Diamonds in the Rough 4.14 Reviewed by Momizat on . 3-1 day with the Chasers, Naturals and Cougars all getting plenty of offense while the Rocks continue to encounter run scoring problems.  HR ROLL CALL Wil Myer 3-1 day with the Chasers, Naturals and Cougars all getting plenty of offense while the Rocks continue to encounter run scoring problems.  HR ROLL CALL Wil Myer Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.14

Diamonds in the Rough 4.14

3-1 day with the Chasers, Naturals and Cougars all getting plenty of offense while the Rocks continue to encounter run scoring problems.  HR ROLL CALL Wil Myers (3) Christian Colon (1) Carlo Testa (1) Clint Robinson (1) Terry Evans (1)


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 4-5 HR,2b, 2R, 5 RBI

Wil Myers

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Kendal Volz 3 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K

Omaha Storm Chasers 14 Albuquerque Isotopes 10 F/13

Monty struggled again


Things aren’t right with Mike Montgomery right now and at this point there is really no other way to spin it after another uninspiring start Saturday as he gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in just 3.1 innings.  Montgomery continues to struggle with his fastball control which combined with at best an average breaking ball makes him a below average pitcher.  With Mike’s struggles Omaha would be down 5-1 through 4 innings and a couple more Isotopes runs would increase that lead to 7-1 at the end of 6. Up 7-1 and with Albuquerque starter John Ely done the Isotopes would turn to Cole St. Clair and what a mistake that would turn out to be as the reliever would lose control with some sketchy defense behind him walking three combined with two Isotope errors and just two Omaha hits to even up the score at 7, Derrick Robinson’s 2 run double was the big hit of the inning for Omaha.  Omaha would tack on a run in the 8th and 9th to take a lead to the bottom of the 9th but a fielding error from Clint Robinson would open up the inning for Albuquerque to tie the game and send it to extras.  Tied at 9 the bullpens would calm things down until the top of the 13th when Terry Evans hit a mammoth bomb to dead center to score three and just three hitters later Clint Robinson would hit a two run bomb to put Omaha up 14-9 which would turn out to be more than enough.


W: Colon (1-0, 2.57) L: Ledezma (0-1, 18.00)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Derrick RobinsonCF511100210.364
    Terry EvansLF1110013001.000
Johnny Giavotella2B601000111.297
Tony AbreuSS711000001.383
Clint Robinson1B722001202.310
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B722100000.325
David LoughLF-CF522010010.231
Max RamirezDH313100320.333
    1- Jamie RomakPR-DH010000000.188
Irving FaluRF510000100.258
Cody ClarkC420000121.222
1-Ran for Ramirez, M in the 13th.
2B: Ramirez, M (1, Ely), Robinson, D (2, Troncoso), Kouzmanoff (6, Troncoso).
3B: Lough (3, Ely).
HR: Evans (1, 13th inning off Ledezma, 2 on, 1 out), Robinson, C (1, 13th inning off Ledezma, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Evans 4; Kouzmanoff 3; Robinson, D 2; Giavotella; Robinson, C 5; Lough 4; Abreu, T; Ramirez, M 4.
RBI: Ramirez, M 3 (11), Falu (7), Clark, C (4), Robinson, D 2 (4), Giavotella (6), Evans 3 (3), Robinson, C 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Ramirez, M; Robinson, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Falu; Clark, C.
SAC: Falu.
SF: Ramirez, M.
GIDP: Falu.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Lough (2, 3rd base off Troncoso/Federowicz), Robinson, D (4, 2nd base off Leach/Federowicz).

