Royals Farm Report: April 25

The Omaha Storm Chasers won their eighth straight game behind some timely hitting and a magnificent effort from Everett Teaford and Luis Mendoza. Meanwhile, the Wilmington Blue Rocks extended their lead over their division with an 8-1 triumph over Lynchburg. NW Arkansas was rained out for the fourth time in five days, while Kane County fell to a hot Cedar Rapids team. Read the day's report inside.

Triple-A: Omaha 2, Nashville 1

W: Luis Mendoza (1-0, 1.80)
HR: None

Brief Summary: Johnny Giavotella doubled in the winning run in the top of the ninth inning as the first place Storm Chasers won their eighth straight game. Luis Mendoza earned the win working in relief of Everett Teaford, who was brilliant through six innings.

Other Notes: Mike Moustakas finished 0-for-4, snapping his 12-game hitting streak.

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (12-7) go for the four-game sweep over the Nashville Sounds (8-11) on Tuesday afternoon. Mike Montgomery (1-1, 3.00) is slated to start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .238 2 K
Lough, RF 4 1 1 0 .296 2 K
Hosmer, 1B 4 1 3 1 .380 SB (2)
Moustakas, 3B 4 0 0 0 .225 K; snapped 12-gm hitting streak
Robinson, DH 4 0 0 0 .373 2 K
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 2 1 .290 2B (3), GW RBI
Zawadzki, SS 4 0 0 0 .158 K
Blanco, LF 3 0 0 0 .231  
Pina, C 3 0 1 0 .139  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Teaford 6.0 3 1 1 0 3 0 2.65
Mendoza (W, 1-0) 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.80





Double-A: NW Arkansas at Springfield – Postponed (rain)

Next Game: The Naturals (8-6) have been rained out for four of the last five days. They'll try again with a doubleheader against the Springfield Cardinals (6-10) on Tuesday evening. The weather forecast actually looks decent, so they should finally be able to play. The Naturals will send Edgar Osuna (2-0, 4.38) and Chris Dwyer (1-1, 5.40) to start the two ends of the twin-bill.

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 8, Lynchburg 1

W: Tim Melville (2-2, 3.80)
HR: Joey Lewis (2)

Brief Summary: The first place Blue Rocks scored eight runs on 14 hits, but all the offense they needed came in the second inning when a two-run blast by Joey Lewis staked the club to an early 2-0 lead. Tim Melville was fantastic, limiting the struggling Hillcats to just one run on five hits in 7.0 innings pitched.

Other Notes: Nick Francis extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (12-5) and Hillcats (4-12) square up again on Tuesday evening, with Tyler Sample (1-1, 2.03) on the hill for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 5 0 3 0 .323 K, OF Assist
McClure, SS 5 0 1 0 .153 2 K
Navarro, 2B 5 1 3 1 .409 SB (4), CS (2), PO
Francis, RF 5 2 2 0 .262 2B (6)
Whittleman, 3B 3 0 0 1 .258 BB, K, SF
Ferguson, DH 4 2 1 1 .200 BB, K
Testa, LF 4 1 2 2 .250 2B (2), SAC
Lewis, 1B 5 1 1 2 .286 HR (2), 2 K
Eigsti, C 2 1 1 1 .333 2 BB


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Melville (W, 2-2) 7.0 5 1 1 2 1 0 3.80
Baez 2.0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1.69





Low-A: Cedar Rapids 6, Kane County 1

L: Sugar Ray Marimon (0-2, 5.74)
HR: None

Brief Summary: The Kane County offense managed just one run on four hits in Monday's 6-1 loss to Cedar Rapids. Lane Adams stroked a double, while Murray Watts RBI single in the sixth inning provided all the scoring the Cougars could manage on the day.

Other Notes: Reliever Jon Keck surrendered his first run of the season in the fifth inning. However, the run was unearned, so his ERA is still a perfect 0.00 through 8.0 innings pitched.

Next Game: The Cougars (7-11) and Kernels (11-6) meet up again Tuesday night for the second game of their three-game set. Leondy Perez (0-2, 2.00) will start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 4 0 0 0 .299 2 K
Espinal, 2B 3 0 1 0 .208 BB, K, SB (3)
Fletcher, LF 4 0 0 0 .328 2 K, OF Assist
Adams, DH 3 1 1 0 .196 2B (3), BB, K
Watts, 1B 3 0 1 1 .231 BB, 2 K
Beltre, RF 4 0 0 0 .203 E (1), OF Assist
Jenkins, C 4 0 0 0 .290 K, E (3)
Stovall, 3B 3 0 0 0 .351 2 E (2)
Hall, SS 3 0 1 0 .354 2B (5)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon (L, 0-2) 2.2 4 2 2 2 4 0 5.74
Keck 2.1 1 1 0 2 2 0 0.00
Mitchell 3.0 5 3 2 2 1 0 5.40


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