07 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/6 and 5/7

AAA - Omaha: Round Rock 5, O-Royals 4 (Sat.)

RF Allen 1-3, HR (5), 2 RBI (26), BB, K, CS, E (2) -- .312
2B Gotay 0-2, BB, RS, SB, HBP -- .270
LF Bell 1-3, HR (1), RBI, HBP, OF assist at second -- .186
CF Ambres 1-4, RBI -- .167
SS Blanco 0-4, K -- .293

Snyder 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K -- ND, 3.41 ERA

*** Omaha finally took a lead in the game in the 9th but blew it later that inning to drop to .500. Round Rock scored 2 off Snyder in the 2nd but cut the lead in half in the 5th on Bell's solo homer. Express 3B Joe McEwing got the run back with an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th but Omaha tied the game in the 6th on a 2-out, 2-run shot to left by Allen (his 5th). Snyder cruised through the 6th, 7th and 8th and a 2-out RBI single by Ambres in the 9th set Snyder up for the win with a 4-3 Omaha lead. RP Frank Brooks came on to pitch the 9th and walked the bases loaded with a strikeout mixed in before RP Dave Elder was called upon. Elder struck out his first batter but then gave up a 2-run single to Express C Humberto Quintero to end the game. Omaha was 14-14 with the loss, which was the O-Royals 3rd 1-run loss in a row. Round Rock CF Charlton Jimerson was 1-4 to drop to .300, McEwing was 1-4 with his 11th RBI to drop to .269 and Quintero was 3-4 to move to .306.

Round Rock 4, O-Royals 0 (Sun.)

CF Ambres 1-3, 2 K, CS -- .172
SS Blanco 1-3, K -- .295
3B Aviles 1-3, CS -- .267, that's all the team's hits, folks -- and 2 were wiped out by caught stealing
2B Gotay 0-3, BB -- .263
RF Allen 0-4, K -- .301

Bernero 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K -- L, 1-1, 3.60 ERA, tough loss
Nelson 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K -- 2.51 ERA

*** Express P Chris Baker shut the O-Royals down with the help of three teammates and Omaha dropped its 4th straight game. Bernero took a perfect game into the 5th before it was broken up and his shutout was broken up with 2 Express runs in the 6th. Omaha bumbled through their half of the 5th as Aviles led off with a single and was caught stealing, LF Rick Bell walked, Ambres singled Bell to third then was picked off at 1st and then DH Jared Price flew out to end the threat. Bad inning. RP Joe Nelson gave up a 2-run homer in the 7th to make the score 4-0 Round Rock. Omaha got two 1-out walks in the 9th but didn't turn them into anything. Omaha is 14-15 and 5 1/2 back of first-place Nashville. Baker scattered 3 hits and a walk over 6 IP to move to 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA. Express DH Mike Rodriguez was 1-3 to drop to .389 and 1B Hector Gimenez was 2-3 with his 1st homer to move to .258.

The teams finish the series Monday as Round Rock smells a sweep and has a 9-game winning streak to boot. Pitchers: Omaha RH Brian Bass (1-3, 3.96) vs. RH Jason Hirsh (1-2, 4.83).

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 6, Midland 3 (Sat.)

3B Gordon 0-5, K -- .304
DH Butler 2-4, K, RS -- .314
LF Lubanski 3-5, 2B (7), HR (4), 2 RBI (10), K -- .304, on fire
SS Sanchez 1-5, RBI (13), K -- .248
CF Maier 2-4, 2B (7), K -- .298
C Tupman 2-3, BB, K, RBI (11), 2 RS -- .351

Snare 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 6 K, E (1) -- ND, 6.44 ERA
Cody Smith 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K -- W, 1-0, 2.16 ERA

*** Lubanski lit it up to lead a late Wichita rally for the team's 9th win. Midland got a homer and RBI double in the 3rd for a 3-0 lead that could have been worse had a couple plays gone differently in the inning. The Wranglers stayed scoreless into the 6th when Lubanski hit a solo homer to get Wichita on the scoreboard. Cody Smith gave up a leadoff triple in the 7th but worked out of the jam without any damage and Wichita scored again in the 8th on a Sanchez RBI ground out after a Tupman leadoff walk and a 1-out double by Lubanski. Midland led, 3-2, into the 9th when, with 2 out and Butler at 1st, IF Damaso Espino singled, Tupman singled home Butler to tie the game, PH Kila Kaaihue singled home 2 runs to break the tie and Lubanski singled home a run to give Wichita a 6-3 lead off RP Alex Santos. Smith sat the RockHounds down quietly in the bottom of the 9th to end the game. Wichita moved to 9-20. Midland SP Ray Aguilar allowed only 1 ER on 4 H and a walk over 6 1/3 IP to drop his ERA to 3.48 but got a no-decision. C Kurt Suzuki was 2-5 with a triple and homer to move to .330, CF Jason Perry was 2-4 to move to .407 and 1B Vasili Spanos was 1-3 with his 20th RBI to move to .306.

