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Diamonds in the Rough 7.6

A 3-4 day for the Royals affiliates.  HR Roll Call Johnny Giavotella (8) Mat Fields (5) Lane Adams (3,4) Orlando Calixte (2) Ysmelin Alcantara (2) Fred Ford (3) 


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Lane Adams 2-4 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Bryan Paukovits 3.1 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 7 K

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Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Collin Rogers 6 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 3 K 1 HBP 


 Iowa Cubs 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 F/11

With no Jake Odorizzi or Wil Myers the Chasers were unable to hang onto a early lead that they had built dropping their first game in three tries in Des Moines.  Reliever Roman Colon got the start in Odorizzi’s absence lasting 5 innings while allowing just a run on 2 hits leaving in position for a win.  Unfortunately the reliever Blaine Hardy wasn’t quite as effective giving up a 3 runs in his 3 innings which allowed Iowa to grab hold of a 4-3 lead after 8 innings.  Hot hitting Johnny Giavotella hit his 3rd home run in the last four games in the top of the 9th to send the game to extras but the Chasers couldn’t mount another rally dropping the game in the bottom of the 11th on a walkoff hit by Alfredo Amezaga.  Giavotella has multiple hits in four consecutive games raising his average to .324.


W: Bowden (2-0, 2.25) L: Hottovy (2-1, 2.51)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Chris Getz2B500000000.308
    Cody ClarkC100000000.183
Johnny GiavotellaDH312001120.324
Lorenzo CainCF502100002.280
    Kurt Mertins2B100000000.244
Clint Robinson1B-LF410000010.308
Tony AbreuSS512100002.308
Anthony SeratelliRF511000100.276
Max RamirezC-1B400000010.307
Derrick RobinsonLF-CF502000001.294
Kevin Kouzmanoff3B501000201.261
2B: Abreu, T (24, De La Cruz), Cain (2, De La Cruz).
HR: Giavotella (8, 9th inning off Bowden, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Cain 3; Kouzmanoff; Robinson, D 2; Seratelli; Giavotella 5; Abreu, T 3.
RBI: Seratelli (47), Kouzmanoff 2 (31), Giavotella (38).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Getz; Seratelli 2; Cain 2; Ramirez, M; Abreu, T; Mertins.
Team RISP: 2-for-14.
SB: Robinson, D (14, 3rd base off De La Cruz/Castillo, W), Getz (1, 2nd base off De La Cruz/Castillo, W).

E: Abreu, T (15, missed catch).
DP: (Kouzmanoff-Getz-Robinson, C).

Iowa Cubs
Alfredo AmezagaSS602000100.270
Dave SappeltCF522100001.247
Adrian Cardenas2B401000101.323
Josh Vitters1B311100020.300
Blake DeWittLF501000101.153
Welington CastilloC321001211.253
Blake LalliDH402100011.232
Matt TolbertRF400000001.256
Diory Hernandez3B500000001.179
2B: Lalli (10, Colon, R), Sappelt (14, Hardy), Vitters (23, Hardy).
HR: Castillo, W (3, 7th inning off Hardy, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Lalli 3; Sappelt 3; DeWitt; Cardenas; Castillo, W 4; Vitters 2; Amezaga 2.
RBI: DeWitt (5), Cardenas (22), Castillo, W 2 (12), Amezaga (24).
2-out RBI: Cardenas; Amezaga.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tolbert; DeWitt 2; Amezaga; Lalli.
SAC: Tolbert; Cardenas.
SF: Castillo, W.
GIDP: Castillo, W.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
SB: Vitters (2, 2nd base off Colon, R/Ramirez, M).

E: Hernandez, Di (3, throw), Amezaga (5, fielding).
Outfield assists: Tolbert (Ramirez, M at 3rd base), DeWitt (Giavotella at 2nd base).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Roman Colon5.02111103.10
Blaine Hardy (BS, 1)3.05322313.52
Tommy Hottovy (L, 2-1)2.23111302.51
Iowa Cubs
Casey Coleman3.04332303.93
Frankie De La Cruz4.03001103.45
Jay Jackson1.01000106.18
Michael Bowden (BS, 1)(W, 2-0)3.02111112.25
WP: De La Cruz.
Balk: Bowden.
IBB: Giavotella (by Bowden), Vitters (by Hardy).
HBP: Giavotella (by Coleman, C).


