Royals Farm Report: May 23

The red hot Kane County Cougars stormed back for a thrilling come-from-behind victory on Monday, while the Omaha Storm Chasers finally received some quality pitching and snapped their four-game slide. Meanwhile, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals were rained out again, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks dropped the first game of their key series with Frederick. Click inside to read today's Farm Report.

Triple-A: Omaha 2, Tucson 1

W: Kevin Pucetas (4-1, 3.80)
S: Mario Santiago (1)
HR: None

Summary: The Storm Chasers' offense on Monday produced just two runs on six hits, but the tallies held up behind a stellar start by Kevin Pucetas as Omaha snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Tucson. Pucetas earned his fourth win by allowing just one run over seven innings pitched, logging his second "quality" start of the season. Mario Santiago followed in the eighth and closed the door with two excellent innings, notching his third career save and first since 2007. Clint Robinson paced the Omaha attack with a pair of singles in four at bats, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Other Notes: The win was Omaha manager Mike Jirschele's 1000th career victory. Through 15 seasons managing in the Royals' minor league organization, the Chasers' skipper has a career record of 1000-956…For the second straight night, the Storm Chasers had just two relievers available to pitch – Mario Santiago and Jesse Chavez…Monday marked Santiago's first scoreless appearance for Omaha. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed runs in each of his first three games with the Storm Chasers…Entering Monday night's contest, the Storm Chasers' pitching staff had posted a bloated 7.47 ERA over its previous 12 games.

Next Game: The first place Storm Chasers (24-20) and Padres (19-26) match up again on Tuesday evening for the second game of their four-game set. Mike Montgomery (2-1, 4.01) is slated to start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Dyson, CF 3 0 1 0 .118 BB, SB (2)
Giavotella, 2B 4 0 1 1 .282 2 K
Lough, LF 4 0 0 0 .326 K; first game since May 13
Moustakas, 3B 4 0 1 0 .264 K
Robinson, 1B 4 1 2 0 .355 K; 10-gm hitting streak
Cain, RF 4 0 1 0 .295  
Falu, DH 4 0 0 0 .333  
Zawadzki, SS 2 1 0 0 .220 BB, K, SB (9)
Pina, C 2 0 0 1 .203 BB, K, E (5)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Pucetas (W, 4-1) 7.0 7 1 1 3 3 0 3.80
Santiago, M (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 4.66





Double-A: Arkansas @ NW Arkansas – Cancelled (rain)

Notes: The Naturals and Travelers had their scheduled doubleheader washed out on Monday, and the games will not be rescheduled. This was a club-record fifth rainout for NW Arkansas this season…The first game of the scheduled twinbill did begin, but play was halted in the second inning with no score…Before the rains came, Christian Colon was struck in the helmet by a pitch and had to leave the game. The young shortstop reported via his Twitter feed that he is "just fine."

Next Game: The Naturals (21-18) have Tuesday off as they head out for a six-game road trip. On Wednesday they'll open a three-game series with the Frisco RoughRiders (23-21).

Texas League North Division Standings

CLUB
W
L
PCT
GB
NW Arkansas
21
18
.538
--
Tulsa
23
20
.535
--
Arkansas
19
20
.487
2.0
Springfield
19
24
.442
4.0





High-A: Frederick 4, Wilmington 1

L: Elisaul Pimentel (3-2, 3.86)
HR: None

Summary: Wilmington starter Elisaul Pimentel pitched well on Monday, but the Blue Rocks offense managed just one run on seven hits as the club fell to Frederick, 4-1. The loss snaps the Rocks' seven-game winning streak and allowed the Keys to move within two games of first place with 27 left to play in the first half. Pimentel was the hard luck loser after tossing six innings while surrendering just one earned run on seven hits and no walks. On offense, Rey Navarro finished 2-for-4, while Whit Merrifield was 1-for-3 and scored the Rocks' only run.

Other Notes: Wilmington has lost all five of its games against Frederick this season…After playing error-free baseball for the previous six games, the Blue Rocks committed three miscues on Monday…Elisaul Pimentel's "quality" start was his fourth in his last five outings. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 2.10 ERA over that span while holding Carolina League opponents to a .207 batting average…Kevin Chapman completed his third straight two-inning outing without allowing an earned run. In his last six innings pitched, the 23-year-old southpaw has issued just one walk while fanning 12 batters. On the season, he has now struck out 32 batters in just 18.1 innings pitched.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (26-17) and second place Keys (24-19) on Tuesday match up for the middle game of their three-game set. Wilmington will send to the mound Tim Melville (4-4, 4.57), who enters the game riding a two-game winning streak.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 3 1 1 0 .316 BB
Testa, RF 3 0 1 0 .313 HBP
Navarro, 2B 4 0 2 0 .315 CS (3)
Whittleman, 1B 3 0 0 1 .259 3 K, SF, E (6)
Ferguson, DH 3 0 0 0 .174 BB
Prades, CF 4 0 1 0 .429 K
McClure, SS 4 0 0 0 .162 2 K
Graterol, C 4 0 1 0 .193 E (5)
Batista, 3B 4 0 1 0 .232 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Pimentel, E (L, 3-2) 6.0 7 2 1 0 5 1 3.86
Chapman 2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 3.44
Dennick 1.0 1 2 2 2 0 0 3.38





Low-A: Kane County 8, Beloit 5

W: Chas Byrne (1-1, 3.97)
HR: Cheslor Cuthbert (2)

Summary: The Cougars on Monday stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit, plating eight runs over the final four frames – including four in the ninth – to capture an 8-5 victory over Beloit. Down by a run with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, catcher Ryan Jenkins delivered a clutch two-run single to center, giving the Cougars the lead. Cheslor Cuthbert followed with a two-run triple, capping an excellent day for the young third baseman that also included his second home run of the season. The win completes a four-game sweep of the Snappers, and Kane County has now won 10 of its last 13 games.

Other Notes: The sweep over Beloit was the Cougars' first sweep of the season…Just two weeks ago, Kane County was sharing the basement of the Western Division standings with the Clinton Lumber Kings. While the Cougars are still 11.5 games out of first, they're now eight games ahead of Clinton and just 2.5 games behind sixth place Cedar Rapids…Through his first four games in the Midwest League, Cheslor Cuthbert is hitting .316 with an impressive .737 slugging percentage. He is already tied for third on the club with two home runs.

Next Game: The Cougars (19-26) now head to the Quad Cities for a three-game series with the River Bandits (24-20). Leondy Perez (1-5, 3.02) is scheduled to start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Franco, 2B 5 1 0 0 .254 K
Llanos, CF 5 1 1 0 .246 K
Kuebler, DH 4 2 1 1 .105 2B (1), BB, K
Jenkins, C 5 2 2 2 .257 2B (7), K
Cuthbert, 3B 5 1 3 3 .316 HR (2), 3B (1), K
Adams, RF 5 0 1 1 .236  
Stovall, 1B 4 0 1 1 .278 3B (3), 2 K
Aparicio, LF 4 0 2 0 .155 2B (5)
Hall, SS 2 1 1 0 .306 SAC, BB


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marimon 4.0 3 4 4 2 1 1 3.32
Hodge 2.0 2 1 1 0 3 0 5.73
Byrne (W, 1-1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.97


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