Royals Farm Report: May 31

The Omaha Storm Chasers were the organization's only full season winner on Tuesday, prevailing in a wild slugfest over the New Orleans Zephyrs. Elsewhere in the minors, Wilmington's Justin Marks was the hard-luck loser in a sensational pitching performance, while Kane County's Leonel Santiago saw two impressive streaks come to an end. Click inside to read today's Farm Report.

Triple-A: Omaha 15, New Orleans 10

W: Blake Johnson (2-1, 5.40)
HR: Lucas May 2 (3), Mike Moustakas (9), Clint Robinson (12)

Summary: The Omaha Storm Chasers prevailed in a back-and-forth slugfest on Tuesday night, defeating the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs, 15-10. After falling behind 3-0 entering the bottom of the second, the Chasers exploded for six runs in an inning capped by catcher Lucas May's first career grand slam. The Zephyrs came right back, and after a couple of more lead changes, they entered the bottom of the sixth with a 10-9 lead. May immediately tied the game with his second home run of the night, and the Storm Chasers added four more tallies in the frame to put the game away. May finished the night 2-for-4 with five RBIs, while Mike Moustakas and Clint Robinson both added home runs in Omaha's 17-hit attack. Blake Johnson notched his second Triple-A win with 1.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Other Notes: With his 0-for-5, Lorenzo Cain saw his 10-game hitting streak snapped. He was the only Chaser who failed to record a hit on the night…Jarrod Dyson finished 3-for-6, seeing his batting average crest the .300 mark for the first time this season. The 26-year-old speedster also swiped two bases and extended his current hitting streak to seven games…After a slow start, Kila Ka'aihue also raised his batting average to an even .300 by finishing 2-for-3…Mike Moustakas homered for the first time in 12 games, but he very easily could have finished the day with three dingers. In the first inning, he sent a line drive up the right field line that barely hooked outside the foul pole. Then, in the second, his two-run double hit off the very top of the center field wall. Refusing to be denied, Moose finally went deep to right-center in the bottom of the fifth…After yielding 10 runs in his first 8.2 innings pitched in Triple-A, Blake Johnson has tossed three straight scoreless outings, a stretch covering 8.0 innings.

Next Game: The first place Storm Chasers (29-23) match up again on Wednesday with the Zephyrs (29-24). Vin Mazzaro (2-0, 4.34) is slated to start for Omaha.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Dyson, RF 6 2 3 0 .313 2 K, 2 SB (8), OF Assist
Giavotella, 2B 5 1 2 1 .285 2B (9), BB, 2 SB (4)
Lough, LF 3 2 1 1 .318 BB, HBP, SB (4)
Moustakas, 3B 5 1 2 3 .281 HR (9), 2B (12), 2 K, E (10)
Robinson, 1B 5 3 3 2 .352 HR (12)
Ka'aihue, DH 3 3 2 0 .300 2B (4), 2 BB
Cain, CF 5 0 0 0 .295 K; Snapped 10-gm hitting streak
Zawadzki, SS 4 1 2 2 .228 BB, 2 K, CS (2), E (6)
May, C 4 2 2 5 .176 2 HR (3), BB, K, E (5), PB (3)

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
Suppan 4.0 9 7 6 0 3 3 5.98
Santiago, M 1.2 4 3 3 2 2 0 5.65
Johnson (W, 2-1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 5.40
Chavez 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.94

Double-A: Scheduled Off-Day

Notes: The Royals on Tuesday evening announced what Royals fans have feared – that prized pitching prospect John Lamb could need Tommy John surgery on his sore left elbow. The 20-year-old southpaw has an appointment on Wednesday with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles to determine if reconstructive elbow surgery is needed…On a brighter note, Wil Myers reported via Twitter that he took part in his first extended spring training game on Tuesday, playing four innings while finishing 1-for-2 with a walk. The 20-year-old outfielder has been on the Naturals disabled list since mid-May, but he could rejoin the club at some point during the upcoming six-game homestand.

Next Game: The Naturals (24-21) on Wednesday open a three-game series with the Frisco RoughRiders (26-24). Will Smith (3-5, 4.63) is scheduled to start the series opener for NW Arkansas.

