It was something of a pitcher’s duel last night in Omaha between the Royals and the New Orleans Zephyrs. A crowd of more than 15 thousand would see the Zephyrs just get by the Royals, 2-1.
New Orleans starter Rick VandenHurk would hold the Royals to just one run on just three hits in his seven innings of work. He also walked three and struck out seven Royals.
The Zephyrs took an early 1-0 lead as Blaine Hardy gave up a home run just four pitches into the game. Hardy, who was making his first start at Triple A, would last just one inning as he would give up two runs on three hits.
The Royals scored their only run in the bottom of the first, when David Lough hit his 10th home run of the season over the right field wall. Omaha would not threaten again until the sixth when they had two on and no one out. But VandenHurk would get a double play ball and a strike out to get out of the inning.
The Royals bullpen would throw eight scoreless innings for the second straight game. Matt Herges worked five, while Devon Lowery retired all nine New Orleans batters he faced.
It will be extra baseball this evening as the Royals and Zephyrs will play a doubleheader. In game one, Bryan Bullington will start against New Orleans’ Brian Lawrence. The nightcap will have the Royals Federico Castaneda going up against the Zephyrs Adalberto Mendez.
Game one of the twin bill will start this evening at 5:30.