Diamonds in the Rough 8-23-16

A rough Tuesday for the full season affiliates led to a 3-6 record with two of the wins coming in the Dominican.

HR Roll Call Logan Moon (4)

BP KC Hitter of the Day – Boo Vazquez 2-4 2b, 4 RBI

BP KC Pitcher of the Day – Darwin Feliz 5 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K 5-3 GO-FO

Nashville Sounds  Omaha Storm Chasers

Eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, the Storm Chasers looked as though they are ready for a long season to come to an end during their Tuesday afternoon game. Rehabbing Kris Medlen was shelled once again in his one and two-thirds innings of work, giving up a grand slam and a solo home run in that time. The two home runs for Medlen increased his total with Omaha to eight home runs allowed in his last 8.2 innings pitched with them. Lefty Jon Dziedzic gave up a two run home run in the fifth inning to push the Omaha deficit to 7-0. A pair of 2016 Oakland A’s, Daniel Mengden and Sean Doolittle, combined to rip through the Omaha lineup in their six innings of work before turning things to the rest of the Nashville bullpen to finish off the shutout.

Note – Both outfield coordinator Milt Thompson and Mitch Maier were in town, likely working with Hunter Dozier among others. The Royals 1st round pick from the 2013 draft hasn’t played third base since August 2nd in anticipation of a possible September call up and/or position switch during the 2017 season. The Royals staff and coaches I have talked to are very pleased with the transition that Dozier has made to the outfield, showing good movement to both sides while showing solid reads of the baseball in both right and left field. As a college shortstop, Dozier should have the athleticism to play the outfield at a competent level and with his worth ethic that is reminiscent of Alex Gordon’s, don’t be shocked if he’s the starting right fielder in 2017 in Kansas City.

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Kris Medlen 1.2 IP 5 H 5 R 5 ER 2 HR 1 BB 0 K 3-0 GO-FO 34p/18k
Reymond Fuentes 1-4
Bubba Starling 1-4

Springfield Cardinals 9 NW Arkansas Naturals 5

Naturals starter Eric Skoglund was knocked around and reliever Miguel Almonte continued his abysmal season in Tuesday’s loss. Four home runs left the yard via Skoglund and another off of Almonte to put up nine runs in the first six innings. A sixth inning home run from Logan Moon got the Naturals started, but they came up four runs shy in their late inning comeback.

Note – The Royals promoted Samir Duenez to NW Arkansas from Wilmington after the 20 year old first baseman hit .300 with an .842 OPS in 56 games there. With the Naturals in a playoff chase, the move was likely to give Duenez that experience while also possibly adding to the Naturals lineup.

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Samir Duenez 2-4 R, 2-2b, 2 RBI
Logan Moon 2-4 HR, 2 RBI
Eric Skoglund 5.1 IP 7 H 6 R 6 ER 2 BB 3 K 4 HR

Lynchburg Hillcats 8 Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

Another rough night for Foster Griffin as the lefty gave up 10 hits in just 3.1 innings on the way to his ninth loss at High-A this season. Outfielder Brandon Downes connected on his 12th home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Lynchburg doubled up the Rocks 8-4.

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Brandon Downes 2-4 HR, 2b
Luis Villegas 1-4 HR
Jacob Bodner 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 2 K

West Virginia Power 4 Lexington Legends 0

The Legends offense couldn’t get anything clicking in their loss at West Virginia. Starter Emilio Ogando took a tough loss despite giving up just two runs on four hits due to the shutout of the offense. The Legends went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position as the club put together just five hits and drew two walks during the game.

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Emilio Ogando 5 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 6 K 4-0  GO-FO 73p/50k
Chase Vallot 1-3 2b, BB
Matt Ditman 1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K

Grand Junction Rockies 5 Idaho Falls Chukars 1

A 1 for 8 night with runners in scoring position ruined the Chukars chances on Tuesday. The team was running well, collecting three stolen bases and their best hitter this season got off the schneid, but it wasn’t enough. Catcher Meibrys Viloria had just his second multi-hit game in his last 11 played after being a multi-hit machine for the first month of the season for Idaho Falls. Connecting on his 23rd and 24th doubles of the season, Viloria was stranded on the bases twice as part of the one run performance by the Chukars. Starter Jace Vines dropped to 1-6 with nine hits and three runs allowed in his five innings of work.

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Meibrys Viloria 2-4 2-2b
Richard Lovelady 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 BB 1 K
Nick Heath 1-3 RBI, 2 SB (26)

Burlington Royals 6 Greeneville Astros 1

A big win for the Royals expanded their division lead to two games with just 10 to play. The Royals took a lead by scoring a run in the second inning as Vance Vizcaino singled, stole second base and came around after a wild pitch and a ground out. A two run double by Boo Vazquez pushed the lead to 3-0 after three innings prior to another Vazquez single pushed in two more to expand the lead to 5-0. Those runs were more than enough with the pitching staff keeping the Astros off the board until the ninth inning when they pushed their only run across.

Note - Lefty Cristian Castillo was named Appy League Pitcher of the Year

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Gabriel Cancel 3-5 R, 2b
Emmanuel Rivera 1-3 2R, 2b, BB
David McKay 5 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 4 K 4-2 GO-FO

AZL Indians 6 AZL Royals 5

The Royals dropped Tuesday’s game after leading 4-0 after two innings. Outfielder Khalil Lee tripled in a run and scored in the first inning and singled in another run in the second to help the Royals to that lead. The Indians put up single runs in the fourth and fifth off starter Dillon Drabble prior to his exit in the fifth inning. After the Indians tied it in the sixth, the Royals claimed the lead back with a run on a passed ball, but it wouldn’t hold up. A fielding error by Jeison Guzman in the seventh opened the door to two runs for the Indians and the eventual win.

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Cal Jones 1-5 2R
Khalil Lee 2-5 R, 3b, 2 RBI, SB (8)
Dillon Drabble 5 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 6 K 5-2 GO-FO

Game 1
DSL Royals 6 DSL Dodgers2 2

The Royals plated six runs early on their way to a win. Nine hits and NINE walks led the way to the six runs as the Dodgers pitching staff struggled mightily to throw strikes while the DSL’s top pitching staff didn’t have any of that problem.

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Esteury Ruiz 1-4 R, 2b, RBI
Cristian Perez 2-3 2b, 3 RBI, BB
Yarelmy Garcia 3.1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 0 K

Game 2
DSL Royals 1 DSL Dodgers2 0

The Royals were outhit, but came out ahead as they made the most of their two hits in game two. A sixth inning leadoff double from Rubendy Jacquez was quickly followed up by an infield single and a throwing error that allowed Jacquez to come home for the games only run. That run would be all the Royals would need thanks to seven shutout innings from the pitching staff.

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Joel De La Cruz 2 IP 2 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 2 K
Rubendy Jacquez 1-2 R, 2b
Leonel Bejaran 1-2

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