Diamonds in the Rough 4.10 Reviewed by Momizat on . @ClintScoles   Affiliates took three of four with only a Naturals loss.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (1), Irving Falu (1) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the @ClintScoles   Affiliates took three of four with only a Naturals loss.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (1), Irving Falu (1) Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.10

Diamonds in the Rough 4.10



Affiliates took three of four with only a Naturals loss.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (1), Irving Falu (1)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Irving Falu 4-8 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI

Jeremy Jeffress

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jeremy Jeffress 3 IP 1 H 0 R 2 BB 3 K

Omaha Storm Chasers 9 Round Rock Express 8 F/16 

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W: O’Sullivan (2-1, 14.54) L: Snyder (0-1, 2.70)

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It took over 540 pitches between the two teams, five plus hours and 16 innings but after all was said and done Tuesday afternoon the Storm Chasers took home their fourth victory in a row.  It all began with starter Will Smith on the hill but once again the lefty struggled to fool AAA hitters giving up 6 runs on 8 hits but if you want to look for a small glimmer of positivity Will lowered the walks from last time out giving up just one free pass on the day.  Despite all the runs allowed early by Smith his offense had actually staked him to a lead early with seven runs in the first three innings thanks to Johnny Giavotella’s 2 run home run in the 2nd and Irving Falu’s 3 run shot in the 3rd.  The Express down 7-4 after that Falu homer answered back with 3 of their own in the 5th to tie the game at 7. That is where the two teams would stand for the next five innings thanks to both teams relief corps calming things down, Omaha reliever Jeremy Jeffress handled most of the damage for the Storm Chasers working three scoreless striking out 3 and working around a hit and a pair of walks.  Still tied at 7 apiece the 10th inning brought a little offense after both teams worked together a run, for the the Chasers it was Derrick Robinson who came through with a one out hit to drive in Irving Falu to tie the game back up.  Tied at 8 both teams pitching staffs would take control again with five innings of shutout ball from each until the bottom of the 16th when Irving Falu’s hustle would allow him to reach on and infield hit.  Knotted at 8 with 2 down and a speedy somewhat light hitting Jarrod Dyson at the plate it would’ve appeared to most that the game was headed for the 17th inning but instead Dyson would come through with a lined shot to right center over the outstretched arm of the Express right-fielder ending the game with an improbable walkoff triple.  While the walkoff triple won the game Falu’s effort in the 16th was special and shows why the Royals have kept him around to rub off on the young core of prospects.

Round Rock Express
Leonys MartinCF703000110.429
Matt KataLF521000012.111
Yangervis Solarte2B812200100.160
Brad NelsonDH811000002.238
Michael Bianucci1B812001301.333
Joey ButlerRF521100032.208
Dusty BrownC201000031.200
    1- Greg MiclatPR010000000.000
    Luis MartinezC300000000.077
Tommy Mendonca3B704100303.286
Luis HernandezSS601000000.200
1-Ran for Brown, D in the 10th.
2B: Butler, Jy (3, Smith, W), Mendonca (1, Smith, W), Solarte 2 (4, Smith, W, Hottovy).
HR: Bianucci (4, 3rd inning off Smith, W, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Nelson, B; Kata; Hernandez, L; Bianucci 5; Mendonca 5; Solarte 4; Martin 3; Butler, Jy 2; Brown, D.
RBI: Mendonca 3 (3), Bianucci 3 (9), Solarte (4), Martin (3).
2-out RBI: Mendonca 3; Bianucci 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nelson, B 3; Hernandez, L 3; Kata; Solarte.
SAC: Kata 2; Hernandez, L.
GIDP: Butler, Jy.
Team RISP: 3-for-19.
CS: Martin (2, 2nd base by Jeffress/Ramirez, M).

E: Green, S (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Martin (Abreu, T at 2nd base).
DP: (Hernandez, L-Bianucci).