Corpus Christi Hooks 3 NW Arkansas Naturals 0

The Naturals offense has went missing in July, failing to score more the two runs in their six games in the month and getting shut out for the second time Friday night.  The Naturals collected just three singles and a pair of walks going 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position failing to help Sugar Ray Marimon avoid his first AA loss.  The Naturals starter lost his first game lasting just 4.2 innings while giving up 6 hits and 3 walks allowing three runs on the night.

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NW Arkansas000000000031

W: Seaton (6-5, 3.61) L: Marimon (1-1, 2.20)
S: Stoffel (14)

Corpus Christi Hooks
Jonathan VillarSS400000002.259
Andrew Simunic3B311000100.303
Jonathan Singleton1B110000031.271
Drew LockeRF401000102.257
Jake GoebbertLF401000002.267
Jair FernandezC401000101.250
Adam BaileyDH400000003.222
Drew MurenCF313000010.353
Brandon Wikoff2B401000000.200
TB: Muren 3; Wikoff; Goebbert; Locke; Fernandez; Simunic.
RBI: Locke (19), Fernandez (16), Simunic (21).
2-out RBI: Fernandez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bailey; Locke; Wikoff.
SF: Simunic.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
SB: Simunic (10, 2nd base off Marimon/Pina).
CS: Singleton (2, 2nd base by Marimon/Pina), Muren 2 (6, 2nd base by Marimon/Pina, 2nd base by Keck/Pina).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF401000001.254
Paulo OrlandoRF401000000.263
Brian FletcherLF401000001.224
John Whittleman1B300000012.240
Manny PinaC300000010.000
Eric Duncan3B300000002.269
Mario Lisson2B300000001.231
Carlo TestaDH300000001.263
Alex McClureSS300000001.300
TB: Fletcher; Prades; Orlando.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pina.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
E: Pina (1, throw).

Corpus Christi Hooks
Ross Seaton (W, 6-5)8.13002803.61
Jason Stoffel (S, 14)0.20000101.54
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Sugar Ray Marimon (L, 1-1)4.26333402.20
Bryan Paukovits3.12000705.17
Jon Keck1.00001002.37


Wilmington Blue Rocks 6 Lynchburg Hillcats 5 F/10

The Rocks offense continued their offensive onslaught scoring six runs Friday thanks to four home runs all of which were of the solo variety.  On top of the four solo home runs the Rocks scored a run in the 2nd and a run in the eighth to even the game after Brooks Pounders allowed 5 runs on 9 hits in 5.2 innings.  The game would go to the 10th inning where Lane Adams would hit his second home run of the game and fourth since joining the Rocks, giving Wilmington a 6-5 win.  Newly acquired first baseman Matt Field hit his fifth home run in just his 15th game with the Blue Rocks.


W: Runion (3-1, 2.53) L: Chaffee (3-1, 4.05)

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Whit MerrifieldDH500000000.264
Angel Franco3B400000011.282
Lane AdamsRF432002211.246
Matt Fields1B411001110.241
Brett EibnerCF502100101.208
Orlando CalixteSS522001102.254
Jose BonillaC403000000.305
Geulin BeltreLF400000002.198
Luis Piterson2B402000001.247
2B: Eibner (19, Shreve, Ch).
HR: Adams 2 (4, 1st inning off Schlosser, 0 on, 2 out; 10th inning off Chaffee, 0 on, 1 out), Fields, M (5, 6th inning off Schlosser, 0 on, 2 out), Calixte (2, 7th inning off Shreve, Ch, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Piterson 2; Bonilla 3; Eibner 3; Calixte 5; Adams 8; Fields, M 4.
RBI: Adams 2 (8), Fields, M (10), Calixte (8), Eibner (38).
2-out RBI: Adams; Fields, M; Eibner.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Calixte 2.
GIDP: Merrifield.
Team RISP: 0-for-3.
E: Calixte (6, fielding).

