Diamonds in the Rough 8.31 Reviewed by Momizat on . Royals affiliates went 4-2 including a win by rookie level Burlington that advanced them to the championship series. HR Roll Call Clint Robinson (13) Paulo Orl Royals affiliates went 4-2 including a win by rookie level Burlington that advanced them to the championship series. HR Roll Call Clint Robinson (13) Paulo Orl Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 8.31

Royals affiliates went 4-2 including a win by rookie level Burlington that advanced them to the championship series. HR Roll Call Clint Robinson (13) Paulo Orlando (6) Diego Goris (13) Parker Morin (4) Carlos Garcia (2) Mark Threlkeld (11)

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Yem Prades 4-9 2b, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB


Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Noel Arguelles 6 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 1 BB 5 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Jerico Blanco 3-4 3-2b, BB, 3 R, 3 RBI

Playoff Clutch Performer  Mark Threlkeld 2-3 HR, 2 RBI



Burlington Royals 3 Johnson City Cardinals 2

The Royals got good pitching and their usual #BTownBombSquad power Friday night to finish off the defending champs and advance to the Appy League Finals.  Burlington put together just five hits but as usual one of them left the yard this time off the bat of Mark Threlkeld in the 2nd inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.  A sac fly in the 5th would extend the lead to 3-0 which would be enough for starter Daniel Hernandez and recently called up right-hander Miguel Almonte.  Hernadez put down seven via strikeout in his six innings allowing just one run on six hits before turning things over to the recently called up Almonte.  The Dominican right-hander, Almonte allowed a run in the 9th on a two out double but extinguished the Cardinals rally with his fourth strikeout in three innings.  This is the first time as a Royals affiliate Burlington has advanced to the championship series.

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W: Hernandez (1-0, 1.50) L: De Leon (0-1, 3.86)
S: Almonte, M (1)

Johnson City Cardinals
C.J. McElroyCF400000002.100
Ildemaro Vargas2B412100000.250
Adam EhrlichC400000002.000
Jeremy Schaffer1B300000000.300
Bruce CaldwellDH400000001.000
Carson Kelly3B401000101.333
Cesar ValeraSS411000001.167
Ronard CastilloLF402100102.182
Leandro MateoRF402100002.500
2B: Vargas, I (2, Hernandez, D), Mateo (1, Hernandez, D), Castillo, Ro (1, Almonte, M).
TB: Kelly; Vargas, I 3; Mateo 3; Castillo, Ro 3; Valera.
RBI: Kelly (2), Castillo, Ro (1).
2-out RBI: Kelly; Castillo, Ro.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: McElroy 3; Caldwell; Valera; Mateo.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
SB: Mateo (1, 2nd base off Hernandez, D/Maggi).

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF300000010.273
Humberto ArteagaSS400000001.250
Bubba StarlingCF300000002.250
Patrick Leonard3B311000001.200
Mark Threlkeld1B312001201.300
Cameron GallagherDH300000001.000
Fred FordRF311000001.200
Kenneth Diekroeger2B201000010.300
Beau MaggiC200000100.125
HR: Threlkeld (1, 2nd inning off De Leon, V, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Diekroeger, K; Leonard; Threlkeld 5; Ford.
RBI: Threlkeld 2 (2), Maggi (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Arteaga 2.
SF: Maggi.
Team RISP: 1-for-2.
CS: Diekroeger, K (1, 2nd base by De Leon, V/Ehrlich).

E: Threlkeld (1, throw).

Johnson City Cardinals
Victor De Leon (L, 0-1)7.05330513.86
Willy Paulino1.00002200.00
Burlington Royals
Daniel Hernandez (W, 1-0)6.06110701.50
Miguel Almonte (S, 1)3.02110403.00
WP: De Leon, V 2, Paulino, W.
HBP: Schaffer (by Hernandez, D).

Albuquerque Isotopes 11 Omaha Storm Chasers 3

Not much of a game for Omaha after Justin Marks introduction to the PCL went bad in the first two innings.  The left-hander gave up nine runs on a seven hits and three walks to put Omaha down big.  Wil Myers returned to right field going 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored.


W: Fife (11-7, 4.66) L: Marks (0-1, 48.60)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving FaluSS501100100.328
Mitch MaierCF401000011.303
Anthony Seratelli3B501000002.305
Wil MyersRF412010000.295
Clint Robinson1B311001110.290
Max RamirezDH401000000.299
Rey Navarro2B400000001.292
Adam MooreC211000100.249
Derrick RobinsonLF300000011.261
2B: Falu (21, Corcoran).
3B: Myers (5, Threets).
HR: Robinson, C (13, 6th inning off Fife, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Moore; Falu 2; Seratelli; Robinson, C 4; Myers 4; Maier; Ramirez, M.
RBI: Moore (29), Robinson, C (66), Falu (49).
2-out RBI: Moore; Falu.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Myers; Seratelli 3; Robinson, D.
GIDP: Navarro, Ramirez, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-10.
Team LOB: 9.

