On The Road Again (Princeton Series Preview)

Burlington Royals at Princeton Rays, July 31-August 2, 2014, Hunnicut Field, Princeton, WV

The longest homestand of the season is in the rearview mirror for the Burlington Royals. Burlington went 4-4 in the eight games played at Burlington Athletic Stadium this week, and now find themselves 18-21, 5.5 games back in the Appalachian League East. The final three games of the homestand began a stretch of nine straight games for the Royals against East division foes, a make-or-break time for the club in regards to playoff positioning. With the Pulaski Mariners taking two of three games, the Royals slipped from fourth to fifth. While winning is not the end-all or be-all of the Appalachian League, Burlington manager Tommy Shields has stressed the importance of “playing meaningful late-season games.” For the Royals to get to that position (tonight is game 40 of 68), they will need to find success this series against the Princeton Rays, a team that is 21-18 and currently 2.5 games back of first-place Danville.

The Rays took two of three from the Royals in early July at Burlington Athletic Stadium. This is the Royals’ lone trip to Princeton this year, as the Rays will return to Burlington for the last series of the regular season from August 27-29. Manager Danny Sheaffer’s club is led in batting by INF Hector Montes (.337/4 HR/18 RBI). This past week, the Rays swept the Appalachian League’s weekly awards. INF Nic Wilson was named the Hitter of the Week for a 12-for-27 week in which he hit two doubles and three home runs. When Princeton and Burlington met on July 9, Wilson had two homers, accounting for all three Rays’ runs in a 3-0 win. LHP Trevor Lubking was named Pitcher of the Week for a week in which he threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven.

Pitching Matchups

Thursday, 7:05 p.m.- Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 3.91) vs. Princeton RHP Cameron Varga (0-0, 19.29)

Friday, 7:05 p.m.- Burlington RHP Scott Blewett (0-1, 2.70) vs. Princeton RHP Freddy Alvarez (2-3, 4.18)

Saturday, 7:05 p.m- Burlington LHP Foster Griffin (0-0, 1.26) vs. Princeton RHP Hyrum Formo (1-0, 4.61)

Who’s Hot

3B Manny Olloque and 2B D.J. Burt had two hits each in the finale of the Royals’ series against Pulaski.

Follow the Series

Princeton does not broadcast home games. Follow live stats on http://www.burlingtonroyals.com and follow along on Twitter @BRoyals_Radio.

Up Next

This is a short trip for the Royals. Burlington is right back at home on Sunday to begin a three-game set with the Bluefield Blue Jays at 6:00 p.m.

 

That’s all, enjoy the series!

Matt

Royals Alumni Roundup- July 29

Onward and upward we go! It’s another edition of the Alumni Roundup.

Major Leagues

Salvador Perez (2008) was 1-for-4 in the Kansas City Royals’ 7-5 win over Cleveland on Saturday. He went hitless Sunday and the Royals were off on Monday.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout on Saturday.

OF David Lough (2007) came in as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. On Sunday, he was 0-1 as the Orioles won 3-2.

OF Wil Myers (2009) remains on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list with a wrist injury. He is targeting a mid-August return for Tampa Bay, a team which has been on the rise of late thanks to a red-hot stretch of play.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

The Chasers have been playing a series against the New Orleans Zephyrs in Louisiana recently. On Saturday, Buddy Baumann (2009) pitched four innings, giving up two runs, of which only one was earned.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

On Saturday, RHP Christian Binford (2012) tossed six and 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts. In 112 innings between Northwest Arkansas and Wilmington, Binford has struck out 115 and walked only 14 . INF Angel Franco (2008) had two hits and an RBI in a 4-0 Naturals win.

A day later, Franco had three hits in a 5-4 loss to Springfield.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

OF Bubba Starling (2012) hit his eighth home run of the season in Saturday’s game. His seventh-inning blast tied the game, but the Blue Rocks lost 2-1.

On Sunday, the Blue Rocks lost 6-1.

Lexington Legends (A)

LHP Matt Tenuta (2013) saved his first game of the season in a 1-0 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats on Saturday. On Sunday, INF Mauricio Ramos (2013) had two RBI in a 5-2 win over Savannah.

