Diamonds in the Rough 7.18 Reviewed by Momizat on . For the second day in a row a full season team couldn't put together a win giving the affiliates a 2-5 record on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Whit Merrifield (7) For the second day in a row a full season team couldn't put together a win giving the affiliates a 2-5 record on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Whit Merrifield (7) Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 7.18

Diamonds in the Rough 7.18

For the second day in a row a full season team couldn’t put together a win giving the affiliates a 2-5 record on Wednesday.  HR Roll Call Whit Merrifield (7) 


Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Andy Ferguson 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Whit Merrifield 2-3 HR, BB

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Humberto Arteaga 2-4 2b, R, Sac


Oklahoma City RedHawks 10 Omaha Storm Chasers 5

The Chasers dropped another to Oklahoma City their fourth loss in a row forcing them to win Thursday night to try to avoid a four game sweep at home.  The Chasers bullpen got knocked around for six runs during the final two innings of the game to transform a 5-4 lead into a 10-5 deficit.  Wil Myers has hit a rough patch going 1 for his last 15 with 9 strikeouts in that time.

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W: Flores (6-1, 5.91) L: Hottovy (2-2, 3.12)

Oklahoma City RedHawks
Brandon BarnesCF513101502.343
Jimmy Paredes2B501000000.320
Fernando MartinezLF513001100.331
Mike Hessman1B300000011.256
    1- Jordan KrekePR-SS110000001.212
Brett WallaceSS-1B514000000.304
Matt Dominguez3B511100201.244
Travis BuckDH412000100.250
    2- Brad SnyderPR-DH100000000.302
J.B. ShuckRF422000000.293
Landon PowellC422100100.287
1-Ran for Hessman in the 8th. 2-Ran for Buck, T in the 8th.
2B: Dominguez, M (17, Hottovy), Powell (5, Hottovy), Barnes (13, Hottovy).
HR: Barnes (5, 5th inning off Colon, R, 3 on, 0 out), Martinez, F (11, 9th inning off Hardy, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Shuck 2; Dominguez, M 2; Wallace 4; Martinez, F 6; Barnes 7; Buck, T 2; Paredes; Powell 3.
RBI: Barnes 5 (32), Dominguez, M 2 (51), Buck, T (1), Powell (33), Martinez, F (52).
2-out RBI: Powell; Barnes.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wallace; Paredes.
GIDP: Dominguez, M, Martinez, F.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
CS: Shuck (7, 2nd base by Hollingsworth/Moore), Snyder (8, 2nd base by Hottovy/Ramirez, M).
PO: Snyder (1st base by Hottovy).

E: Paredes (15, fielding), Hessman (3, fielding).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu3B412100100.321
Johnny Giavotella2B511000001.326
Wil MyersCF500000003.303
Clint RobinsonDH212000130.305
Tony AbreuSS401000101.308
David LoughRF501000102.296
Max Ramirez1B-C511100003.305
Derrick RobinsonLF300000021.275
Adam MooreC110000010.204
    a- Anthony SeratelliPH-1B200000010.279
a-Flied out for Moore in the 5th.
2B: Falu (8, Rodriguez, An), Ramirez, M (13, Rodriguez, An).
TB: Falu 3; Giavotella; Robinson, C 2; Lough; Abreu, T; Ramirez, M 2.
RBI: Abreu, T (56), Lough (49), Robinson, C (53), Falu (29).
2-out RBI: Abreu, T; Robinson, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson, D; Lough 2; Seratelli 2; Giavotella.
SF: Falu.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Lough (19, 2nd base off Bass/Powell).

E: Falu (7, fielding).
PB: Ramirez, M (2).
DP: 2 (Giavotella-Abreu, T-Ramirez, M 2).
Pickoffs: Hottovy (Snyder at 1st base).

Oklahoma City RedHawks
Brian Bass5.04315505.12
Aneury Rodriguez (BS, 1)1.13222206.61
Adalberto Flores (W, 6-1)0.20000005.91
Mickey Storey2.01000403.41
Omaha Storm Chasers
Ethan Hollingsworth4.08330306.49
Roman Colon3.03110112.96
Tommy Hottovy (BS, 1)(L, 2-2)0.25531003.12
Blaine Hardy1.12110113.44
Hollingsworth pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.WP: Rodriguez, An.
IBB: Robinson, D (by Bass), Robinson, D (by Rodriguez, An), Seratelli (by Rodriguez, An).
HBP: Abreu, T (by Bass).