Omaha Storm Chasers
Jarrod DysonCF702010110.367
Derrick RobinsonLF714000202.393
Johnny Giavotella2B721001210.296
Clint Robinson1B403000010.375
    1- Anthony SeratelliPR-1B301000001.500
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B701000010.333
David LoughRF611000111.269
Tony AbreuDH702000010.464
Max RamirezC420000022.222
    2- Jamie RomakPR000000000.250
    Cody ClarkC200000000.214
Irving FaluSS834001300.267
1-Ran for Robinson, C in the 9th. 2-Ran for Ramirez, M in the 11th.
3B: Dyson (1, Snyder).
HR: Giavotella (1, 2nd inning off Hamburger, 1 on, 2 out), Falu (1, 3rd inning off Hamburger, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Dyson 4; Falu 7; Kouzmanoff; Seratelli; Robinson, D 4; Giavotella 4; Robinson, C 3; Lough; Abreu, T 2.
RBI: Lough (4), Robinson, D 2 (2), Giavotella 2 (4), Falu 3 (3), Dyson (2).
2-out RBI: Lough; Robinson, D; Giavotella 2; Dyson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Abreu, T 2; Robinson, C; Ramirez, M 2; Kouzmanoff 3; Dyson; Giavotella.
SAC: Robinson, D; Dyson.
GIDP: Lough.
Team RISP: 3-for-15.
SB: Dyson 2 (4, 3rd base off Tufts/Brown, D, 2nd base off Snyder/Martinez, L), Lough (1, 2nd base off Hankins/Brown, D).
CS: Robinson, D (2, 2nd base by Hamburger/Brown, D).

E: Smith, W (1, throw).
DP: (Falu-Giavotella-Seratelli).

Round Rock Express
Mark Hamburger3.067751211.25
Tyler Tufts2.22000100.00
Michael Kirkman1.110002019.29
Derek Hankins2.01002005.40
Sean Green (BS, 1)3.06110001.80
Ben Snyder (L, 0-1)3.23111202.70
Omaha Storm Chasers
Will Smith4.18661418.59
Roman Colon0.21112004.50
Tommy Hottovy1.01000203.00
Jeremy Jeffress3.01002301.50
Louis Coleman3.02111201.69
Francisley Bueno2.02000000.00
Sean O’Sullivan (W, 2-1)2.010020014.54
WP: Hankins 2.
IBB: Martin (by O’Sullivan), Lough (by Hankins), Abreu, T (by Hankins).
HBP: Lough (by Hamburger).
San Antonio Missions 10 NW Arkansas Naturals 2
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W: Ray (1-0, 4.91) L: Dwyer (0-2, 7.71)  

Chris Dwyer’s up and down ride at AA continued on Tuesday with a 4 walk, 5 run performance in just 2.2 innings while hitting the strike zone with just 32 of 68 pitches and giving up two long balls.  In a big hole the lineup couldn’t get much going to try to get things close going 4-11 with runners in scoring position and missing out on any chance to claw back in it.  2011 Cuban signee Yem Prades is holding his own through four games played going 6 of 16 with a pair of doubles.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Rey NavarroSS500000000.160
Christian Colon2B501000000.259
Wil MyersRF401100012.280
John WhittlemanDH501100002.261
Terry EvansLF311100012.176
Yem PradesCF412100100.375
Sharlon Schoop1B402000001.250
Kurt Mertins3B300000102.111
Ben TheriotC301000001.250
2B: Evans (3, Oramas), Prades (2, Oramas), Whittleman (4, Ray), Myers (1, Cropper, D).
TB: Evans 2; Myers 2; Prades 3; Theriot; Schoop 2; Colon, C; Whittleman 2.
RBI: Prades (1), Mertins (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro 2; Mertins; Whittleman 2.
SAC: Theriot.
SF: Mertins.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
SB: Prades (2, 2nd base off McBryde/Solis).