E: Robinson, C (2, fielding).
DP: 2 (Abreu, T-Giavotella-Robinson, C, Abreu, T-Robinson, C).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Elian HerreraDH722000001.294
Alex Castellanos2B512100112.375
Jerry SandsLF401000131.222
Jeff Baisley1B510000101.212
Scott Van SlykeRF502000110.368
    Matt AngleCF100000000.118
Tim FederowiczC722010102.364
Josh Fields3B621100012.243
Trent OeltjenCF-RF612100003.192
Luis CruzSS412000410.303
2B: Oeltjen (3, Montgomery), Castellanos (6, Sisk), Fields (4, Bueno, F).
3B: Federowicz (1, Hottovy).
TB: Van Slyke 2; Fields 2; Castellanos 3; Federowicz 4; Sands; Herrera 2; Oeltjen 3; Cruz 2.
RBI: Cruz 4 (4), Sands (7), Baisley (9), Castellanos (3), Van Slyke (9), Federowicz (4).
2-out RBI: Van Slyke; Federowicz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Federowicz 2; Van Slyke 2; Castellanos; Fields.
SF: Baisley; Cruz.
GIDP: Herrera, Baisley.
Team RISP: 6-for-18.
Team LOB: 12.

SB: Castellanos (4, 3rd base off Montgomery/Clark, C).

E: Cruz 2 (5, fielding, fielding), Fields (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Sands (Robinson, D at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Baisley-Cruz, Sands-Castellanos).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Mike Montgomery3.17554208.22
Jeremy Jeffress2.00111202.25
Brandon Sisk0.22111109.00
Francisley Bueno3.03211301.08
Roman Colon (W, 1-0)3.01000202.57
Tommy Hottovy1.01110203.60
Albuquerque Isotopes
John Ely6.04110308.00
Cole St. Clair0.01643009.00
Ramon Troncoso (BS, 1)2.03111002.25
Brent Leach2.021111011.05
Scott Rice2.00000100.00
Wil Ledezma (L, 0-1)1.035520218.00
St. Clair pitched to 6 batters in the 7th.

WP: Sisk, Troncoso, Ledezma 2.
Balk: Sisk.



NW Arkansas Naturals 9 Corpus Christi Hooks 7

Things weren’t looking good to start Saturday after a three run inning by the Hooks off starter Justin Marks in the first inning but the Naturals offense would wake up and punch their way to a much needed win.  RF prospect Wil Myers would get the runs going in his first AB driving a three run homer over the left field wall to even the game back up and give him his first of four hits on the night.  Myers double in the third inning got a two run one out rally going crossing the plate on an error while Yem Prades laid down a quality squeeze bunt to score Paulo Orlando in the inning to stretch the lead to 6-3.  Wil would drive in Jenkins i the 4th with a single to put NW Arkansas up 7-4 but the Hooks would tie it in the 5th off Marks ending his day with no chance at earning a win.  Tied at 7 in the 6th Christian Colon would put NW Arkansas up for good with a solo home run his first extra base hit of the year to give Kendal Volz his first victory of the year thanks to a solid 3 shutout, hitless innings.  Wil Myers would drive in his career high fifth run of the night in the ninth inning to push the lead to 9-7 and give the Naturals their third win of the year.

Corpus Christi300130000783
NW Arkansas31210101x9141

W: Volz (1-0, 0.00) L: Aristil (0-1, 1.93)
S: Hardy (1)

Corpus Christi Hooks
Austin WatesDH500000001.389
Jonathan VillarSS411000011.189
Jake GoebbertRF-LF522000100.417
Jonathan SingletonLF-1B321100020.357
Brandon BarnesCF412200201.455
Jose Martinez2B100000210.345
Kody Hinze1B412000000.258
    1- Andrew SimunicPR-3B000000000.125
Chris WallaceC400000102.167
J.C. Thompson3B200000002.091
    a- T.J. SteelePH-RF100000001.208
a-Struck out for Thompson in the 8th.
1-Ran for Hinze in the 8th.
2B: Barnes 2 (7, Marks, Marks), Singleton (4, Marks).
TB: Villar, J; Goebbert 2; Barnes 4; Singleton 2; Hinze 2.
RBI: Goebbert (9), Barnes 2 (9), Martinez, J 2 (13), Wallace (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hinze; Barnes; Villar, J 2; Thompson.
SF: Martinez, J 2.
GIDP: Singleton.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Villar, J (7, 2nd base off Marks/Jenkins).

