington 1
L: Tyler Sample (5-7, 4.05)
The Bees’ pitching staff was rocked Thursday, as Burlington fell 13-1 to the Beloit Snappers. Tyler Sample was only able to record one out, allowing six runs and four hits before Rodolfo Encarnacion replaced him in the first inning. Encarnacion gave up four runs on three hits in 2.1 innings before giving way to Scott Kelley, who surrendered two runs on four hits over the next 3.1 frames. Onassis Sirrett gave up one run over the final three innings. At the plate, Carlo Testa went 2-for-3 with a double, and Whit Merrifield added a double.
Burlington plays its series finale against Beloit Friday.
Rookie: Idaho Falls 17, Ogden 3
W: Leondy Perez (3-3, 6.21)
HR: Tom Zebroski (1), Murray Watts (6)
The Chukars’ offense exploded for 20 hits, powering Idaho Falls to a 17-3 victory over the Ogden Raptors. Eight of the Chukars starters had at least two hits, with Murray Watts, Cheslor Cuthbert and Kevin David each collecting three. Watts and Tom Zebroski jacked home runs, while Cuthbert and Yowill Espinal cracked triples. Leondy Perez pitched five innings, giving up one run and four hits before Nick Graffeo pitched two shutout innings. Edwin Carl tossed a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Roualdes allowed two runs to score in the ninth.
Idaho Falls wraps up its two-game series against Ogden Friday.
Rookie: Burlington 11, Bluefield 2
W: Leonel Santiago (5-1, 1.74)
The Burlington Royals benefited from four Bluefield Orioles errors, leading to five unearned runs in an 11-2 victory. Alex Llanos, Geoff Baldwin, and Ryan Jenkins each had multi-hit games, while Llanos, Baldwin and Alex McClure contributed doubles to the B-Royals’ attack. Leonel Santiago pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run and three hits while fanning five batters. Cole Lohden shut out the Orioles over the the next 1.1 innings, and J.J. Leaper allowed an unearned run in the ninth.
Burlington faces off for the second game of its three-game series against Bluefield on Friday.