RC Organizational Report: May 13

Wilmington was the system's only winner on Thursday night, thanks to a strong performance by the bullpen in relief of starter Chris Dwyer. Elsewhere in the Royals' minors, Matt Mitchell had a nice start in a losing effort for the Bees, while Omaha third baseman Kurt Mertins had a successful Triple-A debut. Read about all of Thursday's action from around the Royals' minor leagues inside.

AAA: Reno 4, Omaha 3 (11 innings)

L: Victor Marte (2-1, 5.00)

The O-Royals jumped out to a three-run lead behind some timely hitting and a strong outing by starting pitcher Anthony Lerew, but the bullpen collapsed as Omaha lost its second straight to the Aces, 4-3. Wilson Betemit broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the sixth, and the O-Royals pushed their lead to 3-0 with an RBI single by Irving Falu in the seventh.

Lerew (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) departed with two on and one out in the seventh, replaced on the mound by Greg Holland. The reliever was unable to strand the two runners, however, as a single and an RBI groundout tightened the score at 3-2. Holland surrendered another run in the bottom of the eighth, and after both teams failed to break the tie in the ninth, the game headed to extra innings. Reliever Victor Marte was tagged with the loss when he surrendered a two-out, walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th.

The O-Royals (15-17) managed just seven hits in the contest, with Falu (2-for-6), Betemit (2-for-4), and Kurt Mertins (2-for-5) each collecting two apiece. Mertins had a solid game at the plate in his Triple-A debut, although he did commit a fielding error at third base. Omaha will look to salvage a four-game split with Reno in the series finale on Friday night.

Irving Falu, SS

2-for-6, RBI, E (7) -- .285

Marc Maddox, 2B

0-for-3, R, 2 BB, SB (2) -- .264

Alex Gordon, LF

1-for-4, BB, K -- .281

Wilson Betemit, 1B

2-for-4, 2B (4), 2 RBI, BB, K -- .295

David Lough, CF

0-for-5, SB (3) -- .240

Kurt Mertins, 3B

2-for-5, 2B (1), R, E (1); AAA debut -- .400

Jordan Parraz, RF

0-for-2 -- .179

Anthony Lerew, SP

6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 2.89 ERA

Greg Holland, RP

1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K -- 6.11 ERA

Victor Marte, RP

L (2-1), 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K -- 5.00 ERA

AA: Springfield 10, NW Arkansas 4

L: Eduardo Paulino (3-1, 4.03)

Naturals starting pitcher Eduardo Paulino suffered his worst outing of the season, surrendering six runs on eight hits in two innings as NW Arkansas was trounced by the Cardinals, 10-4. Springfield jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Naturals plated three runs in the sixth behind RBI hits by Manny Pina (2-for-4) and Tim Smith (1-for-4). The Naturals added another run on an RBI groundout by Nick Van Stratten (0-for-2) in the eighth, but that was all the scoring the club could muster. The Naturals managed just five hits on the day. Mike Moustakas finished the game 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Three Naturals relievers combined to pitch the final six frames. Kelvin Villa surrendered three runs on four hits in two innings of work while fanning five. Chris Chavez followed and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings before giving way to Rowdy Hardy, who surrendered one run on a solo homer in 1.2 innings of work.

The Naturals (21-11) now have a 4.5-game lead over the second place Cardinals, with three games remaining in their four-game set. The two teams square up again on Friday night with Edgar Osuna (4-1, 1.09) on the mound for NW Arkansas.

Derrick Robinson, CF

1-for-5, 3 K -- .282

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

1-for-4 -- .295

Mike Moustakas, 3B

0-for-3, HBP, R, 2 K -- .377

Clint Robinson, 1B

0-for-4, 2 R, K -- .276

Nick Van Stratten, RF

0-for-2, BB, HBP, R, RBI, E (1) -- .302

Manny Pina, C

2-for-4, RBI -- .274

Tim Smith, LF

1-for-4, 2B (5), 2 RBI -- .283

Eduardo Paulino, SP

L (3-1), 2.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K -- 4.03 ERA

Kelvin Villa, RP

2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K -- 9.24 ERA

Chris Chavez, RP

2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 7.94 ERA

Rowdy Hardy, RP

1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 2.57 ERA

High-A: Wilmington 4, Lynchburg 3

W: James Thompson (1-3, 9.26)

The Blue Rocks and Hillcats engaged in a back-and-forth battle through the first five innings on Thursday, but Wilmington's strong bullpen was the difference as the ‘Rocks prevailed, 4-3. With the win, the Blue Rocks won the four-game series, the club's first series win since late April.