Rime of the Ancient (Pulaski) Mariner(s)- Series Preview

Pulaski Mariners at Burlington Royals- July 28-30, 2014- Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington, NC

Wow, I remember something from British literature. Enough of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poetry, let’s talk baseball. The Royals missed out on a chance to sweep the Kingsport Mets with an 11-3 loss on Sunday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium. Burlington had taken both ends of a Friday doubleheader and won again on Saturday. Now, Burlington heads into a nine-game stretch against foes from their own Appalachian League East division, beginning with three against the Pulaski Mariners. Pulaski enters the series 20-16, 2.5 games out of first place in the division. The Mariners took two of three from the Princeton Rays this weekend in Pulaski. This is the only trip of the year by the Mariners to Burlington, as the B-Royals make two visits to Pulaski in 2014. One of those trips was June 18-20, and Burlington was swept in the three game series by scores of 8-7, 6-4 and 4-0.

In this series, all eyes will be on RHP Zack Littell. The Pulaski right-hander is 3-3 with a 5.50 ERA, and will make the start on Monday night. But the numbers are not what makes Littell a must-see. He hails from Mebane, N.C., just about 15 minutes from Burlington Athletic Stadium. Littell is a 2013 graduate of Eastern Alamance High School, and will return home for the first time as a professional.

Burlington Starters

Monday, 7:00 p.m.- RHP Corey Ray (0-2, 3.14)

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.- RHP Nik Stephenson (1-2, 3.58)

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.- RHP Yunior Marte (1-2, 4.26)

Who’s Hot

INF Jose Martinez had a whale of a series against the Mets. Coming in off of his first home run of the season in the Danville series, Martinez had an RBI single and scored the winning run in Friday’s doubleheader opener. In the nightcap, he doubled and scored in the Royals’ five-run third, and had another RBI single. On Saturday, Martinez had an RBI bunt single to score the Royals’ first run.

Follow the Games

All three games will be broadcast on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Tune in here for the call, or follow @BRoyals_Radio on Twitter for all the latest.

Up Next

The Royals will head to Princeton, W.V. to take on the Princeton Rays from Thursday through Saturday.

 

That’s all, enjoy the series!

Matt

Royals Alumni Update: July 26

It’s day two of the series, which means one thing- the Royals Alumni Update.

Major Leagues

Salvador Perez (2008) was 3-for-4 with a home run in Kansas City’s 6-4 win over Cleveland last night at Kauffman Stadium. He also had a 2-for-4 day in a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) threw a scoreless inning of relief on Friday, working around a walk.

OF David Lough (2007) got a start for the Baltimore Orioles in their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

OF Wil Myers (2009) is still on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list with a wrist injury.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

The Chasers are 55-50, but no former B-Royals have made a recent impact with the club.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

In a 4-1 win over the Springfield Cardinals on Friday, INF Angel Franco (2008) had two hits, an RBI and a run. On Thursday, Springfield earned a 4-3 win, and Andy Ferguson (2011) took the loss to fall to 7-9 on the season for the Naturals. He worked five and 1/3 innings, giving up four runs with eight hits, four walks and three strikeouts.

The Naturals beat the Arkansas Travelers 5-3 on Wednesday, Franco was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

The Blue Rocks beat the Winston-Salem Dash 2-0 on Friday night, as Miguel Almonte (2012) threw three and 2/3 innings of relief, giving up no runs on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Daniel Stumpf also contributed to a two-hit shutout for the Blue Rocks.

This came on the heels of the Blue Rocks being rained out at the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night. In the game Wednesday night at the Mudcats, Wilmington won 7-6 in 10 innings. OF Bubba Starling (2012) was 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. He was a home run shy of the cycle. RHP Mark Peterson saved his 22nd game, leading the Carolina League.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends lost to the Charleston RiverDogs 6-1 on Friday night, after falling 10-3 on Thursday. In that game, RHP Jake Junis (2012) struck out eight and walked none in four and 2/3 innings, taking the loss.

