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Diamonds in the Rough 7.26

Diamonds in the Rough 7.26

2-3 day for Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (10) Brian Fletcher (7) Yem Prades (6) Fred Ford (10) Patrick Leonard (10)


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Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Johnny Giavotella 3-3 2b, HR, BB

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Ryan Dennick 5.2 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 6 K

Patrick Leonard

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Patrick Leonard 2-4 HR, BB, 4 RBI


 New Orleans Zephyrs 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

Johnny Giavotella kept his hot bat going unfortunately the rest of the team couldn’t get much done collecting three hits, two of which were erased by a caught stealing and a pickoff.  With the offense on hiatus starter Chris Dwyer would take a loss giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.  Giavotella extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a 3 for 3 night connecting on his 10th home run and 16th doubles of the season.

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W: Webb (2-0, 1.59) L: Dwyer (1-2, 6.88)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B402000001.320
Johnny Giavotella2B313101110.338
Wil MyersCF400000002.285
Clint Robinson1B200000021.296
Tony AbreuSS400000000.311
David LoughRF401000001.283
Max RamirezDH300000010.304
Derrick RobinsonLF300000001.271
Adam MooreC200000000.248
2B: Giavotella (16, Koehler).
HR: Giavotella (10, 1st inning off Koehler, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Falu 2; Giavotella 7; Lough.
RBI: Giavotella (53).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lough.
GIDP: Ramirez, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
CS: Falu (3, 2nd base by Koehler/Brantly).
PO: Falu (1st base by Koehler).

DP: 3 (Giavotella-Abreu, T-Robinson, C, Abreu, T-Giavotella-Robinson, C 2).

New Orleans Zephyrs
Kevin MattisonCF411000000.243
Gil Velazquez2B300000011.304
Chris CoghlanRF300000100.284
Mike Cervenak1B311000011.346
Gaby SanchezDH412100000.302
Nick GreenSS411001301.343
Rob BrantlyC301000002.571
Chase Lambin3B302000000.268
Chris AguilaLF312001100.263
2B: Sanchez, G (7, Dwyer).
HR: Aguila (4, 6th inning off Dwyer, 0 on, 0 out), Green (10, 7th inning off Hottovy, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Cervenak; Green 4; Mattison; Brantly; Lambin 2; Sanchez, G 3; Aguila 5.
RBI: Coghlan (19), Aguila (17), Green 3 (41).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Coghlan 2.
SF: Coghlan.
GIDP: Sanchez, G, Aguila, Green.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
SB: Mattison (19, 2nd base off Dwyer/Moore).

Outfield assists: Mattison (Ramirez, M at home).
DP: 2 (Lambin-Velazquez-Cervenak, Lambin-Velazquez-Brantly).
Pickoffs: Koehler (Falu at 1st base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Chris Dwyer (L, 1-2)6.07441316.88
Tommy Hottovy1.03111113.11
Blaine Hardy1.00000103.25
New Orleans Zephyrs
Tom Koehler5.16113413.53
Ryan Webb (W, 2-0)2.20001101.59
Chris Hatcher1.00000100.83
Dwyer pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.HBP: Moore (by Koehler).


NW Arkansas Naturals 3 Tulsa Drillers 2

The Naturals jumped into the win column for the first time in awhile getting a pair of home runs to post the victory.  Lefty starter Ryan Dennick came an out short of giving the Naturals a quality start giving his teammates 5.2 scoreless but getting a no decision when Ethan Hollingsworth gave up the 2-0 lead Ryan left with.  Tied at 2 apiece Cuban outfielder Yem Prades connected on a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th with two down to give the Naturals the lead and an eventual win.  Middle infield prospect Christian Colon played in his first game since a DL stint in Arizona going 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

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W: Hollingsworth (1-7, 5.33) L: Sullivan (0-1, 2.42)
S: Gutierrez (2)

Tulsa Drillers
Michael MitchellCF300000001.230
Angelys Nina2B402000000.250
Nolan Arenado3B400000000.258
Kent MatthesRF411001101.217
Mike Zuanich1B300000011.208
Jimmy CesarioDH400000003.210
Tim TorresLF401000001.223
Jose GonzalezC212100010.248
Warren SchaefferSS301000100.178
2B: Gonzalez, J (5, Hollingsworth).
HR: Matthes (17, 7th inning off Hollingsworth, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nina 2; Schaeffer; Gonzalez, J 3; Matthes 4; Torres, T.
RBI: Matthes (40), Schaeffer (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Arenado; Matthes.
GIDP: Arenado.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
SB: Schaeffer (1, 2nd base off Hollingsworth/Pina).
CS: Zuanich (1, 2nd base by Dennick/Pina), Torres, T (4, 2nd base by Hollingsworth/Pina).

