23 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/22

AAA - Omaha: Fresno 7, O-Royals 5

DH Allen 3-5, K, RS -- .329
3B Teahen 3-4, BB, K, 2B, RS -- .340, on FIRE, send him to AAAA
SS Aviles 3-5, 2B (9), K, 2 RBI (16) -- .255
RF D. Brown 2-3, 2B, BB, RBI -- .139, rare signs of life
LF Huber 0-5, K, RBI (10) -- .256, LF???
2B Gotay 0-3, BB, SF, RBI (14), 2 E (6) -- .238, not looking that good thus far
* The Royals lead the PCL with 53 errors thus far. As if Royals fans needed more bad news.

Snyder 7 1/3 IP, 6 R (1 ER), 8 H, BB, 7 K -- L, 0-3, 3.78 ERA
Hudson 2/3 IP, UER, H, 2 BB, WP -- 2.84 ERA

*** Two Gotay errors led to 6 unearned Fresno runs as Omaha dropped its 2nd straight game. Snyder gave up a run in the 1st on an RBI double by '05 O-Royal 1B Chad Santos, who is now in the Giants' organization. Gotay's first error of the game led off the Grizzlies' 2nd and Fresno rallied for 3 2-out runs to take a 3-0 lead. Omaha regrouped in the 4th as new LF Justin Huber hit an RBI ground out, Aviles followed with an RBI double and Dee Brown hit an RBI ground-rule double to cut the Fresno lead to 4-3. Omaha was helped by an error by Fresno 3B Jed Hansen (another former O-Royal, if I'm not mistaken) and Gotay hit a sac fly in the 6th to tie it at 4. Gotay fumbled a force attempt with 1 out in the 8th and Fresno cashed in as Hudson came in and walked in a run, gave up an RBI single and wild pitched a run home to give the Grizzlies some insurance. The O-Royals almost forced them to use that insurance as Omaha loaded the bases with 0 outs before Huber popped out for out #1, Aviles hit an RBI single and 1B Rick Bell hit into a game-ending DP. Omaha is 18-25 and 6 1/2 games back of first. Santos was 2-4 with his 31st RBI to improve to .250, SS Tomas De La Rosa was 3-3 with his 25th RBI to improve to .280 and Hansen was 0-3 to drop to .227.

Game 2 of the set is tonight. Pitchers: Omaha RH Adam Bernero (1-1, 3.32) vs. RH Alfredo Simon (0-5, 5.44).

AA - Wichita: Corpus Christi 9, Wranglers 6

3B Gordon 0-2, 2 BB, RBI (22), K, RS -- .313
RF Butler 1-4, K, RS -- .282
LF Lubanski 3-3, 2 2B (14), BB, RS -- .270, rebounds in first game at #9 spot in order
CF Maier 1-3, SF, 3B (2), RBI (30), RS -- .287
SS Sanchez 1-5, K, RS, SB (3) -- .287, not a good OBP guy in leadoff spot
C Tupman 1-3, 2B, HBP, RBI (16), RS, E (4) -- .343
2B Murphy 1-4, K, RBI (16) -- .255

Herndon 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, BB, 2 K, 3 HRA -- ND, 4.84 ERA, put the ball on a tee
DePriest 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, K, HRA -- L, 0-4, 4.12 ERA

*** The Wranglers had the momentum when a 5-run 6th tied the game at 6 but the Hooks, who have the best record in the TL at 27-16, took it back in the 7th and didn't return it. A 1-out triple by Maier in the 1st and an RBI ground out by Gordon gave Wichita a 1-0 lead but Herndon gave up 3 straight hits in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Corpus Christi got its first homer off Herndon in the 2nd for a 2-1 lead and added 4 runs in the 4th on two more homers for a 6-1 lead. Wichita's offense came back to life in the 6th as Maier hit a 1-out sac fly to score Lubanski, and a Gordon walk and Butler single loaded the bases with 2 out. Hooks RP Joshua Muecke came in and hit Tupman with a pitch to drive in another run, Murphy followed with an RBI single and 1B Kila Kaaihue tied the game with a 2-run single before RP Monte Mansfield came in and struck DH Adam Keim out to end the inning. DePriest gave up an RBI ground out and solo homer in the 7th to allow the Hooks to regain a 2-run lead and RP Cody Smith gave up a CC insurance run in the 8th. Wichita didn't put up a serious threat after the 6th. Wichita is 18-26 and 9 games out of first. Hooks RP Jailen Peguero picked up his 12th save with an easy 9th to drop his ERA to 0.73. Hooks C J.R. House was 4-4 with his 5th homer to improve to .339, 1B Derek Nicholson was 3-3 with his 1st homer to improve to .239 and RF Hunter Pence was 2-4 with his 13th homer to improve to .307. Two other Hooks are hitting over .300 -- CF Josh Anderson at .328 and SS Ben Zobrist at .315.

