07 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/6

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 4, Oklahoma 0

CF Costa 1-4, HBP, RS, SB -- .431
RF Allen 1-4, BB, K -- .339
2B Gotay 1-5, HR (9), 2 RBI (39), K, E (10) -- .252
DH Aviles 1-4, BB, 2B (17), 2 RBI (29) -- .253
3B Cortez 0-4 -- .240
SS Blanco 1-2, 2 BB, RS -- .244

Boehringer 5 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, BB, 4 K -- W, 2-4, 2.75 ERA
Keppel 2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, WP -- 4.74 ERA
Booker IP, 3 K! -- 9.00 ERA
Nunez IP, H, BB -- 1.15 ERA

*** Four Royals pitchers combined on a 4-hitter and Omaha salvaged the series finale with Oklahoma. A 2-run homer by Gotay in the 3rd for his 9th of the season got things started for Omaha and the Royals later loaded the bases in the inning before Mike Coolbaugh struck out to stifle the rally. Brian Boehringer was pulled after 5 IP with a no-hitter intact (he only had 66 pitches thrown) and Keppel made it last 2/3 more of an inning before giving up back to back hits to get into a small jam but got out of it without a run scored. Omaha loaded the bases with 1 out in the 7th and Mike Aviles hit a double to center to drive home the team's other 2 runs. Chris Booker struck out the side in the 8th for Omaha and Nunez gave up a single and walk in the 9th but no runs to preserve the shutout. Omaha is 34-53. Rehabbing Ranger Adam Eaton got the start for the RedHawks and pitched the first 2 innings and K'd 2. He only threw 25 pitches. Former Royal farmhand Ryan Bukvich went a hitless inning and 2/3 to drop his ERA to 4.70. DH Anthony Webster was 0-3 with a walk to drop to .294.

A 3-game set at the Iowa Cubs (41-45) starts Friday. Pitchers: RH Denny Bautista (1-2, 5.09) vs. Cubs LH Ryan O'Malley (4-5, 4.33). Chris Clapinski's leg injury from Wednesday's game was described on the team site as a tight quad, so he's day-to-day, for anyone who cares.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 10, Arkansas 8

3B Gordon 1-5, 2B (24), 2 RBI (40), 3 K -- .301
RF Butler 0-5, 4 K!! -- .317, ungood night
LF Lubanski 3-5, 2 2B (24), 2 RBI (38), K, RS -- .265
C Tupman 3-4, BB, RBI (29), RS, PB (2), picked off runner -- .293
2B Murphy 2-5, HR (6), RBI (25), K, 2 RS -- .227
CF Maier 0-3, 2 BB, K, 2 RS -- .269
SS Sanchez 1-5, K, RS -- .276
1B Keim 1-4, HR (2), 3 RBI (20), 2 RS, E (2) -- .259

Buckner 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, K, HRA -- ND, 9.35 ERA, not faring well thus far in AA
C. Smith 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB -- 2.29 ERA
Cedeno 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 4 K -- W, 2-5, 5.05 ERA

*** Wichita scored 5 runs in the 8th and 9th to get a dramatic win over the Travs. Billy Buckner got hammered for a 3-run homer in the 1st to put Wichita in an early hole but a 2-run double by Gordon in the 3rd cut the lead to 1. Buckner gave up 2 more runs in the 4th before getting pulled. Donnie Murphy hit his 6th homer of the season in the Wrangler 4th and Wichita tied it with 2 in the 6th on RBI singles by Matt Tupman and DH Kila Kaaihue. RP Cody Smith put the Wranglers down again by giving up 3 runs in the 7th and getting pulled for Juan Cedeno. After Cedeno got through the 8th without incident, the Wranglers scored 2 that inning on a 2-run double by Chris Lubanski to cut the Travs' lead to 1 at 8-7. With 2 out and 2 on in the 9th, Adam Keim came up and smashed a 3-run walkoff shot to left to end the game. Wichita is 9-5 and now 3 games up on first. Travs LF Aaron Peel was 4-5 with 2 RBI to move to .289, SS Brandon Wood was 1-4 with his 12th SB to move to .295 and 3B Matt Brown was 1-3 with his 11th homer and 3 RBI (44) to move to .296.

The teams play game 3 of the set Friday night. Seung Song is set to go for Wichita. As a note for the weekend, remember to watch ESPN2, I think, on Sunday as Billy Butler and Alex Gordon take part in the All-Star Futures game for the US team. Last year Justin Huber was the MVP so maybe Butler or Gordon can make it a streak for the Royals products.

