Royals Farm Report: May 20

Excellent pitching led both the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Kane County Cougars to victory on Friday. Elsewhere in the minors, the NW Arkansas Naturals were rained out, while the Omaha Storm Chasers dropped both Thursday's suspended game and Friday's regularly scheduled contest to the visiting Las Vegas 51s. Click inside to view the day's Farm Report.

Triple-A: Las Vegas 12, Omaha 5 (Suspended game completed Friday)

L: Jesse Chavez (2-1, 4.87)
HR: Clint Robinson (10)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 6, Omaha 1 (Friday's scheduled game)

L: Luis Mendoza (1-3, 5.46)
HR: Clint Robinson (11)

Summary: When rain halted Thursday night's game in the top of the ninth, the 51s had plated four runs in the ninth to take a 7-5 lead. Unfortunately for the Storm Chasers, Las Vegas also had the bases loaded with nobody out, and when play resumed on Friday, the 51s scored five more times en route to a 12-5 victory. Things didn't get much better for Omaha in the nightcap. The Chasers were held to just one run on just five hits, with another solo home run by Clint Robinson providing all the offense Omaha could muster. Mario Santiago pitched well in relief, allowing just one run in four innings pitched, but the damage had already been done as Omaha ultimately fell 6-1.

Other Notes: Johnny Giavotella has started the last two games in left field. In fact, Thursday's start in the outfield marked the first time in his professional career that he's played any position other than second base…With home runs the last two nights, Clint Robinson now ranks third in the Pacific Coast League with 11 round-trippers, just three behind league leader Wily Mo Pena.

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (23-18) and 51s (24-18) match up again on Saturday evening. The recently demoted Jeremy Jeffress (NR) is scheduled to make his first minor league start since 2009.

Thursday's Suspended Game

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Falu, SS 4 2 2 0 .352 2B (1), BB, SB (5)
Giavotella, LF 2 1 0 0 .289 3 BB
Moustakas, 3B 4 0 1 1 .273 2B (8), BB, K
Robinson, DH-1B 4 1 2 1 .351 HR (10), K
Ka'aihue, 1B 3 0 1 1 .257 SF
- Hardy, P 0 0 0 0 .000  
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .279 K
Arias, 2B 4 1 0 0 .290 2 E (2)
Pina, C 3 0 1 0 .214 BB
Orlando, RF 4 0 1 0 .241 K, OF Assist


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Montgomery 7.0 7 3 2 2 7 0 4.01
Chavez (BS, 1)(L, 2-1) 1.0 5 7 6 0 0 0 4.87
Hardy 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 1 4.70


Friday's Scheduled Game

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Dyson, RF 4 0 1 0 .250 SB (1)
Giavotella, LF 3 0 1 0 .290 BB, K, CS (2)
Moustakas, 3B 4 0 0 0 .265 K
Robinson, 1B 3 1 1 1 .350 HR (11), BB
Arias, 2B 4 0 0 0 .257  
Cain, CF 4 0 1 0 .278 K
Falu, SS 4 0 1 0 .347 K
Zawadzki, DH 3 0 0 0 .224 2 K
Pina, C 2 0 0 0 .208 BB


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Mendoza (L, 1-3) 5.0 11 5 5 2 2 1 5.46
Santiago, M 4.0 1 1 1 1 4 0 5.87





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

Notes: On Friday, southpaw John Lamb was placed on the 7-day disabled list, and outfielder Derrick Robinson was activated. Read our report on the transaction here…Friday's game has been cancelled and will not be made up.

Next Game: The Naturals (20-16) and Travelers (17-19) are scheduled for a doubleheader on Saturday. Buddy Baumann (0-2, 6.33) and Zach Miner (0-0, 4.50) are slated to start the two games for NW Arkansas.

