11 April 2011

Royals on the Farm 4/11 -- Arguelles has shutout debut

AAA - Omaha: Round Rock 5, Storm Chasers 2

DH C. Robinson 1-3, BB, HR (3), RBI (5), K, RS -- .316
RF Lough 1-4, HR, RBI, RS -- .250
1B Hosmer 0-4, K -- .364
3B Moustakas 0-4, K -- .174
2B Giavotella 1-3 -- .263

Teaford 4 2/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 7 K, 2 HRA -- L, 0-1, 7.71 ERA, take away the longballs and it's a pretty good start, of course you can't take away the longballs
Chavez 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA
Holland 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA

* Everett Teaford was done in by the big fly Monday and the Omaha offense couldn't get on track. David Lough went solo in the 1st for his 1st homer of the season, but a Lance Zawadzki error led to former Royal Esteban German scoring the tying run in the bottom of the frame. Teaford and Express SP Derek Hankins combined to retire 21 in a row before Clint Robinson led off the 5th with his 3rd homer of the young season to give Omaha a 2-1 lead. With 2 out and 1 on in the Round Rock 5th, Teaford served up a 2-run shot to LF Matt Kata and a solo shot to C Taylor Teagarden to make it 4-2 Express. An RBI double later in the inning gave the Express a 5-2 advantage. The Chasers stranded 2 in the 7th and the last 8 Storm Chasers went down in order. DH Brian Barden and RF Brad Nelson had 2 hits each for the Express. Omaha is 2-3. Game 2 is Tuesday as Mike Montgomery tries to rebound from an underwhelming opening day start. Vin Mazzaro basically pitched himself out of at least 1 KC start with his Sunday stinkbomb. The Royals have chosen instead to go with Sean O'Sullivan in Sunday's first 5th spot rotation start. News like this makes me want to savor this 6-3 start. It may be the highlight of the season.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 4, Corpus Christi 3

LF T. Smith 2-3, RS, CS -- .300
2B Bianchi 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (3) -- .316
SS Colon 1-3, BB, RBI (6) -- .316
RF Van Stratten 1-3, RBI (2), K, RS -- .278
CF D. Robinson 1-3, BB, K, RS, SB (4) -- .250
DH Myers 0-4, K -- .273
C S. Perez 0-4 -- .133

Osuna 5 2/3 IP, 2 UER, 5 H, BB, 4 K, E -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Baumann 3 1/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 K -- SV, 1, 1.69 ERA

* The Naturals did their damage early and held on tight to take a 4-3 victory Monday. Edgar Osuna struggled through the 1st as the Hooks scored 2 runs on a hit, walk and Osuna error. Jeff Bianchi answered with a 2-out RBI double in the bottom of the 1st to cut the lead in half and Nick Van Stratten and Christian Colon had RBI singles in the 2nd. A run-scoring error that inning made it 4-1 NWA. Osuna settled down to retire 11 in a row and was pulled after giving up 2 2-out singles in the 6th. Buddy Baumann stymied the rally and faced trouble in the 9th with a leadoff triple but the Naturals had some cushion and Baumann came away with his 1st save. The Naturals are 4-1. They go for the sweep Tuesday with Chris Dwyer taking the mound.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Rocks 4, Kinston 1

1B Whittleman 2-3, BB, HR, RBI (2), K, 2 RS -- .250
3B Batista 2-3, 2B (2), RBI, K, RS -- .273
2B Navarro 2-4, 3B (2), RBI (3), 2 K, picked off -- .563, hottest hitter in the Royal minors out of the gate?
DH Graterol 1-4, RBI, K -- .167
LF Merrifield 0-4, 2 K -- .188
CF Tim Ferguson had an assist at second.

Arguelles 4 IP, 2 H, K -- 0.00 ERA
Mariot 5 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA -- W, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, nice debut as well

* Noel Arguelles and Mike Mariot combined to 3-hit the K-Tribe and the Rocks pieced together enough offense to improve to 2-2. Arguelles had one runner get to third but that was all he allowed over 4 scoreless. John Whittleman got the Rocks on the board with a leadoff homer in the 5th for his 1st for the organization but Mariot gave up Kinston's only run on a solo homer in the bottom of the frame to tie it. Rey Navarro came through with a 2-out RBI triple in the 6th and Juan Graterol and Deivy Batista added RBI singles in the 7th to make it 4-1 Blue Rocks. Mariot didn't allow a hit after the homer and retired 14 of 16 after the longball. The Rocks are 2-2. The series continues Tuesday night as Elisaul Pimentel makes his first 2011 start.

A - Kane County: Quad Cities 8, Cougars 3

LF Fletcher 2-4, 2B (2), RBI (3), K, RS -- .333
1B Watts 2-4, RBI (2), K -- .313
SS Hall 0-3, BB, RBI, RS -- .000
CF Llanos 1-4, CS (2) -- .333
2B Espinal 0-3, BB -- .143

Simmons 4 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K -- L, 0-1, 9.00 ERA
Billo 3 2/3 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 7 H, K, WP -- 4.91 ERA
Keck 1 1/3 IP, nothing -- 0.00 ERA

* Crawford Simmons and Greg Billo got lit up as Quad Cities took a Monday matinee. Back-to-back doubles scored 2 off Simmons in the 1st but the next 2 innings were quiet and Gerard Hall hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd to cut the lead in half. The Bandits got a 2-run triple in the 4th off Simmons to make it 4-1 and that would be Crawford's last inning of work. Billo gave up another 2-run rally in the 5th to make it 6-1 and the Cougars stranded 2 in the 5th. Murray Watts singled in a run in the 6th but Billo gave up another 2-spot in the 8th thanks in part to a throwing error by C Ryan Jenkins. Brian Fletcher singled in a run in the 8th but a rally was not to be as KC stranded 2 in the 9th. Three Bandits had 2 hits. The Cougars are 2-3. Another matinee is set for Tuesday as Leonel Santiago makes his 2nd start of the season. IF Justin Trapp got a 50-game suspension Monday from MiLB for testing positive for phentermine, which is a weight loss drug/amphetamine.

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