Royals Farm Report: April 23

Northwest Arkansas was rained out on Saturday, while both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Kane County Cougars split their doubleheaders. Meanwhile, the Omaha Storm Chasers moved into first place with a 9-0 shutout win over the Nashville Sounds. Read all about the day's minor league action inside.

Triple-A: Omaha 9, Nashville 0

W: Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 5.02)
HR: Lorenzo Cain (1)

Brief Summary: With nobody out and the bases loaded in the first inning, Mike Moustakas delivered a three-run triple, sending Omaha on its way to a 9-0 victory over the Nashville Sounds. Omaha starter Vin Mazzaro was outstanding, shutting out the Sounds for seven innings on just five hits and a walk while fanning five batters. Lorenzo Cain emerged from his recent slump with a 3-for-4 effort, including his first home run of the season.

Other Notes: Moustakas finished 1-for-4 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to 11 games…Jesse Chavez has not allowed a run in 11.1 innings pitched thus far this season for Omaha. The 27-year-old right-hander has yielded nine hits and four walks while fanning seven.

Next Game: With their sixth straight win on Saturday, Omaha (10-7) moved into first place in the Pacific Coast League's North Division. They currently hold a half-game lead over second place Iowa. On Sunday afternoon, the Storm Chasers will face former Royals ace Zack Greinke, who is rehabbing with the Sounds (8-9). Omaha will send Jeff Suppan (1-2, 6.91) to the mound in a game that will be broadcast on WHB 810 AM in Kansas City.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 4 2 3 1 .242 HR (1), BB, K, SB (3)
Lough, LF 4 1 0 0 .290 BB
Hosmer, 1B 4 2 2 0 .381 BB, K
Moustakas, 3B 4 2 1 3 .242 3B (1), BB, 2 K
Robinson, DH 4 1 2 1 .407 BB
Giavotella, 2B 5 1 1 2 .277 K
Zawadzki, SS 5 0 2 0 .163 2B (2), 3B (2), K
May, C 4 0 0 0 .043 K
Orlando, RF 4 0 1 2 .217  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Mazzaro (W, 1-0) 7.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 5.02
Chavez 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00





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

Next Game: Saturday's rainout will be made up in a doubleheader on May 21. On Sunday afternoon, the Naturals (8-6) and Travelers (7-7) will try again, with Edgar Osuna (2-0, 4.38) on the hill for NW Arkansas.

Texas League North Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
NW Arkansas
8
6
.571
--
Tulsa
9
7
.563
--
Arkansas
7
7
.500
1.0
Springfield
6
10
.375
3.0





High-A: Wilmington 10, Winston-Salem 2 ( 7 innings – Game 1)

W: Michael Mariot (3-0, 0.84)
HR: Jose Bonilla (1)

High-A: Winston-Salem 3, Wilmington 2 (8 innings – Game 2)

L: Kelvin Herrera (1-1, 1.35)
HR: Nick Francis (3)

Brief Summary: The Blue Rocks got great pitching all day, but it still wasn't enough to earn any better than a split in Saturday's twin-bill. In the first game, Noel Arguelles and Michael Mariot combined to allow just two runs while the Rocks put the game away with nine tallies in the final three innings. In the nightcap, Wilmington lost despite an incredible effort by Jake Odorizzi, who tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his 6.0 innings pitched.

Other Notes: Blue Rocks announcer John Sadak reported via Twitter that Juan Graterol – who is currently on the 7-day disabled list – "took BP and infield for the first time today." Graterol has been on the disabled list since April 15…Michael Mariot has allowed just one run in 10.2 innings pitched so far this year. The 22-year-old right-hander spent last season in Idaho Falls, where he was 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA…Kelvin Herrera finally surrendered his first run, the game-winner in the eighth inning of Saturday's nightcap. The 21-year-old fireballer has fanned seven in 6.2 innings pitched this season while holding opponents to a .217 batting average.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (10-5) conclude their four-game series with Winston-Salem (7-8) on Sunday afternoon. Elisaul Pimentel (1-0, 7.56) is scheduled to toe the slab for Wilmington.

