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Diamonds in the Rough 8.8

Just one win in seven tries for Royals affiliates. HR Roll Call David Lough (8) Whit Merrifield (9) Diego Goris (8)


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Whit Merrifield 2-5 HR, 2b, 2 R, RBI

(Photo Minda Haas)

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Jake Odorizzi 7 Ip 4 H 2 R 2 Er 2 BB 4 K 

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Diego Goris 1-4 HR, 4 RBI


Colorado Sky Sox 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 2

A couple ninth inning Sky Sox runs ended a dismal homestand for the Chasers Wednesday afternoon. Starter Jake Odorizzi got through the 7th inning for the first time since joining the Chasers, giving the a quality start.  The right-hander allowed a pair of solo home runs but nothing more besides a couple harmless singles and a pair of walks while also striking out four.  Unfortunately for Jake his offense couldn’t do anymore than giving him a no decision scoring just two runs on 12 hits, one of which came via a David Lough solo home run.  With the game tied reliever Roman Colon created a jam loading the bases with a double, a walk and a intentional walk giving up the tie with a run scoring single before turning things over to Vin Mazzaro.  The newly converted Mazzaro allowed one of the inherited runners to score on a wild pitch before striking out the final two hitters of the inning, Mazzaro since being converted to the bullpen has struck out 19 hitters in 15.1 innings.  The Chasers down 2 couldn’t complete a comeback getting two on but falling short to finish off a 3-5 homestand.

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W: Putnam (3-2, 4.59) L: Colon (3-2, 3.21)
S: Woods (6)

Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Tim WheelerRF500000001.291
Tommy FieldSS311001110.250
Charlie BlackmonCF400000001.315
Andrew BrownDH412100002.313
Brendan Harris3B211000020.306
Charlie Culberson2B400000002.240
Hernan IribarrenLF300000010.309
Chad Tracy1B412001200.272
Wilkin CastilloC400000002.232
2B: Brown, A (29, Colon, R).
HR: Field (8, 1st inning off Odorizzi, 0 on, 1 out), Tracy, C (10, 5th inning off Odorizzi, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Harris, B; Brown, A 3; Field 4; Tracy, C 5.
RBI: Field (38), Tracy, C 2 (69).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Culberson 2; Wheeler, T 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
DP: 2 (Junge-Field-Tracy, C, Culberson-Field-Tracy, C).
Pickoffs: Castillo, W (Robinson, C at 1st base).
Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu2B502100001.329
Johnny Giavotella3B400000000.327
Wil MyersCF413100000.293
Clint RobinsonDH301000010.293
Adam MooreC402000101.250
David LoughRF411001100.278
Christian ColonSS401000000.250
Mitch Maier1B301000010.255
Derrick RobinsonLF401000000.280
2B: Myers (13, Junge), Falu (15, Junge).
HR: Lough (8, 6th inning off Brooks, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Moore 2; Falu 3; Robinson, D; Robinson, C; Myers 4; Lough 4; Colon, C; Maier.
RBI: Moore (19), Lough (56).
2-out RBI: Moore.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lough; Giavotella 2; Colon, C; Falu.
GIDP: Robinson, D, Giavotella.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
CS: Myers (1, 2nd base by Putnam/Castillo, W).
PO: Robinson, C (1st base by Castillo, W).
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Eric Junge4.07112101.80
Ricky Brooks2.01110118.31
Zach Putnam (W, 3-2)2.02000004.59
Coty Woods (S, 6)1.02000005.25
Omaha Storm Chasers
Jake Odorizzi7.04222423.17
Tommy Hottovy1.00000102.81
Roman Colon (L, 3-2)0.12222103.21
Vin Mazzaro0.20000203.75
WP: Colon, R, Mazzaro.
IBB: Iribarren (by Colon, R).


NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Midland Rockhounds 4

The Naturals put on a late rally for a comeback win Wednesday night.  Trailing 4-2 Midland starter and 2011 1st round pick Sonny Gray did not come out for the 8th, giving the Naturals an opportunity to climb back into the game.  The Naturals quickly jumped on that opportunity putting together a pair of singles from Paulo Orlando and Manny Pina to get a run back.  Following a wild pitch that moved Pina to 2nd Rey Navarro came through with a two out hit that evened the game on the way to the 9th.  Following a perfect ninth by Ryan Dennick it was newly called up Whit Merrifield getting things started with one down when he got his second extra base hit of the night moving to second with a double, the Rockhounds would counter with an intentional walk to try to set up the double play.  That strategy would make no difference when with two down Manny Pina would give the Naturals a walkoff win with a RBI single up the middle that scored Merrifield.

