08 May 2006

Royals on the Farm 5/8

AAA - Omaha: Round Rock 13, O-Royals 3

C Phillips 2-4, RS, PB (4) -- .261
2B Gotay 0-5, K -- .252
RF Allen 1-4, 2B (8), RBI (27), RS, E (3) -- .299
3B Teahen 1-4, 2B, RS
SS Blanco 1-3, 2B, HBP, E (10) -- .296

Bass 3 IP, 8 R (7 ER), 9 H, 2 BB, K, 3 HRA -- L, 1-4, 5.79 ERA
Brooks and Elder 5 IP gas cans

*** Round Rock absolutely lit Bass up with 3 in the 2nd and 5 runs on 3 homers in the 3rd. The score was 10-0 in the 7th before Omaha finally got on the board with Teahen doubling and scoring on a throwing error. The O-Royals added 2 runs in the 8th on an RBI double by Allen and RBI single by DH Mike Aviles but the Express tacked on 3 more off RP Dave Elder that inning to finish the job. Omaha is 14-16 with a 5-game losing streak rolling and still 5 1/2 games back of first. Round Rock starter Jason Hirsh allowed an unearned run on 5 hits with 5 Ks over 7 IP to improve to 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA. Former Omaha pitcher Justin Huisman was touched up for 2 runs in an IP to move his ERA back up to 10.12. Express CF Charlton Jimerson was 3-5 with his 10th double to improve to .302, DH Mike Rodriguez was 1-5 to drop to .366 and 3B Cody Ransom was 3-5 with 6 RBI to improve to .254.

A 4-game home set with the Salt Lake Bees (19-11, AAA Angels) starts Tuesday. Pitchers: RH Steven Shell (0-0, 2.00) vs. Omaha RH Bobby Keppel (2-2, 5.20). P Joe Mays reportedly refused his assignment to Omaha and will likely be released. RP Luke Hudson is set to join the team Tuesday.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 6, Frisco 1

3B Gordon 1-4, 2B (10), RBI (17), SB (8), HBP -- .309
RF Butler 0-5 -- .302
LF Lubanski 2-5, 2 2B (9), 3 RBI (13), K -- .295
SS Sanchez 3-4, BB, 2B, RBI (14), K, RS, SB (2) -- .272
CF Maier 1-5, K -- .290
C Tupman 2-4, K, RS, plus picked off a runner -- .359, I say switch him and Omaha C Jared Price around.
2B Sevilla 2-4, 2B, K, 2 RS -- .250

Middleton 7 IP, ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K -- W, 2-2, 3.46 ERA
Markray 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, K -- 2.11 ERA

*** Frisco scored first but it was all Wranglers after that as Wichita finally got to double digits in wins. The Rough Riders strung together 2 hits and a sac fly to score a run in the 2nd but the Wranglers got it back in the 3rd on a Sanchez RBI single and took the lead with 3 in the 4th on a 2-run double by Lubanski, who is starting to rake, and a bases-loaded HBP by Gordon. Wichita added runs in the 7th and 8th on a fielding error on a Gordon hit to short that allowed Sanchez to score and another Lubanski RBI double. Middleton had a great start to get back to .500 at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.46. Wichita is 10-21. Frisco DH Anthony Webster was 3-4 to move to .259 and 1B Nate Gold was 2-4 to move to .257.

Game 3 of the series is Tuesday. No announced starters yet.

High-A - High Desert: Bakersfield 4, Mavs 3

C Donachie 3-3, 2B, HR (1), RBI (5), BB, picked off a runner -- .310, hitting like '05
1B Stodolka 1-4, HR (3), 2 RBI (13), K, 2 E (5) -- .301
LF Melgarejo 0-3, 2 BB, SB (7) -- .300
3B Lucas 0-3 -- .291

Buckner 6 IP, UER, 4 H, 6 BB, 4 K -- ND, 2.50 ERA, too many walks
Moore 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H -- BS, 2, L, 0-1, 2.25 ERA

*** Buckner was set for the win despite 6 walks over 6 IP but the bullpen blew it in the 8th and 9th. Donachie hit his 1st '06 homer in the 2nd to start the scoring and the Mavs added 2 in the 4th on Stodolka's 3rd homer, a 2-run shot to left. A Buckner error preceded him walking in a run to get the Blaze a run in the 5th but the Mavs held the 3-1 lead into the 8th. Moore gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced in the 8th but got out of the inning with no further damage and a 1-run lead. Moore gave up a leadoff double and then a 1-out, 2-run walkoff homer to Blaze RF Steve Murphy to end the game in the 9th. High Desert is 17-14 and 1/2 a game out of first. Bakersfield CF Jayce Tingler was 2-4 to move to .305 and C Emerson Frostad was 2-3 to improve to .300.

The teams play again Tuesday night. Pitchers:
Mavs RH Luis Cota (1-3, 8.01) vs. Bakersfield RH Eric Hurley, who held the Mavs pretty much in check last week in a losing effort.

Low-A - Burlington: South Bend 5, Bees 3

2B Johnson 2-4, RBI, RS -- .261
SS McConnell 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI (8), K -- .187, first A-ball homer
DH Thibault 1-4 -- .255
CF Duarte 1-3, K, RS, SB (6) -- .250

Kniginyzky 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HRA, 2 WP -- L, 2-2, 3.56 ERA
Oliveros 2 IP, ER, 4 H -- 3.55 ERA, back in pen

*** One inning did in Kniginyzky as the Bees blew a 3-0 lead in the loss. Johnson hit an RBI single in the 3rd to put the Bees up and they added 2 in the 6th on McConnell's 2-run longball for his 1st of the season. Kniginyzky was cruising with a 3-hitter through 5 even though walks and wild pitches put him in some tight spots. His luck ran out in the 6th as two singles and a 3-run homer tied the game and South Bend moved ahead on another homer that was back-to-back with the 3-run shot to give the Silver Hawks a 4-3 lead. South Bend tacked on an RBI single in the 8th and Burlington made the last 11 outs in a row to end the game. Burlington is 11-20. 2005 top pick Justin Upton was 1-4 in CF for South Bend to drop to .312 on the season. 3B Ricardo Sosa was 2-4 with his 1st triple and homer to move to .500 and LF Gregory Thomson was 3-4 to move to .307.

Game 2 of the series is tonight. Pitchers: Bees RH Michael Penn (0-1, 12.27) vs. South Bend RH Anthony Cupps (1-2, 10.52).

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