Frisco 6, Wranglers 5 (10) (Sun.)

3B Gordon 2-4, 2B (9), HR (7), 2 RBI (16), BB, K -- .311
RF Butler 1-3, 2 BB, RS -- .314
LF Lubanski 0-5, K -- .291, cooled off for one day
SS Sanchez 2-5, 2 RS -- .255
CF Maier 1-5, 3 K, RS, E (2) -- .294

Herndon 6 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, BB, 2 K -- ND, 4.22 ERA
Braun 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- L, 1-4, 3.18 ERA

*** Wichita blew a late lead and a late comeback wasn't in the cards as Frisco (AA Rangers) took the series opener. Lubanski flew out with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 2nd but Wichita broke into the scoring column in the 4th on an RBI single by C Espino and an RBI ground out by 2B Walter Sevilla for a 2-0 lead. Gordon cranked a 2-run homer in the 5th to make the lead 4-0 and Herndon kept the Rough Riders in check through 6 IP. He gave up 2 singles to start the 7th with both runners getting an extra base on the latter hit on a throwing error by Maier. RP Derrick DePriest came in and traded outs to allow both runners to score but Wichita came out of the inning with a 4-2 lead. DePriest gave up a solo shot to start the 8th and RP Nate Hoelscher gave up 2 runs later in the inning to give Frisco a 5-4 lead before RP Ryan Braun got out of the inning without further damage. Gordon came through with an RBI double to tie the game as two Frisco errors helped out and Gordon got to third with 0 out. Dee Brown grounded out and Butler grounded into a fielder's choice out as Gordon was cut down at home and Maier flied out to end the threat. Braun gave up 3 straight hits in the 10th and Frisco pushed the winning run across. Wichita is 9-21. Frisco 1B Jim Fasano was 1-5 with a double to drop to .343, RF Luke Grayson was 3-5 to move to .298 and DH Anthony Webster was 4-4 to move to .234.

The teams continue their set Monday. No announced starters yet.

High-A - High Desert: Modesto 7, Mavs 5 (Sat.)

1B Stodolka 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI (10), K, E (3) -- .320
C Donachie 2-4 -- .279
CF Melgarejo 0-3, 2 BB, K, RS -- .308
LF Galloway 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI (10), RS -- .298
3B Valentin 1-4 -- .299
RF Senreiso 2 OF assists

Hicklen 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, K, WP -- L, 0-5, 9.00 ERA, not working well at high-A
Moore 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 1.17 ERA

*** Modesto blew the game open in the 5th and coasted to the win to set themselves up for a potential sweep Sunday. A throwing error by Mavs 2B Wilver Perez helped the Nuts score a run in the 1st and Modesto added a run in the 3rd off Hicklen. Stodolka went solo for his 2nd career homer in the 4th but Modesto got a 3-run homer from CF Matthew Miller in the 5th to take a 5-1 lead. Perez singled home a run in the 7th but Miller blasted a 2-run shot in the 8th to make the score 7-2 Nuts. Michael Galloway hit a 2-run triple in the 8th and Stodolka singled him home to cut the lead to 7-5 with only 1 out but Donachie grounded into a double play to thwart the rally. High Desert went down without a fight in the 9th to end it. The Mavs were 16-13 and made 3 errors in the loss. Modesto 2B Corey Wimberly was 3-5 and stole his 17th base to improve to .358, Miller was 3-4 with 2 homers and 7 RBI to move his season totals to 6 and 32 and his BA to .345 and 3B Anthony Granato was 1-5 to drop to .357.

Mavs 9, Modesto 6 (Sun.)