Lynchburg Hillcats
Mycal JonesCF400000010.250
Nick AhmedSS501100101.264
Tommy La Stella2B312000000.265
    a- Emerson LandoniPH-2B200000000.200
Adam MilliganDH512000002.244
Edward Salcedo3B412100110.269
Chris Garcia1B411000111.300
David RohmRF400000010.229
Bobby StevensLF400000010.257
Braeden SchlehuberC512100102.286
a-Grounded out for La Stella in the 6th.
2B: Salcedo (17, Pounders), Schlehuber (10, Pounders), Ahmed (25, Pounders).
TB: Milligan 2; Salcedo 3; Schlehuber 3; Ahmed 2; Garcia, C; La Stella 2.
RBI: Salcedo (33), Garcia, C (40), Schlehuber (30), Ahmed (35).
2-out RBI: Schlehuber; Ahmed.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Salcedo; Jones, M; Rohm 2; Landoni; Ahmed.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
SB: La Stella (12, 2nd base off Pounders/Bonilla).
CS: Stevens (3, 2nd base by Pounders/Bonilla).

E: Rohm (2, fielding).
Outfield assists: Jones, M (Bonilla at 2nd base).
DP: (Ahmed-Landoni-Garcia, C).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Brooks Pounders5.29553206.08
Antonio Cruz2.10002200.00
Sam Runion (W, 3-1)2.01000202.53
Lynchburg Hillcats
Gus Schlosser6.05321423.64
Chasen Shreve (BS, 2)1.24221111.90
Matt Chaffee (L, 3-1)1.22111214.05
Caleb Brewer0.21000103.82
WP: Pounders, Cruz, A, Brewer.


Quad Cities River Bandits 6 Kane County Cougars 1

The Cougars entered the game in first place but were quickly rebuffed the Quad Cities and knocked back into second.  Quad Cities starter had their number on this night limiting the Cougars lineup to just 5 hits,  a walk and one run over 7 innings while striking out 7 hitters.  Kane County would just get just 2 runners in scoring position on the day and were prevented from scoring in both opportunities crossing the plate just once with a double by Alex Llanos that chased home Michael Antonio after his 2nd inning single.  The run wouldn’t be enough as the River Bandits scored six runs, four via starter Kellen Moen who gave up 5 hits over 6 innings including his 13th long ball in 16 starts.

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Kane County010000000161

W: Hald (4-4, 3.14) L: Moen (3-5, 5.50)

Quad Cities River Bandits
Matt WilliamsSS400000000.265
Nick MartiniCF511000101.250
Stephen PiscottyDH311000000.323
Anthony GarciaLF411001201.300
Juan CastilloC300000001.307
David Medina1B412000001.245
Anthony Melchionda3B411001201.250
Neal Pritchard2B300000012.196
Roberto ReyesRF312100010.230
2B: Reyes (4, Moen).
HR: Melchionda (1, 2nd inning off Moen, 1 on, 2 out), Garcia, A (11, 8th inning off Mitchell, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Melchionda 4; Medina 2; Reyes 3; Garcia, A 4; Piscotty, S; Martini, N.
RBI: Melchionda 2 (2), Martini, N (32), Garcia, A 2 (52).
2-out RBI: Melchionda 2; Garcia, A 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Medina; Martini, N 2.
SAC: Williams, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
CS: Reyes (3, 2nd base by Mitchell/Swab).

Outfield assists: Garcia, A (Llanos at 3rd base).

Kane County Cougars
Justin TrappDH400000002.239
Jack LopezSS402100000.226
Daniel Mateo2B400000002.290
Jorge BonifacioRF400000000.311
Michael Antonio3B411000001.230
Alex LlanosCF301100110.271
Julio AparicioLF301000001.300
Dean Espy1B300000001.226
Kenny SwabC301000000.268
2B: Lopez (2, Hald), Llanos (5, Hald).
TB: Antonio; Swab; Lopez 3; Aparicio; Llanos 2.
RBI: Llanos (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonifacio.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
E: Mateo (24, throw).

Quad Cities River Bandits
Kyle Hald (W, 4-4)7.05111703.14
Travis Miller2.01000002.31
Kane County Cougars
Kellen Moen (L, 3-5)6.05430515.50
Jason Mitchell2.01221214.96
Malcom Culver1.02001004.75
HBP: Castillo, J (by Moen), Piscotty, S (by Mitchell).


