Diamonds in the Rough 9.3 Reviewed by Momizat on . Photo Minda Haas An ugly 0-6 day for Royals affiliates to end the Regular season and a bullpen implosion that cost the org an Appy League championship.  HR Rol Photo Minda Haas An ugly 0-6 day for Royals affiliates to end the Regular season and a bullpen implosion that cost the org an Appy League championship.  HR Rol Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 9.3

Photo Minda Haas

An ugly 0-6 day for Royals affiliates to end the Regular season and a bullpen implosion that cost the org an Appy League championship.  HR Roll Call Kenny Swab (2) Bubba Starling (13) Mark Threlkeld (13)

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Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Derrick Robinson 3-4 2b, R

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Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Miguel Almonte 3 IP 1 H 0 R 0 BB 4 K


Elizabethon Twins 10 Burlington Royals 6 F/12

The Royals had a five run cushion with three outs to go in the bottom of the 9th when their bullpen imploded costing them a Appy League championship.  Prior to the implosion it was an Elizabethton fourth inning pitching implosion that gave the Royals a 4-1 lead with just one hit, a few errors, a pair of walks and multiple pitches that hit the backstop via wild pitch and passed ball.  The B-Town Bomb Squad padded their lead in the 8th with back to back solo home runs by Bubba Starling and Mark Threlkeld.  Things were looking good when Burlington took their 6-1 lead to the 9th, handing it to John Walter who would start his difficulties with the very first hitter.  The Penn State righty walked the first two hitters he saw before getting two outs.  One out away and still no runs across Walter would lose it again walking a hitherto load the bases then hitting one and tossing a wild pitch to score a couple runs.  With two on and two outs Appy League Co-Home Run leader Adam Walker would come through with a three run home run to send the game to extra innings.  Both teams would threaten in extras but it was the Twins who walked off with a championship when first baseman D.J. Hicks hit a grand slam off reliever Julio Morales in the bottom of the 12th for the final win.


W: Lee (1-0, 0.00) L: Morales (0-1, 54.00)

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF600000005.185
Humberto ArteagaSS601100003.179
Bubba StarlingCF613001101.304
Patrick Leonard3B613100000.240
Mark Threlkeld1B512001112.261
Cameron GallagherDH210000020.125
    1- Jose Manuel RodriguezPR-DH000000000.000
    b- Adrian MoralesPH-DH100000000.000
Fred FordRF310000012.273
    a- Alex HudakPH-RF100000011.000
Beau MaggiC410000012.105
Ramon Torres2B401000111.250
a-Intentionally walked for Ford in the 10th. b-Grounded out for Rodriguez, Jose Manuel in the 12th.
1-Ran for Gallagher in the 8th.
2B: Leonard (1, Burris), Arteaga (1, Huber).
HR: Starling (3, 8th inning off Mazza, 0 on, 0 out), Threlkeld (3, 8th inning off Mazza, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Arteaga 2; Leonard 4; Torres, Ra; Starling 6; Threlkeld 5.
RBI: Torres, Ra (1), Starling (6), Threlkeld (4).
2-out RBI: Torres, Ra.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maggi; Ford; Gore; Threlkeld; Leonard; Hudak 2.
SAC: Rodriguez, Jose Manuel.
GIDP: Maggi.
Team RISP: 0-for-10.
Team LOB: 10.

CS: Torres, Ra (1, 2nd base by Berrios/Arias).

E: Threlkeld (3, pickoff), Ford (1, fielding), Leonard (2, throw).

