Royals Minor League report: August 18

Omaha Storm Chasers (68-56)

Omaha 7, Salt Lake 3
WP: Michael Mariot (4-1)
HR: None

The Storm Chasers earned a win to split the series with the Bees and improve to six and a half back in the division. Casey Kotchman had a big night for Omaha, collecting three hits and knocking in a pair of runs. Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert and Jose Martinez each also recorded two hits. Chris Dwyer went 4.0 innings for the Storm Chasers, allowing eight hits and two runs.

NW Arkansas Naturals (58-62)

San Antonio 3, NW Arkansas 0
LP: Kyle Zimmer (1-3)
HR: None

San Antonio's starting pitcher, Ronald Herrera, tossed a complete-game shutout to blank the Naturals. Northwest Arkansas was only able to put three hits on the board, all being singles. Kyle Zimmer tossed 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (55-66)

Game One: Potomac 5, Wilmington 0
LP: Matthew Strahm (1-4)
HR: None

Game Two: Potomac 4, Wilmington 2
LP: Jake Junis (4-10)
HR: None

Lexington Legends (50-69)

West Virginia 7, Lexington 6
LP: Niklas Stephenson (4-8)
HR: S. Duenez (#1), B. Downes(#12)

The Legends allowed a tie-breaking run in the ninth inning to fall to West Virginia. Chad Johnson drove in three of Lexington's six runs with three hits. Samir Duenez and Brandon Downes each recorded a home run, Duenez's being his first of the year. Yunior Marte struggled in his start, going only 4.2 innings and giving up five earned runs.

Idaho Falls Chukars (26-30)

Billings: 3, Idaho Falls 1
LP: Daniel Concepcion (1-1)
HR: None

Idaho Falls did not produce offensively, dropping the game to Billings. Daniel Concepcion recorded the loss, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing two earned runs. Tripp Davis closed the final 3.0 innings, striking out six without an earned run. Marten Gasparini collected the only multi-hit game for the Chukars, going 2-for-3.

Burlington Royals (23-32)

Pulaski 10, Burlington 1
LP: Nolan Watson (0-2)
HR: None

Burlington was swept by the Yankees, losing by nine runs in the final game. Pulaski hit three home runs in the game, bringing their series total to nine. Xavier Fernandez collected his second-straight multi-hit game for Burlington with a pair of knocks. Nolan Watson had a tough outing for the Royals, going only 2.0 innings and giving up six earned runs.

Surprise Royals (34-13)

AZL Diamondbacks 3, Surprise 2
LP: Franco Terrero (3-1)
HR: None

Surprise entered the bottom of the 10th up a run, but was stunned by a two-run inning for the D-Backs. Taylor Ostrich drove in both of the Royals runs with a pair of hits. Bryan Brickhouse started for Surpise, tossing 3.0 innings without an earned run.