Diamonds in the Rough 4.6 Reviewed by Momizat on . The Royals affiliates only took one victory home Friday night despite solid starts from both Vin Mazzaro and Jake Odorizzi. Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Ton The Royals affiliates only took one victory home Friday night despite solid starts from both Vin Mazzaro and Jake Odorizzi. Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Ton Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.6

Diamonds in the Rough 4.6

The Royals affiliates only took one victory home Friday night despite solid starts from both Vin Mazzaro and Jake Odorizzi.

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Tony Abreu 3-4 3b, HR

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jake Odorizzi 5 IP 3 H 0 BB 0 R 8 K

Jake Odorizzi

Albuquerque Isotopes 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 2 

W: Savage (1-0, 4.50) L: O’Sullivan (0-1, 108.00)
S: Rice (1)

Sean O’Sullivan wasted a solid start by Vin Mazzaro Friday night allowing 4 runs in just 1/3 of an inning while giving up 2 home runs in the process and paving way to the first Storm Chasers loss of the year.  While O’Sullivan was struggling the same couldn’t be said of Mazzaro who was solid going 6 strong innings while working around 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6.  I’m sure it was a great relief to Vin who struggled so badly to start last season that he missed out on an opportunity to be the Royals 5th starter, while he won’t have that same opportunity this season any success is welcome considering starting pitching is Kansas City’s major weakness.  The Storm Chasers bats couldn’t get much of a cushion for the pitchers connecting on 7 hits but unable to sustain many rallies due in part to an uncharacteristically weak night from the heart of the order as the 3-6 hitters in the Chasers lineup combined to go 1-14.

Albuquerque Isotopes
Matt AngleCF400000012.000
Alex Castellanos2B402000012.375
Jerry SandsLF500000002.000
Jeff Baisley1B300000011.000
Scott Van SlykeDH412001100.500
Trent OeltjenRF411100002.222
Josh Fields3B412200201.429
Tim FederowiczC412001200.429
Luis CruzSS403100000.625
2B: Cruz (1, Mazzaro), Oeltjen (1, O’Sullivan), Fields 2 (3, O’Sullivan, Sisk).
HR: Van Slyke (2, 7th inning off O’Sullivan, 0 on, 1 out), Federowicz (1, 7th inning off O’Sullivan, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Van Slyke 5; Fields 4; Castellanos 2; Federowicz 5; Oeltjen 2; Cruz 4.
RBI: Van Slyke (2), Fields 2 (2), Federowicz 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Fields.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sands 2; Federowicz 2.
GIDP: Angle.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
CS: Castellanos (1, 2nd base by Mazzaro/Clark, C).
PO: Castellanos (1st base by Mazzaro).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Angle (Robinson, D at 2nd base).
DP: (Angle-Castellanos).
Omaha Storm Chasers
Jarrod DysonCF412000000.444
Derrick RobinsonLF401000002.250
Johnny Giavotella2B400000000.222
Clint Robinson1B200000011.429
Kevin KouzmanoffDH401100101.375
David LoughRF400000000.250
Tony AbreuSS413011100.500
Cody ClarkC300000000.167
Irving Falu3B300000000.000
2B: Kouzmanoff (3, Savage).
3B: Abreu, T (1, Antonini).
HR: Abreu, T (1, 5th inning off Antonini, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Dyson 2; Kouzmanoff 2; Robinson, D; Abreu, T 8.
RBI: Abreu, T (2), Kouzmanoff (4).
2-out RBI: Kouzmanoff.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson, C; Clark, C; Lough 2; Dyson.
SAC: Clark, C.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
SB: Dyson (2, 2nd base off Savage/Federowicz).FIELDING
PB: Clark, C (1).
Outfield assists: Lough (Castellanos at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Abreu, T-Robinson, C, Lough-Robinson, C).
Pickoffs: Mazzaro (Castellanos at 1st base).
Albuquerque Isotopes
Michael Antonini5.04110211.80
Will Savage (W, 1-0)2.03111104.50
Wil Ledezma (H, 1)1.00000100.00
Scott Rice (S, 1)1.00000000.00
Luis Cruz0.0011000
Omaha Storm Chasers
Vin Mazzaro6.05001600.00
Sean O’Sullivan (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)0.1544002108.00
Brandon Sisk1.12001400.00
Roman Colon1.10001000.00
HBP: Robinson, C (by Ledezma).

NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Corpus Christi Hooks 3

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Corpus Christi000000021383
W: Odorizzi (1-0, 0.00) L: Seaton (0-1, 3.60)
S: Keating (1)

Starter Jake Odorizzi had his best stuff last night working over the Hooks hitters for 8 strikeouts in 5 innings pounding the zone for 52 strikes out of his 76 pitches used.  Odorizzi mixed his pitches well while keeping the ball low in the zone something he had a problem with last year.  While Odorizzi was dominating on the mound the Naturals hitters got warmed up a bit connecting on a pair of home runs from Mario Lisson and Wil Myers after being shutout last night.  Instead of the Naturals defense playing sloppy behind their pitchers it was the Hooks defense booting balls around the infield making 3 errors leading to a pair of Naturals unearned runs.  Patrick Keating earned the save in the ninth working around a couple of hits and a walk.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Rey Navarro2B501100000.222
Christian ColonSS501000000.100
Wil MyersRF521001101.250
John WhittlemanDH411000001.125
Mario Lisson1B311001210.167
Yem PradesCF412000000.375
Terry EvansLF300000100.200
Kurt Mertins3B400000000.000
Ben TheriotC402000101.333
2B: Navarro (1, Leon, Ar).
HR: Lisson (1, 4th inning off Seaton, 1 on, 1 out), Myers (1, 5th inning off Seaton, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Lisson 4; Myers 4; Prades 2; Theriot 2; Navarro 2; Whittleman; Colon, C.
RBI: Lisson 2 (2), Theriot (1), Myers (1), Evans (1).
2-out RBI: Theriot.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Evans; Navarro; Myers; Theriot.
SF: Evans.
GIDP: Myers.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
SB: Prades (1, 2nd base off Seaton/Fernandez), Myers (1, 2nd base off Seaton/Fernandez).
Corpus Christi Hooks
Jonathan VillarSS500000001.200
Austin WatesDH411000001.444
Kody Hinze1B412001200.286
Jonathan SingletonLF400000002.000
Brandon BarnesRF412100001.500
T.J. SteeleCF401000102.375
Jordan Kreke3B402000001.250
Jair FernandezC400000000.000
J.C. Thompson2B300000003.000
    a- Jake GoebbertPH000000010.000
a-Walked for Thompson in the 9th.
2B: Barnes (1, Keating).
HR: Hinze (1, 8th inning off Hardy, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Kreke 2; Barnes 3; Steele; Hinze 5; Wates.
RBI: Hinze 2 (2), Steele (2).
2-out RBI: Hinze 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Singleton; Steele; Villar, J.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
SB: Barnes (1, 2nd base off Odorizzi/Theriot).FIELDING
E: Kreke 2 (3, fielding, fielding), Thompson (1, fielding).
DP: (Villar, J-Thompson-Hinze).
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Jake Odorizzi (W, 1-0)5.03000800.00
Blaine Hardy (H, 1)3.03220316.00
Patrick Keating (S, 1)1.02111009.00
Corpus Christi Hooks
Ross Seaton (L, 0-1)5.07420123.60
Arcenio Leon2.02111104.50
Jason Stoffel2.00000100.00

Leon, Ar pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.WP: Odorizzi 2.


Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

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W: Henry (1-0, 0.00) L: Sample (0-1, 5.79)


The Blue Rocks couldn’t get much going offensively in their Carolina League opener against the Rangers affiliate Pelicans.  Four different Myrtle Beach pitchers combined to limit the Rocks to just 6 hits while striking out 13, starter Cody Buckel put down the most Rock hitters striking out 7 while working around 3 walks and a couple singles.  While the Pelicans pitchers were whiffing Rocks their hitters were clearing fences hitting 3 home runs including 2 by Tomas Telis.  Wilmington starter Tyler Sample didn’t fair too badly despite giving up a couple solo home runs lasting 4.2 innings while giving up just 3 hits, 1 walk and striking out 5 while on the mound, his third run allowed was a runner that scored when reliever Thomas Melgarejo allowed a 2 run home run.  According to John Sadak Sample’s fastball was working around 92 while he was fooling hitters with a diving change up.  Cheslor Cuthbert became the fourth youngest Blue Rock ever in making his first start for the High A Royals affiliate, the young third baseman reached base three times twice via walks and registering the Rocks only extra base hit with a double.