Elizabethton Twins
Candido Pimentel2B600000014.217
Niko GoodrumSS621100012.172
Max KeplerLF422000132.333
D.J. Hicks1B622001501.280
Adam WalkerDH411001311.375
Byron BuxtonCF500000013.208
Travis Harrison3B600000003.125
Jhonatan AriasC311000020.048
    1- Jorge PolancoPR000000000.188
    Bo AltobelliC100000000.000
Romy JimenezRF321000032.300
1-Ran for Arias in the 10th.
2B: Goodrum (1, Binford).
HR: Walker (3, 9th inning off Walter, 2 on, 2 out), Hicks (3, 12th inning off Morales, J, 3 on, 2 out).
TB: Hicks 5; Walker 4; Kepler 2; Trinidad, R; Arias; Goodrum 2.
RBI: Kepler (4), Hicks 5 (8), Walker 3 (7).
2-out RBI: Hicks 5; Walker 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Buxton; Goodrum 2; Pimentel, C; Harrison 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-15.
Team LOB: 13.

SB: Buxton (3, 2nd base off Binford/Maggi).

E: Harrison (1, fielding), Arias (1, throw).
PB: Arias 2 (3).
Outfield assists: Kepler (Starling at home).
DP: (Arevalo-Goodrum-Hicks).

Burlington Royals
Christian Binford4.02114701.80
Miguel Almonte3.01000401.50
Mark Peterson1.00001101.80
John Walter0.21553119.64
Jose Miguel Rodriguez2.13001400.00
Julio Morales (L, 0-1)0.214431154.00
Elizabethton Twins
Jose Berrios4.03404700.00
Joshua Burris2.02000302.45
Chris Mazza2.02221222.84
Travis Huber1.01000200.00
Ricardo Arevalo2.12002200.00
Brett Lee (W, 1-1)0.200001012.46
WP: Walter, Morales, J, Berrios, Huber.
IBB: Hudak (by Arevalo), Kepler (by Morales, J).
HBP: Walker (by Binford), Hicks (by Walter).

Albuquerque Isotopes 4 Omaha Storm Chasers 3

The Chasers finished off their season with a loss despite collecting ten hits.  Once again split up their starters to save them for the playoffs, tossing Nate Adcock just two innings.  Reliever Blaine Hardy took the loss when he gave up a 3-2 Omaha lead with a run in the 4th and another in the 6th.  Wil Myers would finish second in the minor leagues with 37 home runs just behind Darin Ruf and his 38, the last 20 coming in August for Ruf.


W: Felix (1-1, 7.94) L: Hardy (3-2, 3.79)
S: Rice (9)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Jason BourgeoisRF311010020.243
Mitch MaierDH511000102.288
Wil MyersCF402000000.304
Clint Robinson1B401000100.292
Rey Navarro2B401000001.300
Anthony SeratelliSS400000001.299
Kurt Mertins3B300000010.259
Cody ClarkC401000000.180
Derrick RobinsonLF413100000.268
2B: Robinson, D (12, Barcelo).
3B: Bourgeois (1, Barcelo).
TB: Robinson, D 4; Bourgeois 3; Robinson, C; Myers 2; Navarro; Clark, C; Maier.
RBI: Maier (17), Robinson, C (67).
2-out RBI: Maier; Robinson, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro; Maier.
GIDP: Robinson, C 2, Clark, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
SB: Bourgeois (7, 2nd base off Loop/Ogle).

E: Seratelli (17, throw).
PB: Clark, C (3).
Outfield assists: Bourgeois (Martinez, O at 3rd base).
Pickoffs: Sisk (Herrera at 1st base).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Dee GordonSS502000001.267
Trent OeltjenRF500000000.294
Jerry Sands1B301000011.296
Scott Van SlykeLF401100001.327
Alex Castellanos3B400000003.328
Elian HerreraCF322000011.341
Tony GwynnDH422100000.338
Osvaldo Martinez2B301000010.255
Tyler OgleC3030004101.000
2B: Van Slyke (34, Hardy), Gwynn (4, Hardy).
TB: Van Slyke 2; Sands; Ogle 3; Herrera 2; Martinez, O; Gwynn 3; Gordon 2.
RBI: Ogle 4 (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Van Slyke; Castellanos; Oeltjen 2; Herrera; Sands 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
CS: Herrera (7, 2nd base by Sisk/Clark, C).
PO: Herrera (1st base by Sisk).

