16 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/15

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 7, Oklahoma 6

2B Gotay 3-5, 2 RBI (43), K, RS -- .264
RF Costa 1-3, SF, RBI (12), K -- .394
LF Huber 1-4, 2 K -- .270
DH Allen 1-4, 2B (21), 2 RBI (60), K -- .320
CF K. Robinson 2-5, 2 RS -- .306
1B Coolbaugh 1-4, HR (3), RBI -- .150
3B Aviles 1-4, HR (6), RBI (30), K -- .248
C Tupman 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RS -- .333
SS Blanco 0-4 -- .245

Bautista 4 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HRA, WP -- ND, 6.60 ERA, 88 pitches, 53 strikes in 4 innings. Yuck.
Osborne 3 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, K, HRA -- 7.84 ERA, wish he had gone instead of Boehringer
Nelson 2 IP, BB, 3 K -- W, 2-2, 1.97 ERA

*** After Bautista and Osborne got blitzed for 6 runs, the O-Royals came back from the 6-0 deficit to win in the 9th. Denny gave up a 3-run homer with 1 out in the 1st and another run in the 3rd before giving way to Donovan Osborne in the 5th. Osborne gave up a 2-run shot to make the score 6-0 in the 5th but Omaha's comeback started suddenly with back-to-back solo homers by Mike Coolbaugh (#3 for the year) and Mike Aviles (his 6th) to lead off the Royals 5th and Ruben Gotay chipped in an RBI single to make the score 6-3 after 5. Osborne loaded the bases but got out of the jam in the 6th and the Royals tied the game in the 7th on a Shane Costa sac fly and a clutch 2-out, 2-run double by Chad Allen. Kerry Robinson led off the bottom of the 9th with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball before Gotay drove him home with a single to right for the walkoff hit. Omaha is 36-57. Former Royal Ryan Bukvich went 1 1/3 IP of relief and allowed 3 ER on 3 hits and a walk to move his ERA to 5.13. RF Adam Hyzdu was 2-4 with 2 HR (12) and 5 RBI (54) to improve to .280 and be a one-man wrecking crew Saturday for the RedHawks. LF Jason Botts was 1-2 with his 6th SB to move to .314.

The teams finish it Sunday afternoon. Pitchers: Oklahoma LH Derek Lee (3-6, 4.37) vs. RH Runelvys Hernandez (4-6, 4.76). In other news, RHP Adam Bernero resigned with the organization. He started the year with KC and pitched well in Omaha (3.27 ERA in 11 games) before asking for his release in early June. He signed with the Phillies and had 4 AAA starts before getting called up and getting shelled by Toronto June 30 to earn a DFA. He asked the Phils for a release and resigned with KC and is expected to rejoin the O-Royals. Also, the short, weird journey of P Chris Booker in the organization is over as he was DFA'd Friday and will be returned to the Nationals organization. To refresh your memory, he gave up 3 longballs in 1 IP at KC before going on the DL with a groin injury and pitching mediocre ball (7.71 ERA) for Omaha. Yet another Allard Baird diamond in the rough.

AA - Wichita: Frisco 6, Wranglers 5 (13)

3B Gordon 0-4, 2 BB, 2 K -- .295
RF Butler 0-5, 2 K -- .315
LF Lubanski 2-7, 2 K, SB (6) -- .269
CF Maier 3-6, 2B (19), RBI (60), RS -- .281
SS Sanchez 3-7, HR (3), 4 RBI (38) -- .281
DH D. Brown 2-4, 2 BB, K, RS -- .270
2B Murphy 2-6, 2B (18), K, RS, SB (6) -- .231
C Donachie 1-6, 2B, 3 K, RS -- .231

Herndon 7 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, K, HRA, balk -- ND, 4.46 ERA
Lowery 3 IP, ER, H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- 9.00 ERA
DeHoyos 2 1/3 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, K -- L, 1-1, 1.42 ERA

