Diamonds in the Rough 7.21 Reviewed by Momizat on . Good day for the Royals minor league squads going 5-2.  HR Roll Call Lane Adams (11) Daniel Mateo (6,7) Tim Ferguson (4) Jin-Ho Shin (5)   Pine Tar Press Good day for the Royals minor league squads going 5-2.  HR Roll Call Lane Adams (11) Daniel Mateo (6,7) Tim Ferguson (4) Jin-Ho Shin (5)   Pine Tar Press Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 7.21

Diamonds in the Rough 7.21

Good day for the Royals minor league squads going 5-2.  HR Roll Call Lane Adams (11) Daniel Mateo (6,7) Tim Ferguson (4) Jin-Ho Shin (5)


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Daniel Mateo 2-5 2 HR, 4 RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Kyle Smith 5.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Kyle Zimmer 5 Ip 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K 


Omaha Storm Chasers 4 Round Rock Express 2

Lefty Chris Dwyer earned his first AAA win by not allowing any damage outside the pair of solo home runs he allowed in 6 innings.  Dwyer was far from perfect giving up six hits and three walks while on the mound but he was able to navigate around things well enough to keep the lead the offense had created for him.  The Chasers offense put together three runs between the 3rd and 4th to capture the lead getting Tony Abreu’s 30th double of the season in the 4th and a run scoring hit from Max Ramirez.  Hot hitting Johnny Giavotella extended his hitting streak to sixteen games in the 7th inning while also pushing a run across to give Omaha the eventual winning margin.

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W: Dwyer (1-1, 7.36) L: Jackson (3-12, 4.98)
S: Colon (6)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B401000011.322
Johnny Giavotella2B401000110.325
Wil MyersCF501000101.298
Clint Robinson1B402000000.304
Tony AbreuSS413100000.319
David LoughLF100000000.287
Max RamirezDH402000100.308
Jason BourgeoisRF310000011.209
Adam MooreC423100000.231
2B: Abreu, T (30, Jackson, Z), Moore (6, Eyre).
TB: Moore 4; Robinson, C 2; Giavotella; Myers; Falu; Abreu, T 4; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Myers (47), Ramirez, M (60), Giavotella (47).
2-out RBI: Myers.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M; Robinson, C.
SAC: Lough 2.
GIDP: Ramirez, M, Giavotella.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
CS: Abreu, T (2, 3rd base by Tateyama/Sarmiento).
PO: Ramirez, M (1st base by Sarmiento).FIELDING
DP: (Abreu, T-Giavotella-Robinson, C).

Round Rock Express
Julio BorbonCF400000000.289
Greg MiclatSS301000011.258
Ryan SpilborghsLF311001110.305
Brad Nelson1B300000012.277
Joey ButlerRF402000002.292
Matt Kata3B400000000.260
Yangervis SolarteDH401000001.282
Luis Hernandez2B311001101.233
Elio SarmientoC300000001.129
HR: Hernandez, L (6, 3rd inning off Dwyer, 0 on, 0 out), Spilborghs (5, 5th inning off Dwyer, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Hernandez, L 4; Solarte; Miclat; Spilborghs 4; Butler, Jy 2.
RBI: Hernandez, L (44), Spilborghs (30).
2-out RBI: Spilborghs.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Spilborghs; Sarmiento 2.
GIDP: Kata.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
SB: Miclat (6, 2nd base off Dwyer/Moore).
CS: Miclat (1, 2nd base by Dwyer/Moore).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Hernandez, L-Miclat-Nelson, B, Miclat-Hernandez, L-Nelson, B).
Pickoffs: Sarmiento (Ramirez, M at 1st base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Chris Dwyer (W, 1-1)6.06223327.36
Roman Colon (S, 6)3.00000502.77
Round Rock Express
Zach Jackson (L, 3-12)5.27333104.98
Willie Eyre1.03110103.94
Joe Ortiz0.21000002.51
Yoshinori Tateyama1.22000100.36
HBP: Lough (by Jackson, Z).


Springfield Cardinals 4 NW Arkansas Naturals 1

The Naturals poor second half continued Saturday with another loss to Springfield.  NW Arkansas scored just a single tally in the 3rd inning while getting just six singles in the game and giving their spot starter Ryan Dennick his fourth defeat of the season after giving up 3 runs in just 4 innings of work.