Texas League North Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
NW Arkansas
20
16
.556
--
Tulsa
22
18
.550
--
Arkansas
17
19
.472
3.0
Springfield
17
23
.425
5.0





High-A: Wilmington 6, Myrtle Beach 4

W: Tyler Sample (2-3, 2.45)
S: Ryan Dennick (2)
HR: None

Summary: The Blue Rocks on Friday broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth and then survived a ninth inning rally to emerge with a 6-4 victory over the Pelicans. Tyler Sample started for Wilmington and pitched brilliantly, holding Myrtle Beach to just two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over eight innings. On offense, both John Whittleman and Deivy Batista collected three hits, while Whit Merrifield and Carlo Testa drove in a pair of runs apiece. The win was the Rocks' fifth straight, allowing them to increase their division lead to 2.0 games over the second place Frederick Keys, who lost on Friday.

Other Notes: Tyler Sample's start was his third straight excellent outing. During that stretch, the 20-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.83 ERA while allowing just 14 hits in 19.2 innings. Additionally, Sample has not walked more than two batters in any outing since his season debut, a stretch covering seven appearances.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (24-16) and Pelicans (25-16) meet up again on Saturday, with Jake Odorizzi (3-0, 2.45) scheduled to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 4 2 2 2 .320 BB
Testa, RF 5 0 2 2 .282 3B (1), K
Navarro, 2B 5 0 0 0 .307  
Whittleman, 1B 5 1 3 1 .265 2B (11), K
Ferguson, CF 4 0 1 0 .178 2 K
McClure, SS 4 1 1 0 .162  
Bonilla, C 2 0 0 0 .263 BB, SAC
Lewis, DH 2 1 0 0 .211 2 BB, K
Batista, 3B 4 1 3 0 .238  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sample (W, 2-3) 8.0 3 2 2 2 2 1 2.45
Paukovits 0.2 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.41
Dennick (S, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.86





Low-A: Kane County 4, Beloit 3 (13 innings)

W: Dusty Odenbach (2-1, 2.59)
HR: Geulin Beltre (2)

Summary: Kane County catcher Travis Jones drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the top of the 13th inning, propelling the Cougars to a marathon 4-3 win over Beloit. Starter Leonel Santiago was excellent, tossing seven shutout innings while fanning seven and limiting the Snappers to just three hits and a pair of walks. He departed with a 2-0 lead, but the bullpen coughed up single runs in the eighth and ninth frames, sending the contest to extra innings. The teams traded runs in the tenth, setting up the Cougars' 13th inning rally. Geulin Beltre was the offensive star for Kane County, going 3-for-6 while finishing just a double shy of the cycle.

Other Notes: The Cougars added some offense on Friday, as both Cheslor Cuthbert and Jake Kuebler joined the club. Read about the transaction here…Kane County has now won seven of its last 10 games after starting the season a dismal 9-23…Geulin Beltre is hitting .342/.290/.605 over his last 10 games…Perhaps no pitcher in the Royals' organization has been more consistent this season than Leonel Santiago. The 21-year-old right-hander has now produced seven straight "quality" starts, and he has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last five.

Next Game: The Cougars (16-26) and Snappers (21-20) play again on Saturday night. Yordano Ventura (0-1, 12.00) is scheduled to make his second start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Franco, 2B 6 0 2 1 .255 3B (2), K
Llanos, CF 6 0 1 0 .242 3 K, CS (6), PO
Kuebler, 1B 6 0 0 0 .000 3 K; 2011 debut
Stovall, DH 5 1 0 0 .280 BB
Cuthbert, 3B 6 0 1 0 .167 2 K; 2011 debut
Adams, LF 5 1 3 0 .222 BB
Jones, C 5 0 1 1 .164 BB, 2 K, PB (1), Pickoff
Beltre, RF 6 2 3 2 .237 HR (2), 3B (2), CS (4), PO
Espinal, SS 3 0 1 0 .195 K, SB (4)
- Hall, PH-SS 1 0 0 0 .298 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago, L 7.0 3 0 0 2 7 0 2.75
Keck 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.79
Mitchell 1.1 4 2 2 2 3 0 4.71
Odenbach (BS, 2)(W, 2-1) 3.2 1 0 0 1 6 0 2.59


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