*** A would-be 9th inning comeback win wasn't to be for Wichita as the RoughRiders won in extras. Junior Herndon gave up a 2-run homer in the 1st and Wichita faced an early hole. Wichita was quiet until the 5th when Angel Sanchez clubbed a 2-run homer for his 3rd of the season and the game was tied. Herndon gave up single runs in the 6th and 7th and Frisco took a 4-2 lead into the 9th. Dee Brown walked to lead off and advnaced on a wild pitch before Mitch Maier singled him home. Maier and Donnie Murphy were in scoring position with 2 out and Sanchez came through with a big 2-run single to give Wichita a 5-4 lead. Devon Lowery, who pitched the 8th for Wichita, came back out for the 9th and gave up a 1-out solo homer to Frisco 3B Travis Metcalf to tie the game. Wichita squandered 2 runners in scoring position in the 10th and repeated the feat in the 12th. Gabe DeHoyos pitched the 11th and 12th without incident but gave up a 1-out double in the bottom of the 13th and then a walkoff double to Frisco 1B Nate Gold to end the game. The Wranglers are 11-12 and 1/2 a game back of first. Rehabbing Rangers starter Adam Eaton pitched 4 scoreless innings with 3 hits and 1 walk allowed to drop his ERA to 1.42. Frisco 2B Tim Hulett Jr. was 3-6 with a double, triple and 3 RS to establish a .500 BA, RF Kevin Mahar was 2-4 with his 14th homer and 3 RBI (47) to move to .258 and 1B Nate Gold was 2-5 with 2 doubles (18) and the game-winning RBI (56) to move to .293.

The Wranglers and Frisco finish the set Sunday night. Billy Buckner is set to start.

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 2, Modesto 1

1B Stodolka 1-4, K -- .308
CF Valentin 0-3, BB, 2 K, RS -- .286
LF Tomlin 1-4, RBI (16) -- .293
C Thibault 1-4, RBI, 2 K -- .250, HD debut

Gragg 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- W, 6-3, 3.19 ERA
de la Vara 2/3 IP, nothing -- SV, 2, 0.00 ERA

*** John Gragg III had another great start and the Mavs squeaked by Modesto. The Mavs' runs both came in the 4th on RBI singles by James Tomlin and Kiel Thibault. Gragg had no 1-2-3 innings so never really cruised but pitched well enough to keep the Nuts scoreless. RP Brandon Weeden pitched a scoreless 8th but gave up a run with 1 out in the 9th before Gilbert de la Vara was brought in. A fielding error put runners at the corners with 1 out but de la Vara got a pop out and ground out to end the game. High Desert is 13-9 and tied for first. Nuts RF Matt Miller was 3-4 to move to .324 and 1B Kyle Wilson was 3-4 with his 11th double to move to .250. Rockies pitching prospect Franklin Morales allowed 2 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks with 7 K over 6 IP to drop to 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA.

The series ends Sunday night. Luis Cota starts for the Mavs.

Low-A - Burlington: Fort Wayne 5, Bees 4

2B Johnson 2-4, 3B (3), K, RS -- .268
CF Duarte 1-4, K, CS -- .266
3B Lisson 1-3, SF, RBI (46), CS, E (19) -- .246
C Everett 1-3, HBP, 2B, RBI, RS -- .245
RF Arroyo 0-3, SF, RBI (22) -- .255

Kniginyzky 2 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- ND, 3.15 ERA
Oliveros 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA, WP -- 3.12 ERA
Schambough 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K -- L, 2-4, 2.36 ERA

*** Burlington blew a 2-run lead midway through the game and the Wizards won it in the 9th. Brady Everett doubled home a run and Carlos Arroyo hit a sac fly in the 2nd to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. A Matt Kniginyzky wild pitch scored a Fort Wayne run in the 2nd but Burlington got it back in the 3rd on a Mario Lisson sacrifice fly after a Josh Johnson triple. Pitch count forced Kniginyzky out with 2 on and 1 out in the 3rd and RP Rayner Oliveros got out of the jam with only 1 run allowed and Burlington's lead was 3-2. Jeff Howell scored on a Wizards error in the 6th to make it 4-2 but Fort Wayne tied it in the bottom of the 6th on a solo homer and another run off Oliveros. Kraig Schambough came in to pitch the 9th with it still tied at 4 and gave up a 1-out double and then a 2-out game-winning single to end the game. The Bees are 9-15. Wizards LF William Venable was 3-4 with 2 doubles (25) to move to .323 and 2B Seth Johnston was 2-5 with his 9th homer and 2 RBI (50), including the game-winner, to move to .271.

