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Diamonds in the Rough 8.16

4-2 record by Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Diego Goris (6) Patrick Leonard (13)


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Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Derrick Robinson 3-5 2b, 3 R, RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Andy Ferguson 6 Ip 4 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 9 K 

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Patrick Leonard 3-4 2b, HR, 2 RBI


Omaha Storm Chasers 7 Las Vegas 51s 6 F/11 

Starter Chris Dwyer couldn’t back up his complete game start last time out but was saved from a loss Thursday with a late game comeback.  The lefty lasted just four innings while allowing 11 hits and six runs (5 ER).  The Chasers would trail 6-2 into the 9th when they would rally to tie the game with a a walk and three hits to pull within a run, ultimately tying the game on an a two out error by third baseman Chris Woodward.  That error would send the game to extra innings where back to back doubles in the 11th from Adam Moore and Irving Falu would give the Chasers the lead and ultimately the win.

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W: Colon (4-2, 3.00) L: Korecky (3-2, 3.54)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving FaluSS602100200.328
Anthony Seratelli3B603100101.298
Johnny Giavotella2B600000000.323
Wil MyersCF411000010.296
Clint Robinson1B401000000.296
    1- Mitch MaierPR-1B111100000.258
David LoughRF401000012.281
Max RamirezDH511000102.301
Derrick RobinsonLF533100100.280
Cody ClarkC300000000.179
    a- Adam MoorePH-C211100100.251
a-Grounded out for Clark, C in the 9th.
1-Ran for Robinson, C in the 9th.
2B: Seratelli (14, Chavez), Robinson, D (10, Carpenter, D), Maier (4, Beck), Moore (11, Korecky), Falu (17, Korecky).
TB: Moore 2; Falu 3; Robinson, D 4; Seratelli 4; Robinson, C; Lough; Myers; Ramirez, M; Maier 2.
RBI: Seratelli (62), Falu 2 (42), Ramirez, M (69), Robinson, D (25), Moore (21).
2-out RBI: Seratelli; Falu.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Myers; Giavotella 2; Clark, C; Seratelli; Ramirez, M.
GIDP: Robinson, C, Giavotella.
Team RISP: 6-for-21.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Lough (25, 2nd base off Everts/Phillips), Falu (19, 2nd base off Beck/Phillips).

E: Robinson, C (13, fielding).
Outfield assists: Myers (Hughes, L at home).

Las Vegas 51s
Jonathan Diaz2B411100010.255
Luke HughesRF613110102.263
Chris Woodward3B614000000.286
Ricardo NanitaLF611000101.307
    Kenen BailliLF000000000.278
Brian BocockSS503100210.429
Danny PeralesCF600000001.296
Tuffy GosewischDH401000013.325
    a- Jack CustPH-DH100000001.172
Paul PhillipsC512100001.295
Kevin Howard1B512100101.277
a-Struck out for Gosewisch in the 11th.
2B: Hughes, L (9, Dwyer), Diaz, J (8, Dwyer), Phillips (2, Dwyer), Bocock (2, Dwyer), Howard, K (3, Hottovy).
3B: Hughes, L (2, Dwyer).
TB: Diaz, J 2; Nanita; Bocock 4; Howard, K 3; Phillips 3; Hughes, L 6; Gosewisch; Woodward 4.
RBI: Bocock 2 (5), Howard, K (6), Hughes, L (21), Nanita (45).
2-out RBI: Nanita; Bocock.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bocock; Gosewisch 2; Perales 2; Diaz, J 2; Hughes, L.
SAC: Diaz, J; Phillips.
Team RISP: 8-for-21.
Team LOB: 14.

SB: Howard, K (3, 2nd base off Dwyer/Clark, C), Nanita (3, 2nd base off Dwyer/Clark, C).

E: Bocock (3, throw), Woodward (10, fielding).
PB: Phillips (6).
DP: 2 (Diaz, J-Bocock-Howard, K 2).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Chris Dwyer4.011650306.70
Blaine Hardy2.03000303.32
Tommy Hottovy1.02000102.70
Juan Gutierrez1.010011011.25
Roman Colon (W, 4-2)3.00002203.00
Las Vegas 51s
Jesse Chavez6.06220303.87
Clint Everts1.00001002.58
Jerry Gil1.01000004.92
David Carpenter0.23431003.20
Chad Beck1.12000201.49
Bobby Korecky (L, 3-2)1.02110003.54
WP: Gutierrez, J.


