Diamonds in Rough 7.28 Reviewed by Momizat on . Royals came away with just 2 wins in seven chances Saturday.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (30)  Mario Lisson (9) Matt Fields (13) Juan Graterol (2) Kenny Diekroeg Royals came away with just 2 wins in seven chances Saturday.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (30)  Mario Lisson (9) Matt Fields (13) Juan Graterol (2) Kenny Diekroeg Rating:
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Diamonds in Rough 7.28

Royals came away with just 2 wins in seven chances Saturday.  HR Roll Call Wil Myers (30)  Mario Lisson (9) Matt Fields (13) Juan Graterol (2) Kenny Diekroeger (7) 


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Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Mario Lisson 3-5 3b, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI

Michael Mariot

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Michael Mariot 6 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 1 K


Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Patrick Leonard 3-5 2b, R, 2 RBI


Oklahoma City Redhawks 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 2

The Chasers had plenty of hits Saturday night but they struggled with runners in scoring position which lead to their third straight loss and fifth in a row to Oklahoma City.  Struggling prospect Wil Myers snapped out of his slump going 2 for 3 with a walk and his 30th home run of the season.  Unfortunately the Chasers didn’t get much else going scoring just one other run due to a 2 for 9 performance with runners in scoring position.  While they struggled scoring starter Ryan Verdugo had trouble preventing runs to the Redhawks as well, giving up six runs in five innings on six hits including four that went for extra bases.

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W: Cisnero (1-0, 1.29) L: Verdugo (7-3, 3.82)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B501000100.311
Johnny Giavotella2B501000001.331
Wil MyersCF312001121.285
Clint Robinson1B401000001.293
Tony AbreuSS402100000.313
David LoughRF401100000.280
Max RamirezDH400000002.304
Adam MooreC411100000.248
Derrick RobinsonLF301000011.272
2B: Lough (15, Cisnero), Abreu, T (31, Del Rosario), Moore (7, Valdez, J).
HR: Myers (17, 4th inning off Cisnero, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Moore 2; Falu; Robinson, D; Robinson, C; Giavotella; Myers 5; Lough 2; Abreu, T 3.
RBI: Myers (50), Falu (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M 2; Robinson, C 2; Lough 2; Myers.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.
Oklahoma City RedHawks
Brandon BarnesCF400000002.335
Jimmy Paredes2B411100001.325
Fernando MartinezLF422000000.331
Mike Hessman1B311100112.254
Brett WallaceDH221001301.300
Matt Dominguez3B402100201.245
Travis BuckRF400000002.333
Angel SanchezSS300000010.294
Landon PowellC300000002.267
2B: Paredes (19, Verdugo), Hessman (14, Verdugo), Dominguez, M (20, Verdugo).
HR: Wallace, B (16, 3rd inning off Verdugo, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Dominguez, M 3; Wallace, B 4; Martinez, F 2; Hessman 2; Paredes 2.
RBI: Hessman (63), Wallace, B 3 (57), Dominguez, M 2 (62).
2-out RBI: Hessman; Wallace, B 3; Dominguez, M 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dominguez, M; Buck, T.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
E: Barnes (3, throw).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Ryan Verdugo (L, 7-3)5.06662613.82
Jeremy Jeffress1.00000105.14
Brandon Sisk1.00000203.31
Vin Mazzaro1.01000204.06
Oklahoma City RedHawks
Jose Cisnero (W, 1-0)7.06112311.29
Enerio Del Rosario1.01001004.32
Jose Valdez1.03110305.12
HBP: Wallace, B (by Verdugo), Wallace, B (by Verdugo).


NW Arkansas Naturals 12 Springfeld Cardinals. 4 

The Naturals have struggled to score runs in the 2nd half of the season but that wasn’t the case on this night after exploding for 16 hits.  Six different Naturals hitters had multi-hit games including three, Christian Colon, Mario Lisson and Manny Pina who had three each.  All those hits accounted for twelve Naturals runs giving Michael Mariot his fourth win at AA as he navigated six inning scoreless despite just one strikeout.  Colon has had a strong return to AA getting a hit in all four games played going 7 for 14 with a pair of doubles.

