The Omaha Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks both kept pace with their division leaders on Wednesday,…
RC Organizational Report: September 2
W: Edgar Osuna (1-3, 9.62)
HR: Mike Moustakas (15)
The Omaha Royals closed out Rosenblatt in style, winning the old stadium's final game, 6-2. Mike Moustakas continued swinging a hot bat, hitting his eighth home run in the last eight games. Jarrod Dyson went 4-for-4 with a walk and two stolen bases, while Ed Lucas and Jordan Parraz both contributed two hits, including a double by Parraz. The rehabbing Luke Hochevar gave up one run on two hits over three innings before being lifted for Edgar Osuna, who gave up one run on three hits and struck out four batters in three innings. Victor Marte, Brian Anderson, and Tim Collins each threw a scoreless inning of relief to close the game.
With the Iowa Cubs' loss on Thursday, the O-Royals now trail Iowa and Memphis by two games with four left to play. Omaha finishes the regular season with a four-game series on Friday against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.
AA: NW Arkansas 7, Arkansas 1
NW Arkansas 5, Arkansas 0
W: Everett Teaford (14-3, 3.36), Danny Duffy (5-2, 2.95)
HR: Johnny Giavotella (9), Clint Robinson (28)
Dominant pitching helped the Naturals sweep their double-header, defeating the Travelers 7-1 and 5-0. In the first game, Everett Teaford gave up one run on two hits while fanning six over 6.1 innings before Barry Bowden recorded the final two outs. Danny Duffy pitched all five innings in the rain-shortened second game, giving up no runs and three hits while ringing up five batters. On offense, Johnny Giavotella had five hits on the day, smacking two doubles and going yard for the Naturals. Clint Robinson had three hits, including a home run, while Eric Hosmer had two hits with a double.
NW Arkansas finishes its series on Friday against Arkansas.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 4
L: Jairo Cuevas (4-9, 5.85)
HR: Nick Francis 2 (15)
The Blue Rocks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but ended up falling the Pelicans Thursday, 5-4. Nick Francis went deep twice, while Ernesto Mejia and Salvador Perez added doubles. Buddy Baumann tossed five innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out four batters. Jairo Cuevas then gave up four runs over the next three innings before he was replaced by Eric Basurto, who threw a scoreless ninth.
Unfortunately, the Blue Rocks' playoff chances took a big hit on Thursday, thanks to Potomac's win over Salem. Wilmington now trails the Nationals by 2.5 games with just three left to play. The Blue Rocks have Friday off before playing their final series of the season against the Frederick Keys.
Low-A: Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 1
L: Sugar Ray Marimon (2-6, 5.91)
The Bees' bats were quiet on Thursday, failing to capitalize on two Kernels errors in a 4-1 defeat. Whit Merrifield had a multi-hit game, while Deivy Batista cracked a double. Sugar Ray Marimon threw five frames, giving up four runs and seven hits while striking out four batters. Mitch Hodge and Scott Kelley combined to shut out the Kernels over the final three innings.
Burlington wraps up its series Friday against the Kernels.
Rookie: Ogden 10, Idaho Falls 4
L: Brennon Martin (4-3, 4.46)
The Chukars were hit hard Thursday, giving up 16 hits in a 10-4 loss to the Raptors. Brennon Martin allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings before Jordan Roualdes replaced him, and gave up two runs on four hits over 2.2 innings. Michael Mariot allowed an unearned run over the final two frames to end the game. At the plate, Malcom Culver roped two doubles, and Murray Watts collected three hits.
Idaho Falls returns home Friday night to start a series against the Orem Owlz.
Appalachian League Playoffs: Johnson City 20, Burlington 2
Burlington loses series, 2-0
The Burlington Royals certainly won't be kicking themselves about ending their season in a squeaker. The Johnson City Cardinals destroyed Burlington pitching, plating 20 runs on 19 hits en route to a 20-2 beatdown. With the win, Johnson City swept the series and will now move on to the Appalachian League Championship Series.
The game started innocently enough. After scoring a single tally in the bottom of the first, Johnson City crossed home 10 times in the second. Burlington starter Willian Avinazar recorded just one out in the second, giving way to Claudio Bavera while leaving with a final line of 1.1 innings pitched and eight runs (all earned) on seven hits and a pair of walks. Bavera, unfortunately, was not any more effective. He tossed 2.2 innings, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and two walks. Jake Ramsey took over in the fifth and finished the game, allowing five more runs to cross in four innings pitched.
On offense, the B-Royals recorded nine hits, but the club struggled to get anything started. Burlington scored its first run in the fifth inning on an RBI ground out by Luis Piterson. In the eighth, Ryan Stovall led off with a triple and scored on an error by the third baseman, but that was all the scoring the B-Royals could manage.
Burlington finishes its season with a 34-36 overall record. The playoff berth was the club's first since 1993.
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