The Royals are the hottest team in baseball, but their Class AAA affiliate in Omaha may be on the best run in the minor leagues.
The Storm Chasers clubbed six home runs Tuesday night and whipped Albuquerque 13-6 for their seventh straight victory. They have won 17 of their last 22 overall.
Catcher Jesus Flores hit a two-run homer in the second inning, DH Paulo Orlando had a two-run shot in the fourth and center fielder Brett Eibner added a two-run homer in the fifth. An inning later, Flores hit a solo shot, and rehabbing third baseman Danny Valencia had a solo homer of his own in the eighth and second baseman Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer later in that inning.
Omaha had 19 hits, led by Orlando’s four for four night. Flores also had four hits, right fielder Justin Maxwell had three and he scored twice, while Valencia, Paredes and Eibner each had a pair of hits.
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The beneficiary of the big show from the offense was left-hander John Lamb, who improved to 4-5. Lamb gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Ethan Chapman’s single scored Micah Gibbs with the go-ahead run and capped Class AA Northwest Arkansas’ eighth-inning rally as it beat Arkansas 3-2. The Naturals were down 2-1, but Max Ramirez singled and Angel Franco pinch-ran. Franco moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Gibbs’ single. After an out, Gibbs moved to third on two wild pitches and Chapman came through with the winning hit. Lane Adams’ solo homer in the third accounted for the other run. Starter Sam Selman allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out four. Cody Fassold (1 2/3 innings), Ali Williams (one inning) and Andrew Triggs (one inning took it from there).
Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls opened its season by being swept in a doubleheader against Orem 12-3 and 5-2. In the opener, Brandon Thomasson had two hits, including a double, and knocked in all three runs. Thomasson was a ninth-round pick in this month’s draft. Bryan Brickhouse, who had Tommy John surgery a year ago, allowed one run on four hits in three innings. In the nightcap, second baseman Luis Valenzuela had two hits, including a double, and an RBI.