Diamonds in the Rough 6.26 Reviewed by Momizat on . Royals affiliates went 2-3 with losses in both rookie leagues.  HR Roll Call Cheslor Cuthbert (5)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Cheslor Cuthbert 2 Royals affiliates went 2-3 with losses in both rookie leagues.  HR Roll Call Cheslor Cuthbert (5)    Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Cheslor Cuthbert 2 Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 6.26

Royals affiliates went 2-3 with losses in both rookie leagues.  HR Roll Call Cheslor Cuthbert (5) 


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Cheslor Cuthbert 2-4 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

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Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Will Smith 7.2 IP 5 H 1 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K 80/103 Strikes/P



Omaha Storm Chasers 5 Oklahoma City RedHawks 1

Ten days between starts is all lefty Will Smith needed to find his groove.  The Royals left-hander was outstanding in his first start back matching his longest outing and highest K total of the year while allowing just 5 hits and one unearned run to gain his second AAA victory of the season.  The Chasers offense gave him enough runs to gain that victory by coming up with a big 8th inning, scoring 3 runs on a three consecutive singles and a two run double by David Lough.  The win pushed Omaha’s road record over .500 for the first time this season while also moving their lead in the division to 16 games over second place Iowa.

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W: Smith (2-4, 4.13) L: Galarraga (1-1, 2.16)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Anthony SeratelliSS411010011.286
Johnny Giavotella2B311000110.302
Wil MyersCF411000011.313
Clint RobinsonDH411000101.318
Max Ramirez1B302000010.321
David LoughRF401100200.285
Derrick RobinsonLF311000010.306
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B402100101.266
Cody ClarkC300000001.176
2B: Kouzmanoff (15, Galarraga), Lough (12, Valdez, J).
3B: Seratelli (2, Galarraga).
TB: Giavotella; Robinson, C; Myers; Lough 2; Kouzmanoff 3; Ramirez, M 2; Seratelli 3; Robinson, D.
RBI: Giavotella (28), Kouzmanoff (25), Robinson, C (44), Lough 2 (42).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Giavotella; Lough; Kouzmanoff 2.
SAC: Clark, C.
SF: Giavotella.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
SB: Seratelli (9, 3rd base off Aristil/Corporan).
CS: Kouzmanoff (1, 2nd base by Galarraga/Corporan).

E: Giavotella (2, throw), Lough (5, fielding).

Oklahoma City RedHawks
Brandon BarnesCF400000002.330
Jimmy Paredes2B400000000.309
Scott Moore1B400000001.318
Mike HessmanDH400000002.277
Fernando MartinezRF402000001.340
Brett Wallace3B403100000.273
Brad SnyderLF401000002.312
Jordan KrekeSS400000001.200
Carlos CorporanC311100001.241
2B: Corporan (6, Smith, W), Wallace (12, Sisk).
TB: Wallace 4; Martinez, F 2; Snyder; Corporan 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kreke 3; Wallace.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Outfield assists: Martinez, F (Ramirez, M at 2nd base).
DP: (Wallace-Moore, S).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Will Smith (W, 2-4)7.25100704.13
Brandon Sisk1.12000303.13
Oklahoma City RedHawks
Armando Galarraga (L, 1-1)6.05223302.16
Sergio Perez1.00000104.78
Jose Valdez0.15330005.40
Mickey Storey0.20000103.68
Jonnathan Aristil1.00002007.79



Wilmington Blue Rocks 11 Potomac Nationals 2

I don’t know what happened to the Blue Rocks offense but I like it.  The Rocks were no hit for 7 innings yesterday but since have exploded for 19 runs including 11 runs during their Tuesday thumping of the Nationals.  The Rocks put a pair on the board in the first thanks to a sac fly and a RBI double by Bret Eibner to take an early 2-0 lead.  That lead would be cut in half with Brooks Pounders on the mound and stay steady there until the 5th inning when a Nationals error scored a Rocks run and extended the inning giving them the ability to tack on a couple more and push their lead to 5-1.  The sixth would include another error by the Nationals and 3 more runs from the Rocks including a 2 run home run by Cheslor Cuthbert, his third and fourth RBI of the night.  The Rocks would tack on three more in the 7th to give them their first double digit scoring effort of the year to coast home to an easy win.