San Antonio Missions
Jaff DeckerCF-RF410000011.176
Jeudy ValdezSS511001302.167
Jedd Gyorko3B400000011.238
Nathan Freiman1B411001101.294
Edinson RinconLF231000020.316
Cody DeckerRF322002411.308
    Reymond FuentesCF000000000.250
Jason HagertyDH411000000.333
Ali SolisC402100201.214
Dean Anna2B311000000.263
2B: Solis (1, Dwyer).
HR: Decker, C 2 (2, 2nd inning off Dwyer, 1 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Paukovits, 1 on, 1 out), Freiman (3, 3rd inning off Dwyer, 0 on, 1 out), Valdez, J (1, 8th inning off Lafferty, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Solis 3; Rincon; Freiman 4; Hagerty; Valdez, J 4; Anna; Decker, C 8.
RBI: Decker, C 4 (4), Freiman (4), Solis 2 (2), Valdez, J 3 (4).
2-out RBI: Solis 2; Valdez, J 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Valdez, J; Anna.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
E: Oramas (1, throw), Valdez, J (3, throw).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Chris Dwyer (L, 0-2)2.24554127.71
Bryan Paukovits2.13220215.40
Kendal Volz2.00000300.00
Brendan Lafferty1.023311118.00
San Antonio Missions
Juan Oramas4.24111408.44
Jason Ray (W, 1-0)1.12000404.91
Dustin Pease1.01001100.00
Jeremy McBryde1.01100100.00
Daniel Cropper1.01000000.00
HBP: Anna (by Dwyer).
Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Carolina Mudcats 2
W: Marimon (1-0, 1.59) L: Salazar (0-1, 7.36)
S: Perez (1)

The Blue Rocks took advantage of some control issues from starter Danny Salazar Tuesday scoring off leadoff walks in the first and the second.  Brian Fletcher did the damage in the first driving in Whit Merrifield to put Wilmington on the board.  The Rocks would add another in the 2nd working around a leadoff walk and then adding their third run in the 4th with a leadoff double from Geulin Beltre and a two our RBI single by Luis Piterson.  Spotted with a lead Sugar Ray Marimon the Columbian born right hander was more than capable of handling it attacking the zone with 65% of his 71 pitches hitting the zone while working around 6 hits and walk during his 5.2 inning.  Those 5.2 innings were the longest bit of work for any Royals affiliate through the first round of starts and the 1 run allowed by Sugar gave him a win to show for his work.  Leondy Perez worked the final 3 innings allowing a run on 3 hits while striking out 4 to earn the save, he and Sugar will Piggyback to start the season.

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldCF211100010.167
Angel FrancoSS300000000.063
Cheslor Cuthbert3B300000011.133
Brian Fletcher1B401100101.211
Roman HernandezLF400000001.067
Geulin BeltreRF321100010.188
Jake KueblerDH302000000.357
Travis JonesC200000010.000
Luis Piterson2B301000200.333
2B: Fletcher (1, Salazar), Beltre (1, Salazar), Merrifield (1, Brach).
TB: Fletcher 2; Piterson; Kuebler 2; Merrifield 2; Beltre 2.
RBI: Fletcher (1), Piterson 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Fletcher; Piterson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez; Franco; Cuthbert.
SAC: Franco; Jones, T.
SF: Piterson.
GIDP: Fletcher.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
SB: Merrifield 2 (2, 2nd base off Salazar/Lowery, 3rd base off Brach/Lowery).
CS: Piterson (1, 2nd base by Brach/Lowery).
PO: Piterson (1st base by Brach).

Carolina Mudcats
Tyler HoltCF400000001.429
Tony WoltersSS400000000.095
Jake LoweryC301000012.333
Jesus Aguilar1B411001100.381
Carlos MoncriefRF412000000.333
Anthony GallasDH401100001.250
Tyler Cannon3B401100101.250
Delvi CidLF300000003.231
    a- Jeremie TicePH100000000.200
Justin Toole2B403000000.800
a-Grounded out for Cid in the 9th.
2B: Gallas (1, Marimon), Cannon (1, Perez, L).
HR: Aguilar (1, 4th inning off Marimon, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Moncrief 2; Lowery; Gallas 2; Aguilar 4; Cannon 2; Toole 3.
RBI: Aguilar (4), Cannon (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cid; Gallas; Holt; Toole.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
CS: Toole (1, 2nd base by Marimon/Jones, T).

