Diamonds in the Rough 8.12 Reviewed by Momizat on . 4-2 day by Royals affiliates including a Huge day by the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Another HR Roll Call Wil Myers (34) David Lough (9) Mitch Maier (5) Mario Lisso 4-2 day by Royals affiliates including a Huge day by the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Another HR Roll Call Wil Myers (34) David Lough (9) Mitch Maier (5) Mario Lisso Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 8.12

4-2 day by Royals affiliates including a Huge day by the Omaha Storm Chasers.  Another HR Roll Call Wil Myers (34) David Lough (9) Mitch Maier (5) Mario Lisson (10) Murray Watts (11) 


Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Wil Myers 5-7 2b, HR, 4 R, 3 RBI

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Matt Ridings 7 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 3 K

Pine Tar Press Rookie League Player of the Day Ramon Torres 5-5 2 R, 2 RBI


Omaha Storm Chasers 20 Tucson Padres 3

An offensive explosion doesn’t quite describe what the Chasers offense did Sunday night in their easy win.  By the end of the third inning every Chaser in the lineup had at least one hit and scored one run.  All of that came in a 15 run, 18 hit barrage that included home runs by Mitch Maier, Wil Myers and David Lough.  For Myers that was home run #34 on the season and was one of his five hits on the night increasing his AAA average to .302.  All told the Chasers punched out 20 runs on 33 hits to cruise to an easy win, the 33 hits fell three short of the PCL record.  Starter Doug Davis got the win with all the run support to improve his record to 7-2 on the season.


W: Davis (7-2, 3.84) L: Hynes (6-9, 6.16)

Omaha Storm Chasers
Irving Falu2B724000000.328
Christian ColonSS524000210.467
Johnny Giavotella3B734000300.331
Wil MyersCF745101301.302
Clint RobinsonDH735110200.297
David LoughRF513101500.284
Max RamirezC412000101.292
    Adam MooreC200000002.248
Mitch Maier1B512001300.268
Jason BourgeoisLF634000000.217
2B: Myers (14, Hynes), Robinson, C (30, Hynes), Lough (16, Vincent).
3B: Robinson, C (1, Franklin).
HR: Maier (3, 2nd inning off Hynes, 1 on, 1 out), Myers (21, 3rd inning off Franklin, 2 on, 2 out), Lough (9, 3rd inning off Franklin, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Falu 4; Bourgeois 4; Robinson, C 8; Giavotella 4; Lough 7; Myers 9; Colon, C 4; Ramirez, M 2; Maier 5.
RBI: Robinson, C 2 (61), Ramirez, M (63), Maier 3 (11), Giavotella 3 (69), Colon, C 2 (5), Myers 3 (66), Lough 5 (63).
2-out RBI: Robinson, C; Colon, C; Giavotella; Myers 3; Lough 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lough; Bourgeois 2; Ramirez, M; Giavotella 2.
SAC: Lough.
SF: Colon, C; Maier.
GIDP: Giavotella, Robinson, C.
Team RISP: 14-for-22.
Team LOB: 12.

E: Davis, D (2, pickoff).
DP: 2 (Giavotella-Falu-Maier, Falu-Colon, C-Maier).

Tucson Padres
Daniel RobertsonCF312100110.306
Beamer WeemsSS301000100.250
Jesus Merchan2B401000000.400
Jeremy HermidaDH-RF402000101.267
Vince Belnome1B300000011.257
Anthony Contreras3B400000002.271
Sawyer CarrollRF-P400000001.252
Blake TekotteLF411000000.252
Rocky GaleC412000001.140
2B: Robertson (25, Davis, D).
TB: Merchan; Hermida 2; Tekotte; Weems; Gale 2; Robertson 3.
RBI: Robertson (32), Weems (26), Hermida (22).
2-out RBI: Hermida.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hermida; Contreras; Weems.
SF: Weems.
GIDP: Merchan, Belnome.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

E: Contreras (7, fielding).
Outfield assists: Tekotte (Colon, C at 2nd base).
DP: 2 (Weems-Merchan-Belnome, Merchan-Weems-Belnome).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Doug Davis (W, 7-2)6.07331203.84
Blaine Hardy1.01001003.48
Roman Colon1.01000303.16
Vin Mazzaro1.00000103.69
Tucson Padres
Colt Hynes (L, 6-9)1.29850016.16
Alexis Lara1.044400016.88
Chris Franklin1.1105501233.75
Josh Spence2.25110205.58
Nick Vincent1.13220106.41
Sawyer Carroll1.02001000.00
WP: Lara, Franklin.


