Diamonds in the Rough 7-19-16

A 4-3 record for the affiliates with a few Latin signees with big days at Triple-A and rookie level Idaho Falls.

HR Roll Call: Hunter Dozier (18), Raul Mondesi (8), Meibrys Viloris (5), David Edwards (4), Gabriel Cancel (2), Seuly Matias (5), Jose Carabello (3)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Raul Mondesi 3-5, 2R, 2b, 3b, HR, 3 RBI, SB (20)

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Kevin McCarthy 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-1 GO-FO, 29p/20k


Omaha Storm Chasers 13 Las Vegas 51s 6 

A rain delay is all the Omaha bats needed to wake up at home against Las Vegas in the second game of their four game series. Thc Chasers had scored no more than three runs in their previous three games when they erupted for a nine-run inning following more than an hour rain delay. With Omaha trailing 2-0 in the third, the skies delayed the game with rain which forced the 51s starter out of the game. With Vegas reliever Beck Wheeler on the hill, Omaha knocked six consecutive two-out hits to score nine runs in the inning. In the frame, Omaha connected on four extra base hits with two doubles from Tony Cruz, a triple by Raul Mondesi and Hunter Dozier’s first Werner Park home run.

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The run explosion put starter Alec Mills in good position to earn his third Triple-A win after completing five innings with three runs allowed, and the righty showed much better feel for his secondary offerings following the delay. Mondesi would expand on the lead in the sixth inning with his seventh home run of the season, leaving him just a single shy of the cycle. With the Chasers adding another run, was scored in the seventh inning which would bring up the 20 year old Mondesi with a chance to finish the cycle. Mondesi knowing full well that he was trying to complete the cycle told me following the game that “I didn’t wait for my pitch” which caused him to strikeout swinging to miss out on a chance at completing his second cycle in the minor leagues. Despite that missed opportunity Omaha wasn’t done scoring, adding two more runs in the eighth before newly-added Edward Mujica would give up three runs in the ninth for the 13-6 final.

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Hunter Dozier 1-4, 2R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB (2)
Balbino Fuenmayor 4-5, R, 2b, RBI
Alec Mills 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4-3 GO-FO, 80p/54k

Tulsa Drillers 7 NW Arkansas Naturals 1

Jake Junis had his worst start in over a month, giving up five runs over 6.1 innings on nine hits to take his fifth loss of the season. While Junis was less than himself, the offense missed seven opportunities with runners in scoring position to drop behind the Drillers by a 1/2 game in the standings. The two teams will finish their four game set later today.

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Jake Junis 6.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5-6 GO-FO, 91/61k
Ryan O’Hearn 2-3, R, BB
Frank Schwindel 1-3, 2b

Lynchburg Hillcats 4 Wilmington Blue Rocks 0

The Hillcats completed the sweep of the Rocks Tuesday afternoon, completing a second consecutive shutout in the win. The loss was credited to starter Zach Lovvorn who dropped to 1-12 on the season after allowing four runs in six innings. Lovvorn allowed a run in the first before a three-run double was put on the board versus him in the fifth inning. Just four singles for the offense in this one, extending their scoreless inning streak to 19 games.

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Elier Hernandez 2-3
Zach Lovvorn 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 4-2 GO-FO, 98p/61k
Jake Newberry 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2-2 GO-FO, 48p/28k

Idaho Falls 6 Missoula Osprey 5

Idaho Falls and their young and talented catcher made a come from behind win Tuesday to take over sole possession of first place in the Pioneer League. Trailing 1-0 and hitless through four innings Meibrys kickstarted the offense with a leadoff infield single, part of five singles and three runs in the in the inning. The Osprey would rebound to score four runs in the top of the next inning to regain a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately for Missoula young Viloria wasn’t finished on the night, singling in a run in the sixth inning to pull the Chukars within a run. Down one in the bottom of the eighth inning Viloria and David Edwards would knock back to back home runs to give Idaho Falls a 6-5 lead that they would eventually close out for the win in the ninth.

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Meibrys Viloria 3-4, 2R, HR, 2 RBI
David Edwards 2-4, 2R, HR, RBI
Alex Luna 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 6-2 GO-FO, 96p/61k

Princeton Rays 12 Burlington Rays 5

It’s difficult to win a game after giving up a 12 run inning and that’s what happened to the Royals on Tuesday. Up 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning the Rays busted the game open with a 12 run frame that included six two-out hits against two different Burlington pitchers. The loss pushed the Royals a half of a game behind the Rays in the division race.

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Nicky Lopez 1-3, R, BB, SB (16)
Jonathan McCray 2-4, R, RBI
Gabriel Cancel 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

AZL Royals 7 AZL Reds 0

The Royals used maybe Glenn Sparkman’s last rehab appearance to break their four game losing streak. The righty who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery worked five scoreless innings with five strikeouts allowed to earn the decision. Sparkman was backed by an offense that scored seven runs on eight hits and three Reds errors, three of those runs were unearned. One of the runs that wasn’t unearned was Seuly Matias fifth home run, a second inning homer that cleared the left field fence. Newly signed draftee Anthony Bender tossed the final four innings scoreless with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed to earn his first save.

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Seuly Matias 1-5, HR
Anthony Bender 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 5-4 GO-FO
Khalil Lee 1-4, BB, RBI


DSL Royals 3 DSL A’s 0 

Just two hits for the Royals but that was enough to win their eighth game in a row thanks to a shutout tossed by their pitching staff. Four pitchers navigated around six hits and five walks to work through nine scoreless while Jose Carabello’s sixth inning three-run home run pushed them in position for the win.

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Jose Carabello 1-3, HR, 3 RBI
Andres Martin 1-3, R
Jose Tapia 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 0-2 GO-FO

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