Midland Rockhounds 13 NW Arkansas Naturals 3

Ouch !  That is all I can really say about J.C. Sulbaran’s start as the newly acquired prospect from the Reds system gave up eleven runs on nine hits and five walks including two grand slams on the three home runs that he gave up.  The Naturals gave up four home runs with three of them coming off the bat of Conner Crumbliss who drove in seven runs with those three homers.  The Naturals couldn’t leave the yard with any of their five hits dropping a lopsided affair.

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W: Castro (2-4, 4.47) L: Sulbaran (0-1, 10.64)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF411100000.265
Whit Merrifield2B310000011.250
Brian FletcherLF411100202.255
Paulo OrlandoRF402100001.278
Manny PinaC200000110.260
Mario Lisson1B300000012.255
Carlo TestaDH301000002.258
    a- Julio RodriguezPH-DH100000001.225
Rey Navarro3B300000001.250
    b- Michael LibertoPH100000001.217
Alex McClureSS300000001.227
    c- Kevin KouzmanoffPH100000000.280
a-Struck out for Testa, C in the 9th. b-Struck out for Navarro in the 9th. c-Grounded out for McClure in the 9th.
2B: Prades (23, Castro, F), Fletcher (7, Guzman), Orlando (13, Hunter).
TB: Fletcher 2; Testa, C; Prades 2; Orlando 3.
RBI: Fletcher 2 (26), Pina (16).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro 2; McClure; Lisson.
SF: Pina.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

DP: 2 (Merrifield-McClure-Lisson, McClure-Merrifield-Lisson).

Midland RockHounds
Conner CrumblissLF443003710.255
Tyler LadendorfCF411100111.249
Anthony Aliotti1B511000001.291
Miles Head3B412000101.247
Josh Horton2B400000012.274
David FreitasC221000020.308
Jeremy BarfieldRF321001411.271
Beau TaylorDH412100001.244
Dusty ColemanSS310000012.209
2B: Taylor (4, Sulbaran), Ladendorf (20, Sulbaran).
HR: Crumbliss 3 (8, 1st inning off Sulbaran, 0 on, 0 out; 3rd inning off Sulbaran, 3 on, 1 out; 8th inning off Lafferty, 1 on, 0 out), Barfield (12, 1st inning off Sulbaran, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Head 2; Barfield 4; Ladendorf 2; Taylor 3; Crumbliss 12; Freitas; Aliotti.
RBI: Crumbliss 7 (43), Barfield 4 (58), Ladendorf (53), Head (22).
2-out RBI: Barfield 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Coleman, D; Taylor.
GIDP: Horton, Aliotti.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Coleman, D (18, fielding).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
J.C. Sulbaran (L, 0-1)3.09111153310.64
Ryan Dennick4.01001504.48
Brendan Lafferty1.01221115.09
Midland RockHounds
Fabio Castro (W, 2-4)5.01112804.47
Jose Guzman2.03221104.00
Brett Hunter1.01000104.40
Ian Krol1.000002015.43
Castro, F pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

HBP: Head (by Lafferty).


Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Lynchburg Hillcats 1

Starter Andy Ferguson has been quite the revelation at High A Wilmington since arriving.  The 18th round pick out of Arkansas State upped his strikeout numbers to over a K per inning with his nine strikeouts Thursday while lowering his ERA to 3.22 with his four hit, one run, six inning start .  If the starter has had a fault in his seven starts it would be the long ball as the righty has given up five in that time but when you are attacking the zone the way he does (7 walks) that can happen.  Unfortunately for Ferguson his one run effort wasn’t good enough to earn a win on this night as the Rocks offense was struggling to put runs up on Hillcats pitching scoring just one run through the first nine innings.  The game would got to extras where a walk in front of a Cheslor Cuthbert single moved the winning run to 3rd base.  The Hilcats manager would decide to load the bases, a move that has backfired a couple times this year for Royals opponents in minor league action and did again on this night when the Lynchburg reliever walked in the winning run.  The win pushed the Rocks 1.5 games ahead of Lynchburg for the division title.

