Diamonds in the Rough 8.1 Reviewed by Momizat on . Rough day for Royals affiliates just coming out with 2 wins.  HR Roll Call Yem Prades (8) Geulin Beltre (4) Dean Espy (3) Diego Goris (4) Rainier Bello (4) Ke Rough day for Royals affiliates just coming out with 2 wins.  HR Roll Call Yem Prades (8) Geulin Beltre (4) Dean Espy (3) Diego Goris (4) Rainier Bello (4) Ke Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 8.1

Rough day for Royals affiliates just coming out with 2 wins.  HR Roll Call Yem Prades (8) Geulin Beltre (4) Dean Espy (3) Diego Goris (4) Rainier Bello (4) Kenny Diekroeger (8) 


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Geulin Beltre 2-4 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Matt Ridings 6.1 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER 0 BB 4 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Yender Caramo 7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K


Omaha Storm Chasers 6 Reno Aces 3

Starter Doug Davis gave the Chasers a quality start in their return to Omaha which helped them earn a win.  Shortstop Tony Abreu kept up his hot hitting going 2 for 4 with a double and 2 driven in to team with his middle infield partner Johnny Giavotella to drive in five Chaser runs.  Reno jumped on Davis in the third getting a walk, three singles and a double to plate three runs to take a 3-0 lead.  The Chasers would jump right back in the bottom half of the inning plating four with a bases loaded single by Gio that scored one and a double by Abreu that pushed two across.  A Wil Myers ground out as part of his 0 for 4 day scored Gio to push the lead to 4-2.  Omaha’s lefty righted the ship tossing a scoreless 4th but the Reno starter and former local Omaha product Zach Kroenke could not do the same giving up two more on a Giavotella single to help Omaha build a 6-3 lead.  Relievers Roman Colon and Vin Mazzaro would take over for Davis in the 7th finishing off the final 3 innings scoreless with just three hits allowed.


W: Davis (6-2, 3.60) L: Kroenke (5-3, 5.57)
S: Mazzaro (4)

Reno Aces
Adam EatonCF412000011.383
Jake ElmoreSS511000001.363
Josh BellDH511100203.359
Mike Jacobs1B400000013.290
Cole GillespieLF301000112.305
A.J. PollockRF301000001.344
Taylor Harbin3B302000000.309
Tyler Bortnick2B401000000.200
Konrad SchmidtC400000002.246
2B: Bell, J (20, Davis, D).
TB: Pollock; Bell, J 2; Elmore; Bortnick; Gillespie; Eaton 2; Harbin 2.
RBI: Bell, J 2 (58), Gillespie (54).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schmidt 3; Bortnick; Pollock; Eaton.
SAC: Pollock.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
PO: Eaton (1st base by Davis, D).

Outfield assists: Gillespie (Giavotella at 2nd base), Pollock (Robinson, C at 3rd base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B311000001.320
Johnny Giavotella2B412000301.332
Tony AbreuSS402100200.320
Wil MyersCF400000102.293
Clint Robinson1B301100010.292
David LoughRF400000001.281
Max RamirezC401000001.297
Jason BourgeoisLF121000010.210
Derrick RobinsonDH322000000.280
2B: Abreu, T (36, Kroenke), Robinson, C (28, Kroenke).
TB: Falu; Robinson, D 2; Bourgeois; Giavotella 2; Robinson, C 2; Abreu, T 3; Ramirez, M.
RBI: Giavotella 3 (59), Abreu, T 2 (70), Myers (62).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez, M 2; Falu.
SAC: Falu; Bourgeois.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
E: Abreu, T (18, fielding).
PB: Ramirez, M (3).
Pickoffs: Davis, D (Eaton at 1st base).

Reno Aces
Zach Kroenke (L, 5-3)5.09662105.57
Sam Demel2.01000304.76
Joe Paterson1.00000204.73
Omaha Storm Chasers
Doug Davis (W, 6-2)6.06333803.60
Roman Colon (H, 1)2.02000302.63
Vin Mazzaro (S, 4)1.01000203.92
HBP: Harbin (by Davis, D).


