The K Zone

May 26, 2014

Maxwell home run lifts Omaha

Justin Maxwell hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Storm Chasers beat Round Rock 6-5. In the completion of Sunday’s game, Francisley Bueno allowed two in the ninth and Round Rock won 4-2.

The K Zone

Andy McCullough blogs about the Royals and baseball

One swing by outfielder Justin Maxwell made a big difference for Class AAA Omaha on Monday.

Maxwell hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning that turned a deficit into a lead as the Storm Chasers beat Round Rock 6-5.

Omaha had been down 4-3 before the longball from Maxwell, who had three hits in the game and knocked in five total. His only downside? Maxwell was picked off and caught stealing. Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella each had two hits.

Sugar Ray Marimon gave up two runs on six hits and walked three in five innings. He also struck out five. Spencer Patton, 2-0, gave up a run in the top of the ninth, but pitched 1 2/3 innings and got the win.

In the completion of Sunday’s suspended game, Francisley Bueno gave up two runs in the top of the ninth and Round Rock won 4-2. In the Sunday portion of the game, Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer in the second inning. The contest was suspended with the score 2-2 in the middle of the seventh inning when it started raining. Starter John Lamb gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Omar Infante had two hits on Sunday, but joined the Royals on Monday.

Other games

Juan Graterol had three hits and Lane Adams hit a solo homer and added a double as Class AA Northwest Arkansas beat Corpus Christi 5-3. Left-hander Sam Selman, 3-3, gave up two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

Third baseman Hunter Dozier’s error led to five unearned runs in a six-run third inning as Class A-Advanced Wilmington lost 6-3. Sean Manaea, 2-3, gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out five in five innings. Cody Stubbs hit a solo homer and Bubba Starling had an RBI single, pushing his hit streak to 15 games.

Cody Reed, the Royals’ second-round pick in last year’s draft, allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in four innings as Class A Lexington lost 10-3 at Asheville. Reed, who gave up five runs in the first, struck out one and walked two. He is 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA.

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