Royals Farm Report: April 13

Tim Melville was excellent on Wednesday

The first place Northwest Arkansas Naturals were off on Wednesday, while the three Royals affiliates in action all engaged in low-scoring pitching duels. Omaha and Kane County both lost, but Wilmington's Tim Melville earned his first victory of the season after outdueling Kinston's Drew Pomeranz. Click inside to read about all of the day's action.

Triple-A: Round Rock 2, Omaha 0

L: Jeff Suppan (0-2, 7.71)
HR: None

Summary: Jeff Suppan pitched well in his second start of the season, but the Storm Chasers' bats were held silent as Omaha lost to the Round Rock Express for the third night in a row, 2-0.

The Storm Chasers collected just four hits – all singles – against Round Rock pitching. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas both finished 1-for-3. The high-powered Storm Chaser offense has not scored a run in 21 innings.

Other Notes: With a 1-for-4 effort on Wednesday, David Lough extended his modest hitting streak to six games. He has hit safely in every game in which he's played this season.

Next Game: Omaha (2-5) looks to salvage the finale of their four-game set with the Express (4-3) on Thursday evening. Kevin Pucetas (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to start for the Storm Chasers.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Lough, RF 4 0 1 0 .269 K
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 0 0 .286  
Hosmer, 1B 3 0 1 0 .323  
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 1 0 .188 K
Robinson, DH 3 0 0 0 .296  
Falu, SS 3 0 1 0 .385  
May, C 3 0 0 0 .143 K
Blanco, LF 3 0 0 0 .120 2 K
Orlando, CF 3 0 0 0 .280 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Suppan (L, 0-2) 5.1 6 1 1 0 2 1 7.71
Mendoza 2.2 2 1 1 0 1 1 3.38





Double-A: Day off

Next Game: The first place NW Arkansas Naturals (5-1) travel to San Antonio for a three-game series against the Missions (3-3). John Lamb (0-0, 6.00) is scheduled to take the mound for the Naturals, while the Missions will counter with Casey Kelly (0-0, 6.23) in a rematch of last Friday's duel between the two hurlers. The Naturals won that game 5-4 in 11 innings.




High-A: Wilmington 2, Kinston 1

W: Tim Melville (1-1, 3.60)
S: Kevin Chapman (2)
HR: None

Summary: The matchup between the Blue Rocks' Tim Melville and the Indians' Drew Pomeranz was billed as a pitcher's duel, and it certainly lived up to that expectation. Both starters were magnificent, but in the end, the Blue Rocks prevailed by a single tally, 2-1. Melville earned his first victory of the season after working the first six innings, surrendering just one run on five hits while fanning seven.

The Blue Rocks offense struggled mightily against Pomeranz, the Indians' 2010 first rounder out of Mississippi. Pomeranz was perfect through the first three innings, and the Blue Rocks didn't collect their first hit until Whit Merrifield delivered a two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. The run chased Pomeranz from the game, and the Blue Rocks pushed across another run in the top of the seventh for the game's final score. Relievers Kelvin Herrera and Kevin Chapman were excellent over the final three innings to preserve the win, allowing a combined one hit while fanning five batters.

Other Notes: Rey Navarro hit his third triple of the young season on Thursday. Nobody else in the Carolina League has more than one…Baseball America's J.J. Cooper was again on hand for the game, and he reported via Twitter that Melville was mixing a quality curveball and changeup while sitting at 91-93 mph with his fastball throughout his outing, topping out at 94. He also said Herrera was throwing a 95 mph fastball with a "filthy" curveball.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (4-2) are off on Thursday, traveling to Wilmington for their home opener on Friday vs. Potomac (2-3). Justin Marks (0-0, 5.40) is slated to get the ball for the Blue Rocks in the opener.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, CF 3 0 1 1 .208 BB, K, CS (1)
McClure, SS 3 0 1 0 .091 SAC
Navarro, 2B 4 1 1 0 .480 3B (3)
Francis, RF 3 0 0 0 .120 2 K
Whittleman, 1B 3 0 0 1 .292 K
Ferguson, DH 3 0 0 0 .167 K
Graterol, C 1 0 0 0 .154 BB, K
Bonilla, C 1 0 0 0 .091  
Testa, LF 3 0 0 0 .000 2 K
Frost, 3B 3 1 0 0 .000 SB (1)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Melville (W, 1-1) 6.0 5 1 1 1 7 1 3.60
Herrera (H, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Chapman (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.50





Low-A: Quad Cities 2, Kane County 1

L: Sugar Ray Marimon (0-1, 6.00)
HR: None

Summary: In what seemed to be the theme of the day in the Royals' minor leagues, the Kane County Cougars were engaged in a pitcher's duel with the opponents on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Cougars came up short against the River Bandits, 2-1.

Kane County starter Sugar Ray Marimon was effective in his five innings of work, surrendering just two runs (one earned) on three hits and four walks. Matt Mitchell and Chaz Byrne held the River Bandits scoreless over the final four frames, but the Cougar offense couldn't rally.

Indeed, the offense struggled all day against Quad Cities starter Trevor Rosenthal, who held the Cougars to just four hits and one run over seven innings of work.

Other Notes: Subscribers, be sure to check out our photo gallery from Wednesday's game. Royals Corner's David Malamut was in attendance, and he shot some excellent photos of the action.

Next Game: The Cougars (2-5) look to avoid the four-game sweep against the River Bandits (5-2) on Thursday afternoon. Leondy Perez (0-1, 0.00) is slated to be on the bump for Kane County, looking to follow up on his excellent 2011 debut (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K).

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, DH 2 0 0 0 .333 BB, HBP, 2 K
Franco, 2B 4 0 0 0 .167  
Espinal, 2B 0 0 0 0 .235  
Watts, 1B 4 0 0 0 .227 3 K, GIDP
Fletcher, LF 3 1 1 0 .296 BB, K
Adams, CF 4 0 1 1 .125 2B (1), E (1), K
Beltre, RF 2 0 0 0 .200 HBP, K, OF Assist
Jenkins, C 3 0 1 0 .308 K
Stovall, 3B 3 0 0 0 .375 GIDP
Hall, SS 3 0 1 0 .111 PO


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon (L, 0-1) 5.0 3 2 1 4 4 0 6.00
Mitchell 3.0 4 0 0 2 0 0 0.00
Byrne 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 6.75

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