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Diamonds in the Rough 5.10

3-1 day for Royals affiliates with a No Hitter slung by a crew of Naturals pitchers.  HR Roll Call Orlando Calixte (4)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Orlando Calixte 2-2 HR(4) Grand Slam , 2 R, 2 BB, 4 RBI


Chris Dwyer

Pine Tar Press Co-Pitchers of the Day Greg Holland 1 IP 0 H 0 R 3 K

Chris Dwyer 6.2 IP 0 H 0 R 2 BB 5 K

Brendan Lafferty 0.1 IP 0 H 0 R

Kendal Volz 1 IP 0 H 0 R



Sacramento River Cats 9 Omaha Storm Chasers 4

No walkoffs decided the game on Thursday but plenty of poor Storm Chasers defense played a part as the Chasers defense committed six errors to give the River Cats plenty of free offense early.  Most of the errors that occurred were behind Mike Montgomery who got it all started in the first with an error of his own on a wild pickoff attempt at first.  The Chasers defense following that mistake would make back to back errors on a routine ball to shortstop Tony Abreu that he booted and a force attempt at second that Clint Robinson threw into the outfield that would score a run.  Montgomery would give up an RBI single to Chris Carter that put the Chasers down 2-0 where he would hold them as the inning would end.  Omaha’s offense would make good for their poor defense scoring four runs in the top of the 2nd with Kevin Kouzmanoff doing much of the damage as he drove in two runs with a double and scoring on a Cody Clark sac fly.  More Chasers defensive errors would highlight the second and third innings as the River Cats would get unearned runs in each inning to even it up.  Sacramento starter Brad Peacock and Montgomery would calm down following their individual storms working quickly thru the 4th and 5th before turning things over to the bullpen.  Turning things to the pen went well for Sacramento but not so much for Omaha with Sacramento’s Erick Threets and Evan Scribner working the final four innings scoreless while Ethan Hollingsworth and Francisley Bueno couldn’t match that success giving up five runs total in the sixth and seventh inning to take the loss.  For all the success at Werner Park Omaha has dropped seven of their last eight road games.


W: Peacock (4-1, 3.66) L: Hollingsworth (2-2, 6.45)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Jason BourgeoisCF300000011.167
Derrick RobinsonLF401000000.327
Tony AbreuSS401000001.336
Clint Robinson1B412100001.305
Max RamirezDH211100020.301
David LoughRF400000001.278
Anthony Seratelli2B411000003.299
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B411100202.273
Cody ClarkC300000100.228
2B: Robinson, C (11, Peacock), Kouzmanoff (10, Peacock), Ramirez, M (5, Peacock).
TB: Kouzmanoff 2; Robinson, D; Seratelli; Robinson, C 3; Abreu, T; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Kouzmanoff 2 (15), Clark, C (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lough 3.
SF: Clark, C.
GIDP: Robinson, D.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

E: Montgomery (1, pickoff), Abreu, T (7, fielding), Robinson, C (5, throw), Seratelli 2 (6, fielding, throw), Lough (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Robinson, D (Parker, S at 3rd base).
DP: (Seratelli-Abreu, T-Robinson, C).

Sacramento River Cats
Jeff FiorentinoLF522000100.280
Collin CowgillCF421000011.282
Brandon MossRF402000210.319
Chris Carter1B501000104.291
Josh Donaldson3B-C501000000.465
Brandon HicksSS321100020.255
Derek NorrisC100000000.300
    Adam Rosales3B310000011.284
Stephen ParkerDH311010101.278
Luke Hughes2B311000200.143
2B: Hicks (11, Bueno, F).
3B: Parker, S (1, Hollingsworth).
TB: Donaldson; Moss 2; Hughes, L; Hicks 2; Parker, S 3; Cowgill; Carter; Fiorentino 2.
RBI: Moss 2 (19), Carter (23), Hughes, L 2 (3), Parker, S (10), Fiorentino (3).
2-out RBI: Fiorentino.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Parker, S 2; Donaldson; Fiorentino; Carter; Cowgill; Rosales.
SAC: Parker, S.
SF: Hughes, L.
GIDP: Parker, S.
Team RISP: 4-for-19.
Team LOB: 10.

SB: Cowgill (4, 2nd base off Hollingsworth/Clark, C).

DP: (Rosales-Hughes, L-Carter).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Mike Montgomery5.04403404.35
Ethan Hollingsworth (L, 2-2)1.01222106.45
Francisley Bueno1.03330103.86
Blaine Hardy1.02000100.00
Sacramento River Cats
Brad Peacock (W, 4-1)6.05441503.66
Erick Threets (H, 1)1.22001202.55
Evan Scribner1.10001203.60
WP: Hollingsworth 2, Bueno, F, Peacock.

