Royals Farm Report: May 9

Lisson smacked his eighth homer of the season

Monday was another rough day for the Royals' minor league system. While the Wilmington Blue Rocks were off, the other three full season affiliates all lost their games. A number of mistakes led to defeat for both the Omaha Storm Chasers and Northwest Arkansas Naturals, while the Kane County Cougars were shut out for the first time this season. Click inside for the full report.

Triple-A: Oklahoma City 8, Omaha 5

L: Kanekoa Texeira (0-1, 8.53)
HR: None

Summary: The Omaha bullpen on Monday allowed five unanswered runs – including three in the top of the ninth that snapped a 5-5 tie – as the Storm Chasers dropped an 8-5 decision to the visiting Oklahoma RedHawks. Omaha starter Mike Montgomery pitched well in his five innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits and a pair walks while fanning six. The 21-year-old southpaw handed a 5-3 lead to the bullpen after throwing 91 pitches, including 54 strikes.

Unfortunately, the game included a few critical miscues for the Storm Chasers. Lorenzo Cain missed a bunt attempt on a suicide squeeze in the seventh inning, hanging Mike Moustakas out to dry, and Clint Robinson was doubled off first after a fly out in the third inning after apparently forgetting how many outs there were.

At the plate, the Omaha offense collected eight hits, including two apiece by David Lough, Johnny Giavotella, and Moustakas. Cain saw his seven-game hitting streak snapped after finishing 0-for-4.

Other Notes: The Omaha Storm Chasers on Monday activated infielder Joaquin Arias. Read our report on the transaction here…Moustakas, who doubled twice on Monday, has four multi-hit games in his last six contests, and he's hitting .412/.500/.706 since his former teammate Eric Hosmer was promoted to Kansas City…Montgomery finished his outing one inning shy of registering his fifth straight quality start.

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (18-13) now embark on an eight-game road trip through Reno and Colorado Springs. They open a four-game set with the Aces (20-12) on Tuesday evening in a match-up of first place teams. Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 4.97) is slated to start the series opener for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Lough, LF 4 3 2 0 .323 2B (11), BB, K
Giavotella, 2B 4 2 2 1 .282 2B (4), BB, 2 K
Moustakas, 3B 3 0 2 2 .261 2 2B (4), BB, SF, CS (1)
Robinson, DH 3 0 0 0 .313 2 BB, K
Ka'aihue, 1B 3 0 0 2 .167 2 BB
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .298 K, OF Assist
Zawadzki, SS 4 0 0 0 .214 K
Falu, RF 4 0 1 0 .315 K, SB (2)
Pina, C 3 0 1 0 .208 BB, E (1)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Montgomery 5.0 6 3 3 2 6 1 2.84
Hardy (H, 2) 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 1 3.97
Mendoza (BS, 2) 2.0 1 1 0 1 1 0 4.74
Texeira (L, 0-1) 1.0 4 3 3 0 0 0 8.53





Double-A: Tulsa 6, NW Arkansas 4 (10 innings)

L: Buddy Baumann (0-2, 7.27)
HR: Mario Lisson (8)

Summary: The Naturals fought back from an early four-run deficit, only to lose in the top of the tenth inning on a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Ben Theriot. Buddy Baumann, who relieved starter John Lamb, was tagged with the loss after pitching brilliantly for the first three frames of his four-inning outing.

The Drillers hung four runs on Lamb in the second inning, courtesy of four hits and a pair of errors by Wil Myers and Anthony Seratelli. The 20-year-old southpaw rebounded nicely, however, holding Tulsa scoreless over his final four frames as the Naturals' offense clawed back into the game. Lamb pitched six innings in all, allowing four runs (three earned) on a season-high 10 hits.

On offense, Christian Colon extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 1-for-3 effort, while Mario Lisson homered for the second straight night, a solo shot in the seventh that tied the game.

Other Notes: Salvador Perez left the game in the top of the tenth after taking a foul ball off his leg. Theriot played the final inning behind the plate…Lamb worked six innings for the second consecutive game. Monday's outing was also his first in which he did not surrender a walk…With his eighth dinger on Monday, Lisson is now tied with Omaha's Clint Robinson for the organizational home run lead. He now ranks fifth in all of minor league baseball with a .738 slugging percentage.

Next Game: The Naturals (13-14) look to get back to .500 and earn a four-game split with the Drillers (18-11) on Tuesday afternoon. Will Smith (1-3, 6.75) will start the series finale for NW Arkansas.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Seratelli, 2B 5 0 0 1 .256 K, E (1)
Colon, SS 3 0 1 1 .263 2 BB; 8-gm hitting streak
Myers, RF 5 0 1 0 .271 E (2), K
Romak, 1B 4 0 1 0 .274  
Smith, LF 4 0 0 0 .227  
Perez, C 4 0 0 0 .244  
- Theriot, C 0 0 0 0 .278 E (1)
Mertins, DH 4 1 1 0 .254 2B (3), K
Lisson, 3B 4 2 2 1 .295 HR (8), K
Van Stratten, CF 4 1 1 1 .225  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Lamb 6.0 10 4 3 0 2 0 3.49
Baumann (L, 0-2) 4.0 4 2 1 2 2 0 7.27





High-A: Scheduled off-day

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (16-13) open a three-game set at home against the Salem Red Sox (20-8) on Tuesday. Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 2.42) is scheduled to start the series opener.

Carolina League Northern Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
Wilmington
16
13
.552
--
Frederick
16
13
.552
--
Potomac
11
19
.367
5.5
Lynchburg
10
18
.357
5.5





Low-A: Peoria 4, Kane County 0

L: Leonel Santiago (2-4, 3.46)
HR: None

Summary: For the seventh time in the last 11 games, the Cougars received a quality start, but once again it didn't matter as Kane County was shut out by Peoria, 4-0. Leonel Santiago was tagged with the loss despite another excellent outing. The 21-year-old right-hander limited the Chiefs to two runs on six hits in seven innings pitched.

The less said about the Cougars' offensive effort, the better. The club drew six walks, but just two hits. Ryan Stovall was 1-for-4, while Yowill Espinal finished 1-for-3.

Other Notes: As rough a time as the Kane County offense has had this season, Monday's game –somewhat surprisingly – was the first time they've been shut out in 2011…Santiago turned in his fifth straight quality start, and it was the third straight outing in which he's pitched at least seven innings. In fact, he now leads the entire organization with 41.2 innings pitched, and he has posted a 1.85 ERA over his last five starts.

Next Game: After being swept by Peoria, the Cougars (9-23) now head home for a three-game series with Beloit (17-12). Sugar Ray Marimon (1-2, 3.71) is slated to start the opener for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 3 0 0 0 .258 BB, K
Hall, SS 2 0 0 0 .323 2 BB, K
Stovall, 3B 4 0 1 0 .322 2 K
Fletcher, LF 3 0 0 0 .304 BB, K
Aparicio, RF 4 0 0 0 .105 2 K
Adams, DH 2 0 0 0 .169 2 BB, K, SB (2), CS (2), PO
Cruz, 1B 3 0 0 0 .227  
Espinal, 2B 3 0 1 0 .179 K
Jones, C 3 0 0 0 .136  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago (L, 2-4) 7.0 6 2 2 2 2 0 3.46
Byrne 0.1 2 2 2 1 0 0 5.28
Mitchell 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.77


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