RC Organizational Report: May 4

It was a long day for the Royals' minor leaguers, as three of the affiliates needed extra frames to determine the outcomes of their games. NW Arkansas prevailed in its extra-inning affair, but the Bees' offense couldn't muster any support behind a stellar outing from southpaw John Lamb. Read all the details inside in today's organizational report.

AAA: Oklahoma City 10, Omaha 5

L: Gaby Hernandez (2-2, 6.12)
HR: Scott Thorman (4)

The O-Royals struggled defensively Tuesday, committing three errors that lead to six unearned runs in a 10-5 loss to Oklahoma City. Gaby Hernandez threw six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, all earned, while striking out four. Victor Marte, Matt Herges, and Chris Hayes then combined to give up seven runs over the final three innings, but only one was earned.

On offense, Jordan Parraz, Irving Falu, and Marc Maddox each had two-hit games, while Scott Thorman cranked his fourth home run of the year. Alex Gordon went 0-for-4 and made his left field debut in his first game back in Omaha since being sent down Sunday.

The O-Royals and RedHawks square up again on Wednesday for game three of their four-game series.

Notable performances

Irving Falu, 2B

2-for-4, R, RBI, BB -- .294

Marc Maddox, 3B

2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB (1) -- .261

Alex Gordon, LF

0-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K -- .375

Scott Thorman, 1B

1-for-3, R, RBI, HR (4) -- .244

David Lough, CF

1-for-4, 2 K -- .263

Jordan Parraz, RF

2-for-3, 2 R, BB -- .170

Gaby Hernandez, SP

6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K -- 6.12 ERA

Chris Hayes, RP

1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 K -- 6.00 ERA

AA: NW Arkansas 7, Springfield 6 (F11)

W: Chris Chavez (1-0, 0.00)
HR: Mike Moustakas (5), Clint Robinson (3)

Clint Robinson hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the top of the 11th to give the Naturals a 7-6 victory. Robinson went 3-for-5 and smacked his third home run of the year. Mike Moustakas was also 3-for-5 with a double and his fifth home run. Derrick Robinson went 2-for-5 with a double and a walk while stealing his league-leading 19th stolen base.

Starter Aaron Crow pitched well, throwing seven innings and surrendering three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while fanning three. He was in line for the win, but Rowdy Hardy blew the save in the eighth.

With the win, the Naturals have won five straight and increased their lead over the Texas League North Division to a season-high 3.5 games. The Naturals and second-place Cardinals play game two of their four-game set on Wednesday, with Mike Montgomery on the hill for NW Arkansas.

Notable performances

Derrick Robinson, CF

2-for-5, 3 R, 2B (3), BB, SB (19) -- .349

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

2-for-5, R, BB -- .304

Mike Moustakas, 3B

3-for-5, 3 RBI, HR (5), 2B (9), BB -- .417

Clint Robinson, 1B

3-for-5, 2 RBI, HR (3), 2B (7), BB -- .276

Manny Pina, C

1-for-3, RBI, BB -- .286

Tim Smith, LF

0-for-3, 2 BB, SB (2) -- .269

Aaron Crow, SP

7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K -- 3.44 ERA

Rowdy Hardy, RP

3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K -- 2.38 ERA

High-A: Salem 7, Wilmington 4 (F10)

L: James Thompson (0-3, 7.27)

Reliever James Thompson gave up three runs in the top of the tenth as Wilmington fell to Salem, 7-4. Starter Alex Caldera pitched 6.2 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven batters.

On offense, Eric Hosmer went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, while Salvador Perez went 3-for-4. Adrian Ortiz and Jamie Romak each contributed two hits to the Blue Rocks attack. Ortiz has been hot of late, and he now owns a seven-game hitting streak.

Wilmington will try to get its first win of its series against Salem on Wednesday night.

Notable performances

Adrian Ortiz, RF

2-for-4; 7-gm hitting streak -- .306

Eric Hosmer, 1B

1-for-4, 2 RBI, BB -- .409

Jamie Romak, 3B

2-for-4, 3B (1), RBI, SB (1) -- .234

Rey Navarro, SS

0-for-4; Blue Rocks debut -- .000

Salvador Perez, C

3-for-4, 2B (5) -- .323

Alex Caldera, SP

6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K -- 4.00 ERA

Low-A: Kane County 3, Burlington 2 (F13)

L: Dusty Odenbach (1-2, 4.30)

The Bees trailed most of the evening but scored single runs in the eighth and the ninth to force the game into extra innings. Unfortunately, reliever Dusty Odenbach surrendered a run in the 13th inning as Burlington fell to the Cougars, 3-2. Starter John Lamb pitched masterfully, bouncing back from a rough outing by throwing six strong innings and surrendering just one run on six hits and a walk. Lamb fanned nine Cougars on the evening before handing the ball to the bullpen. That wasn't enough for the win, however, thanks to the Burlington offense leaving seven runners on base.

Offensively, Rene Oriental hit well, going 3-for-5 with a double. The rest of the offense struggled, however, including Wil Myers, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

The Bees look to get even in their series against the Cougars on Wednesday night.

Notable performances

Deivy Batista, 2B

0-for-6, 4 K (ouch) -- .229

Wil Myers, C

0-for-5, R, BB, 3 K, E (3) -- .242

Joey Lewis, DH

1-for-5, 2B (7) -- .236

Rene Oriental, RF

3-for-5, 2B (5), SB (4); red hot -- .271

Adam Frost, 3B-1B

1-for-5, 3B (1), R -- .324

John Lamb, SP

6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K -- 2.25 ERA

Dusty Odenbach, RP

2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K -- 4.30 ERA

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