E: Gordon (2, fielding).
DP: 3 (Martinez, O-Gordon-Sands 2, Martinez, O-Sands).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Nathan Adcock2.04221005.53
Tommy Hottovy1.00001102.52
Blaine Hardy (L, 3-2)3.06221403.79
Brandon Sisk2.02001202.54
Albuquerque Isotopes
Derrick Loop2.00101104.88
Lorenzo Barcelo3.06220106.00
Francisco Felix (W, 1-1)3.24002107.94
Scott Rice (S, 9)0.10000104.40


Tulsa Drillers 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

The worst season in NW Arkansas short stint finished up with another loss Monday.  The Naturals fell to a disappointing 58-81 when Sugar Ray Marimon gave up five runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in his four innings.  The loss finished Marimon’s AA season at 3-6 with a 4.59 ERA.

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W: Houston (10-10, 3.74) L: Marimon (3-6, 4.59)

Tulsa Drillers
Corey DickersonLF500000003.274
Angelys Nina2B301000001.269
    Jimmy Cesario2B211001100.245
Nolan Arenado3B513200001.285
Ben Paulsen1B511000002.255
Kiel RolingDH311001202.261
    a- Mike ZuanichPH-DH201000100.233
Chris PettitRF412001102.293
Michael MitchellCF401000001.236
Jose GonzalezC210000020.230
Warren SchaefferSS311100100.189
a-Singled for Roling in the 7th.
2B: Arenado 2 (36, Marimon, Lafferty), Schaeffer (7, Marimon).
HR: Roling (13, 4th inning off Marimon, 1 on, 0 out), Pettit (3, 4th inning off Marimon, 0 on, 0 out), Cesario (5, 7th inning off Lafferty, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Nina; Schaeffer 2; Cesario 4; Arenado 5; Mitchell, M; Zuanich; Pettit 5; Paulsen; Roling 4.
RBI: Roling 2 (48), Pettit (8), Schaeffer (15), Cesario (23), Zuanich (24).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Paulsen 2; Schaeffer; Gonzalez, J.
GIDP: Dickerson.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
SB: Pettit (1, 2nd base off Marimon/Rodriguez, Jul).

E: Pettit (1, fielding), Cesario (3, throw), Gonzalez, J (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Mitchell, M (Fletcher at 3rd base).
DP: 3 (Schaeffer-Paulsen, Mitchell, M-Cesario-Arenado, Arenado-Cesario-Paulsen).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF411000000.269
Whit Merrifield2B311000100.260
Brian FletcherLF311000012.256
Paulo OrlandoRF402000101.279
Kevin KouzmanoffDH400000001.300
Mario Lisson1B400000000.247
Alex McClureSS300000000.212
Julio RodriguezC311000000.234
Michael Liberto3B300000001.238
TB: Fletcher; Rodriguez, Jul; Merrifield; Prades; Orlando 2.
RBI: Orlando (40), Merrifield (8).
SF: Merrifield.
GIDP: Merrifield.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
SB: Merrifield 2 (3, 2nd base off Houston/Gonzalez, J, 3rd base off Houston/Gonzalez, J), Fletcher (6, 3rd base off Sullivan/Gonzalez, J).

E: McClure (6, throw).
DP: (McClure-Merrifield-Lisson).

Tulsa Drillers
Dan Houston (W, 10-10)5.03111103.74
Joe Torres1.00100202.35
Tim Sexton2.02100104.78
Josh Sullivan1.01100102.76
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Sugar Ray Marimon (L, 3-6)4.08552624.59
Brendan Lafferty2.13220314.77
Sam Runion1.21000102.30
Jon Keck1.00000204.04
HBP: Schaeffer (by Runion).


Potomac Nationals 3 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

The Rocks finished with a loss in a rain shortened game that made little difference.  Starter Matt Ridings gave up three runs (2 ER) on five hits and a walk despite striking out nine in five innings.  Right-hander Brooks Pounders will start the playoffs Tuesday versus division foe Lynchburg.  The Hillcats won the 1st half of the division by eight games but finished in last during the 2nd half.


