21 August 2006

Royals on the Farm 8/20

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 8, New Orleans 7 (11)

2B Keppinger 3-6, RBI (17), RS -- .374
LF Huber 1-2, 3 BB, RBI (38), E (8) -- .287
RF Costa 2-6, 2B (9), RS -- .357
CF K. Robinson 2-6, RS, CS -- .320
DH Coolbaugh 2-4, BB, 2B (9), HR (8), 2 RBI (22), 2 RS -- .229
1B Cortez 2-5, 2B (5), RBI (10), 2 K, 2 RS -- .265

Mahomes 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 4 K, WP -- ND, 6.26 ERA
Diaz 2 IP, H, 3 BB -- W, 1-3, 4.37 ERA

*** Omaha posted a big 9th-inning rally to send the game into extra innings and finally overcame the Zephyrs in the 11th to win a 2nd straight game. Pat Mahomes gave up a run in the top of the 1st but Omaha scored 2 in the bottom of the frame on an RBI double by Mike Coolbaugh and an RBI single by Mike Aviles to make it 2-1. Two hits and a wild pitch gave NO another run in the 2nd to tie it and two hits in the 3rd made it 3-2 Zephyrs. A solo homer by Coolbaugh (his 8th) in the 6th tied the game at 3 but Mahomes got lit up in the Zephyr 7th with 2 RBI doubles and a 2-run homer making it 7-3. Jeff Keppinger singled home a run in the bottom of the 7th but the Royals left 2 in scoring position and entered their half of the 9th down by 3 after Ed Yarnall (first appearance off DL) worked out of a jam in the top of the 9th. Fernando Cortez doubled home a run and scored on a Zephyr error before Shane Costa tied it with a fielder's choice that resulted in another Zephyr error. With 1 out and 2 in scoring position, the Royals couldn't finish it in the 9th, however, as Aviles popped out and Jared Price lined out to end the inning. Jose Diaz got through the 10th unscathed but walked the bases loaded with 1 out in the 11th. He got a force out at home for the second out and another at second to end the inning. A Keppinger single and 1-out walk by Coolbaugh brought Justin Huber to the plate in the bottom of the 11th and Huber hit a walkoff single to end the game. The Royals are now 2-63 when trailing after 8 innings. The Royals are 48-81. Former Royal Chris Booker took the loss for New Orleans with an ER on 2 hits and a walk over 1 1/3 IP to drop to 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA. 1B Larry Broadway was 3-5 with 2 2B (25), his 8th error and his 78th RBI to move to .288, DH Brandon Larson was 1-3 with his 17th homer and 2 RBI (60) to move to .261 and CF Kenny Kelly was 3-4 with his 30th RBI to move to .256.

Game 3 of the set is Monday night. Pitchers: NO RH Andrew Good (8-8, 5.01) vs. RH Mike Wood (0-0, 0.00). Donovan Osborne will likely take over after Wood's 2-3 inning rehab stint.

AA - Wichita: Wranglers 4, Corpus Christi 3

DH Gordon 1-3, BB, RS -- .320
CF Maier 2-4, 2B (31), RBI (82), K, RS -- .300
LF Lubanski 1-4, 2 K -- .272
RF D. Brown 2-4, RBI (67), K, RS, SB (2) -- .315
SS Sanchez 0-3, BB, K, RS, E (24) -- .286

Lumsden 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K, HRA, pickoff -- ND, 3.04 ERA, mediocre start
Lowery 3 IP, UER, 2 H, 2 BB -- BS, 1, 5.47 ERA
DeHoyos IP, K -- W, 2-1, 1.38 ERA