Tulsa Drillers 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

Noel Arguelles had another tough start going 4 innings while allowing seven hits, five walks and six runs (5 ER) creating too big of a deficit to overcome.  Cuban Yem Prades hit his 8th home run of the season while Brian Fletcher went 2 for 5 with a run scored.

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W: Gardner (5-7, 4.69) L: Arguelles (2-12, 7.74)
S: Sullivan (13)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF511001102.252
Christian ColonDH500000000.292
Brian FletcherLF512000002.273
Kevin Kouzmanoff1B422100000.309
Manny PinaC301000010.292
Paulo OrlandoRF301000110.260
Mario Lisson3B403000100.253
Rey Navarro2B400000002.244
    Michael Liberto2B000000000.234
Alex McClureSS301100011.224
2B: Kouzmanoff (6, Outman), McClure (3, Gardner).
HR: Prades (8, 4th inning off Outman, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Fletcher 2; McClure 2; Kouzmanoff 3; Lisson 3; Pina; Prades 4; Orlando.
RBI: Orlando (28), Lisson (40), Prades (31).
2-out RBI: Orlando.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro 3; McClure 2; Fletcher.
GIDP: Kouzmanoff.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
SB: Kouzmanoff (1, 2nd base off Outman/Gonzalez, J).

E: Lisson (10, throw).
DP: 2 (Lisson-Navarro-Kouzmanoff, McClure-Navarro-Kouzmanoff).

Tulsa Drillers
Corey DickersonLF402100110.272
Michael MitchellCF421000011.238
Nolan Arenado3B412100000.262
Ben Paulsen1B211100110.246
Angelys NinaSS300000110.241
Jimmy Cesario2B300000011.238
Mike ZuanichDH212001120.235
Tim TorresRF300000111.215
Jose GonzalezC411100001.250
2B: Paulsen (15, Arguelles), Gonzalez, J (6, Arguelles), Dickerson (12, Arguelles), Arenado (24, Arguelles).
HR: Zuanich (4, 2nd inning off Arguelles, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Arenado 3; Mitchell, M; Zuanich 5; Paulsen 2; Dickerson 3; Gonzalez, J 2.
RBI: Paulsen (38), Zuanich (11), Dickerson (19), Nina (44), Torres, T (15).
2-out RBI: Paulsen; Dickerson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nina; Mitchell, M; Torres, T.
GIDP: Gonzalez, J, Nina.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
SB: Mitchell, M (18, 2nd base off Arguelles/Pina).
CS: Dickerson (3, 2nd base by Lafferty/Pina), Mitchell, M (13, 2nd base by Runion/Pina).

Outfield assists: Mitchell, M (McClure at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Mitchell, M-Cesario, Nina-Cesario-Paulsen).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Noel Arguelles (L, 2-12)4.07655117.74
Brendan Lafferty2.21002305.04
Sam Runion1.11001000.00
Tulsa Drillers
Josh Outman4.08442614.54
Joe Gardner (W, 5-7)3.03000004.69
Michael Marbry (H, 7)1.00000003.35
Josh Sullivan (S, 13)1.00001102.51
WP: Arguelles 2, Outman, Gardner, Sullivan.
HBP: Paulsen (by Arguelles).


Wilmington Blue Rocks 9 Winston-Salem Dash 4

Winston-Salem has one of the few friendly hitting environments in the Carolina League and the Rocks took advantage Wednesday night.  Designated hitter Murray Watts and left fielder Geulin Beltre took the most advantage each collecting a pair of hits while driving in three each.  Watts got the scoring started for the Rocks punching in a pair with his fourth double since joining the Wilmington squad later scoring on a Beltre single.  The Rocks would hold that 4-0 lead until the 7th when their offense would one alive again with a run scoring single from Watts and a two run home run by Beltre to stretch the lead to 7-0.  Starter Matt Ridings would run into problems in the 7th after shutting out the Dash up until that point but would earn the win thanks to the big lead and the bullpen finishing off the job.  Trouble aside Riding 6.1 innings, 5 hit, 3 run effort is pretty solid in that park.


