Royals Farm Report: May 15

Will Smith twirled a 7-inning shutout on Sunday

The first place Omaha Storm Chasers celebrated another lopsided win on Sunday, while the Northwest Arkansas Naturals swept a doubleheader -- and four-game series -- against the Springfield Cardinals. Click inside to read Sunday's Royals Farm Report.

Triple-A: Omaha 12, Colorado Springs 5

W: Blake Johnson (1-1, 8.53)
HR: Mike Moustakas (7)

Summary: Mike Moustakas on Sunday punctuated a seven-run seventh inning with his seventh home run of the season as the Storm Chasers blew out Colorado Springs for the second straight night, 12-5. The 22-year-old third baseman celebrated his return to the lineup by finishing the game 2-for-5, a performance which also included a double off the left field wall and three RBIs. Omaha banged out 14 hits on the day, including multi-hit performances by six of the nine Chasers in the starting lineup. Blake Johnson earned his first Triple-A victory pitching in relief of starter Luis Mendoza.

Other Notes: Mike Moustakas missed the previous two games after being struck in the right bicep with a pitch on Thursday night…The Storm Chasers have scored in the first inning in four straight games…A night after falling a double short of the cycle, Lance Zawadzki hit a pair of two-baggers on Sunday…Johnny Giavotella has collected multiple hits in three straight games, batting .471 (8-for-17) over that stretch with three doubles, a home run, and six runs scored.

Next Game: The first place Storm Chasers (21-16) look for their third straight win against the Sky Sox (16-22) on Monday night. Jeff Suppan (3-4, 4.93) is slated to get the ball for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Falu, RF 4 2 2 2 .307 2 BB, CS (2)
Giavotella, 2B 6 2 2 0 .295 2B (7), 2 K, E (4)
Moustakas, 3B 5 2 2 3 .262 HR (7), 2B (5), K
Robinson, 1B 5 1 3 2 .343 2B (10)
Ka'aihue, DH 4 1 1 1 .214 BB, 2 K
Cain, CF 4 0 0 0 .296 BB, K, E (1)
Zawadzki, SS 4 2 2 0 .237 2 2B (9), BB, K
Pina, C 3 1 0 1 .190 2 BB
Orlando, LF 5 1 2 3 .181 2B (3), K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Mendoza 4.2 7 2 2 2 0 0 4.74
Johnson (W, 1-1) 3.1 4 2 2 1 2 0 8.53
Texeira 1.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 5.79





Double-A: NW Arkansas 3, Springfield 0 (7 innings – Game 1)

W: Will Smith (3-3, 4.46)
HR: Tim Smith (2)

Double-A: NW Arkansas 8, Springfield 4 (7 innings – Game 2)

W: Harold Mozingo (1-0, 13.00)
HR: Nick Van Stratten (4), Ryan Eigsti (1)

Summary: With a doubleheader sweep on Sunday, the Naturals have won five straight and have moved to within a half game of division leading Tulsa. In the first game, Will Smith tossed a seven-inning shutout, limiting the Cardinals to just four hits. Left fielder Tim Smith provided all the offense he would need, drilling a solo homer in the fourth inning and an RBI single to center in the fifth. In the nightcap, Nick Van Stratten broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a grand slam to right-center field. The Naturals plated seven in the frame, taking a commanding 8-2 lead. Harold Mozingo was credited with his first Double-A win in relief.

Other Notes: Prior to the game, the Naturals placed Wil Myers on the 7-day disabled list and added Wilmington outfielder Nick Francis. Read our report on the transaction here…Francis made his Double-A debut, finishing the day 0-for-5 with two walks…Sunday's opener was the second time Will Smith has pitched into the seventh inning this season. The first also came in Springfield, when he held the Cardinals to one run on eight hits in 7.1 innings pitched.

Next Game: After sweeping the Cardinals, the Naturals (18-14) now head to Tulsa for a four-game showdown with the first place Drillers (20-15). No starter has yet been announced for NW Arkansas.