NW Arkansas Naturals 2 Springfield Cardinals 0

For a team that hasn’t been around long the Naturals sure do like to write plenty of history as they collected their second no hitter in the clubs short existence Thursday.  Reliever Greg Holland got things started for the staff striking out the side in the 1st inning of what hopefully will be his last rehab appearance.  In the bottom of the first Wil Myers would extend his hitting streak while driving in Paulo Orlando to give Chris Dwyer a 1-0 lead when he’d enter in the 2nd.  Up one Dwyer would put together one of those outings that makes you think there is still a chance for the lefty who has struggled the last two seasons.  He worked 6.2 innings of no hit ball working around an error by his shortstop, a couple walks and a batter that he hit striking out 5 in that time and flummoxing Cardinals hitters before getting lifted with two down in the 8th.  The Naturals would turn to Kendal Volz to finish off the no hitter and the former Red Sox farmhand got things handled getting a pair of ground outs after Christian Colon saved his bacon by stabbing a hard hit liner at short.  This no hitter took four pitchers and didn’t include a triple play but I’m sure NW Arkansas fans will take it anytime the Naturals want to throw one in front of them.


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W: Dwyer (2-4, 5.91) L: Rosenthal (2-4, 3.86)
S: Volz (4)

Springfield Cardinals
Kolten Wong2B400000001.308
Jermaine Curtis3B300000012.400
Oscar TaverasCF400000002.320
Kyle ConleyRF400000001.258
Chris SwaugerDH300000001.259
Jake ShafferLF300000000.263
Xavier Scruggs1B300000000.184
Nick DerbaC300000001.203
Greg GarciaSS100000010.250
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Scruggs; Taveras.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Rosenthal (2, pickoff).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Paulo OrlandoRF411000000.286
Christian ColonSS402000001.298
Wil MyersCF201000121.342
John WhittlemanDH300000013.275
Mario Lisson1B400000001.203
Eric Duncan3B411000001.294
Rey Navarro2B400000001.190
Carlo TestaLF300000001.307
Julio RodriguezC302000100.214
TB: Rodriguez, Jul 2; Duncan; Myers; Colon, C 2; Orlando.
RBI: Myers (25), Rodriguez, Jul (4).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, Jul.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Duncan 2; Lisson 2; Whittleman.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Duncan (1, 2nd base off Rosenthal/Derba), Colon, C (4, 2nd base off Rosenthal/Derba).

E: Colon, C (8, throw).

Springfield Cardinals
Trevor Rosenthal (L, 2-4)4.16222603.86
Kevin Thomas1.20000205.31
Jorge Rondon1.01001105.79
Justin Wright1.00000005.40
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Greg Holland1.00000300.00
Chris Dwyer (W, 2-4)6.20002505.91
Brendan Lafferty (H, 3)0.10000003.86
Kendal Volz (S, 4)1.00000000.98
WP: Rosenthal.
Balk: Rondon.


Wilmington Blue Rocks 7 Lynchburg Hillcats 2

Quiet through the first two games of the series with Lynchburg the Rocks bats woke up with a little help from the Hillcats defense to salvage the final game of the series.  Every hitter in the Rocks lineup got at least one hit on the night helping to score single runs in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 7th innings that built a 4-2 lead for starter Sugar Ray Marimon.  With that lead in the 8th the Rocks would put a bit more together using back to back doubles from Brian Fletcher and Brett Eibner to score one run and two out hits RBI single by Alex McClure to plate two more putting the game well out of reach for Lynchburg.  Sugar pitched well again giving the Rocks 7 solid innings leaving due to the fact that they needed to get his piggyback partner some innings as opposed to his pitch count.

Vance Wilson Audio


W: Marimon (3-0, 2.81) L: Schlosser (3-2, 5.02)
S: Garrido (1)

Lynchburg Hillcats
Matt LipkaCF301000100.279
Nick AhmedSS301000001.288
Chris Garcia1B300000112.333
Tim SmithDH400000000.308
Edward Salcedo3B400000001.250
Robby HefflingerRF200000011.222
    1- Kyle RosePR-RF101010000.314
Matt WeaverLF401000002.293
Ryan QueryC311100000.286
Emerson Landoni2B311000001.167
1-Ran for Hefflinger in the 7th.
2B: Query (3, Marimon).
3B: Rose (2, Garrido).
TB: Weaver, M; Landoni; Query 2; Lipka; Rose 3; Ahmed.
RBI: Garcia, C (18), Lipka (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smith, T; Weaver, M.
SAC: Ahmed.
SF: Lipka.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 5.

PO: Rose (1st base by Marimon).

