22 August 2006

Royals on the Farm 8/21 -- HD no-no

AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 4, O-Royals 2

2B Keppinger 1-4, 3B, K -- .370
RF Costa 0-4, K -- .348
LF Huber 1-3, BB, 2 RS -- .288
CF K. Robinson 1-4 -- .319
C Phillips 1-2, BB, HBP, 2B (10), RBI (34), E (8) -- .253
1B Cortez 0-4, K, CS -- .260

M. Wood 3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 6.00 ERA
Osborne 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, K, 2 HRA -- 6.99 ERA
Braun IP, 2 H, K -- 2.21 ERA

*** The Zephyrs scattered 4 runs and Omaha could only scratch out 2 Monday as Mike Wood lost his first AAA rehab start. Wood gave up a 2-out solo homer to Zephyrs DH Marlon Byrd in the 1st but Paul Phillips doubled home Justin Huber in the 2nd to tie the game. Wood gave up an RBI single in the 3rd before being pulled for Donovan Osborne to start the 4th. Osborne gave up a leadoff homer in the 6th and an Alejandro Prieto double play ball scored Huber to cut it to 3-2 Zephyrs in the 7th. Osborne gave up another solo homer in the 8th and that one put it away as Huber popped out to end the 8th with runners on the corners and Fernando Cortez struck out with Phillips at second in the 9th to end the game. Omaha is 48-82. NO RF George Lombard was 2-4 with his 8th homer and 18th RBI to move to .292, 1B Brandon Larson was 2-3 with his 12th double, 18th homer and 61st RBI to move to .264 and Byrd was 1-3 with his 7th homer and 24th RBI to move to .273.

The series finished up Tuesday afternoon and the Royals got a 3-1 win. Andy Van Hekken started. More on that in the next report.

AA - Wichita: off day

*** The Wranglers are 34-23 and start a 4-game home set vs. the Arkansas Travelers (23-34, AA Angels) Tuesday night. Junior Herndon starts the series opener. The magic number to clinch the division is 7 and the Wranglers are putting playoff tickets on sale for $5.

High-A - High Desert: Mavs 2, Inland Empire 0 (2-man no-hitter for the Mavs)

1B Stodolka 0-3, BB, K -- .296
CF Valentin 3-4, RBI (49), CS -- .293
C Duenas 2-4, 2B (15), HR (12), RBI (42), 2 K, 2 RS, PB (11) -- .296
SS Falu 0-4 -- .291
LF Tomlin 0-3 -- .275

Green 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 4 BB, 5 K -- W, 3-1, 5.40 ERA
Plummer 2 1/3 IP, 2 K -- SV, 7, 4.23 ERA

*** Patrick Green and Jarod Plummer combined on the first franchise no-hitter for High Desert as 4 Green walks and a passed ball that allowed a batter to reach first kept the Mavs from a perfect game. A 2nd inning walk by Green ruined the perfect game early but he had faced the minimum through 5 innings. The only problem was High Desert hadn't scored. That changed in the 6th when Tomas Duenas cranked his 12th homer to left center to put HD ahead. Green kept to the minimum until hitting a rough patch with three walks that loaded the bases with 2 outs in the 7th but Plummer came in and got a fly out to end the inning. Duenas doubled with 1 out in the 9th and scored on a Geraldo Valentin single to make it 2-0 and Plummer shrugged off a 1-out passed ball that allowed a strikeout victim to reach and got a ground out and pop out to nail down the no-no (which was even sweeter since IE beat HD in a playoff for the first-half title). High Desert is 27-30 and 3 games back of first. 66ers RF Casey Craig was 0-4 to drop to .292 and CF Brent Johnson was 0-2 with a walk to drop to .290.

The teams match back up Tuesday night as John Gragg pitches for the Mavs. HD is 1 1/2 games up on the Cal League North wild-card playoff spot.

Low-A - Burlington: Bees 5, Quad Cities 3

2B Johnson 2-4, 2 2B (6), RBI (37), K, RS -- .251
DH Everett 2-3, BB, 2B (10), RBI (21), RS -- .255
CF Duarte 1-4, BB, 2 K, RS, 2 SB (30) -- .267
RF F. Peralta 1-3, HBP, 3B, RS, SB (1) -- .182 over short time in low-A

Hochevar 4 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, hit batsman, 3 K -- 0.00 ERA, another great start
Oliveros 2 IP, UER, 2 H, 2 K -- W, 6-3, 2.82 ERA
Henninger 2 IP, UER, BB, 3 K -- 5.42 ERA
Schambough IP, ER, 3 H, BB, K -- SV, 11, 3.19 ERA