Game 1

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Seratelli, 2B 1 0 0 0 .253 2 BB, SAC
Colon, DH 4 1 2 0 .268 SB (8)
Romak, 1B 3 0 0 0 .265 BB, 2 K
Smith, LF 4 1 2 2 .244 HR (2), SB (2)
Bianchi, SS 3 0 0 0 .257 2 K
Perez, C 3 0 1 0 .244 2B (6)
Francis, RF 2 0 0 0 .000 BB, SB (1); Double-A debut
Mertins, 3B 2 0 0 0 .253 BB, K
Van Stratten, CF 3 1 1 0 .260  


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
ERA
Smith (W, 3-3) 7.0 4 0 0 2 1 0 4.46


Game 2

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Seratelli, LF 3 2 3 0 .277 BB
Colon, SS 3 0 0 0 .261 SAC
Romak, 1B 4 1 2 1 .275 K
Lisson, 3B 3 1 0 0 .276 BB, K
Mertins, 2B 3 0 1 0 .256 2B (4), SAC
Francis, RF 3 1 0 0 .000 BB
Theriot, DH 2 0 0 0 .192  
- Bianchi, PH-DH 2 1 0 1 .252  
Van Stratten, CF 3 1 1 4 .262 GS HR (4)
Eigsti, C 3 1 1 1 .400 HR (1), K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Baumann 4.0 1 1 1 5 4 0 6.33
Mozingo (W, 1-0) 2.0 3 3 3 2 1 1 13.00
Keating 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.78





High-A: Potomac 5, Wilmington 4

L: Manauris Baez (1-1, 2.45)
HR: None

Summary: After knotting the game at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on Sunday, the Blue Rocks lost in walk-off fashion when Potomac pushed across a tally in the bottom of the frame. The loss, combined with a win by Frederick, knocked Wilmington out of first place for the first time since April 11. Starter Jake Odorizzi labored through 4.2 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while fanning four. Manauris Baez pitched well in relief but fell victim to the Nationals' final rally. On offense, the Blue Rocks collected nine hits, including a 4-for-4 effort by third baseman Deivy Batista.

Other Notes: Deivy Batista added 40 points to his batting average with his four hits. He entered the game hitting .165 (17-for-79)…Whit Merrifield extended his current hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .355 (11-for-31) over that stretch…John Whittleman has five extra base hits in his last three games.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (19-16) now continue their road trip with a four-game set at Salem against the Red Sox (21-13). Noel Arguelles (2-1, 2.15) is scheduled to start the series opener for Wilmington.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, CF 4 1 1 1 .323 BB, K
Testa, RF 3 0 1 0 .278 2B (9), SAC, HBP, SB (4)
Navarro, 2B 4 0 0 0 .321  
Whittleman, 1B 4 0 2 1 .260 2 2B (10)
Ferguson, LF 4 0 0 0 .171  
McClure, SS 3 1 0 0 .158 BB
Graterol, C 3 1 1 0 .128 BB, K
Lewis, DH 4 0 0 0 .224 K
Batista, 3B 4 1 4 2 .205 2B (6)


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Odorizzi 4.2 6 3 3 0 4 0 2.45
Baez (L, 1-1) 4.0 5 2 2 0 5 1 2.45





Low-A: Peoria 11, Kane County 8

L: Matt Mitchell (2-1, 4.12)
HR: Murray Watts (2)

Summary: There was excitement in Kane County on Sunday, as the newly promoted flamethrower Yordano Ventura made his full season debut. Unfortunately, the 19-year-old right-hander struggled a bit with his command, surrendering four runs on seven hits in three innings of work. The Cougars offense rallied in the fourth, taking a 5-4 lead before the bullpen coughed up seven runs late in the game. Murray Watts knocked his second home run of the year, while Steve Caseres added his first multi-hit game for the Cougars. Angel Franco smacked a pair of doubles in his return from a month-long stay on the disabled list.

Other Notes: After banging out a club-high 14 home runs with the Idaho Falls Chukars in 2010, Murray Watts waited 27 games before sending his first ball over the wall in the Midwest League. The big first baseman has now homered twice in his last five games.

Next Game: The Cougars (13-25) have Monday off before embarking on a 10-game road trip. They will open a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (20-17) on Tuesday night.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Franco, 3B 4 3 2 0 .194 2 2B (4), BB, SB (1)
Hall, SS 4 0 1 2 .324 2B (11), BB
Llanos, CF 5 1 1 1 .247 2 K
Caseres, 1B 5 1 3 2 .235 2B (1), CS (1), PO, E (1)
Adams, RF 4 1 1 1 .200 3B (1), BB, K, SB (4)
Watts, DH 5 1 2 2 .202 HR (2), 2B (3), K
Aparicio, LF 3 0 0 0 .148 BB, K
Jones, C 4 1 0 0 .151  
Espinal, 2B 3 0 0 0 .191 BB, K


Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ventura 3.0 7 4 4 1 2 1 12.00
Mitchell (L, 2-1) 2.1 4 3 2 1 0 0 4.12
Keck 1.2 3 3 3 1 0 1 2.45
Byrne 2.0 4 1 1 0 2 0 4.91


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