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W: Dennick (6-4, 4.19) L: Hunter (2-2, 4.33)

Midland RockHounds
Conner CrumblissLF400000010.254
Tyler LadendorfCF421000010.249
Anthony Aliotti1B502000001.294
Matt RizzottiDH502000101.325
David FreitasC401000102.250
Josh Horton2B412100001.272
Jeremy BarfieldRF411001100.269
Leonardo Gil3B400000002.284
Dusty ColemanSS101100130.201
2B: Horton (24, Mariot), Coleman, D (12, Mariot).
HR: Barfield (10, 2nd inning off Mariot, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Rizzotti 2; Barfield 4; Ladendorf; Coleman, D 2; Horton 3; Freitas; Aliotti 2.
RBI: Freitas (1), Barfield (53), Coleman, D (49), Rizzotti (15).
2-out RBI: Freitas; Coleman, D.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Horton; Crumbliss; Barfield 2; Aliotti.
GIDP: Crumbliss.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
CS: Coleman, D (7, 2nd base by Mariot/Pina).FIELDING
E: Aliotti (6, fielding).
Outfield assists: Barfield (Testa, C at 2nd base).
DP: (Gil-Horton-Aliotti).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF500000001.251
Whit Merrifield2B522101100.400
Paulo OrlandoRF412000010.268
Kevin KouzmanoffDH410000001.293
Manny PinaC312000220.277
Mario Lisson1B402000001.254
Carlo TestaLF401000101.256
Rey Navarro3B402000101.251
Alex McClureSS401000001.228
2B: Merrifield (1, Hunter).
HR: Merrifield (1, 5th inning off Gray, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: McClure; Merrifield 6; Lisson 2; Testa, C; Pina 2; Navarro 2; Orlando 2.
RBI: Testa, C (51), Merrifield (1), Pina 2 (13), Navarro (36).
2-out RBI: Merrifield; Navarro; Pina.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro 4; McClure 2.
GIDP: Merrifield.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
SB: Orlando (15, 2nd base off Daley/Freitas), Testa, C (8, 3rd base off Daley/Freitas), Navarro (9, 2nd base off Daley/Freitas).FIELDING
DP: (Dennick-McClure-Lisson).

Midland RockHounds
Sonny Gray7.07222314.12
Gary Daley (BS, 1)1.03210305.33
Brett Hunter (L, 2-2)0.22111004.33
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Michael Mariot4.09442113.44
Buddy Baumann2.00002204.08
Ryan Dennick (W, 6-4)3.01001404.19
Mariot pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.WP: Gray, Dennick.
IBB: Orlando (by Hunter).
HBP: Kouzmanoff (by Gray).


Winston-Salem Dash 8 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

The Rocks could put together just three singles while the pitching staff got bludgeoned for 8 runs on 13 hits by the Carolina leagues top offense.  The loss pushed the Rocks into a first place tie with the Frederick Keys with 25 games remaining in the next 26 days.


W: Collop (8-2, 3.83) L: Pounders (4-4, 5.43)

Winston-Salem Dash
Keenyn WalkerCF512000001.339
Marcus SemienSS422000011.275
Brandon ShortLF300000110.000
    Cyle HankerdLF000000000.323
Trayce ThompsonRF523100000.250
Dan Black1B423001310.316
Michael EarleyDH511010201.289
Michael BlankeC501100100.225
    Jeremy DowdyC000000000.208
David Herbek3B400000001.356
Daniel Wagner2B401000000.260
2B: Blanke (20, Graffeo), Thompson, Tr (28, Boruff).
3B: Earley (5, Graffeo).
HR: Black, Da (13, 4th inning off Pounders, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Walker 2; Wagner, D; Earley 3; Blanke 2; Black, Da 6; Semien 2; Thompson, Tr 4.
RBI: Earley 2 (63), Black, Da 3 (65), Short (1), Blanke (37).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Herbek; Thompson, Tr; Walker; Earley.
SF: Short.
GIDP: Black, Da.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
SB: Thompson, Tr (18, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla), Earley (5, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla), Walker 3 (11, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla, 3rd base off Pounders/Bonilla, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla).FIELDING
DP: 2 (Wagner, D-Semien-Black, Da, Herbek-Wagner, D-Black, Da).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Angel Franco2B400000001.273
Geulin BeltreRF402000000.242
Lane AdamsCF400000002.222
Matt Fields1B400000001.279
Cheslor Cuthbert3B301000000.223
Orlando CalixteSS300000001.274
Jose BonillaC200000001.223
Murray WattsDH100000021.160
Chris ElderLF300000001.167
TB: Cuthbert; Beltre 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuthbert; Franco.
GIDP: Elder, Adams.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
SB: Beltre (13, 2nd base off Collop/Blanke).FIELDING
E: Bonilla (8, throw), Calixte (12, fielding).
PB: Bonilla (4).
Outfield assists: Beltre (Black, Da at 2nd base).
DP: (Calixte-Franco-Fields, M).