E: Villar, J 3 (5, throw, throw, fielding).
Outfield assists: Goebbert (Colon, C at 3rd base).
DP: (Martinez, J-Villar, J-Hinze).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Rey Navarro2B411000000.158
Christian ColonSS422001111.300
Wil MyersRF524101500.333
Paulo OrlandoLF511000001.200
Sharlon Schoop1B402000100.333
Yem PradesCF301000100.286
Carlo TestaDH411001102.333
Kurt Mertins3B400000001.120
Ryan JenkinsC422100001.333
2B: Myers (3, Oberholtzer), Jenkins (1, Oberholtzer).
HR: Myers (3, 1st inning off Oberholtzer, 2 on, 0 out), Testa, C (1, 2nd inning off Oberholtzer, 0 on, 0 out), Colon, C (1, 6th inning off Aristil, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Jenkins 3; Myers 8; Testa, C 4; Prades; Navarro; Schoop 2; Colon, C 5; Orlando.
RBI: Myers 5 (7), Testa, C (1), Schoop (3), Prades (2), Colon, C (3).
2-out RBI: Myers.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Testa, C; Mertins; Jenkins.
SAC: Prades; Navarro.
GIDP: Mertins.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Orlando (1, fielding).
DP: (Navarro-Colon, C-Schoop).

Corpus Christi Hooks
Brett Oberholtzer4.19760229.35
Jonnathan Aristil (L, 0-1)2.23110311.93
Arcenio Leon1.02111103.00
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Justin Marks4.06764406.75
Kendal Volz (W, 1-0)3.00000200.00
Blaine Hardy (S, 1)2.02000204.05
Marks pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.

WP: Oberholtzer, Marks.
HBP: Thompson (by Marks).


Frederick Keys 3 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Following a solid start from yesterday Yordano Ventura made a little noise of his own while on the hill Saturday but was unable to give the Rocks more than 3 innings.  Ventura according to Jason Parks was 95-98 mph with his fastball and was tossing what he called a “bat missing monster” of a curveball that he said is a potential 7 pitch.  Ventura final line stood at 3 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K not the kind of work you would like out of your starting pitcher but in all these games its about development and the reports on his fastball and curve are promising.  Ryan Dennick replaced Ventura with the score 2-1 doing a nice job to keep the Rocks in the game striking out 5 and allowing just a run in his 4 innings but the Rocks offense again couldn’t get much done.  Brett Eibner would triple and score in the top of the ninth but the late rally would fall a run short.


W: Wright (2-0, 0.82) L: Ventura (0-1, 4.05)
S: Petrini (1)

