AAA - Omaha: Colorado Springs 6, Omaha 5 (11)
RF Allen 3-5, K -- .302
3B Teahen 3-5, 3B, RBI, RS -- .200
CF Ambres 4-5, RBI, CS -- .208, over the Mendoza line with a 4-hit day
C Phillips 2-5, BB, RBI (12), K, 2 RS -- .267
SS Blanco 2-6, 3B (4), K, RS, SB (1), E (12) -- .294
LF D. Brown 1-5, 3 K -- .050, first AAA hit of '06
Snyder 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 4 K, balk -- ND, 4.24 ERA
Loux 2 2/3 IP, ER, 4 H, 0 BB, K -- BS, 1, 1.80 ERA
Andrade 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 0 BB, K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 2.25 ERA
*** The Omaha bullpen couldn't hold a 2-run lead and a homer in the 11th made the difference for the Sky Sox in the series ending victory over the O-Royals. Colorado Springs scored in the 1st off Snyder but Omaha took the lead with 3 in the 4th on a Teahen RBI triple, sac fly by 2B Mike Aviles and Ambres RBI single. Snyder got touched up for another run in the 5th to cut the lead to 1 but Omaha got it back in the bottom of the inning on a Phillips RBI single after a leadoff triple by Blanco. RP Luke Hudson came on for the 6th and left with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 7th in favor of RP Shane Loux, who gave up a single and double to give Colorado Springs a 5-4 lead. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed Phillips to score from second in the 7th and the game was tied at 5. Andrade came in to pitch the 10th and Omaha dodged a bullet as Colorado Springs got runners at first and third with 0 out. Andrade struck out Sky Sox LF Sean Barker swinging and the runner at third was caught trying to steal home on the play in an odd DP and Andrade got the next batter to line out to end the threat. In the 11th, Andrade's luck ran out as he gave up a 2-out solo homer to Sky Sox SS Omar Quintanilla, his 1st of '06. Omaha got runners to first and second with 2 out in the bottom of the inning, as one of the outs was on a missed bunt by Dermal Brown, but Phillips popped out to end the game. Omaha is 17-21 and 4 1/2 games back of first. Former Royal gas can Nate Field got the win for Colorado Springs with 2 IP of 1-hit ball to move to 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA. Quintanilla was 3-4 with the homer to improve to .280, DH Carlos Rivera was 1-5 to drop to .325 and CF Ryan Spilborghs was 2-5 to move to .309.
The O-Royals have Wednesday off before starting a 4-game set at the Sacramento River Cats (17-22, AAA Athletics) Thursday.
AA - Wichita: Wranglers 11, Springfield 5
3B Gordon 1-3, BB, HBP, 2 RS -- .310
RF Butler 3-5, 2B (11), 2 RBI (22), RS -- .292
LF Lubanski 0-2, 3 BB, K -- .273
2B Murphy 3-5, 2B, HR (5), 2 RBI (24), 2 RS -- .243
CF Maier 1-4, RBI (24), RS, SF -- .281
1B Kaaihue 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (13), K, 2 RS -- .200
SS Sanchez 1-5, RS -- .287
Herndon 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HRA -- W, 3-2, 4.15 ERA
*** The Wranglers dropped the lumber on Springfield Tuesday with 7 runs in the first 3 innings en route to the easy win to take 4 of 5 from the Cards. A Butler RBI single and Maier sac fly gave Wichita a 2-0 lead after 1 and a throwing error and wild pitch allowed Kaaihue and C Damaso Espino score in the 2nd before a Sanchez DP ball brought another run home and a Butler RBI double gave Wichita a 6-0 lead after 2. Murphy homered to lead off the 3rd but homers in the 6th and 7th got Springfield 3 runs to make the score 7-3. Five straight hits to start the 7th, including a Murphy RBI double and 2-run double by Kaaihue, gave Wichita a 10-3 lead and a force out by DH Brett Groves brought the team's final run across home plate. RP Leo Nunez gave up 2 ER in the 9th but finished the game. Wichita is 16-22 and 6 games back of first. Cards 1B Juan Richardson was 3-4 to improve to .385 but also made his 2nd error of the season in the loss. Former KC farmhand DH Josh Pressley was 2-3 for Springfield with his first AA homer of '06 to improve to .267.
