Diamonds in the Rough 6-28-16

2-5 record for the affiliates Tuesday.

HR Roll Call: Xavier Fernandez (4), Nick Heath (2), Tanner Stanley (1), Esteury Ruiz (2)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Nick Heath 3-4, 2R, HR, 2b, BB, 3 RBI, SB (4)

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Cristian Castillo 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K, HBP, 4-2 GO-FO

MLB announced this year’s Futures Game participants with the Royals selecting Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier to represent the team.

Double-A All Star Game – Frank Schwindel finished third in the HR derby before going 0 for 3 in the game. Teammate Mauricio Ramos finished 1 for 2 with an RBI and Jake Junis pitched a perfect inning on just 12 pitches with two K’s.

Nashville Sounds 5 Omaha Storm Chasers 1

The Chasers couldn’t get anything going against Nashville starter Chris Smith in the third consecutive loss to drop the four game series. The Chasers mustered just six hits with Smith blowing them away in his eight innings with 10 K’s. While he was doing that, Almonte was walking the yard with six free passes in just three innings, allowing three runs in that time. Reliever Brooks Pounders would pitch impressively with eight strikeouts in four innings, allowing just one run to continue his impressive season of relief. The big righty has put away 39 via strikeout in 27.1 innings this season. Omaha will return home with on Thursday with what is likely to be Kris Medlen’s final rehab start before returning to Kansas City.

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Brett Eibner 2-4
Brooks Pounders 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 54p/39k
Orlando Calixte 2-3, R, 2b

Lynchburg Hillcats 4 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

It was Zach Lovvorn start night for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and if you have followed them this season that means just one thing, a lack of offense. Tuesday would fit that theme perfectly with the team collecting just two hits and a pair of walks while getting shutout. Lovvorn wouldn’t pitch great despite setting a new career high with 10 strikeouts. He would allow eight hits and four runs (3 ER) to fall to 0-9 on the season. The Rocks bullpen would record seven additional strikeouts to finish with a team-high for one game this season with 17 in the loss.

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Zach Lovvorn 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 2-1 GO-FO, 99p/64k
Alfredo Escalera 1-4
Raul Mondesi 0-3, 2k

West Virginia Power 3 Lexington Legends 2 

An 0 for 10 performance with runners in scoring position shot down a Lexington opportunity to knock off West Virginia for a second game in a row. The Power flexed  in the first, hitting back to back home runs off Lexington All-Star Emilio Ogando before scoring a third run in the second on a pair of two-out singles. Ogando would calm things down and the rest of the staff would combine with him to shutout West Virginia for the rest of the game. The Legends couldn’t take advantage after Xavier Fernandez homered in the fourth to cut the lead to just one. Twice with a runner on first and less than two out they would have base stealers gunned down at second including in the ninth inning, when pinch runner Marten Gasparini was tossed out for the seventh time this season.

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D.J. Burt 1-4, SB (21)
Xavier Fernandez 3-4, 2b, HR, 2 RBI
Daniel Concepcion 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Ogden Raptors 12 Idaho Falls Chukars 11

The Chukars made a comeback from a three run deficit only to watch the opponent walk-off on them for a second night in a row. Starting pitcher Arnaldo Hernandez struggled for a second consecutive start, giving up eight runs in just three innings to put Idaho Falls behind early. Idaho Falls would score at least one run from the second through eighth innings to comeback and take a 11-9 lead as the bullpen was slowing Ogden down. That lead wouldn’t be safe in the ninth when reliever Jason Freeman would give up four consecutive singles to tie the game and a groundout to let Ogden score three for the walkoff win.

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Manny Olloque 3-5, R, 2-2b, 2 RBI
Tanner Stanley 3-6, 2R, 3b, HR, RBI
David Edwards 1-3, 3R, 2b, BB

Burlington Royals 4 Bluefield Blue Jays 0

The Royals received outstanding pitching in finishing off a series win over Bluefield Tuesday night. Left-handed starter Cristian Castillo dominated the Blue Jays lineup over five and one-third innings limiting them to just three hits while striking out eight. It was a nice bounceback start for Castillo who gave up five runs in 4.2 innings during his opening start of the year. He was rewarded with a victory thanks to four runs from the offense with doubles by four different hitters in the first and fourth innings accounting for each run. The bullpen matched Castillo’s effort with 3.2 innings scoreless including four strikeouts from 2016 draftee Justin Camp in his 2.2 innings.

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Emmanuel Rivera 2-4, 2b, RBI
Kort Peterson 2-3, R, 2b, RBI, SB
Gabriel Cancel 1-2, R, 2b, BB, RBI

AZL Royals 6 AZL Indians 5

The Royals used four hits, a hit by pitch and a walk to plate five runs in the sixth inning to build a lead that they would hang onto late. Rehabbing starter Glenn Sparkman had his best outing to date, working two scoreless innings with just a walk allowed and three strikeouts.

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Jeison Guzman 2-4, R, RBI
Sebastian Rivera 2-4, R, 2 RBI
Luke Farrell 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5-1 GO-FO


DSL Astros 3 DSL Royals 2

The Royals lost for the second day in a row as their offense was limited to just five hits and a pair of runs. A pair of defensive errors opened the door to a three-run inning for the Astros in the fourth via a Nestor Tejada home run. Royals shorstop Esteury Ruiz homered for the second consecutive day in the loss.

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Esteury Ruiz 1-4, HR
Juan Peguero 1-3, 2b
Christian Perez 2-4, R

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