Game 1

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 2 2 1 3 .313 2B (3), 2 BB
Batista, 2B 4 1 2 0 .189  
Navarro, SS 4 0 1 1 .426 2B (4)
Francis, RF 4 1 1 0 .196 2B (3)
Whittleman, 1B 3 2 2 1 .255 2B (3), BB
Ferguson, CF 3 1 1 1 .174 2B (2), SF
Bonilla, C 4 1 1 2 .161 HR (1)
Lewis, DH 2 1 0 0 .256 BB, K
Frost, 3B 3 1 1 1 .167 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Arguelles 4.1 4 2 2 0 4 0 1.46
Mariot (W, 3-0) 2.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.84


Game 2

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 4 0 0 0 .288 K
McClure, SS 4 1 1 0 .122 2 K, SB (6)
Navarro, 2B 3 0 0 0 .404 BB
Francis, RF 4 1 2 2 .218 HR (3), 2B (4), 2 K
Whittleman, 1B 4 0 0 0 .236 K
Ferguson, CF 2 0 1 0 .188 HBP, K
Testa, DH 2 0 0 0 .200 HBP, K, SB (3)
Eigsti, C 3 0 0 0 .286 2 K, PB (1)
Batista, 3B 3 0 1 0 .200 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Odorizzi 6.0 4 2 2 1 10 1 3.46
Herrera (L, 1-1) 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 1 1.35





Low-A: Kane County 10, Clinton 3 (7 innings – Game 1)

W: Leonel Santiago (2-2, 5.03)
HR: Brian Fletcher (2)

Low-A: Clinton 3, Kane County 2 (7 innings – Game 2)

L: Crawford Simmons (0-3, 6.97)
HR: None

Brief Summary: The Cougars jumped all over the LumberKings in the first game, plating eight runs in the 4th inning. Brian Fletcher went 4-for-4 with his second home run of the season, while Leonel Santiago earned his second win by holding Clinton to one run on seven hits in 6.0 innings pitched. The Cougars staged a late rally in the nightcap, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but they couldn't push across the tying run as they fell to the LumberKings, 3-2. Kane County managed just five hits in Game 2 as talented southpaw Crawford Simmons drew his third loss of the young season.

Other Notes: Brian Fletcher has four multi-hit games in his last seven contests, and he's hitting .389/.436/.583 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last 10 games…Since allowing two earned runs in his first outing, Greg Billo has pitched 7.0 innings without surrendering an earned run.

Next Game: The Cougars (7-10) are off on Sunday, traveling to Cedar Rapids to begin a three-game series against the Kernels (10-6). Sugar Ray Marimon (0-1, 5.54) is slated to start Monday's series opener for Kane County.

Game 1

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, DH 4 1 0 1 .317 K
Espinal, 2B 4 1 1 1 .188 K
Fletcher, LF 4 2 4 2 .350 HR (2)
Adams, CF 4 1 1 0 .200 2 K
Watts, 1B 3 1 1 1 .239 BB, E (2)
Beltre, RF 4 2 2 2 .218 3B (1), K
Stovall, 3B 3 1 2 2 .419 2B (4), HBP, K, CS (2)
-- Liberto, 3B 0 0 0 0 .000  
Jones, C 3 1 1 0 .074 2B (1)
Hall, SS 2 0 1 1 .357 BB


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago (W, 2-2) 6.0 7 1 1 2 6 0 5.03
Hodge 1.0 2 2 1 0 3 0 4.66


Game 2

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 3 1 1 0 .317 SB (3), CS (4), PO, OF assist
Espinal, 2B 2 1 1 1 .200 3B (1), BB
Fletcher, LF 3 0 1 1 .349 K, E (4)
Adams, RF 3 0 0 0 .186 K
Watts, DH 3 0 0 0 .224 K
Stovall, 1B 3 0 0 0 .382 K
Jenkins, C 2 0 0 0 .333 BB, K
-- Liberto, PR 0 0 0 0 .000  
Cruz, 3B 3 0 1 0 .238  
Hall, SS 3 0 1 0 .356 2B (4)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Simmons (L, 0-3) 3.2 6 3 3 1 4 0 6.97
Billo 3.1 3 0 0 1 3 0 1.69


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