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W: Mariot (4-3, 3.26) L: Castillo (5-4, 4.17)
S: Baumann (2)

Springfield Cardinals
Kolten Wong2B512100101.284
Jermaine CurtisDH301000100.310
Oscar TaverasCF200000000.326
    Vance Albitz3B200000000.172
Jamie Romak1B200000020.248
Chris SwaugerRF400000000.292
Greg GarciaSS310000011.289
Audry PerezC411001201.270
Adam MelkerLF401000000.247
Jose Garcia3B-CF211000020.257
2B: Wong (14, Baumann).
HR: Perez, A (4, 9th inning off Baumann, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Garcia, Jo; Wong 3; Perez, A 4; Curtis; Melker.
RBI: Wong (38), Curtis (15), Perez, A 2 (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Swauger.
GIDP: Curtis, Albitz.
Team RISP: 2-for-4.
E: Garcia, Jo (12, throw).
DP: (Castillo, R-Wong-Romak).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF510000001.246
Christian Colon2B513100200.302
Brian FletcherDH422000011.265
Kevin Kouzmanoff1B500000001.269
Manny PinaC413000110.278
Paulo OrlandoRF421000211.258
Carlo TestaLF522010200.262
Mario Lisson3B523011400.243
Alex McClureSS512100103.228
2B: McClure (2, Castillo, R), Colon, C (9, Castillo, R).
3B: Lisson (2, Castillo, R), Testa, C (4, Thomas).
HR: Lisson (9, 1st inning off Castillo, R, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Fletcher 2; Testa, C 4; McClure 3; Pina 3; Colon, C 4; Orlando; Lisson 8.
RBI: Orlando 2 (27), Testa, C 2 (45), Lisson 4 (39), Colon, C 2 (26), McClure (4), Pina (8).
2-out RBI: Orlando 2; Testa, C; Lisson 3; Colon, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Prades; Fletcher; McClure 2; Pina; Colon, C.
GIDP: Orlando.
Team RISP: 7-for-17.
DP: 2 (Colon, C-McClure-Kouzmanoff, Baumann-McClure-Kouzmanoff).

Springfield Cardinals
Richard Castillo (L, 5-4)3.0111082114.17
Kevin Thomas3.04221404.81
Justin Wright2.01000204.57
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Michael Mariot (W, 4-3)6.03002103.26
Buddy Baumann (S, 2)3.03443214.23
Castillo, R pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.WP: Thomas 2.
HBP: Curtis (by Mariot).


Carolina Mudcats 8 Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

Leondy Perez made his first start in over a month going four innings but taking a no decision in the Blue Rocks loss Saturday.  Both of Leondy’s hits allowed went for extra bases leading to a run  in his four innings while striking out a pair.  The Rocks put up four runs thanks in part to Matt Fields 13th home run but it wasn’t enough when shortstop Orlando Calixte’s two errors lead to four unearned runs off reliever Chase Boruff.


W: Roberts (4-6, 5.99) L: Boruff (1-6, 5.84)

Carolina Mudcats
Tony Wolters2B401010000.262
Delvi CidLF422000000.286
Giovanny Urshela3B310000101.256
Jesus Aguilar1B413100301.294
Carlos MoncriefCF210000020.248
Ronny RodriguezSS310000000.263
Anthony GallasRF311001400.271
Tyler CannonDH300000000.260
Alex MonsalveC210000011.225
2B: Aguilar (24, Perez, L).
3B: Wolters (6, Perez, L).
HR: Gallas (7, 6th inning off Boruff, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Aguilar 4; Cid 2; Wolters 3; Gallas 4.
RBI: Aguilar 3 (50), Gallas 4 (44), Urshela (45).
2-out RBI: Aguilar 3; Gallas 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, Rn 2.
SF: Urshela.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
DP: (Rodriguez, Rn-Wolters-Aguilar).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldLF301000100.263
Brett EibnerCF400000002.196
Lane AdamsDH300000011.229
Matt Fields1B412001101.317
Cheslor Cuthbert3B300000000.225
Orlando CalixteSS412000000.264
Juan GraterolC121001200.338
    Jose BonillaC100000000.246
Geulin BeltreRF301000000.221
Luis Piterson2B303100000.281
2B: Piterson (5, Jimenez).
HR: Graterol (2, 2nd inning off Jimenez, 1 on, 0 out), Fields, M (13, 5th inning off Roberts, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Piterson 4; Merrifield; Calixte 2; Beltre; Graterol 4; Fields, M 5.
RBI: Graterol 2 (12), Merrifield (35), Fields, M (23).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuthbert 2; Eibner 3.
SF: Merrifield.
GIDP: Cuthbert.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
SB: Merrifield (22, 3rd base off Jimenez/Monsalve), Adams (6, 2nd base off Jimenez/Monsalve).

