Royals Farm Report: April 18

Lough doubled and tripled on Monday

The big league club lost a heartbreaker on Monday, but the Royals' minor league system celebrated a banner day, with all four clubs winning their games. In NW Arkansas, southpaw Chris Dwyer rebounded from a couple of rough starts and delivered a gem, while Wil Myers homered for the second straight day. The Blue Rocks won their seventh straight, and the Cougars defeated the Burlington Bees.

Triple-A: Omaha 8, Nashville 3

W: Jeff Suppan (1-2, 6.91)
HR: None

Summary: Nashville struck for three runs in the opening frame, but that was all the offense they could muster as the Storm Chasers shut them down for the final eight innings, winning 8-3.

Omaha answered the Sounds' opening barrage quickly, scoring once in the bottom of the first and then five times in the second, courtesy of a pair of two-run doubles from David Lough and Eric Hosmer. Mike Moustakas also chipped in an RBI single, pushing the Omaha advantage to 6-3.

Meanwhile, Suppan settled down, holding Nashville scoreless over his final four innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. After two scoreless frames by Luis Mendoza, Louis Coleman slammed the door shut with two shutout innings of his own, in which he fanned five batters.

Other Notes: With his second inning double, Eric Hosmer has now hit safely in seven straight games, and in 10 of his 11 games this season…Don't look now, but second baseman Johnny Giavotella is heating up. The 23-year-old is 10-for-27 (.370) over his past seven games after finishing Monday's contest 3-for-5…Louis Coleman has now fanned an incredible 16 batters in 7.0 innings pitched. The 25-year-old struck out the side in the eighth inning, which is already the fourth time he's accomplished that feat this season. The PCL is hitting just .167 against him thus far, with right-handed batters hitting him at just a .143 clip.

Next Game: Omaha (5-7) now hosts Memphis (4-7) for a four-game series. Everett Teaford (0-1, 7.20) is scheduled to take the mound for the Storm Chasers.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Lough, CF 4 2 2 3 .295 2B (3), 3B (2), SF
Giavotella, 2B 5 2 3 1 .326 K
Hosmer, 1B 4 1 1 2 .396 2B (3), K
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 1 1 .222 BB
Robinson, DH 2 0 2 1 .385 2 BB
May, C 4 0 0 0 .063 3 K
Zawadzki, SS 2 2 0 0 .105 2 BB, 2 SB (3), K, E (3)
Blanco, LF 2 1 0 0 .172 2 BB, K, SB (4)
Orlando, RF 3 0 0 0 .243 K, SAC


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Suppan (W, 1-2) 5.0 5 3 3 2 0 0 6.91
Mendoza (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.89
Coleman 2.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 3.86





Double-A: NW Arkansas 5, Corpus Christi 1

W: Chris Dwyer (1-1, 5.40)
S: Blake Johnson (1)
HR: Wil Myers (2)

Summary: After surrendering three singles and a run in the first inning, NW Arkansas starter Chris Dwyer allowed just one more hit over his final five frames, leading the Naturals to a win over the Hooks, 5-1.

The Naturals took the lead for good in the fourth, crossing the plate three times courtesy of five hits, including an RBI double by catcher Salvador Perez, who finished the game 4-for-5. They added two more in the fifth on a two-run home run by Wil Myers, his second dinger in as many days.

Blake Johnson entered the game in relief of Dwyer in the seventh and was excellent, holding the struggling Hooks to just one hit in three scoreless frames to preserve the victory and earn his first save of the season.

Other Notes: Blake Johnson has now gone 12.0 innings this season without allowing a run. The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed just six hits, and opponents are hitting just .146 against him this year…With his 4-for-5 performance, Salvador Perez raised his batting average more than 80 points…Derrick Robinson swiped two bases on Monday, but the 2010 Texas League stolen base champion still trails Corpus Christi's Jimmy Paredes by one swipe this season.

Next Game: The first place Naturals (7-4) go for the three-game sweep against Corpus Christi (3-8) on Tuesday evening. John Lamb (0-0, 4.05) will look to improve his command in his third start of the season for NW Arkansas.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, LF 4 0 2 0 .279 BB, K, 2 SB (6)
Colon, SS 3 1 0 0 .200 2 BB, SB (4)
Myers, CF 5 1 1 2 .282 HR (2), K; started in CF
Bianchi, 2B 4 1 1 0 .349 2B (5), BB
Romak, 1B 4 0 0 0 .308 BB
Perez, C 5 1 4 1 .270 2B (3), E (2)
Mertins, DH 4 1 1 1 .267 BB, 2 K
Lisson, 3B 5 0 1 0 .304 2 K, 2 E (2)
Van Stratten, RF 4 0 2 1 .250 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Dwyer (W, 1-1) 6.0 3 1 1 2 4 0 5.40
Johnson (S, 1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00





