Minor League Baseball commenced its 2010 season, with the Royals teams seeing some heroics from the usual suspects (not pictured). Game recaps after the jump.
AAA Omaha Royals 6, Memphis Redbirds 4
1B Kila Ka'aihue and OF Jordan Parraz both homered for the R's, as Victor Marte pitched two scoreless innings in relief of starter Gaby Hernandez to pick up the win. Hernandez went five innings, giving up three runs on two homers, while notching six strikeouts.
AA NW Arkansas Naturals 5, San Antonio Missions 1
SP Aaron Crow and RP Everett Teaford dominated San Antonio hitters, as they allowed only four hits combined and just one run on an error. C Manny Pina provided the offense on the Naturals side, with two hits, a walk and a homerun. Be sure to catch Dubya's first hand account of last night's game.
High A Wilmington BlueRocks 1, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4
SP Mike Montgomery continued to show why he's one of the top pitching prospects in the Royals' system, striking out six while yielding only three baserunners and one unearned run over five innings. 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Alex Gordon each collected a hit and a walk. Not particularly impressive, but looked like a herculean effort in comparison to the rest of the team, who went a combined 2-24 with 0 walks and 0 extra base hits.
Low A Burlington Bees 0, Quad City River Bandits 4
When he's not busy conducting electromagnetism experiments, LF Carlo Testa hits baseballs hard. Such was the case last night, when he logged a double, a triple, and a walk. Hilton Richardson also managed to get on base via a pair of singles and a walk, but the only other Bee to make it to first was some Oriental guy. Actually, the preferred nomenclature would have been Asian, if he weren't actually from the Dominican Republic. Burlington pitchers didn't actually fair that poorly, striking out 10 in 9 innings pitched, but excessive walks (4 in 4 ip) ultimately doomed SP John Lamb.