Royals Farm Report: April 19
John Lamb took a loss on Tuesday
John Lamb took a loss on Tuesday
Royals Corner Publisher
Posted Apr 20, 2011


The Kane County Cougars were rained out on Tuesday, while the Wilmington Blue Rocks saw their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Kinston Indians. NW Arkansas also lost on Tuesday, but Omaha prevailed in a shutout over Memphis, thanks to some timely Redbirds errors and a stellar performance by starter Everett Teaford. Click inside to read the day's report.

Triple-A: Omaha 2, Memphis 0

W: Everett Teaford (1-1, 3.27)
S: Jesse Chavez (1)
HR: None

Summary: The Storm Chasers struck for two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and that was all they would need as they shut out the visiting Redbirds, 2-0. Omaha starter Everett Teaford was masterful, limiting Memphis to just one hit and three walks over six scoreless frames. Jesse Chavez preserved the shutout for the final three innings, earning his first save of the season.

The Chasers offense struggled against Memphis starter Brandon Dickson, collecting just six hits on the day. Eric Hosmer pushed his hitting streak to eight games with a bloop single to left, while David Lough finished 2-for-4, raising his batting average to .313. Mike Moustakas was 1-for-3 with a first inning single to center.

Omaha scored both of its runs in the sixth, thanks to a pair of throwing errors by the Redbirds. With runners on first and second with nobody out, Moustakas laid down a sacrifice bunt. Dickson fielded it cleanly, and after considering throwing to third, he turned and overthrew first base. Lough scored on the error, and Hosmer scored on the next play when the Memphis catcher threw the ball to an uncovered second base on a Clint Robinson dribbler in front of the plate.

Other Notes: With his 1-for-3 effort on Tuesday, Mike Moustakas has now hit safely in seven straight games. He is 7-for-25 (.280) over that stretch. Omaha broadcaster Mark Nasser mentioned on air that Moustakas’ sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning was just the second of his professional career.

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (6-7) look to even their season record on Wednesday in an afternoon tilt against Memphis (4-8). Kevin Pucetas (1-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the season for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 3 0 1 0 .235 BB, SB (1)
Lough, LF 4 1 2 0 .313 K
Hosmer, 1B 2 1 1 0 .400 2 BB, K; 8-game hitting streak
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 1 0 .229 K, SAC
Robinson, DH 4 0 0 0 .349 K
Giavotella, 2B 2 0 0 0 .313 BB, SB (1)
Falu, SS 3 0 1 0 .259  
Pina, C 3 0 0 0 .130  
Orlando, RF 3 0 0 0 .225 3 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Teaford (W, 1-1) 6.0 1 0 0 3 4 0 3.27
Chavez (S, 1) 3.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0.00





Double-A: Corpus Christi 5, NW Arkansas 3

L: John Lamb (0-1, 5.56)
HR: Christian Colon (2), Mario Lisson (3)

Summary: The Naturals won their first five games against Corpus Christi this season, but that streak came to an end on Tuesday as NW Arkansas fell to the Hooks, 5-3. Christian Colon got things off to a quick start, launching his second home run of the season in the top of the first, but Corpus Christi answered with a run in the bottom of the frame against Naturals starter John Lamb.

Third baseman Mario Lisson got the Naturals back on top in the second with a solo home run, but NW Arkansas wouldn’t score again until the eighth inning. In the meantime, the Hooks plated four runs off Lamb during his 4.2 innings of work. The start was actually a moderate improvement for Lamb, who battled his control during his first two starts. On Tuesday, the 21-year-old southpaw issued just one intentional walk after walking five batters in his previous outing.

The big blow came against Lamb came in the third, when Corpus second baseman Jimmy Paredes turned on an inside fastball for a booming two-run homer to left, giving the Hooks a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Other Notes: After popping out in the top of the eighth, Wil Myers was lifted in the bottom of the frame for Kurt Mertins, who took over at second base while Anthony Seratelli moved to right field. There is no word as to why, but Myers recently missed a couple of games with what one source close to the Naturals told us was “a little minor thing.” At that time, his status was described as “day-to-day.”…Jeff Bianchi’s eighth inning triple was his eighth extra base hit in just 46 at bats this season. The 24-year-old infielder is now slugging an impressive .609.