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldCF400000002.000
Alex McClureSS402000002.500
Cheslor Cuthbert3B201100021.500
Brian Fletcher1B400000002.000
Roman HernandezLF400000000.000
Geulin BeltreRF401000003.250
Kevin DavidC300000010.000
Jake KueblerDH402000002.500
Angel Franco2B400000001.000
2B: Cuthbert (1, Bell).
TB: McClure 2; Kuebler 2; Beltre; Cuthbert 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Franco; Hernandez 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
SB: McClure (1, 2nd base off Buckel/Telis).FIELDING
E: Franco (1, throw).
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Odubel HerreraSS501000002.200
Jared HoyingLF411000010.250
Tomas TelisC422002300.500
Christian Villanueva3B310000010.000
Vincent DiFazioDH401100102.250
Jake SkoleCF302000011.667
Andrew Clark1B401000001.250
Santiago Chirino2B400000001.000
Josh RichmondRF322001100.667
2B: DiFazio (1, Melgarejo).
HR: Richmond (1, 3rd inning off Sample, 0 on, 2 out), Telis 2 (2, 4th inning off Sample, 0 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Melgarejo, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Skole 2; Richmond 5; Herrera; DiFazio 2; Clark; Hoying; Telis 8.
RBI: Richmond (1), Telis 3 (3), DiFazio (1).
2-out RBI: Richmond; Telis 2; DiFazio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hoying; Clark; Telis; Chirino.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
SB: Herrera (1, 2nd base off Sample/David).
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Tyler Sample (L, 0-1)4.23331525.79
Thomas Melgarejo1.153320120.25
Sam Runion2.02000200.00
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Cody Buckel4.02003700.00
Randy Henry (W, 1-0)2.02000100.00
Chad Bell1.21000300.00
Joe Van Meter1.11000200.00
Balk: Melgarejo.
HBP: Richmond (by Sample).
Quad Cities River Bandits 8 Kane County Cougars 0
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Quad Cities00160001x891
W: Hernandez (1-0, 0.00) L: Carl (0-1, 2.70)
The Cougars played a second consecutive sloppy defensive game committing 5 errors but unlike last night they didn’t bring enough of their bats with them getting shutout 8 to 0.  All five Cougars errors were made by infielders with third baseman Michael Antonio committing two but in his defense he is new to the position.  While the defense was faltering behind them the Cougars pitchers were nibbling walking 6 Bandit hitters and allowing 9 hits, starter Edwin Carl would take the loss striking out 2 in 3 innings while allowing 3 runs (1 earned), 4 hits and walking a pair.  Michael Antonio connected on his second and third doubles of the season going 2-4 on the night.
Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF401000000.111
Daniel Mateo2B400000001.250
Michael Antonio3B402200000.333
Jorge BonifacioRF402000001.286
Lane AdamsLF401100003.375
Orlando CalixteSS400000002.000
Justin TrappDH301000002.286
Henry Moreno1B300000002.000
Edul EscobarC302100001.667
2B: Antonio 2 (3, Hernandez, H, Hernandez, H), Adams (1, Hernandez, H), Escobar, E (1, Billbrough).
TB: Antonio 4; Trapp, J; Bonifacio 2; Adams 2; Escobar, E 3; Llanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonifacio; Moreno; Mateo 2.
GIDP: Calixte.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
E: Antonio 2 (2, fielding, throw), Mateo (1, fielding), Calixte (3, fielding), Escobar, E (1, throw).
PB: Escobar, E (1).
Outfield assists: Adams (Walsh at home).
DP: 2 (Antonio-Mateo-Moreno, Mateo-Calixte-Moreno).
Quad Cities River Bandits
Matt WilliamsSS421000011.333
Nick MartiniCF411000110.222
Roberto De La Cruz1B512000001.400
David MedinaRF410000010.000
Colin WalshDH210000031.143
Anthony GarciaLF511100200.100
Tyler Rahmatulla3B301000001.286
Luis Mateo2B400000001.375
Juan CastilloC413000000.625
2B: Garcia, A (1, Alexander).
TB: Rahmatulla; Martini, N; Williams, M; Castillo, J 3; Garcia, A 2; De La Cruz, R 2.
RBI: Garcia, A 2 (2), Martini, N (2).
2-out RBI: Garcia, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garcia, A 2; Rahmatulla 2; Mateo; De La Cruz, R.
GIDP: Castillo, J, Medina.
Team RISP: 3-for-13.
SB: Martini, N (1, home off Alexander/Escobar, E), Medina (1, 2nd base off Alexander/Escobar, E).FIELDING
E: Martini, N (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Martini, N (Antonio at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Williams, M-De La Cruz, R, Williams, M-Mateo-De La Cruz, R).
Kane County Cougars
Edwin Carl (L, 0-1)3.14312202.70
Scott Alexander0.21402100.00
Jonathan Dooley3.02000200.00
Eric Cantrell1.02112009.00
Quad Cities River Bandits
Hector Hernandez (W, 1-0)5.05000600.00
Brandon Creath2.01000100.00
Logan Billbrough1.02000300.00
Heath Wyatt1.01000200.00
WP: Alexander 2.
HBP: Rahmatulla (by Carl).
All boxscore date courtesy of

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)

  • Clint Scoles

    Ya Carl’s stuff from what Greg pointed out last year sounds more like a starter good change up not an overwhelming amount of vela.

  • Michael Lycklama

    Edwin Carl – a starter?

  • Greg Schaum

    I like seeing Sam Runion’s name pop up…the Royals selected him just before the Nationals took Jordan Zimmerman…

    Man, we could use Zimmerman now- he would be our ace

    Runion is back from TJ and by all accounts is a great young man…so. A nice stat line for him

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