W: Ridings (3-1, 3.30) L: Johnson (1-2, 2.95)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Orlando CalixteSS512000100.264
Brett EibnerCF501100102.196
Matt Fields1B500000002.302
Lane AdamsRF411000000.217
Cheslor Cuthbert3B310000011.221
Whit Merrifield2B423100100.263
Murray WattsDH412100302.206
Jose BonillaC310000011.238
Geulin BeltreLF422001300.225
2B: Watts (4, Johnson, E), Merrifield (20, Johnson, E), Eibner (21, Bachanov).
HR: Beltre (4, 7th inning off Upchurch, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Eibner 2; Merrifield 4; Calixte 2; Beltre 5; Adams; Watts 3.
RBI: Watts 3 (5), Beltre 3 (27), Calixte (16), Merrifield (36), Eibner (43).
2-out RBI: Beltre 3; Calixte; Merrifield; Eibner.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Watts; Fields, M.
GIDP: Beltre.
Team RISP: 7-for-11.
SB: Merrifield (24, 3rd base off Johnson, E/Smith, K).

E: Calixte (11, fielding).

Winston-Salem Dash
Daniel Wagner2B400000100.268
Michael EarleyLF301000020.291
Trayce ThompsonCF500000002.240
Dan Black1B412000000.311
Cyle HankerdRF400000001.326
Kevan SmithC411001201.263
David HerbekSS311000011.370
Michael BlankeDH412100000.220
Juan Silverio3B401000101.250
2B: Blanke (17, Cruz, A).
HR: Smith, K (2, 7th inning off Ridings, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Smith, K 4; Earley; Blanke 3; Black, Da 2; Herbek; Silverio.
RBI: Smith, K 2 (10), Silverio (44), Wagner, D (20).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hankerd; Thompson, Tr 2; Blanke 2.
SF: Wagner, D.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
E: Herbek (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Earley (Calixte at 2nd base).
DP: (Wagner, D-Herbek-Black, Da).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Matt Ridings (W, 3-1)6.15330413.30
Antonio Cruz1.23112104.76
Robinson Yambati1.00001101.80
Winston-Salem Dash
Erik Johnson (L, 1-2)6.16630502.95
Steven Upchurch1.13221113.27
Jon Bachanov1.12111204.21
WP: Cruz, A, Upchurch 2.


Beloit Snappers 8 Kane County Cougars 6

After Wednesday night Bryan Brickhouse may have learned he doesn’t want to challenge Twins prospect Miguel Sano.  The large and powerful third base prospect connected on a three run home run in the first inning to push Beloit up early and backed it up again in the 2nd with a two run double.  Those five runs put the Brickhouse and his teammates behind the eight ball which lead to back to back losses despite a five run 5th that pulled them within a run.  The Cougars tied the game in the 7th with a Daniel Mateo RBI single but couldn’t hang onto the positives as the bullpen gave up runs in the bottom half of the 7th and another in the 8th to hand Kane back to back losses.

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W: Melotakis (2-1, 1.13) L: Fassold (1-3, 4.09)
S: Jones (2)

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B511000201.257
Jack LopezSS401000010.203
Daniel Mateo3B501000202.275
Jorge BonifacioRF501000001.286
Julio AparicioLF300000011.279
Dean Espy1B311001110.233
Henry MorenoDH311000002.221
Kenny SwabC311000010.242
Tim FergusonCF422000002.294
HR: Espy (3, 5th inning off Rogers, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Moreno; Mateo; Swab; Trapp, J; Lopez; Espy 4; Ferguson 2; Bonifacio.
RBI: Espy (17), Trapp, J 2 (37), Mateo 2 (50).
2-out RBI: Mateo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonifacio; Aparicio; Trapp, J.
GIDP: Trapp, J, Bonifacio, Swab.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
SB: Lopez (8, 2nd base off Rogers/Koch).

Outfield assists: Ferguson (Wickens at 2nd base).
DP: (Ferguson-Fassold-Lopez-Espy).