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W: Maness (8-1, 2.10) L: Dennick (5-4, 5.05)
S: Rondo

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF401000000.252
Rey Navarro2B401000100.239
Brian FletcherDH300000002.266
John Whittleman1B400000003.226
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B401000001.320
Manny PinaC401000001.282
Carlo TestaLF300000000.267
Paulo OrlandoRF311000000.254
Alex McClureSS301000001.256
TB: McClure; Kouzmanoff; Prades; Pina; Navarro; Orlando.
RBI: Navarro (31).
2-out RBI: Navarro.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro; Pina.
GIDP: Testa, C.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
E: Navarro (18, throw), McClure (3, fielding).
Springfield Cardinals
Kolten Wong2B511100001.295
Jermaine Curtis3B302000000.304
Oscar TaverasCF400000100.325
Jamie RomakDH411000000.253
Xavier Scruggs1B412000000.244
Audry PerezC412001301.280
Greg GarciaSS300000010.287
Jose GarciaLF300000011.247
Adam MelkerRF300000010.244
2B: Wong (13, Dennick).
HR: Perez, A (3, 4th inning off Dennick, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Wong 2; Perez, A 5; Curtis 2; Romak; Scruggs 2.
RBI: Taveras (71), Perez, A 3 (31).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scruggs; Melker 2; Romak; Garcia, Jo; Wong 2.
SAC: Curtis.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
SB: Garcia, G (7, 2nd base off Dennick/Pina).FIELDING
DP: (Maness-Garcia, G-Scruggs).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ryan Dennick (L, 5-4)4.04331115.05
Bryan Paukovits3.02001205.10
Brendan Lafferty1.02111005.92
Springfield Cardinals
Seth Maness (W, 8-1)7.06110602.10
Eric Fornataro (H, 14)1.00000002.90
Jorge Rondon (S, 4)1.00000202.73
WP: Paukovits.
HBP: Fletcher (by Rondon).


Wilmington Blue Rocks 7 Salem Red Sox 4

The Blue Rocks offense took a few innings to get going against the Red Sox but better late than never as the saying goes for Wilmington to earn the win.  The Rocks had just a single run entering the 7th when a two out rally of four singles by Juan Graterol, Geulin Beltre, Whit Merrified and Orlando Calixte ran home three runs and gave them a 4-2 lead.  A Graterol double in the 8th would help the Rocks end the inning with a 5-4 lead and Calixte’s double later followed by a Lane Adams home run would cap Wilmington’s run outburst to give them a 7-4 win.


W: Carl (2-2, 4.93) L: Workman (7-6, 3.40)
S: Runion (6)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit Merrifield2B522100100.267
Orlando CalixteSS513200301.238
Cheslor Cuthbert3B501000000.225
Matt FieldsDH502000003.282
Lane AdamsRF522001200.236
Brett EibnerCF501000000.205
Murray Watts1B500000000.143
Juan GraterolC414100100.320
Geulin BeltreLF311000000.215
2B: Merrifield (18, Workman), Calixte 2 (6, Workman, Gleason), Graterol (8, Gleason).
HR: Adams (6, 9th inning off Gleason, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eibner; Merrifield 3; Calixte 5; Cuthbert; Beltre; Graterol 5; Adams 5; Fields, M 2.
RBI: Calixte 3 (12), Merrifield (33), Graterol (9), Adams 2 (12).
2-out RBI: Merrifield; Calixte 2; Graterol; Adams 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Adams 2; Merrifield 2; Watts.
GIDP: Beltre.
Team RISP: 5-for-15.
SB: Cuthbert (5, 2nd base off Workman/Blair), Eibner (4, 2nd base off Gleason/Blair).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Beltre (Coyle at home), Adams (Shaw at home).

