Diamonds in the Rough 4.15 Reviewed by Momizat on . Another tough day for Wilmington hitters and Omaha pitchers lead to a 1-2 day for Royals affiliates.  Kane County continues to bash Midwest league pitching, le Another tough day for Wilmington hitters and Omaha pitchers lead to a 1-2 day for Royals affiliates.  Kane County continues to bash Midwest league pitching, le Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.15

Diamonds in the Rough 4.15

Another tough day for Wilmington hitters and Omaha pitchers lead to a 1-2 day for Royals affiliates.  Kane County continues to bash Midwest league pitching, leading the league in OPS after 10 games.  HR Roll Call Murray Watts (2), Jorge Bonifacio (1), Orlando Calixte (1), Anthony Seratelli (2) Grand Slam, Clint Robinson (2), Max Ramirez (3)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Anthony Seratelli 2-4 HR Grand Slam, 4 RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Aaron Brooks 5 IP 5 H 3 R 2 ER 2 BB 7 K

Albuquerque Isotopes 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 7 

The Chasers offense continues to enjoy playing in Albuquerque but as one would imagine the pitching doesn’t seem to be having as much fun.  Will Smith was the latest Omaha starter to encounter problems in Isotope stadium after the lefty struggled to navigate some poor Chasers defense and the opponent offense forcing him out after 5.1 innings.  Omaha’s defense let Smith down in the fifth when a Jamie Romak error and a Johnny Giavotella windblown pop up (scored a hit) that got away turned a couple singles into an eight hitter four run inning.  The Chasers would the very next inning with a grand slam by Anthony Seratelli and then punch back to back home runs in the 7th to take a 7-4 lead.  That 7-4 lead wouldn’t be enough when Ethan Hollingsworth would run into problems in the bottom of the 7th and with a depleted bullpen from previous games there was no one to bring in to prevent the five run inning to give Albuquerque the lead and eventually the win.



W: Savage (2-0, 3.24) L: Hollingsworth (1-1, 6.97)
S: Wall (3)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving FaluRF412100010.286
Johnny Giavotella2B500000000.262
Tony AbreuSS503100100.404
Clint RobinsonDH412001110.326
Max RamirezC421001110.320
David LoughCF401000000.233
Terry EvansLF512000001.500
Jamie Romak1B211000021.222
Anthony Seratelli3B412001400.444
2B: Falu (1, Parisi, M), Abreu, T (4, Parisi, M).
HR: Seratelli (2, 6th inning off Felix, 3 on, 1 out), Robinson, C (2, 7th inning off Felix, 0 on, 1 out), Ramirez, M (3, 7th inning off Felix, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Robinson, C 5; Lough; Falu 3; Evans 2; Abreu, T 4; Ramirez, M 4; Seratelli 5; Romak.
RBI: Abreu, T (12), Seratelli 4 (8), Robinson, C (5), Ramirez, M (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M 2; Falu; Seratelli.
SAC: Lough.
GIDP: Giavotella.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 9.

PO: Falu (1st base by Bard).

E: Romak (1, fielding).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Elian HerreraSS412000100.333
Alex Castellanos2B500000001.333
Jerry SandsLF522000101.244
Jeff Baisley1B421000101.216
Scott Van SlykeRF412100110.381
Tim FederowiczDH400000102.324
Josh Fields3B412010202.268
Trent OeltjenCF311000011.207
Josh BardC414100100.267
2B: Bard (1, Smith, W), Van Slyke (4, Hollingsworth).
3B: Fields (1, Hollingsworth).
TB: Van Slyke 3; Fields 4; Sands 2; Herrera 2; Oeltjen; Baisley; Bard 5.
RBI: Sands (8), Baisley (10), Van Slyke (10), Federowicz (5), Fields 2 (7), Bard (1), Herrera (3).
2-out RBI: Sands; Baisley; Van Slyke.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baisley 3; Federowicz 2; Castellanos 2.
SF: Federowicz; Herrera.
Team RISP: 5-for-17.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Herrera (2, 2nd base off Smith, W/Ramirez, M).