 Grand Junction Rockies 2 Idaho Falls Chukars 1

The Chukars lost a pitching duel when the Rockies came up with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th when a double by first round scored a run to tie it and a wild pitch via reliever Alec Mills allowed the lead runner and eventual winning run to cross.  Chukars starter Andrew Ferguson continued his stellar pitching tossing 7 innings of shut out ball giving up just four singles and a walk, taking a no decision despite lowering his ERA to 1.14 on the season.

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Grand Junction00000002x260

W: Warner (2-0, 6.35) L: Mills (0-2, 3.12)
S: Oberg (2)

Idaho Falls Chukars
Ethan ChapmanCF400000000.338
Carlos Garcia2B401000001.245
Nicholas CuckovichLF300000001.262
Jin-Ho ShinC401000001.273
Rainier BelloDH101000000.302
    a- Sam BatesPH-DH300000000.100
Ysmelin AlcantaraRF311001101.304
Nick DelGuidice3B300000000.250
Jared Schlehuber1B201100010.261
Adrian MartinezSS300000003.200
a-Grounded out for Bello, R in the 4th.
2B: Schlehuber (3, Warner).
HR: Alcantara (2, 5th inning off Warner, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Garcia, C; Shin; Bello, R; Schlehuber 2; Alcantara 4.
RBI: Alcantara (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schlehuber 2; Chapman; Bates.
SAC: Cuckovich.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
PO: Schlehuber (1st base by Pena, Fr).

DP: 2 (Garcia, C-Martinez, A-Schlehuber, Martinez, A-Schlehuber).

Grand Junction Rockies
Matt WessingerSS411000002.317
David DahlCF401100100.355
Ryan GarveyDH400000002.304
Ben Waldrip1B401000001.278
Jeffrey PopickLF301000001.355
Julian YanRF300000001.270
Jason Stolz3B301000001.265
Franmy PenaC110000010.150
Juan Ciriaco2B301000000.390
2B: Dahl (6, Mills).
TB: Ciriaco; Wessinger; Stolz; Waldrip; Popick; Dahl 2.
RBI: Dahl (14).
2-out RBI: Dahl.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Dahl 2; Waldrip 2.
GIDP: Yan, J, Pena, Fr.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
SB: Ciriaco (8, 2nd base off Ferguson/Shin), Garvey (2, 2nd base off Mills/Shin).

Pickoffs: Pena, Fr (Schlehuber at 1st base).

Idaho Falls Chukars
Andrew Ferguson7.04001501.14
Matthew Strahm (H, 1)0.20110106.00
Alec Mills (BS, 2)(L, 0-2)0.12110203.12
Grand Junction Rockies
Eddie Butler4.02000305.00
Ryan Warner (W, 2-0)4.02111316.35
Scott Oberg (S, 2)1.01000101.80
WP: Mills.
HBP: Pena, Fr (by Strahm).


Burlington Royals 5 Bristol White Sox 2

The Royals came within one out of a no hitter and a shutout Friday night but still hung on to a win.  Starter Collin Rogers was close to perfect striking out 3, earning 9 ground ball outs to just 3 fly outs and allowing just a 2nd inning hit by pitch in his 6 innings to earn his first professional win.  The crowd definitely didn’t see a hitting exhibition as the Royals collected just 4 hits of their own but thanks to 11 walks from Sox pitcher were able to score four runs.  The big hit of the game cane via Fred Ford who connected on his 3rd home run of the season with a 3 run shot in the 2nd inning.  Reliever Lincoln Rassi walked a hitter with 2 down in the ninth and then allowed a two run home run to former Husker Kale Kiser to break up the no hitter.  Royals outfield prospect Bubba Starling went 1 for 3 with a walk, a double and a steal of home in the fifth inning.


W: Rodgers (1-0, 1.23) L: Olacio (2-2, 4.19)
S: Rassi (1)

Bristol White Sox
Jake BrownSS310000011.200
Kale KiserLF411001201.213
Courtney HawkinsCF400000000.250
Alex Williams1B300000001.286
Eric Grabe2B300000001.353
Jose BarrazaC200000001.118
Steven Nikorak3B300000000.067
Cory FarrisDH300000000.119
Juan RamirezRF300000002.191
HR: Kiser (2, 9th inning off Rassi, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Kiser 4.
RBI: Kiser 2 (4).
2-out RBI: Kiser 2.
E: Olacio (1, throw).
PB: Barraza (9).
DP: (Olacio-Grabe-Williams).