The game featured an intriguing matchup of starting pitchers. On the hill for Lynchburg was Brad Boxberger, who was selected by the Royals in the 20th round of the 2006 draft but opted instead to attend USC. He was opposed by Wilmington's Chris Dwyer, the Royals' fourth rounder from last year's draft who signed for a seven-figure bonus as the draft's first-ever draft-eligible freshman. Both pitchers surrendered three runs in five innings of work. Dwyer gave up six hits and four walks (including three in a row in the third inning) while fanning four.

The Blue Rocks' offense banged out nine hits on the day. Eric Hosmer slammed two more doubles in a 2-for-4 effort, raising his Carolina League-best batting average back above .400. Adrian Ortiz also finished 2-for-4, and he stole his league-leading 13th base of season. Salvador Perez (1-for-4) and Eddie Prasch (1-for-3) both added doubles.

The game was ultimately decided by the bullpens. Wilmington got four scoreless innings from a pair of relievers – James Thompson and Barry Bowden – who scattered three hits and a walk while fanning three. The Blue Rocks (14-20) now hit the road, heading to Woodbridge, VA, to take on the Potomac Nationals in a three-game series that begins Friday night.

Adrian Ortiz, CF

2-for-4, R, SB (13), CS (6) -- .305

Rey Navarro, SS

1-for-4, RBI -- .206

Eric Hosmer, 1B

2-for-4, 2 2B (12), RBI -- .402

Salvador Perez, C

1-for-4, 2B (7), R, K -- .313

Eddie Prasch, DH

1-for-3, 2B (6), R, 2 K -- .236

J.D. Alfaro, 3B

1-for-3, RBI, K, E (3) -- .207

Fernando Garcia, 2B

1-for-3, 3B (2), R, K -- .209

Chris Dwyer, SP

5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K -- 3.74 ERA

James Thompson, RP

W (1-3), 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K -- 9.26 ERA

Barry Bowden, RP

S (4), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K -- 1.20 ERA

Low-A: Peoria 7, Burlington 1

L: Matt Mitchell (1-4, 5.61)

The struggling Bees offense managed just one run on seven hits Thursday night as Burlington fell to Peoria, 7-1. Bees' starter Matt Mitchell turned in his fourth straight quality outing (6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K), but he got little support and saw his record fall to 1-4. Mike Lehmann pitched the final two frames and was largely ineffective, yielding four runs on four hits as the Chiefs pushed the game out of reach.

On offense, Juan Graterol continued swinging a hot bat, finishing the game 2-for-4 with an RBI. Joey Lewis added two hits, and Hilton Richardson (1-for-4) hit his third double of the season, the Bees' only extra-base hit of the game. Wil Myers finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, and the young catcher committed his ninth passed ball of the season.

The Bees (12-22) and Chiefs square up again on Friday night for game two of their four-game set. Burlington will send starter Bryan Paukovits to the mound. The 22-year-old righthander is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA, and he has surrendered just six hits over his last 23.0 innings pitched.

Hilton Richardson, CF

1-for-4, 2B (3), 2 K -- .192

Deivy Batista, 2B

0-for-4, K -- .197

Wil Myers, C

0-for-2, 2 BB, PB (9) -- .248

Joey Lewis, DH

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

Carlo Testa, LF

0-for-4, 3 K -- .248

Rene Oriental, RF

1-for-4, K -- .250

Juan Graterol, 1B

2-for-4, RBI -- .351

Gerard Hall, SS

1-for-3, SB (9) -- .255

Matt Mitchell, SP

L (1-4), 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K -- 5.61 ERA

Scott Kelley, RP

1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K -- 9.00 ERA

Mike Lehmann, RP

2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K -- 5.95 ERA

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