The Omaha Royals stop their two game losing streak by shutting out the Nashville Sounds 5-0 last night. Royals starter Luis Mendoza and two relievers would work together on the six hit shut out.
Over his seven innings of work, Mendoza would give up five of those hits, but he did not walk a single batter. He would also strike out four.
Bryan Bullington came into the game in the eighth, and Blaine Hardy would throw a perfect ninth inning. Hardy now has thrown 11 straight scoreless innings for the Royals. The shut out was the fourth of the season for Omaha.
The Royals would get all five of their runs before the fourth inning. In the first, they would put one run on the board thanks to a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Kila Ka’ aihue. That would score Irving Falu who had walked to start the inning.
In the third, Omaha would put four runs across. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Jai Miller would score Rick Ankiel. Kurt Mertins would then hit his third home run of the season that would score Ka’aihue and Scott Thorman.
Alex Gordon had two of the season-high nine walks for the Royals. He has now reached base in 31 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League and tied for the longest such streak in the circuit this year.
Rehabbing Kansas City outfielder Rick Ankiel played five innings in center field, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a run scored.
Game three of the series is tonight at Rosenblatt Stadium as Omaha will send Gaby Hernandez to the mound. Nashville will start Mike Mc Clendon.
Royals game time is 7:05.