Arkansas Travelers 8 NW Arkansas Naturals 2

The Naturals losing ways continued Wednesday night with another loss to the Travelers.  Starter Michael Mariot had his worst start of the season giving up 5 runs on eight hits in six innings.  The offense couldn’t make up for that rough pitching getting just two runs on nine hits thanks to a 2 for 13 effort with runners in scoring position.

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W: Schugel (5-7, 2.97) L: Mariot (3-3, 3.58)

Arkansas Travelers
Jean SeguraSS512000200.294
Renny Osuna3B513001301.266
Roberto LopezDH501000102.255
Ryan MountRF501000001.226
Casey Haerther1B511000001.272
Carlos RamirezC411000001.225
Jimmy SwiftLF412100000.230
Angel CastilloCF310000012.182
Darwin Perez2B323200210.191
2B: Swift (6, Mariot), Perez, D 2 (9, Mariot, Paukovits).
HR: Osuna, R (2, 5th inning off Mariot, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Haerther; Swift 3; Ramirez, C; Osuna, R 6; Segura 2; Perez, D 5; Mount; Lopez.
RBI: Perez, D 2 (16), Segura 2 (40), Osuna, R 3 (33), Lopez (47).
2-out RBI: Osuna, R 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Haerther; Osuna, R.
GIDP: Segura, Lopez.
Team RISP: 6-for-11.
CS: Segura (13, 2nd base by Mariot/Pina).

E: Mount (4, fielding).
DP: (Perez, D-Segura-Haerther).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF512000101.252
Rey Navarro2B401000100.241
Brian FletcherLF400000001.276
John Whittleman1B300000012.228
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B402000001.417
Manny PinaC301000002.313
Paulo OrlandoRF401000000.259
Carlo TestaDH401100001.271
Alex McClureSS311010000.240
    a- Michael LibertoPH100000001.267
a-Struck out for McClure in the 9th.
2B: Testa, C (15, Scholl).
3B: McClure (1, Schugel).
TB: McClure 3; Kouzmanoff 2; Testa, C 2; Pina; Prades 2; Navarro; Orlando.
RBI: Prades (25), Navarro (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kouzmanoff 2; Testa, C 2; Navarro.
GIDP: Testa, C.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
SB: Fletcher (2, 2nd base off Schugel/Ramirez, C).
CS: Prades (5, 3rd base by Schugel/Ramirez, C).

E: Whittleman (6, fielding).
DP: 2 (McClure-Navarro-Whittleman 2).

Arkansas Travelers
AJ Schugel (W, 5-7)5.27211402.97
Andrew Taylor (H, 10)1.10000204.61
Caleb Graham1.01000202.41
Chris Scholl1.01000107.09
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Michael Mariot (L, 3-3)6.08551313.58
Bryan Paukovits1.16331105.40
Brendan Lafferty1.20000405.84
WP: Schugel.
HBP: Pina (by Schugel), Navarro (by Taylor).


Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3 Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Andy Ferguson gave the Rocks a quality start giving them 7 innings of two run ball but the offense couldn’t answer the bell for the third straight day in Myrtle Beach.  Ferguson gave up six hits and no walks while striking out four in his second High A start but bullpen mate Antonio Cruz gave up his first run since joining the Rocks in the 8th inning turning a 2-2 game into a one run deficit that Wilmington couldn’t comeback from.  Former Gamecock Whit Merrifield had a good day at the plate going 2 for 3 with a walk and a home run to account for two of the Rocks six hits.

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W: Reyes (3-2, 2.95) L: Cruz (1-1, 1.17)
S: Rowen (9)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit Merrifield2B312001111.266
Orlando CalixteSS400000002.229
Cheslor Cuthbert3B400000000.227
Matt Fields1B412100001.300
Lane AdamsRF401000001.242
Brett EibnerCF301000112.203
Jose BonillaC400000003.272
Murray WattsDH400000002.125
Geulin BeltreLF300000001.208
2B: Fields, M (5, Font).
HR: Merrifield (7, 1st inning off Font, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Adams; Fields, M 3; Eibner; Merrifield 5.
RBI: Merrifield (31), Eibner (41).
2-out RBI: Eibner.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonilla; Adams.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
SB: Adams (3, 2nd base off Reyes, J/Telis).