1B Stodolka 0-4, RBI (11), 2 K -- .304
SS Falu 2-5, 2 RBI (10), RS -- .248
LF Valentin 2-4, 2B, RBI (12), HBP -- .309
CF Senreiso 2-4, HR (4), RBI, 2 RS -- .255
3B Lucas 3-4, 2 2B (9), 2 RBI (16), 2 RS -- .300
2B Perez 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (10), K, RS -- .275

Crist 4 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HRA -- ND, 4.50 ERA
Weeden 4 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 2 K -- W, 4-0, 4.09 ERA
DeHoyos IP, 0 ER, H, 0 BB, K, WP -- SV, 6, 1.42 ERA

*** High Desert got 2 key rallies to stay away from the sweep. Modesto RF Doc Brooks cracked a 2-run homer in the 1st to start a run of scoring in the first 5 innings for the Nuts. A Stodolka fielder's choice in the 1st drove a run home and, after 2 hit batsmen got another run home for the Nuts in the 2nd, Perez doubled home 2 runs and Valentin doubled home another in the 2nd to give the Mavs a 4-3 lead. Miller hit his 7th homer for Modesto in the 3rd to tie the game but the Mavs moved back ahead that inning on Senreiso's solo homer. The shootout continued as the Nuts scored in the 4th and 5th, including Brooks' second homer of the game, for a 6-5 Nuts lead. Lucas hit a 2-run double in the 5th to put the Mavs up for good and High Desert scored twice in the 8th on a Falu 2-run single. Weeden and DeHoyos held Modesto down to secure the win.
The Mavs are 17-13 and in a 3-way tie for first. Wimberly was 2-5 with his 18th steal to improve to .360, Miller was 1-5 with his 32nd RBI to drop to .331 and Brooks was 2-3 with his 4th and 5th homers to move to .253.

High Desert starts a 3-game set at the Bakersfield Blaze (12-18, High-A Rangers) Monday. No announced pitchers.

Low-A - Burlington: Bees 8, West Michigan 1 (Sat.)

2B Johnson 2-5, RBI, 2 RS -- .246
SS McConnell 2-4, K, 2 RS -- .184
RF Arroyo 2-4, 3 RBI (9), CS -- .272
1B Vega 2-4, 2 2B, K, 2 RS -- .197
CF Duarte 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 RS, SB (5) -- .238

Rosa 7 IP, ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K -- W, 2-3, 2.64 ERA, looking good
Harkcom 2 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 2 K -- 2.77 ERA

*** Burlington jumped on Whitecaps SP Erik Averill for 4 runs in the 1st 2 innings and Bees starter Carlos Rosa took it from there. DH John Lowen hit a sac fly and Arroyo singled home a run for a 2-0 Bees lead in the 1st and Duarte and LF Antonio Sabatini hit RBI singles in the 2nd for a 4-0 lead. Rosa gave up West Michigan's only run in the 4th but Burlington struck back with 3 in the 5th on RBI singles by Josh Johnson, McConnell and Arroyo for a 7-1 lead. The Bees wrapped up the scoring with 1 in the 6th on a Duarte RBI double. The Bees were 10-19 with the win. Whitecaps CF Cameron Maybin was 1-4 to drop to .330 and C Dusty Ryan was 2-4 to move to .361.

Bees 4, West Michigan 2 (Sun.)

DH Thibault 1-4, 2B, RBI (15), K -- .256
1B Lowen 1-4, 2B, RBI (13), 3 K -- .246
C Howell 2-3, RBI, K -- .194
CF Duarte 1-1, 2B, RBI -- .247

Nicoll 5 2/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, BB, 7 K -- W, 2-2, 2.14 ERA
Schambough and de la Vara 3 1/3 IP scoreless relief

*** Burlington turned an 8-game losing streak into a 2-game winning streak and a split of the 4-game series with West Michigan as a 3-run inning propelled them to a narrow win Sunday. RBI doubles from Thibault and Lowen and a Howell RBI single gave Burlington a 3-0 lead in the 4th but West Michigan got a run back in the bottom of the inning. Maybin singled home a run in the 6th to cut the Bees' lead to 1 but Burlington got some insurance in the 9th on a Duarte RBI double. A double-play ball ended the game in the bottom of the 9th. The Bees are 11-19 and 6 games back of first. Whitecaps SP Sandy Vasquez took the loss to drop to 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA. Maybin was 1-3 with a walk and his 19th RBI to stay at .330. He also stole his 6th base. 2B William Rhymes was 1-3 to move to .300.

The Bees move on to a 4-game set at the South Bend Silver Hawks (13-17, Low-A D'Backs) Monday. Pitchers: Bees RH Matt Kniginyzky (2-1, 3.16) vs. RH Eddie Baeza (2-2, 3.12).

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