Royals Farm Report: April 30

The Royals organization celebrated an outstanding day on Saturday as the big league club and all four affiliates won their games. In the minors, the Royals received excellent pitching across the board, as Vin Mazzaro, Mario Santiago, Noel Arguelles, and Sugar Ray Marimon all turned in fine starts. Meanwhile, Kane County's Alex Llanos had a career day, driving in all five runs in the Cougars' win.

Triple-A: Omaha 7, Iowa 6

W: Everett Teaford (2-1, 3.26)
S: Jesse Chavez (2)
HR: None

Summary: In a see-saw battle with Iowa on Saturday evening, the Storm Chasers took a four-run lead in the seventh inning and held on for a narrow 7-6 victory as the Cubs plated three runs in the last two innings. With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, Jesse Chavez entered the game and recorded a clutch strikeout to preserve the win.

The Storm Chaser offense recorded eight hits on the day from eight different players. Mike Moustakas put the club on the scoreboard in the third inning with a two-run single. In the seventh, back-to-back extra base hits by Irving Falu and Lucas May plated Omaha's final three tallies.

Meanwhile, starter Vin Mazzaro was effective in his five innings of work. The 24-year-old right-hander fanned 10 batters while surrendering three runs (two earned) on six hits and a pair of walks.

Other Notes: After a miserable outing in his 2011 debut, Vin Mazzaro has posted a 2.65 ERA over his last three starts, with 19 strikeouts and six walks in 17.0 innings pitched…With a 1-for-3 effort on Saturday, Eric Hosmer is now 10-for-16 (.625) over his last four games.

Next Game: The first place Storm Chasers (14-8) will wrap up their four-game set with Iowa (11-11) on Sunday afternoon, looking for their fourth straight series win. Jeff Suppan (2-2, 4.87) is slated to start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .241 BB, 3 K
Lough, RF 4 1 1 0 .301 SAC
Hosmer, 1B 3 1 1 0 .410 2 BB, K
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 1 2 .229 2 BB, E (6)
Robinson, DH 5 0 1 1 .333 K
Giavotella, 2B 4 1 1 0 .296  
Blanco, LF 1 2 0 0 .225 3 BB, SB (8)
Falu, SS 3 1 1 2 .250 3B (2), SAC
Pina, C 2 1 1 1 .190 BB, K
- May, C 1 0 1 1 .111 2B (1)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Mazzaro 5.0 6 3 2 2 10 0 4.66
Teaford (W, 2-1) 2.1 3 2 2 1 2 0 3.26
Texeira (H, 1) 1.1 3 1 1 2 1 1 7.71
Chavez (S, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00





Double-A: NW Arkansas 3, Arkansas 0

W: Mario Santiago (2-0, 1.42)
S: Patrick Keating (3)
HR: None

Summary: Mario Santiago was sensational in his first start of the 2011 season, blanking the Travelers for six innings as the Naturals shut out Arkansas, 3-0.

The 26-year-old right-hander has been pitching exclusively as a reliever this season, but he was pressed into starting duty because of Thursday's doubleheader. Santiago fanned six batters while yielding just two hits and a walk before giving way to the bullpen, which preserved the shutout over the final three frames. Patrick Keating worked around two hits in the ninth to record his third save.

On offense, the Naturals broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Christian Colon singled, stole second base, and scored on Mario Lisson's RBI single to center. Jeff Bianchi plated the second run with an RBI groundout in the sixth, while Anthony Seratelli drove home the final tally with an RBI single in the eighth inning.

Other Notes: Wil Myers entered the game as a defensive substitution in the ninth inning. The 20-year-old outfielder – who has been sidelined since April 22 with a bruised knee – wasn't expected to return to action until Tuesday, but Derrick Robinson was removed from the game after grounding out in the top of the ninth. There is no word yet on whether or not Robinson injured himself on the play…After surrendering runs in his first four outings this season, Patrick Keating has turned in three straight scoreless appearances…Eduardo Paulino has yielded just one hit and one walk over his last three appearances while fanning six batters in 5.1 scoreless innings pitched…With two stolen bases on Saturday, Christian Colon has now swiped six bags in 20 games this season. The 2010 first rounder stole just two in 60 games with the Wilmington Blue Rocks last year.