Salem Red Sox
Heiker Meneses2B500000001.290
Shannon WilkersonCF500000001.285
Travis Shaw1B423101111.320
Brandon JacobsLF311100010.282
Xander BogaertsSS311100101.281
Michael Almanzar3B401000001.291
Sean CoyleDH403100200.241
Carson BlairC401000000.218
Felix SanchezRF301000011.233
2B: Shaw (30, Ridings), Bogaerts, X (19, Ridings), Coyle (25, Ridings), Jacobs (22, Cruz, A).
HR: Shaw (16, 3rd inning off Ridings, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Blair; Almanzar; Shaw 7; Bogaerts, X 2; Jacobs 2; Sanchez, F; Coyle 4.
RBI: Coyle 2 (44), Shaw (72), Bogaerts, X (52).
2-out RBI: Shaw; Coyle.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs; Coyle 2.
SF: Bogaerts, X.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
E: Almanzar (13, fielding).
Outfield assists: Jacobs 2 (Fields, M at 2nd base, Fields, M at 3rd base).
DP: (Bogaerts, X-Shaw).
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Matt Ridings4.06220213.04
Edwin Carl (W, 2-2)3.03001104.93
Antonio Cruz0.01221003.52
Sam Runion (S, 6)2.01001302.22
Salem Red Sox
Brandon Workman (L, 7-6)6.210440303.40
Michael Gleason2.16330114.85
Cruz, A pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.HBP: Beltre (by Gleason).


Kane County Cougars 9 Dayton Dragons 1

Starter Kyle Smith was missing plenty of bats Saturday putting away 9 Dragon hitters in just 5.2 innings to earn his first Midwest league win.  The smallish right-hander allowed just 3 singles and a pair of walks to get through 5.2 innings with just a run allowed.  By the time Smith had left the Cougars offense had powered their way to a comfortable 9-0 lead thanks to three home runs and plenty of doubles.  In all the Cougars offense contributed thirteen hits, eight of which went for extra bases.

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W: Smith (1-1, 3.77) L: Mugarian (0-2, 8.10)

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF512100000.293
Tim FergusonLF421001210.286
Daniel Mateo2B522002401.279
Jorge BonifacioRF300000001.295
    1- Julio AparicioPR-RF100000000.299
Michael Antonio3B511100001.226
Dean Espy1B513100100.235
Henry MorenoDH512200001.207
Kenny SwabC301000111.232
Yowill EspinalSS411000002.292
1-Ran for Bonifacio in the 6th.
2B: Antonio (16, Mugarian), Espy (8, Mugarian), Moreno 2 (9, Mugarian, Kemp), Llanos (8, Kemp).
HR: Ferguson (4, 3rd inning off Mugarian, 0 on, 1 out), Mateo 2 (7, 3rd inning off Mugarian, 0 on, 1 out; 4th inning off Mugarian, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Antonio 2; Mateo 8; Moreno 4; Swab; Espy 4; Ferguson 4; Espinal; Llanos 3.
RBI: Espy (16), Ferguson 2 (25), Mateo 4 (44), Swab (7).
2-out RBI: Mateo 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Espinal; Antonio; Llanos.
SF: Swab.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
E: Mateo (26, fielding).
Dayton Dragons
Juan SilvaCF401000012.262
Juan PerezSS500000001.255
Yorman RodriguezRF310000011.295
Ryan Wright2B301000011.300
Kyle WaldropLF403000100.269
Sean Buckley1B400000003.253
Joe TerryDH401000000.256
Junior Arias3B401000003.199
Nick O’SheaC400000003.181
TB: Arias; Terry; Silva; Waldrop 3; Wright.
RBI: Waldrop (39).
2-out RBI: Waldrop.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terry; Perez, J 2; Buckley 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
SB: Silva (20, 2nd base off Smith, K/Swab).FIELDING
E: Perez, J (25, throw), Wright (11, fielding).

Kane County Cougars
Kyle Smith (W, 1-1)5.23112903.77
Michael Giovenco2.12001403.78
Andrew Triggs1.02000101.15
Dayton Dragons
Wes Mugarian (L, 0-2)4.08882338.10
Ryan Kemp2.25110403.99
El’Hajj Muhammad1.10000003.06
Michael Dennhardt1.00000002.21
HBP: Bonifacio (by Kemp).


