RC Organizational Report: May 11

The Royals' affiliates split their four games on Tuesday, with both Omaha and NW Arkansas prevailing. The O-Royals battered Reno pitching en route to a 10-2 victory, while the first place Naturals further distanced themselves from the rest of the pack behind some excellent pitching and timely hitting. Read about all of Tuesday's minor league action inside.

AAA: Omaha 10, Reno 2

W: Gaby Hernandez (3-2, 5.40)
HR: Alex Gordon (3)

The O-Royals offense was firing on all cylinders Tuesday, scoring 10 runs on 20 hits in a 10-2 victory over the Reno Aces. Every Omaha starter had at least one hit, with Wilson Betemit and Marc Maddox collecting four hits apiece. Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 and smacked his third home run of the season, and Scott Thorman was 3-for-6 and scored four runs.

Starter Gaby Hernandez threw six strong innings, giving up one run on three hits. He allowed three walks and struck out two batters.

Omaha plays the second game of their four-game series against Reno Wednesday afternoon.

Irving Falu, SS

1-for-6 -- .289

Marc Maddox, 2B

4-for-5, 2 R, 2B (4), K -- .272

Alex Gordon, LF

2-for-4, BB, HR (3), 3 R, 2 RBI, K -- .269

Scott Thorman, DH

3-for-6, 4 R, 2B (6) -- .240

Wilson Betemit, 1B

4-for-6, 2B (3), 4 RBI -- .296

David Lough, CF

2-for-6, R, RBI -- .250

Ed Lucas, 3B

2-for-5, 2B (2), 3 RBI, SB (1), 2 K -- .292

Jordan Parraz, RF

1-for-4, BB, K -- .186

Gaby Hernandez, SP

W (3-2), 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K -- 5.40 ERA

Blake Wood, RP

1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K -- 2.16 ERA

Federico Castaneda, RP

1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K -- 9.00 ERA

Matt Herges, RP

1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 3.21 ERA

AA: NW Arkansas 4, Tulsa 1

W: Louis Coleman (1-0, 2.29)

Mario Santiago and Louis Coleman combined to hold Tulsa to one run in the Naturals' 4-1 victory over the Drillers. Santiago threw six innings, allowing one run on six hits. Coleman then threw three perfect innings, striking out three batters in the process, to earn his first victory of the year.

The Naturals' offense struggled against the Rockies' rehabbing starter Jeff Francis but scored four runs in the eighth once he was pulled. Clint Robinson and Kurt Metins both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Ernesto Meija and Johnny Giavotella finished 2-for-4. Mike Moustakas was 0-for-3, but he did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.

The win gives the Naturals a 5.5-game lead over the Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League North Division. NW Arkansas has an off day Wednesday before traveling to Springfield for a four-game series that kicks off Thursday.

Paulo Orlando, CF

1-for-3 -- .228

Derrick Robinson, PH-CF

0-for-2; 2-for-26 slump -- .286

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

2-for-4, 2B (6), R, SB (6) -- .297

Mike Moustakas, 3B

0-for-3, RBI, K -- .392

Clint Robinson, 1B

2-for-3, R, RBI -- .286

Nick Van Stratten, RF

1-for-4, R, RBI, SB (5) -- .308

Jeff Howell, C

1-for-4, RBI, K -- .333

Ernesto Mejia, DH

2-for-4 -- .245

Tim Smith, LF

1-for-4 -- .286

Kurt Mertins, SS

2-for-3, R, SB (3) -- .311

Mario Santiago, SP

6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K -- 2.73 ERA

Louis Coleman, RP

W (1-0), 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K -- 2.29 ERA

High-A: Lynchurg 9, Wilmington 8

L: Tim Melville (1-5, 9.76)

Tim Melville and Brendan Lafferty were hit hard Tuesday, combining to give up nine runs on 11 hits in the Blue Rocks' 9-8 loss to the Hillcats. Melville pitched 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, including a home run. He showed flashes of his potential, however, by only walking one batter and striking out six.

Trailing 9-1 late in the game, the Blue Crew mounted a furious comeback, scoring seven runs over the final two innings, but they could not quite catch up. Eric Hosmer continued to swing the bat well, going 2-for-5 while driving in three runs. Jamie Romak went 2-for-4, and every other Blue Rock starter collected one hit in the loss.

The Blue Rocks play the third game of their series against the Hillcats Wednesday afternoon.

Adrian Ortiz, CF

1-for-4, 2 R, BB, SB (10), 2 K -- .288

Rey Navarro, SS

1-for-5, R, RBI, K -- .192

Eric Hosmer, 1B

2-for-5, 3 RBI -- .409

Salvador Perez, C

1-for-4, 2B (6), R, 2 E (4) -- .316

Jamie Romak, 3B

2-for-4, R, RBI -- .205

Eddie Prasch, DH

1-for-3, 2B (5), 2 R -- .245

Tim Melville, SP

L (1-5), 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K -- 9.76 ERA

Brendan Lafferty, RP

3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K -- 5.14 ERA

Low-A: Cedar Rapids 5, Burlington 2

L: Mitch Hodge (0-1, 4.02)
HR: Carlo Testa (3)

The Bees' offense struggled again on Tuesday, recording only three hits against the Kernels in a 5-2 loss. Carlos Testa went 2-for-4 and clubbed his third home run of the year, but Fernando Cruz was the only other Bee to get a hit.

Starter Tyler Sample pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. Mitch Hodge was tagged with the loss when he allowed three runs to score in the seventh.

The Bees look to avoid the sweep Wednesday night against Cedar Rapids in the final game of their road trip.

Hilton Richardson, CF

0-for-4, E (1) -- .190

Deivy Batista, 2B

0-for-3, BB, SB (3) -- .203

Wil Myers, C

0-for-4, 2 K -- .252

Carlo Testa, LF

2-for-4, HR (3), R, RBI, K -- .258

Rene Oriental, RF

0-for-4, K -- .250

Fernando Cruz, DH

1-for-3, R -- .186

Juan Graterol, 1B

0-for-3 -- .333

Gerard Hall, SS

0-for-3, K, E (9) -- .252

Adam Frost, 3B

0-for-3 -- .283

Tyler Sample, SP

6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K -- 4.95 ERA

Mitch Hodge, RP

L (0-1), 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K -- 4.02 ERA

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