Royals Farm Report: May 10

Fletcher was 4-for-4 in the Cougars' victory

The Royals' farm system had a solid day on Tuesday, with three of the four full season affiliates emerging victorious. The Kane County offense took out its recent frustrations on Beloit pitching, and Wilmington's Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning while fanning a career-high 13 batters. Click inside to read today's Farm Report.

Triple-A: Reno 5, Omaha 1

L: Blake Johnson (0-1, 12.00)
HR: Mike Moustakas (6)

Brief Summary: The Storm Chasers had to scramble for a starting pitcher after Vin Mazzaro – who was scheduled to start on Tuesday – was promoted to Kansas City earlier in the day. Omaha opted to make it a bullpen day, with the recently-promoted reliever Blake Johnson being tapped to make a spot start. The Aces welcomed the right-hander back to Triple-A, touching him for four runs en route to a 5-1 decision over the Chasers. Omaha didn't get on the board until the eighth inning, when Mike Moustakas launched a long solo home run to right.

Other Notes: As mentioned above, the Royals on Tuesday recalled Omaha starter Vin Mazzaro to Kansas City. Read about the transaction here.

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (18-14) and Aces (21-12) match up again on Wednesday evening. Jeff Suppan (2-4, 5.29) is scheduled to start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Lough, LF 4 0 1 0 .321 K
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 1 0 .281 K
Moustakas, 3B 4 1 1 1 .261 HR (6)
Robinson, DH 3 0 1 0 .314 2B (7), BB, K
Ka'aihue, 1B 3 0 1 0 .222 BB, CS (1), PO
Cain, CF 4 0 1 0 .295 3 K
Arias, SS 4 0 0 0 .000 2011 debut
Pina, C 4 0 1 0 .212 E (2)
Orlando, RF 3 0 1 0 .182 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Johnson (L, 0-1) 3.0 6 4 4 3 2 0 12.00
Holland 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 0 2.81
Teaford 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.92
Hardy 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.65





Double-A: NW Arkansas 3, Tulsa 1

W: Will Smith (2-3, 5.60)
S: Patrick Keating (4)
HR: None

Brief Summary: Behind excellent pitching by starter Will Smith and some timely hitting, the Naturals earned a four-game split with the first place Drillers as NW Arkansas topped Tulsa, 3-1. Smith earned his second victory of the year after holding the Drillers to a single run on seven hits in six innings of work. Kelvin Herrera followed and was sensational in his Double-A debut, tossing two shutout innings before giving way to Patrick Keating, who recorded his fourth save with a perfect ninth. On offense, Wil Myers paced an eight-hit Naturals attack, finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Other Notes: Myers recorded just his second multi-hit game since April 12, but the young right fielder has hit safely in six out of his last seven games…After a long slump that dropped his average over 100 points, Jeff Bianchi has hit safely in his last four games, batting .353 (6-for-17) over that stretch with a pair of doubles…Herrera needed just 18 pitches to get through his two innings. The only hit he allowed was a bunt single…Will Smith's outing was his second "quality start" this season…Patrick Keating has not allowed a run in his last six outings, a stretch covering 7.1 innings.

Next Game: The Naturals (14-14) have the day off on Wednesday before opening a four-game set with the Cardinals (14-17) in Springfield on Thursday evening. Edgar Osuna (3-1, 6.75) is slated to get the ball in the series opener for NW Arkansas.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Seratelli, 1B 4 0 1 1 .256 CS (2)
Bianchi, SS 4 0 1 0 .255 SB (3)
Myers, RF 4 1 2 1 .284 K, OF Assist
Romak, DH 3 0 1 0 .276 BB, K, SB (2)
Smith, LF 4 0 1 1 .229  
Mertins, 2B 3 0 0 0 .243 BB, K, SB (3)
Lisson, 3B 3 1 1 0 .297 BB, K
Theriot, C 3 0 0 0 .238 BB
Van Stratten, CF 2 1 1 0 .231 SAC


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Smith (W, 2-3) 6.0 7 1 1 2 4 1 5.60
Herrera (H, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Keating (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.50