DP: (Fields, M-Calixte-Ferguson).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Odubel Herrera2B300000001.278
Hanser AlbertoSS400000000.255
Tomas TelisC402100100.264
Christian Villanueva3B401000001.268
Vincent DiFazioDH311100000.198
Teodoro MartinezCF311000100.269
Jeremy WilliamsLF301000001.193
Edwin Garcia1B301000100.244
Josh RichmondRF210000011.164
2B: DiFazio (15, Ferguson), Telis (18, Cruz, A).
TB: Williams, J; DiFazio 2; Villanueva; Garcia, E; Telis 3; Martinez, T.
RBI: Martinez, T (25), Garcia, E (18), Telis (35).
2-out RBI: Telis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Herrera; DiFazio; Villanueva.
SAC: Herrera.
GIDP: Martinez, T.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
SB: Telis (6, 2nd base off Ferguson/Bonilla).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Andy Ferguson7.06220403.55
Antonio Cruz (L, 1-1)1.01111001.17
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Wilmer Font5.04221614.56
Jimmy Reyes (W, 3-2)3.02001502.95
Ben Rowen (S, 9)1.00000201.45
WP: Reyes, J.


Bowling Green Hot Rods 5 Kane County Cougars 0

The Cougars had some road drag after the long road trip to Bowling Green Wednesday.  The Cougars offense put up just 2 singles giving starter Kellen Moen a loss after giving up two runs in 5 innings.  The Cougars pitching staff struck out 12 Hot Rod hitters but it wasn’t enough thanks to the lack of offense.

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W: Floethe (9-1, 3.56) L: Moen (3-7, 5.40)

Kane County Cougars
Alex LlanosCF301000010.275
Jack LopezSS400000001.208
Daniel Mateo3B200000021.281
Julio AparicioLF400000001.309
Michael AntonioDH401000001.230
Dean Espy1B300000000.230
Kevin DavidC200000010.000
Tim FergusonRF300000000.281
Yowill Espinal2B300000001.317
TB: Antonio; Llanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ferguson; Aparicio.
GIDP: Espy.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
SB: Lopez (7, 2nd base off Floethe/Segovia), Llanos (4, 2nd base off McEachern/Segovia).

E: Lopez (7, throw).
Pickoffs: Mitchell (Hager at 1st base).

Bowling Green Hot Rods
Ryan Brett2B411000001.310
Jake HagerSS411000102.283
Cameron SeitzerDH300000012.301
Todd GlaesmannCF411100001.281
Jeff Malm1B312001211.282
Drew VettlesonRF402000101.287
Joshua SaleLF400000002.259
Alejandro SegoviaC312001110.250
Tyler Goeddel3B300000002.249
2B: Glaesmann (16, Mitchell).
HR: Segovia (10, 3rd inning off Moen, 0 on, 0 out), Malm (11, 6th inning off Mitchell, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Hager; Vettleson 2; Brett; Glaesmann 2; Malm 5; Segovia 5.
RBI: Segovia (26), Hager (46), Malm 2 (44), Vettleson (45).
2-out RBI: Malm 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sale; Goeddel; Segovia 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
SB: Vettleson 2 (14, 2nd base off Moen/David, 3rd base off Moen/David), Brett (34, 2nd base off Moen/David).
CS: Vettleson (8, home by Moen/David), Hager (8, 2nd base by Mitchell/David).
PO: Hager (1st base by Mitchell).

E: Goeddel (16, throw).
DP: (Goeddel-Brett-Malm).

Kane County Cougars
Kellen Moen (L, 3-7)5.04222615.40
Jason Mitchell1.02220215.16
Andrew Triggs2.03101401.23
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Jake Floethe (W, 9-1)5.01003103.56
Jason McEachern (H, 6)3.01001401.74
Stayton Thomas1.00000004.93
Moen pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.WP: Moen, Mitchell, Floethe.