The set continued Sunday afternoon. Chris Nicoll got the start and took the loss as the Bees got 1-hit. More on that in the next RoF.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Great Falls 11, Chukars 10

CF Dickerson 4-5, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI (9), K -- .314, triple short of cycle
1B Castillo 2-5, 2 RBI (20), RS -- .387
2B Maddox 2-4, BB -- .250
LF Morel 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI (14), 2 K, RS -- .315
DH Hayes 1-5, 2 RBI, K, RS -- .229
C Boudreaux 2-2, HBP, 2B, RBI, 2 RS -- .200
*SS Gilbert Gil made 3 errors (7).

Hardy 3 1/3 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 9 H, 3 K -- ND, 2.13 ERA
Casey 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), H, HRA -- BS, 3, L, 0-4, 8.10 ERA, maybe he's not closer material

*** A shootout swung both ways in the 9th but the White Sox pulled out the win. Joe Dickerson homered in the 2nd for his 1st of the season and IF took the lead. Two Gil errors on one play in the 2nd helped Great Falls rally for 3 but Idaho Falls scored 4 in the 3rd on RBI doubles by Ross Boudreaux, Alvi Morel and Dickerson and an RBI single by Luis Castillo for a 5-3 lead. Great Falls scored again in the 3rd but the Chukars scored 3 in the 4th on a Morel RBI ground out and a 2-run single by Shawn Hayes to make it 8-4. Rowdy Hardy and Juan Abreu gave up 2 in the 4th to cut the lead to 2 and Abreu gave up 3 in the 5th to give Great Falls a 9-8 lead. That was the score entering the 9th when the Chukars scored 2 on RBI singles by Castillo and Dickerson to take the lead. Bryan Casey came in to pitch the 9th and the leadoff batter reached on another Gil error before WS 1B Vernon Carter ended it with a 2-run homer to right. Idaho Falls is 14-10. Carter was 3-5 with a double and his 10th homer along with 3 RBI (28) to move to .344, SS John Shelby (son of the former O's/Dodgers OF, I think) was 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI to move to .258 and RF Archie Gilbert was 3-5 with a double and RBI to move to .433.

The series ends late Sunday afternoon. No announced starters.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 6, Padres 5

RF Van Stratten 3-4, RS, SB (6) -- .242
3B Taylor 2-4, 2B, RBI (12), RS, SB (2), E (5) -- .377
LF Dyson 1-4, RBI, K, RS, OF assist at third -- .483, finally got a start
1B S. Lucas 1-2, BB, RS, SB (6), E (3), CS -- .328
CF D. Robinson 0-3, BB, K, CS -- .200
DH A. Perez 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K, RS -- .245
* With 6 steals, the running continues

Arias 4 2/3 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- 1.45 ERA
Vacek 2 IP, H, 3 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
McLintock IP, 2 BB, K -- SV, 2, 4.76 ERA

*** A 5-run 6th gave the Royals a healthy lead and they held on to win. The Padres got a run off SP Henry Arias in the 2nd to take an early lead but the Royals tied it in the 5th on a Padres throwing error on a steal that scored a run. The Royals took command in the 6th on a Jason Taylor RBI single, a steal of home by Scott Lucas, an RBI double by Alwin Perez, an RBI single by Jarrod Dyson and another Padre error. RPs Yensi Lopez and Chase Vacek gave up 4 runs in the 7th -- all credited to Lopez -- and the Padres narrowed the gap to 1. Vacek got out of a jam in the 8th and Jake McLintock pitched through the 9th to nail down the win. The Royals are 13-6. Pads SP John Hussey went 4 2/3 IP and allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and 2 walks to move his ERA to 1.08 and CF Luis Durango was 1-4 with a RS to drop to .370.

The Royals had Sunday off.

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