11 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/10

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Salt Lake 3

CF Ambres 2-3, RBI (6) -- .196, approaching the Mendoza line
1B Prieto 2-3, BB -- .212
LF Bell 2-3, HR (2), 2 RBI (6), 2 RS -- .194
2B Gotay 0-4, SB (4) -- .246
SS Blanco 1-3 -- .283
RF Allen 1-4, RS -- .304
3B Teahen 0-3, BB -- .091
DH Aviles 1-4, 2B (7), 2 RBI (13), K, RS -- .267

Yarnall 6 2/3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 6 K, HRA -- W, 1-0, 2.78 ERA
Hudson 1 1/3 IP, 2 UER, 2 H, 0 BB, K, E (1) -- debut, 0.00 ERA
Nelson IP, 0 ER, 0 H, BB, 2 K -- SV, 2, 2.35 ERA

*** The O-Royals used a 4-run 4th to snap their 6-game losing streak. Yarnall, who was spot starting again for J.P. Howell and his "stiff shoulder," gave up a solo homer in the 2nd to Wichita nemesis 3B Mike Eylward, who recently was brought up to AAA in the Angels' organization. Otherwise, Yarnall had a great start and he was aided in the 4th by Aviles' 2-run double and RBI singles by Bell and Aviles for a 4-1 lead. Omaha added a run in the 6th on Bell's 2nd homer of the season, a solo shot to left. RP Luke Hudson made his Omaha debut and contributed a throwing error that helped lead to 2 unearned runs in the 8th. Nelson closed the game out in the 9th. Omaha is 15-17 and 5 1/2 games back of first. Salt Lake RF Nick Gorneault was 2-4 with his 24th RBI but made a fielding error to help Omaha in the 4th. He's hitting .298. SS Erick Aybar was 0-4 to drop to .291, CF Reggie Willits was 1-4 to drop to .316, DH Jeff Mathis was 1-4 to drop to .348, 1B Kendry Morales was 0-4 to drop to .241 and Eylward was 1-2 with his first AAA homer of '06 to move to .312.

Game 3 of the 4 game set is Thursday. Pitchers: Top Angels prospect RH Jered Weaver (2-1, 3.34) vs. Omaha RH Kyle Snyder (0-1, 3.41).

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 9, Frisco 4

3B Gordon 0-1, K -- .310, left game in 3rd after fouling ball off foot in 1st, no big deal, I guess
RF Butler 1-5, 2B (10), K, 2 RS, E (4), OF assist at second -- .304
CF Lubanski 1-4, 2B (10), 2 K, picked off at third -- .290
SS Sanchez 2-4, BB, K, RBI (15), 2 RS -- .276
3B Keim 2-4, 2 RS -- .190
LF D. Brown 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI, K -- .125
2B Sevilla 2-4, BB, RBI, RS -- .291
Tupman and Maier DNP

Cedeno 5 1/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 5 BB, 2 K -- 5.06 ERA, way too many walks
Armitage 1 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- BS, 1, W, 1-0, 6.75 ERA
Braun 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K -- SV, 2, 2.84 ERA, great line

*** The Wranglers scored 6 runs in the final 3 innings to blow open a 3-3 tie and take the series with Frisco. Lubanski doubled to lead off the game, moved to third on a Sanchez single and then was picked off with Gordon at the plate. Great baserunning move there. Gordon struck out and I guess fouled a ball off his foot in the process but didn't leave until the 3rd so it was probably a precautionary move. Lubanski reached on a fielding error in his next AB and it scored a run to give Wichita a 1-0 lead but Frisco scored 2 off Cedeno in the 3rd thanks in part to Butler's error to take the lead. The game remained 2-1 Frisco into the 6th when Dee Brown cracked a 2-run homer after a Butler double to regain the lead for the Wranglers. RP Barry Armitage relieved Cedeno with 2 on and 1 out in the bottom of the 6th and allowed 1 run to score to tie the game. Wichita came back with 3 in the 7th on a Sanchez RBI single and Sanchez later scored on a wild pitch before Brown singled home the third run of the inning for a 6-3 lead. Armitage gave up another run in the 7th but Wichita put the game away with 3 in the 9th on another wild pitch that scored Sanchez and a 2-run single by Sevilla. Braun came in with 2 on and 0 out in the 8th and pitched 2 shutdown innings with 5 Ks to close it out. Wichita is 12-21. Frisco LF Jake Blalock was 2-2 to improve to .245 and DH Jim Fasano was 1-5 with his 3rd homer to drop to .311.