High-A: Wilmington 3, Salem 1

W: Jake Odorizzi (3-0, 1.97)
S: Kevin Chapman (6)
HR: None

Brief Summary: Wilmington starter Jake Odorizzi was dominant, turning in perhaps the best starting performance among all Royals farmhands this season as the Blue Rocks topped the Red Sox, 3-1. Odorizzi fanned the first five batters of the game en route to a career-high 13 punchouts, and he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. After losing his no-no, the 21-year-old right-hander struck out the side to finish his night. The Wilmington bullpen preserved the win over the final three frames, with Kevin Chapman earning his sixth save of the season. The Blue Rocks got all the offense they needed in the third, when John Whittleman delivered a two-run triple to stake the club to a 2-0 lead. He finished the game 3-for-4, while Whit Merrifield was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Other Notes: Over his last four starts, Odorizzi has fanned 41 batters while walking just five in 25.0 innings pitched. He now leads the Carolina League –and the entire Royals organization – with 51 strikeouts, and he has struck out at least 10 in three of his last four starts.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (17-13) reclaimed sole possession of first place with the victory on Tuesday. They'll play the second of their three-game set with the Red Sox (20-9) on Wednesday evening, with Noel Arguelles (1-1, 2.28) scheduled to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, CF 4 2 2 0 .318 2B (11), 2 K, SB (7)
Testa, RF 3 0 1 1 .269 K, SAC, CS (1)
Navarro, 2B 2 1 0 0 .349 2 BB, K
Whittleman, 1B 4 0 3 2 .243 2B (5), 3B (2), SB (1)
Ferguson, LF 4 0 0 0 .158  
McClure, SS 2 0 1 0 .147 SAC, HBP
Graterol, C 4 0 1 0 .103 K
Lewis, DH 2 0 0 0 .230 BB, K
Batista, 3B 3 0 0 0 .164 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Odorizzi (W, 3-0) 6.0 1 0 0 3 13 0 1.97
Lafferty (H, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.92
Chapman (S, 6) 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 5.11





Low-A: Kane County 8, Beloit 4

W: Sugar Ray Marimon (2-2, 3.41)
HR: Murray Watts (1)

Brief Summary: The Kane County offense on Tuesday night finally woke up from its long slumber as the Cougars defeated the visiting Snappers, 8-4. Brian Fletcher paced a 13-hit barrage, finishing 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Murray Watts added his first homer of the year, while Geulin Beltre and Gerard Hall both turned in multi-hit efforts. Starter Sugar Ray Marimon picked up the win after holding Beloit to one run over five innings, striking out seven while allowing four hits and a pair of walks. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Cougars, who scored more than five runs in a game for the first time in over three weeks.

Other Notes: The feel-good win wasn't without some bad news. On his second double in the sixth inning, Fletcher pulled up lame on his way to second base and had to be replaced by Julio Aparicio. Later, in the eighth inning, catcher Ryan Jenkins had to be replaced by Travis Jones, although we have not yet heard any more information about the nature of Jenkins' injury…With his 0-for-4, Jenkins saw his nine-game hitting streak snapped.

Next Game: The Cougars (10-23) and Snappers (17-13) play again on Wednesday evening, with Leondy Perez (0-4, 3.03) slated to start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 5 1 1 2 .256  
Hall, SS 5 3 2 0 .327 2B (10), K
Stovall, 3B 5 0 1 0 .315 2 K
Fletcher, DH 4 1 4 4 .328 2 2B (9); left game in 6th
-Aparicio, PR-DH 1 0 0 0 .103  
Jenkins, C 4 0 0 0 .264 Left game in 8th
-Jones, C 1 0 0 0 .133 K
Adams, LF 3 0 1 1 .174 BB, K
Watts, 1B 2 2 1 1 .202 HR (1), HBP, BB, K
Beltre, RF 4 1 3 0 .223 2B (5), SB (1)
Espinal, 2B 4 0 0 0 .172 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon (W, 2-2) 5.0 4 1 1 2 7 1 3.41
Hodge 0.2 1 2 2 3 1 1 6.35
Keck 1.1 1 1 0 2 3 0 1.08
Boruff 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.93


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