Burlington Royals
Jose Rodriguez2B300000021.150
Beau MaggiC310000021.225
Bubba StarlingCF311100011.323
Patrick Leonard3B311000010.234
Kenneth DiekroegerSS310000011.276
Fred FordRF211001321.218
Mark Threlkeld1B400000000.210
Chris ElderLF300000011.273
Henry MorenoDH301000010.406
2B: Starling (1, Hudelson).
HR: Ford (3, 2nd inning off Olacio, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Leonard; Moreno; Starling 2; Ford 4.
RBI: Ford 3 (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Maggi 3; Threlkeld; Starling.
GIDP: Diekroeger, K.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
SB: Maggi (3, 3rd base off Olacio/Barraza), Starling (1, home off Hudelson/Barraza), Ford (3, 2nd base off Hudelson/Barraza), Rodriguez, Js (1, 2nd base off Brito, Jo/Barraza).

Bristol White Sox
Jefferson Olacio (L, 2-2)4.02447314.19
James Hudelson2.02112204.82
Jose Brito2.00002107.36
Burlington Royals
Colin Rodgers (W, 1-0)6.00000301.23
Lincoln Rassi (S, 1)3.012214110.57
WP: Olacio.
Balk: Olacio, Hudelson.
HBP: Barraza (by Rodgers).


DSL Royals 3 DSL Dodgers 2 

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W: Almonte (3-1, 1.38) L: Sandoval (1-1, 5.06)
S: Rosario (2)
DSL Dodgers
Jorky InfanteCF400000001.210
Vladimir MartinezLF300000010.227
Melvin Santana2B311010010.279
Josmar Cordero1B401100102.436
Johnathan LinaresC400000001.333
Geison NunezDH402000000.371
Yensys Capellan3B411000001.278
Jesus PerezRF200000011.260
    a- Jeffry RojasPH000000000.300
    1- Rafael GomezPR000000000.250
Jose Luis JavierSS300000102.265
a-Hit by pitch for Perez, Je in the 9th.
1-Ran for Rojas, J in the 9th.
2B: Cordero (12, Almonte, M).
3B: Santana, M (4, Almonte, M).
TB: Santana, M 3; Cordero 2; Nunez, G 2; Capellan.
RBI: Javier (13), Cordero (32).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nunez, G; Javier 2.
SF: Javier.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
E: Sandoval (1, pickoff), Javier (11, throw), Santana, M 2 (8, fielding, fielding).

DSL Royals
Brawlun GomezRF311000010.167
Jeckson FloresSS310000000.240
Wander FrancoDH300000001.286
Cristian Cano2B400000100.304
Eddy Melo1B200000100.302
Cesar GonzalezC211000010.123
Angelo Castellano3B200000000.211
Jose GironCF300000000.222
Jose SolanoLF301000100.233
TB: Gomez, B; Solano; Gonzalez, C.
RBI: Cano (16), Melo (19), Solano (8).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Flores, J; Solano.
SAC: Castellano.
SF: Melo.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
SB: Gomez, B (5, 2nd base off Jimenez, L/Linares).
CS: Cano (6, 2nd base by Sandoval/Linares), Flores, J (6, 2nd base by Teodo/Linares), Gomez, B (3, 3rd base by Jimenez, L/Linares).

E: Cano (3, throw).
Outfield assists: Giron (Perez, Je at 1st base).
DP: (Giron-Melo).

DSL Dodgers
Nelson Sandoval (L, 1-1)1.11332005.06
Wascar Teodo5.21000100.83
Luis Jimenez1.01000000.00
DSL Royals
Miguel Almonte (W, 3-1)5.03210601.38
Ronny Rios (H, 2)2.21003004.05
Harol Rosario (S, 2)1.11000201.76
HBP: Rojas, J (by Rosario), Flores, J (by Sandoval), Franco (by Sandoval).


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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