After taking 3 of 4 from Frisco, Wichita hosts a 5-game set with Springfield (20-11, AA Cardinals) starting Thursday night. Since Springfield leads the division, with a good run the Wranglers can make up some ground. Pitchers: Cards SP Stuart Pomeranz (3-0, 4.05) vs. Wichita SP Ryan Snare (2-1, 6.44).

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 11, Bakersfield 2

SS Falu 3-6, K, 2 RS, 3 SB! (7) -- .252
RF Valentin 2-4, 2 BB, RBI (13), K, 3 RS -- .318
1B Stodolka 2-4, 2 BB, 2B (13), RBI (16), RS -- .319
LF Galloway 2-5, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI (12), 2 K, RS -- .289
3B Lucas 2-5, 2B (10), 2 K, RS -- .288
2B Perez 2-5, 2 K, RS, E (8) -- .284
DH R. Brown 1-2, 4 BB!, 2 RBI (14), K, RS -- .283
CF Senreiso 1-5, HR (5), 3 RBI, 2 K, OF assist at home -- .250

Christensen 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 9 K -- W, 1-2, 3.60 ERA, nice K total
Plummer and Moore 3 IP scoreless relief

*** The game was tied at 2 after the first but it was all High Desert thereafter as the Mavs salvaged one game of the set. Blaze starter John Bannister walked 2 runs in in the 1st before striking out the side but Bakersfield got the runs back off Christensen in the bottom of the 1st to tie the game. The Mavs surged ahead for good in the 4th with 6 runs on a Valentin RBI single, Galloway RBI double, Brown RBI single and a 3-run homer by Senreiso for his 5th of the season. The Mavericks scored again in the 5th on another Galloway RBI double and scored their final 2 runs in the 9th on a wild pitch and then a Blaze fielding error. High Desert is 18-15 and still 1 1/2 games out of first. Blaze CF Jayce Tingler was 3-5 to move to .325, 3B Tim Hulett Jr. was 3-5 to move to .268 and RF Roberto Valiente was 1-4 to drop to .391.

The Mavs have Thursday off before starting a 3-game set at the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (17-15, High-A Angels) Friday.

Low-A - Burlington: South Bend 9, Bees 5

RF Arroyo 2-4, RBI (10), RS -- .260
SS McConnell 1-4, RBI (10), K, RS, SF -- .194, inching toward Mendoza

Henninger 3 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 2 K, WP -- ND, 5.59 ERA
Damico 4 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K -- L, 0-4, 4.42 ERA

*** That 5-0 Burlington lead I mentioned yesterday didn't last much longer as South Bend scored 9 unanswered runs. The Bees scored 2 in the 1st on an RBI single by 1B John Lowen and a wild pitch. They added 3 in the 2nd on a bases-loaded beanball on 2B Valentino Arce that forced him from the game, a McConnell sac fly and Arroyo RBI single. Arce was reportedly back in the dugout and feeling OK by the end of the game. Henninger was moving along nicely until the 4th, when he gave up 5 straight singles and 2 runs before RP Yovany Damico came in. Damico gave up two more RBI singles before getting the first out and a sac fly tied the game at 5. South Bend took the lead in the 6th on an RBI double by CF Justin Upton and scored 3 times in the 8th off RP Cody Harkcom to seal the deal. The Bees had 5 base runners after the 2nd. The Bees are 12-21. Silver Hawks RP Kyle Wright went 2 2/3 IP of hitless relief with 6 Ks to get the win and improve to 2-0. LF Gregory Thomson was 3-5 to move to .321, Upton was 1-4 to move to .306, 3B Ricardo Sosa was 1-4 to drop to .455 and RF Leyson Septimo was 3-5 to improve to .265.

Thursday's series finale has been rained out. No makeup date announced yet. A 4-game home set with the Swing of the Quad Cities (15-18, Low-A Cardinals, goofy official team name) starts Friday.

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