30 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/29

AAA - Omaha: rainout

*** The game was rescheduled as part of a Monday double dip. The series at Tucson will start Sunday night as the pitching matchup is RH Denny Bautista (2-4, 7.43) vs. Sidewinders RH Dustin Nippert (11-5, 5.13).

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 8, Arkansas 2 (7/G1)

3B Gordon 3-4, 2B (29), RS -- .312
RF Butler 2-4, 2B (29), 2 RS -- .324
DH Sweeney 1-3, BB, HR (1), 2 RBI -- .500, back must have not been that bad
C Bako 0-4, K, RS -- .000, rehab game 1
CF Lubanski 1-2, BB, 2 RS -- .276
SS Sanchez 1-4, K, E (21) -- .287
2B Murphy 1-4, 2B (22), RBI (33), K -- .232
1B Kaaihue 1-1, BB, SF, HR (3), 3 RBI (35) -- .194, finally coming around

Greinke 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 K -- W, 5-2, 5.37 ERA, nice start
DeHoyos IP, 2 R (1 ER), 2 H, 2 BB -- 2.20 ERA

*** The Wranglers jumped ahead in the 2nd and didn't look back in taking the first game of two with the Travelers Saturday. The Wranglers got started with a Billy Butler single in the 2nd and a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt by Chris Lubanski that allowed Butler to score from first. A passed ball on a would-be third out K by Paul Bako allowed Lubanski to score and Bako to reach first and Kila Kaaihue made the Travs pay with a 2-run homer to right and his 3rd homer of the season for a 4-0 lead. Kaaihue added a sac fly RBI in the 4th and, after Alex Gordon led off the 5th with a double, Mike Sweeney put the aggravated back rumors to rest with a 2-run homer to center for a 7-0 lead. Donnie Murphy added a 2-out RBI double to make it 8-0 and that was all Zack Greinke needed as he scattered 3 hits over 6 IP and left after retiring 12 Travs in a row. Gabe DeHoyos allowed 2 runs in the 7th and final inning in the shortened doubleheader game but 1 was unearned thanks to Angel Sanchez's 21st error. Wichita moved to 20-15. Arkansas 1B Greg Porter was 2-3 with a RS to move to .288, 3B Matt Brown was 0-3 to drop to .309 and SS Brandon Wood was 0-3 to drop to .275.

Wranglers 6, Arkansas 4 (8/G2)

3B Gordon 2-3, HBP, HR (19), RBI (65), 2 RS, SB (20) -- .315
RF Butler 0-4, RBI (78) -- .320
CF Maier 3-4, 2 2B (23), RS -- .292
LF Lubanski 0-3 -- .273
DH D. Brown 2-3, SF, HR (12), 2 RBI (49) -- .296
SS Sanchez 1-4, RS -- .286
2B Murphy 1-4, K, RS -- .233

Lumsden 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K, HRA, WP, 2 pickoffs -- ND, 3.00 ERA, not bad debut
Hoelscher 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H -- BS, 4, 5.62 ERA
Lowery 1 2/3 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- W, 3-1, 7.13 ERA

*** Tyler Lumsden's organizational debut was almost ruined by a blown save in the 7th but the Wranglers got 2 longballs in an extra 8th inning to sweep the twinbill. The Wranglers again had an early 4-run inning as they scored 4 in the 1st on three straight singles to load the bases, a wild pitch to score a run, an RBI ground out by Billy Butler, a Dee Brown sac fly and an RBI single by C Damaso Espino. Lumsden gave up a homer in the 2nd and got out of a bases loaded jam in the 4th but that was it through 6. Wichita gave the starter no additional run support and Nate Hoelscher came in to pitch the 7th after Lumsden walked the leadoff batter. Two singles, a HBP and a force out scored 2 runs and a double by Arkansas RF Nathan Haynes tied the game and brought Devon Lowery in for Hoelscher. Lowery salvaged the tie to send the game to an 8th inning and the Wranglers capitalized. Alex Gordon led off the 8th with his 19th homer -- and 5th homer in 6 games -- and 2 batters later Dee Brown matched the homer with his 12th to make it 6-4. Lowery struck out the side with a single mixed in in the 8th to end it. Wichita improved to 21-15 and now holds a 5-game lead on first. Travs DH Terry Evans was 1-3 with his 13th homer and 33rd RBI to move to .290, Wood was 0-3 to drop to .273 and 2B Eric Rodland was 0-3 with his 39th RBI to drop to .303.

