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Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 30

Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 30

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Omaha Royals

Omaha 23, Round Rock 5
WP: Blaine Hardy (3-4)
HR: Mike Moustakas 3 (#11, #12, #13), Lucas May (#16)

Mike Moustakas had a record-setting performance on the same day that he was named Texas League Player of the Year for his achievements with NW Arkansas. "Moose", who had homered in his previous two games, hit a pair of home runs and drove in five in Omaha's 11-run third. He became the first Omaha player to record two home runs in an inning since 1996. Moustakas added a three-run double in the fourth and a three-run home run in the seventh to finish with 11 RBI. The RBI total is the most by an Omaha player since detailed records were first kept in 1989. He is the first Omaha player with three home runs in a game since Ken Harvey in 2002. Ten players had at least one hit and one run, with six players having three or more hits. Eight players scored at least two runs.

NW Arkansas Naturals

Tulsa 6, NW Arkansas 5
LP: Rowdy Hardy (4-3)
HR: Johnny Giavotella (#7)

NW Arkansas let a lead slip away as Tulsa plated two in the eighth and the winning tally in the ninth. Starter Mike Montgomery allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings. Johnny Giavotella led the Naturals with three hits and two runs. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. Josh Fields added two hits, two RBI and a run. He is batting .429 (15-for-35) during his rehab stint with the Naturals.

Wilmington Blue Rocks

Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 3
LP: Tim Melville (2-12)
HR: None

Wilmington dropped to two games behind idle Potomac in the second-half race. Tim Melville (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER) held Myrtle Beach scoreless until the fifth. He had his longest outing since May 22 and his first start without a walk since May 28. Rey Navarro and Patrick Norris had two hits apiece for Wilmington.

Burlington Bees

Beloit 7, Burlington 3
LP: Tyler Sample (5-10)
HR: None

The Bees struggled to produce runs as they lost a third straight at Beloit. Burlington drew 12 walks but went a combined 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position. They left the bases loaded on three occasions. Tyler Sample allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and six walks over four innings.

Idaho Falls Chukars

Helena 5, Idaho Falls 3
LP: Jason Mitchell (1-2)
HR: None

The Chukars were swept at home by a Helena club that has won eight in a row. Starter Leondy Perez recorded 10 strikeouts while yielding two runs on four hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Malcom Culver recorded three hits and a run for the Chukars. Justin Trapp went 2-for-3 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs. Idaho Falls is off on Tuesday. They play at Orem on Wednesday.

Burlington Royals

Burlington 3, Danville 2
WP: Crawford Simmons (6-2)
SV: Robert Penny (5)
HR: None

Burlington clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1993 when they were affiliated with the Indians. Crawford Simmons limited the Braves to a run on four hits and two walks over six innings. The Royals have one more regular season game on Tuesday at Danville. They open a first-round playoff against Johnson City at home on Wednesday. Game two, and if necessary, game three, will be at Johnson City.

Surprise Royals

Surprise finished a half-game behind the Rangers in the West Division. On Monday, the Rangers lost a playoff to the Brewers while the Reds defeated San Francisco's affiliate. The Brewers and Reds will decide the championship on Tuesday.

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