14 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/13

AAA - Omaha: Oklahoma 1, O-Royals 0 (susp. in 2nd)

*** Kyle Middleton gave up a homer in the top of the 2nd before rain shut things down Thursday. The game will be completed Friday night before the regularly scheduled game, which will go 7 instead of 9 innings. Ed Yarnall will start the remainder of Thursday's game and Ryan Baerlocher will start the regular Friday game.

AA - Wichita: Midland 9, Wranglers 3

3B Gordon 2-3, SF, RBI (45) -- .301
RF Butler 0-4 -- .317
2B Murphy 2-4, HR (8), RBI (29) -- .230
SS Sanchez 0-2, BB, E (19) -- .271
LF D. Brown 1-4, HR (8), RBI (34) -- .262
CF Maier 1-4 -- .275
C Donachie 0-2 -- .000, AA debut

Greinke 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HRA -- L, 3-2, 5.67 ERA
Hoelscher 1 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, BB, HRA -- BS, 3, 4.29 ERA

*** Greinke left a tenuous 1-run lead to Nate Hoelscher in the 6th and the reliever couldn't hold on as the Wranglers lost again. Dee Brown and Donnie Murphy cracked solo homers in the 2nd and 3rd, respectively, to put Wichita up early and Greinke gave up a run in the bottom of the 3rd to get the RockHounds on the board. An Alex Gordon sac fly in the 5th made it 3-1 but Greinke gave up a solo homer to Kurt Suzuki that inning to cut the lead back to 1. With runners at the corners and 0 out in the 6th, Hoelscher came on and gave up a sac fly and, later, a 2-run double to make it 5-3. A 2-run single and 2-run homer in the 7th gave Midland a 9-3 lead that stuck. Wichita is 11-10 and still a game up on first. Midland 3B Mark Kiger was 4-5 with a double to move to .283, Suzuki was 2-4 with his 22nd double, 7th homer and 4 RBI (48) to move to .299 and LF Travis Buck was 2-4 with his 22nd double and 2 RS to move to .302.

A 3-game set at the Frisco RoughRiders (8-13, AA Rangers) starts Friday night. Neal Musser is set to start. In other news, as reported, Adam Donachie was moved to Wichita after Tupman was promoted to Omaha and Kiel Thibault was sent to High Desert. Chris Lubanski missed Thursday's game after fouling a ball off his knee Wednesday. RP Devon Lowery was also activated from the DL to fill Ryan Braun's spot.

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 3, Stockton 2 (10)

DH Stodolka 4-4, BB, 2 2B (20), RBI (47), 2 RS -- .306, great night, be interesting to see him in lineup with Gordon and Butler, .419 OBP and .935 OPS in 258 AB!!!
RF McFall 2-5, 2 K -- .249
CF Senreiso 1-4, BB, RBI (44), K, picked off -- .252
LF Tomlin 0-4, K -- .294
C Duenas 0-3, SF, HBP, RBI (21), K, E (2) -- .254

Christensen 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HRA -- ND, 5.59 ERA
Hicklen 2 IP, nothing -- W, 1-6, 7.30 ERA
de la Vara IP, 3 K! -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA, very nice

*** Stockton scored the first 2 runs of the game but High Desert took it from there to salvage the series finale. Dan Christensen gave up solo homers in the 1st and 2nd to spot the Ports a 2-0 lead but Mike Stodolka singled home a run in the 3rd and the Mavs couldn't do any more with a 1-out bases loaded situation later in the inning. Stodolka led off the 5th with a double and scored on a Juan Senreiso single to tie the game and things stayed quiet until the 10th, when Stodolka again led off with a double and scored 2 batters later on a Tomas Duenas sac fly for the eventual winning run. Gilbert de la Vara struck out the side in the 10th to end it. HD is 12-8 and tied for first. Ports 2B Eduardo Cornejo was 1-3 to move to .326 and C Landon Powell was 0-4 to drop to .263.

A 3-game set at the Modesto Nuts (6-15, High-A Rockies) starts Friday night. No announced starters.

Low-A - Burlington: Kane County 7, Bees 5

1B Vega 3-5, 2B (11), RBI (45), RS -- .248
3B Lisson 2-5, 2B (23), RS -- .244
SS Johnson 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI (28) -- .264, .416 OBP, only .316 SLG
CF Duarte 1-5, RBI (25), K -- .268
C Howell 1-4, BB, RBI (24), K -- .260
DH Everett 0-2, 2 HBP -- .242

Santiago 4 2/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 10 H, K, HRA, WP -- L, 1-2, 4.86 ERA
Damico 2 1/3 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- 2.49 ERA

*** Kane County took a 3-0 lead in the 1st and didn't look back in putting away a 9th inning Bees rally to win. The Cougars scored 3 off Mario Santiago in the opening frame on a rally that included singles, a HBP and a fielding error. The Bees loaded the bases with 2 out in the 4th but squandered the chance and Kane County scored 2 off Santiago in the bottom of the inning for a 5-0 lead. An RBI double by Miguel Vega and an RBI single by Jeff Howell in the 8th got the Bees on the scoreboard but RP Kraig Schambough gave up 2 in the bottom of the 8th to push the lead back to 5. Burlington drew walks to load the bases to start the 9th and scored once on a Jose Duarte ground out. Josh Johnson singled home 2 runs and Lisson singled to bring the lead run to the plate with 1 out but a Vega pop out and Howell K ended the game. The Bees are 9-12 and 3 games out of first. Cougars SP Jared Lansford (Carney's son) went 7 scoreless innings and allowed 3 hits and 3 walks with 2 Ks to move to 8-5 with a 3.43 ERA. 2B Isaac Omura was 4-5 with his 12th double and 3 RBI to move to .315, RF Chad Boyd was 1-3 with a double and RBI to move to .338 and CF Jose Pineda was 2-4 with 2 RBI (48) to move to .266.

