08 July 2006

Royals on the Farm 7/7

AAA - Omaha: Iowa 8, O-Royals 0

CF Costa 1-4, 2B (6) -- .421, team's only XBH
SS Blanco 1-2, HBP -- .247
2B Gotay 1-3, BB, K -- .253
RF Allen 0-3, BB -- .336
C Phillips 1-2 -- .251, called up, pulled during game
3B Cortez 0-4 -- .222, hot start long over

Bautista 3 IP, 5 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 2 WP -- L, 1-3, 6.23 ERA, maybe control problems were what led O's to part with him for Grimsley
Osborne 3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, K -- 8.15 ERA, down with Donovan
Booker 2/3 IP, H, BB, K -- 7.71 ERA
Elder 1 1/3 IP, 3 K -- 2.61 ERA, back on track after DL stint

*** Denny Bautista had control problems and the Royals couldn't get to Cubs starter Ryan O'Malley in dropping yet another loss to Iowa. Bautista gave up a run on two walks and two ground outs in the 1st and then allowed 4 in the 3rd on three walks, two hits, two wild pitches and a force out. Shane Costa doubled with 1 out in the 1st but Ruben Gotay was thrown out at home on the play and that was Omaha's best threat early. After 70 pitches through 3 innings, Bautista was pulled for Donovan Osborne to start the 4th and gave up single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th to spot Iowa an 8-0 lead. The Royals didn't threaten again after squandering two on with two out in both the 6th and 7th. Omaha is 34-54. O'Malley gave up 5 hits and 3 walks over 8 IP to move to 5-5 with a 3.93 ERA, 2B Ryan Theriot was 2-3 with a double, triple and 3 RS to move to .307, 1B Mike Restovich was 1-4 with his 18th double, 2 RBI (43) and 2 RS to move to .295 and CF Felix Pie was 2-4 with his 39th RBI to move to .254.

Omaha takes another crack at the Cubs Saturday night. Pitchers:
RH Ryan Baerlocher (3-3, 3.95) vs. Iowa RH Angel Guzman (2-4, 4.03). Paul Phillips got the call up to KC when Paul Bako was put on the 15-day DL with a slight tear in an oblique muscle.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 9, Arkansas 8 (11)

3B Gordon 1-4, 2 BB, K, RS, CS -- .301
RF Butler 2-5, BB, RBI (59), K, RS -- .318
SS Sanchez 4-5, 2B (14), RBI (33), K, 2 RS, CS -- .284, big game out of 2 slot
CF Maier 3-5, HR (9), 4 RBI (53), RS -- .274
LF Lubanski 1-5, HBP, 2B (25), 2 K, RS -- .264
DH D. Brown 2-4, BB, 2B (11), HR (6), 2 RBI (31), K, 3 RS -- .267
C Tupman 2-4, BB, 2B (8) -- .297
2B Murphy 0-3, BB, HBP, CS -- .224

Song 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 K, 2 HRA, pickoff -- ND, 5.38 ERA
Markray 3 1/3 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K, HRA, pickoff -- 2.61 ERA
DeHoyos 3 IP, H, 2 BB, K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA

*** The Wranglers overcame a 7-run Arkansas 5th to win in extras. Dee Brown hit a solo homer in the 2nd -- his 6th -- and Mitch Maier cracked a 2-run shot for his 9th homer in the 4th and Wichita had a 3-0 lead. Seung Song had only given up 2 hits going into the 5th but got tagged for 2 homers and 2 doubles and also 7 ER in the 5th. The last RBI double was given up by Thad Markray and Wichita was down, 7-3. Chris Lubanski led off the bottom of the 5th with a double and scored on an Angel Sanchez double. A balk and wild pitch brought Sanchez home and Wichita cut the lead to 7-5. Markray gave up a solo homer in the 7th to put Arkansas' lead back to 3 but Wichita put on a 2-out rally in the bottom of the frame to tie it. An Alex Gordon walk and Billy Butler single started it before Brown doubled home Gordon and Maier singled home 2 runs to tie the game at 8. The Wranglers went on to load the bases but Adam Keim popped out to end the rally. The game remained knotted at 8 into the Wrangler 11th when Sanchez led off with a single and moved to third on a Gordon single before Butler ended the game with a walkoff single. Wichita is 10-5 and 4 games up on first. Travs C Bobby Wilson was 3-5 with his 19th double to drop to .309, SS Brandon Wood was 1-5 with his 19th homer and 60th RBI to move to .294 and CF Terry Evans was 2-5 with his 8th homer and 2 RBI to move to .312. Evans most recently faced the Wranglers with Springfield but was moved to the Angels organization in the Jeff Weaver deal.

The series continues Saturday. Zack Greinke starts for Wichita. Butler and Gordon won't be with the Wranglers Saturday and Sunday to participate in the Futures game in Pittsburgh.

