17 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/16

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Oklahoma 4

LF Huber 3-4, HR (11), RBI (25), K, OF assist at second -- .278
DH Allen 3-4, HR (11), RBI (61) -- .326
1B Bell 3-4 -- .195
RF Costa 1-4, HR (6), 3 RBI (15), K -- .388
CF K. Robinson 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .305
2B Gotay 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .264
3B Cortez 0-3, K -- .203, novelty has worn off
SS Blanco 0-3 -- .242

Hernandez 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K -- W, 5-6, 4.59 ERA
Nunez 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, K -- 1.80 ERA
Braun 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA

*** Two innings of offense earned Omaha its third straight win over Oklahoma to take the series. Runelvys gave up a run in the 2nd and Omaha used 3 singles to load the bases with 0 out in the bottom of the 2nd but two Ks and an Andres Blanco ground out spoiled the scoring chance. Chad Allen and Justin Huber hit back-to-back solo shots for their 11th homers of the season to lead off the 4th and Omaha took a 2-1 lead but Runelvys gave the extra run back in the 5th as the RedHawks tied the game. Kerry Robinson and Ruben Gotay led off the Omaha 5th with singles and Shane Costa had the big blast of the game with a 3-run homer, his 6th, for a 5-2 Royals lead. He has a 14-game hitting streak going. Leo Nunez and Ryan Braun gave up 2 runs in the 8th with both credited to Leo but Huber made a good defensive play in helping get the third out at second to salvage a 5-4 Omaha lead. Braun closed it out in the 9th for his 1st AAA save. Omaha is 37-57 and riding a 3-game win streak. Oklahoma RF Anthony Webster was 2-4 with 2 doubles, his 5th steal and an RBI to move to .273, 1B Jason Hart was 2-3 with an RBI to move to .273 and LF Jason Botts was 1-3 with his 15th double and an RBI (33) to move to .314.

Omaha plays host to the division-leading Nashville Sounds (51-42, AAA Brewers) for 4 games starting Monday night. The Sounds have a 4-game win streak intact. Adam Bernero makes his return to the mound for Omaha.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 10, Frisco 8

3B Gordon 3-4, BB, 2B (25), HR (13), 5 RBI! (50), 3 RS, SB (17) -- .301, triple short of cycle
RF Butler 2-4, 2B (25), SF, 3 RBI (70) -- .317
DH D. Brown 2-5, HR (9), 2 RBI (36), 2 K, RS -- .274
SS Sanchez 3-5, 2B (18), 3 RS -- .286
LF Lubanski 1-3, 2 BB, 3B (6), 2 K, 3 RS -- .270
CF Maier 1-5 -- .280
* C Damaso Espino left game with an injured leg in 6th.

Buckner 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 6 K, HRA, 3 WP! -- ND, 7.91 ERA, not fooling many in AA, 108 pitches in 4 2/3!
C. Smith 3 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K, picked off runner -- W, 7-0, 2.04 ERA, having great season in relief

*** Seven runs from the 6th inning forward helped the Wranglers get the win over Frisco. Chris Lubanski tripled with 1 out in the 1st and Alex Gordon started his big day at the plate with an RBI ground out to give Wichita a 1-0 lead. Billy Buckner had rough going in the 1st as he gave up a 3-run homer and Frisco quickly turned the lead around. A 2-out bases-loaded walk from Buckner gave Frisco another run in the 2nd but Billy Butler hit a 2-out, 2-run double in the 3rd to cut the RoughRider lead to 4-3. Buckner gave up 2 more runs on 3 hits in the 3rd to make it 6-3 Frisco and that was the score entering the 6th when Wichita scored a run on a Dee Brown RBI single. Angel Sanchez singled and Lubanski walked with 1 out in the 7th before Gordon slammed a 3-run homer to right center for his 13th of the season and a 7-6 Wrangler lead. Brown added a solo shot for his 9th of the season in AA a couple batters later and Wichita had an 8-6 lead. Gordon doubled home a run and Butler hit a sac fly in the 9th to make it 10-6 and Nate Hoelscher came in to pitch the 9th. He gave up a 2-run shot to narrow the gap but finished it for the win. Wichita is 12-12 and in a tie for first with Arkansas. Frisco 1B Nate Gold was 2-5 to move to .295 and DH Jim Fasano was 1-4 with his 5th homer and 4 RBI (38) to move to .264.

The Wranglers have Monday off. A 5-game home set with the Springfield Cardinals (11-13) starts Tuesday.