Carlos Rosa starts for the Bees in the rubber match vs. Kane County Friday night. In other news, the organization finally gave up on Chris McConnell at low-A in '06 by sending him back to Idaho Falls. IF Omar Pena will take his place. This on Pena from the team site: "The Royals purchased the contract of Pena from the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am League on February 8 and this will be his first regular season assignment within the organization. Pena was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 16th rd in 2003 out of Northeastern University in Massachusetts where he set the school record for doubles (45) and was among the all-time leaders in school history in games played and hits. He made his pro debut with New Jersey in the New York-Penn League in 2003 and hit .236 in 63 games. He played with Peoria in the Midwest League in 2004 and hit .278 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 63 games and earned a late season call-up to Palm Beach in the Florida State League. With Worcester last year, Pena hit .271 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 89 games and helped the Tornadoes to a Can-Am League Championship in their very first season. He was named as the shortstop on the post-season All-Star Team. Pena is the younger brother of former Major League 1B Carlos Pena who is currently playing with Triple-A Columbus in the International League."

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 15, Great Falls 4

DH Mertins 2-6, 3B, 2 K, 3 RS -- .429
1B Castillo 2-3, BB, HR (2), 4 RBI (18), 2 RS -- .386
RF Gonzalez 3-5, BB, RBI, 2 K, RS, SB (6) -- .242
CF Dickerson 1-6, 3B (3), K, 3 RS -- .277
3B Hayes 2-3, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI, K -- .222
C Lance 2-6, K, RS -- .217
SS Gil 2-5, BB, 2B, 2 RBI, K, RS -- .229
LF Bigler 0-5, 2 BB, 2 K, RS -- .286
2B Maddox 1-4, 2 BB, 2 RBI (13), RS, SB (2) -- .235
* The Chukars still left 14 on base.

Godin 3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K -- ND, 1.46 ERA
Teaford 4 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 K, 3 WP! -- W, 2-0, 3.12 ERA

*** Idaho Falls scored multiple runs in 5 innings in blitzing the White Sox. Luis Castillo singled home 2 runs in the 1st to get the Chukars started and Marc Maddox and O.D. Gonzalez singled home runs in the 3rd for a 4-0 lead. Jason Godin gave up a run in the 3rd but IF came back with 3 in the 4th on a Shawn Hayes RBI double and a 2-run homer by Castillo for his 2nd of the season. Everett Teaford came in to pitch the 4th and allowed a run before the Chukars scored 4 in the 5th on a wild pitch and then a Hayes bases-loaded triple for a 11-2 lead. After Great Falls scored on a Teaford wild pitch in the 7th, the Chukars poured on 3 more runs in the 8th on a 2-run double by Gilbert Gil and a bases-loaded walk by Brenan Herrera. The final run came in the 9th on a Maddox RBI ground out after a Joe Dickerson leadoff triple. The Chukars are 14-8 and still 1 1/2 games up on first. 3B Tim Lawrence was 3-3 with a double and 2 RS to move to .269 and LF Archie Gilbert was 2-5 with a double and RS to move to .333.

The series continues Friday night. No announced pitchers.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 8, Cubs 7

3B Taylor 1-4, RBI (11), K, CS, E (4) -- .391
DH Van Stratten 2-4, RS, SB (5) -- .228
CF D. Robinson 2-4, BB, 3B (3), 2 RBI (7), 2 RS, 2 SB (5) -- .218
RF Peralta 0-3, K -- .304
1B S. Lucas 0-1, HBP, 2 SF, 2 RBI (23), K, picked off, E (2) -- .333
OF Dyson 1-2, BB, HBP, 2 RS, SB (3), two OF assists at third -- .522, getting lot more output out of 50th rounder than 1st rounder thus far in 2006
*5 more SBs, I count 43 as a team thus far thru 17 games

Raglione 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, BB, 7 K, HRA -- ND, 4.50 ERA
Cummings 1 1/3 IP, UER, 2 H, BB -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
McLintock IP, K -- SV, 2, 4.91 ERA

*** Got the result backwards in yesterday's report as the Royals came from behind thrice to beat the Cubs Thursday. A Scott Lucas sac fly and RBI single by Jason Taylor gave the Royals a 2-0 lead after 1 but the Cubs came back to score once in the 3rd and twice in the 4th off SP Paul Raglione as Taylor chipped in his 4th error and the Cubs took a 3-2 lead. The Royals fired back with a 3-run 4th on an RBI single by C Pedro Saldana and a 2-run base hit by Derrick Robinson to take a 5-3 lead. The Cubs fought back with 1 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th off Royal relievers to make it 6-5 Cubbies but Robinson led off the Royals 7th with a triple and scored on a Lucas sac fly to tie the game. RP Tyler Cummings allowed an unearned run in the 8th thanks to a Scott Lucas error and the Cubs again took the lead but the Royals regained it for good with 2 in the 8th on an RBI single by SS Manuel Juan and a Cubs fielding error that scored the go-ahead run. The Royals are 12-5. Cubs LF Cody Gilbert was 2-4 with a double, his 1st homer of the season and 2 RBI to move to .184.

The Royals were set to take on the Athletics Friday.

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