E: Calixte 2 (10, throw, fielding).

Carolina Mudcats
Francisco Jimenez2.04221114.88
Will Roberts (W, 4-6)5.06220315.99
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Leondy Perez4.02111203.67
Chase Boruff (L, 1-6)2.03511115.84
Antonio Cruz1.02221004.66
WP: Jimenez, Cruz, A.
HBP: Graterol (by Roberts), Cuthbert (by Roberts).


Kane County Cougars 3 Quad Cities River Bandits 2

The Cougars were facing another defeat when a late rally bailed them and starter Kyle Smith out of a loss.  Down 2-1 first baseman Henry Moreno got things starter with a single, then used a sac bunt from Dean Espy to move him into scoring position.  With catcher Kevin David up manager Brian Buchanon chose to pinch hit Daniel Mateo, the move turned out to be a game changer as the switch hitting infielder knocked his 8th triple of the season to center field tying the game and moving just 90 feet away.  Following a hit by pitch and a strikeout shortstop Jack Lopez came through with the game winning hit on a single through the right side.  Starter Kyle Smith was bailed out after giving up six hits and a pair of walks in five innings allowing two runs to cross.

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W: Mitchell (4-5, 4.79) L: Wyatt (4-3, 2.51)

Quad Cities River Bandits
Matt WilliamsSS503100001.282
Stephen Piscotty3B500000001.286
David MedinaRF302000210.264
David Bergin1B300000011.308
Juan CastilloC400000001.275
Anthony GarciaLF401100002.285
Nick MartiniCF400000000.240
Jeremy PattonDH400000001.169
Anthony Melchionda2B424000000.297
2B: Garcia, A (30, Smith, K), Williams, M (25, Smith, K).
TB: Melchionda 4; Medina 2; Williams, M 4; Garcia, A 2.
RBI: Medina 2 (53).
2-out RBI: Medina.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castillo, J; Bergin 3; Piscotty, S 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-12.
SB: Melchionda (1, 2nd base off Fassold/David).

E: Piscotty, S (6, throw).
Outfield assists: Medina (Trapp, J at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Medina-Piscotty, S, Williams, M-Melchionda-Bergin).

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B502000001.255
Jack LopezSS512000101.205
Jorge BonifacioRF400000002.286
Julio AparicioLF401000001.281
Michael Antonio3B400000001.221
Henry Moreno1B412000001.219
Dean EspyDH300000001.226
Kevin DavidC100000020.143
    a- Daniel MateoPH111010100.281
Tim FergusonCF201000011.283
a-Tripled for David in the 9th.
3B: Mateo (8, Wyatt).
TB: Moreno 2; Mateo 3; Trapp, J 2; Lopez 2; Ferguson; Aparicio.
RBI: Mateo (48), Lopez (4).
2-out RBI: Lopez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Trapp, J; Lopez.
SAC: Espy.
GIDP: Espy.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
E: Lopez (9, throw).
DP: (Lopez-Moreno-Antonio).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Dail Villanueva6.05102404.10
Kyle Barraclough (H, 1)2.01001400.00
Heath Wyatt (BS, 5)(L, 4-3)0.23220102.51
Kane County Cougars
Kyle Smith5.06222303.74
Cody Fassold2.01000104.20
Jason Mitchell (W, 4-5)2.03000304.79
HBP: Ferguson (by Wyatt).


Grand Junction Rockies 11 to Idaho Falls Chukars 5

Starter Clayton Schultz difficult season continued taking a loss after giving up four runs in six innings of the Chukars game with Grand Junction.  Reliever Andrew Durden also had a difficult night giving up six runs in his inning of work which ruined any chance of a Idaho Falls win.

