Lough was 4-for-5 with two triples on Monday
The top three clubs in the system all won on Monday, while Low-A Burlington and the three rookie ball clubs fell short. The Omaha Royals were the day's biggest victor, scoring 11 runs on 15 hits in an 11-1 laugher. Meanwhile, the NW Arkansas Naturals banged four home runs in a 7-0 shutout over the Arkansas Travelers. Click inside to read the day's entire report.
AAA: Omaha 11, Tacoma 1
W: Anthony Lerew (6-3, 3.28)
HR: Jai Miller (18)
Antony Lerew pitched eight dominant innings, allowing one run and eight hits while punching out six as the O-Royals defeated the Tacoma Rainiers, 11-1. Devon Lowery pitched a shutout ninth to preserve the victory. On offense, David Lough had four hits, including two triples, while Jai Miller went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Jordan Parraz went 2-for-4 with a triple, and Jarrod Dyson, Marc Maddox and Scott Thorman each had two-hit games.
Omaha plays the third game of its four-game series Tuesday night.
AA: NW Arkansas 7, Arkansas 0
W: Mike Montgomery (4-1, 2.35)
HR: Eric Hosmer (9), Clint Robinson (21), Tim Smith (8), Jamie Romak (5)
The Naturals smashed four home runs, and Mike Montgomery and the bullpen shut out the Arkansas Travelers, 7-0. Montgomery threw 5.2 innings, allowing just three base runners while fanning three batters before being lifted for Rowdy Hardy, who allowed two hits and struck out three batters over the next 2.1 innings. Eduardo Paulino tossed a scoreless ninth to end the game. At the plate, Tim Smith went 2-for-4 with a home run, while Derrick Robinson had a multi-hit game. Eric Hosmer, Clint Robinson, and Jamie Romak also went deep for the Naturals.
NW Arkansas has Tuesday off before traveling to Frisco to face the RoughRiders.
High-A: Wilmington 5, Winston-Salem 4
W: Harold Mozingo (4-2, 4.56)
The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, coming back to defeat the Dash, 5-4. Nick Francis legged out a triple, while Wil Myers cracked a double. Christian Colon and Patrick Norris both had two hits, while Ernesto Mejia went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs. Will Smith allowed for runs on five hits in 5.2 innings before Harold Mozingo replaced him and shut out the Dash for the next 2.1 innings, earning the victory. Barry Bowden threw a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save of the season.
Wilmington continues its series against Winston-Salem Tuesday.
Low-A: Kane City 8, Burlington 0
L: Keaton Hayenga (1-10, 6.46)
The Bees were shut out by the Cougars, falling 8-0 on Monday. Jake Kuebler and Deivy Batista both had multi-hit games, with Batista and Carlo Testa connecting on doubles. Keaton Hayenga gave up four runs on four hits in 5.2 innings before Matt Mitchell relieved him and shut out the Cougars for 2.1 innings. Mitch Hodge allowed four runs on one hit and four walks without recording an out, and Scott Kelley closed the game by tossing a scoreless frame.
Burlington looks to avoid the sweep when the club finishes its series against Kane City Tuesday night.
Rookie: Casper 3. Idaho Falls 0
L: Leondy Perez (3-5, 6.52)
The Chukars’ bats struggled on Monday, getting shut out by the Ghosts in a 3-0 loss. Lane Adams roped two doubles, and Justin Trapp also had two hits. Leondy Perez tossed the first six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while ringing up seven batters. Tyler Graham allowed a run to score in the seventh inning before Mike Mariot no-hit the Ghosts over the last two frames.
Idaho Falls plays the second game of its series against Casper Tuesday.
Rookie: Johnson City 7, Burlington 6
L: Justin Mazur (0-2, 4.70)
HR: Ryan Stovall (4)
The Burlington Royals blew a 6-1 lead, suffering a 7-6 loss at the hands of the Johnson City Cardinals. Leonel Santiago gave up one run on five hits while striking out six before being relieved for Jake Ramsey, who allowed five runs on four hits while only recording two outs in the seventh. Ryan Wood held the Cardinals scoreless for the next 1.1 innings before Justin Mazur allowed the winning run to cross in the bottom of the ninth. On offense, Ryan Stovall went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double, while Derek Rodriguez and Anthony Howard had two hits, including a double apiece. Yunior Figueroa also had a multi-hit game, and Drew Robertson collected a double.
Burlington squares off against Johnson City Tuesday night.
Rookie: AZL Athletics 6, AZL Royals 3
L: Angel Baez (0-2, 7.36)
The AZL Royals managed just four hits in a 6-3 loss to the AZL Athletics on Monday. Angel Baez started for the Royals and was tagged with his second loss of the season after surrendering four runs (two earned) in 3.0 innings pitched. Dylan Lydsay and Jonathan Rodriquez combined to pitch the final five frames, holding the Athletics to two runs on six hits, but the Royals’ offense failed to mount a rally. At the plate, Henry Moreno walked three times and scored a pair of runs, while Victor Soto was 0-for-3 with two RBIs. Ysmelin Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.
The AZL Royals host the AZL Dodgers on Tuesday night.