DP: 2 (Wolters-Toole-Aguilar, Lowery-Toole-Wolters).
Pickoffs: Brach (Piterson at 1st base).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Sugar Ray Marimon (W, 1-0)5.26111311.59
Sam Runion (H, 1)0.10000100.00
Leondy Perez (S, 1)3.03110403.00
Carolina Mudcats
Danny Salazar (L, 0-1)3.24333307.36
Brett Brach5.12001000.00
Balk: Perez, L 2.
HBP: Merrifield (by Brach), Kuebler (by Brach).
Kane County Cougars 8 Beloit Snappers 3

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W: Brooks (1-0, 6.75) L: Summers (0-1, 3.18) 

I have a feeling that if Kane County starters on most nights can hang in there for 5 innings they’ll have plenty to show for their work with the Kane County offense and that is exactly what starter Aaron Brooks did in his second start not allowing a runner to get to third base while working around 3 singles and a couple walks putting himself in great shape to earn a win.  With a few zeros on the board the Cougars offense awoke in the fourth with 2 out run scoring hits by Lane Adams and Justin Trapp to give Kane County a 2-0 lead.  The Cougars up 2 wouldn’t be done there exploding for 5 more in the fifth with an RBI double from Daniel Mateo, an run scoring single by Jorge Bonifacio and three more driven in by Adams and Trapp on back to back doubles.  A 7-0 lead would be more than enough for the bullpen to finish off things and set up Kane for an opportunity to win the series tomorrow in the three game finale.

Beloit Snappers
JaDamion WilliamsLF110000031.182
Jonathan GoncalvesCF400000001.200
Eddie Rosario2B401000100.353
Miguel Sano3B402010101.294
Daniel OrtizRF411001100.188
Tyler GrimesDH300000011.176
Adam Bryant1B301000010.200
Jairo RodriguezC300000001.111
Adam PettersenSS210000011.300
3B: Sano (1, Dooley).
HR: Ortiz, D (1, 9th inning off Graffeo, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Ortiz, D 4; Bryant; Sano 4; Rosario, Ed.
RBI: Sano (10), Rosario, Ed (3), Ortiz, D (1).
2-out RBI: Sano.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Williams, J; Pettersen; Ortiz, D; Sano.
SAC: Rodriguez, Ja.
GIDP: Bryant.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
SB: Williams, J (3, 2nd base off Graffeo/Escobar, E).
CS: Williams, J (1, 2nd base by Brooks/Escobar, E).
PO: Williams, J (1st base by Brooks).

E: Pettersen (1, fielding).
DP: 2 (Rosario, Ed-Pettersen, Pettersen-Rosario, Ed-Bryant).

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF400000002.222
Daniel Mateo3B433100100.364
Michael AntonioSS210000020.250
Jorge BonifacioRF412000100.471
Lane AdamsDH222100410.316
Justin Trapp2B402100201.421
Henry Moreno1B400000002.000
Tim FergusonLF300000011.143
Edul EscobarC410000000.286
2B: Mateo (1, Summers), Adams (3, Fuentes), Trapp, J (1, Fuentes).
TB: Mateo 4; Trapp, J 3; Bonifacio 2; Adams 3.
RBI: Adams 4 (8), Trapp, J 2 (5), Mateo (3), Bonifacio (2).
2-out RBI: Adams 3; Trapp, J 2; Bonifacio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moreno 2.
SF: Adams.
GIDP: Bonifacio.
Team RISP: 6-for-12.
SB: Adams (1, 2nd base off Summers/Rodriguez, Ja).

DP: 2 (Antonio-Trapp, J, Antonio-Trapp, J-Moreno).
Pickoffs: Brooks (Williams, J at 1st base).

Beloit Snappers
Matthew Summers (L, 0-1)4.26622103.18
Nelvin Fuentes2.13221305.40
A.J. Achter1.00001203.86
Kane County Cougars
Aaron Brooks (W, 1-0)5.03002306.75
Jonathan Dooley2.01112201.80
Nick Graffeo2.01222114.50
WP: Summers.
HBP: Llanos (by Summers).
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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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