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 7, Modesto 6 (10)

DH Stodolka 2-5, 2B (21), 2 RBI (49), 2 K -- .310
LF Tomlin 2-5, RBI (17), K -- .297
RF McFall 3-4, HBP, RBI (47), RS, E (6) -- .249
1B R. Brown 2-5, 2B (15), RBI (40), K -- .275
2B W. Perez 0-4, BB, RBI (27), 2 K, RS -- .274
C Thibault 0-5, 2 K -- .111
3B Gaffney 1-4, BB, RBI (23), K, RS, E (4) -- .280

Cota 6 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 9 H, 2 BB, 7 K, WP, balk -- ND, 7.32 ERA
Rowe 2 1/3 IP, H, 2 K -- 4.99 ERA
Hicklen 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K -- W, 2-6, 7.02 ERA

*** The Mavs survived a 5-run inning from the Nuts and 103 degree heat to win in extra innings. James Tomlin singled home a run in the 2nd to put HD on top but Luis Cota gave up 5 in the 3rd on 5 hits, a walk and a Michael Gaffney fielding error. Cota threw in a balk and wild pitch in the 4th to help the Nuts score again for a 6-1 lead. The Mavs' comeback started with a 2-run 6th in which Rusty Brown doubled home a run and Brian McFall hit an RBI ground out to cut the lead to 6-3. Mike Stodolka hit an RBI double in the 7th to trim further into the lead but the Mavs entered the 9th down, 6-4. A walk and throwing error gave HD runners at second and third with 0 outs and a Wilver Perez ground out and Stodolka RBI single tied the game. RP Patrick Hicklen loaded the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th but got a K and ground out to send the game into extra innings. Gaffney redeemed himself for his 3rd-inning error with a clutch 2-out RBI single for what would be the winning run in the 10th. High Desert is 14-9 and tied with Lake Elsinore for the division lead. Modesto RF Matt Miller was 3-5 with 2 RBI (77) to move to .328, C Neil Wilson was 2-5 with his 20th RBI to move to .296 and 2B Corey Wimberly was 1-4 with a walk and 3 SB (26) to move to .314.

A 4-gamer at the Lancaster JetHawks (8-14, High-A D'Backs) starts Monday night. No announced starters.

Low-A - Burlington: Fort Wayne 5, Bees 0

3B Lisson 1-4, 2 K, OF assist at second -- .246, team's only hit
CF Duarte 0-4, 2 K -- .262
DH Everett 0-2, BB -- .241, one of two team walks

Nicoll 6 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 9 H, 4 BB, 2 K -- L, 4-6, 2.70 ERA, outing to forget

*** Only a measly infield single by Mario Lisson separated the Bees from being no-hit by 2 Wizards pitchers Sunday. Chris Nicoll gave up a 2-run single in the 1st to put Fort Wayne up early and another run in the 3rd made it 3-0 FW. Lisson's single came in the 4th after the first 11 Bees batters were retired consecutively by Wizards starter Jarrett Gardner. Walks in the 5th and 6th gave the Bees their only other base runners. Nicoll and RP Yovany Damico gave up 1 run in both the 6th and 7th to account for the final score. The final 10 Bees went down in order. The Bees are 9-15 and 5 1/2 games out of first. Gardner went 7 IP and allowed the hit and 2 walks with 5 Ks to move to 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 3B David Freese was 3-5 with a triple and 2 RBI to move to .342 and LF William Venable was 1-3 with 2 walks and his 52nd RBI to move to .323.

The teams continue the series Monday night. Michael Penn makes his return to the mound for Burlington.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Great Falls 8, Chukars 1

1B Castillo 2-3, BB, HR (3), RBI (21), K -- .397, having a great season
CF Dickerson 1-3, K -- .315
2B Mertins 1-4, 2B (2) -- .412
LF Morel 0-4 -- .301
RF Bigler 0-3, K -- .261

Chambliss 3 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, BB, K -- L, 0-1, 4.09 ERA
Mozingo 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA -- 8.00 ERA

*** Idaho Falls dropped its 3rd straight and will likely be glad to be rid of the White Sox after Sunday's loss as Great Falls put up 29 runs in the last 3 games on what had been a decent pitching staff for the Chukars. IF starter Tyler Chambliss had some trouble in the 1st but got out of it with no runs allowed but the same couldn't be said for the 2nd as he gave up a 2-out, 2-run double. He gave up 3 more in the 3rd before Harold Mozingo took over for the 4th. Luis Castillo provided the Chukars' lone run with a 4th-inning solo shot for his 3rd of the season. Mozingo gave up 3 runs in the 8th to ice the game for Great Falls. The Chukars are 14-11 and 1 1/2 games out of first. White Sox SP Clevelan Santeliz allowed an ER on 3 hits with 5 K over 6 IP to move to 1-3 with a 5.95 ERA. C Reymundo Tavares was 3-4 with 2 RBI to move to .327 and CF Archie Gilbert was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI to move to .441.

The Chukars move back home for a 5-game, 4-day set with the Billings Mustangs (17-7, Rookie Reds) starting Monday.

Rookie - AZL: off day

*** The Royals are 13-7 and 1 1/2 games back of the Giants. They were set to play the Mariners Monday. The first half of the season ends July 26.

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