RC Organizational Report: May 17

It was a light schedule in the Royals' minor leagues on Monday, thanks to an off-day for the Burlington Bees and a rainout of the Wilmington Blue Rocks' game in Lynchburg, VA. The NW Arkansas Naturals did play, however, prevailing behind an outstanding start by Mario Santiago and another home run by the minor league's hottest hitter, Mike Moustakas. Read all about the day's action inside.

Editor's note: The Burlington Bees were off on Monday, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks were rained out. The Blue Rocks will play a doubleheader with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday

AAA: Las Vegas 6, Omaha 5

L: Blake Johnson (0-1, 11.05)
HR: Irving Falu (1)

Blake Johnson struggled in his first start for the O-Royals, allowing five runs on three hits in one inning of work before being ejected, along with Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, in the second inning. Victor Marte and Matt Herges combined to pitch the final seven innings in relief, allowing just one run on three hits, but Omaha never recovered, losing 6-5 to the Las Vegas 51s.

On offense, Irving Falu went 3-for-4, and hit his first home run of the year, a grand slam. David Lough went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Alex Gordon was named PCL Batter of the Week on Monday, and he responded by going 1-for-3 with two walks.

The O-Royals play the third game of their four-game series Tuesday night.

Irving Falu, SS

3-for-4, HR (1), 4 RBI, R, BB, E (9) -- .318

David Lough, DH

2-for-4, 2 2B, R -- .262

Alex Gordon, LF

1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI -- .362

Jordan Parraz, RF

1-for-5, K -- .213

Kurt Mertins, 2B

1-for-4, R -- .250

Marc Maddox, 3B

0-for-2, R, 2 BB -- .265

Jai Miller, CF

0-for-3, BB, 2 K -- .182

Blake Johnson, SP

L (0-1), 1.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB -- 11.05 ERA

Victor Marte, RP

4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K -- 4.09 ERA

Matt Herges, RP

3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K -- 3.72 ERA

AA: NW Arkansas 4, Tulsa 0

W: Mario Santiago (2-3, 2.25)
HR: Mike Moustakas (8)

Mario Santiago and Blaine Hardy combined to throw a four-hit shutout Monday, leading the Naturals to a 4-0 victory over the Drillers. Santiago had his best performance of the year, pitching seven innings, allowing four hits while striking out four batters.

At the plate, Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 and homered for the second straight game, his eighth overall. The dinger reportedly came close to hitting the scoreboard in right field, an epic blast. Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4 with a double, while Paulo Orlando went 2-for-3 with a double.

The loss snapped the Naturals' four-game losing streak, and pushed their lead over the Springfield Cardinals to 2.5 games in the Texas League North Division. They continue their series against Tulsa Tuesday afternoon.

Derrick Robinson, CF

1-for-4, R, SB (22) -- .299

Johnny Giavotella, 2B

2-for-4, 2B (8), R -- .293

Mike Moustakas, 3B

2-for-4, HR (8), 3 RBI, R, K --.370

Clint Robinson, 1B

1-for-4, 2B (9), R, K, E (5) -- .261

Manny Pina, C

0-for-4, 2 K -- .247

Tim Smith, LF

0-for-3, K -- .250

Ernesto Mejia, DH

0-for-3 -- .226

Paulo Orlando, RF

2-for-3, 2B (4) -- .239

Mario Santiago, SP

W (2-3), 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K -- 2.25 ERA

Blaine Hardy, RP

S (3), 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K -- 0.75 ERA

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