E: Marks (1, pickoff).
PB: Moore (7).
DP: (Navarro-Falu-Robinson, C).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Elian Herrera2B511000201.330
Bobby AbreuDH424000010.417
Josh Fields3B512010100.322
    Alex Castellanos3B000000000.338
Jerry Sands1B321000111.295
Scott Van SlykeRF522100200.322
Tim FederowiczC300000010.294
Matt AngleCF412100201.305
Tony GwynnLF412000302.317
Osvaldo MartinezSS411000000.253
2B: Angle (18, Marks), Van Slyke (31, Marks).
3B: Fields (5, Marks).
TB: Van Slyke 3; Fields 4; Angle 3; Sands; Herrera; Martinez, O; Gwynn 2; Abreu 4.
RBI: Fields (69), Sands (104), Gwynn 3 (7), Herrera 2 (37), Van Slyke 2 (65), Angle 2 (47).
2-out RBI: Van Slyke 2; Angle 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gwynn; Herrera 2; Federowicz.
SF: Sands.
GIDP: Fields.
Team RISP: 6-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Van Slyke (12, fielding), Martinez, O (7, fielding).
DP: 2 (Sands-Martinez, O-Sands, Martinez, O-Herrera-Sands).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Justin Marks (L, 0-1)1.279930048.60
Brandon Sisk3.12000302.62
Roman Colon2.04220103.09
Kurt Mertins1.02000100.00
Albuquerque Isotopes
Stephen Fife (W, 11-7)7.06211314.66
Erick Threets1.01001002.91
Tim Corcoran1.011112013.50
WP: Fife, Corcoran.
HBP: Moore (by Fife), Moore (by Corcoran), Federowicz (by Colon, R).

Game 1

NW Arkansas Naturals 5 Arkansas Travelers 1 

The Naturals offense came up big with thirteen hits in just seven innings to take a win in the first game of the doubleheader with rival Arkansas.  Outfielders Brian Fletcher and Yem Prades combined for five of the Naturals hits including three doubles and also scoring four of the teams five runs to pace the offense.  While they were doing the work on offense Yordano Ventura was doing enough to keep the Naturals ahead while on the hill.  Ventura allowed just one run in 5.2 innings while working around four hits and a couple of walks, striking out three in that time to secure his first AA win.

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W: Ventura (1-2, 4.60) L: Schugel (6-8, 2.89)
S: Jeffress (1)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF422100001.268
Whit Merrifield2B311000011.263
Brian FletcherLF423200101.250
Kevin KouzmanoffDH402000200.299
Mario Lisson1B301000200.242
Carlo TestaRF402000001.242
Alex McClureSS201000000.219
Ryan JenkinsC401000001.248
Yowill Espinal3B300000000.125
2B: Prades (30, Schugel), Fletcher 2 (9, Schugel, Scholl).
TB: Fletcher 5; Testa, C 2; McClure; Prades 3; Jenkins; Kouzmanoff 2; Lisson; Merrifield.
RBI: Kouzmanoff 2 (14), Fletcher (32), Lisson 2 (51).
2-out RBI: Kouzmanoff.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jenkins 3; Lisson; Espinal.
SAC: McClure.
SF: Lisson.
GIDP: McClure.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 9.

SB: McClure 2 (6, 2nd base off Schugel/Ramirez, C, 2nd base off Scholl/Ramirez, C), Lisson 2 (20, 2nd base off Scholl/Ramirez, C, 3rd base off Scholl/Ramirez, C).

Arkansas Travelers
Travis WitherspoonCF300000010.201
Paul McAnulty1B300000012.304
Roberto LopezRF200000000.261
Casey HaertherDH301000001.267
Brian Hernandez3B210000010.255
Alex Yarbrough2B301000000.333
Darwin PerezSS300000001.215
Carlos RamirezC301000001.202
Drew HeidLF301000101.182
TB: Haerther; Yarbrough; Ramirez, C; Heid.
RBI: Heid (3).
2-out RBI: Heid.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Witherspoon; McAnulty.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 7.

DP: (Yarbrough-McAnulty).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yordano Ventura (W, 1-2)5.24112304.60
Jeremy Jeffress (S, 1)1.10001300.00
Arkansas Travelers
AJ Schugel (L, 6-8)4.08441402.89
Buddy Boshers2.03000102.35
Chris Scholl1.02110006.69
Schugel pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.

HBP: McClure (by Scholl), Lopez (by Ventura).