Frisco Rough Riders 6 NW Arkansas Naturals 4

The Naturals let a 4-2 lead get away from them in the 9th to take a loss against Frisco.  The Naturals had built that two run lead with a navigation job by Noel Arguelles who worked around seven hits and five free passes only allowing two runs in his seven innings thanks to eight groundouts including a couple of double plays.  NW Arkansas scored two in the 7th on a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk then put on two more in the 8th with a two run home run from Yem Prades.  That two run lead the Naturals took to the 9th was gone when Brendan Lafferty gave up a grand slam to Chris McGuiness with one out in the 9th which would prove to be the game winner with the Naturals couldn’t mount a rally.

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W: Wolf (3-1, 2.29) L: Lafferty (0-1, 4.85)

Frisco RoughRiders
Engel BeltreDH511100000.262
Jurickson ProfarSS413200110.283
Jared HoyingCF500000004.272
Chris McGuiness1B412001412.251
Zach ZaneskiC401000011.287
Tommy Mendonca3B400000011.231
Alex Buchholz2B201000020.257
Val MajewskiLF410000000.229
Jared PrinceRF422100100.222
2B: Beltre, E (15, Arguelles), Prince (12, Arguelles), Profar 2 (25, Arguelles, Arguelles).
HR: McGuiness (22, 9th inning off Lafferty, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Prince 3; McGuiness 5; Zaneski; Beltre, E 2; Buchholz; Profar 5.
RBI: Prince (37), Profar (60), McGuiness 4 (67).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Majewski, V; Hoying; McGuiness 2; Prince 2.
GIDP: Mendonca, Zaneski.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
CS: Beltre, E (8, 3rd base by Arguelles/Rodriguez, Jul).FIELDING
DP: (Mendonca-Buchholz-McGuiness).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Yem PradesCF501000003.256
Whit Merrifield2B401000111.333
Brian FletcherLF501000002.253
Kevin KouzmanoffDH400000002.275
Paulo OrlandoRF423000000.274
Mario Lisson1B323101210.261
Rey Navarro3B400000000.254
Julio RodriguezC300000011.227
Alex McClureSS200000002.230
    a- Carlo TestaPH000000100.256
    Michael LibertoSS100000001.200
a-Hit by pitch for McClure in the 7th.
2B: Lisson (22, Ramirez, N).
HR: Lisson (10, 8th inning off Font, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Fletcher; Lisson 7; Merrifield; Prades; Orlando 3.
RBI: Testa, C (52), Merrifield (4), Lisson 2 (45).
2-out RBI: Merrifield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Navarro; McClure; Fletcher 2.
GIDP: Merrifield.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
SB: Lisson (17, 3rd base off Ramirez, N/Zaneski).FIELDING
E: Lisson 2 (13, fielding, fielding).
DP: 2 (Lisson-McClure-Arguelles, Navarro-Merrifield-Lisson).


Frisco RoughRiders
Neil Ramirez6.05000604.21
Tim Murphy (H, 2)0.11222006.97
Wilmer Font (BS, 1)1.12221313.60
Ross Wolf (W, 3-1)1.11000302.29
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Noel Arguelles7.07215506.77
Brendan Lafferty (L, 0-1)2.03431314.85


Wilmington Blue Rocks 5 Salem Red Sox 0

Matt Ridings has enjoyed the bump to the Carolina league and the rotation earning another win Sunday to finish off a Blue Rocks sweep over Salem.  The former Western Kentucky Hilltopper cruised through seven shutout innings against the Red Sox allowing just 3 hits none of which came before the 6th inning when he worked around a pair of hits with the help of Jose Bonilla’s caught stealing.  The Rocks offense put Riding ahead in the 4th with an RBI double by Matt Fields, added to it with a solo home run by Murray Watts and tacked on three more in the 7th to put the game out of reach.  Ridings turned things over to Nick Rogers who who worked the final two innings scoreless for the win which pushed the Rocks into first place all by themselves.