DP: (Arenado-Nina-Zuanich).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF411001100.250
Christian ColonSS412100000.296
Brian FletcherLF411001203.266
Kevin KouzmanoffDH300000001.318
Manny PinaC200000010.255
Carlo TestaRF300000000.263
Rey Navarro2B301000001.243
Mario Lisson1B300000001.235
Michael Liberto3B200000011.225
2B: Colon, C (8, Sullivan).
HR: Fletcher (7, 1st inning off Frazier, 1 on, 1 out), Prades (6, 8th inning off Sullivan, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Fletcher 4; Prades 4; Navarro; Colon, C 3.
RBI: Fletcher 2 (16), Prades (27).
2-out RBI: Prades.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fletcher.
GIDP: Lisson.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
DP: 2 (Pina-Colon, C, Colon, C-Navarro-Lisson).

Tulsa Drillers
Parker Frazier7.03222513.73
Josh Sullivan (L, 0-1)1.02110212.42
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ryan Dennick5.23002604.50
Ethan Hollingsworth (BS, 2)(W, 1-7)2.14220015.33
Juan Gutierrez (S, 2)1.000001012.00
WP: Dennick, Hollingsworth.
HBP: Mitchell, M (by Hollingsworth).



Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4 Kane County Cougars 0

First round pick Kyle Zimmer made his full season debut Thursday night in Kane County taking a loss but looking pretty effective in the four innings.  He used all four of his pitches while mixing up the movement on his fastball which registered in as high 97 and sat 94-95 through all four innings.  The fastball while showing plenty of velocity has a wicked tail to his arm side when he wants to break it out tying up right-handers and getting under a couple of their bats for strikeouts.  On top of the fastball variations Zimmer threw three offspeed pitches with a slider, a change up and curveball.  The slider seems to be the offspeed pitch Zimmer was most comfortable on this night throwing it in the low 80’s inducing some weak contact but also hanging a couple that ended up in hits.  While Zimmer mixed in all four pitches giving up four singles and a double in his four innings allowing that double with one out in the fourth and then giving up a single that squeaked through the left side to allow a run to cross.  It was a brief highlight reel of what the #4 overall pick can do earning strikeouts with three of the four pitches and showing good control.  The Wisconsin starter Chad Pierce earned the win despite having a less impressive stuff spotting his fastball and mixing up the Cougars hitters to toss 7 innings of shut out ball to earn the win.

Look for video and audio from Kyle on Friday or Saturday.

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W: Pierce (4-3, 3.35) L: Zimmer (0-1, 2.25)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Chadwin StangCF311000010.270
Max WallaRF310000002.244
Brandon Macias3B300000002.277
Gregory Hopkins2B412100002.286
Nick Ramirez1B402000101.255
Ben McMahanLF401000102.301
Cameron GarfieldC400000002.291
Michael GarzaDH401000002.177
Yadiel RiveraSS412000001.223
2B: Hopkins (16, Zimmer).
TB: McMahan; Ramirez, N 2; Rivera, Y 2; Garza; Hopkins 3; Stang.
RBI: McMahan (47), Ramirez, N (48).
2-out RBI: McMahan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Walla; Garfield.
SAC: Stang; Walla.
GIDP: Garfield.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
PB: Garfield 2 (6).

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B400000003.252
Jack LopezSS401000001.202
Daniel MateoDH402000001.280
Jorge BonifacioRF400000003.290
Michael Antonio3B200000021.223
Alex LlanosCF301000001.299
Julio AparicioLF300000002.295
Dean Espy1B402100001.233
Kevin DavidC400000000.154
2B: Espy (9, Strong).
TB: Mateo 2; Lopez; Espy 3; Llanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Espy; Llanos; Trapp, J; David 3; Antonio 2.
SAC: Aparicio.
Team RISP: 0-for-11.
E: Antonio (23, fielding), Giovenco (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Bonifacio (Hopkins at 3rd base), Aparicio (Garza at 2nd base).
DP: (Lopez-Trapp, J-Espy).

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Chad Pierce (W, 4-3)7.03002803.35
Michael Strong2.03000501.45
Kane County Cougars
Kyle Zimmer (L, 0-1)4.05110502.25
Andrew Triggs3.01000500.96
Michael Giovenco1.02311303.93
Jason Mitchell1.01000104.93
HBP: Macias (by Giovenco), Llanos (by Pierce).