Beloit Snappers
Nate RobertsRF423100100.290
Wang-Wei LinCF520000001.230
Eddie Rosario2B513100100.305
Miguel Sano3B512101502.248
Kennys Vargas1B311100011.314
Matthew KochC100000011.255
Stephen WickensDH401000001.292
JaDamion WilliamsLF301000100.224
Tyler GrimesSS412010001.213
2B: Vargas, K (3, Brickhouse), Sano (20, Brickhouse), Roberts, N (9, Brickhouse), Rosario, Ed (22, Fassold).
3B: Grimes (3, Culver).
HR: Sano (21, 1st inning off Brickhouse, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Wickens; Grimes 4; Vargas, K 2; Roberts, N 4; Sano 6; Williams, J; Rosario, Ed 4.
RBI: Sano 5 (81), Rosario, Ed (43), Williams, J (27), Roberts, N (21).
2-out RBI: Sano 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Williams, J; Vargas, K; Sano.
SAC: Koch.
SF: Williams, J.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
E: Rosario, Ed 2 (12, fielding, missed catch), Sano (36, throw), Atherton (1, pickoff).
DP: 3 (Grimes-Rosario, Ed-Vargas, K 3).

Kane County Cougars
Bryan Brickhouse4.08661216.46
Cody Fassold (L, 1-3)3.03111504.09
Malcom Culver1.02110004.10
Beloit Snappers
Taylor Rogers5.05541517.00
Tim Atherton (H, 3)1.22111002.06
Mason Melotakis (BS, 1)(W, 2-1)0.22002101.13
Zachary Jones (S, 2)1.20000300.00
Balk: Brickhouse.
HBP: Moreno (by Rogers), Roberts, N (by Brickhouse), Koch (by Brickhouse).


Ogden Raptors 5 Idaho Falls Chukars 4

Starter Sam Selman had his most difficult start since turning pro struggling with his control in his four innings. The left-hander put away seven via strikeout but also handed out five free passes in only four innings of his no decision start.  The Chukars took a 3-1 lead to the 5th inning following a two run home run by Rainier Bello but converted reliever Fernando Cruz struggled mightily giving up four hits, two walks and four runs in the 5th to put Idaho Falls behind.  A solo home run by Diego Goris in the 9th cut the lead to one but they could get no closer dropping the first game of the second half for Idaho Falls.

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W: Frias (5-3, 4.31) L: Cruz (1-2, 6.75)
S: Downing (2)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF312000000.352
Adalberto MondesiSS300000000.289
Elier HernandezRF401000100.226
Nicholas Cuckovich3B411000000.280
Jin-Ho ShinC100000000.281
    Travis LaneC300000001.094
Rainier Bello1B411001201.276
Parker MorinDH401000001.275
Diego GorisLF411001101.304
Carlos Garcia2B402200001.287
2B: Garcia, C 2 (7, Frias, Downing).
HR: Bello, R (4, 4th inning off Frias, 1 on, 1 out), Goris (4, 9th inning off Downing, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Garcia, C 4; Hernandez; Cuckovich; Chapman 2; Bello, R 4; Morin; Goris 4.
RBI: Hernandez (22), Bello, R 2 (23), Goris (9).
2-out RBI: Goris.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez; Garcia, C; Cuckovich; Mondesi.
SAC: Mondesi; Chapman.
GIDP: Shin.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
SB: Morin (1, 2nd base off Frias/Smith, E), Chapman (15, 2nd base off Frias/Smith, E).

PB: Shin (4).
Outfield assists: Goris (Nam at home).
DP: 2 (Lane-Garcia, C, Goris-Lane).

Ogden Raptors
Delvis Morales2B511000001.211
Eric SmithC221100020.354
Jeremy RathjenRF312100210.371
Pat StoverLF411000002.339
Tae-Hyeok Nam1B302000111.255
Corey SeagerSS300000110.247
JJ EthelDH400000003.216
Bladimir Franco3B200000021.154
Malcolm HollandCF401100001.242
2B: Smith, E (10, Selman, S), Rathjen (8, Cruz, F), Holland (5, Middendorf).
TB: Morales, D; Stover; Smith, E 2; Rathjen 3; Nam 2; Holland 2.
RBI: Rathjen 2 (31), Nam (12), Seager (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Seager 2; Morales, D 2; Nam; Holland; Smith, E.
Team RISP: 4-for-18.
SB: Seager (4, 2nd base off Selman, S/Lane), Morales, D (2, 2nd base off Cruz, F/Lane).
CS: Rathjen (6, 2nd base by Selman, S/Lane).

