Diamonds in the Rough 4.8 Reviewed by Momizat on . A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the fi A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the fi Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.8

Diamonds in the Rough 4.8

A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the first time this year.


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Johnny Giavotella 3-4 2b, 2 BB, 4 R, RBI

Johnny Giavotella by Gage Matthews

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Ryan Dennick 4.1 2 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 3 K 


Omaha Storm Chasers 17 Albuquerque Isotopes 11


W: O’Sullivan (1-1, 27.00) L: Nieve (0-1, 48.60)

It was one of those days at Werner Park on Easter Sunday with winds pushing to left field around 18 mph leading to plenty of offense for both teams. The Chasers did the most damage with the the good offensive environment taking Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve behind the woodshed with 11 hits, 2 walks and 9 runs in just 1.2 innings. Omaha didn’t let up much even when Nieve left scoring 7 runs off reliever Brent Leach to build a 16-3 lead after just 4 innings. Even with a 16-3 lead the weather conditions forced the Chasers to use four different relievers after starter Ryan Verdugo, all told the Omaha pitchers had to work around 16 hits, four home runs and four walks while allowing 11 runs. In a game that featured 38 hits and 8 walks it was the middle of the diamond players for the Chasers that did the most damage as Jarrod Dyson CF, Johnny Giavotella 2b, Tony Abreu SS and Max Ramirez who did the most damage combining for 12 hits, 3 walks and 10 runs scored to pace Omaha to the win and series.

Albuquerque Isotopes
Elian HerreraCF512020210.400
Alex CastellanosRF612010102.278
Jerry Sands1B522001201.111
Jeff Baisley3B433002210.273
Scott Van SlykeLF523101200.500
Josh FieldsDH400000011.286
Tim FederowiczC514000101.438
Joe Becker2B410000012.000
Luis CruzSS500000000.313
2B: Van Slyke (1, O’Sullivan).
3B: Herrera 2 (2, Verdugo, Sisk), Castellanos (2, O’Sullivan).
HR: Baisley 2 (2, 4th inning off Verdugo, 0 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Hottovy, 0 on, 0 out), Van Slyke (3, 4th inning off Verdugo, 0 on, 0 out), Sands (1, 6th inning off Sisk, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Van Slyke 7; Federowicz 4; Castellanos 4; Sands 5; Herrera 6; Baisley 9.
RBI: Herrera 2 (2), Baisley 2 (2), Van Slyke 2 (4), Sands 2 (4), Federowicz (3), Castellanos (1).
2-out RBI: Sands; Herrera; Castellanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baisley; Sands; Herrera; Fields.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: Herrera (1, 2nd base off Verdugo/Ramirez, M).

E: Sands (1, throw), Cruz (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Baisley-Becker, Jo-Sands, Sands-Cruz-Loop).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Jarrod DysonCF624100101.474
Derrick RobinsonLF522000002.353
Johnny Giavotella2B443100120.438
Clint Robinson1B611000202.313
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B623100200.429
David LoughRF523010110.294
Tony AbreuSS623010302.556
Max RamirezC422001410.273
Jamie RomakDH401000100.250
2B: Dyson (2, Nieve), Giavotella (1, Nieve), Kouzmanoff (4, Nieve).
3B: Lough (1, Nieve), Abreu, T (2, Nieve).
HR: Ramirez, M (1, 3rd inning off Leach, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Dyson 5; Kouzmanoff 4; Robinson, D 2; Romak; Robinson, C; Giavotella 4; Lough 5; Abreu, T 5; Ramirez, M 5.
RBI: Giavotella (2), Robinson, C 2 (2), Lough (2), Abreu, T 3 (6), Kouzmanoff 2 (6), Romak (1), Dyson (1), Ramirez, M 4 (7).
2-out RBI: Abreu, T; Romak; Dyson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson, D 3; Robinson, C.
GIDP: Ramirez, M, Robinson, C.
Team RISP: 12-for-23.
SB: Robinson, C (1, 2nd base off Nieve/Federowicz).

E: Lough (1, throw).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Fernando Nieve (L, 0-1)1.2119922048.60
Brent Leach2.187612115.75
Derrick Loop3.03101200.00
Josh Wall1.000001013.50
Omaha Storm Chasers
Ryan Verdugo3.03333429.00
Sean O’Sullivan (W, 1-1)2.054312027.00
Brandon Sisk2.063301110.80
Tommy Hottovy1.02110014.50
Jeremy Jeffress1.00000003.00

Verdugo pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

HBP: Romak (by Nieve), Robinson, D (by Loop).

NW Arkansas Naturals 3 San Antonio Missions 0 

NW Arkansas300000000370
San Antonio000000000041

W: Baumann (1-0, 0.00) L: Beard (0-1, 5.40)
S: Keating (2)