E: Parisi, M (1, pickoff).
Outfield assists: Sands (Robinson, C at 2nd base).
DP: (Herrera-Castellanos-Baisley).
Pickoffs: Bard (Falu at 1st base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Will Smith5.110400704.97
Ethan Hollingsworth (BS, 1)(L, 1-1)2.24552106.97
Albuquerque Isotopes
Mike Parisi5.07111203.60
Francisco Felix (BS, 1)1.256630310.80
Will Savage (W, 2-0)1.12001003.24
Josh Wall (S, 3)1.00000004.15
WP: Smith, W.
HBP: Baisley (by Hollingsworth).

NW Arkansas postponed due to rain doubleheader on Monday

Frederick Keys 6 Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

Rocks starter Greg Billo looked solid the first time through the lineup Sunday but ran into problems during the second look allowing three singles, hitting a batter, giving up a walk and a steal of home during a 4 run Frederick third inning. The Keys would tack on a couple more runs on relievers Sam Runion and Thomas Melgarejo to put up 6 on the day which is just a bit too much for a Rocks offense that continues to struggle.  On this day Wilmington had more than enough runners on base thanks to seven walks but a 2 for 14 performance with runners in scoring position did them in.

W: Moreland (1-1, 4.22) L: Billo (0-2, 7.27)
S: Walters (2)
Frederick Keys
Trent MummeyCF310000010.133
Tyler Kelly2B422000111.385
Ronnie WeltyRF311000001.314
Aaron BakerDH401000101.286
Michael Flacco1B301000010.381
Jeremy NowakLF300000101.276
Matthew Sweeney3B412000001.227
Scott ThomasC300000003.000
    a- Joe OliveiraPH-C111010000.292
Michael RooneySS402000100.333
a-Tripled for Thomas, S in the 9th.
3B: Oliveira (1, Melgarejo).
TB: Welty; Flacco; Kelly 2; Baker, A; Sweeney 2; Rooney 2; Oliveira 3.
RBI: Kelly (6), Baker, A (9), Nowak (1), Rooney (2).
2-out RBI: Kelly; Baker, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Flacco; Mummey; Sweeney.
SAC: Mummey.
SF: Nowak.
GIDP: Nowak.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
SB: Welty (2, home off Billo/Swab), Baker, A (1, 2nd base off Billo/Swab).FIELDING
E: Sweeney (2, fielding), Kelly (4, fielding).
DP: 2 (Rooney-Kelly-Flacco 2).
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldCF401000010.219
Alex McClureSS311000111.192
Cheslor Cuthbert3B501100001.179
Brian FletcherDH400000010.182
Roman HernandezLF511100002.100
Geulin BeltreRF400000001.129
Jake Kuebler1B220000020.222
Kenny SwabC200000010.000
Angel Franco2B302000210.217
2B: Cuthbert (2, Zagone), Hernandez (1, Haughian).
TB: McClure; Merrifield; Hernandez 2; Cuthbert 2; Franco 2.
RBI: McClure (1), Franco 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Franco 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltre 3; Cuthbert 2; Merrifield; Hernandez.
SF: McClure.
GIDP: McClure, Cuthbert.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
E: Merrifield (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Beltre (Rooney at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Franco-McClure-Kuebler, Beltre-McClure).
Frederick Keys
Richard Zagone3.01104302.25
Kenny Moreland (W, 1-1)4.02101204.22
Nick Haughian (H, 1)0.212210021.60
David Walters (S, 2)1.12001006.00
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Greg Billo (L, 0-2)3.25441607.27
Sam Runion3.12112101.59
Thomas Melgarejo2.03110106.35
WP: Zagone, Moreland.
HBP: Welty (by Billo), Swab (by Zagone).
Kane County Cougars 10 Burlington Bees 7 