Vance Wilson Postgame

Andy Ferguson Postgame Audio via John Sadak


W: Yambati (1-0, 2.04) L: Marshall (0-4, 5.96)

Lynchburg Hillcats
Dan BrewerCF500000003.305
Emerson LandoniSS411001101.216
Chris GarciaDH300000011.301
Adam MilliganLF401000002.252
Edward Salcedo3B302000001.253
Braeden SchlehuberC400000002.286
Michael Spina1B300000011.188
David RohmRF300000012.242
Matt Weaver2B402100002.226
2B: Weaver, M (9, Ferguson).
HR: Landoni (3, 6th inning off Ferguson, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Milligan; Weaver, M 3; Salcedo 2; Landoni 4.
RBI: Landoni (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schlehuber; Brewer, D.
GIDP: Schlehuber.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Rohm (2, 2nd base by Ferguson/Bonilla).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Orlando CalixteSS301000000.284
    Luis PitersonSS200000001.287
Brett EibnerCF400000011.198
Lane AdamsRF501100001.239
Matt FieldsDH210000032.285
    1- Nick Van StrattenPR-DH000000000.600
Cheslor Cuthbert3B412000010.234
Murray Watts1B401000012.224
Geulin BeltreLF501000002.239
Jose BonillaC301000220.220
Angel Franco2B400000002.270
1-Ran for Fields, M in the 10th.
2B: Adams (8, Lee, M).
TB: Bonilla; Calixte; Cuthbert 2; Beltre; Adams 2; Watts.
RBI: Bonilla 2 (16).
2-out RBI: Bonilla 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuthbert 2; Franco 2; Piterson 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-13.
Team LOB: 13.

SB: Beltre (15, 2nd base off Brewer, C/Schlehuber).

Outfield assists: Beltre (Salcedo at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Cuthbert-Franco-Watts, Bonilla-Franco).

Lynchburg Hillcats
Michael Lee5.05113504.42
Caleb Brewer2.01001204.38
Andrew Wilson1.00001201.51
Ryne Harper1.00000202.29
Ian Marshall (L, 0-4)0.21113005.96
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Andy Ferguson6.04112913.22
Nick Rogers3.01001501.64
Robinson Yambati (W, 1-0)1.01000102.04
WP: Lee, M.
IBB: Watts (by Marshall, I).
HBP: Salcedo (by Ferguson).


Kane County Cougars 5 Clinton Lumber Kings 3

First round pick Kyle Zimmer didn’t have his good swing and miss stuff Thursday but he had good enough stuff to get him through seven innings and earn his 2nd Midwest League win.  Both of Zimmer’s runs allowed were unearned allowing a run after the leadoff hitter reached on an error by the right fielder advancing to third and scoring a hitter later on a single.  The second run allowed by Kyle came in the third when a single was advanced to second on another error by Julio Aparicio in right and balked home by back to back miscues by Zimmer.  Down 2-0 after 3 the Cougars got some help to pull ahead in the 4th scoring three runs with the aid of a hit by pitch, a pair of walks, two wild pitches, a passed ball and just one hit to take that 3-2 lead.  More help would come in the 6th for Kane scoring a run without a hit this time after a walk to Michael Antonio was moved to second on another wild pitch and brought home by a fielding error from the Clinton third baseman.  Clinton would slice the lead to one in the 8th but the Cougars would answer with their first legit run in the bottom of the inning when a single by Antonio drove in Aparicio following his two out double to push the lead and eventual winning margin to two.

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W: Zimmer (2-2, 3.04) L: Shore (3-3, 1.62)
S: Brown (1)

Clinton LumberKings
Dillon Hazlett2B410000001.254
Jamal AustinCF312000110.294
Daniel Paolini1B411100000.284
Ramon Morla3B401000100.278
Kevin RiversDH302100011.321
Michael DowdC401000000.291
Jabari BlashRF402000000.230
Guillermo PimentelLF300000011.245
Anthony PhillipsSS300000001.216
2B: Paolini (23, Brown, R), Rivers (15, Brown, R).
TB: Blash 2; Dowd; Morla; Rivers 3; Paolini 2; Austin 2.
RBI: Austin (30), Morla (55).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Austin 2; Blash; Dowd.
SAC: Phillips, A.
GIDP: Pimentel, G.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Austin (10, 2nd base by Zimmer/David), Morla (1, 3rd base by Zimmer/David).
PO: Morla (2nd base by Zimmer).