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 6, Lancaster 2

3B E. Lucas 4-4, RBI (36), CS, E (13) -- .275, heating up
1B Stodolka 2-4, HR (10), 2 RBI (45), 2 K -- .296, also hitting well lately
C Duenas 2-4, 2 RBI (19), 2 K -- .270
SS Falu 2-5, RS, SB (18) -- .274
RF McFall 1-3, HBP, RBI (46), RS, SB (5) -- .244
2B W. Perez 0-4, BB, K, RS -- .286
LF Valentin 1-3, 2 BB, 2B (10), RS -- .285

Crist 6 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 6 K -- W, 5-1, 4.09 ERA
de la Vara IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K! -- 0.00 ERA
Atencio 1/3 IP, nothing -- SV, 4, 4.61 ERA

*** The Mavericks won their 14th straight home game by sweeping the JetHawks Thursday. Kyle Crist had a great start and dodged a bullet in the 4th when he gave up a leadoff triple but 3B Ed Lucas threw the runner out at home on a fielder's choice on the next batter. Mike Stodolka cracked his 10th homer to lead off the 4th and the Mavs scored twice more in the inning on a Brian McFall RBI single and Lucas RBI single to take a 3-0 lead. Stodolka singled home a run in the 5th to make the lead 4-0 before Crist's shutout was snapped in the 6th on a 2-out Lancaster rally. The Mavs loaded the bases with no outs in the 7th and C Tomas Duenas hit a 1-out 2-run single to make the score 6-1. RP Justin Barnes gave up a 2-out RBI single in the 8th but RPs Gilbert de la Vara and Greg Atencio finished the game without further damage. High Desert is 10-4 and 2 1/2 games up on the competition in the division. Lancaster LF Jereme Milons was 3-4 with 2 RBI to move to .280, 3B Mark Reynolds was 1-3 with his 2nd triple to move to .330 and CF Chris Rahl was 1-5 to drop to .326.

The Lake Elsinore Storm (6-7, Adv. A Pads) come to town for three starting Friday night. LH Dan Christensen gets the start for the Mavs.

Low-A - Burlington: Cedar Rapids 3, Bees 2

C Howell 3-4, 2B (10), HR (5), RBI (22), K -- .251
CF Duarte 2-4, 2 K, RS -- .264
3B Lisson 0-4, RBI (42), K, E (17) -- .236
DH Everett 0-4, K -- .239
SS McConnell 1-3, 2 E (18) -- .177

Cordier 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, BB, K -- L, 0-1, 3.00 ERA, not bad debut
Hayes 1 2/3 IP, BB, 2 K -- 2.34 ERA

*** The Bees got swept by the Kernels as a 3-run early inning held up for Cedar Rapids. Jeff Howell led off th Bees 2nd with his 10th homer to put the Bees up but Erik Cordier gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd and the Kernels took the lead. Mario Lisson hit an RBI ground out in the 3rd to cut the lead to 1 but 12 straight Bees outs took them into the 7th still down 1. Howell doubled with 1 out in the 9th but got stranded at third when Brady Everett struck out to end the game. Burlington is 4-11 and the owner of a 6-game losing skid. Kernels SP Tommy Mendoza went 7 2/3 IP and allowed 1 ER on 5 hits and a walk in moving to 6-5 with a 4.11 ERA. RP Richard Aldridge picked up his 16th save and dropped his ERA to 3.26. 1B Mark Trumbo was 2-3 with 2 doubles and his 37th RBI to move to .209 and RF Jordan Renz was 2-4 with his 18th double to move to .238.

The Bees play host to the Southwest Michigan D-Rays (7-8) for 4 games starting Friday night. Mario Santiago makes his second start for the Bees.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 3, Orem 0

3B Castillo 2-4, 2B (4), E (1) -- .396
1B Turner 1-4, HR (2), 3 RBI (7), 2 K -- .196
2B Mertins 1-3, BB, K, RS, SB (3), E (3) -- .600
LF Morel 1-4, RS, SB (3) -- .312
CF Dickerson 0-4, K, CS -- .283
DH Maddox 0-3 -- .250

Teaford 4 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, K, balk, pickoff -- ND, 2.70 ERA
Abreu 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K, WP -- W, 1-0, 6.32 ERA
Best 2 IP, H, K -- SV, 1, 2.84 ERA

*** Three Idaho Falls pitchers allowed 1 hit each and the Chukars shut Orem down to move back into sole possession of first place in the division. All 3 Chukar runs came in the 1st as Alvi Morel singled and Kurt Mertins walked to set up a 3-run homer by 1B Jase Turner for his 2nd of the season. It was all pitchers after that for both sides as both teams made moderate threats but couldn't cash in with runs. The Chukars are 11-6 and a game up on first. Owlz LF Tyler Johnson was 0-4 to drop to .317 and SP Amalio Diaz took the loss with 6 IP of 3 ER on 5 hits and a walk to drop to 0-1 with a 2.77 ERA.

The Ogden Raptors (8-9, Rookie Dodgers) come to town for a short 2-gamer starting Friday. Dan Gutierrez will start for IF.

Rookie - AZL: off day

The Royals got back into action Friday morning against the Angels. No announced starters.

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