Royals Minor League Report: June 29

Omaha Storm Chasers (41-36)

Omaha 5, Round Rock 3
WP: Matt Murray (1-0 with Omaha, 6-1 overall)
SV: Louis Coleman (6)
HR: Paulo Orlando (2)

The Omaha Storm Chasers won the series finale and split the series after dropping the first two games to Round Rock. Kris Medlen made his third MLB rehab start, going 3.2 innings and allowing two runs with no walks or strikeouts. Both runs were solo homers to left-handed batters, which accounted for two of the three hits he allowed. In all three rehab starts this year, all four homers given up by Medlen were hit by lefties, as well as 11 of 13 hits allowed. All five runs were driven in by Orlando Calixte (3) and Paulo Orlando (2). Calixte's three RBI were a season-high and he also has multiple hits in three straight games. Paulo Orlando hit a two-run home run in the fifth giving Omaha a 3-2 lead.

NW Arkansas Naturals (42-34)

The Naturals had Monday off for the Texas League All-Star Break. The All-Star Game begins at 7:30 Central tonight at Corpus Christi, Texas. The Naturals resume play with a three-game series on Thursday at Frisco.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (41-33)

Wilmington 11, Frederick 3
WP: Sean Manaea (1-0)
HR: Cam Gallagher (3), Mauricio Ramos (3)

After allowing two runs in the first, the Blue Rocks never trailed again. They scored runs in each of the first four innings and tied a season high with 16 hits and 11 runs. Sean Manaea pitched five strong innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out eight. Mauricio Ramos and Cam Gallagher each had big games combining for six hits, two homers, and six RBI. The bullpen was also solid as they threw four shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

Lexington Legends (34-40)

Lexington 8, Savannah 5 (Completion of Sunday's rainout)
WP: Corey Ray (2-3)
SV: Jake Newberry (4)
HR: Elier Hernandez (5), Ryan O'Hearn (17)

Savannah 3, Lexington 1 (Monday's Game - Seven Innings)
LP: Colin Rodgers (1-6)
HR: None

The Legends had a doubleheader Monday, winning the first 8-5 and dropping the second 3-1. In the resumption of Sunday's game, the Legends broke the 5-5 tie in the fifth on a RBI single off the bat of Elier Hernandez, and added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Corey Ray picked up his second win of the season after throwing four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Jake Newberry recorded his fourth save of the year with a perfect ninth inning. The Legends lost the second game of the doubleheader after manufacturing only one run in seven innings. Elier Hernandez did extend his multi-hit streak to five games, going 2-for-3 with two singles.

Idaho Falls Chukars (4-8)

Grand Junction 8, Idaho Falls 5
LP: Hunter Haynes (0-3)
HR: None

The Chukars continued their hot hitting with 16 hits, though they left 16 runners on base. Seven of the starting nine Chukars recorded two hits for the second straight game. They nearly completed a comeback after consecutive RBI singles in the ninth and with the tying run at the plate Josh Banuelos hit a would be three-run homer that was brought back from over the right field fence to end the game.

Burlington Royals (3-4)

Burlington 4, Bluefield 1
WP: Igol Felix (1-0)
HR: Brandon Dulin (3)

Royals first-round pick Ashe Russell made his professional debut, throwing two scoreless innings with no hits and four walks. Lee's Summit native Brandon Dulin continued to crush the ball with his third home run in as many games. He has multiple hits in six straight games. The Royals pitching was also on display as they took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, and allowed only two in the game.

Surprise Royals (6-2)

Surprise Royals 6, Arizona Indians 5
WP: Jason Freeman (1-0)
SV: Jose Veras (2)
HR: None

The Surprise Royals were able to rally to a win after a five-run sixth inning. The Royals had 12 hits as eight of the nine starters had at least one. Jason Freeman picked up his first career win in his first game after throwing a scoreless sixth inning. Gabriel Cancel recorded a season-high three hits and the team batted .333 with runners in scoring position.