Royals Minor League Report: Sept. 2

Royals Minor League Report: Sept. 2

Royals Minor League Report: Sept. 2
Omaha Storm Chasers (83-60)

Albuquerque 6, Omaha 5
LP: Ethan Hollingsworth (2-3 with Omaha, 5-11 overall)
HR: Max Ramirez (17), Adam Moore (3 with Omaha, 6 overall)

Omaha let a 5-4 lead slip away as the Isotopes scored single runs in the seventh and eighth. Albuquerque clinched the PCL's Southern Division with the win. The Isotopes plated runs in each of the first four frames, with starter Ryan Verdugo allowing three runs over 2 2/3 innings. Max Ramirez led off a five-run sixth with a homer. Rey Navarro added a two-run double, and Adam Moore capped the inning with a two-run blast.

NW Arkansas Naturals (21-47 in second half, 58-80 overall)

Tulsa 3, NW Arkansas 1
LP: J.C. Sulbaran (1-2 with NW Arkansas, 4-7 overall)
HR: None

Northwest Arkansas dropped a second straight to Tulsa. J.C. Sulbaran pitched well in the loss, limiting the Drillers to a run on six hits and four walks over seven innings. Sulbaran's lone run allowed came on a homer in the fifth. Tulsa added a pair of runs in the eighth. Yem Prades singled home Mario Lisson in the ninth for the lone Northwest Arkansas run. The Naturals wrap up the season on Monday.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (37-32 in second half, 66-73 overall)

Potomac 4, Wilmington 0
LP: Nick Graffeo (0-3 with Wilmington, 0-4 overall)
HR: None

Potomac marched to an 11-inning win behind Stephen Souza's grand slam. The Blue Rocks received seven scoreless innings from Andy Ferguson, who scattered seven hits and a walk. Lane Adams and Nick Van Stratten posted two hits apiece for Wilmington. The series concludes with an afternoon contest Monday. Wilmington starts the playoffs on Wednesday vs. Lynchburg.

Kane County Cougars (34-35 in second half, 68-71 overall)

Kane County 5, Peoria 4
WP: Andrew Stueve (2-2, 2-4 overall)
HR: None

Kane County is back in the playoff picture after an extra-inning win at home. Alex Llanos singled home Danny Mateo for the walk-off victory. Starter Kyle Smith permitted three runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, giving him 98 strikeouts in 72 1/3 innings. The Cougars need a win on Monday and two losses by Burlington to reach postseason play.

Idaho Falls Chukars (16-18 in second half, 33-39 overall)

Grand Junction 4, Idaho Falls 0
LP: Sam Selman (5-4)
HR: None

The Chukars were limited to three hits after scoring 12 runs in each of their previous two games. Sam Selman held Grand Junction to a run on four hits and no walks over five innings. The Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year fanned five, bringing his total to 89 in 60 1/3 innings.

Burlington Royals (41-25)

Elizabethton 4, Burlington 3, 11 innings (Championship Series tied 1-1)
LP: Ben Tomchick (0-1)
HR: Bubba Starling (1), Fred Ford (1)

Burlington and Elizabethton played 11 innings after waiting out a two-hour, 36-minute rain delay. The Royals held an early lead but could not close out the championship. Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the third and Fred Ford added a solo shot in the fourth. Elizabethton scored the final four runs, capped by a run on a wild pitch in the 11th.