W: Pounders (1-2, 4.67) L: Ray (3-4, 5.26)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldDH311000130.262
Orlando CalixteSS422000010.391
Cheslor Cuthbert3B422001401.227
Brett EibnerCF401100013.196
Lane AdamsRF400000110.105
Matt Fields1B310000111.188
Jose BonillaC311000021.254
Roman HernandezLF532100100.220
Luis Piterson2B411000102.239
2B: Eibner (14, Ray), Hernandez (7, Demmin).
HR: Cuthbert (5, 6th inning off Demmin, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Piterson; Bonilla; Eibner 2; Merrifield; Hernandez 3; Calixte 2; Cuthbert 5.
RBI: Cuthbert 4 (32), Adams (5), Fields, M (3), Hernandez (10), Piterson (6), Merrifield (25).
2-out RBI: Cuthbert 3; Fields, M; Merrifield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fields, M; Merrifield; Bonilla 2; Cuthbert.
SAC: Piterson.
SF: Cuthbert.
GIDP: Cuthbert, Calixte.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
SB: Merrifield (17, 2nd base off Ray/Freitas), Bonilla (1, 2nd base off Ray/Freitas).

Pickoffs: Bonilla (Taylor at 1st base).

Potomac Nationals
Blake Kelso3B401000000.226
Adrian Sanchez2B401000002.264
Rick HagueSS312000111.219
David FreitasC401100101.283
Jason MartinsonDH401000001.208
Michael TaylorCF401000001.229
Stephen King1B400000001.176
Kevin KeyesLF300000002.200
    a- Sam PalacePH100000001.000
J.P. RamirezRF411000001.276
a-Struck out for Keyes in the 9th.
2B: Freitas (15, Pounders).
TB: Sanchez, A; Kelso; Taylor; Martinson; Ramirez, J; Hague 2; Freitas 2.
RBI: Freitas (27), Hague (19).
2-out RBI: Freitas.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, J 2; Martinson 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
SB: Taylor (11, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla), Hague (8, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla).
PO: Taylor (1st base by Bonilla).

E: Sanchez, A (4, throw), Hague (8, fielding).
DP: 2 (Kelso-Sanchez, A-King, Hague-Sanchez, A-King).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders (W, 1-2)5.17221704.67
Cole White2.21000204.46
Nick Graffeo1.00000205.40
Potomac Nationals
Robbie Ray (L, 3-4)4.24556305.26
Ryan Demmin2.16632215.00
Joe Testa2.00001304.42
WP: Pounders 2.
HBP: Fields, M (by Demmin).


Beloit Snappers 8 Kane County Cougars 0

Things didn’t go well in the box or on the hill Tuesday night for the Cougars.  Starter Kellen Moen was knocked around in his 4.2 innings giving up a pair of home runs and 7 runs while on the mound.  Those runs were more than enough to take down the Cougars who managed just 3 hits and a pair of walks off Snappers starter Matthew Summers who pitched a complete game shutout.  Reliever Andrew Triggs made his first appearance for the Cougars striking out 2 in his one inning.

