Royals Minor League report: April 26

Royals Minor League report: April 26

Omaha Storm Chasers (9-8)

Oklahoma City 3, Omaha 1
LP: Brian Broderick (1-1)
HR: None

Omaha dropped a second straight to the PCL's top team. Joe Blanton produced 6.0 shutout innings for Omaha, striking out four with two hits and two walks. Jose Martinez drove home Casey Kotchman to give Omaha a 1-0 lead in the fifth. The Dodgers rallied with three in the eighth off of Brian Broderick.

NW Arkansas Naturals (7-9)

NW Arkansas 10, Tulsa 5
WP: Matt Murray (1-0)
HR: Alex Liddi 2 (3, 4)

Alex Liddi went 4-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI, leading the Naturals to a road win. Mike Bianucci added three hits, two RBI and two runs. Dusty Coleman was 1-for-2 plus two walks, three RBI and two runs. He's second in the league with a .396 average (19-for-48). Fifth-ranked Royals prospect Miguel Almonte worked 4.0 innings, allowing three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out one.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (8-9)

Wilmington 8, Frederick 2
WP: Luke Farrell (1-0)
SV: Cody Reed (1)
HR: Zane Evans 2 (2, 3)

Zane Evans led Wilmington to a win in the series finale. The catcher went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. Frank Schwindel also went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs. Wilmington batters were 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Luke Farrell (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) earned the win and 2013 second-rounder and 26th-ranked Royals prospect Cody Reed retired all 12 batters with four strikeouts for the save.

Lexington Legends (6-12)

Lexington 4, West Virginia 3 (Game One - Seven Innings)
WP: Torey Deshazier (2-1)
SV: Jake Newberry (1)
HR: Luis Villegas (1)

West Virginia 5, Lexington 4 (Game Two - Seven Innings)
LP: Matthew Strahm (0-1)
HR: Humberto Arteaga (1), Ryan O'Hearn (4)

The Legends split a pair of one-run games at West Virginia. Luis Villegas started the scoring in game one with a solo homer in the third. Lexington broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run sixth. Villegas doubled home what proved to be a much-needed insurance run. Torey Deshazier compiled 6.0 strong innings, fanning five while allowing just one run. The Legends let a 4-0 lead slip away in game two. Humberto Arteaga and Ryan O'Hearn hit back-to-back homers in the first, with Arteaga's a two-run shot. Pedro Fernandez (5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR) retired 12 of the first 13 batters he faced.