As the Wranglers ride a 4-game winning streak, a 5-game home set with the Tulsa Drillers (21-17, AA Rockies) starts Wednesday. Pitchers: Tulsa SP Alberto Arias (3-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. the Wranglers' Cody Smith (1-0, 2.57 ERA). The Wranglers released starter Ryan Snare on Sunday, which was no huge loss as he had a 6.62 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 35 IP. According to the Wichita Eagle, OF Shane Costa may be in town later this week to rehab with Wichita.
High-A - High Desert: Mavs 13, Lancaster 8
LF Valentin 3-6, HR (3), 2 RBI (17), K, 2 RS -- .315
SS Falu 3-6, HR (1), 4 RBI (14), 2 RS, E (5) -- .254
DH Stodolka 2-4, 2B (15), BB, 2 RS -- .321
3B Gaffney 3-5, RS -- .283
1B R. Brown 2-5, HR (3), RBI (16), 2 RS -- .285
CF Senreiso 2-5, 2B, 3B (2), 3 RBI (14), 2 K -- .263
RF McFall 2-5, HR (5), 2 RBI (16), K, 2 RS -- .184
Plummer 4 1/3 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 7 H, BB, 6 K, 2 HRA -- ND, 5.68 ERA
Rowe 2 1/3 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 3 K -- W, 3-1, 4.58 ERA
Moore 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 5 K -- SV, 4, 3.10 ERA
*** It was a Cal-League special as the smoke cleared on a combined 21 runs on 29 hits with High Desert winning. Lancaster had the mojo early but the Mavericks had a big inning late in the game to get the victory. After a leadoff single by Falu in the top of the 1st, Valentin hit a 2-run bomb to center and went back-to-back with a solo shot by Brown for a 3-0 Mavs lead. C Adam Donachie added a sac fly in the inning to score Stodolka, who doubled after Brown's homer. That wouldn't be near enough offense Tuesday as Plummer gave up 2 homers in the 2nd to allow Lancaster to cut the lead to 1. Senreiso doubled Stodolka home in the 3rd but the JetHawks answered with 3 more that inning to take a 6-5 lead. The lead was short-lived as the Mavericks scored twice in the 4th on a 2-run shot by McFall and added a run in the 6th on a Falu RBI single. Five runs in the 8th for High Desert pretty much put the game away as Falu showed some rare longball power with a 3-run homer for his 1st of '06 and Senreiso hit a 2-run triple. The Mavs are 19-19 and 2 games back of a three-team logjam in first. JetHawks CF Chris Rahl was 2-5 to move to .364 and SS Mark Reynolds was 3-4 to improve to .330. DH Javier Brito was 1-3 with his 5th homer to drop to .351.
The series continues tonight. Pitchers: Lancaster's Matt Green (1-3) vs. the Mavs' Kyle Crist (0-0).
Low-A - Burlington: Bees 4, Lansing 1
1B Vega 2-3, HR (4), 2 RBI (16), K -- .258, hitting well lately
SS McConnell 1-3, RBI (11), K, RS, SB (4), picked off -- .189
DH Thibault 1-4, RBI (16), K -- .238
LF Santana 1-1, RS, SB (9) -- .242
Rosa 6 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K -- W, 3-3, 2.41 ERA
Garcia, Hayes and de la Vara 2 1/3 IP of hitless relief -- de la Vara's 5th save
*** The Bees finally dodged the raindrops long enough to get in a game and took down the Lugnuts behind the pitching of Carlos Rosa. Lansing's only 2 hits of the game came in the 4th off Rosa and plated a run to give the Lugnuts a 1-0 lead. A Vega 2-run homer in the 5th gave the Bees the lead and Rosa allowed only a walk in any inning other than the 4th before leaving in favor of RP Eliszer Garcia with 2 out in the 7th. McConnell squeeze-played a run home in the 8th and Thibault singled home a run that inning to give the Bees a 4-1 lead and de la Vara quietly shut the door in the 9th by striking out the side with a HBP mixed in. The Bees are 15-21 and 4 1/2 games back of first. Lansing starter Chi-Hung Cheng took a hard loss with 6 IP of 2 ER on 3 H with 8 K to drop to 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA, 2B Sean Shoffit was 1-4 to drop to .316 and LF Cory Patton was 1-4 with his 30th RBI to drop to .295.
The series continues today. Pitchers: Bees RH Michael Penn (1-1, 4.66) vs. Lugnuts RH Kristian Bell (3-1, 4.38).
17 May 2006
AAA - Omaha: Colorado Springs 6, Omaha 5 (11)