Next Game: The Naturals (11-9) and Travelers (9-10) play the third game of the four-game set on Sunday afternoon. Chris Dwyer (1-2, 4.15) is slated to start for NW Arkansas.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Robinson, CF 4 1 1 0 .254 BB, SB (9)
- Myers, RF 0 0 0 0 .261  
Colon, SS 3 1 1 0 .208 SAC, 2 SB (6)
Bianchi, 2B 4 0 0 1 .271 2 K
Lisson, DH 4 0 1 1 .310 SB (1), K
Smith, LF 4 1 1 0 .234 E (2)
Seratelli, 1B 4 0 1 1 .245 CS (1)
Mertins, 3B 3 0 1 0 .255 BB, K
VanStratten, RF-CF 4 0 1 0 .246  
Theriot, C 4 0 1 0 .364  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Santiago (W, 2-0) 6.0 2 0 0 1 6 0 1.42
Paulino (H, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.15
Keating (S, 3) 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6.52





High-A: Wilmington 3, Winston-Salem 1

W: Noel Arguelles (1-0, 1.02)
S: Michael Mariot (1)
HR: None

Summary: The dynamic duo of piggyback partners Noel Arguelles and Michael Mariot were back at it again on Saturday, delivering another outstanding performance as the Blue Rocks took down the Dash, 3-1.

Arguelles earned his first professional victory after holding Winston-Salem to just one unearned run on five hits in 5.1 innings pitched, fanning five batters along the way. Mariot followed and earned his first professional save with 3.2 shutout frames as the Blue Rocks assured themselves of winning their fourth series of the year.

Wilmington's big hit came in the third inning. Trailing 1-0, Rey Navarro stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-run triple up the right-field line, giving the Blue Rocks a lead they would not relinquish. They added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when Whit Merrifield walked and scored on a wild pitch.

Other Notes: With an 0-for-4 day, Nick Francis saw his 13-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .354 (17-for-48) with 12 extra base hits and nine RBIs during the streak…The Blue Rocks are 4-0 this season when Noel Arguelles starts, and 11-2 when Jose Bonilla handles the catching duties.

Next Game: Having already claimed the series, the Blue Rocks (14-7) go for a three-game sweep of the Dash (8-14) on Sunday afternoon. Elisaul Pimentel (2-0, 7.53) is scheduled to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 3 2 1 0 .311 2B (6), BB
McClure, SS 3 0 1 0 .139 SAC
Navarro, 2B 4 0 1 2 .416 3B (4), K
Francis, RF 4 0 0 0 .260 K; snapped 13-gm hitting streak
Whittleman, DH 3 0 1 0 .253  
Ferguson, CF 3 0 0 0 .191  
Bonilla, C 3 0 1 0 .191 K
Lewis, 1B 2 0 0 0 .250 BB
Batista, 3B 3 1 1 0 .164 E (3), K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Arguelles (W, 1-0) 5.1 5 1 0 0 5 0 1.02
Mariot (S, 1) 3.2 1 0 0 2 4 0 0.63





Low-A: Kane County 5, Burlington 1

W: Sugar Ray Marimon (1-2, 4.18)
HR: Alex Llanos 2 (4)

Summary: With two outs in the top of the ninth in a 1-1 game, Alex Llanos stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a grand slam, sending the Cougars to a 5-1 victory over the Burlington Bees.

The home run was actually Llanos' second of the day – he hit a solo shot in the top of the third. His two blasts accounted for all five of the Cougars' runs on a day in which the offense pounded out nine hits.

Meanwhile, Kane County starter Sugar Ray Marimon turned in by far his best outing of the season. The 22-year-old right-hander limited the Bees to just one run on four hits over eight innings while striking out five. The grand slam by Llanos put Marimon in line for his first victory of the season, which reliever Chase Boruff secured with a scoreless ninth.

Other Notes: RC's David Malamut reported via Twitter that Kane County right-hander Keaton Hayenga "has a sore shoulder and might not be able to make his start on Monday." Hayenga last pitched on April 27, and he is 1-1 this season with a 5.85 ERA…Still no news on outfielder Brian Fletcher, who has not played since leaving Thursday's game in the seventh inning…Chase Boruff has not allowed an earned run since his first outing on April 8, a stretch covering six appearances and 8.0 innings pitched.

Next Game: The Cougars (8-15) now welcome the Cedar Rapids Kernels (14-8) for a three-game series that begins on Sunday afternoon. The two clubs met earlier in the week in Cedar Rapids, with the Kernels sweeping the three-game series. On Sunday, Leondy Perez (0-3, 4.42) will get the ball for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 5 2 2 5 .294 2 HR (4), 2 K
Espinal, 2B 5 0 1 0 .200 2B (1), 2 K
Aparicio, DH 4 0 0 0 .188 2 K
Watts, 1B 4 0 0 0 .194 2 K
Jenkins, C 4 0 1 0 .279 2B (3), K
Adams, LF 4 1 2 0 .177 K, SB (1)
Beltre, RF 4 0 2 0 .190 2B (1)
Cruz, 3B 3 0 0 0 .179  
- Stovall, PH-3B 0 1 0 0 .382 BB
Hall, SS 4 1 1 0 .302 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon (W, 1-2) 8.0 4 1 1 0 5 0 4.18
Boruff 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.90


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