Diamonds in the Rough 4.9 Reviewed by Momizat on . Royals affiliates lost three of four games on Monday with only the defending champs taking home a win their third in a row.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (2) Antho Royals affiliates lost three of four games on Monday with only the defending champs taking home a win their third in a row.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (2) Antho Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.9

Diamonds in the Rough 4.9

Royals affiliates lost three of four games on Monday with only the defending champs taking home a win their third in a row.  HR Roll Call Max Ramirez (2) Anthony Seratelli,


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Anthony Seratelli 2-3 HR 3 RBI

Colon, Seratelli, and Giavotella

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Tim Melville 5 IP 3 H 0 R 1 BB 1 HBP 6 K 

Melville intro to AA went well


Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Round Rock Express 3

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W: Hollingsworth (1-0, 3.18) L: Jackson (0-1, 5.68)
S: Bueno (1)

Another day another win for the defending PCL champion Storm Chasers thanks to their pitchers ability to dance around base runners and lineups luck to strand only one of their own.  Mike Montgomery took the mound for Omaha for the first time this year but things didn’t look all that different from last year with the lefty giving up 7 hits and 3 walks in just 3.1 innings.  Montgomery had some tough luck in the first inning giving up a bloop single to the first hitter on the night and then getting a ground ball that bounced high to Clint Robinson who lost it in the sun for another hit moving the leadoff man to third in the process, Mike would mitigate the damage a bit allowing just one runner to cross after striking out 2 hitters in the inning.  The Express hitters were working the ball back through the middle against Montgomery and making the lefty work for 77 pitches in those 3+ innings.  With Montgomery dancing around the zone the lefty starter Zach Jackson was attacking it for the Express chopping down the first ten hitters he faced and attacking the zone throughout.  While he was mowing them down early the Chasers hitters learned he was gonna be around the zone and did some attacking of their own in the 5th inning putting together a 3 run rally with a double by Clint Robinson, a triple by David Lough and singles from Tony Abreu, Cody Clark and Anthony Seratelli.  Those runs were enough thanks to a solid effort by the bullpen but Max Ramirez and Anthony Seratelli weren’t done adding offense as each hit bit bombs to right field to pad the Chasers lead and put them in line for their third win in a row.

Round Rock Express
Julio BorbonLF411000001.250
Leonys MartinCF513101201.429
Yangervis Solarte2B400000012.118
Brad NelsonDH401000100.308
Michael Bianucci1B401000002.368
Joey ButlerRF401000000.211
Luis MartinezC300000010.100
Tommy Mendonca3B402000000.143
Luis HernandezSS311000011.214
2B: Martin (2, Montgomery).
HR: Martin (1, 7th inning off Hollingsworth, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nelson, B; Hernandez, L; Bianucci; Mendonca 2; Borbon; Martin 7; Butler, Jy.
RBI: Nelson, B (2), Martin 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bianucci; Nelson, B; Borbon 2; Butler, Jy.
SAC: Borbon.
GIDP: Butler, Jy.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
SB: Martin (3, 2nd base off Montgomery/Clark, C).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Hernandez, L-Solarte-Bianucci 2).
Omaha Storm Chasers
Jarrod DysonCF400000000.391
Derrick RobinsonLF401000001.333
Johnny Giavotella2B400000000.350
Clint Robinson1B411100001.300
Max RamirezDH311001101.286
David LoughRF311010100.300
Tony AbreuSS311000100.524
Cody ClarkC211000010.250
Anthony Seratelli3B312001300.667
2B: Robinson, C (4, Jackson, Z).
3B: Lough (2, Jackson, Z).
HR: Ramirez, M (2, 7th inning off Jackson, Z, 0 on, 0 out), Seratelli (1, 7th inning off Heilman, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Robinson, D; Seratelli 5; Robinson, C 2; Lough 3; Abreu, T; Clark, C; Ramirez, M 4.
RBI: Lough (3), Abreu, T (7), Seratelli 3 (3), Ramirez, M (8).
2-out RBI: Seratelli 2.
GIDP: Giavotella, Dyson.
Team RISP: 3-for-5.
DP: (Giavotella-Abreu, T-Robinson, C).
Round Rock Express
Zach Jackson (L, 0-1)6.17440115.68
Aaron Heilman0.212210110.80
Tanner Scheppers1.00000200.00
Omaha Storm Chasers
Mike Montgomery4.17223304.15
Ethan Hollingsworth (W, 1-0)3.03110213.18
Francisley Bueno (S, 1)1.20000200.00