E: Morla 2 (31, fielding, fielding).
PB: Dowd (11).
Outfield assists: Austin (Lopez at 2nd base), Pimentel, G (Llanos at 2nd base).

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B400000001.256
Jack LopezSS312000000.214
Daniel Mateo3B310000000.272
Julio AparicioRF311100010.272
Michael AntonioDH321000210.224
Alex LlanosCF400000000.275
Chris ElderLF200000010.500
Henry Moreno1B300000003.215
Kevin DavidC300000002.235
2B: Aparicio (4, Colvin).
TB: Antonio; Lopez 2; Aparicio 2.
RBI: Antonio 2 (58).
2-out RBI: Antonio.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Aparicio; David 2.
SAC: Lopez.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Aparicio 2 (2, fielding, fielding).
Outfield assists: Aparicio (Austin at home).
DP: (Trapp, J-Lopez-Moreno).
Pickoffs: Zimmer (Morla at 2nd base).

Clinton LumberKings
Robert Shore (L, 3-3)6.02423501.62
David Colvin2.02110103.38
Kane County Cougars
Kyle Zimmer (W, 2-2)7.07202303.04
Rudy Brown (S, 1)2.02111102.27
WP: Shore 3.
Balk: Zimmer 2.
HBP: Mateo (by Shore).


Idaho Falls Chukars 12 Missoula Osprey 5

The Chukars offense had struggled in Billings getting much done but that wasn’t the case in this one as they punched out 12 hits and 12 runs for a win in the series opener.  The 7th and 8th hitters did much of the damage with six hits from Nick DelGuidice and Jerico Blanco including three extra base hits, four runs scored and five driven in.  Starter Clayton Schulz used the run support to his advantage earning his third win with a six innings of one run ball including seven strikeouts.

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W: Schulz (3-6, 6.66) L: Gerdeman (3-4, 5.02)
S: Stueve (2)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Carlos Garcia2B410000110.265
Diego GorisLF511001401.273
Elier HernandezRF400000012.206
Jin-Ho ShinDH422000002.292
Rainier Bello1B411000011.256
Parker MorinC521000000.290
Nick DelGuidice3B523100300.319
Jerico BlancoCF523020200.217
Adrian MartinezSS411000112.197
2B: DelGuidice (11, Gerdeman).
3B: Blanco, J 2 (3, Gerdeman, Capper).
HR: Goris (6, 6th inning off Rivera, M, 3 on, 0 out).
TB: Morin; DelGuidice 4; Martinez, A; Goris 4; Shin 2; Bello, R; Blanco, J 7.
RBI: DelGuidice 3 (16), Blanco, J 2 (9), Garcia, C (16), Goris 4 (22), Martinez, A (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez; Martinez, A; DelGuidice.
GIDP: Hernandez, Blanco, J.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 6.

CS: Garcia, C (5, 2nd base by Capper/Perez, M).

E: Garcia, C (3, fielding), Martinez, A (7, throw).
DP: 2 (Martinez, A-Garcia, C-Bello, R, DelGuidice-Bello, R).

Missoula Osprey
Pedro RuizSS512100301.309
Evan MarzilliCF400000010.342
Breland AlmadovaRF502000101.307
Michael PerezC401000002.297
    Kevin DultzC100000000.190
Yosbel GutierrezDH501100001.289
Daniel Pulfer2B513000001.309
Tyler Bream1B502000001.271
Tyler LintonLF322000011.238
    Socrates BritoLF000000000.305
Adam McConnell3B311000011.320
2B: Ruiz, P (8, Stueve), Gutierrez (8, Stueve).
TB: McConnell; Perez, M; Ruiz, P 3; Pulfer 3; Gutierrez 2; Almadova 2; Bream 2; Linton 2.
RBI: Ruiz, P 3 (13), Almadova (21).
2-out RBI: Ruiz, P; Almadova.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Almadova; Gutierrez; Marzilli 2; Bream.
GIDP: Almadova, McConnell.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 11.