*** Neither Tyler Lumsden nor Hooks hot prospect Troy Patton pitched lockdown ball and a wild pitch made the difference in a 4-3 Wrangler win to take 2 of 3 from CC. Both teams did almost all their damage in the 1st as Lumsden gave up a 1-out, 2-run homer to Hooks CF Hunter Pence for his 28th of the season and a 2-0 Hooks lead. The Wranglers shook that off to post a 1-out rally of their own in their half as Dee Brown singled home a run and Adam Keim and Mitch Maier followed with RBI singles to make it 3-2 Wichita. Lumsden and Patton rarely cruised but did settle down to hold their opposition scoreless before they were pulled for bullpen relief. Angel Sanchez's 24th error helped the Hooks tie the game in the 7th off Devon Lowery and the game went into the bottom of the 9th tied at 3. Maier led off the inning with a double off Hooks RP Chad Reineke and was sacrificed to third before Paul Estrada relieved Reineke only to walk Brett Groves and, on the 4th ball, throw a wild pitch that allowed Maier to score with the winning run. Wichita is 34-23 and 6 games up on first. Patton allowed 3 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks with 7 K over 7 IP to make his ERA 4.32. Hooks C Brian Peterson was 3-4 with 2 doubles to move to .333, 1B Josh Bonifay was 1-3 with his 70th RBI to move to .264 and Pence was 1-3 with his 28th HR, 15th SB, 8th error and 2 RBI (93) to move to .290.

The Wranglers have Monday off before taking on Arkansas for 4 games starting Tuesday. The league suspended Frank White 2 games for his altercation with the umps Friday night when Brian Bass and White were ejected. He missed Sunday's game and will also miss Tuesday's game.

High-A - High Desert: Lancaster 9, Mavs 2 (7/G1)

DH Stodolka 0-4, 2 K -- .298, slumping
SS Falu 2-3, BB, CS -- .293, opposite of slumping
3B E. Lucas 2-3, CS, E (16) -- .281
LF Valentin 2-3, HR (6), RBI (47), K -- .285
1B R. Brown 1-3, HR (13), RBI (52) -- .267

Rosa 3 1/3 IP, 7 R (6 ER), 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 16.20 ERA, rude welcome to Cal League
Rowe 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, K, HRA, WP -- 4.42 ERA

*** Carlos Rosa had a rough first start for High Desert and the Mavs dropped game 1 of 2 with Lancaster Sunday. Rosa gave up a 2-run single in the 2nd and 2 more runs in the 3rd thanks in part to an Ed Lucas error. A 3-run homer he gave up with 1 out in the 4th was the only big-damage hit he allowed but it was enough to get him pulled in favor of Adam Rowe. Rowe gave up a 2-run homer later in the inning to make it 9-0 Lancaster. The Mavs struggled on offense until the 7th and final inning of the shortened twinbill game as Rusty Brown cracked his 13th homer and Geraldo Valentin hit his 6th but Mike Stodolka popped out with 2 on to end the game. HD fell to 26-29. JetHawks SP Jesus Silva allowed 5 hits and 2 walks with 6 K over 5 IP to move to 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA. CF Chris Rahl was 3-4 with his 7th triple and 2 RS to move to .335, 3B Brandon Burgess was 1-4 with his 25th homer and 3 RBI (79) to move to .276 and LF Cyle Hankerd was 1-3 with his 1st homer and 2 RBI to move to .214.

Lancaster 9, Mavs 5 (7/G2)

LF Tomlin 2-4, RS -- .279
DH Duenas 2-4, 2B (14), RBI (41), RS -- .293
CF Senreiso 2-3, BB, E (7) -- .280
RF Valentin 2-4, RBI (48) -- .288
C Thibault 2-3, 2B (9) -- .329
3B E. Lucas 1-4, 2 RBI (59), K, 2 RS -- .281

de la Vara 3 IP, 8 ER, 10 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- L, 0-4, 6.20 ERA, God knows why he was starting
Hicklen 3 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 6.03 ERA

*** Once again the Mavs' pitchers were routed and Lancaster maintained control of the division lead by completing the twinbill sweep. Gilbert de la Vara got pounded in the 1st as he allowed 5 ER on 7 hits and a Juan Senreiso error in CF to put Lancaster up, 5-0. A triple and sac fly in the 2nd made it 6-0 but the Mavs surged back into the game with 4 runs in the 3rd on a Tomas Duenas RBI single, a 2-run single by Ed Lucas and an RBI single by Geraldo Valentin to make it 6-4. Lancaster put the game away, however, with 3 in the 3rd off de la Vara and Patrick Hicklen on 3 hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch to make it 9-4. Jeremy Jirschele drew a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the 5th to close it to a 4-run deficit but James Tomlin grounded out to end the inning and the Mavs didn't threaten again. HD is 26-30 and 3 games out of first. Lancaster RF Jereme Milons was 4-4 with his 9th double, 2 3B (6) and 3 RS to move to .294, 1B Javier Brito was 3-3 with his 19th double and 3 RBI (45) to move to .345 and Rahl was 1-3 with his 17th SB and 79th RBI to move to .332.