Idaho Falls Chukars 6 Helena Brewers 3

The Chukars offense and bullpen keyed a win over the Brewers.  Starter Clayton Schulz allowed 3 runs in 5 innings despite striking out 7 in that time but earned a win thanks to some middle inning offense.  Tied at 3 a couple doubles by Carlos Garcia and Ethan Chapman sandwiched around a Travis Lane walk gave the Chukars a 5-3 lead.  Catcher Jin-Ho Shin homered in the 7th to stretch the lead to 3 runs and then combined with Chukars relief pitchers David Middendorf and Fernando Cruz to help shutdown the Brewers for the final five innings.

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W: Schulz (2-4, 8.13) L: West (0-3, 7.36)
S: Cruz (2)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF501100101.328
Adalberto MondesiSS511000102.300
Elier HernandezRF501100002.214
Nicholas Cuckovich3B210000032.268
Jin-Ho ShinDH512001200.273
Diego GorisLF401000000.350
    Jerico BlancoLF000000000.175
Jared Schlehuber1B411000000.302
Carlos Garcia2B413200001.298
Travis LaneC311000111.095
2B: Garcia, C 2 (3, West, West), Chapman (4, Ruiz, M), Hernandez (8, Gainey).
HR: Shin (4, 7th inning off Gainey, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Garcia, C 5; Hernandez 2; Mondesi; Chapman 2; Shin 5; Schlehuber; Goris; Lane.
RBI: Shin 2 (12), Lane (1), Chapman (13), Mondesi (11).
2-out RBI: Shin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Goris 2; Schlehuber; Mondesi; Hernandez; Shin.
GIDP: Mondesi.
Team RISP: 4-for-16.
SB: Cuckovich (3, 2nd base off West/Quiles).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lane-Mondesi, Cuckovich-Garcia, C-Schlehuber).

Helena Brewers
Tyrone TaylorCF211000000.385
    Ruben OzunaLF200000001.189
Michael ReedRF-CF211000021.267
Chris McFarland2B401000102.312
Adam Giacalone1B401000003.286
Emmanuel QuilesC411100101.247
Alfredo RodriguezSS402000101.291
Michael NemethDH400000002.247
Yonki HernandezLF-RF300000012.304
Andres Martinez3B401100001.278
2B: Quiles (6, Schulz), Martinez, An (4, Middendorf).
TB: McFarland; Quiles 2; Giacalone; Reed; Taylor; Rodriguez 2; Martinez, An 2.
RBI: McFarland (21), Quiles (15), Rodriguez (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez 2; Giacalone; McFarland; Reed.
GIDP: Martinez, An.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
SB: Reed 2 (6, 3rd base off Schulz/Lane, 2nd base off Schulz/Lane).
CS: Rodriguez (3, 2nd base by Schulz/Lane).FIELDING
E: McFarland (8, throw), Giacalone (5, throw).
DP: (Martinez, An-McFarland-Giacalone).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Clayton Schulz (W, 2-4)5.05332708.13
David Middendorf (H, 1)2.02000404.19
Fernando Cruz (S, 2)2.01001305.14
Helena Brewers
Will West (L, 0-3)5.18544307.36
Manuel Ruiz0.21000105.84
Preston Gainey3.02110512.45
WP: Schulz 3, Cruz, F, West.
Balk: Schulz, Cruz, F.


AZL Royals 5 AZL Padres 0

Kyle Zimmer continued to show he’s ready to leave Arizona giving the AZL Royals 5 innings of shutout pitching, striking out five against just two singles while also picking off one of the men he let get on.  The first round pick has completed 10 AZL innings allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run, no walks and striking out 10.  After getting his first professional win he should be moved to Kane County very soon.

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W: Zimmer (1-0, 0.90) L: Schrader (0-1, 10.80)

AZL Padres
Mallex SmithCF201000001.306
Jalen Goree2B200000002.316
Jaff DeckerDH200000000.304
Luis Tejada1B200000001.318
Gabriel Quintana3B200000000.250
Rodney DaalC200000000.329
Fabel FilpoLF100000001.269
Wynton BernardRF101000000.217
Felipe BlancoSS100000000.255
TB: Bernard; Smith.
PO: Smith (1st base by Zimmer).FIELDING
E: Schrader (1, pickoff), Blanco, F (10, fielding).
DP: (Blanco, F-Goree-Tejada, L).

