30 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/29

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 4, Memphis 1

LF Huber 2-3, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBI (13) -- .272, coming around?
2B Gotay 2-4, HR (6), RBI (19), K -- .276
3B Teahen 1-4, HR (1), RBI (11) -- .388
CF Robinson 1-4 -- .330

Musser 5 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K, HRA -- W, 2-3, 4.70 ERA, wasn't pretty but got it done
Hudson 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K -- SV, 1, 1.17 ERA

*** The O-Royals came back from 3 straight losses to the Redbirds to take the series finale. Teahen homered to lead off the 2nd for his 1st at AAA and, after DH Mike Aviles singled, Huber cracked a 2-run homer for his 8th of the season. Memphis' run came on a solo shot in the 4th off Musser but he and Hudson held the Redbirds to 5 hits in the game. Gotay hit a solo longball in the 8th to finish Omaha's scoring. That was his 6th and he's back up to .276. Omaha is 20-31 and 8 games back of first. Memphis SS John Nelson was 2-4 with his 9th homer and 21st RBI to improve to .213, RF Timo Perez was 1-3 to move to .320 and 1B John Gall was 0-3 to drop to .312.

Omaha starts a 4-game home set with the New Orleans Zephyrs (27-24, AAA Nationals) tonight. Pitchers: Zephyrs RH Andrew Good (0-4, 6.80) vs. RH Adam Bernero (1-2, 3.45). In other news, OF Aaron Guiel has been optioned back to Omaha to make room for DeJesus.

AA - Wichita: Corpus Christi 5, Wranglers 0

3B Gordon 1-3, BB, K, SB (12) -- .318
RF Butler 1-4 -- .295
LF Lubanski 1-4 -- .254
CF Maier 1-4, 2B (12), K -- .263
SS Sanchez 0-3 -- .292, ejected in 6th
C Tupman 0-4 -- .331
2B Murphy 0-2, BB, HBP, SB (3) -- .203

Song 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K, WP -- L, 3-5, 3.74 ERA, hard loss
DePriest 2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K, WP -- 4.76 ERA

*** Wichita again got schooled by the Hooks in a 4-hit shutout. Two of the 4 hits came in the 1st on Maier's double and Butler's single but after Gordon's single in the 3rd, CC SP Juan Gutierrez set down 11 straight Wranglers before Murphy walked in the 7th and Lubanski singled. After grounding out to end the 5th, Sanchez was ejected by the first base umpire, I assume for arguing he was safe. Gordon walked in the 8th but he was Wichita's final base runner. Wichita is 21-30 and 10 games back of first. Gutierrez allowed only the 4 hits and a walk with a HBP over 7 IP to move to 5-2 with a 3.69 ERA. He K'd 5. Hooks C J.R. House was 2-5 with 3 RBI to move to 35 on the season and to .349 in BA, RF Hunter Pence was 2-4 to move to .299 and 2B Jonathan Ash was 2-4 with a triple to move to .353.

Tonight's game has been rained out and will be made up as part of a Wednesday double dip. Game 1 will start at 5 p.m. and, if needed, RSTN will join it in progress at 7 p.m. before showing game 2.

High-A - High Desert: Lake Elsinore 2, Mavs 0

1B Stodolka 1-4, K -- .310
C Donachie 1-3 -- .292
LF Tomlin 1-3 -- .214, that's all the hits
RF Valentin 0-3, BB -- .298
DH R. Brown 0-4, 2 K -- .297

Crist 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, BB, 6 K -- ND, 4.57 ERA, nice start
Weeden 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K, HRA -- L, 4-2, 5.50 ERA

*** High Desert only managed 3 hits and couldn't take advantage of 4 Storm errors in losing their 4th straight game. The Mavs were hitless until the 4th and their other hits came in the 6th and 8th. The Mavs got 2 on with 0 out in the 8th but couldn't get a run home. Lake Elsinore broke the ice in the 8th on a solo homer by Pads 3B prospect Chase Headley and scored another run off Weeden that inning to take the 2-0 lead. The Mavs got 2 base runners in the 9th before OF Juan Senreiso struck out to end the game. High Desert is 23-28 and 8 1/2 games out of first. Storm SP Mike Ekstrom allowed only the 3 hits and a walk over 8 IP with 5 Ks to improve to 5-3 with a 2.76 ERA. RP Neil Jamison earned his 11th save in the 9th and dropped his ERA to 1.45. Headley was 2-3 with his 5th homer and 24th RBI in improving to .278, 2B Sean Kazmar was 2-4 to move to .254 and RF Jeremy Cleveland was 2-4 with his 21st RBI to move to .276.

The Mavs and Storm lock horns again tonight. No announced pitchers.

Low-A - Burlington: Bees 3, Wisconsin 2 (10)

SS McConnell 2-3, BB, RS -- .190
1B Vega 0-4, HBP -- .243
C Everett 1-3, picked off a runner but 4 SB against -- .345
3B Lisson 1-4, 2B (13), RBI (31) -- .204
CF Duarte 1-3, RS -- .272

Penn 7 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, K, WP -- ND, 3.45 ERA
de la Vara 2 IP, ER, 2 H, K, WP -- BS, 2, W, 3-2, 3.67 ERA

*** Two Wisconsin errors helped the Bees get the series-opening win. The Bees scored first on an RBI single by 2B Josh Johnson in the 3rd but Wisconsin finally got to Penn with a 6th inning sac fly to tie the game. Lisson doubled home the Bees' 2nd run in the 8th but de la Vara allowed the Rattlers to tie the game in the 9th for his 2nd blown save in the past few days. de la Vara gave up a leadoff triple in the 10th but got a K, a fielder's choice out at home and a pop out to end the inning. McConnell led off the bottom of the 10th with a single, was sacrificed to second by Lisson and scored the winning run on a grounder by Vega back to Rattlers RP Ruben Flores, who threw the ball away on the throw to first.
Burlington is 24-24 and 6 games back of first. Rattlers SS Jeff Dominguez was 0-4 to drop to .284 and LF Casey Craig was 1-3 with his 20th RBI to move to .255.

The teams continue the set tonight. Pitchers: RH Matt Kniginyzky (5-2, 2.98) vs. Rattlers LH Harold Williams (0-1, 2.43).

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