Diamonds in the Rough 4.8 Reviewed by Momizat on . A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the fir A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the fir Rating:
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Diamonds in the Rough 4.8

Diamonds in the Rough 4.8

A 3 game sweep thanks to big bats in Omaha and solid pitching by Wilmington and NW Arkansas.  HR Roll Call John Whittleman and Max Ramirez went yard for the first time this year.

 

Pine Tar Press Hitter of the Day Johnny Giavotella 3-4 2b, 2 BB, 4 R, RBI

Johnny Giavotella by Gage Matthews

Pine Tar Press Pitcher of the Day Ryan Dennick 4.1 2 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 3 K 

 

Omaha Storm Chasers 17 Albuquerque Isotopes 11

Albuquerque 0 0 1 2 4 1 2 1 0 11 16 2
Omaha 5 4 5 2 0 0 1 0 x 17 22 1

W:¬†O’Sullivan (1-1, 27.00)¬†L:¬†Nieve (0-1, 48.60)

It was one of those days at Werner Park on Easter Sunday with winds pushing to left field around 18 mph leading to plenty of offense for both teams. The Chasers did the most damage with the the good offensive environment taking Isotopes starter Fernando Nieve behind the woodshed with 11 hits, 2 walks and 9 runs in just 1.2 innings. Omaha didn’t let up much even when Nieve left scoring 7 runs off reliever Brent Leach to build a 16-3 lead after just 4 innings. Even with a 16-3 lead the weather conditions forced the Chasers to use four different relievers after starter Ryan Verdugo, all told the Omaha pitchers had to work around 16 hits, four home runs and four walks while allowing 11 runs. In a game that featured 38 hits and 8 walks it was the middle of the diamond players for the Chasers that did the most damage as Jarrod Dyson CF, Johnny Giavotella 2b, Tony Abreu SS and Max Ramirez who did the most damage combining for 12 hits, 3 walks and 10 runs scored to pace Omaha to the win and series.

Albuquerque Isotopes
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Elian Herrera CF 5 1 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 .400
Alex Castellanos RF 6 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 .278
Jerry Sands 1B 5 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 .111
Jeff Baisley 3B 4 3 3 0 0 2 2 1 0 .273
Scott Van Slyke LF 5 2 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 .500
Josh Fields DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .286
Tim Federowicz C 5 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 .438
Joe Becker 2B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Luis Cruz SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313
BATTING
2B: Van Slyke (1, O’Sullivan).
3B: Herrera 2 (2, Verdugo, Sisk), Castellanos (2, O’Sullivan).
HR: Baisley 2 (2, 4th inning off Verdugo, 0 on, 0 out; 8th inning off Hottovy, 0 on, 0 out), Van Slyke (3, 4th inning off Verdugo, 0 on, 0 out), Sands (1, 6th inning off Sisk, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Van Slyke 7; Federowicz 4; Castellanos 4; Sands 5; Herrera 6; Baisley 9.
RBI: Herrera 2 (2), Baisley 2 (2), Van Slyke 2 (4), Sands 2 (4), Federowicz (3), Castellanos (1).
2-out RBI: Sands; Herrera; Castellanos.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baisley; Sands; Herrera; Fields.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Herrera (1, 2nd base off Verdugo/Ramirez, M).

FIELDING
E: Sands (1, throw), Cruz (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Baisley-Becker, Jo-Sands, Sands-Cruz-Loop).