W: Hill (1-1, 4.80) L: Ridings (6-2, 2.74)

Potomac Nationals
Blake KelsoDH301000000.231
Rick Hague2B300000002.258
Matthew Skole3B210000010.314
Kevin KeyesRF311001201.223
Steven Souza, Jr.CF100000001.319
    Francisco SorianoCF201000000.270
Jason MartinsonSS200000012.215
Stephen King1B300000003.283
J.P. RamirezLF302000000.275
Erick FernandezC311000002.237
HR: Keyes (21, 4th inning off Ridings, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Kelso; Ramirez, J 2; Keyes 4; Soriano; Fernandez, E.
RBI: Keyes 2 (78).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: King; Keyes; Fernandez, E.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
SB: Soriano (12, 2nd base off Ridings/Graterol).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Orlando CalixteSS300000002.281
Brett EibnerCF200000001.196
Lane AdamsRF200000000.240
Matt Fields1B201000001.281
Cheslor Cuthbert3B200000001.240
Nick Van StrattenLF201000000.366
Murray WattsDH200000001.229
Juan GraterolC101100010.301
Angel Franco2B200000000.266
2B: Graterol (12, Hill).
TB: Van Stratten; Graterol 2; Fields, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Franco 2; Calixte.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
E: Franco (14, missed catch), Fields, M (5, fielding).

Potomac Nationals
Taylor Hill (W, 1-1)5.03001604.80
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Matt Ridings (L, 6-2)5.05321912.74
Santiago Garrido1.01001203.00
WP: Hill.
Peoria Chiefs 6 Kane County Cougars 2

The Cougars with plenty of starters on the shelf were unable to piece together good enough relief work to claim that final spot in the Midwest League playoffs.  Forced to start Michael Giovenco gave his club three shutout innings to start the game but wound down towards the end of his start giving a run in the 4th and then running into lots of trouble in the 5th.  The right-handers gave up a couple singles to start the 5th before allowing a three run home run to Yaniel Cabezas, his first MWL home run, putting Kane County down 4-0 before hitting a batter and leaving.  The Cougars would get a couple runs back in the 6th on a Kenny Swab home run but could get no closer dropping the game and finishing a game behind the Burlington Bees for the final Wild Card spot.

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W: Cruz (1-4, 6.75) L: Giovenco (5-3, 4.34)
S: Levitt (1)

Peoria Chiefs
Zeke DeVoss2B400000100.249
Pin-Chieh ChenCF412010000.259
Dustin Geiger1B301100101.251
Jorge SolerRF201000010.338
Chadd KristDH401000002.253
Timothy Saunders3B411000001.321
Wes DarvillSS320000000.224
Yaniel CabezasC412001301.197
Oliver ZapataLF210000101.225
2B: Geiger (14, Culver).
3B: Chen, P (10, Giovenco).
HR: Cabezas (1, 5th inning off Giovenco, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Soler; Cabezas 5; Chen, P 4; Krist; Geiger 2; Saunders.
RBI: Geiger (53), Cabezas 3 (15), DeVoss (38), Zapata (29).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Saunders.
SF: Geiger; DeVoss; Zapata.
GIDP: DeVoss.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
SB: Zapata (19, 2nd base off White, C/Swab).
CS: Soler (1, 2nd base by Giovenco/Swab).

E: Saunders 2 (9, throw, fielding).
Outfield assists: Soler (Mateo at 2nd base), Zapata (Elder at home).
DP: (Darvill-DeVoss-Geiger).

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B301000010.272
Jack LopezSS400000010.222
Daniel Mateo3B402000010.262
Dean Espy1B400000010.255
Julio AparicioDH502000001.265
Alex LlanosCF400000000.280
Chris ElderLF210000020.237
Kenny SwabC211001220.231
Tim FergusonRF400000001.283
HR: Swab (2, 6th inning off Cruz, W, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Mateo 2; Swab 4; Trapp, J; Aparicio 2.
RBI: Swab 2 (12).
2-out RBI: Swab 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Espy; Ferguson 2; Trapp, J; Llanos 2; Lopez.
GIDP: Aparicio.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
DP: (Culver-Lopez-Espy).