The Naturals took advantage of a rattled pitcher in the first inning of their game Sunday and then received solid pitching to take home a 3-0 win in their first of a three game set at San Antonio.  Missions pitcher Hayden Beard hails from Australia and his actions in the first were a bit down under when the righty tried a pickoff throw to third base to try to catch Rey Navarro napping, instead his throw got away from Padres third base prospect Jedd Gyorko allowing Navarro to come to score.  With the Naturals up one the pitcher could have been rattled a tad because on his very next pitch he gave up one just a bit too sweet for  John Whittleman who unloaded on it for his first home run of the season giving NW Arkansas a quick 3-0 lead.  Beard encounterd a little trouble in the 2nd but worked around it and settled down to shut out the Naturals for the next four innings but his early damage was enough to do in his teammates thanks to outstanding pitching from NW Arkansas.  Starter Justin Marks got things going early for the staff giving them 4 shutout innings while working around 3 walks and a pair of hits thanks in part to his 5 strikeouts.  After Marks left Missouri State alum Buddy Baumann kept up the outstanding work with 5 strikeouts of his own and just a couple base runners allowed over 3 innings before giving way to Patrick Keating who pitched the final two innings scoreless to earn the save for the Naturals.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Rey Navarro2B310000000.125
Christian ColonSS300000000.111
Wil MyersCF411000002.313
John Whittleman1B411001200.231
Terry EvansRF401100001.222
Sharlon Schoop3B301100010.125
Carlo TestaLF401100001.273
Kurt MertinsDH401000000.167
Ryan JenkinsC301000000.250
2B: Evans (2, Beard), Schoop (1, Beard), Testa, C (1, Pease).
HR: Whittleman (1, 1st inning off Beard, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Mertins; Evans 2; Jenkins; Myers; Testa, C 2; Schoop 2; Whittleman 4.
RBI: Whittleman 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Testa, C.
SAC: Colon, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

San Antonio Missions
Jaff DeckerRF200000021.200
Jeudy ValdezSS400000001.133
Jedd Gyorko3B400000002.214
Nathan Freiman1B200000021.222
Edinson RinconLF404100000.357
Cody DeckerDH300000010.222
Ali SolisC400000001.100
Dean Anna2B300000001.231
    a- Carlos SosaPH100000000.250
Reymond FuentesCF300000003.308
a-Grounded out for Anna in the 9th.
2B: Rincon (1, Marks).
TB: Rincon 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Anna; Decker, C; Sosa.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
E: Gyorko (1, pickoff).
PB: Solis (1).
DP: (Gyorko-Solis-Beard-Anna-Gyorko).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Justin Marks4.02003500.00
Buddy Baumann (W, 1-0)3.01001500.00
Patrick Keating (S, 2)2.01001003.00
San Antonio Missions
Hayden Beard (L, 0-1)5.06330215.40
Dustin Pease1.01000000.00
Ryan Kelly2.00000100.00
Daniel Cropper1.00001100.00

Pease pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP: Navarro (by Beard).

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2


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W: Dennick (1-0, 2.08) L: Tepesch (0-1, 0.00)
S: Rogers (1)

The Rocks were staring a series sweep down to start the season with runners on second and third and already in a 1-0 hole yesterday.  For manager Vance Wilson it was a perfect time to turn to 2011 Carolina league veteran Ryan Dennick and boy did he deliver, Dennick quickly extinguished the rally striking out Edgar Garcia to get out of the mini jam and then stepping up to 4 more innings of one run ball.  While Dennick was slowing down the Pelicans offense 2011 fellow veteran Whit Merrifield was carrying the Rocks offense punching in two runs during a 5th inning three run rally to give the Rocks a two run lead.  Whit likely wasn’t thinking he’d be headed to Wilmington after a decent season there last year but Kansas City asked him to work on his second base defense which he will likely do once Brett Eibner returns to man center.  Up two Dennick and Nick Rogers would finish off the job earning Wilmington’s first win and salvaging the final game of the series.

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldCF402000200.167
Alex McClureSS400000001.167
Cheslor Cuthbert3B400000000.222
Brian FletcherLF401000001.182
Geulin BeltreRF411000000.182
Jake Kuebler1B400000001.250
Kenny SwabC300000001.000
Angel FrancoDH311000000.100
Luis Piterson2B311000001.333
TB: Fletcher; Piterson; Merrifield 2; Beltre; Franco.
RBI: Merrifield 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Merrifield 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuthbert.
GIDP: Beltre.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
SB: Beltre (1, 2nd base off Tepesch/DiFazio).

E: Ventura (1, pickoff), Piterson (1, fielding).
DP: (McClure-Kuebler).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Odubel HerreraSS400000000.083
Jared HoyingLF401000001.417
Christian Villanueva3B400000001.300
Vincent DiFazioC311100010.364
Josh RichmondDH400000001.200
Jake SkoleCF110000030.250
Yefry Castillo1B302200100.667
Edwin Garcia2B401000102.250
Teodoro MartinezRF300000000.000
    a- Tomas TelisPH100000000.333
a-Grounded out for Martinez, T in the 9th.
2B: DiFazio (2, Ventura), Castillo 2 (2, Ventura, Dennick).
TB: DiFazio 2; Hoying; Garcia, E; Castillo 4.
RBI: Castillo (1), Garcia, E (1).
2-out RBI: Castillo; Garcia, E.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garcia, E 2; Villanueva; Martinez, T; Herrera.
GIDP: Garcia, E.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
E: Herrera 2 (2, throw, fielding), Hoying (1, fielding).
DP: (Herrera-Garcia, E-Castillo).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Yordano Ventura3.23113102.45
Ryan Dennick (W, 1-0)4.12111302.08
Nick Rogers (S, 1)1.00000100.00
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nicholas Tepesch (L, 0-1)4.24300300.00
Zach Osborne2.12000200.00
Wilmer Font1.00000000.00
Jimmy Reyes1.00000000.00
WP: Rogers.
HBP: Castillo (by Ventura), Herrera (by Dennick).

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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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Comments (2)

  • Clint Scoles

    Tom you are probably right and I almost did but I just thought in a 17 run game it meant a little less.

  • papio tom

    You gave Gio the Hitter of the Day– yeah, getting on base 5 times in 6 appearances is good, but I expect that ’cause he’s a KC player in disguise. I’d’ve given it to Max Ramirez; IMO, any Grand Slam makes you honorary Hitter of the Day. Slams just look so neat.

    Just my two bits.

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