Omaha Storm Chasers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jarrod Dyson CF 6 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 .474
Derrick Robinson LF 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .353
Johnny Giavotella 2B 4 4 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 .438
Clint Robinson 1B 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 .313
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B 6 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .429
David Lough RF 5 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .294
Tony Abreu SS 6 2 3 0 1 0 3 0 2 .556
Max Ramirez C 4 2 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 .273
Jamie Romak DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250
BATTING
2B: Dyson (2, Nieve), Giavotella (1, Nieve), Kouzmanoff (4, Nieve).
3B: Lough (1, Nieve), Abreu, T (2, Nieve).
HR: Ramirez, M (1, 3rd inning off Leach, 3 on, 1 out).
TB: Dyson 5; Kouzmanoff 4; Robinson, D 2; Romak; Robinson, C; Giavotella 4; Lough 5; Abreu, T 5; Ramirez, M 5.
RBI: Giavotella (2), Robinson, C 2 (2), Lough (2), Abreu, T 3 (6), Kouzmanoff 2 (6), Romak (1), Dyson (1), Ramirez, M 4 (7).
2-out RBI: Abreu, T; Romak; Dyson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Robinson, D 3; Robinson, C.
GIDP: Ramirez, M, Robinson, C.
Team RISP: 12-for-23.
Team LOB: 11.BASERUNNING
SB: Robinson, C (1, 2nd base off Nieve/Federowicz).

FIELDING
E: Lough (1, throw).

Albuquerque Isotopes
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fernando Nieve (L, 0-1) 1.2 11 9 9 2 2 0 48.60
Brent Leach 2.1 8 7 6 1 2 1 15.75
Derrick Loop 3.0 3 1 0 1 2 0 0.00
Josh Wall 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13.50
Omaha Storm Chasers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ryan Verdugo 3.0 3 3 3 3 4 2 9.00
Sean O’Sullivan¬†(W, 1-1) 2.0 5 4 3 1 2 0 27.00
Brandon Sisk 2.0 6 3 3 0 1 1 10.80
Tommy Hottovy 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.50
Jeremy Jeffress 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.00

Verdugo pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

HBP: Romak (by Nieve), Robinson, D (by Loop).

NW Arkansas Naturals 3 San Antonio Missions 0 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
NW Arkansas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
San Antonio 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

W: Baumann (1-0, 0.00) L: Beard (0-1, 5.40)
S: Keating (2)

The Naturals took advantage of a rattled pitcher in the first inning of their game Sunday and then received solid pitching to take home a 3-0 win in their first of a three game set at San Antonio.  Missions pitcher Hayden Beard hails from Australia and his actions in the first were a bit down under when the righty tried a pickoff throw to third base to try to catch Rey Navarro napping, instead his throw got away from Padres third base prospect Jedd Gyorko allowing Navarro to come to score.  With the Naturals up one the pitcher could have been rattled a tad because on his very next pitch he gave up one just a bit too sweet for  John Whittleman who unloaded on it for his first home run of the season giving NW Arkansas a quick 3-0 lead.  Beard encounterd a little trouble in the 2nd but worked around it and settled down to shut out the Naturals for the next four innings but his early damage was enough to do in his teammates thanks to outstanding pitching from NW Arkansas.  Starter Justin Marks got things going early for the staff giving them 4 shutout innings while working around 3 walks and a pair of hits thanks in part to his 5 strikeouts.  After Marks left Missouri State alum Buddy Baumann kept up the outstanding work with 5 strikeouts of his own and just a couple base runners allowed over 3 innings before giving way to Patrick Keating who pitched the final two innings scoreless to earn the save for the Naturals.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Rey Navarro 2B 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
Christian Colon SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111
Wil Myers CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .313
John Whittleman 1B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .231
Terry Evans RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Sharlon Schoop 3B 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .125
Carlo Testa LF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .273
Kurt Mertins DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Ryan Jenkins C 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
BATTING
2B: Evans (2, Beard), Schoop (1, Beard), Testa, C (1, Pease).
HR: Whittleman (1, 1st inning off Beard, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Mertins; Evans 2; Jenkins; Myers; Testa, C 2; Schoop 2; Whittleman 4.
RBI: Whittleman 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Testa, C.
SAC: Colon, C.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 5.

San Antonio Missions
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jaff Decker RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .200
Jeudy Valdez SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .133
Jedd Gyorko 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .214
Nathan Freiman 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .222
Edinson Rincon LF 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .357
Cody Decker DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .222
Ali Solis C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .100
Dean Anna 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
    a- Carlos Sosa PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Reymond Fuentes CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .308
a-Grounded out for Anna in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Rincon (1, Marks).
TB: Rincon 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Anna; Decker, C; Sosa.
Team RISP: 0-for-7.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Gyorko (1, pickoff).
PB: Solis (1).
DP: (Gyorko-Solis-Beard-Anna-Gyorko).

Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Justin Marks 4.0 2 0 0 3 5 0 0.00
Buddy Baumann (W, 1-0) 3.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 0.00
Patrick Keating (S, 2) 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.00
San Antonio Missions
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hayden Beard (L, 0-1) 5.0 6 3 3 0 2 1 5.40
Dustin Pease 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Ryan Kelly 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Daniel Cropper 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00

Pease pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP: Navarro (by Beard).

Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

 

Wilmington 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 2
Myrtle Beach 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 3

W: Dennick (1-0, 2.08) L: Tepesch (0-1, 0.00)
S: Rogers (1)

The Rocks were staring a series sweep down to start the season with runners on second and third and already in a 1-0 hole yesterday. ¬†For manager Vance Wilson it was a perfect time to turn to 2011 Carolina league veteran Ryan Dennick and boy did he deliver, Dennick quickly extinguished the rally striking out Edgar Garcia to get out of the mini jam and then stepping up to 4 more innings of one run ball. ¬†While Dennick was slowing down the Pelicans offense 2011 fellow veteran Whit Merrifield was carrying the Rocks offense punching in two runs during a 5th inning three run rally to give the Rocks a two run lead. ¬†Whit likely wasn’t thinking he’d be headed to Wilmington after a decent season there last year but Kansas City asked him to work on his second base defense which he will likely do once Brett Eibner returns to man center. ¬†Up two Dennick and Nick Rogers would finish off the job earning Wilmington’s first win and salvaging the final game of the series.

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Whit Merrifield CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167
Alex McClure SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Brian Fletcher LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182
Geulin Beltre RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Jake Kuebler 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Kenny Swab C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Angel Franco DH 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Luis Piterson 2B 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333
BATTING
TB: Fletcher; Piterson; Merrifield 2; Beltre; Franco.
RBI: Merrifield 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Merrifield 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuthbert.
GIDP: Beltre.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.BASERUNNING
SB: Beltre (1, 2nd base off Tepesch/DiFazio).

FIELDING
E: Ventura (1, pickoff), Piterson (1, fielding).
DP: (McClure-Kuebler).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Odubel Herrera SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .083
Jared Hoying LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .417
Christian Villanueva 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .300
Vincent DiFazio C 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .364
Josh Richmond DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Jake Skole CF 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 .250
Yefry Castillo 1B 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .667
Edwin Garcia 2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .250
Teodoro Martinez RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a- Tomas Telis PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
a-Grounded out for Martinez, T in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: DiFazio (2, Ventura), Castillo 2 (2, Ventura, Dennick).
TB: DiFazio 2; Hoying; Garcia, E; Castillo 4.
RBI: Castillo (1), Garcia, E (1).
2-out RBI: Castillo; Garcia, E.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garcia, E 2; Villanueva; Martinez, T; Herrera.
GIDP: Garcia, E.
Team RISP: 2-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
E: Herrera 2 (2, throw, fielding), Hoying (1, fielding).
DP: (Herrera-Garcia, E-Castillo).

Wilmington Blue Rocks
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yordano Ventura 3.2 3 1 1 3 1 0 2.45
Ryan Dennick (W, 1-0) 4.1 2 1 1 1 3 0 2.08
Nick Rogers (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nicholas Tepesch (L, 0-1) 4.2 4 3 0 0 3 0 0.00
Zach Osborne 2.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Wilmer Font 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jimmy Reyes 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
WP: Rogers.
HBP: Castillo (by Ventura), Herrera (by Dennick).

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Clint Scoles

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that. I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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Comments (2)

  • Clint Scoles

    Clint Scoles

    Tom you are probably right and I almost did but I just thought in a 17 run game it meant a little less.

  • papio tom

    You gave Gio the Hitter of the Day– yeah, getting on base 5 times in 6 appearances is good, but I expect that ’cause he’s a KC player in disguise. I’d've given it to Max Ramirez; IMO, any Grand Slam makes you honorary Hitter of the Day. Slams just look so neat.

    Just my two bits.

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