E: Ahmed (9, throw), Query (1, throw), Landoni (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Lipka (McClure at home).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit Merrifield2B412000101.284
Angel FrancoDH401000001.322
Cheslor Cuthbert3B411000100.224
Brian Fletcher1B412100100.310
Brett EibnerCF401100102.205
Roman HernandezLF411000000.218
Geulin BeltreRF321000011.223
Alex McClureSS403000200.210
Juan GraterolC411100000.250
2B: Graterol (1, Schlosser), Fletcher (7, Sims), Eibner (6, Sims).
TB: Hernandez; Fletcher 3; Cuthbert; Beltre; McClure 3; Graterol 2; Eibner 2; Merrifield 2; Franco.
RBI: Fletcher (11), Cuthbert (16), McClure 2 (9), Merrifield (12), Eibner (10).
2-out RBI: Fletcher; Merrifield; McClure.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Eibner; Graterol.
Team RISP: 7-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

SB: Merrifield (7, 2nd base off Schlosser/Query), Beltre (3, 2nd base off Schlosser/Query).
CS: McClure (3, 2nd base by Schlosser/Query), Merrifield (4, 2nd base by Schlosser/Query), Eibner (1, 3rd base by Sims/Query).

Pickoffs: Marimon (Rose at 1st base).

Lynchburg Hillcats
Gus Schlosser (L, 3-2)7.09420505.02
Blaine Sims1.04331007.20
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Sugar Ray Marimon (W, 3-0)7.04222502.81
Santiago Garrido (S, 1)2.02000300.00
WP: Schlosser, Sims 2.

Kane County Cougars 5 Clinton LumberKings 3 

Cougars again tonight couldn’t get things going early but kept plugging away until they got the big hit that would turn their fortunes for them. For the first 6+ innings of the contest it was Clinton pitcher and Bethany, MO native Jordan Shipers quieting the Cougars bats thanks in part to all that work he put in with Jamie Bluma at 68 Inside Sports in the offseason, limiting the Cougars to just 1 run on 2 hits while working around 4 free passes. The Cougars would get Jordan out and take advantage of the bullpens inability to throw strikes ass Danny Mateo, Lane Adams and Michael Antonio would draw walks of relievers John Taylor and Tim Griffin. With Griffin fighting the zone and not wanting to bring home a run via a walk he made an even bigger mistake putting one in a hittable spot for Orlando Calixte who obliged with a grand slam over the left field wall to give Kane County a 5-3 lead.  That home run would be enough for the Cougars to hang on to give them the series win and a chance to go for the sweep tomorrow.

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W: Yambati (1-0, 3.60) L: Taylor (1-2, 5.25)

Clinton LumberKings
Jamal AustinCF512000001.279
Steven BaronC501000100.230
Daniel Paolini1B401100110.246
Jabari BlashDH401000011.218
Jharmidy De Jesus3B410000010.220
Mario YepezRF400000000.200
Guillermo PimentelLF301100001.158
Bryan Brito2B311000100.300
Anthony PhillipsSS402000001.204
2B: Paolini (4, Pounders), Pimentel, G (3, Pounders).
TB: Blash; Paolini 2; Austin 2; Pimentel, G 2; Baron; Brito; Phillips, A 2.
RBI: Brito (1), Paolini (7), Baron (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blash; Phillips, A; De Jesus 3; Pimentel, G; Austin.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.

CS: Brito (1, 2nd base by Pounders/Escobar, E).

E: Brito (2, fielding), Paolini (5, pickoff).
DP: 2 (De Jesus-Brito-Paolini, Phillips, A-Paolini).

Kane County Cougars
Tim FergusonCF400000000.241
Daniel Mateo2B310000010.286
Jorge BonifacioRF300000011.312
Lane AdamsDH310000010.333
Michael Antonio3B310000011.176
Orlando CalixteSS222001420.243
Dean Espy1B400000001.000
Edul EscobarC302100100.250
Runey DavisLF100000010.250
2B: Escobar, E (5, Shipers).
HR: Calixte (4, 8th inning off Taylor, J, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Calixte 5; Escobar, E 3.
RBI: Escobar, E (4), Calixte 4 (17).
2-out RBI: Calixte 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Escobar, E; Bonifacio; Espy; Mateo.
SAC: Davis.
GIDP: Adams, Davis.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

SB: Calixte (2, 2nd base off Griffin/Baron).

E: Antonio (7, fielding).

Clinton LumberKings
Jordan Shipers6.02114201.60
Tim Griffin (H, 2)1.21222102.45
John Taylor (BS, 2)(L, 1-2)0.11221015.25
Kane County Cougars
Brooks Pounders6.05222303.70
Robinson Yambati (W, 1-0)3.04101103.60
Shipers pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Pounders.
Balk: Shipers.


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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 (3)


    Just an observation not a complaint of Myers, but he is striking out a LOT more than in the past….I mean a lot toooo….any reason’s or concerns? Any one seen him hit this yr…I just hope that doesn’t follow him up the ladder…

  • Clint Scoles

    Really don’t know. Greg pointed at the 200 AB mark as a good benchmark based on Royals history of call ups but Wil is hitting so well and learning a new position that he could be called up tomorrow or wait another month. Your guess is as good as mine. Goldstein made a good point last week that the difference between AA/AAA isn’t great so its not hurting Wil much but I would like him to see more advanced secondary offerings and deal with pitchers with a little more savvy.

  • jtt199

    I know we are only 30 games into the season, but when does Myers move up to AAA? He is absolutely crushing the ball in AA.

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