Orlando Calixte

If this offense continues to hit like this it will be a fun season in Geneva for fans after another explosive day with the bats in the finale of their four game set in Burlington.  The Cougars scored 3 runs in two different innings which was the fourth and fifth time the they performed that feat in the series.  Back to back home runs by Jorge Bonifacio and Orlando Calixte got the offense started in the 2nd inning but the Cougars weren’t done using pair of singles, a couple of Bees errors and a walk to take an early 5-0 lead.  The Cougars wouldn’t stop there scoring a pair in the fifth and three more in the sixth churning out a 10-3 lead through 6 innings.  Starter Aaron Brooks would be the beneficiary of the Kane run support working 5 innings while allowing just 2 earned runs on 5 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 7 to earn his 2nd win of the year.  Brooks likely would’ve worked more innings but a rain delay prior to the sixth earned him a quick hook after giving up a home run and a single to start the inning.  Four errors by the Cougars middle infielders Daniel Mateo and Orlando Calixte would make the final score a tad closer than the game really was.

Kane County05002300010114
W: Brooks (2-0, 5.40) L: Murphy (0-1, 2.89)
Kane County Cougars
Lane AdamsCF502000001.341
Daniel Mateo2B210000131.316
Michael Antonio3B511000200.222
Jorge BonifacioRF512001200.410
Orlando CalixteSS422011200.244
Henry Moreno1B400000101.115
Murray WattsDH522001101.296
Edul EscobarC410000001.267
Tim FergusonLF422000101.333
3B: Calixte (2, Murphy).
HR: Bonifacio (1, 2nd inning off Murphy, 0 on, 0 out), Calixte (1, 2nd inning off Murphy, 0 on, 0 out), Watts (2, 5th inning off Frankoff, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Antonio; Ferguson 2; Calixte 7; Bonifacio 5; Adams 2; Watts 5.
RBI: Bonifacio 2 (7), Calixte 2 (5), Ferguson (5), Mateo (6), Antonio 2 (8), Moreno (5), Watts (6).
2-out RBI: Watts.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonifacio 2; Antonio; Mateo.
SF: Moreno; Calixte.
Team RISP: 4-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Adams (2, 2nd base off Murphy/Nester), Ferguson (2, 2nd base off Frankoff/Nester).

E: Mateo 2 (4, fielding, fielding), Calixte 2 (7, throw, throw).
DP: (Mateo-Calixte-Moreno).

Burlington Bees
Chih Fang Pan2B501100002.276
Sean JamiesonSS410000011.278
B.A. Vollmuth3B411000012.190
Dusty RobinsonRF422101111.308
Bobby CrockerCF511000101.273
John NesterC511000002.238
Royce ConsigliLF300000010.219
Wade KirklandDH401000202.300
Douglas Landaeta1B412001100.429
2B: Pan, C (3, Brooks), Robinson (1, Ridings).
HR: Landaeta (2, 5th inning off Brooks, 0 on, 0 out), Robinson (4, 6th inning off Brooks, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Vollmuth; Kirkland; Pan, C 2; Crocker; Landaeta 5; Robinson 6; Nester.
RBI: Kirkland 2 (4), Landaeta (3), Robinson (10), Crocker (4).
2-out RBI: Kirkland.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson; Kirkland 2; Pan, C; Nester.
GIDP: Jamieson.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Vollmuth (2, 2nd base off Graffeo/Escobar, E).
CS: Nester (1, 2nd base by Graffeo/Escobar, E).

E: Vollmuth (3, throw), Jamieson (2, fielding), Nester (3, pickoff).

Kane County Cougars
Aaron Brooks (W, 2-0)5.05322725.40
Matt Ridings2.23311202.79
Eric Cantrell0.100001014.54
Nick Graffeo1.01101103.38
Burlington Bees
Sean Murphy (L, 0-1)4.16632422.89
Seth Frankoff3.25441215.40
Charles Mye1.00000006.00

Brooks pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

HBP: Escobar, E (by Frankoff).



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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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