RC Organizational Report: August 31

All four full-season affiliates won their games on Tuesday, with the Omaha Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks both picking up ground in their respective playoff races. For Burlington, starting pitcher Keaton Hayenga twirled a gem as the Bees picked up a 9-5 win over Beloit. Click inside to read the day's full minor league report.

AAA: Omaha 7, Round Rock 0

W: Anthony Lerew (8-4, 2.60)

Anthony Lerew shut out the Express in a rain-shortened affair, winning 7-0 on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed two hits and one walk while fanning four in five innings of work. On offense, Marc Maddox cracked a double and a triple, while Jarrod Dyson and Irving Falu had multi-hit games. Mike Moustakas finished 1-for-3 with his 120th RBI of the season.

Iowa and Memphis both lost, so the O-Royals picked up a game on both clubs, and they now trail the Cubs by 2.5 games. Omaha plays the third game of its series against Round Rock Wednesday night.

AA: NW Arkansas 15, Arkansas 3

W: John Lamb (2-1, 5.72)
HR: Paulo Orlando (11), Tim Smith (9), Johnny Giavotella (8)

Clint Robinson paced the Naturals' attack with four hits, cracking two doubles as the Naturals routed the Travelers, 15-3. Paulo Orlando went 3-for-5 with a home run, and Tim Smith also had a multi-hit game with a home run. Josh Fields and Manny Pina both cracked two doubles, and Anthony Seratelli had two hits and a triple. Eric Hosmer finished 1-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. John Lamb tossed the first five frames, allowing three runs on three hits while ringing up five batters. Brandon Sisk and Henry Barrera shut out the Travelers over the final four innings.

NW Arkansas plays its second game against Arkansas Wednesday.

High-A: Wilmington 9, Myrtle Beach 4

W: Brendan Lafferty (3-1, 2.81)
HR: Nick Francis (13), Wil Myers (4)

The Wilmington bats were hot Wednesday, powering the Blue Rocks to a 9-4 victory over the Pelicans. Wil Myers hit a grand slam, finishing the game 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Nick Francis went yard for the 13th time this season. Adrian Ortiz, Salvador Perez, and Rey Navarro each collected two hits and a double. Christian Colon finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Starter Bryan Paukovits gave up four runs on six hits while punching out six batters over 5.1 innings of work. Brendan Lafferty and Manauris Baez held the Pelicans scoreless over the final 3.2 innings.

Thanks to a doubleheader split by Potomac, the Blue Rocks picked up half a game on the Nationals and now trail the division leaders by 1.5 games. Wilmington continues its series against Myrtle Beach on Wednesday.

Low-A: Burlington 9, Beloit 5

W: Keaton Hayenga (3-12, 6.14)
HR: Ben Theriot (1)

Fernando Cruz paced the Burlington attack with three hits as the Bees defeated the Snappers, 9-5. Deivy Batista had two hits, and Jake Kuebler added a double. Keaton Hayenga threw the first seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Scott Kelley relieved him and retired the only batter he faced before giving way to Mitch Hodge, who allowed two runs on four hits over the final 1.2 innings.

Burlington kicks-off a series against Cedar Rapids Wednesday night.

Rookie: Danville 12, Burlington 0

L: Leonel Santiago (6-3, 2.78)

The Burlington Royals were beaten in their meaningless regular-season finale, getting blanked 12-0 by the Danville Braves. Leonel Santiago gave up eight runs on eight hits before being lifted for Justin Mazur, who gave up four runs on five hits in the next 3.1 innings. Mike Giovenco shut out the Braves over the final 1.2 innings.

Burlington plays game one of its playoff series against Johnson City on Wednesday.

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