San Antonio Missions 4 NW Arkansas Naturals 3

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W: Mikolas (1-1, 0.00) L: Mariot (0-1, 5.40)
The Naturals ruined an outstanding first start at AA by Tim Melville Tuesday when reliever Michael Marriot gave up solo home runs in the 8th and 9th innings to turn a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 walkoff loss.  Melville who struggled in the more run depressed Carolina league the last two years was outstanding facing a load of prospects from the San Diego Padres system mowing striking out 6 and limiting them to just 3 singles and a walk during his 5 innings, Melville attacked the zone with 51 strikes out of his 80 pitches thrown leaving with a 3-0 lead.  Elisaul Pimentel would relieve Mevlille and again struggled in relief giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in just 2/3 of an inning.  That 3-2 lead would stand up until the 8th when with one out Marriot would give up a tying home run to Nathan Freiman to tie the game and a first pitch walkoff home run to Jason Hagerty in the 9th.  Christian Colon had a good game going 4-4 but was gunned down at the plate in the top of the 9th looking for the go ahead lead.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Rey NavarroDH412000010.200
Christian ColonSS404000100.273
Wil MyersCF501000002.286
John Whittleman1B502200001.278
Terry EvansRF500000002.143
Sharlon Schoop2B411000001.167
Carlo TestaLF411000001.267
Kurt Mertins3B300000001.133
Ryan JenkinsC401000101.250
2B: Whittleman 2 (3, Erlin, Mikolas).
TB: Jenkins; Myers; Testa, C; Navarro 2; Schoop; Colon, C 4; Whittleman 4.
RBI: Jenkins (1), Colon, C (1).
2-out RBI: Colon, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Evans 2; Myers 3; Testa, C; Whittleman.
SAC: Mertins.
GIDP: Navarro.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Colon, C (1, 2nd base off Erlin/Hagerty), Navarro (1, 2nd base off Lollis, M/Hagerty).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Schoop-Whittleman, Melville-Colon, C-Whittleman).

San Antonio Missions
Jaff DeckerRF311000012.231
Jeudy ValdezSS411000000.158
Jedd Gyorko3B302000001.294
Nathan Freiman1B412001200.308
Edinson RinconLF300000103.294
Carlos SosaDH200000001.167
    a- Cody DeckerPH-DH100000010.200
Jason HagertyC412001100.375
Dean Anna2B301000001.250
Reymond FuentesCF300000002.250
a-Walked for Sosa in the 6th.
HR: Freiman (2, 8th inning off Hardy, 0 on, 1 out), Hagerty (1, 9th inning off Mariot, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Decker, J; Freiman 5; Hagerty 5; Valdez, J; Gyorko 2; Anna.
RBI: Freiman 2 (3), Rincon (2), Hagerty (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Valdez, J; Anna 2.
SF: Rincon.
GIDP: Sosa.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
E: Anna (3, fielding), Valdez, J (2, throw).
Outfield assists: Decker, J (Colon, C at home).
DP: (Valdez, J-Anna-Freiman).
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Tim Melville5.03001600.00
Elisaul Pimentel (H, 1)0.232200040.50
Blaine Hardy (BS, 1)1.22111315.79
Michael Mariot (L, 0-1)0.21110115.40
San Antonio Missions
Robbie Erlin2.26220306.75
Matt Lollis2.12111203.60
Jeff Ibarra2.02000300.00
Erik Hamren1.00000100.00
Miles Mikolas (W, 1-1)1.02000000.00
Mariot pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.WP: Hardy.
HBP: Colon, C (by Erlin), Gyorko (by Melville).



Carolina Mudcats 6 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0


W: House (1-0, 0.00) L: Billo (0-1, 5.40)

The new Blue Rocks hitters are learning that the Carolina league can be a difficult one for hitters to adjust to after just three hits on Monday and second shutout in four games.  With the Rocks bats frozen the Carolina Mudcats were getting their swings in on newbie to the league Greg Billo collecting 7 hits and 4 runs (3 ER) in his 5 innings on the mound.  Those runs were plenty with the TJ House limiting Wilmington just 2 hits in 7 innings of work while striking out 9.  The two teams will battle again on Tuesday with Sugar Ray Marimon getting his first Carolina league start.

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldCF400000002.125
Alex McClureSS401000002.188
Cheslor Cuthbert3B300000011.167
Brian Fletcher1B401000003.200
Roman HernandezLF300000001.091
Geulin BeltreRF200000001.154
Kevin DavidC300000000.111
Jake KueblerDH301000001.273
Angel Franco2B300000001.077
TB: Fletcher; McClure; Kuebler.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez.
GIDP: David.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
E: Cuthbert 2 (2, throw, throw).
Outfield assists: Hernandez (Aguilar at 3rd base).
DP: (McClure-Franco-Fletcher).


Carolina Mudcats
Tyler HoltCF411010111.529
Tony WoltersSS401100200.118
Giovanny Urshela3B401000001.214
Jesus Aguilar1B402100000.412
Jeremie TiceLF300000011.214
Jake LoweryDH412000001.333
Anthony GallasRF321010010.250
Ronny Rodriguez2B411000002.214
Dwight ChildsC411001301.200
2B: Wolters (1, Billo), Aguilar (3, White, C).
3B: Holt (2, Billo), Gallas (1, Billo).
HR: Childs (1, 2nd inning off Billo, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Aguilar 3; Urshela; Childs 4; Wolters 2; Rodriguez, Rn; Lowery 2; Holt 3; Gallas 3.
RBI: Wolters 2 (3), Childs 3 (3), Holt (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Urshela 3; Holt.
GIDP: Tice.
Team RISP: 2-for-12.
DP: (Rodriguez, Rn-Wolters-Aguilar).
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Greg Billo (L, 0-1)5.07430515.40
Cole White1.132231013.50
Jon Keck1.20000100.00
Carolina Mudcats
T.J. House (W, 1-0)7.02001900.00
Cody Allen2.01000300.00
HBP: Beltre (by House).