AZL Royals
Alfredo Escalera-MaldonadoCF311000000.316
Ramon TorresSS200000001.314
Christian Colon2B221100010.400
Mark Donato1B302100101.294
Mauricio Ramos3B300000000.267
Chad JohnsonC210000010.236
Luis VillegasDH211010100.316
Jerrell AllenRF201000001.205
Ariel EstadesLF201000100.240
2B: Donato (9, Schrader), Colon, C (3, Hardy).
3B: Villegas, Lu (1, Schrader).
TB: Colon, C 2; Donato 3; Estades; Escalera-Maldonado; Allen; Villegas, Lu 3.
RBI: Donato (16), Villegas, Lu (3), Estades (7).
2-out RBI: Donato.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramos, M; Torres, Ra.
SAC: Torres, Ra.
GIDP: Johnson, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
SB: Colon, C (1, 2nd base off Schrader/Daal), Estades (4, 2nd base off Miller/Daal).FIELDING
DP: (Colon, C-Donato).
Pickoffs: Zimmer (Smith at 1st base).

AZL Padres
Adam Schrader (L, 0-1)3.164422010.80
Christian Miller0.20000008.47
Mark Hardy1.01100100.00
AZL Royals
Kyle Zimmer (W, 1-0)5.02000500.90
WP: Schrader.


DSL Indians 6 DSL Royals 2

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W: Gomez (1-0, 0.96) L: Munoz (0-1, 4.97)

DSL Indians
Ordomar Valdez2B413000000.303
Yonathan Mendoza3B422000000.268
Victor CabralLF220000020.302
Juan Carlos Moncion1B311000200.196
Juan De La CruzC301100200.242
Andri SantanaDH300000102.320
Omar SanchezRF300000001.194
Fidias SotoCF100000010.211
Ivan CastilloSS300000000.192
2B: De La Cruz, Ju (7, Munoz).
TB: Moncion; Valdez, O 3; De La Cruz, Ju 2; Mendoza 2.
RBI: Moncion 2 (22), De La Cruz, Ju 2 (12), Santana (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castillo; De La Cruz, Ju; Santana.
SAC: De La Cruz, Ju.
SF: Santana.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Mendoza (6, 2nd base off Munoz/Lara), Valdez, O (17, 2nd base off Rios/Lara).
CS: Valdez, O (8, 3rd base by Arias/Lara).
PO: Valdez, O (2nd base by Arias).

E: Valdez, O (4, fielding), Gomez (1, fielding).
Pickoffs: Gomez (Gomez, B at 1st base).

DSL Royals
Brawlun GomezRF300000001.197
Jeckson Flores2B300000002.230
Wander BautistaSS301000000.263
Wander FrancoDH200000002.272
    a- Johan SantaPH-DH100000000.338
Cesar Gonzalez1B200000000.170
    Roberto Tovar1B101000000.220
Angelo Castellano3B200000000.256
Luis LaraC211100001.263
Jose SolanoLF211010100.258
Jose GironCF200000001.232
a-Grounded out for Franco in the 6th.
2B: Lara (4, Gomez).
3B: Solano (2, Gomez).
TB: Lara 2; Solano 3; Tovar; Bautista, W.
RBI: Solano (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gomez, B.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

CS: Gomez, B (6, 2nd base by Gomez/De La Cruz, Ju).
PO: Gomez, B (1st base by Gomez).

E: Castellano (6, throw), Gonzalez, C (5, fielding).
Pickoffs: Arias (Valdez, O at 2nd base).

DSL Indians
Luis Gomez (W, 1-0)6.03210700.96
Ramon Rodriguez0.01000003.77
DSL Royals
Jairo Munoz (L, 0-1)0.23432004.97
Ronny Rios5.11000202.75
Yojensy Arias1.03221104.05
Rodriguez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Arias.
HBP: Moncion (by Rios), Soto, F (by Rios).


About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (3)


    Oh wow ….not the response I was expecting…..well congrats to the Trapp family on the new addition. thx…..Lastly, is last yrs 6th rd pick & cousin of Alexi, Cesar Ogando out for the yr?? he hasn’t debuted this yr….thx again.

  • Clint Scoles

    Had his first child born and is home for that.


    does anyone know what is wrong w/ Justin Trapp? he hasn’t played in a wk…..

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