The teams knock heads again tonight. No announced pitchers.

High-A - High Desert: Rancho Cucamonga 9, Mavs 6

1B Stodolka 2-3, HR (6), 2 RBI (21), BB -- .328, let us see what he can do in Wichita
3B Lucas 2-3, SF, RBI (19), RS -- .265
RF McFall 2-4, K, RS -- .207
DH R. Brown 2-5, 2B (9), K, 2 RS -- .301
CF Senreiso 1-3, SF, RBI (18), RS -- .260
C Donachie 1-4, 2B -- .284

Gragg III 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, BB, 4 K, 2 HRA, pickoff -- L, 0-1, 12.46 ERA, welcome back to the California League

*** Gragg got a rude welcome back to High Desert as the first batter for the Quakes homered and RC took off from there. After the homer by Quakes leadoff batter 2B Nate Sutton, a 2-run triple also in the 1st gave RC a 3-0 lead. Sutton scored again on an RBI double in the 2nd for a 4-0 Quakes lead but the Mavs got a run back that inning on a Lucas sac fly. Rancho Cucamonga got another homer in the 3rd to make the score 5-1 and the Quakes tacked on 3 more in the 5th off Gragg and RP Adam Rowe. Stodolka hit a 2-run longball in the 6th to cut the lead to 8-3 and a Senreiso sac fly in the 8th cut the lead to 9-4. LF Michael Gaffney hit a 2-run single in the 9th but that was it for the Mavs. High Desert dropped its 4th straight to fall to 21-23 and 4 1/2 games out of first. Sutton was 2-5 with his 1st homer to improve to .264, LF Drew Toussaint was 3-5 with 2 HR (5 on the season) to improve to .217, 1B Clifton Remole was 3-5 to move to .318 and C Michael Collins was 2-4 to improve to .333.

The series goes to game 2 tonight. Pitchers: Mavs RH Billy Buckner vs. Rancho Cucamonga LH Micah Posey.

Low-A - Burlington: Bees 12, Wisconsin 5

3B Lisson 3-4, BB, 2 RBI (25), 2 RS -- .215
C Everett 3-4, RBI, RS, CS -- .444
RF Jirschele 3-5, 2B, K, 2 RBI, RS -- .216
SS McConnell 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (14), RS, 2 E (9) -- .179
1B Vega 2-5, 2B, HR (6), RBI (20), 2 RS -- .261
LF Sabatini 2-4, SF, HR (1), 2 RBI -- .147

Penn 6 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 10 H, 0 BB, 5 K -- W, 3-1, 4.15 ERA
Damico 3 IP, 0 ER, H, 2 K -- SV, 1, 3.47 ERA

*** Penn survived a rough first couple innings and the Bees got it done on offense to win the 8th of their last 9 games. Lisson hit an RBI single in the top of the 1st for Burlington but Wisconsin got the run back off Penn in the bottom of the inning. The Bees scored 3 in the 2nd on an RBI double by DH Jeff Howell, a Sabatini sac fly and McConnell RBI single. Wisconsin once again matched Burlington with 3 in the 2nd thanks in part to a McConnell fielding error but it was mostly Burlington after that. The Bees scored 1 in the 5th on a Vega solo homer (his 6th) and again in the 6th on Sabatini's first homer of '06. Wisconsin got that run back in the bottom of the 6th but Burlington scored 3 in the 7th on an RBI single by Everett, a Jirschele RBI single and RBI ground out by CF Jose Duarte. They polished the Timber Rattlers off with 3 in the 8th on a McConnell RBI double, Lisson RBI single and Jirschele RBI single. Burlington is 20-22 and 5 1/2 games out of first. Rattlers SS Jeff Dominguez was 1-5 to drop to .315 and 3B Ron Garth was 1-4 with his 23rd RBI to drop to .276. LF Casey Craig was 2-4 to move to .273.

The teams finish the set tonight. Pitchers: Bees RH Chris Nicoll (2-2, 1.93) vs. Rattlers LH Paul Fagan (1-4, 5.31).

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