Winston-Salem Dash
Justin Collop (W, 8-2)6.02002603.83
J.R. Ballinger2.00000203.60
Steven Upchurch1.01000003.13
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders (L, 4-4)4.26331115.43
Nick Graffeo1.12221003.91
Tyler Sample2.02101305.85
Chase Boruff1.03220006.89
HBP: Bonilla (by Collop).


Clinton LumberKings 6 Kane County Cougars 2

First place Clinton got after starter Aaron Brooks early scoring six runs off the starter from the 2nd through 4th innings and prevented the Cougars from scoring the final 8 innings to cruise for a win. Kane County went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and were unable to put anything other than a single on the board.  Brooks up and down ride continued dropping his second decision in a row following a run of five consecutive wins.

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W: Kim (3-3, 5.03) L: Brooks (9-11, 4.80)

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B401000002.260
Jack LopezSS411000001.206
Daniel MateoDH511000103.277
Jorge BonifacioRF502000001.282
Michael Antonio3B300000001.223
Alex LlanosCF200000112.283
Tim FergusonLF401000001.294
Dean Espy1B402000001.248
Kevin DavidC300000001.250
TB: Mateo; Trapp, J; Lopez; Espy 2; Ferguson; Bonifacio 2.
RBI: Mateo (56), Llanos (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ferguson 3; Mateo 2; Bonifacio 3.
SF: Llanos.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
SB: Lopez (9, 3rd base off Kim/Villasuso), Antonio (6, 2nd base off Kim/Villasuso), Bonifacio (6, 2nd base off Kim/Villasuso), Trapp, J (21, 2nd base off Brazis/Villasuso).FIELDING
Outfield assists: Bonifacio (Pimentel, G at 2nd base).

Clinton LumberKings
Dillon Hazlett2B310000010.248
Jamal AustinCF411000001.285
Daniel Paolini1B401100002.277
Kevin RiversLF322002410.339
Jabari BlashRF400000001.222
Guillermo PimentelDH424002200.257
Patrick Brady3B300000010.231
David VillasusoC400000003.125
Anthony PhillipsSS300000001.220
2B: Paolini (19, Brooks).
HR: Rivers 2 (3, 2nd inning off Brooks, 0 on, 0 out; 3rd inning off Brooks, 2 on, 2 out), Pimentel, G 2 (9, 2nd inning off Brooks, 0 on, 1 out; 4th inning off Brooks, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Rivers 8; Paolini 2; Austin; Pimentel, G 10.
RBI: Rivers 4 (25), Pimentel, G 2 (46).
2-out RBI: Rivers 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rivers; Phillips, A; Villasuso.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
E: Villasuso (2, throw), Brady (6, throw).
Outfield assists: Blash (Espy at 2nd base).
Kane County Cougars
Aaron Brooks (L, 9-11)6.07662644.80
Cody Fassold1.00000203.75
Michael Giovenco1.01001004.70
Clinton LumberKings
Seon Gi Kim (W, 3-3)5.07221805.03
David Colvin (H, 1)3.01000203.31
Matt Brazis1.00000301.50
WP: Brooks, Kim.
HBP: Antonio (by Kim), Lopez (by Kim), David (by Colvin), Trapp, J (by Brazis).


Ogden Raptors 8 Idaho Falls Chukars 6

The bullpen and particularly Fernando Cruz let a winnable game get away from Idaho Falls Wednesday night.  The converted third baseman gave up 3 runs as part of a four run 8th inning that turned a 6-4 Chukars lead into an 8-6 deficit and eventual loss.  Starter Aroni Nina had a decent start in his Pioneer League debut going 5.1 innings while allowing four hits, three walks while striking out five and giving up three earned runs.

