Royals Farm Report: May 24
Moose delivered the game-tying hit on Tuesday
Moose delivered the game-tying hit on Tuesday
Royals Corner Publisher
Posted May 25, 2011


The Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday erased a four-run deficit and prevailed in walk-off fashion in extra innings. Elsewhere in the minors, the Wilmington Blue Rocks finally defeated the pesky Frederick Keys while the Kane County Cougars dropped a 5-1 decision to Quad Cities. Click inside to read the day's entire Farm Report.

Triple-A: Omaha 6, Tucson 5 (11 innings)

W: Blaine Hardy (2-2, 6.75)
HR: None

Summary: Omaha pinch runner Lance Zawadzki raced home from second on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning, scoring the winning run as the Storm Chasers topped Tucson for the second straight night. The Chasers had to fight back from an early 5-1 deficit, thanks largely to a rough start by Mike Montgomery. The 21-year-old southpaw battled his command throughout his 3.2 innings, walking four and plunking two batters while throwing just 48 of his 89 pitches for strikes. The bullpen took over in the fourth, however, and pitched masterfully as three relievers combined for 7.1 scoreless innings while Omaha mounted its comeback. Mike Moustakas stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, setting up Zawadzki’s game-winning dash in the 11th.

Other Notes: Clint Robinson finished 0-for-3 with two walks, snapping his 10-game hitting streak. Nevertheless, the big first baseman has still reached base safely in 16 straight contests…Kila Ka’aihue pinch hit in the bottom of the 11th and drew a walk. It was the first appearance since May 19 for the 27-year-old Hawaiian, who has reportedly been sidelined with a minor shoulder ailment…Mike Montgomery has now walked four or more batters in four of his 10 starts in 2011, and he has issued 31 free passes in 53.0 innings pitched this season. That equals the total number of walks he issued during the entire 2010 season (31 BB in 93.0 IP).

Next Game: The Storm Chasers (25-20) and Padres (19-27) will mix it up again for game three of their four-game set on Wednesday afternoon. Jeremy Jeffress (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Dyson, RF 3 2 0 0 .100 2 BB, SB (3)
Giavotella, 2B 5 1 2 0 .285 K, SB (2)
Lough, LF 3 0 0 1 .320 SF, SAC, K
Moustakas, 3B 5 1 2 2 .268 K
Robinson, 1B 3 0 0 0 .349 2 BB; snapped 10-gm hitting streak
- Zawadzki, PR 0 1 0 0 .220 Scored winning run
Cain, CF 4 1 1 0 .294 3B (3), SAC
Falu, DH 4 0 1 0 .330 BB, K
Arias, SS 4 0 1 0 .271 2 K
- Ka'aihue, PH 0 0 0 0 .257 BB; first game since May 19
Pina, C 4 0 0 0 .193 2 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Montgomery 3.2 3 5 5 4 3 0 4.58
Johnson 3.2 3 0 0 1 3 0 7.30
Chavez 2.2 2 0 0 1 3 0 4.74
Hardy (W, 2-2) 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6.75





Double-A: Scheduled Off-Day

Next Game: The Naturals (21-18) on Wednesday open a three-game series in Frisco with the 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: Wilmington 3, Frederick 1

W: Tim Melville (5-4, 4.21)
S: Bryan Paukovits (1)
HR: None

Summary: Behind excellent pitching from starter Tim Melville and reliever Bryan Paukovits, the Blue Rocks finally beat the Frederick Keys in their sixth meeting this season. Melville picked up his fifth victory of the season after working into the sixth inning and surrendering just one run on five hits and a walk. Paukovits took care of the rest, tossing 3.1 perfect frames to preserve Wilmington’s 3-1 victory. Rey Navarro provided all the offense the Blue Rocks needed, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles.

Other Notes: Shortstop Alex McClure recorded three hits in a game for the first time this season…Tim Melville has posted a 2.30 ERA over his last three starts while winning all three…Paukovits’ save was just the second of his career…Carlo Testa has multiple hits in four of his last five games, batting .500 (10-for-20) over that stretch with four extra-base hits and six RBIs…Rey Navarro’s multi-hit game was his 17th of the season, tops on the club…With Tuesday’s win, the Rocks ensured they will still enjoy a Northern Division lead over Frederick when the Keys leave town after Wednesday’s game. That wasn’t the case earlier this month, when Wilmington saw its four-game lead disappear with a disappointing four-game sweep in Frederick.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (27-17) and Keys (24-20) meet up for the rubber match of their three-game set on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Marks (2-2, 5.82) is slated to start for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 3 1 0 0 .311 BB, SB (10)
Testa, DH 4 1 2 0 .320 K
Navarro, 2B 4 0 2 2 .319  
Whittleman, 3B 4 0 1 0 .258 K
Caseres, 1B 4 1 0 0 .091 2 K
Prades, RF 3 0 0 0 .300 BB
Ferguson, CF 4 0 0 0 .169 K
McClure, SS 3 0 3 1 .179 First 3-hit game
Bonilla, C 3 0 0 0 .264  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Melville (W, 5-4) 5.2 5 1 1 1 5 0 4.21
Paukovits (S, 1) 3.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.66





Low-A: Quad Cities 5, Kane County 1

L: Jonathon Keck (0-1, 4.22)
HR: None

Summary: The Cougars on Tuesday managed just one run on three hits as Quad Cities snapped Kane County’s four-game winning streak, 5-1. Starter Leondy Perez pitched well, holding the River Bandits to just one run on seven hits over six innings. Unfortunately, the Kane County offense stalled while Quad Cities hung four unanswered runs on reliever Jonathon Keck, who took his first loss of the year. Travis Jones plated the Cougars’ only run on a fifth inning RBI groundout, while Alex Llanos, Jake Kuebler, and Ryan Stovall recorded the only Kane County hits.

Other Notes: Prior to the game, shortstop Orlando Calixte was assigned to the Cougars, while first baseman Murray Watts was reassigned to extended spring training. Read our report on the transaction here…Perez’s outing was his fifth straight “quality” start since failing to escape the first inning during a start at Cedar Rapids on April 26. The 21-year-old right-hander has posted an impressive 1.95 ERA over those five starts, although he has just one win to show for it…Jonathon Keck, meanwhile, has allowed eight earned runs over his last three outings and 4.2 innings pitched (17.14 ERA). The 22-year-old reliever had a stellar 1.08 ERA through his first 10 appearances this season.

Next Game: The Cougars (19-27) and River Bandits (25-20) continue their series on Wednesday before heading to Thursday night’s showdown at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Leonel Santiago (3-4, 2.75) is scheduled to start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Franco, 2B 3 0 0 0 .242 BB, 2 K, CS (3), PO, E (4)
Llanos, CF 4 0 1 0 .246 2 K , SB (8)
Kuebler, 1B 4 0 1 0 .130 2 K
Stovall, DH 3 0 1 0 .279 BB
Cuthbert, 3B 4 0 0 0 .261  
Adams, LF 3 1 0 0 .231 BB, K, SB (6)
Beltre, RF 4 0 0 0 .232 K
Jones, C 3 0 0 1 .164 K
Hall, SS 3 0 0 0 .299 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Perez 6.0 7 1 1 2 7 0 2.84
Keck (L, 0-1) 2.0 6 4 4 0 4 0 4.22




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