Peoria, AZ - The Wilmington Blue Rocks extended their winning streak to three yesterday, edging the Lake Elsinore Storm 6-5 in Spring Training action. After losing their Spring Training opener on Thursday, the Blue Crew appears to have been able to right the ship. Wilmington is now 3-1 this spring.
Kansas City Royals No. 5 prospect Miguel Almonte got the start on the mound for the Blue Rocks, but was hit around a bit. He allowed two runs and three hits in his three innings of work. However, Almonte did put his mid-90s fastball to good use, striking out five. In relief, Matthew Murray struck out two across two perfect frames.
Despite their struggles on the mound, the Blue Crew shined offensively in yesterday's game. Sam Bates, who has been locked in at the plate, launched two homers while drawing a walk and driving in three. Bates' pair of long balls raised his spring tally to three. Another standout for the Blue Rocks was 20-year-old Humberto Arteaga, who went 2-4 with a run scored. Tyler Chism, who played 40 games in Wilmington last season, contributed a solo homer and finished the day 1-2 at the plate.
Former Blue Rocks littered the stat sheet throughout the Royals system yesterday. At the Major League level, Aaron Crow pitched a perfect 2/3 of an inning in Kansas City's 9-6 win at San Diego. Crow struck out one of the two batters he faced. Wade Davis, who made one appearance for the Blue Rocks in a rehab assignment last season, pitched a scoreless inning for the Royals. Davis allowed one hit and struck out two. In Triple-A Omaha's 9-7 win over El Paso, Cheslor Cuthbert ripped a pair of doubles, scored a run, and drove in a run. Cuthbert finished the day 2-4. Christian Colon also went 2-4 at the plate for the Storm Chasers, while stealing a bag. On the mound for Omaha, Noel Arguelles pitched two scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one.
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