A split away and home 3-game set with the Inland Empire 66ers (27-28, High-A Mariners) starts Monday night. Patrick Green starts for HD. The Mavs' overall record of 65-61 has them 1/2 a game up on Lake Elsinore for the wild-card lead in the Cal League.

Low-A - Burlington: Quad Cities 3, Bees 2

DH Everett 2-4, 2B (9), RS -- .250
CF Duarte 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .267
SS Johnson 0-4, 2 K -- .249
1B Vega 1-3, BB, RBI (70) -- .247

Santiago 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K, WP -- L, 2-6, 6.36 ERA
Harkcom 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB -- 3.14 ERA

*** The anemic Bees offense once again couldn't capitalize on a decent start from Mario Santiago and Burlington dropped its 5th straight game. Carlos Arroyo singled home Brady Everett in the 2nd to put Burlington up but the Swing scored twice off Santiago in the 3rd to take the lead. Cody Harkcom gave up an RBI single in the 8th to get the Swing an insurance run but a Miguel Vega RBI single in the bottom of the 8th put the tying run at second with 1 out. Jeff Howell popped out and Everett lined out to end the inning. The Bees went down without much fight in the 9th. The Bees are 22-35. Quad Cities SP Donnie Smith allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks with 5 K over 5 2/3 IP to move to 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA, LF Jon Jay was 2-4 to move to .332 and DH Chad Gabriel was 2-4 with his 21st RBI to move to .273.

The series wraps up Monday night. Luke Hochevar has a 50-pitch count in his second start for the Bees.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Helena 6, Chukars 5

DH Mertins 1-5, RBI (18), K, SB (17) -- .354
2B Maddox 0-2, BB, HBP, RS -- .324
LF Morel 2-5, RBI (23), K, 2 RS, SB (17) -- .291
1B Turner 2-5, HR (6), 2 RBI (31) -- .225
CF Bigler 2-2, 2 BB -- .224
SS McConnell 0-5, 2 K -- .254
C Morizio 1-3, BB, RS -- .266

Gutierrez 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, WP -- ND, 6.69 ERA
Cribb 4 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- L, 2-3, 3.76 ERA
Casey 2 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- 4.43 ERA

*** Idaho Falls stayed in the game despite posting only 9 hits compared to 18 for Helena but, in the end, the Brewers were too much in another IF loss. The first 5 Brewers reached base as Helena scored 3 off Dan Gutierrez in the 1st but Jase Turner cranked his 6th homer -- a 2-run shot -- in the bottom of the 1st to keep the Chukars close. Gutierrez gave up another run in the 2nd on a wild pitch but the Chukars tied it in the bottom of the inning on a bases loaded 2-run single by Alvi Morel. The Chukars had 2 in scoring position with 2 out but Chris McConnell struck out to end the rally. Helena pushed across 2 runs off Josh Cribb in the 4th and the Chukars were able to get a Kurt Mertins RBI single in the 5th and load the bases with 1 out in that inning but couldn't get the tying run home. The Chukars again got 2 in scoring position with 1 out in the 8th and failed to tie the game and went down 1-2-3 in the 9th to end it. The Chukars are 7-14. Helena RP Travis Wendte went the final 1 2/3 for Helena to pick up his 3rd save and drop his ERA to 3.24. Brewers LF Cole Gillespie was 3-4 with 2 walks, his 12th SB and 2 RS to move to .343, CF Stephen Chapman was 3-6 with 2 RS to move to .308 and DH Andy Bouchie was 2-5 with 3 RBI (34) to move to .272.

The series continues Monday night. No announced starters.

Rookie - AZL: off day

*** The Royals are 14-6 and tied with the Angels for first. The Royals are set to play the 6-14 Rangers Monday night.

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