RC Organizational Report: May 16

Sunday was a rough day for the Royals' minor league system, as all four affiliates lost. The NW Arkansas Naturals were swept away by the Springfield Cardinals despite a grand slam by third baseman Mike Moustakas. Elsewhere in the system, Tim Melville bounced back with a solid start for the Blue Rocks but got no decision when the bullpen coughed up the lead. Read all about Sunday's action inside.

AAA: Las Vegas 6, Omaha 2

L: Gaby Hernandez (3-3, 5.73)
HR: Jai Miller (1)

Gaby Hernandez was hit hard Sunday, allowing six runs and 11 hits in the O-Royals' 6-2 loss to the Las Vegas 51s. Hernandez only struck out two batters and surrendered a home run to top prospect Brett Wallace.

At the plate, Irving Falu went 2-for-5 with a double, and Jai Miller clubbed his first home run of the year. Alex Gordon went 1-for-3 with a walk, raising his OBP to a team high .517. Jordan Parraz finished 0-for-1 with three walks.

Omaha plays the third game of their four-game series against Las Vegas Monday night.

Irving Falu, SS

2-for-5, 2B (3), R, E (8) -- .306

David Lough, LF

0-for-5 -- .255

Alex Gordon, DH

1-for-3, RBI, BB, K, SB (1) -- .364

Jordan Parraz, RF

0-for-1, 3 BB -- .214

Kurt Mertins, 2B

0-for-4, K, E (2) -- .250

Marc Maddox, 3B

1-for-3, BB, K -- .269

Jai Miller, CF

1-for-2, HR (1), 2 BB, R, RBI, K -- .189

Gaby Hernandez, SP

L (3-3), 5.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER -- 5.73 ERA

Jorge Campillo, RP

2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 0.00 ERA

AA: Springfield 10, NW Arkansas 9

L: Mike Montgomery (2-1, 2.45)
HR: Mike Moustakas (7), Clint Robinson (4)

Mike Montgomery suffered his first loss as Natural, only throwing three innings, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk. The lefthander recorded one strikeout and was pulled after a 35-minute rain delay. Rowdy Hardy was shelled in relief of Montgomery, allowing six runs on six hits in three innings.

The Naturals' offense was productive, however, as every starter reached base safely at least once. Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, his seventh dinger of the year. Clint Robinson added his fourth home run, and Derrick Robinson went 2-for-4 with a double.

The loss was the Naturals' fourth in a row to the Cardinals, who swept the four-game series and now trail NW Arkansas by just 1.5 games in the North Division. The Naturals return home Monday to begin a four-game series against the Tulsa Drillers.

Derrick Robinson, CF

2-for-4, 2B (5), R, RBI, K -- .300

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

1-for-4, BB, R, K -- .287

Mike Moustakas, 3B

2-for-4, HR (7), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, 2 K, E (5) -- .364

Clint Robinson, 1B

1-for-4, HR (4), R, 3 RBI, HBP, 2 K -- .262

Tim Smith, LF

1-for-4, R, SB (3), OF Assist -- .263

Ernesto Mejia, DH

0-for-3, R, HBP, K -- .232

Anthony Seratelli, SS

1-for-4, R, 2 K, E (2) -- .213

Paulo Orlando, RF

1-for-4, R, RBI -- .224

Mike Montgomery, SP

L (2-1), 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K -- 2.45 ERA

Rowdy Hardy, RP

3.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K -- 5.29 ERA

Chris Chavez, RP

2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 K -- 5.87 ERA

High-A: Potomac 7, Wilmington 6

L: Barry Bowden (1-2, 2.12)

Barry Bowden blew his third save of the year, allowing two runs in the ninth in Wilmington's 7-6 loss to the Potomac Nationals. Tim Melville was in line for his second win of the year after throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while punching out five batters.

On offense, Patrick Norris swung the bat well, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. Rey Navarro and Eddie Prasch each hit a double, but Eric Hosmer had an uncharacteristically rough game, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

The Blue Rocks continue their road trip on Monday, when they kick off a four-game series against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Adrian Ortiz, RF

0-for-3, R, BB, K -- .290

Patrick Norris, CF

2-for-4, 2 2B (5), R, RBI, BB, K -- .218

Eric Hosmer, 1B

0-for-5, R, SB (6), K -- .390

Jamar Walton, LF

1-for-4, 2 RBI -- .157

Salvador Perez, C

1-for-4, RBI, K -- .300

Rey Navarro, SS

1-for-4, 2B (1), R -- .200

Eddie Prasch, DH

1-for-3, 2B (8), R, RBI, BB, K -- .234

Tim Melville, SP

5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K -- 8.64 ERA

Harold Mozingo, RP

0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K -- 10.57 ERA

Barry Bowden, RP

L (1-2), 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K -- 2.12 ERA

Low-A: Peoria 8, Burlington 1

L: Kelvin Herrera (2-3, 4.35)

Burlington struggled Sunday, allowing 14 hits while only collecting five in their 8-1 defeat to Peoria. Juan Graterol went 2-for-4, while Joey Lewis went 1-for-2 with two walks. Wil Myers finished 0-for-2 before leaving the game in the top of the sixth inning. The Bees failed to record an extra base hit.

Kelvin Herrera pitched four innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three. Rodolfo Encarnacion followed Herrera but didn't provide any relief, allowing three runs and five hits in three innings.

The Bees have the day off Monday before starting a three-game series against the Clinton Lumber Kings Tuesday night.

Gerard Hall, SS

0-for-5, 3 K -- .244

Deivy Batista, 2B

0-for-4 -- .186

Wil Myers, C

0-for-2, K -- .252

Joey Lewis, 1B

1-for-2, 2 BB, K -- .260

Carlo Testa, LF

0-for-3, BB, 2 K, CS (3), PO -- .245

Juan Graterol, DH

2-for-4 -- .362

Fernando Cruz, 3B-C

1-for-4, R -- .198

Hilton Richardson, CF

1-for-2, RBI, 2 BB, SB (13) -- .191

Kelvin Herrera, SP

L (2-3), 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K -- 4.35 ERA

Rodolfo Encarnacion, RP

3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K -- 9.45 ERA

Mitch Hodge, RP

1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K -- 3.78 ERA

Mike Lehmann, RP

1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K -- 6.53 ERA

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