04 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/3

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 4, Albuquerque 1

2B Gotay 3-5, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI (10) -- .269
CF Guiel 3-5, 2 2B (9) -- .268
C Phillips 2-5, K -- .276
SS Blanco 1-3, 3B (3), RBI (14), BB, K -- .321
LF Ambres 0-5, 2 K, OF assist at second -- .165, struggling

Tamayo 6 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K, HRA -- W, 3-1, 1.64 ERA, nice surprise, 4th in PCL in ERA
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, H, 0 BB, K -- SV, 1, 0.75 ERA

*** Danny Tamayo had a good start and Gotay provided the offense in Omaha's victory. Tamayo gave up a solo homer in the 2nd to fall behind early but Gotay matched the homer with one of his own to tie the game in the 3rd. A ground-rule double by 3B Mike Aviles in the 4th was followed by a Blanco RBI triple to put Omaha ahead, 2-1, and that was the score through an Isotopes threat in the 7th off RP Dave Elder that had runners on second and third with 2 out. Elder induced a ground out to end the game and Gotay gave Omaha some insurance with a 2-out, 2-run homer in the 8th. Elder and Nelson did the rest on the mound to finish the victory. Omaha is 14-11 and still 3 1/2 games back of Nashville. Isotopes RF Mark Little was 2-2 and hit by a pitch 3 times to tie a league record. He's hitting .329. LF Chris Ashby was 1-3 to move to .344 and 1B Mike Kinkade was 1-5 to drop to .310.

The teams are wrapping up their series now. Pitchers: Omaha RH Bobby Keppel (2-2, 4.75) vs. LH Chris George (1-0, 7.11). In other news, O-Royals manager Mike Jirschele was named as the PCL's manager for the AAA All-Star Game this season versus the International League All-Stars.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 8, Frisco 2

3B Gordon 1-4, BB, RBI (13), SB (7) -- .324
RF Butler 2-5, RS -- .306
LF Lubanski 3-5, 2B (6), HR (3), 3 RBI (8), 2 RS -- .283, avg creeping up
SS Sanchez 2-5, 2B, RBI (11) -- .253
CF Maier 1-5, K, RS -- .282
C Tupman 2-3, BB, 2 RS, 2 SB against -- .358
DH D. Brown 2-5, 2B -- .136

Middleton 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K, HRA -- .W, 1-2, 3.94 ERA
Braun 3 IP, 0 ER, H, 0 BB, 2 K -- 3.00 ERA

*** A big 2nd inning and 3 Frisco errors helped the Wranglers snap a 5-game losing skid and keep from being swept by the Rough Riders. Frisco scored a run off Middleton in the 1st but Wichita tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a Gordon RBI ground out after Lubanski led off the inning with a double. The Wranglers scored 4 in the 2nd as Maier scored on a throwing error by Frisco C Dustin Smith, Tupman scored on a sac fly by 2B Walter Sevilla that was aided by another error, Lubanski singled home a run and Sanchez doubled home another to make the score 5-1 Wranglers. Frisco got a solo homer from CF Kevin Mahar in the 6th to trim into the lead but Wichita struck back with 2 that inning on a 2-run shot by Lubanski for his 3rd of 2006. Sevilla singled home a run in the 8th to add to the lead and Braun and John Gragg III finished the game on the mound. Wichita is 8-18. Frisco 1B Jim Fasano was 2-4 to stay at .500 and 2B Aarom (not Aaron) Baldiris was 1-4 to drop to .306.

The Wranglers lock up with the Midland RockHounds (15-11, AA Athletics) again beginning a 3-game road set tonight. Pitchers: Wichita SP Seung Song (1-2, 4.56) vs. Midland's Jason Windsor (3-1, 3.18).

High-A - High Desert: Mavericks 8, Bakersfield 7 (10)

SS Falu 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, RS -- .247
3B Lucas 3-4, BB, RBI (14) -- .290
CF Melgarejo 2-4, 2 BB, HR (1), RBI, K, 3 RS -- .320, walkoff homer
1B Stodolka 0-1, 4 BB!, K, 2 RS -- .319
LF Galloway 1-5, 2 K -- .300
DH R. Brown 1-5, RBI (12), K, RS -- .304

Cota 4 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, BB, 2 K, pickoff -- ND, 8.01 ERA, yikes
Weeden, Woodrow, Barnes 5 2/3 IP scoreless relief

*** High Desert's word for Wednesday was comeback as the Mavericks faced a 7-0 deficit in the 6th only to come back and win in 10 after a 5-run 9th. Luis Cota continued his rough start in the California League by giving up 2 runs in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd before giving up 4 ER in the 5th and giving way to RP Brandon Weeden. Blaze SP Eric Hurley made his way through 5 IP without problems but was touched up for an unearned run in th 6th when Lucas singled home Stodolka after a fielding error by Blaze 3B Mauro Gomez. Former Royal farmhand Ryan Bukvich came in to pitch the 7th for Bakersfield and gave up an ER on a Galloway double play ball that cut the lead to 7-2. Bukvich gave way to RP John Lujan for the 9th and, with 1 out, Falu doubled home 2 runs. Galloway flied out to put the Mavs down to their final chance and a Brown RBI single, Stodolka walk (one of 4 on the day for him) and RBI double by C Tomas Duenas cut the lead to 7-6 and chased Lujan. RP Danny Touchet came in for the Blaze and promptly threw a wild pitch that allowed Stodolka to score and tie the game. C Adam Donachie came in as a defensive replacement for Duenas to start the 10th and paid dividends as he caught a runner stealing second to end the inning. With 1 out in the bottom of the 10th, CF Ransel Melgarejo jacked a solo homer to center for High Desert to end the game. The Mavs are 16-11 and 1/2 a game in first after the sweep. Hurley earned a no-decision by giving up only the 1 UER over 6 IP to drop his ERA to 2.27. Bukvich has a 2.70 ERA. Blaze CF Jayce Tingler was 3-5 to move to .309, 1B Phillip Hawke was 1-4 to drop to .409, Gomez was 2-5 to move to .351 and LF Roberto Valiente was 2-4 to up his BA to .417.

High Desert has Thursday off before beginning a 3-game home set with the Modesto Nuts (13-13, High-A Rockies) Friday.

Low-A - Burlington: off day

The Bees start a 4-game set at West Michigan today. Pitchers: Michael Penn (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start for the Bees vs. Whitecaps SP Lucas French (3-1, 3.41).

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