RC Organizational Report: May 20

While both the Omaha Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks lost, the NW Arkansas Naturals won their fourth straight game, sweeping their four-game set with the Tulsa Drillers. Aaron Crow turned in an excellent start, and third baseman Mike Moustakas provided all the offense he needed with a pair of two-run home runs. Click inside to read the Thursday's report.

Editor's Note: The Burlington Bees were rained out on Thursday

AAA: Salt Lake 6, Omaha 3

L: Matt Herges (1-2, 4.87)

Philip Humber and Matt Herges combined to allow six runs and 10 hits, and the O-Royals lost 6-3 to the Salt Lake Bees. Humber threw six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out five. The righthander left with the game tied, but Herges surrendered a three-run homer, and Omaha never recovered.

At the plate, Wilson Betemit went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in a run. Alex Gordon went 1-for-3 with two walks, while Kila Ka'aihue returned to the lineup, going 1-for-2 with three walks. David Lough finished 3-for-5, marking his fourth multi-hit game in his last five contests. Jordan Parraz was plunked twice and finished 1-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Omaha and Salt Lake play the second game of their series on Friday night.

Irving Falu, 2B

1-for-5, R, K -- .319

David Lough, CF

3-for-5, SB (4) -- .273

Alex Gordon, LF

0-for-3, 2 BB, R -- .364

Kila Ka'aihue, 1B

1-for-2, 3 BB, R, K -- .309

Jordan Parraz, RF

1-for-3, 2B (13), 2 RBI, 2 HBP -- .244

Wilson Betemit, SS

2-for-4, 2B (5), RBI -- .267

Jai Miller, DH

1-for-3, BB, 2 K -- .209

Philip Humber, SP

6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K -- 4.56

Matt Herges, RP

L (1-2), 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB - K -- 4.87

Blake Johnson, RP

1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K -- 9.72

Josh Rupe, RP

1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 0.00





AA: NW Arkansas 5, Tulsa 2

W: Aaron Crow (2-3, 4.47)
HR: Mike Moustakas 2 (10)

Mike Moustakas smacked a pair of two-run homers, powering the Naturals to a 5-2 win and a four-game sweep over the Drillers. Moustakas finished the day 3-for-4, his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. Nick Van Stratten and Jeff Howell both hit doubles, and Derrick Robinson went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Aaron Crow pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. The righthander limited the damage by allowing just one walk while recording six strikeouts. Blaine Hardy recorded his fourth save with two scoreless innings to preserve the win.

The win keeps the Naturals 2.5 games ahead of the Springfield Cardinals for first place in the North Divison. NW Arkansas continues their homestand Friday night, when the club welcomes the Arkansas Travelers.

Derrick Robinson, CF

1-for-3, BB, R, CS (5) -- .303

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

0-for-1, 2 BB, R, E (6) -- .288

Mike Moustakas, 3B

3-for-4, 2 HR (10), 4 RBI, 2 R -- .394

Nick Van Stratten, RF

1-for-4, 2B (8) -- .276

Jeff Howell, C

1-for-4, 2B (4), 2 K -- .303

Ernesto Mejia, DH

1-for-4, 2 K -- .246

Paulo Orlando, LF

1-for-3, R -- .263

Anthony Seratelli, 1B

0-for-2, RBI, K -- .189

Aaron Crow, SP

W (2-3), 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K -- 4.47

Blaine Hardy, RP

S (4), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K -- 0.69





High-A: Lynchburg 9, Wilmington 2

L: Manauris Baez (1-3, 5.71)

Manauris Baez and Brendan Lafferty were hit hard Thursday, allowing a combined nine runs and 15 hits as the Blue Rocks lost 9-2 to the Hillcats. Baez started and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits.

On offense, Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a double, and Adrian Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a triple. The offense struggled, however, as the team only collected five hits. Rey Navarro was 1-for-3, and he has now hit safely in 13 of the 16 games in which he's played since joining the organization. Interestingly, he has yet to record his first multi-hit game. The young shortstop also committed his second error in as many days after playing flawless defense through his first 14 contests with the Blue Rocks.

The Blue Rocks return home Friday, where they will start a three-game series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Southpaw John Lamb is scheduled to make his Carolina League debut in the first game of the series, at which point the 19-year-old will supplant teammate Salvador Perez as the youngest player in the league.

Adrian Ortiz, RF

1-for-4, 3B (4), R -- .295

Patrick Norris, CF

1-for-4, RBI, R, SB (10), K -- .209

Eric Hosmer, 1B

1-for-4, 2B (16) -- .384

Jamie Romak, 3B

0-for-3, BB, K, E (5) -- .200

Rey Navarro, SS

1-for-3, RBI, E (2) -- .228

Manauris Baez, SP

L (1-3), 5.1 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K -- 5.71

Brendan Lafferty, RP

2.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K -- 4.97