Burlington Royals 4 Danville Braves 3 F/11

A late rally put the Royals in position to take a win in extras and grab hold of first place.  The Royals went into the bottom of the 9th trailing 3-1 while collecting just two Humberto Arteaga hits in the first 8 innings but a Mark Threlkeld double and a Terrance Gore hit by pitch put them in a good position.  With no outs Arteaga sacrificed the two runners in to scoring position allowing the Royals to push across a run when the Braves walked Bubba Starling and Patrick Leonard.  Trailing by a run and now with two outs a wild pitch by reliever Jeremy Fitzgerald allowed the speedy Gore to cross, sending the game to extra innings.  In the 11th the Royals put a two out rally together getting back to back walks from Cam Gallagher and Fred Ford to load the bases allowing Starling to score on Jose Rodriguez controversial hit by pitch that the Braves thought Rodriguez swung on.  The win allowed the Royals to take lone control of first place improving their record to 17-8.


W: Peterson (3-0, 2.19) L: Garcia (0-1, 0.96)

Danville Braves
Jose PerazaSS411000011.313
Aris Alcantara1B511000000.326
Carlos Franco3B411100010.259
Josh ElanderDH300000020.264
Felix MarteRF501000001.351
Edison SanchezLF502100100.307
Blake BrownCF501100002.180
Nick DeSantiagoC500000005.250
Levi Hyams2B400000001.194
2B: Sanchez, E (8, Tomchick), Brown, B (3, Morales, J), Franco, C (3, Peterson).
TB: Franco, C 2; Sanchez, E 3; Marte, F; Brown, B 2; Peraza; Alcantara, A.
RBI: Sanchez, E (14).
2-out RBI: Sanchez, E.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Marte, F 2; Hyams; Sanchez, E; Peraza; Brown, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-18.
SB: Peraza (2, 2nd base off Binford/Gallagher), Franco, C (4, 3rd base off Rassi/Gallagher), Elander (1, 2nd base off Rassi/Gallagher), Alcantara, A (5, 2nd base off Stueve/Gallagher).

PB: DeSantiago (3).
DP: (Franco, C-Alcantara, A).

Burlington Royals
Terrance GoreLF410000001.284
Humberto ArteagaSS412100000.242
Bubba StarlingCF411000111.268
Patrick Leonard3B400000112.225
Kenneth Diekroeger2B500000003.271
Cameron GallagherC400000011.311
Fred FordRF300000021.266
Beau MaggiDH300000011.189
    1- Jose RodriguezPR-DH000000100.174
Mark Threlkeld1B311100011.182
1-Ran for Maggi in the 10th.
2B: Arteaga (4, Perez, C), Threlkeld (3, Fitzgerald).
TB: Arteaga 3; Starling; Threlkeld 2.
RBI: Starling (11), Leonard (18), Rodriguez, Js (3).
2-out RBI: Rodriguez, Js.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gore; Gallagher 2; Arteaga.
SAC: Arteaga.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
SB: Starling (2, 2nd base off Garcia, B/DeSantiago).

Danville Braves
Williams Perez6.01001703.96
Carlos Perez (H, 2)2.01110302.63
Jeremy Fitzgerald (BS, 1)1.01222003.60
Bryam Garcia (L, 0-1)1.21113100.96
Michael Hashem0.00001002.79
Burlington Royals
Christian Binford3.21001201.59
Ben Tomchick1.11000200.00
Lincoln Rassi0.102230012.38
Julio Morales1.21000203.00
Andrew Stueve2.03110306.00
Mark Peterson (W, 3-0)2.01000102.19
WP: Perez, C, Fitzgerald, Rassi 3.
IBB: Starling (by Fitzgerald).
HBP: Gore (by Fitzgerald), Rodriguez, Js (by Hashem).


AZL Angels 5 AZL Royals 3

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W: Carlin (2-0, 7.50) L: Goudeau (0-1, 6.14)
S: Boyd (3)

AZL Angels
James SneedCF411000011.250
Jose RondonSS301100001.287
    a- Pedro ToribioPH-SS111100200.400
Landis Ware2B402100110.368
Pedro PizarroC500000001.192
Kody EavesDH411000000.211
Glenn BeltranRF411000001.221
Jackson Whitley1B402000001.231
Quinten DavisLF402000101.282
Chance Ross3B411000101.375
a-Struck out for Rondon, J in the 7th.
2B: Rondon, J (7, Perez, L), Toribio, P (1, Goudeau), Ware (6, Goudeau).
TB: Beltran; Ware 3; Toribio, P 2; Sneed; Whitley 2; Ross; Davis, Q 2; Rondon, J 2; Eaves.
RBI: Davis, Q (1), Ross (5), Toribio, P 2 (3), Ware (7).
2-out RBI: Toribio, P 2; Ware.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ross 2; Rondon, J; Beltran; Pizarro.
GIDP: Pizarro 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
SB: Davis, Q (1, 2nd base off Perez, L/Johnson, C).