In the opener on Wednesday, Charleston won 6-4 as INF Humberto Arteaga (2012) had two hits.

 

Double the Fun (Kingsport Series Preview)

Kingsport Mets at Burlington Royals, July 25-27, Burlington Athletic Stadium, Burlington, NC

Wake up! It’s time for more baseball! A mere 17 hours after the last out of Thursday night/Friday morning’s game, the Royals will begin a series with the Kingsport Mets with a doubleheader. A night ago, the Royals and Danville Braves waited out a two-hour, 49-minute rain delay before throwing first pitch at 9:49 p.m. The game took two hours and 52 minutes (last out at 12:41 a.m.) with the Royals falling 7-2. A tiny smattering of fans stuck around to see the game to its conclusion.

Now, the Royals and Mets will make up a game that was rained out in Kingsport last Friday before the regularly-scheduled game. Doubleheaders in the Appalachian League are seven innings each, with a 20-minute intermission.

In the two games that were played in Kingsport, the Royals won 4-3 and the Mets took a 5-2 win. The K-Mets are 16-16, two games ahead of the Royals. In the West division, Kingsport is tied with Johnson City for second place, four games behind first place Elizabethton. OF Wuilmer Bucera was named the Appalachian League’s Offensive Player of the Week for hitting .583 last week. He was a part of the Travis d’Arnaud/R.A. Dickey/Noah Syndergaard trade in December 2012.

Royals-Braves Rain Game by the Numbers:

2:49- rain delay length

2:52- time of game

12:41- time of the morning that the game concluded

3- Provided the doubleheader games finish before midnight, number of Royals games that will conclude on July 25

2- Number of times this broadcaster yawned on air in the late stages of the game

1- Number of “Green Acres” singer impersonators spotted in the fifth inning

Royals-Mets Pitching Matchups:

Friday, 5:00 PM- Kingsport RHP Yoryi Nuez (4-1, 2.66) vs. Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 4.19)

Friday, Game Two- Kingsport RHP Andrew Church (1-3, 5.82) vs. Burlington RHP Chase Darhower (2-1, 1.74)

Saturday, 7:00 PM- Kingsport RHP Andrew Massie (0-2, 2.55) vs. Burlington RHP Scott Blewett (0-1, 2.45)

Sunday, 6:00 PM- Kingsport LHP Blake Taylor (1-0, 4.91) vs. Burlington LHP Foster Griffin (0-0, 0.77)

Who’s Hot:

SS Jose Martinez hit his first home run of the season in Thursday’s loss, a solo shot to right field.

Follow the Games:

Like all home games, all four games will be aired on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network. Additionally, you can follow along on Twitter at @BRoyals_Radio.

Up Next:

The Royals will take on Pulaski Mariners Monday through Wednesday at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

 

That’s all, enjoy the series!

Matt

Royals Alumni Update- July 23

It’s the second game of a series, which means it’s time for the B-Royals alumni update.

Major Leagues

Salvador Perez (2008) has had a hit in the Royals’ last two games. He was 1-for-4 in a 3-1 loss on Monday against the Chicago White Sox, and then went 1-for-5 in a 7-1 win on Tuesday.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) threw two innings last night, allowing no runs on one hit with a walk on a strikeout.

OF David Lough (2007) has appeared as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles in the past two days against the Los Angeles Angels.

OF Wil Myers (2009) is on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list with a wrist injury. He is eligible to return on July 30.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

Buddy Baumann (2009) made the start on Monday, logging four innings and allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk and two strikeouts, taking a no-decision.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

RHP Christian Binford (2012) continued his strong season with a seven-inning outing on Monday in a 6-3 Naturals win. He allowed one earned run on six hits with six strikeouts. Binford is now 2-1 in Northwest Arkansas, with a 7-5 record overall. He has a 2.74 ERA since joining Northwest Arkansas in early July.