Game 2
NW Arkansas Naturals 9 Arkansas Travelers 2

The Naturals continued their big offensive day in the second game punching out fourteen more hits in just six innings to give Noel Arguelles his second win of the month.  Yem Prades had two more hits in this one driving in a couple more runs and scoring one to go along with Paulo Orlando who had a double and a home run to help with the nine run Naturals binge.  The Cuban lefty earned the win giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in six innings giving him a 2.32 ERA in his last five starts.

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W: Arguelles (4-14, 6.34) L: McKiernan (4-5, 5.05)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF512000201.270
Whit Merrifield2B511000001.259
Brian FletcherLF311100011.251
Paulo OrlandoRF432101202.279
Mario Lisson1B403000100.247
Kevin KouzmanoffDH402000102.306
Alex McClureSS300000012.215
Julio RodriguezC411000002.232
Michael Liberto3B322100010.253
2B: Liberto (2, McKiernan), Orlando (18, McKiernan), Fletcher (10, Piazza).
HR: Orlando (6, 4th inning off Robinson, D, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Fletcher 2; Rodriguez, Jul; Prades 2; Liberto 3; Kouzmanoff 2; Orlando 6; Lisson 3; Merrifield.
RBI: Prades 2 (43), Kouzmanoff (15), Orlando 2 (39), Lisson (52).
2-out RBI: Prades 2; Orlando 2; Lisson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lisson; Rodriguez, Jul 3.
Team RISP: 6-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.

SB: Liberto (2, 2nd base off McKiernan/Gutierrez), Merrifield (1, 3rd base off Robinson, D/Gutierrez), Prades (13, 2nd base off Piazza/Gutierrez).

E: Liberto (2, throw).
DP: (Arguelles-McClure-Lisson).

Arkansas Travelers
Travis WitherspoonCF301000001.203
Paul McAnulty1B311000000.305
Roberto LopezLF210000010.260
Casey HaertherDH302100100.269
Brian Hernandez3B301100100.256
Alex Yarbrough2B300000001.167
Darwin PerezSS200000002.214
Angel CastilloRF200000001.184
Adrian GutierrezC200000000.000
2B: Haerther (21, Arguelles), Hernandez, B (10, Arguelles).
TB: Haerther 3; Hernandez, B 2; Witherspoon; McAnulty.
RBI: Haerther (55), Hernandez, B (19).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, D; Yarbrough 2.
GIDP: McAnulty.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 4.

E: Yarbrough (1, missed catch).
PB: Gutierrez (2).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Noel Arguelles (W, 4-14)6.05211506.34
Ethan Hollingsworth0.00000004.17
Arkansas Travelers
Eddie McKiernan (L, 4-5)3.18552505.05
Dakota Robinson0.23111115.81
Mike Piazza0.23320103.57
Ryan Chaffee1.10000302.93
Caleb Graham1.00000102.50
WP: Piazza.
Balk: Robinson, D.
HBP: Orlando (by Piazza), Fletcher (by Graham).

Quad Cities River Bandits 8 Kane County Cougars 2

The Cougar are a game away from playoff elimination with their loss Friday.  The Bandits scored four off starter Jason Mitchell before breaking the game wide open with four more off reliever Cole White.  The Cougars could get just two runs on six hits despite another mulit-hit game from Justin Trapp.  The second baseman has hit extremely well since July 1st putting up a .317/.380/.508 line in his 208 plate appearances in that time.

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W: Gaviglio (9-9, 3.92) L: Mitchell (4-7, 4.65)
S: Llorens (2)

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B412100101.273
Jack LopezSS401100100.229
Daniel Mateo3B301000011.262
Dean Espy1B300000002.248
Michael AntonioDH400000004.215
Julio AparicioRF400000002.260
Tim FergusonCF400000000.280
Chris ElderLF312200000.245
Kenny SwabC400000002.228
2B: Elder 2 (7, Gaviglio, Llorens), Trapp, J (20, Gaviglio), Lopez (9, Gaviglio).
TB: Mateo; Trapp, J 3; Lopez 2; Elder 4.
RBI: Trapp, J (47), Lopez (15).
2-out RBI: Trapp, J; Lopez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mateo; Aparicio 2; Antonio; Swab.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

E: Lopez (16, throw), Trapp, J (21, throw).
PB: Swab (14).
DP: 2 (Trapp, J-Lopez-Espy, Espy-Lopez-Stueve).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Matt WilliamsSS411000010.273
Nick MartiniCF511000000.261
Colin Walsh2B301000111.316
Stephen PiscottyDH401000100.295
Juan CastilloC321000010.275
Luis Mateo3B311000001.260
David Medina1B321100110.242
Gary ApelianRF411001402.188
Jordan WaltonLF402000102.158
2B: Medina (30, Mitchell).
HR: Apelian (1, 8th inning off White, C, 3 on, 0 out).
TB: Medina 2; Williams, M; Apelian 4; Castillo, J; Mateo; Walsh; Piscotty, S; Walton 2; Martini, N.
RBI: Piscotty, S (26), Walsh (68), Medina (72), Walton (4), Apelian 4 (6).
2-out RBI: Walsh; Walton.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castillo, J 2; Williams, M.
SAC: Mateo.
GIDP: Castillo, J, Martini, N.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

SB: Williams, M (23, 2nd base off Mitchell/Swab).

