Royals Farm Report: April 21
Carlo Testa slammed his first homer of the year
Carlo Testa slammed his first homer of the year
Royals Corner Publisher
Posted Apr 22, 2011


Thursday was a perfect day in the Royals' organization. The big league club won in walk-off fashion, while all three of the minor league affiliates in action also emerged victorious. Omaha inched within half a game of first place with a 1-0 shutout over Memphis, while both the Blue Rocks and Cougars snapped two-game losing streaks. Read all about the day's minor league action inside.

Triple-A: Omaha 1, Memphis 0

W: Greg Holland (1-0, 2.25)
S: Luis Mendoza (1)
HR: None

Summary: With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Mike Moustakas singled sharply to center field, plating David Lough and giving the Storm Chasers a 1-0 lead. The Omaha offense managed just two hits the rest of the way, but excellent pitching allowed the Chasers to preserve the lead all game in a 1-0 shutout win over the Redbirds.

Danny Duffy started for Omaha and pitched well, holding Memphis scoreless before being lifted with one out in the fifth. He departed after throwing 86 pitches, 54 for strikes. Greg Holland and Luis Mendoza then combined for the final 4.2 innings, preserving the shutout while allowing just three hits.

Other Notes: On Thursday morning, Omaha closer Louis Coleman was promoted to Kansas City. Read our article on the transaction here…Mike Moustakas has now hit safely in nine straight games. The 22-year-old third baseman is hitting .290 (9-for-31) during the streak…Eric Hosmer saw his own nine-game hitting streak snapped after finishing 0-for-3 with a walk. Hosmer hit .452 (14-for-31) during his streak.

Next Game: Omaha (8-7) has now won four straight and is within a half game of the division-leading Iowa Cubs (8-6). On Friday evening, they’ll look to complete a four-game sweep of Memphis (4-10), with Mike Montgomery (1-1, 3.00) on the hill for the Chasers.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .160 Just 4-for-25 so far
Lough, RF 3 1 1 0 .321 BB
Hosmer, 1B 3 0 0 0 .393 BB; snapped 9-gm hitting streak
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 1 1 .241 BB; 9-gm hitting streak
Robinson, DH 4 0 0 0 .373 2 K
Giavotella, 2B 3 0 0 0 .286 K
Zawadzki, SS 2 0 1 0 .136 BB, SB (4)
Blanco, LF 1 0 1 0 .229 BB, SAC, SB (6)
Pina, C 3 0 0 0 .115 2 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Duffy 4.1 5 0 0 2 5 0 1.29
Holland (W, 1-0) 2.0 2 0 0 3 5 0 2.25
Mendoza (S, 1) 2.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.25





Double-A: NW Arkansas vs. Arkansas – Postponed (rain)

Next Game: After being rained out on Thursday, and Naturals (7-5) and Travelers (6-6) will play a doubleheader on Friday evening. Heath Rollins (0-1, 5.06) and Will Smith (0-1, 11.81) are slated to start the two games for NW Arkansas.

Texas League North Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
NW Arkansas
7
5
.583
--
Tulsa
7
7
.500
1.0
Arkansas
6
6
.500
1.0
Springfield
6
8
.429
2.0





High-A: Wilmington 7, Winston-Salem 6

W: Justin Marks (1-0, 5.65)
S: Kevin Chapman
HR: Tim Ferguson (1), Carlo Testa (1)

Summary: The Blue Rocks fought back from an early 3-0 deficit, plating seven unanswered runs while building a 7-3 lead. Starter Justin Marks handed that lead off to the bullpen after five innings, but the Dash made things interesting, scoring three times in the late innings against reliever Brendan Lafferty.

Rocks closer Kevin Chapman entered with two outs in the eighth, and after allowing a single that plated the Dash’s sixth run, he ended the threat with a strikeout. Winston-Salem put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, but the game ended when catcher Jose Bonilla gunned down the runner trying to steal second base.

The Blue Rocks offense collected seven hits on the day. Carlo Testa (2-for-4) and Tim Ferguson (1-for-4) both slammed their first home runs of the season, while Rey Navarro added an RBI single in a 1-for-4 effort. Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to eight games with a seventh inning single.

Other Notes: Carlo Testa started consecutive games for just the second time this season. In addition to his first home run of the year, he also knocked his first double in the second inning…With three more strikeouts on Thursday, Rocks closer Kevin Chapman has now fanned nine batters in 4.1 innings pitched. He has successfully converted all four of his save opportunities this season.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (9-4) match up with the Dash (6-7) again on Friday evening for Game 2 of their four-game set. Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 3.86) is slated to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 4 0 1 0 .304 BB, 2 K, SB (5)
McClure, SS 3 1 0 0 .111 BB, K, 2 SB (5)
Navarro, 2B 4 1 1 1 .440  
Whittleman, DH 4 0 0 0 .229 2 K
Ferguson, CF 4 1 1 2 .163 HR (1), K
Bonilla, C 3 1 0 0 .148 BB, K, PB (3)
Lewis, 1B 4 1 1 0 .270  
Testa, RF 4 2 2 2 .222 HR (1), 2B (1), K
Batista, 3B 4 0 1 2 .152 2B (4), K, E (2)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Marks (W, 1-0) 5.0 7 3 3 1 6 1 5.65
Lafferty 2.2 4 3 2 3 5 0 3.86
Chapman (S, 4) 1.1 1 0 0 1 3 0 2.08





Low-A: Kane County 8, Clinton 4

W: Dusty Odenbach (1-1, 2.35)
HR: None

Summary: The Cougars fought back from a 4-1 deficit and scored seven unanswered runs in the middle innings as they defeated the LumberKings on Thursday, 8-4.

Clinton touched Kane County starter Keaton Hayenga for four runs on six hits (including three triples) in his five innings of work. The Cougars’ bullpen, however, was marvelous as Dusty Odenbach and Chase Boruff limited the LumberKings to just one hit over four shutout innings while fanning eight batters.

Meanwhile, the offense went to work against Clinton pitching. The first three hitters in the Cougars’ lineup – Alex Llanos, Yowill Espinal, and Brian Fletcher – all contributed two hits apiece, while shortstop Gerard Hall finished 3-for-4 with a double. Every Kane County starter except right fielder Lane Adams had at least one hit on the day.

Other Notes: With his three hits on Thursday, Gerard Hall is now hitting a robust .483/.516/.655 with six RBIs and four extra base hits over his last 10 games…Outfielder Brian Fletcher got his batting average back over .300 with his 2-for-4 effort on Thursday. The 22-year-old has three multi-hit performances in his last five games…Reliever Chase Boruff has made four straight scoreless appearances, and he hasn’t allowed a run in his last 7.0 innings pitched.

Next Game: The Cougars (6-9) and LumberKings (4-11) match up again on Friday for the second game of their three-game series. Crawford Simmons (0-2, 6.75) will take the mound for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 5 1 2 1 .339 K
Espinal, 2B 3 1 2 0 .182 2 BB, SB (2)
Fletcher, LF 4 0 2 3 .304 HBP
Adams, RF 4 0 0 1 .194 SF, K
Watts, 1B 4 0 1 1 .233 BB, K
Beltre, DH 4 2 1 0 .196 BB, 2 K
Jenkins, C 3 2 1 0 .360 BB, K
Stovall, 3B 4 0 1 1 .393 2B (3), K
Hall, SS 4 2 3 1 .350 2B (3), K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hayenga 5.0 6 4 4 2 3 0 5.14
Odenbach (W, 1-1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2.35
Boruff 2.0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1.13




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