Beloit Snappers 9 Kane County Cougars 7

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W: Carter (1-0, 9.00) L: Stueve (1-1, 13.50)
S: Williams (1)

The big power international prospects showed why they get plenty of interest and money Monday with Miguel Sano and Jorge Bonifacio putting on nice displays at the plate. Sano the multi-millionaire signee of the Twins push Beloit ahead with not one but two opposite field home runs showing why his 75-80 scale power makes him one of the top prospects in the game and possibly a Miguel Cabrera type bat that the Royals will have to face.  Jorge Bonifacio’s stats at the plate may not have been as loud as Sano’s but for the youngest position player playing in the Midwest league at the current time they weren’t too shabby as the right fielder went 2-2 with a double and three walks.  Those three walks increased Bonifacio’s OBP to a healthy .632 after just four games and increased his walk total to six on the season after collecting just 16 in 252 plate appearances last year.  Sano and Jorge weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the pitching on Monday however with each team collecting 13 hits and handing out 15 free passes 9 of which came from Cougars pitching.  The two Cougars pitchers handing out the most walks were starter Brooks Pounders and reliever Santiago Garrido who dolled out four each but neither did a bad job of keeping the Cougars within reach as the pair yielded just 2 runs despite all the freebies.  It was reliever Andrew Stueve who had the worst of it on the day giving up 6 hits 5 runs and a home run to Sano in just an inning of work taking the loss in the process.  The top of the order did the job with 9 hits and 4 walks but only scored a pair thanks to the 5-7 hitters going 2-13 and stranding 7 in scoring position.

Beloit Snappers
Wang-Wei LinLF601000001.083
Jonathan GoncalvesCF522000001.250
Eddie RosarioDH422000012.385
Miguel Sano3B322002520.231
Daniel OrtizRF411100011.167
Tyler GrimesSS411100112.214
Rory Rhodes1B200000030.000
Jairo RodriguezC501000101.167
Adam Pettersen2B413010111.375
2B: Grimes (2, Pounders), Ortiz, D (2, Stueve).
3B: Pettersen (1, Garrido).
HR: Sano 2 (3, 7th inning off Stueve, 2 on, 1 out; 8th inning off Cantrell, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Rodriguez, Ja; Pettersen 5; Ortiz, D 2; Grimes 2; Goncalves 2; Lin, W-W; Sano 8; Rosario, Ed 2.
RBI: Grimes (1), Sano 5 (9), Rodriguez, Ja (1), Pettersen (1).
2-out RBI: Grimes; Rodriguez, Ja; Pettersen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Goncalves; Rodriguez, Ja; Ortiz, D; Lin, W-W 2.
GIDP: Ortiz, D, Rodriguez, Ja.
Team RISP: 5-for-15.
SB: Rosario, Ed 2 (4, 2nd base off Pounders/Shin, 2nd base off Garrido/Shin), Grimes (1, 3rd base off Pounders/Shin), Goncalves (1, 2nd base off Cantrell/Shin).
CS: Ortiz, D (1, 2nd base by Pounders/Shin), Grimes (1, home by Stueve/Shin).FIELDING
DP: (Tonkin-Rhodes).

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF523200201.286
Daniel Mateo2B502000100.278
Michael Antonio3B402000110.278
Jorge BonifacioRF202100030.462
Lane AdamsLF400000012.235
Orlando CalixteSS511000001.167
Justin TrappDH421010010.400
Henry Moreno1B500000101.000
Jin-Ho ShinC522100103.231
2B: Llanos 2 (2, Wheeler, Tomshaw), Bonifacio (1, Wheeler), Shin (2, Tomshaw).
3B: Trapp, J (2, Williams, C).
TB: Antonio 2; Mateo 2; Trapp, J 3; Shin 3; Calixte; Bonifacio 3; Llanos 5.
RBI: Antonio (3), Shin (1), Llanos 2 (3), Mateo (2), Moreno (1).
2-out RBI: Shin; Llanos 2; Mateo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Trapp, J 2; Calixte 2; Adams 3; Mateo.
Team RISP: 5-for-15.
E: Calixte (5, throw), Llanos 2 (3, fielding, fielding).
DP: 2 (Calixte-Mateo-Moreno, Antonio-Mateo-Moreno).
Beloit Snappers
Jason Wheeler4.05111302.25
Matthew Tomshaw1.25331107.36
Bart Carter (W, 1-0)1.01223209.00
Michael Tonkin (H, 1)1.11001000.00
Corey Williams (S, 1)1.01110203.00
Kane County Cougars
Brooks Pounders3.23114602.45
Santiago Garrido2.01114104.50
Andrew Stueve (L, 1-1)1.065510113.50
Eric Cantrell2.13220218.10
WP: Carter, Tonkin, Garrido 2, Cantrell.

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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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