PB: Castillo, J (23).

Kane County Cougars
Jason Mitchell (L, 4-7)6.08441504.65
Cole White1.124431113.50
Andrew Stueve0.20000008.76
Quad Cities River Bandits
Sam Gaviglio (W, 9-9)7.03221803.92
Dixon Llorens (S, 2)2.03000403.98
WP: White, C, Gaviglio.
HBP: Elder (by Gaviglio), Espy (by Gaviglio).

Idaho Falls Chukars 12 Ogden Raptors 5

Big day for the bottom of the Chukars order as the 6-9 hitters in the lineup combined four ten hits, eight of those were for extra bases and eleven of the teams twelve runs scored.  Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi had another good day at the plate going 3 for 5 with a double, three driven in and a stolen base.  The win snapped Idaho Falls losing streak at a five games, they remain in last place four games out of the division lead.

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W: Lewis (2-0, 3.18) L: Martinez (0-1, 9.00)
S: Hall (5)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF401000120.313
Adalberto MondesiSS503100300.300
Jin-Ho ShinDH500000002.278
Rainier Bello1B500000002.261
Diego GorisLF511001100.304
Parker MorinC522101100.272
Nick DelGuidice3B522110000.294
Carlos Garcia2B443001110.273
Jerico BlancoRF433300310.265
2B: Morin (10, Martinez), Blanco, J 3 (6, Martinez, Drowne, Drowne), Mondesi (7, Martinez), DelGuidice (15, Welch).
3B: DelGuidice (2, Drowne).
HR: Garcia, C (2, 6th inning off Drowne, 0 on, 1 out), Goris (10, 9th inning off Welch, 0 on, 1 out), Morin (4, 9th inning off Welch, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Garcia, C 6; Mondesi 4; Chapman; DelGuidice 5; Blanco, J 6; Morin 6; Goris 4.
RBI: Chapman (24), Blanco, J 3 (13), Mondesi 3 (28), Garcia, C (20), Goris (31), Morin (20).
2-out RBI: Chapman; Mondesi 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bello, R; Shin 4; Mondesi.
SF: Mondesi.
Team RISP: 5-for-17.
Team LOB: 8.

SB: Garcia, C (10, 2nd base off Martinez/Capellan, J), Mondesi (10, 2nd base off Drowne/Capellan, J), Chapman (23, 2nd base off Welch/Capellan, J).

E: Mondesi (21, throw).

Ogden Raptors
Malcolm Holland2B400000012.246
Eric SmithDH501100001.342
Jeremy RathjenCF301010020.331
Jesus Valdez1B511000002.327
Noel CuevasRF421000010.452
Justin BoudreauxSS411000010.253
Jose CapellanC512100202.348
Bladimir Franco3B301000211.289
Pat StoverLF100000011.270
    a- Devon EthierPH-LF100000011.169
a-Walked for Stover in the 6th.
2B: Smith, E (16, Mills), Capellan, J (15, Hall).
3B: Rathjen (1, Hall).
TB: Franco; Capellan, J 3; Boudreaux; Smith, E 2; Cuevas; Rathjen 3; Valdez, J.
RBI: Capellan, J 2 (20), Franco 2 (12).
2-out RBI: Capellan, J.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Valdez, J 3; Smith, E; Franco 2; Capellan, J.
Team RISP: 4-for-17.
Team LOB: 11.

SB: Cuevas 2 (5, 2nd base off Mills/Morin, 2nd base off Lewis/Morin).
CS: Franco (3, 2nd base by Mills/Morin).

E: Valdez, J (6, fielding), Franco (9, throw).
PB: Capellan, J (4).
Outfield assists: Cuevas (Blanco, J at 3rd base).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Alec Mills4.05334604.78
Sam Lewis (W, 2-0)2.21203003.18
Cory Hall (S, 5)2.12001402.20
Ogden Raptors
Jonathan Martinez (L, 0-1)4.06542309.00
Michael Drowne3.15431015.35
Riley Welch1.143311220.25
Derek Cone0.10000009.62
WP: Mills, Lewis 2, Martinez 2.

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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