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W: Butler (4-1, 2.73) L: Schulz (2-5, 7.78)

Grand Junction Rockies
Juan Ciriaco2B533000111.336
David DahlCF421100310.356
Matt Wessinger3B311000200.286
Jeffrey PopickLF401000201.346
Ryan GarveyDH513001301.295
Julian YanRF402000000.248
Michael RamirezC500000001.000
Correlle Prime1B423000011.250
Jason StolzSS522100000.264
2B: Stolz (10, Schulz), Dahl (9, Strahm).
HR: Garvey (5, 7th inning off Durden, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ciriaco 3; Yan, J 2; Wessinger; Prime 3; Garvey 6; Stolz 3; Popick; Dahl 2.
RBI: Garvey 3 (19), Ciriaco (14), Dahl 3 (28), Wessinger 2 (20), Popick 2 (21).
2-out RBI: Garvey 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Yan, J; Dahl; Ramirez, M 2.
SAC: Wessinger.
SF: Popick; Wessinger.
GIDP: Ramirez, M.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
SB: Ciriaco 2 (14, 3rd base off Schulz/Morin, 2nd base off Durden/Morin), Wessinger (11, 2nd base off Durden/Morin), Yan, J (2, 2nd base off Durden/Morin).

E: Popick (1, fielding), Stolz (8, fielding), Ciriaco (7, fielding).
DP: 2 (Ciriaco-Stolz-Prime 2).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF522000001.343
Adalberto MondesiSS510000002.297
Elier HernandezRF412000201.228
Nicholas Cuckovich3B301000200.275
Jin-Ho ShinDH401000001.276
Rainier Bello1B402100100.270
Parker MorinC400000000.280
Diego GorisLF400000002.333
Nick DelGuidice2B413100001.250
2B: Bello, R (10, Gonzalez, R), DelGuidice (2, Roliard).
TB: Hernandez 2; Cuckovich; Chapman 2; DelGuidice 4; Shin; Bello, R 3.
RBI: Hernandez 2 (19), Cuckovich 2 (23), Bello, R (21).
2-out RBI: Hernandez 2; Cuckovich; Bello, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bello, R; Morin 2; Mondesi.
SF: Cuckovich.
GIDP: Morin, Chapman.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
E: Morin (2, throw).
DP: (DelGuidice-Bello, R).

Grand Junction Rockies
Eddie Butler (W, 4-1)7.07330502.73
Rayan Gonzalez1.03200004.11
Kyle Roliard1.01000302.63
Idaho Falls Chukars
Clayton Schulz (L, 2-5)6.08442307.78
Andrew Durden1.056610154.00
Matthew Strahm2.03110206.46
Durden pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Butler, E, Schulz 2.
HBP: Yan, J (by Durden).


Pulaski Mariners 7 Burlington Royals 6

A blown save cost the Royals a win ending their ten game winning streak.  The loss ruined another good day at the plate for the Royals who put up 12 hits and 6 runs including Patrick Leonard’s good day, going 3 for 5 with a double and two driven in.  It was reliever Jossiel Martinez third blown save of the season.


W: Holman (2-2, 1.72) L: Martinez (1-1, 2.12)

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF512000100.283
Humberto ArteagaSS500000001.264
Bubba StarlingCF511000001.280
Patrick Leonard3B513100201.242
Kenneth Diekroeger2B411001213.262
Cameron GallagherDH401100000.301
Fred FordRF411010002.280
Beau MaggiC311000010.174
Mark Threlkeld1B402000101.300
2B: Leonard (2, Chen), Gallagher (7, Chen).
3B: Ford (1, Ogando, J).
HR: Diekroeger, K (7, 5th inning off Chen, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Leonard 4; Diekroeger, K 4; Gore 2; Ford 3; Gallagher 2; Starling; Threlkeld 2; Maggi.
RBI: Threlkeld (17), Gore (9), Leonard 2 (29), Diekroeger, K 2 (20).
2-out RBI: Threlkeld; Gore.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Arteaga; Maggi; Gore.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
SB: Gore (18, 2nd base off Chen/Marlette).
CS: Leonard (1, 2nd base by Ogando, J/Marlette).

E: Arteaga (3, fielding).
DP: 2 (Arteaga-Diekroeger, K-Threlkeld, Diekroeger, K-Arteaga-Threlkeld).