E: Franco (3, fielding).
DP: (Frias-Seager-Nam).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Sam Selman4.02105701.49
Fernando Cruz (L, 1-2)2.04442006.75
David Middendorf2.02000203.51
Ogden Raptors
Carlos Frias (W, 5-3)6.07320314.31
Gregg Downing (S, 2)3.02110214.13
WP: Selman, S, Frias.

Elizabethton Twins 3 Burlington Royals 2 F/11

The Royals dropped their third game in a row despite a very nice 7 inning 3 hit start from starting pitcher Yender Caramo.  Second baseman Kenny Diekroeger hit his 8th home run since joining the Burlington squad and outfielder Terrance Gore stole his 19th base of the season.  16th round selection Austin Fairchild continued his struggles walking 2 and allowing a run while not recording an out.


W: Duffey (1-0, 3.38) L: Martinez (1-2, 2.41)

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF311000021.273
Humberto ArteagaSS400000001.258
Bubba StarlingCF500000001.275
Patrick Leonard3B402100111.252
Kenneth Diekroeger2B411001112.246
Cameron GallagherC500000001.281
Fred FordRF400000001.258
Beau MaggiDH401000003.178
Mark Threlkeld1B301000010.281
2B: Leonard (3, Nunez, L).
HR: Diekroeger, K (8, 2nd inning off Arevalo, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Diekroeger, K 4; Leonard 3; Gore; Threlkeld; Maggi.
RBI: Diekroeger, K (24), Leonard (30).
2-out RBI: Leonard.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Leonard; Gallagher.
SAC: Arteaga.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Gore (19, 2nd base off Arevalo/Quesada).
CS: Threlkeld (2, 2nd base by Arevalo/Quesada), Leonard (2, 2nd base by Arevalo/Quesada).

Elizabethton Twins
Candido PimentelLF501000000.370
Niko GoodrumSS401000112.243
Max KeplerCF400000013.280
Joshua Hendricks1B501100001.281
Adam WalkerRF511010001.257
Travis Harrison3B500000003.307
Kelvin MentionDH310000010.225
    a- Jhonatan AriasPH-DH100000000.323
Michael QuesadaC412000110.259
Jorge Polanco2B402100101.321
a-Grounded out for Mention in the 11th.
2B: Hendricks, J (6, Walter), Polanco, J (13, Martinez, Jo).
3B: Walker (3, Martinez, Jo).
TB: Polanco, J 3; Walker 3; Quesada 2; Goodrum; Hendricks, J 2; Pimentel, C.
RBI: Goodrum (31), Polanco, J (14), Quesada (10).
2-out RBI: Goodrum; Quesada.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kepler 2; Mention; Hendricks, J 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.
Burlington Royals
Yender Caramo7.03110603.29
Austin Fairchild0.001120022.50
John Walter (BS, 1)2.02000302.08
Jossiel Martinez (L, 1-2)1.23112202.41
Elizabethton Twins
Ricardo Arevalo4.01115315.82
Luis Nunez2.02000207.84
J.T. Chargois2.02110300.96
Christian Powell2.01000202.38
Tyler Duffey (W, 1-0)1.00000103.38
Fairchild pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.WP: Fairchild 2.
IBB: Goodrum (by Martinez, Jo).

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 (3)

  • Clint Scoles

    Arguelles stuff has never developed as Pregnant said. He’s working with a high 80’s low 90 fastball and an alright change but nothing great with either that or his breaking ball. I’ve heard he also lacks work ethic.


    kcastrofan, Zach lives in the Wilmington area so I don’t he’s seen him this yr, but probably saw him a lot last yr…..also Arguelles has been throwing BP in live games all yr. This start is nothing new. I wish I could help you out w/ the cause but I have never seen him pitch. I have read that his velo hasn’t ever really recovered post surgery. Hope that helps.

  • kcastrofan

    Hey Clint / Zach –

    What is Arguelles body language like of late. It seems he is throwing BP every time out of late. There is always the discussion of (young) foreign players needing time to adjust but his numbers have been dismal. Is it surgery-related? Attitude? No stuff?

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