W: Ridings (5-1, 2.63) L: McCarthy (0-1, 3.38)

Salem Red Sox
Heiker MenesesSS401100001.298
Lucas LeBlancRF400000001.218
Adalberto IbarraDH302000000.280
Brandon JacobsLF400000001.256
Drew Hedman1B300000000.200
Sean Coyle2B200000000.241
Jayson HernandezC300000001.167
James Kang3B301000001.187
Shannon WilkersonCF300000001.274
2B: Meneses (12, Ridings).
TB: Kang; Ibarra 2; Meneses 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LeBlanc.
GIDP: Jacobs.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
CS: Kang (3, 2nd base by Ridings/Bonilla).
PO: Kang (1st base by Ridings).FIELDING
E: Jacobs (4, throw), Kang (10, fielding).
Outfield assists: Jacobs (Eibner at 3rd base).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Angel Franco2B401000011.268
Brett EibnerCF311100010.205
Lane AdamsRF311000111.235
Matt FieldsDH401100102.294
Cheslor Cuthbert3B400000001.223
Geulin BeltreLF401000000.243
Murray Watts1B412001100.212
Jose BonillaC311000011.224
Luis PitersonSS412100100.293
2B: Eibner (24, McCarthy), Fields, M (8, McCarthy), Piterson (6, Rosario).
HR: Watts (2, 5th inning off McCarthy, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Beltre; Bonilla; Piterson 3; Adams; Watts 5; Fields, M 2; Eibner 2; Franco.
RBI: Fields, M (31), Watts (9), Piterson (11), Adams (18).
2-out RBI: Adams.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Beltre; Adams; Cuthbert; Franco.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
E: Cuthbert (18, fielding).
DP: (Cuthbert-Franco-Watts).
Pickoffs: Ridings (Kang at 1st base).
Salem Red Sox
Michael McCarthy (L, 0-1)5.16222513.38
Charle Rosario2.24322105.49
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Matt Ridings (W, 5-1)7.03000302.63
Nick Rogers2.01000301.78
WP: Ridings.
HBP: Ibarra (by Ridings), Coyle (by Rogers).


Kane County Cougars 9 Cedar Rapids Kernals 5

The Cougars offense came alive in the 2nd game of their series with Cedar Rapids Sunday to take the series 2-0 and put themselves in position for a sweep tomorrow.  It was a balanced attack by the offense with five different hitters having multi-hit games including Julio Aparicio’s four hit game and Henry Moreno’s three hit day that included a double and a home run.  Starter Kyle Smith took advantage of the run support earning his 3rd win of year despite allowing four runs (3 ER) in five innings on a five hits and a walk.  The pen made up for Smith’s less than stellar start allowing just a unearned run in the final four innings to pick up the win.  The win pushed Kane County into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Midwest Leagues Western Division with 21 games left.

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Cedar Rapids200020001582

W: Smith (3-1, 3.35) L: Crowley (1-4, 4.02)

