RC Organizational Report: August 15

On Sunday, Omaha and Northwest Arkansas both found themselves on the winning side of 2-1 decisions, thanks to strong efforts by both clubs' pitching staffs. In Burlington, however, the Bees were swept away in a doubleheader. Click inside to read Sunday's entire minor league report.

AAA: Omaha 2, Sacramento 1

W: Anthony Lerew (7-3, 3.01)

Anthony Lerew tossed eight dominant innings, helping the O-Royals defeat the River Cats, 2-1. The right-hander held the River Cats scoreless, allowing six hits while fanning seven batters before being lifted for Victor Marte, who gave up a run in the ninth but earned the save. On offense, Mike Moustakas went 4-for-5 with a double, and Jarrod Dyson had two hits.

Omaha finishes its series against Sacramento Monday night.




AA: NW Arkansas 2, Midland 1

W: Blake Johnson (3-3, 4.55)

Blake Johnson and the Naturals' bullpen allowed just one run Sunday, leading the Naturals to a 2-1 win over the RockHounds. Johnson gave up an unearned run on five hits over six innings before he was relieved by Ben Swaggerty, who held the RockHounds scoreless for the next 1.2 innings. Patrick Keating no-hit Midland over the final 1.1 innings to earn his seventh save. At the plate, Eric Hosmer went 3-for-5 with a double, while Johnny Giavotella and Anthony Seratelli also had multi-hit games.

NW Arkansas wraps up its series against Midland on Monday.




Low-A: Quad Cities 11, Burlington 3
Quad Cities 5, Burlington 3


L: Mitch Hodge (0-2, 6.51), Keaton Hayenga (1-11, 6.50)

The Bees were swept in their double-header, losing to the River Bandits 11-3 and 5-3 in two seven-inning games. In the first game, Matt Mitchell allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work before Mitch Hodge relieved him and gave up nine runs on nine hits over the next two frames. In the second game, Keaton Hayenga allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings before Starling De La Rosa closed out the game by giving up one run over the final two frames. In the early game, Alex McClure and Jake Kuebler each had two hits, and Whit Merrifield legged out a triple. In the late game, Carlo Testa went 3-for-4 with a triple, with Merrifield and Felix Crux each collecting two hits.

Burlington plays its series finale Monday against Quad Cities.




Rookie: Ogden 9, Idaho Falls 1

L: Greg Billo (3-6, 5.02)
HR: Travis Jones (2)

The Chukars' pitching staff struggled on Sunday, allowing 13 hits in a 9-1 loss to the Raptors. Greg Billo tossed 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out six. Nick Graffeo closed out the sixth, allowing two runs in the process before Jordan Roualdes gave up one run over the final three frames. On offense, Travis Jones went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Murray Watts also had two hits.

Idaho Falls continues its road trip Monday when the club squares off against the Missoula Osprey.




Rookie: Burlington 5, Danville 4 (F10)

W: Chas Byrne (1-0, 0.80)

Alex Llanos singled in Ryan Stovall in the top of the tenth as the Burlington Royals came back to defeat the Danville Braves, 5-4. Llanos and Stovall both had multi-hit games, with Stovall collecting a double. Edul Escobar, Gabe MacDougall, and Luis Piterson also had multiple hits, with MacDougall and Michael Liberto cracking extra-base hits. Leonel Santiago allowed four runs on eight hits over four innings before being lifted for Robbie Penny, who was perfect for the next three innings. Chas Byrne closed out the game with three shutout innings.

Burlington continues its series against Danville Friday night.




Rookie: AZL Brewers 3, AZL Royals 2

L: Gary Cuevas (0-1, 18.56)

The Arizona Royals saw their modest three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to the AZL Brewers. The Royals collected just two hits on the night -- one apiece by Henry Moreno and Darian Sandford. Mike Antonio was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while the rehabbing Josh Fields finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. Starter Gary Cuevas pitched just one inning before giving way to Jorge Soto, who pitched four no-hit innings while fanning seven batters.

The AZL Royals are off on Monday night.


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