Royals Farm Report: May 4

The Royals' minor league system split its four games on Wednesday. The Kane County Cougars and NW Arkansas Naturals both lost despite strong starting pitching performances. Meanwhile, the Omaha Storm Chasers and Wilmington Blue Rocks prevailed behind robust offensive efforts and excellent pitching. Click inside to read today's Farm Report.

Triple-A: Omaha 11, Albuquerque 4

W: Mike Montgomery (2-1, 2.45)
HR: None

Brief Summary: Every Omaha batter reached base at least twice on Wednesday as the Storm Chasers routed the Albuquerque Isotopes, 11-4. Leadoff hitter David Lough finished 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs, leading Omaha's 19-hit barrage. Eric Hosmer continued his scorching pace, collecting three more hits while extending his latest hitting streak to eight games. Meanwhile, Omaha starter Mike Montgomery turned in his fourth straight "quality start," blanking the Isotopes for the first six innings before departing the game with a 4-0 lead and one on and nobody out in the seventh. Reliever Greg Holland allowed that runner to score, along with two more of his own, but Omaha responded with seven runs in the final two frames to put the game away.

Other Notes: With seven multi-hit games in his last 10 contests, Eric Hosmer now leads all of Minor League baseball with a .439 batting average and a .525 on-base percentage…Since surrendering five earned runs in his 2011 debut, Mike Montgomery has posted a 1.29 ERA over his last five starts. Walks, however, remain a bit of a concern. The 21-year-old southpaw has issued 19 free passes (against 24 strikeouts) in 33.0 innings pitched.

Next Game: Omaha (16-10) on Thursday evening closes out its four-game set with Albuquerque (14-11). Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 4.66) is slated to start the finale for the first place Storm Chasers.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Lough, RF 6 1 4 2 .317 2B (9)
Giavotella, 2B 6 0 2 3 .292 PO
Hosmer, 1B 5 0 3 1 .439 BB, K
Moustakas, 3B 5 0 2 0 .235 BB, 2 K
Robinson, DH 4 1 2 0 .323  
-Orlando, PR-DH 1 1 0 0 .177  
Cain, CF 3 1 1 0 .273 SAC, HBP
Blanco, LF 4 2 1 1 .208 2B (5), BB, OF Assist
Zawadzki, SS 5 3 3 2 .182 2 2B (6), K, SB (7)
May, C 4 2 1 2 .159 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Montgomery (W, 2-1) 6.0 3 1 1 4 1 0 2.45
Holland 2.0 2 2 2 1 2 0 2.77
Texeira 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 8.10





Double-A: Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 1

L: John Lamb (0-2, 3.22)
HR: Anthony Seratelli (3)

Brief Summary: Anthony Seratelli's eighth inning home run was all the offense the Naturals could muster on Wednesday night as the club wasted an excellent start by John Lamb in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. NW Arkansas managed just five hits, including three alone by right fielder Wil Myers. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, the Naturals got back-to-back singles by Christian Colon and Myers to open the frame, but the rally ultimately fell short. Lamb was tagged with a hard-luck loss after limiting Springfield to just one run over his six innings of work. The 20-year-old southpaw allowed just two hits and three walks while fanning three.

Other Notes: With another 0-for-4 performance, second baseman Jeff Bianchi has been held hitless in his last five contests, and he is now mired in a 1-for-28 slump that has dropped his batting average from .360 to its present .244…John Lamb has allowed just six hits and one earned run over his last 11.0 innings pitched…Wil Myers' multi-hit game was his first since April 12, when he was 3-for-5 against Corpus Christi.