In the Monday game, OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) had three hits, an RBI and a run scored. In a 12-6 loss on Tuesday, he had a single, two RBI, two walks and a run.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+)

RHP Mark Peterson (2012) saved his 21st game of the season in a 1-0 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday. In a 9-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday, C Cam Gallagher (2012) had three hits, and OF Bubba Starling (2012) had two hits and an RBI, his 45th of the season. Starling leads Wilmington in the RBI category.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were rained out on Monday at Savannah, and had the day off on Tuesday. They are now 40-61 on the season.

 

 

 

Choppin’ Away (Danville Series Preview)

The Burlington Royals’ season is nearing its midpoint, and the weather finally caught up with the boys in blue over the past few days. Burlington played its first 27 games without a rainout, but had two games washed this past road trip (Friday in Kingsport and Saturday in Elizabethton). Saturday’s game was made up on Sunday with a doubleheader, while Friday’s contest will be made up in Burlington this coming Friday.

Before that, it’s time for the second meeting of the year between the Royals and their local rivals, the Danville Braves. Like the series before (and after), this is a split series. Tuesday and Wednesday will be played at everyone’s favorite tongue twister, Dan Daniel Park on the Dan River in Danville. The finale of the three-game set will be played at Burlington Athletic Stadium on Thursday.

Danville was on a hot streak the last time the two clubs got together, with the two wins over Burlington being wins six and seven in a win streak. From there, the Braves went into a bit of a slump over their next nine games, losing seven of them. Danville has gotten back on a hot streak, though, and has won five of seven. The Braves lead the Appalachian League East by two games over the Pulaski Mariners.

OF Sean Godfrey is hitting a whopping .412 (28-for-68) for the Braves. He was a thorn in the Royals’ side during the four game set early in the month. INF Omar Obregon follows by swinging the bat at a .344 clip (21-for-61) with seven RBI.

RHP Alec Grosser (3-0, 2.88) was named the Appalachian League’s Pitcher of the Week this week, but is not slated to face the Royals this series.

Pitching Matchups

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington LHP Carlos Herrera (0-1, 6.60) vs. Danville RHP Andrew Waszak (1-2, 5.52)

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington RHP Carter Hope (0-2, 4.19) vs. Danville RHP Daniel Cordero (1-3, 6.91)

Thursday, 7:00 p.m.- Burlington RHP Yunior Marte (1-1, 3.98) vs. Danville RHP Max Povse (0-1, 8.64)

Who’s Hot

How about the new guy, OF Leland Clemmons? The first Winston-Salem State University player to reach pro baseball since the school reinstated the program four years ago, Clemmons signed as a free agent and hit a two-run home run in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Elizabethton.

Follow the Games

We’re back on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network! All three games will be aired live here or on the TuneIn app. Just search for “Burlington Royals”. Additionally, you can keep up with the latest in Royals news on Twitter at @BRoyals_Radio.

Up Next

After this, the Royals will face the Kingsport Mets in a four-game series beginning with a doubleheader Friday at 5:00 p.m.

 

That’s all, enjoy the series!

Matt

 

Royals Alumni Update: July 21

With the All-Star Breaks in the rearview mirror, the Royals and their affiliates are back to work. One affiliate which did not stop play last week was the AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals, where 2011 Burlington Royal Andy Ferguson was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week. He was 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA this week, a week which included a complete game on Saturday against the Springfield Cardinals. In total, Ferguson struck out eight hitters while only allowing two walks and three earned runs in his week. Congratulations to Andy!

Without further ado, here’s what other former B-Royals are up to.

Major Leagues 

Salvador Perez (2008) of the Kansas City Royals was 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox.

RHP Kelvin Herrera (2008) threw one inning for the Royals at the Red Sox on Friday, allowing no runs on one hit.

OF David Lough (2007) appeared as a defensive replacement for the Baltimore Orioles in all three of their games against the Oakland Athletics this weekend, but he did not have any at-bats.

OF Wil Myers (2009) was transferred to the Tampa Bay Rays’ 60-day disabled list. He is eligible to return on July 30.

Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA)

John Lamb (2009) earned his fifth win of the season on Sunday with a strong performance, striking out six over six shutout innings with only two hits allowed as the Chasers beat New Orleans 9-2. Lamb has now struck out 17 over his last two starts, and has not allowed an earned run in that span.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

Aside from Ferguson’s performance, another former B-Royal has delivered for the Naturals. INF Angel Franco (2008) had two hits in a 3-0 loss Sunday and a triple and a run in Saturday’s 2-0 win.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A Advanced)

The Blue Rocks have worked their way into second place in the Carolina League’s Northern division for the second half. OF Bubba Starling (2012) entered play Monday hitting .283 since the mid-June All-Star Break. He had an RBI single in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 6-5 loss, a game in which he was 3-for-5. Starling also had a solo home run in Saturday’s game for the Blue Rocks.

INF Ramon Torres (2012) was 3-for-4 with a double and a run on Saturday. Miguel Almonte (2012) struck out three hitters in five innings on the mound.

In a 3-0 win over the Potomac Nationals on Friday, INF Michael Antonio (2011) hit a sacrifice fly to put the Blue Rocks on top.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were postponed on Saturday, so they played a twinbill on Sunday at the Savannah Sand Gnats. After being shut out in game one, OF Fred Ford (2012) hit a solo home run in game two, a 3-1 loss that also included two hits from INF Mauricio Ramos (2013).

LHP Matt Tenuta (2013) made the start in Lexington’s 5-1 loss on Friday, giving up three runs in four innings.

 

 

Royals Series Preview: Elizabethton

Burlington Royals at Elizabethton Twins, July 19-21, 2014, Joe O’Brien Field, Elizabethton, Tennessee

The Royals and Twins will meet for the second time in 2014, as they have already squared off in Burlington. Elizabethton becomes the first repeat opponent for the Royals, with the Danville Braves soon to follow in the middle of the week.

Elizabethton shut out the Royals 8-0 and 7-0 in the first two games of the series, with Riley King of the Royals delivering a walkoff single in game three to give Burlington a 4-3 win.

The Twins have kept up the hot play since, currently owning a 17-11 mark that is the best in the Appalachian League by half a game over the aforementioned Braves.

OF Tanner English is hitting .432 through nine games with Elizabethton, and OF Max Murphy is at .398 through 26 games played.

Pitching Matchups

To be determined, based on the rainout on Friday

Who’s Hot

OF Logan Moon picked up two more hits in the Mets series, and OF Amalani Fukofuka returned to playing defensively while collecting two hits on Wednesday.

Follow the Series

No live broadcasts from Elizabethton. Keep up on Twitter @BRoyals_Radio and check www.burlingtonroyals.com for nightly recaps.

Up Next 

The Royals will battle the Danville Braves in a three-game series beginning Tuesday. The first two games will be at Dan Daniel Park on the Dan River in Danville before Thursday’s game at Burlington Athletic Stadium.

 

That’s all, enjoy the series!

Matt

Royals Alumni Update: July 17

It’s been a pretty light week around pro baseball because of Tuesday’s Major League All-Star Game. In the game, Salvador Perez (Burlington 2008) was 0-for-1 with a groundout to third as the American League’s starting catcher. Earlier in the weekend, RHP Christian Binford (2012) participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. He worked a 1-2-3 third inning for the U.S. team, capping off the inning by striking out the World team’s Dalton Pompey, a Toronto infield prospect.

No former B-Royals were in Wednesday’s AAA All-Star Game in Durham, N.C., just down the road from Burlington.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)

The Naturals played on Tuesday evening against the Tulsa Drillers (Colorado), losing 8-4. OF Jorge Bonifacio (2011) had two hits and scored a run. On Monday, Andy Ferguson (2009) took the loss for the Naturals, falling to 6-8 on the season. Bonifacio also had a triple in Sunday’s 5-1 win.

Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+)

The Blue Rocks were postponed on Monday and off on Tuesday. On Sunday, they fell to the Salem Red Sox 5-1. RHP Miguel Almonte (2012) took the loss, striking out three in three and 2/3 innings. INF Michael Antonio (2011) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Lexington Legends (A)

The Legends were off Monday and postponed on Tuesday. On Sunday, they avoided a sweep at the hands of the Hagerstown Suns (Washington) with a 6-5 win, but no former B-Royals contributed.

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