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W: Summers (7-4, 3.69) L: Moen (3-4, 5.58)

Beloit Snappers
Nate RobertsLF523101300.320
Wang-Wei LinDH401000001.243
Miguel Sano3B400000013.236
Drew LeachmanRF511100001.286
Steven Liddle1B311100021.258
Jonathan GoncalvesCF412010101.273
Adam Bryant2B500000100.258
Matthew KochC423001201.301
Tyler GrimesSS411000001.225
2B: Roberts, N (5, Moen), Leachman (6, Moen), Liddle (3, Triggs).
3B: Goncalves (3, Moen).
HR: Koch (6, 2nd inning off Moen, 0 on, 2 out), Roberts, N (3, 4th inning off Moen, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Goncalves 4; Liddle 2; Grimes; Lin, W-W; Koch 6; Roberts, N 7; Leachman 2.
RBI: Koch 2 (26), Roberts, N 3 (13), Bryant (27), Goncalves (25).
2-out RBI: Koch; Roberts, N 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lin, W-W; Grimes 2; Roberts, N; Koch.
SF: Goncalves.
GIDP: Sano.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Grimes (6, 2nd base off Moen/Escobar, E).

E: Grimes (16, fielding).
DP: 2 (Sano-Bryant-Liddle 2).
Pickoffs: Summers (Ferguson at 1st base).

Kane County Cougars
Justin TrappDH301000011.240
Jack LopezSS400000002.158
Daniel Mateo2B400000001.305
Jorge BonifacioRF300000000.306
Michael Antonio3B300000000.230
Alex LlanosCF301100001.218
Murray Watts1B201000010.216
Edul EscobarC300000000.175
Tim FergusonLF300000000.273
2B: Llanos (3, Summers).
TB: Trapp, J; Watts; Llanos 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonifacio.
GIDP: Escobar, E 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
PO: Ferguson (1st base by Summers).

E: Antonio (17, throw), Mateo (22, throw).
DP: (Antonio-Mateo-Watts).

Beloit Snappers
Matthew Summers (W, 7-4)9.03002503.69
Kane County Cougars
Kellen Moen (L, 3-4)4.28761425.58
Robinson Yambati3.13112303.72
Andrew Triggs1.01000200.00
WP: Summers 2, Moen.
HBP: Lin, W-W (by Moen), Koch (by Moen).


Bluefield Blue Jays 3 Burlington Royals 0

The Royals had just four singles which wasn’t enough as each member of their pen gave up a run to take a shutout defeat.  Speedy Terrance Gore stole his fifth base of the young season and starter Colin Rodgers pitched three scoreless innings despite not striking out a hitter in that time.  We should see Bubba Starling in the lineup on Wednesday.


W: Comer (1-1, 2.25) L: Stueve (0-1, 7.88)
S: Broussard (1)

Bluefield Blue Jays
Jason Leblebijian3B500000000.222
Christian Lopes2B402100000.280
Dwight Smith, Jr.CF401000000.143
Art Charles1B200000021.318
Seth ConnerC401000000.182
Dickie ThonSS321010000.231
Eric ArceLF300000101.077
Matthew DeanDH402100102.273
Carlos RamirezRF411001101.348
2B: Dean (2, Rodgers), Lopes (1, Martinez, Jo).
3B: Thon, D (1, Martinez, Jo).
HR: Ramirez, C (1, 5th inning off Stueve, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Dean 3; Smith, D; Lopes 3; Ramirez, C 4; Thon, D 3; Conner.
RBI: Ramirez, C (6), Arce (1), Dean (6).
2-out RBI: Ramirez, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopes; Conner.
SF: Arce.
GIDP: Conner.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
E: Leblebijian (1, throw).

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreCF401000001.308
Humberto ArteagaSS400000001.231
Kenneth Diekroeger2B401000001.105
Chris ElderLF301000011.400
Fred FordRF400000003.192
Beau MaggiC300000001.100
    Alexander MarquezC000000000.000
Mark Threlkeld1B300000000.241
Adrian Morales3B300000000.118
Jose RodriguezDH301000000.154
TB: Diekroeger, K; Gore; Elder; Rodriguez, Js.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Elder; Arteaga; Maggi; Ford.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
SB: Gore (5, 2nd base off Robson/Conner), Elder (1, 2nd base off Robson/Conner).

E: Peterson (1, pickoff).
DP: (Arteaga-Diekroeger, K-Threlkeld).