The teams take Sunday off before resuming the series Monday.

High-A - High Desert: Inland Empire 4, Mavs 3 (11)

1B Stodolka 1-5, RBI (55), K -- .300
CF Tomlin 0-2, BB -- .307
LF Valentin 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .293
3B E. Lucas 1-3, 2 BB, K, RS -- .287
RF McFall 0-3, 2 BB, RBI (53) -- .242

Christensen 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 7 K -- ND, 5.50 ERA
Pimentel 1 1/3 IP, ER, H, BB, HRA -- BS, 1, 6.75 ERA, not the best debut
Hicklen 2 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, HRA -- L, 3-7, 6.30 ERA

*** Julio Pimentel's first appearance in an HD uni didn't go the way he likely wanted it to as he blew a save and the Mavs lost in 11. The Mavs got runners at the corners with no out in the top of the 1st but failed to score. A Brian McFall double play ball in the 2nd scored a run to give the Mavs the lead. HD added 2 in the 6th on a Mike Stodolka RBI single and bases loaded walk by McFall to make it 3-0. Dan Christensen took a 1-hitter into the 6th and was pulled with 2 on and 2 out in the 7th. Pimentel was brought in and gave up a 3-run homer to the first batter he faced to tie the game. He got through the rest of the 7th and the 8th unscathed and Patrick Hicklen came in to pitch the 9th. Neither team put up a serious threat and Hicklen had retired the first two batters in the 11th when he gave up a walkoff homer to IE DH J.B. Tucker to end the game. High Desert is 17-17. The 66ers got 5 innings of shutdown relief from Jon Lockwood and Saydel Beltran in the win. SS Alex Meneses was 2-4 to move to .429, 1B Reed Eastley had the big pinch-hit 3-run homer for his 5th of the season and the 3 RBI moved him to 52 on the year. He's hitting .268. LF Casey Craig was 0-5 to drop to .352.

The series continues Sunday night. No announced pitchers.

Low-A - Burlington: Lansing 11, Bees 6

3B Lisson 3-5, RBI (51), RS, SB (30), CS (6) -- .252
SS Arce 2-4 -- .238
2B Johnson 1-4, BB, HR (3), 2 RBI (31), K, 2 RS -- .245
CF Duarte 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 RS -- .279
1B Vega 1-5, RBI (52), 3 K, RS -- .240

Cortes 3 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, BB, 2 K, 2 HRA -- ND, 18.00 ERA, another not-so-good debut
Santiago 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 4 K -- L, 2-4, 5.74 ERA

*** The Bees gave new starter Dan Cortes run support but he gave all the runs right back to the Lugnuts as the Bees dropped another game. Jose Duarte walked to start the game and Josh Johnson hit a 2-run homer to left for his 3rd of the season and a 2-0 lead. Cortes cruised through the 1st but 4 straight batters reached base to start the 2nd and a sac fly tied the game at 2. Two Lansing errors in the 3rd set up a Mario Lisson RBI single, which was followed by a 2-run single by Miguel Vega that was aided by a 3rd Lugnut error. Carlos Arroyo singled home another run in the inning to make it 6-2 Bees. Cortes gave up a 1-out RBI double and back-to-back homers in the bottom of the 3rd to again tie the game and he was pulled after the inning. RP Mario Santiago fared no better as he allowed 3 runs in the 4th and another in the 5th as Lansing pulled away. The Bees only had 3 hits after the 4-run 3rd and Lansing added an 11th run in the 8th on a homer off Yovany Damico. Burlington is 15-21. Lansing DH Joey Metropoulos was 4-5 with his 21st double, 2 RBI (40) and 3 RS to move to .291, C Josh Bell was 3-5 with 2 HR (10) and 2 RBI (30) to improve to .264 and 1B David Hicks was 2-4 with his 14th double, 3rd homer and 3 RBI (35) to move to .224.