Next Game: The first place Naturals (7-5) are off on Wednesday as they travel home for a four-game series with the Arkansas Travelers (6-6), which begins on Thursday evening. Will Smith (0-1, 11.81) is scheduled to take the mound for NW Arkansas in the series opener.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 4 0 1 0 .277 BB, 2 K, SB (7)
Colon, SS 4 1 1 1 .205 HR (2)
Myers, RF 4 0 0 0 .256 K
-Mertins, 2B 0 0 0 0 .267  
Bianchi, DH 3 1 1 0 .348 3B (2), BB, K
Romak, 1B 4 0 1 1 .302  
Perez, C 4 0 2 0 .293  
Smith, LF 2 0 0 0 .296 K
-VanStratten, LF 2 0 0 0 .237  
Lisson, 3B 3 1 2 1 .346 HR (3), BB, K, PO
Seratelli, 2B-RF 3 0 0 0 .214 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Lamb (L, 0-1) 4.2 5 4 4 1 5 1 5.56
Paulino 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 6.00
Baumann 2.0 2 1 1 2 2 0 9.00





High-A: Kinston 7, Wilmington 3

L: Tim Melville (1-2, 5.02)
HR: None

Summary: After being no-hit for 5.2 innings against Kinston starter Drew Pomeranz last week, the Blue Rocks touched the southpaw for three runs in their rematch on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, and the ‘Rocks saw their winning streak snapped at seven as they fell to the Indians, 7-3.

Neither starter was nearly as effective as he was in last week’s meeting. Wilmington’s Tim Melville was hit hard, surrendering four runs on three walks and a career-high 12 hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Bryan Paukovits took over in the fifth and allowed three runs of his own on five hits and a pair of walks in 3.2 innings. Meanwhile, the Wilmington offense couldn’t rally against an Indians bullpen that surrendered just one hit over five scoreless frames.

Other Notes: Rey Navarro was held hitless (0-for-3) for just the second time this season, but he did contribute a sac fly in the third inning…Nick Francis recorded his seventh outfield assist, easily tops in the Carolina League…Whit Merrifield has hit safely in seven straight games, and he’s batting .385 (10-for-26) over that stretch while raising his average to a season-high .310.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (8-3) and Indians (3-8) will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Sample (1-0, 1.17) is slated to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 4 1 2 0 .310 2B (2)
McClure, SS 4 0 0 1 .079 K
Navarro, 2B 3 0 0 1 .476 K, SF
Francis, RF 4 0 1 1 .186 2 K, OF Assist
Whittleman, 3B 3 0 0 0 .250 BB, K
Ferguson, CF 3 0 0 0 .167 BB, K
Batista, DH 4 0 0 0 .160 3 K
Lewis, 1B 3 1 1 0 .273 BB, K
Eigsti, C 1 1 0 0 .500 BB, HBP, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Melville (L, 1-2) 4.1 12 4 4 3 4 0 5.02
Paukovits 3.2 5 3 3 2 0 0 3.86
Dennick 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00





Low-A: Kane County vs. Burlington – Postponed (rain)

Next Game: After being rained out on Tuesday, and Cougars (5-7) and Bees (8-3) will play a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. Leondy Perez (0-1, 0.00) is scheduled to start the first game for Kane County, while Nick Wooley (0-0, 3.86) is slated for the nightcap.

Midwest League Western Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
Burlington
8
3
.727
--
Beloit
7
4
.636
1.0
Cedar Rapids
6
5
.545
2.0
Quad Cities
6
5
.545
2.0
Wisconsin
5
6
.455
3.0
Kane County
5
7
.417
3.5
Peoria
4
7
.364
4.0
Clinton
4
8
.333
4.5




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