Peoria Chiefs
Ben Wells2.03003103.27
Willengton Cruz (W, 1-4)4.21221116.75
Luis Liria (H, 4)0.21004004.55
Pete Levitt (S, 1)1.21000001.99
Kane County Cougars
Michael Giovenco (L, 5-3)4.14551114.34
Cole White1.22000309.00
Malcom Culver3.02110203.69
Wells pitched to 3 batters in the 3rd.WP: Wells 2, Liria, L, White, C.
HBP: Zapata (by Giovenco), Soler (by Culver), Darvill (by Culver), Trapp, J (by Wells).


Grand Junction Rockies 9 Idaho Falls Chukars 5

Starter Aroni Nina had a difficult start for the Chukars giving up seven runs (5 ER) in four innings while allowing ten hits.  Those runs were more than enough to defeat the Chukars who were eliminated from the playoffs after a loss in Sundays game.  Idaho Falls is the only Royals team with regular season games remaining on their schedule, playing until September 6th.

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Grand Junction50202000x

W: Aquino (4-0, 1.87) L: Nina (0-2, 6.84)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Adalberto MondesiSS500000001.291
Carlos Garcia2B311000010.273
Nicholas Cuckovich3B300000012.276
Jin-Ho ShinC201000001.275
    Tyler SmithC211000001.250
Rainier Bello1B401000101.260
Elier HernandezRF411100001.206
Diego GorisLF412000100.303
Ysmelin AlcantaraDH411010200.211
Jerico BlancoCF401000001.267
2B: Hernandez (10, Aquino, J).
3B: Alcantara (2, Aquino, J).
TB: Garcia, C; Hernandez 2; Smith, T; Shin; Bello, R; Blanco, J; Alcantara 3; Goris 2.
RBI: Goris (32), Alcantara 2 (13), Bello, R (37).
2-out RBI: Alcantara; Bello, R.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Alcantara; Hernandez.
GIDP: Mondesi.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
E: Nina (1, fielding), Cuckovich (16, throw).
Outfield assists: Blanco, J (Dahl at home).
Pickoffs: Nina (Yan, J at 1st base).

Grand Junction Rockies
Cesar Galvez2B511000000.375
David DahlCF301000000.373
    a- Jeremy McLeodPH-CF200000000.250
Ashley Graeter3B511000000.296
Julian YanRF402100002.282
Ben Waldrip1B411000101.222
Carl ThomoreDH411001301.175
Zach OsborneSS432100000.250
Michael RamirezC222000000.227
    b- Franmy PenaPH-C100000000.108
Max WhiteLF303020410.201
a-Grounded out for Dahl in the 6th. b-Grounded out for Ramirez, M in the 7th.
2B: Osborne (1, Nina), Yan, J (13, Middendorf).
3B: White 2 (3, Nina, Middendorf).
HR: Thomore (1, 1st inning off Nina, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Osborne 3; Yan, J 3; Thomore 4; Waldrip; Galvez, Ce; Graeter; Ramirez, M 2; White 7; Dahl.
RBI: Waldrip (33), Thomore 3 (5), White 4 (17).
2-out RBI: Thomore 3; White 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Galvez, Ce 4; Waldrip; Graeter.
Team RISP: 7-for-14.
SB: Galvez, Ce (6, 2nd base off Allen/Smith, T).
PO: Yan, J (1st base by Nina).

E: Yan, J (6, throw).
DP: (Galvez, Ce-Osborne-Waldrip).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Aroni Nina (L, 0-2)4.010750216.84
David Middendorf2.04220105.09
Kevin Allen2.00001104.76
Grand Junction Rockies
Jayson Aquino (W, 4-0)6.26321601.87
Brian Rike1.12111205.79
Jonathan Vargas1.01110009.00
WP: Nina, Vargas 2.
HBP: Ramirez, M (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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