The teams were set to play again Sunday afternoon. Carlos Rosa was set to start.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Orem 4, Chukars 3

C Morizio 2-3, BB, K, CS -- .302
LF Morel 1-4, BB, K, RBI (22), SB (12) -- .285
1B Turner 1-3, HBP, HR (3), RBI (15), K -- .191
2B Maddox 0-3, BB, K, SB (4) -- .293
CF Bigler 0-3, RBI (15), RS -- .243

Gutierrez 3 IP, ER, H, BB, 4 K, E (2) -- ND, 6.28 ERA
Cribb 5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 6 H, 6 K -- 2.78 ERA
Casey 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, K -- L, 0-5, 5.68 ERA

*** The Chukars rallied late to tie it but lost in the 9th to get swept by the Owlz and start the second half on a down note. Orem scored 2 runs off Dan Gutierrez and Josh Cribb in the 4th but Idaho Falls cut the lead in half in the 5th on an RBI force out by Brett Bigler. An error by 3B Eduardo Nunez in the 7th helped the Owlz to an unearned run but Bigler made it to third to lead off the 8th on an Owlz error. He scored on an Alvi Morel ground out and Jase Turner hit a 2-out homer to right for his 3rd to tie the game. Bryan Casey came in to pitch the 9th and allowed a leadoff single and then a 2-out walkoff double to end the game. IF is 0-1. Orem 3B Abel Nieves, who was the hero in Friday's Orem win, was 3-4 with his 16th RBI and scored the game-winner to move to .255 and LF Chris Pettit was 2-4 with a double to move to .307.

The Chukars have Sunday off.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 5, Mariners 4

1B S. Lucas 2-3, HBP, 2 RBI (35), RS -- .333
RF Van Stratten 2-4, BB, 2 2B (6), RBI (16), RS, CS -- .270
LF Dyson 1-5, 2 K, RS, SB (4) -- .273
CF D. Robinson 0-3, 2 BB, K, RS, SB (13) -- .219
3B A. Perez 1-3, BB, RBI (14), K, E (5) -- .284

Fisher 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, 10 K!, HRA -- ND, 2.18 ERA, gotta love the Ks
M. Morales IP, UER, 2 H -- BS, 1, W, 2-0, 3.77 ERA
Cummings IP, nothing -- SV, 2, 0.96 ERA

*** The Royals lost a 4-run lead but won it late. The Royals loaded the bases with 1 out in the 2nd but failed to score. They made up for it in the 3rd with 4 runs on a 2-run single by Scott Lucas, an RBI single by Alwin Perez and a bases loaded walk by SS Carlos Avila. Two doubles and a 2-run homer off Brent Fisher in the 4th quickly cut the lead to 1. Fisher got out of a leadoff triple in the 6th and then gave way to Chris Chavez, who got through the 7th. Miguel Morales came in to pitch the 8th and gave up a game-tying single to blow his 1st save. With 2 out and runners at the corners in the Royals 8th, Nick Van Stratten hit a clutch double to score the go-ahead run. Derrick Robinson also tried to score but was thrown out at the plate. Tyler Cummings came in and pitched the 9th for his 2nd save. The Royals are 3-0. Mariners 1B Gerardo Avila was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI (25) to move to .346 and RF Carlos Peguero was 2-4 with his 10th double, 5th homer and 2 RBI (20) to move to .308.

The Royals are scheduled to play the Angels tonight.

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