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W: Drowne (2-1, 5.09) L: Cruz (1-3, 7.20)
S: Jones, O (4)

Ogden Raptors
Delvis Morales2B534000000.367
Eric SmithDH422110300.353
Jesus ValdezLF411001212.319
Pat StoverRF400000010.307
Corey SeagerSS511000001.288
Jose CapellanC401000002.326
Tae-Hyeok Nam1B301000012.248
Bladimir Franco3B401000001.143
Malcolm HollandCF210000112.237
2B: Smith, E (13, Cruz, F).
3B: Smith, E (7, Nina).
HR: Valdez, J (6, 8th inning off Cruz, F, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Franco; Capellan, J; Nam; Morales, D 4; Smith, E 5; Valdez, J 4; Seager.
RBI: Smith, E 3 (38), Valdez, J 2 (40), Holland (5).
2-out RBI: Holland.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Holland; Morales, D 2.
SF: Smith, E.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
SB: Holland (24, 2nd base off Nina/Shin).
CS: Morales, D (2, 2nd base by Nina/Shin), Stover (4, 2nd base by Cruz, F/Shin).FIELDING
E: Seager (14, fielding).
PB: Capellan, J (2).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF500000001.335
Adalberto MondesiSS411000010.298
Jin-Ho ShinC411000001.287
Rainier Bello1B412000111.262
Nick DelGuidice3B522010100.278
Diego GorisDH411001400.242
Ysmelin AlcantaraRF400000003.237
Carlos Garcia2B301000010.278
Jerico BlancoLF301000000.197
3B: DelGuidice (1, Caughel).
HR: Goris (5, 6th inning off Caughel, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Garcia, C; Mondesi; DelGuidice 4; Shin; Bello, R 2; Blanco, J; Goris 4.
RBI: DelGuidice (8), Goris 4 (13), Bello, R (25).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Alcantara; Mondesi; Chapman 2; DelGuidice.
SAC: Blanco, J.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
SB: Garcia, C (9, 3rd base off Caughel/Capellan, J).FIELDING
E: Bello, R (7, throw), Mondesi (14, throw).
PB: Shin (5).
Outfield assists: Blanco, J (Nam at 3rd base).

Ogden Raptors
Lindsey Caughel5.15552216.32
Michael Drowne (W, 2-1)1.23111105.09
Alan Garcia (H, 1)1.00000107.59
Owen Jones (S, 4)1.01000204.86
Idaho Falls Chukars
Aroni Nina5.14433505.06
Fernando Cruz (L, 1-3)1.25330317.20
Cory Hall2.02111202.91
Cruz, F pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Caughel, Drowne, Nina 2.
HBP: Holland (by Hall), Shin (by Caughel).


Danville Braves 7 Burlington Royals 1

The Royals were dominated in the third of four games with the Braves getting their lead in the division trimmed to 3.5 games in the process.  The Royals put just one run and two hits on the board  while giving up seven runs on eight hits, five of which came in the 3rd off starter Daniel Hernandez.    The two teams will finish their series Thursday night.


W: Perez (3-1, 3.32) L: Hernandez (3-1, 3.47)

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF-CF400000000.281
Humberto ArteagaSS411100001.269
Bubba StarlingCF300000001.289
    Alex HudakLF100000001.000
Patrick Leonard3B300000101.242
    Adrian Morales3B100000000.182
Cameron GallagherC300000000.290
    Beau MaggiC000000000.184
Fred FordRF300000002.270
Kenneth DiekroegerDH300000001.236
Mark Threlkeld1B301000000.274
    Alexander Marquez1B000000000.160
Jose Rodriguez2B300000001.188
2B: Arteaga (11, Perez, Wi).
TB: Arteaga 2; Threlkeld.
RBI: Leonard (33).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gallagher.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.
Danville Braves
Jose PerazaSS411000000.269
Levi Hyams2B411000000.213
Carlos Franco3B411000101.288
Trenton MosesDH411000100.309
Edison SanchezLF411100101.272
Aris Alcantara1B402100200.288
Troy SnitkerC210000011.320
Felix MarteRF311001201.305
Kurt FlemingCF300000001.274
2B: Sanchez, E (9, Hernandez, D), Alcantara, A (11, Hernandez, D).
HR: Marte, F (7, 6th inning off Morales, J, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Franco, C; Marte, F 4; Sanchez, E 2; Moses; Hyams; Peraza; Alcantara, A 3.
RBI: Franco, C (15), Moses (17), Sanchez, E (16), Alcantara, A 2 (28), Marte, F 2 (22).
2-out RBI: Franco, C; Moses; Sanchez, E; Alcantara, A 2; Marte, F 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snitker.
Team RISP: 4-for-5.
E: Franco, C (10, fielding), Peraza 2 (8, throw, throw).
Burlington Royals
Daniel Hernandez (L, 3-1)5.07550503.47
Julio Morales2.01221014.26
Joe Karlik1.00000000.00
Danville Braves
Williams Perez (W, 3-1)7.01100503.32
Eduardo Castillo1.01000209.33
Jeremy Fitzgerald1.00000103.00



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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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