AAA - Omaha: Colorado Springs 8, O-Royals 2
RF Allen 1-4, K -- .293
C Phillips 1-4, RBI (11) -- .261
LF D. Brown 0-2, BB, RBI -- .000 through 11 ABs
SS Blanco 1-4 -- .292
2B Gotay 0-3, BB, RS -- .234, sliiiiiiiiiding
3B Teahen 0-3, BB, K -- .087, Beane's trick on Baird?
Keppel 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, BB, K, 2 HRA, WP -- L, 2-4, 5.55 ERA
RP Shane Loux 2 1/3 IP, H, nothing else -- 0.00 ERA, organizational debut
Andrade IP, nothing -- 1.80 ERA
*** Much like Omaha's Saturday starter got slapped around by the Sky Sox, Colorado Springs jumped all over Keppel for 5 in the first 2 innings and Omaha never was a factor in the 8-2 loss. An RBI single and 2-run homer in the 1st got the Sky Sox off to a 3-run start and another 2-run shot in the 2nd gave the Sox a 5-0 lead. LF Dee Brown hit an RBI ground out and Phillips singled Gotay in the 3rd but the 2-out rally was stifled by Blanco getting thrown out at third on Phillips' hit. Looks like he and Berroa have more in common than initials and an iron glove. Keppel got chased after an RBI double in the 5th and a 2-run homer in the 8th off RP Denny Tamayo capped the scoring for Colorado Springs. Omaha's best chance to score after the 3rd was when they loaded the bases with 2 out off CS RP Jaime Cerda (surprise since he's an ex-Royal gas can) in the 7th but Gotay flied out to end the inning. Omaha is 16-20 and 6 games back of first. Sky Sox SP Enmanuel Ulloa made his AAA '06 debut and got the win with 2 ER over 6 IP. Cerda survived 3 walks to lower his ERA to 5.09, SS Omar Quintanilla was 3-5 to improve to .267 and 1B Carlos Rivera was 2-5 to move to .333.
Another familiar face revisits Omaha in game 3 of the series Monday. Pitchers: Sky Sox RH and former KC hopeful Miguel Asencio (2-2, 4.44) vs. Omaha LH Eddie Yarnall (1-0, 2.78). I'm not sure how Loux fit into the roster and whose place he took.
AA - Wichita: Wranglers 5, Springfield 1
3B Gordon 2-3, BB, RBI (18), E (5) -- .312
RF Butler 1-2, 2 SF, 3 RBI (20) -- .288
LF Lubanski 1-3, BB, 2B (11), RS -- .287
SS Sanchez 2-4, 3 RS, E (9) -- .284
CF Maier 0-4 -- .275
2B Murphy 2-3, BB, HR (4), RBI (10) -- .200, back from DL in style
Song 5 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP -- W, 3-3, 3.96 ERA
C. Smith, Hoelscher and Nunez 4 IP scoreless relief
*** Wichita's four pitchers stifled the Cardinals and the offense generated enough runs to get another win. A Butler sac fly in the 1st put the Wranglers up, 1-0, but two Song wild pitches in the 3rd helped Springfield tie it up. Gordon and Butler hit back-to-back RBI singles in the 5th, Murphy homered to lead off the 6th and Butler hit another sac fly in the 7th to round out the scoring. Wichita is 14-22. The Cardinals were held to 4 hits in the losing effort. 3B Rico Washington was 1-3 with his 28th RBI to move to .300, C Iker Franco was 0-4 to drop to .311 and former Omaha 1B Josh Pressley was 1-4 for Springfield to move to .167.
The series continues Monday. No announced pitchers yet.
High-A - High Desert: Rancho Cucamonga 8, Mavs 4
C Duenas 2-4, K -- .216
1B Stodolka 0-3, 2 BB, K, RS -- .316
2B Valentin 0-5, E (4) -- .299
LF Galloway 1-5, 2B (8) -- .287
3B Lucas 1-4, RBI (17) -- .282
Cota 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 6 K, WP -- L, 1-4, 7.52 ERA
*** Cota and RP Justin Barnes got blasted in the 4th and the Mavericks got swept by the Quakes Sunday. Rancho Cucamonga did a double steal of second and home successfully in the 1st to take the lead but High Desert came back with 2 in the 2nd on homers by DH Rusty Brown (his 2nd) and OF Juan Senreiso (his 6th) and 1 in the 3rd on a Quakes fielding error that allowed a run to score. Four straight hits to lead off the 4th for the Quakes and two 1-out walks by Cota led to Barnes being brought in and the reliever gave up a 3-run double with 2 outs to give Rancho Cucamonga a 7-3 lead. RP C.J. Woodrow gave up another run in the 7th and Lucas singled a run home in the 8th to account for the final tally. High Desert is 18-18. Quakes SS Sean Rodriguez was 1-4 with 3 RBI to drop to .323 but also had 2 errors to move to 11 on the year, 3B Freddy Sandoval was 1-3 to move to .303 and 1B Baltazar Lopez was 1-4 to drop to .305.
High Desert moves on to a 4-game set at the Lancaster JetHawks (13-24, High-A D'Backs) Monday. No announced pitchers.
Low-A - Burlington: rainout
The game with Quad Cities will be made up as part of a Monday twinbill. The Bees are 14-21.
14 May 2006
AAA - Omaha: Colorado Springs 8, O-Royals 2