Pulaski Mariners
Martin Peguero2B421000010.230
Felipe Burin3B401000000.255
    a- Gilmer LampePH101010200.210
Dario PizzanoRF111000020.291
Reginald LawsonDH400000002.242
Jabari HenryCF423101101.232
Phillips CastilloLF411100202.225
Jordy Lara1B400000000.152
Tyler MarletteC402000001.286
    1- Franklin DiazPR010000000.087
Bryan BritoSS300000000.167
a-Tripled for Burin in the 9th.
1-Ran for Marlette in the 9th.
2B: Castillo, P (5, Conroy), Henry, J (7, Morales, J).
3B: Lampe (1, Martinez, Jo).
HR: Henry, J (2, 2nd inning off Conroy, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Marlette 2; Pizzano; Lampe 3; Castillo, P 2; Henry, J 7; Burin; Peguero, M.
RBI: Henry, J (16), Castillo, P 2 (11), Lampe 2 (10).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lawson; Henry, J; Lara, J.
SAC: Brito.
GIDP: Brito, Lawson.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
E: Peguero, M (9, fielding), Burin (4, fielding).
Outfield assists: Henry, J (Threlkeld at 2nd base).

Burlington Royals
Patrick Conroy6.07431513.27
Julio Morales (H, 1)2.01111102.63
Jossiel Martinez (BS, 3)(L, 1-1)0.12221002.12
Pulaski Mariners
Jochi Ogando4.05221703.31
Min-Sih Chen4.06431116.26
David Holman (W, 2-2)1.01000101.72
WP: Conroy.
Balk: Conroy.
HBP: Pizzano (by Conroy).



AZL A’s 6 AZL Royals 4

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W: Voiro (2-0, 0.00) L: Deshazier (0-1, 8.64)
S: Massey (1)
AZL Athletics
Addison RussellSS422001200.414
B.J. BoydCF100000011.313
    Herschel PowellCF200000000.300
Renato NunezDH402100100.400
Matthew Olson1B401100002.324
Vicmal De La CruzRF400000002.237
Ryan MathewsLF301100010.231
Philip PohlC221000000.333
Daniel Robertson3B311001300.176
Christopher Wolfe2B312100000.333
2B: Olson (3, Nina), Wolfe (1, Nina), Nunez, R (1, Nina), Mathews, R (2, Nina).
HR: Russell (2, 3rd inning off Deshazier, 0 on, 2 out), Robertson (2, 7th inning off Nina, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Russell 5; Nunez, R 3; Robertson 4; Pohl; Mathews, R 2; Olson 2; Wolfe 3.
RBI: Robertson 3 (5), Russell 2 (8), Nunez, R (2).
2-out RBI: Russell.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Powell; Mathews, R; De La Cruz, Vi.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
E: Russell (3, fielding).
Outfield assists: De La Cruz, Vi (Patino at 2nd base).

AZL Royals
Ariel EstadesCF411100002.212
Ramon TorresSS300000011.318
Diego Goris3B201000000.510
    Mauricio Ramos3B200000000.250
Mark Donato1B300000000.255
Chad JohnsonC301000000.241
Alexis RiveraDH110000020.405
Jerrell AllenRF210000011.250
Alfredo Patino2B301000100.265
Marsalis HollowayLF010000010.200
    Alex HudakLF200000100.167
2B: Estades (1, Hollstegge).
TB: Johnson, C; Goris; Patino; Estades 2.
RBI: Patino (4), Hudak (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Patino; Ramos, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
SB: Holloway (1, 2nd base off Voiro/Pohl).

PB: Johnson, C (2).
Outfield assists: Allen (Boyd at 3rd base).

AZL Athletics
Daniel Petitti0.21000100.00
Vincent Voiro (W, 2-0)2.11101200.00
Lee Sosa (H, 2)3.00001107.50
Tyler Hollstegge0.22333009.45
Taylor Massey (S, 1)0.10000002.25
AZL Royals
Torey Deshazier (L, 0-1)3.23221518.64
Aroni Nina3.17441019.82
Nina pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.WP: Massey 2, Nina 2.
Balk: Deshazier.
HBP: Pohl (by Nina).



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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