Bluefield Blue Jays
Tom Robson4.03000103.38
Kevin Comer (W, 1-1)4.01000402.25
Colby Broussard (S, 1)1.00001306.75
Burlington Royals
Colin Rodgers3.02000000.00
Andrew Stueve (L, 0-1)2.13110217.88
Jossiel Martinez2.22112201.42
Mark Peterson1.01110101.93
WP: Stueve.
HBP: Thon, D (by Peterson).


Ogden Raptors 6 Idaho Falls Chukars 3

Five errors is hard to overcome and that was definitely the case for the Chukars in the second game of their three gamer with first place Ogden.  It was a tough night for sixteen year old shortstop Adalberto Mondesi who committed two errors in the first inning, three overall while also going 0 for 4 at the plate with 2 strikeouts.  The shortstops errors cost starter Sam Selmon a run and a few extra pitches forcing the left-hander that the Royals are going very slow with to make it through just 2.2 innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs (1 ER) during his start.  The infield had a brutal night as a whole with third baseman Nick DelGuidice making an error, catcher Jin-Ho Shin committing a throwing error as well as allowing a passed ball.  Those five errors and the passed ball helped the Raptors to four unearned runs taking the win and pushing their lead in the division back to two games over the Chukars and Rockies.

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W: Stem (1-0, 0.00) L: Hentges (0-1, 11.25)
S: Gonzalez (2)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF402000000.382
Adalberto MondesiSS400000002.333
Elier HernandezRF400000002.306
Nicholas CuckovichLF421000001.265
Jin-Ho ShinC301100110.259
Rainier Bello1B402100101.361
Parker MorinDH400000001.250
Carlos Garcia2B411100001.267
Nick DelGuidice3B301000010.267
2B: Bello, R (4, De Aza), Garcia, C (1, De Aza), Shin (2, De Aza).
TB: Garcia, C 2; Cuckovich; Chapman 2; DelGuidice; Shin 2; Bello, R 3.
RBI: Bello, R (9), Shin (4).
2-out RBI: Shin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez; Bello, R; Mondesi 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
SB: Chapman 2 (3, 2nd base off De Aza/Capellan, J, 2nd base off Stem/Capellan, J).

E: Mondesi 3 (6, fielding, missed catch, fielding), DelGuidice (1, throw), Shin (1, throw).
PB: Shin (1).
Outfield assists: Chapman (Sweeney, D at 2nd base).
DP: (Bello, R-Mondesi).

Ogden Raptors
Darnell SweeneySS323000200.371
Devin ShinesLF412000002.250
Eric SmithDH411000001.448
Jesus ValdezRF300000011.484
Justin Boudreaux2B400000101.200
Tae-Hyeok Nam1B310000011.269
Alex Santana3B401000002.294
Jose CapellanC211000011.500
Devon EthierCF300000002.125
TB: Capellan, J; Sweeney, D 3; Smith, E; Santana, A; Shines 2.
RBI: Sweeney, D 2 (10), Boudreaux (6).
2-out RBI: Sweeney, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Boudreaux; Valdez, J; Santana, A.
SF: Sweeney, D.
GIDP: Valdez, J.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Sweeney, D 2 (4, 2nd base off Selman, S/Shin, 2nd base off Selman, S/Shin), Valdez, J (1, 2nd base off Selman, S/Shin), Boudreaux (2, 2nd base off Hall/Shin).
CS: Santana, A (1, 2nd base by Selman, S/Shin).

E: Sweeney, D (4, fielding), Ethier (2, fielding).
DP: 2 (Sweeney, D-Nam, Sweeney, D).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Sam Selman2.24210301.69
Fernando Cruz3.12100509.00
Chase Hentges (L, 0-1)1.023132011.25
Cory Hall1.00000100.00
Ogden Raptors
Carlos De Aza5.26321207.20
Craig Stem (W, 1-0)1.12000100.00
Scott Griggs (H, 1)1.00001300.00
Sawil Gonzalez (S, 2)1.00000200.00
Hentges pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Selman, S, Hentges, De Aza.


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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