Burlington Royals 9 Pulaski Mariners 2

This Burlington crew is a bit too much for the Appy League at this point winning their ninth game in a row and fifteenth in sixteen tries Thursday.  The Royals are doing much of their damage with big bats like the one Fred Ford takes to the plate connecting on his league leading 10th home run of the season in the 2nd as part of a 4 run inning that grabbed the lead away 4-1.  Ford grabbed that lead from Patrick Leonard who has lead the league much of the season but it was short lived after Leonard connected on his 10th of the season to tie Ford with a three run shot in the 4th.  Those runs were plenty for the foursome of Royals pitchers that limited Pulaski to just three hits and two runs.


W: Peterson (4-0, 2.02) L: Marte (1-3, 3.80)

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF510000012.286
Humberto ArteagaSS422000100.274
Bubba StarlingCF411100211.286
Patrick Leonard3B412001411.225
Kenneth Diekroeger2B300000022.262
Cameron GallagherC311000020.313
Fred FordRF411001210.270
Beau MaggiDH501000002.167
Mark Threlkeld1B523100001.277
2B: Threlkeld (9, Marte, W), Starling (3, Marte, W).
HR: Ford (10, 2nd inning off Marte, W, 1 on, 0 out), Leonard (10, 4th inning off Gonzalez, I, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Arteaga 2; Leonard 5; Ford 4; Gallagher; Starling 2; Threlkeld 4; Maggi.
RBI: Ford 2 (21), Starling 2 (18), Arteaga (19), Leonard 4 (24).
2-out RBI: Starling 2; Arteaga; Leonard 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Diekroeger, K 3; Leonard; Gore 2; Maggi.
GIDP: Ford.
Team RISP: 4-for-17.
SB: Gore 2 (17, 2nd base off Marte, W/Marlette, 3rd base off Marte, W/Marlette), Leonard (2, 2nd base off Marte, W/Marlette), Diekroeger, K (3, 2nd base off Marte, W/Marlette).
CS: Ford (3, 2nd base by Gonzalez, I/Marlette).
PO: Ford (1st base by Gonzalez, I).

DP: (Leonard-Diekroeger, K-Threlkeld).

Pulaski Mariners
Martin PegueroSS310000000.220
Felipe Burin2B300000011.234
Dario PizzanoRF400000001.280
Reginald LawsonDH400000002.244
Jabari HenryCF301100010.218
Tyler MarletteC411000001.280
Phillips CastilloLF200000000.210
Jordy Lara3B301000001.144
Gilmer Lampe1B200000100.197
2B: Henry, J (6, Caramo).
TB: Marlette; Lara, J; Henry, J 2.
RBI: Lampe (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Henry, J; Lara, J.
SF: Lampe.
GIDP: Lampe.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
SB: Peguero, M (2, 3rd base off Fairchild/Gallagher), Burin (2, 2nd base off Fairchild/Gallagher).

E: Peguero, M (8, throw), Lara, J (6, fielding).
DP: (Burin-Peguero, M-Lampe).
Pickoffs: Gonzalez, I (Ford at 1st base).

Burlington Royals
Austin Fairchild1.012211018.00
Mark Peterson (W, 4-0)1.00000002.02
Yender Caramo (H, 1)6.02000403.71
Ben Tomchick1.00001100.00
Pulaski Mariners
Wander Marte (L, 1-3)2.04444413.80
Isliexel Gonzalez2.02401012.01
Nolan Diaz3.01002303.27
Lars Huijer2.04111206.00
Fairchild pitched to 2 batters in the 2nd.
Marte, W pitched to 2 batters in the 3rd.WP: Fairchild 2.
HBP: Arteaga (by Marte, W), Peguero, M (by Fairchild), Castillo, P (by Fairchild).


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 (2)

  • rybarns

    Good thing the Royals have Yuni and Getz tearing it up in the majors and blocking Gio’s path.

  • unclejesse

    I have never been a Gio hater but at the same time I have never been one of the guys screaming that he needs to be up now. But dang he is starting to change my mind, this guy is flat out killing it in AAA. For the same reason it frustrated me last year that our best AAA pitcher (Mendoza) was never getting called, Gio is just doing everything he can to force the Royals hand. Come on GMDM let the players play. Why have minor league teams if you arent going to bring up the ones that should be graduating to the next level.

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