Kane County Cougars
Justin Trapp2B501000100.262
Jack LopezSS511100100.207
Daniel MateoDH512100200.276
Julio AparicioLF514000000.277
Michael Antonio3B210000111.223
Alex LlanosCF512000100.282
Tim FergusonRF500000000.282
Henry Moreno1B433101110.226
Kevin DavidC412000000.250
2B: Moreno (11, Crowley), Lopez (8, Crowley), Mateo (18, Crowley).
HR: Moreno (1, 6th inning off Crowley, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Moreno 7; Mateo 3; Trapp, J; Lopez 2; Aparicio 4; David 2; Llanos 2.
RBI: Trapp, J (39), Lopez (11), Mateo 2 (58), Antonio (55), Moreno (13), Llanos (19).
2-out RBI: Llanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ferguson; Llanos 2; Moreno.
SAC: Antonio.
SF: Antonio.
Team RISP: 5-for-14.
E: David (2, throw), Trapp, J (17, throw).
Outfield assists: Llanos (Borenstein at 2nd base).
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Drew MartinezRF401000101.255
Trevor Hairgrove3B300000100.226
Eric StametsSS310000011.292
Andy WorkmanCF411000000.274
Frazier Hall1B301000111.257
Zachary BorensteinLF401000001.237
Abel BakerDH421000001.243
Zach WrightC413200100.293
Jarrod Parks2B400000001.077
2B: Wright 2 (4, Smith, K, Culver).
TB: Baker, A; Wright 5; Hall; Workman; Borenstein; Martinez, D.
RBI: Hall (41), Martinez, D (9), Hairgrove (25), Wright (19).
2-out RBI: Hall; Wright.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Borenstein; Martinez, D.
SF: Hairgrove.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
CS: Martinez, D (2, 2nd base by Smith, K/David).FIELDING
E: Hairgrove 2 (16, throw, fielding).
Outfield assists: Borenstein (David at 2nd base).

Kane County Cougars
Kyle Smith (W, 3-1)5.05431403.35
Michael Giovenco (H, 4)1.01001004.58
Malcom Culver (H, 4)2.22100104.41
Rudy Brown0.10000102.12
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Ryan Crowley (L, 1-4)6.011660014.02
Juan Carlin2.02001103.60
Brandon Lodge1.023110011.12
WP: Culver.

Bluefield Blue Jays 8 Burlington Royals 0

Rough day for the first place Royals unable to deliver hits with runners in scoring position (0-6) and unable to stop the Blue Jays from doing the same (5-16).  The loss fell on starter Yender Caramo who gave up ten hits and six runs despite making it through seven innings.  Outfield prospect Bubba Starling went 2 for 2 with a pair of walks upping his OPS to .921 which ranks 3rd in the Appy League.


W: Gabryszwski (3-0, 2.40) L: Caramo (3-2, 3.91)

Burlington Royals
Jose Rodriguez2B400000001.203
Humberto ArteagaSS402000001.274
Bubba StarlingCF202000020.295
Patrick LeonardDH400000001.260
Cameron GallagherC400000000.260
Mark Threlkeld1B400000001.299
Fred FordRF400000002.253
Alex HudakLF402100000.438
Adrian Morales3B200000010.156
2B: Hudak (4, Gabryszwski).
TB: Arteaga 2; Starling 2; Hudak 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gallagher 2; Morales, A; Rodriguez, Js.
GIDP: Leonard.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
E: Rodriguez, Js (4, throw).
DP: (Arteaga-Rodriguez, Js-Threlkeld).
Bluefield Blue Jays
Jorge Vega-Rosado2B501100101.302
Jacob AndersonRF422001200.203
Seth Conner1B421000000.340
Christian LopesDH412100100.273
Santiago NessyC411001100.237
Nico TaylorLF313000210.255
Dickie ThonSS200000020.217
Matthew Dean3B400000001.224
Dennis JonesCF411000001.191
2B: Vega-Rosado (4, Caramo), Lopes (16, Caramo).
HR: Anderson, J (3, 7th inning off Caramo, 1 on, 1 out), Nessy (6, 8th inning off Mack, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Jones; Nessy 4; Taylor, N 3; Lopes 3; Anderson, J 5; Vega-Rosado 2; Conner.
RBI: Taylor, N 2 (11), Lopes (22), Anderson, J 2 (12), Nessy (18), Vega-Rosado (11).
2-out RBI: Taylor, N 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lopes; Dean 2; Anderson, J 2.
GIDP: Nessy.
Team RISP: 5-for-16.
SB: Jones (6, 2nd base off Caramo/Gallagher).
CS: Taylor, N (1, 2nd base by Caramo/Gallagher).FIELDING
DP: (Dean-Vega-Rosado-Conner).