DP: 2 (Ware-Rondon, J-Whitley, LeBarron-Ware).

AZL Royals
Alfredo Escalera-MaldonadoCF513000001.319
Ramon TorresSS511000100.329
Christian Colon2B301000000.200
    a- Lewis UrenaPH-2B202000200.174
Alexis RiveraRF301000010.443
Mauricio Ramos3B501000000.273
Mark Donato1B501000001.286
Chad JohnsonC200000020.220
    1- Marsalis HollowayPR000000000.125
    Luis VillegasC000000000.357
Pedro GonzalezDH412000001.313
Jerrell AllenLF401000000.212
a-Singled for Colon, C in the 7th.
1-Ran for Johnson, C in the 8th.
TB: Rivera, A; Donato; Torres, Ra; Gonzalez, P 2; Colon, C; Ramos, M; Urena, Le 2; Escalera-Maldonado 3; Allen.
RBI: Torres, Ra (13), Urena, Le 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Torres, Ra; Urena, Le.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramos, M; Gonzalez, P 2; Colon, C; Johnson, C; Allen; Donato 2.
GIDP: Rivera, A.
Team RISP: 3-for-15.
E: Ramos, M (5, throw).
DP: 3 (Ramos, M-Colon, C-Donato 2, Torres, Ra-Donato).

AZL Angels
Zach LeBarron5.06002203.60
Nick Mutz (H, 1)1.000000011.57
Kurt Spomer (BS, 2)1.03220003.52
Juan Carlin (W, 2-0)1.01001107.50
Jake Boyd (S, 3)1.03110004.05
AZL Royals
Leondy Perez3.04001300.00
Zachary Lovvorn5.04221206.55
Ashton Goudeau (L, 0-1)1.04330206.14
WP: Spomer, Boyd, Lovvorn.
HBP: Rondon, J (by Lovvorn), Rivera, A (by Mutz).


DSL Royals 4 DSL Cardinals 2

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W: Crisostomo (1-3, 3.86) L: Perez (1-4, 2.25)
S: Machado (3)

DSL Cardinals
Eliezer Alvarez2B411001100.205
Leobaldo PinaSS400000000.274
Bladimil FrancoRF311100010.232
Luis CruzC402000001.321
Carlos TorresCF401000101.260
Sergio Ripoll1B300000010.160
    1- Domingo SanchezPR000000000.108
Junior Agustin3B200000012.165
George AraujoLF300000002.160
Eduardo CelestinoDH301000002.118
1-Ran for Ripoll in the 9th.
2B: Franco (5, Garces).
HR: Alvarez, E (1, 9th inning off Rosario, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Torres, C; Alvarez, E 4; Celestino; Franco 2; Cruz 2.
RBI: Alvarez, E (5), Torres, C (12).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Agustin.
GIDP: Alvarez, E.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
E: Cruz (7, throw).
DP: (Pina, Le-Alvarez, E-Ripoll).

DSL Royals
Brawlun GomezRF400000002.199
Jeckson Flores2B411000000.238
Ismael BautistaSS411000002.364
Cristian CanoLF301000110.295
Eddy Melo1B301000011.280
Cesar GonzalezC401000001.162
Angelo Castellano3B300000001.253
Johan SantaDH312100000.354
Jose GironCF311000001.234
2B: Santa (7, Escudero).
TB: Cano; Flores, J; Melo; Bautista, I; Gonzalez, C; Santa 3; Giron.
RBI: Cano (17).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castellano 2; Gonzalez, C 2; Gomez, B.
GIDP: Melo.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Outfield assists: Cano (Franco at 3rd base), Gomez, B (Torres, C at 2nd base).
DP: (Bautista, I-Flores, J-Melo).

DSL Cardinals
Dewen Perez (L, 1-4)5.03221402.25
Jonathan Escudero3.05211403.81
DSL Royals
Sandy Garces4.02001201.91
Branly Crisostomo (W, 1-3)3.01000203.86
Harol Rosario (H, 2)1.23222312.25
Andres Machado (S, 3)0.10000103.77
WP: Perez, D 2.
HBP: Agustin (by Crisostomo).


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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