*** Luke Hochevar came one inning short of qualifying for his first organizational win but the bullpen did enough to salvage the series finale with Quad Cities. Brady Everett scored on a wild pitch in the 2nd and Josh Johnson doubled home Felix Peralta, who had led off the 3rd with a triple, to make it 2-0 Bees. Hochevar had a perfect 2nd through 4th and was pulled for Rayner Oliveros after hitting the first batter in the 5th. Jose Duarte scored on a Swing error in the 5th and Everett singled home a run to make it 4-0. Oliveros gave up an unearned run in the 6th after 3B Mario Lisson made his 23rd error with a dropped pop foul and, after another Swing error helped Johnson score in the 7th to make it 5-1, David Henninger gave up an unearned run in the 8th. Kraig Schambough also allowed a run in the 9th but got through the inning for his 11th save. Burlington is 23-35. Swing CF Jon Jay was 1-4 with his 11th double and 38th RBI to move to .330 (not to bag on Jason Taylor, but the Royals could have gotten Jay in rd 2) and C Bryan Anderson was 1-3 to move to .303.

The Bees have Tuesday and Wednesday off. Hochevar has allowed 1 hit with 5 K over a total of 6 IP for the Bees thus far. Verrrrrrrry good sign; hope it holds up. Not to rush him, but it would be cool to see if he could move up to High Desert to help the Mavs maybe get into the playoffs in the Cal League.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 5, Helena 3

2B Mertins 2-4, 2B (7), RBI (19), RS, SB (18) -- .358
3B Maddox 2-4, 3B (2), RBI (27), RS -- .328
1B Turner 2-4, 2B (14), HR (7), 2 RBI (33), K -- .231
CF Dickerson 0-4, SB (8) -- .285
SS McConnell 0-4, E (13) -- .246, a season to forget for Chris
LF Morel 0-2, 2 BB, 2 RS, SB (18) -- .287
DH Morizio 0-3, K -- .254
RF Bigler 0-3 -- .220

Hardy 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, K, 2 HRA, WP -- W, 5-3, 2.96 ERA, Rowdy notches another win
Abreu 2 IP, ER, H, BB, 2 K, WP -- SV, 2, 7.02 ERA

*** Rowdy Hardy proved once more as one of Idaho Falls' more solid starters and the Chukars broke a 3-game skid. Marc Maddox singled home a run in the 1st and the Chukars had a 1-0 lead. Hardy gave up a leadoff homer in the 2nd to tie it and it stayed tied at 1 until Hardy gave up a leadoff homer in the 7th to put Helena up, 2-1. Maddox tripled to lead off the Chukar 7th and Jase Turner followed with his 7th homer to give the Chukars a 3-2 lead. Kurt Mertins doubled home a run in the 8th and later scored on a Brewer error to make it 5-2 and Juan Abreu allowed a run on a wild pitch in the 9th but finished the game for his 2nd save. IF is 8-14. Helena 1B Chris Errecart was 3-4 with his 9th homer, 5th error and 47th RBI to move to .311 and OF Cole Gillespie was 1-3 with his 5th homer and 23rd RBI to move to .343.

The series comes to a close Tuesday night as Harold Mozingo pitches for IF.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 6, Rangers 2

3B Taylor 2-4, 2 RS -- .274
LF Francis 3-5, 2B (6), E (2) -- .296
DH Dyson 2-3, 3 RBI (15), K, RS -- .286
CF D. Robinson 2-4, RBI (22), RS, SB (19) -- .252
SS Juan 2-5, K, RS -- .268
RF Van Stratten 2-5, RBI (31) -- .289
1B S. Lucas 1-5, RBI (49), K, E (7) -- .274
C Doscher 0-2, HBP, K, RS -- .257

A. Morales 6 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 4 K -- ND, 4.69 ERA, deserved a W
Chavez 2 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- BS, 1, W, 1-0, 5.17 ERA
Cummings IP, 2 H, BB -- 0.98 ERA

*** The Royals kept the pace in the AZL lead as Angelo Morales had a good start and the offense churned out 14 hits to overcome the Rangers. Morales gave up an RBI single in the 1st and the Royals didn't get going until scoring 2 in the 5th on a 2-run single by Jarrod Dyson. Chris Chavez took over for Morales in the 7th and blew his 1st save of the season by giving up a 2-out RBI single to tie it at 2. Derrick Robinson broke the tie with a 1-out RBI single in the 9th and the Royals scored 3 more runs on a Dyson RBI single, Nick Van Stratten RBI single and Scott Lucas RBI ground out. Tyler Cummings had 2 in scoring position with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th but induced a ground out to end the game. The Royals are 15-6 and 1/2 a game up on the Angels for first. Rangers SS Marcus Lemon was 2-5 to move to .312, 2B Andres James was 2-5 with his 16th error and 13th RBI to move to .229 and CF Ronnie Anderson was 2-3 with his 3rd double to move to .226.

The Royals play the 9-11 Cubs Tuesday. There are 7 games left in the AZL season.

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