Next Game: The Naturals (11-11, 3.0 games behind Tulsa) on Thursday evening look to avoid falling below the .500 mark as they play the third of their four-game set with Springfield (11-14). Taking the mound for NW Arkansas will be Will Smith (1-2, 6.48), who held the Cardinals to just one run in 7.1 innings pitched his last time out.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Van Stratten, CF 4 0 0 0 .214 2 K
Colon, SS 3 0 1 0 .225 BB, CS (3)
Myers, RF 4 0 3 0 .283 K
Bianchi, 2B 4 0 0 0 .244 K; 1-for-28 slump
Smith, LF 4 0 0 0 .216 K
Perez, DH 2 0 0 0 .262 BB
Seratelli, 1B 3 1 1 1 .283 HR (3)
Mertins, 3B 3 0 0 0 .245 K
Theriot, C 3 0 0 0 .286 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Lamb (L, 0-2) 6.0 2 1 1 3 3 0 3.22
Paulino 1.0 3 1 1 2 0 0 4.50
Sisk 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.35





High-A: Wilmington 7, Lynchburg 3

W: Jake Odorizzi (2-0, 2.42)
HR: None

Brief Summary: Everything was clicking for the Blue Rocks on Wednesday night as the club ended a five-game losing streak to Lynchburg and salvaged the finale of their three game set with a 7-3 victory. Jake Odorizzi was again outstanding, limiting the Hillcats to two runs on six hits while fanning eight in six innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Wilmington offense went to work quickly, plating its seven runs in the first four innings while building a 7-1 advantage. Every starter except Joey Lewis recorded as least one hit, while Rey Navarro finished 2-for-4 and raised his batting average to a league-best .370. Nick Francis also finished 2-for-4, adding two RBIs to the Blue Rocks' assault.

Other Notes: Jake Odorizzi has now fanned 28 batters in his last 19.0 innings pitched while surrendering just two walks and 13 hits…Kelvin Herrera pitched two innings for the fifth time this season. The young fireballer has not allowed a run in any of those appearances.

Next Game: The first place Blue Rocks (16-9) now travel to Frederick for a four-game series with the Keys (12-13). Noel Arguelles (1-0, 1.02) will start the opener for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 5 1 2 0 .315 2 K, OF Assist
Ferguson, CF 4 2 1 0 .188 BB
Navarro, 2B 4 1 2 1 .370 BB, K
Francis, RF 4 1 2 2 .253 BB, K
Whittleman, DH 4 1 1 1 .230  
McClure, SS 4 0 2 1 .151 3B (1), SB (7)
Bonilla, C 3 0 1 1 .204 BB, SB (1)
Lewis, 1B 4 0 0 0 .238 2 K
Batista, 3B 4 1 2 0 .172 2B (5), 2 K, E (4)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Odorizzi (W, 2-0) 6.0 6 2 2 1 8 0 2.42
Paukovits 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 3.86
Herrera 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.71





Low-A: Quad Cities 4, Kane County 1

L: Leonel Santiago (2-3, 3.63)
HR: Lane Adams (1)

Brief Summary: The Cougars received another fine pitching performance from their starter, but the offense once again sputtered as Kane County dropped its fourth straight game, 4-1. Kane County has now lost 10 out of its last 11 games. Starting pitcher Leonel Santiago held the River Bandits to four runs (two earned) over 7.0 innings, but the Kane County offense mustered just five hits. Lane Adams hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, but that concluded the Cougars' scoring on the day. Alex Llanos finished 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.

Other Notes: The Cougars' rotation has a 1.13 ERA over the last six games, but the club is just 1-5 in those contests. The club has now fallen into a last-place tie with the Clinton Lumber Kings in the Midwest League's Western Division.

Next Game: The Cougars (8-19) look to get back on track in game two of their three-game set with the River Bandits (12-14). Sugar Ray Marimon (1-2, 4.18) is slated to start for Kane County, looking to build upon his last outing in which he held first place Burlington to just one run on four hits over 8.0 innings pitched.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Llanos, CF 4 0 2 0 .284 K, CS (5)
Hall, SS 3 0 0 0 .321 BB, K, E (7)
Fletcher, LF 4 0 0 0 .330 2 K, OF Assist
Aparicio, RF 3 0 1 0 .148 2B (3)
Stovall, 3B 3 0 0 0 .333 K
Adams, DH 3 1 1 1 .173 HR (1), K
Jenkins, C 3 0 1 0 .273 PB (3)
Watts, 1B 3 0 0 0 .192 K
Espinal, 2B 3 0 0 0 .183 2 K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Santiago (L, 2-3) 7.0 5 4 2 2 3 0 3.63
Keck 2.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.63