High-A - High Desert: Lake Elsinore 4, Mavs 3

DH Stodolka 1-3, SF, RBI (46) -- .296
CF Senreiso 2-4, RS, SB (12) -- .245
LF Tomlin 2-4, RBI (13), K -- .288
RF Valentin 1-5, E (8) -- .283
C Donachie 1-1, 2 BB, HR (6), RBI (21) -- .282

Christensen 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 8 K, WP -- ND, 5.81 ERA
Weeden 1/3 IP, 2 ER, H, 2 BB, WP -- L, 5-3, 5.13 ERA
Atencio 1 2/3 IP, H, 3 K -- BS, 1, 4.11 ERA

*** High Desert blew a late 3-1 lead to break a 14-game home winning streak. Dan Christensen gave up a run in the 2nd but the Mavs tied the game that inning on a 2-out RBI single by James Tomlin. A Mike Stodolka sac fly in the 3rd gave High Desert a 2-1 lead and Adam Donachie hit a solo homer in the 6th for his 6th homer of the season and a 3-1 Mavs lead. Christensen gave up another run in the 7th before Brandon Weeden came out to start the 8th. Weeden loaded the bases with 1 out before Greg Atencio was brought in and struck out a batter before giving up a go-ahead 2-run single. The Mavs stranded a runner at third in the 8th and Ed Lucas got to third with 1 out in the 9th but the Mavs couldn't get it tied. The Mavs are 10-5. Storm RP Neil Jamison got his 19th save and dropped his ERA to 3.16. LF Peter Ciofrone was 4-4 and a homer short of the cycle with 2 RBI (40) to move to .342. 3B Chase Headley was 1-3 with his 21st double and 2 errors to move to .282.

The teams were set to play again Saturday. Jarod Plummer got the start for the Mavs.

Low-A - Burlington: Bees 1, Southwest Michigan 0

CF Duarte 1-4 -- .264
2B Johnson 1-2, BB, K, CS -- .262
SS McConnell 0-2, BB, K, CS -- .175

Santiago 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- W, 1-1, 3.75 ERA, great start
Harkcom 2 IP, BB, K -- SV, 1, 4.00 ERA

*** The teams combined for 6 hits with the D-Rays getting only 2 with a wild pitch being the breaking point in Burlington's win. The game was tied at 0 into the bottom of the 7th when Jeff Howell led off for the Bees with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt. A ground out moved him to third and Howell scored on a wild pitch to break the ice. Southwest Michigan got 2 on with 2 out in the 9th but Cody Harkcom got a strike out to end the game. The Bees moved to 5-11. SWM starter Matt Walker went 6 scoreless innings with only 3 hits and 2 walks allowed to drop his ERA to 1.23. 3B Cesar Suarez was 0-4 to drop to .322.

The Bees and D-Rays locked horns again Saturday night. Carlos Rosa got the start for the Bees.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 3, Ogden 2

2B Mertins 2-4, 2 RBI (6), 2 K, SB (4) -- .583
CF Bigler 2-4, 2 RS -- .333
C Morizio 2-4 -- .381
LF Morel 1-3, BB, 2B, RBI (12) -- .313
1B Castillo 1-3, HBP, 2 K -- .393

Gutierrez 4 IP, ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K, HRA -- ND, 3.86 ERA
Cribb 4 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Casey 2/3 IP, H -- SV, 2, 8.44 ERA

*** The Chukars kept rolling as '06 draftee Josh Cribb pitched 4 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first pro win. Dan Gutierrez gave up a solo homer in the 2nd but Alvi Morel doubled home a run in the 3rd and Kurt Mertins singled home a run in the 5th for a 2-1 Chukar lead. Mertins singled home another run in the 7th as Cribb kept the Raptors in check through the 8th. Ogden made the Chukars sweat by pushing across a run in the 9th but Bryan Casey got it closed for his 2nd pro save. Idaho Falls is 12-6 and 2 games up on first. Ogden 3B Josh Bell was 2-4 with his 2nd homer and 10th RBI to move to .344.

The teams finish the short set Saturday. Rowdy Hardy was set to start for the Chukars.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 8, Angels 2

SS Bianchi 2-5, 2B (4), RS -- .429
3B Taylor 1-4, 2B (3), RBI (5), RS -- .452
C Doscher 2-4, RBI, RS, CS -- .306
DH Dyson 1-3, K, CS -- .474
1B S. Lucas 1-5, 3B (5), 3 RBI (20) -- .360
2B A. Perez 1-5, 2 RBI, K, RS -- .270
CF D. Robinson 1-4, RBI (5), K, RS -- .184
RF Van Stratten 1-4, BB, RS, SB (2) -- .214

A. Morales 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- W, 2-2, 6.75 ERA

*** A 7-run 7th propelled the Royals to another win. Jason Taylor doubled home a run in the 2nd to get the Royals started and keep his bat hot but both teams stagnated on offense until the Angels scored twice in the 6th on a 1-out 2-run triple. Nick Doscher and Derrick Robinson had back-to-back RBI singles with no out in the 7th and Alwin Perez followed with a 2-run single before Scott Lucas finished the rally with a bases-loaded triple to make the score 8-2. Two relievers finished off the Angels. The Royals are 9-4. Angels starter Brok Butcher allowed only 1 ER on 4 hits and a walk over 5 IP to move his ERA to 1.59. DH Hank Conger was 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI to move to .358 and RF Norberto Ortiz was 1-4 to drop to .343.

The Royals' game with the Giants was postponed today.

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