Moustakas had a banner day on Monday
The Burlington Royals clinched a playoff spot for the first time since affiliating with Kansas City, but the big news of the day was the tremendous performance by Omaha third baseman Mike Moustakas. Moose cracked three home runs and added 11 RBIs in Omaha's 23-5 rout over Round Rock. Click inside to read the entire report.
AAA: Omaha 23, Round Rock 5
W: Blaine Hardy (3-4, 3.55)
HR: Mike Moustakas 3 (13), Lucas May (5)
After being named Texas League Player of the year on Monday, Mike Moustakas led Omaha in an offensive explosion, going 4-for-6 with three home runs , a double, and 11 RBIs in the O-Royals’ 23-5 rout over the Express. Lucas May also went yard, while Scott Thorman and Marc Maddox were each 3-for-6 with two doubles apiece. Jarrod Dyson, Irving Falu, and Ed Lucas each had three hits, while Cody Clark and Kurt Mertins roped doubles. Blaine Hardy threw the first 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits . Gaby Hernandez and Victor Marte shut out the Express over the final 3.2 innings to end the game.
Despite the win, the O-Royals failed to make up any ground on the Iowa Cubs, who maintained their 3.5 game lead over Omaha with a win over Albuquerque. Omaha plays the second game of its series against Round Rock Tuesday.
AA: Tulsa 6, NW Arkansas 5
L: Rowdy Hardy (4-3, 3.60)
HR: Johnny Giavotella (7)
Rowdy Hardy allowed a run to cross in the bottom of the ninth, suffering the blown save and the loss in the Naturals’ 6-5 loss to the Drillers. Mike Montgomery allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings before Eduardo Paulino followed him with a scoreless inning of relief. Ben Swaggerty allowed two runs on two hits over the next two frames before Hardy entered. Johnny Giavotella paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Josh Fields cracked two doubles, and Clint Robinson also had a multi-hit game. Eric Hosmer finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
NW Arkansas returns home Tuesday to start a series against the Arkansas Travelers.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 3
L: Tim Melville (2-12, 4.96)
The Blue Rocks had trouble pushing runners across the plate, going 2-for-8 with men in scoring position as they fell to the Pelicans, 5-3. Rey Navarro and Patrick Norris both had multi-hit games, while Navarro and Ernesto Mejia roped doubles. Wil Myers finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. Tim Melville threw the first seven frames, allowing four runs on six hits while fanning five batters. Eric Basurto tossed a scoreless eighth before Ivor Hodgson allowed a run to cross in the ninth.
With the loss, the Blue Rocks fell to 2.0 games behind the division leading Potomac Nationals, who were off on Monday. Wilmington continues its series against Myrtle Beach Tuesday night.
Low-A: Beloit 7, Burlington 3
L: Tyler Sample (5-10, 4.90)
Tyler Sample and Ryan Wood struggled for the Bees as Burlington lost the Snappers on Monday, 7-3. Sample gave up five runs on five hits while striking out four in four innings before he was lifted for Wood, who allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work. Chas Byrne closed out the game with two scoreless frames of relief, punching out four hitters. At the plate, Julio Aparicio led the team with two doubles and a RBI. Whit Merrifield had a multi-hit game with a double, while Gerard Hall added a double of his own.
Burlington wraps up its series against Beloit on Tuesday.
Rookie: Helena 5, Idaho Falls 3
L: Jason Mitchell (1-2, 5.48)
A throwing error by Travis Jones lead to two unearned runs in the ninth as the Chukars were swept by the Brewers, falling 5-3 in the series finale. Leondy Perez pitched the first 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while ringing up ten batters. Jason Mitchell closed out the seventh and allowed one run in the eighth before giving up the two earned runs in the ninth. On offense, Malcolm Culver went 3-for-4 with a double, and Justin Trapp collected two hits.
Idaho Falls has Tuesday off before traveling to face the Ogden Raptors.
Rookie: Burlington 3, Danville 2
W: Crawford Simmons (6-2, 2.77)
The Burlington Royals clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday, defeating the Danville Braves, 3-2. Crawford Simmons earned the victory by throwing five innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six batters. J.J. Leaper allowed a run to score in the sixth without recording an out, but Claudio Bavera and Robbie Penny combined to hold the Braves scoreless over the final four frames. At the plate, Yunior Figueroa and Edul Escobar each cracked two hits, and Alex Llanos contributed a double.
Burlington plays its regular season finale against Danville Tuesday night.