High-A: Wilmington 5, Kinston 3

W: Elisaul Pimentel (1-0, 7.56)
S: Kevin Chapman (3)
HR: None

Summary: The first place Blue Rocks took an early 4-0 lead and held on, defeating the Kinston Indians, 5-3. Wilmington struck for three runs in the first, courtesy of a bases loaded walk and a two-run single by catcher Jose Bonilla. They added another in the second when Whit Merrifield doubled and scored on a single by the white hot Rey Navarro, who finished the game 2-for-3.

Meanwhile, Blue Rocks starter Elisaul Pimentel was effective over 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while fanning five. Brendan Lafferty entered in the sixth and was excellent for 2.2 innings, turning the ball over in the ninth to Kevin Chapman, who struck out the side in order to earn his third save of the season.

Other Notes: When Rey Navarro joined the Blue Rocks early last May, it took him over a month to register his first multi-hit game. So far this season, the 21-year-old infielder has seven in 10 contests.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (8-2) will look to keep their season record against Kinston (2-8) perfect as they go for their eighth straight win. It will be a challenge, however, as the Indians are slated to start tough pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz (0-0, 0.00). Wilmington will counter with Tim Melville (1-1, 3.60) in a rematch of last week's pitching duel, which the Blue Rocks won despite scoring just one run on one hit against the Indians' tough southpaw.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 5 2 2 0 .289 2B (1), 2 K
McClure, SS 4 0 0 0 .088 K, CS (1), E (3)
Navarro, 2B 3 2 2 1 .513 BB
Francis, RF 4 0 1 1 .179 2B (2), K
Whittleman, 3B 3 1 0 0 .270 BB, E (2)
Ferguson, CF 3 0 1 1 .182 BB, K
Bonilla, C 4 0 2 2 .150  
Lewis, 1B 4 0 1 0 .267 2 K
Testa, DH 3 0 0 0 .182 BB, K, SB (2)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
E. Pimentel (W, 1-0) 5.1 7 3 3 0 5 0 7.56
Lafferty (H, 1) 2.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.70
Chapman (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.00





Low-A: Kane County 4, Burlington 3

W: Chase Boruff (2-0, 1.50)
HR: None

Summary: It was a see-saw battle between the Cougars and Bees on Monday, but Kane County scored last and took the one-run decision, 4-3.

Burlington jumped on Kane County starter Sugar Ray Marimon early, plating two runs in the top of the first. The Cougars responded with a run in the bottom of the frame, and another in the third to knot the score. In the sixth, catcher Travis Jones snapped both the tie and a personal season-opening 0-for-19 slump by lining an RBI single to right field.

The Bees fought back for a run against reliever Dusty Odenbach in the top of the seventh, but the Cougars scored the decisive run in the eighth on an RBI single by third baseman Ryan Stovall. Chase Boruff earned his second win of the season after shutting the Bees out over the final two frames.

Other Notes: Ryan Stovall doesn't play every day for the Cougars, but he makes the most of his opportunities. The 24-year-old third baseman is 7-for-18 (.389) this season with 6 RBIs…With his 2-for-4 effort on Monday, outfielder Brian Fletcher is 5-for-9 over his last two games, and he's hitting .324 over his last 10.

Next Game: Kane County (5-7) squares off with Burlington (8-3) again on Tuesday afternoon for the middle game of their three-game set. The Cougars are scheduled to send Leondy Perez (0-1, 0.00) to the mound against the first place Bees.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, DH 3 1 0 0 .364 BB, 2 K, SB (2)
Espinal, SS-2B 3 1 0 0 .162 BB, K, SB (1)
Fletcher, LF 4 0 2 1 .304 2 K, SB (3)
Watts, 1B 2 1 0 0 .250 2 BB, 2 K
Adams, RF 4 1 1 0 .269 E (3)
Beltre, CF 2 0 0 0 .195 2 SAC
Franco, 2B 2 0 0 0 .156  
-- Hall, SS 1 0 0 0 .258 BB, E (3)
Stovall, 3B 4 0 2 1 .389 3B (1), SB (1)
Jones, C 4 0 1 1 .048 3 K; snapped 0-for-19 slump


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon 4.0 5 2 2 2 4 0 5.54
Keck 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.00
Odenbach (BS, 1) 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.18
Boruff (W, 2-0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.50


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