E: Ruiz, P 2 (23, fielding, fielding), Pulfer (4, missed catch), McConnell (3, throw).
DP: 2 (Pulfer-Ruiz, P-Bream, Ruiz, P-Pulfer-Bream).


Princeton Rays 5 Burlington Royals 4

The Royals bullpen let a winnable game get away Thursday shrinking their division lead to four games.  The Royals had built a 4-2 lead through 6 innings with a RBI single by Humberto Arteaga in the 3rd and a three run 6th that included a run scoring single by Bubba Starling and a two run home run from Patrick Leonard.  The home run for Leonard tied him with Adam Walker of Elizabethton at 13 for the league lead. With a 4-2 lead got cut to a run in the 8th with a pair of Rays singles sandwiched around a Freddy Rodriguez wild pitch.  The game would slip away from Burlington in the 9th when closer John Walter blew his second save of the season when he gave up a two run home run to Brandon Martin, his second dinger of the night.  The Royals would get the tying runner into scoring position but a double play off the bat of Mark Threlkeld would end the rally and the game.


W: Davis (3-0, 3.54) L: Walter (3-1, 2.63)
S: Sawyer (3)

Princeton Rays
Brandon MartinSS523002301.235
Reid RedmanDH502000000.265
Omar NarvaezC410000011.288
William ArgoRF502000000.262
Ariel SorianoLF-2B401100101.274
John Alexander1B412000000.198
Julian Morillo2B401000100.286
    1- Ismel AntunezPR-CF000000000.246
Daniel Duran3B201000010.245
    a- Andrew TolesPH100000000.293
    Darryl George3B000000000.257
James HarrisCF-LF300000000.183
    2- Chad NacapoyPR-LF010000000.243
a-Grounded out for Duran in the 8th.
1-Ran for Morillo in the 8th. 2-Ran for Harris in the 9th.
2B: Soriano, A (8, Rodgers).
HR: Martin 2 (7, 5th inning off Rodgers, 0 on, 1 out; 9th inning off Walter, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Redman 2; Duran; Martin 9; Alexander 2; Argo 2; Morillo; Soriano, A 2.
RBI: Martin 3 (28), Soriano, A (23), Morillo (17).
2-out RBI: Soriano, A; Morillo.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Argo 2; Duran; Toles.
GIDP: Narvaez 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.

E: Soriano, A (5, fielding), George (9, fielding).
DP: 2 (Martin-Morillo-Alexander, Martin-Alexander).
Pickoffs: Narvaez 2 (Threlkeld at 3rd base, Leonard at 2nd base).

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF210000001.271
Humberto ArteagaSS301000100.268
Bubba StarlingCF411000002.294
Patrick Leonard3B413101200.271
Kenneth Diekroeger2B400000003.220
Fred FordDH301000011.251
    1- Jose RodriguezPR-DH000000000.203
Alex HudakRF400000002.391
Mark Threlkeld1B311100010.299
Beau MaggiC301100001.183
1-Ran for Ford in the 9th.
2B: Threlkeld (15, James), Maggi (3, Faria), Leonard (7, Davis).
HR: Leonard (13, 6th inning off Faria, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Arteaga; Leonard 7; Ford; Starling; Threlkeld 2; Maggi 2.
RBI: Arteaga (27), Leonard 2 (42).
2-out RBI: Arteaga.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gore.
SAC: Gore; Arteaga.
GIDP: Diekroeger, K, Threlkeld.
Team RISP: 3-for-6.
Team LOB: 4.

PO: Threlkeld (3rd base by Narvaez), Leonard (2nd base by Narvaez).

E: Arteaga (8, fielding).
Outfield assists: Starling (Argo at home).
DP: 2 (Diekroeger, K-Arteaga-Threlkeld, Walter-Arteaga-Threlkeld).

Princeton Rays
Kevin James4.04110603.03
Jacob Faria3.03331215.77
Randy Davis (W, 3-0)1.01000103.54
Nick Sawyer (S, 3)1.00001100.49
Burlington Royals
Colin Rodgers5.07221312.06
Freddy Rodriguez3.03111005.68
John Walter (BS, 2)(L, 3-1)1.02220012.63
WP: Rodriguez, F.
HBP: Harris (by Walter), Gore (by Faria).


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