Burlington Royals
Yender Caramo (L, 3-2)7.010661213.91
Tyler Mack1.01222119.00
Bluefield Blue Jays
Jeremy Gabryszwski (W, 3-0)6.05001302.40
Les Williams1.01001007.50
Colby Broussard1.00001107.56
Wil Browning1.00000200.93
WP: Caramo 2, Mack.
HBP: Anderson, J (by Caramo).


AZL Royals 10 AZL Cubs 8

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W: Goudeau (1-1, 3.55) L: Hoffner (0-1, 0.00)
AZL Cubs
Shawon DunstonLF210000030.269
Daniel Lockhart2B310000011.235
Albert AlmoraCF322100110.304
Jacob Rogers3B420000102.341
Yasiel BalaguertRF400000111.185
Garrett Schlecht1B401000100.235
Carlos PenalverSS312100111.250
Alberto MineoC402000001.167
Trevor GretzkyDH411000002.247
2B: Penalver (4, Tenuta), Almora (5, Brazoban, J).
TB: Gretzky; Almora 3; Schlecht; Mineo 2; Penalver 3.
RBI: Rogers (17), Balaguert (3), Schlecht (11), Penalver (16), Almora (10).
2-out RBI: Penalver.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Balaguert; Gretzky.
SF: Schlecht; Almora.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Dunston (2, 3rd base off Fairchild/Villegas, Lu), Lockhart (7, 2nd base off Fairchild/Villegas, Lu), Gretzky (3, 2nd base off Tenuta/Villegas, Lu).
CS: Balaguert (1, 2nd base by Tenuta/Villegas, Lu), Schlecht (1, 2nd base by Tenuta/Villegas, Lu), Mineo (1, 3rd base by Tenuta/Villegas, Lu).

E: Schlecht (2, fielding), Mineo (3, throw), Penalver (14, fielding), Rogers (7, throw), Balaguert (1, throw), Hoffner (2, pickoff).
DP: (Kim, J-Penalver-Schlecht).
Pickoffs: McNeil (Allen at 1st base).

AZL Royals
Jerrell AllenCF411000202.171
Ramon TorresSS525000200.345
Alexis RiveraLF401000000.348
Mauricio Ramos3B501000000.321
Bobby Fisher-Brown1B511000004.233
Chad JohnsonDH321000110.228
Lance HarperRF412000101.316
Luis VillegasC410000001.211
Alfredo Patino2B423000101.219
TB: Harper 2; Rivera, A; Johnson, C; Torres, Ra 5; Fisher-Brown, B; Ramos, M; Patino 3; Allen.
RBI: Harper (4), Patino (5), Johnson, C (16), Torres, Ra 2 (22), Allen 2 (7).
2-out RBI: Patino; Torres, Ra 2; Allen 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Allen; Harper; Ramos, M.
SF: Johnson, C.
GIDP: Rivera, A.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 8.

PO: Allen (1st base by McNeil).

E: Rivera, A (4, fielding), Harper (1, fielding), Allen (3, fielding), Torres, Ra (15, fielding).
DP: (Patino-Fisher-Brown, B).

AZL Cubs
Ryan McNeil2.02111203.00
Jin-Young Kim2.04200201.84
Arturo Maltos-Garcia1.02110205.40
Corbin Hoffner (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)1.27600200.00
Jasvir Rakkar1.10000100.00
AZL Royals
Austin Fairchild0.004440063.00
Matt Tenuta4.05212303.62
Ashton Goudeau (W, 1-1)3.21001403.55
Jose Brazoban1.12200103.77
Fairchild pitched to 5 batters in the 1st.

WP: McNeil, Hoffner.
HBP: Rogers (by Fairchild), Lockhart (by Tenuta), Allen (by McNeil), Rivera, A (by Maltos-Garcia).

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