Texas League North Division Standings

NW Arkansas

High-A: Kinston 1, Wilmington 0

L: Justin Marks (2-3, 4.80)
HR: None

Summary: Justin Marks turned in his most dominant outing as a member of the Royals' organization, but the Blue Rocks offense got skunked on just three hits as Wilmington lost to Kinston, 1-0. Marks carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, finally losing both it and his shutout on a two-out RBI double. That run turned out to be the only of the game, so the 23-year-old southpaw was tagged with the hard-luck loss in a complete game effort. All told, Marks allowed just two hits and two walks while fanning seven in eight innings of work. Rey Navarro, Tim Ferguson, and Joey Lewis were the only Blue Rocks to record hits as Wilmington dropped its fifth straight game.

Other Notes: Lucky for Wilmington, Frederick also lost on Tuesday, so the Blue Rocks remain just a half-game out of first place in the Carolina League's Northern Division…Prior to the game, the Royals promoted Kane County reliever Dusty Odenbach to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Read our report on the transaction here…Over his last three starts, Justin Marks has posted a 0.95 ERA. The young left-hander in that time has pitched 19.0 innings, allowing just 11 hits and four walks while fanning 20 batters.

Next Game: The Blue Rocks (28-22) look to get back on track against the Indians (26-24) on Wednesday in the third game of their four-game set. Jake Odorizzi (4-0, 2.31) is scheduled to oppose Kinston's highly-touted left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 2.09) in a match-up of two of the Carolina League's best pitching prospects.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Merrifield, LF 3 0 0 0 .289 BB, 2 K, OF Assist
McClure, SS 4 0 0 0 .162 3 K
Navarro, 2B 3 0 1 0 .298 HBP, K
Whittleman, DH 3 0 0 0 .238 BB
Prades, RF 4 0 0 0 .265 2 K
Ferguson, CF 4 0 1 0 .178 2B (7), 2 K
Bonilla, C 4 0 0 0 .260 3 K
Lewis, 1B 2 0 1 0 .208 BB, K
Batista, 3B 3 0 0 0 .234 2 K

Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO HR
Marks (L, 2-3) 8.0 2 1 1 2 7 0 4.80

Low-A: Lake County 9, Kane County 4

L: Leonel Santiago (4-5, 3.09)
HR: None

Summary: Kane County's Leonel Santiago saw his streak of eight straight "quality" starts come to an end as the Cougars fell to the Captains, 9-4. The 21-year-old right-hander pitched reasonably well for the first five frames, entering the bottom of the sixth with a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, Lake County then plated four runs in the inning, taking control of the game while ending Santiago's night. The Captains tacked on three more tallies in the bottom of the eighth against reliever Santiago Garrido, who was making his full season debut after being activated earlier in the day. On offense, Julio Aparicio finished 3-for-3 with his first home run of the season, while Geulin Beltre went 2-for-4.

Other Notes: Despite losing eight of their first nine games in May, the Cougars still finished the month with a winning record (15-14)…During Leonel Santiago's streak, the young right-hander posted a 1.33 ERA. In 54.0 innings pitched, he allowed just 33 hits and 11 walks while fanning 40 batters. When the Captains plated two runs in the bottom of the third, they also ended a streak in which Santiago had pitched 21 straight innings without allowing an earned run…Geulin Beltre has multiple hits in four of his last five games, hitting .529 (7-for-19) over that stretch. Over his last 10 games, the 20-year-old outfielder is batting .368/.415/.553 in 38 at bats…Ryan Stovall saw his seven-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-3. However, thanks to a third inning walk, he has still reached base safely in 12 straight games.

Next Game: The Cougars (23-29) and Captains (24-28) play again on Wednesday afternoon. Yordano Ventura (0-1, 7.36) is scheduled to start for Kane County.

Player AB R H RBI AVG Notes
Hall, DH 5 0 0 0 .283 2 K
Llanos, CF 5 1 0 0 .254 2 K
Stovall, 1B 3 0 0 0 .277 BB
Aparicio, LF 3 2 3 2 .176 HR (1), 2B (6), BB
Cuthbert, 3B 4 0 1 1 .308 K
Calixte, SS 4 0 0 0 .238 K
Beltre, RF 4 1 2 0 .262  
Jones, C 3 0 1 0 .171 BB
Espinal, 2B 4 0 0 0 .184 2 K

Santiago, L (L, 4-5) 5.1 10 6 6 0 6 2 3.09
Garrido 2.2 3 3 3 1 5 2 10.13

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