Frederick Keys
Bobby StevensCF-LF500000001.304
Tyler Kelly2B300000012.364
Ronnie WeltyRF402200100.313
Aaron Baker1B400000004.292
Michael FlaccoDH220000021.389
Kipp SchutzLF401000002.250
    Trent MummeyCF000000000.148
Matthew Sweeney3B302100200.167
Joe OliveiraC311000010.261
Chris TremblaySS401000002.182
2B: Welty 2 (3, Ventura, Dennick), Sweeney (2, Ventura).
TB: Welty 4; Tremblay; Schutz; Sweeney 3; Oliveira.
RBI: Sweeney 2 (3), Welty (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baker, A 4; Stevens; Tremblay.
SF: Sweeney.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
SB: Welty (1, 2nd base off Dennick/David).
CS: Sweeney (1, 2nd base by Dennick/David).FIELDING
E: Tremblay (3, fielding).
DP: (Tremblay-Kelly-Baker, A).
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit Merrifield2B412100001.214
Alex McClureSS400000001.174
Cheslor Cuthbert3B401000100.174
Brian Fletcher1B301000011.207
Brett EibnerCF412010000.333
Roman HernandezLF300000012.080
Geulin BeltreRF401000101.148
Kevin DavidC401000002.158
Jake KueblerDH400000001.240
2B: Merrifield (2, Wright).
3B: Eibner (1, Petrini).
TB: Fletcher; Eibner 4; Merrifield 3; Beltre; Cuthbert; David.
RBI: Cuthbert (2), Beltre (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez; Beltre 2; Fletcher.
GIDP: Kuebler.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
CS: Hernandez (2, 2nd base by Wright/Oliveira).
Frederick Keys
Mike Wright (W, 2-0)5.04112400.82
Jason Gurka (H, 2)2.22000200.00
Chris Petrini (S, 1)1.12110302.08
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Yordano Ventura (L, 0-1)3.03223604.05
Ryan Dennick4.04111502.16
Nick Rogers2.00000100.00
Ventura pitched to 2 batters in the 4th.
WP: Petrini.
Kane County Cougars 6 Burlington Bees 2 
The Cougars brought their bats for the third consecutive game knocking out 11 more hits and 6 runs in the third of four games against the Bees but in this one they got a little pitching to take the win.  Kane County as they’ve done most of the year jumped on the board early with 2 runs in the first when Henry Moreno would break an 0-18 slump to drive in two runs with a single with a 2 out hit.  Kane would be back at it in the 2nd with 3 doubles by Jin Ho-Shin, Justin Trapp and Jorge Bonifacio sandwiched around a Michael Antonio single to score three and put them up 5-0.  Those runs would be plenty with solid pitching from Santiago Garrido, Brooks Pounder, Andrew Stueve and Mike Giovenco as the foursome navigated the Bees lineup and a rain delay to hold Burlington to just 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  The win earned at least a split Kane in the four game series that will continue tomorrow while pushing their record to 5-4.
Kane County2300000106110
W: Garrido (1-0, 2.57) L: Alcantara (0-1, 7.88)
Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B421100113.353
Orlando CalixteSS511000001.216
Michael Antonio3B311000110.226
Jorge BonifacioRF401100101.412
Lane AdamsLF512000002.333
Henry Moreno1B403100300.136
Murray WattsDH300000011.273
Jin-Ho ShinC411100001.240
Tim FergusonCF301000000.286
2B: Shin (3, Alcantara, R), Trapp, J (2, Alcantara, R), Bonifacio (4, Alcantara, R), Moreno (1, Alcantara, R).
TB: Antonio; Moreno 4; Trapp, J 2; Shin 2; Ferguson; Calixte; Bonifacio 2; Adams 2.
RBI: Moreno 3 (4), Trapp, J (7), Antonio (6), Bonifacio (5).
2-out RBI: Moreno 2; Bonifacio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Watts 2; Shin; Antonio; Calixte 2.
SF: Antonio.
Team RISP: 4-for-16.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Trapp, J (3, 2nd base off Alcantara, R/Nester).
CS: Adams (1, 2nd base by Powers/Nester).
PO: Adams (1st base by Powers).

Burlington Bees
Chih Fang Pan2B400000101.292
Sean JamiesonDH402000101.313
B.A. Vollmuth3B400000002.184
Dusty RobinsonRF300000001.286
Bobby CrockerCF300000011.286
John NesterC310000013.250
Royce ConsigliLF400000000.241
Wade KirklandSS401000000.313
Douglas Landaeta1B211000010.400
TB: Kirkland; Jamieson 2; Landaeta.
RBI: Jamieson (5), Pan, C (3).
2-out RBI: Jamieson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Consigli; Crocker; Jamieson 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 6.

E: Nester (2, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Consigli (Bonifacio at 3rd base).
Pickoffs: Powers (Adams at 1st base).

Kane County Cougars
Santiago Garrido (W, 1-0)5.01112402.57
Brooks Pounders1.01000301.93
Andrew Stueve2.021111012.71
Michael Giovenco1.00000101.80
Burlington Bees
Raul Alcantara (L, 0-1)4.07552407.88
Brent Powers3.02000300.00
Drew Tyson2.02111203.60
WP: Garrido 2, Pounders, Tyson.

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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