Royals Farm Report: April 22

Tim Smith homered and doubled on Friday

Rain washed out both Wilmington's and Kane County's scheduled games on Friday, forcing a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday. Elsewhere in the minors, thanks to Clint Robinson's heroics, the Omaha Storm Chasers kept pace with first place Iowa Cubs with a 3-2 win over the Memphis Redbirds. In Springdale, the Naturals fought through a handful of rain delays to earn a doubleheader split with Arkansas.

Triple-A: Omaha 3, Memphis 2

W: Blaine Hardy (1-0, 1.13)
HR: Clint Robinson 2 (6)

Brief Summary: Clint Robinson played hero on Friday night, accounting for two of the Storm Chasers' three runs – including the go-ahead tally – with a pair of solo home runs. The big first baseman is now tied for the PCL lead with six round-trippers this season, and he ranks fourth in the circuit with a 1.303 OPS.

Meanwhile, Omaha starter Mike Montgomery turned in his third straight solid outing, holding the Redbirds to two runs on six hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Blaine Hardy entered in the seventh and notched his first victory of the year after three perfect frames to preserve the win.

Other Notes: Mike Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a sixth inning single. Oddly enough, his streak has yet to include any multi-hit games…Blaine Hardy's three-inning outing was his longest of the season thus far, and the first in which he didn't issue any walks. The 24-year-old southpaw lowered his ERA to 1.13.

Next Game: Omaha (9-7) has now won five straight, but the club still finds itself half a game off the pace in the PCL American North Division, thanks to the Iowa Cubs' 7-2 victory over Albuquerque on Friday night. The Storm Chasers now head to Nashville for a four-game series with the Sounds (8-8), which includes a Sunday tilt in which they will face former Royals ace Zack Greinke. On Saturday, Omaha will send right-hander Vin Mazzaro (0-0, 9.82) to the mound for his third start of the season.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 4 0 1 0 .172 2B (2), 2 K
Lough, LF 2 0 0 0 .310 BB, SAC
Hosmer, DH 3 0 0 0 .373 BB, K
Moustakas, 3B 4 1 1 0 .241 K; 10-game hitting streak
Robinson, 1B 4 2 3 2 .400 2 HR (6), K
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 1 1 .283 K
Falu, SS 2 0 0 0 .241 2 SAC, K
Pina, C 4 0 0 0 .100  
Orlando, RF 2 0 0 0 .214 BB, E (1)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Montgomery 6.0 6 2 2 2 4 1 3.00
Hardy (W, 1-0) 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.13





Double-A: Arkansas 6, NW Arkansas 4 (Game 1 – 7 innings)

L: Will Smith (0-2, 10.61)
HR: Mario Lisson (4)

Double-A: NW Arkansas 6, Arkansas 1 (Game 2 – 7 innings)

W: Blake Johnson (1-0, 0.00)
HR: Anthony Seratelli (1), Kurt Mertins (1), Tim Smith (1)

Brief Summary: The Naturals and Travelers worked around four rain delays to split their doubleheader on a miserable Friday night in Springdale. Arkansas roughed up starter Will Smith in the opener, plating four runs on 10 hits against him in the game's first four innings. A three-run homer by Mario Lisson made things interesting in the sixth, but the Travs responded with an insurance run in the seventh and came away with a 6-4 victory.

The Naturals fought back with the long ball in the nightcap, as three players – Anthony Seratelli, Kurt Mertins, and Tim Smith – all homered in a 6-1 victory. Smith added a double and three RBIs in a 2-for-3 performance. Blake Johnson replaced starter Heath Rollins in the fourth inning and pitched well, earning the victory with three more scoreless innings.

Other Notes: Blake Johnson has not allowed a run in 15.0 innings spanning five appearances this season. The 25-year-old has surrendered just nine hits and three walks while fanning 12, and the Texas League is hitting just .173 against him…Patrick Keating's scoreless seventh in Game 2 was his first appearance this season in which he did not surrender a run.

Next Game: The first place Naturals (8-6) hook up again with the Travelers (7-7) on Saturday evening for the third game of their four-game set. Edgar Osuna (2-0, 4.38) is slated to start for NW Arkansas.

Game 1

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 4 0 1 0 .275  
Colon, DH 4 0 2 1 .229 2B (2)
Bianchi, SS 4 0 2 0 .360 K, PO
Romak, 1B 4 1 1 0 .298 2B (5)
Perez, C 3 0 0 0 .273 E (3)
Mertins, 2B 2 0 1 0 .281 BB
Seratelli, LF 2 1 1 0 .233 BB
Lisson, 3B 2 2 1 3 .357 HR (4), BB
Van Stratten, RF 3 0 0 0 .220 OF Assist


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Smith (L, 0-2) 4.0 10 4 4 1 3 1 10.61
Santiago 1.0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2.25
Mozingo 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 32.40
Sisk 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.00


Game 2

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 3 0 0 0 .259 2 K
Colon, SS 2 0 0 0 .220 BB, K
Myers, RF 3 1 1 0 .261  
Bianchi, DH 2 0 0 0 .346 K, SAC
Romak, 1B 3 1 0 0 .280 K
Smith, LF 3 2 2 3 .333 HR (1), 2B (2), OF Assist
Seratelli, 2B 3 1 1 2 .242 HR (1)
Mertins, 3B 3 1 1 1 .286 HR (1), K
Theriot, C 1 0 0 0 .400 2 BB


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Rollins 3.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 4.61
Johnson (W, 1-0) 3.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Keating 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 8.22





High-A: Wilmington at Winston-Salem – Postponed (rain)

Next Game: Wilmington (9-4) and Winston-Salem (6-7) will try again with a doubleheader on Saturday. Noel Arguelles (0-0, 0.00) and Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 3.86) will start the two ends of the twin-bill for the Blue Rocks.

Carolina League Northern Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
Wilmington
9
4
.692
--
Frederick
5
7
.417
3.5
Potomac
5
8
.385
4.0
Lynchburg
2
10
.167
6.5





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

Next Game: The Cougars (6-9) and LumberKings (4-11) will play a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Leonel Santiago (1-2, 6.59) is scheduled to start for Kane County in the first game, followed by Crawford Simmons (0-2, 6.75) in the nightcap.

Midwest League Western Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
Burlington
10
3
.769
--
Cedar Rapids
9
5
.643
1.5
Beloit
7
5
.583
2.5
Peoria
7
7
.500
3.5
Wisconsin
5
6
.455
4.0
Quad Cities
6
8
.429
4.5
Kane County
6
9
.400
5.0
Clinton
4
11
.267
7.0

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