20 April 2007

Royals on the Farm 4/19

AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 9, Round Rock 7

LF Butler 1-2, BB, SF, HR (4), 2 RBI (12), 2 RS -- .321
SS Berroa 3-5, RBI (3), K, 2 RS, SB (1) -- .317
DH Gathright 2-4, BB, 2 RBI (5), K, RS, SB (6) -- .240
RF Costa 2-4, SF, RBI (4) -- .310
3B Aviles 2-4, E (1) -- .291
1B Koonce 1-3, BB, 2B (2), 3 RBI (8), K -- .250
CF Maier 1-4, 3B, 2 RS -- .271

Hendrickson 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K, WP -- W, 2-1, 6.75 ERA, not a pretty line, but a W
Shiell 1 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, K, WP -- 3.86 ERA
Ray 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB, K -- SV, 1, 5.87 ERA

Both teams had 14 hits but Omaha made theirs count for more runs, especially in the 2nd, in Omaha's sixth win of the season. Billy Butler hit a sac fly in the 1st to bring Angel Berroa home with the game's first run and the Royals loaded the bases with 1 out in the 2nd. Joey Gathright took a walk to force home a run, Berroa hit an RBI single, Shane Costa hit a sac fly and Graham Koonce got the big hit with a 3-run double to make it 7-0 Omaha and chase SP Chad Reineke. Omaha starter Ben Hendrickson gave up single runs in the 3rd and 4th and then 2 runs in the 5th to make it 7-4 Omaha. Mitch Maier led off the Omaha 6th with a triple and scored on a 2-out Gathright single to pad the lead back to 4. RP Jason Shiell came in for Omaha in the 7th and gave up 5 straight singles with a wild pitch mixed in as Round Rock closed the deficit to 8-7. Fortunately, Shiell got a double play ball and ground out to get out of the inning with the lead intact. Omaha got an insurance run in the bottom of the inning on a 1-out solo homer by Butler (his 4th) off former Royal Miguel Asencio. With 2 on and 2 out in the 8th, Ken Ray was brought in and walked the bases full before getting Express CF Hunter Pence to fly out to end the threat. Ray again had 2 in scoring position with 2 out in the 9th but got DH Cody Ransom to ground out to end it. Omaha is 6-9 and 2 1/2 games back. Round Rock RF Josh Anderson was 4-5 with 2 RS and his 5th SB to move to .273, Pence was 2-5 with 2 RBI (12) to move to .321 and SS Eric Bruntlett was 2-4 with a walk, his 1st triple and 3 RBI (3) to move to .174. Reineke took the loss with 7 ER on 7 hits and 2 BB over 1 2/3 IP to drop to 1-2 with a 12.60 ERA.

The series wraps tonight. Pitchers: Express LH Philip Barzilla (2-0, 1.64) vs. RH Brian Bannister (1-1, 1.93).

AA -- Wichita: Arkansas 5, Wranglers 0

1B Stodolka 2-4, K -- .231
DH Brazell 1-4, K -- .349
RF Padilla 0-4 -- .417
LF Lubanski 1-3, BB, CS -- .256

Buckner 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K, HRA, balk -- L, 1-2, 4.70 ERA, still decent start, outshone by Adenhart
Atencio 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 K, HRA -- 2.45 ERA
Santos 2/3 IP, K -- 3.68 ERA

Travelers starter Nick Adenhart shut the Wranglers down as Wichita lost the 5th of their last 6 games. Wichita stranded 2 in the 2nd and Billy Buckner gave up a leadoff homer in the 3rd to DH Greg Porter to spot the Travs a 1-0 lead. Two more runners were stranded in the 3rd for Wichita and Buckner balked home a run in the 5th. Wichita stranded 2 more against Adenhart in the 7th and Arkansas got some insurance in the 9th off RP Greg Atencio as he gave up an RBI double and a 2-run homer to C Bobby Wilson and the Travs went up, 5-0. The Wranglers went down in order in the 9th. Wichita is 6-7 and still tied for first with Tulsa. Wilson was 1-4 with his 2nd homer and 2 RBI (5) to move to .205, Porter was 1-4 with his 1st homer and 3rd RBI to move to .196 and SS Sean Rodriguez was 1-4 with his 5th double, 1st SB and 3rd E to move to .333. 3B Freddy Sandoval knocked in his 5th RBI and stole 3 bases (4) to move to .267. Adenhart got the win with 6 IP of 6 hits and 2 BB with 6 K to move to 3-0 with a 0.49 ERA.

Game 2 of the set is tonight. Luke Hudson makes a rehab start for Wichita vs. Travs righty Chris Saenz (0-0, 8.59 ERA).

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Winston-Salem 5, Blue Rocks 4

2B Perez 2-3, S, K -- .333
LF Bigler 2-4, RBI (3), RS, SB (2) -- .156
CF Duarte 1-4, SF, RBI (1) -- .174
SS Johnson 1-4, RBI (3), 2 K, picked off -- .179
3B Lisson 0-4, K -- .217

Nicoll 4 IP, ER, 2 H, 5 K, HRA -- ND, 3.75 ERA
Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H -- 3.12 ERA
de la Vara 1 1/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K, HRA -- BS, 1, 1.35 ERA
Humen 1 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K -- L, 0-2, 4.50 ERA

The Blue Rocks had the lead in hand late but couldn't hold on as the Warthogs won it in the 9th. A 2-out throwing error by Winston-Salem SS Ryan McCarthy in the 2nd allowed a run to score to get the Rocks on the board first. SP Chris Nicoll gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to C Cole Armstrong and the game was tied at 1. Jose Duarte hit a sac fly in the 5th and Josh Johnson followed with an RBI single and Wilmington was up, 3-1. RP Justin Barnes came in for the 5th and gave up a sac fly to close the lead to 3-2. In the 6th, Barnes departed after giving up a 2-out double and Gilbert de la Vara was brought in. De la Vara gave up a 2-run homer to Armstrong, the first batter he faced, for Armstrong's 2nd longball of the game and the Warthogs held a 4-3 lead. Warthogs closer Brian Omogrosso came in for the 9th and gave up a 2-out RBI single to Brett Bigler to tie the game. The Rocks couldn't get the lead run across and the game went to the bottom of the 9th tied at 4. RP David Humen gave up a single, sac bunt and wild pitch to put the winning run at third with 1 out but got a ground out before giving up a walkoff single to 2B Victor Mercedes for the Warthog win. Wilmington is 4-9, on a 4-game slide, and 4 1/2 games back of first. Armstrong was 2-4 for Winston-Salem with 2 HR (3) and 3 RBI (8) to move to .243, RF Aaron Cunningham was 0-3 with his 6th RBI to drop to .364 and Mercedes was 1-5 with his 7th RBI to move to .244. Omogrosso blew his 2nd save but picked up the win to move to 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

The teams match up again tonight. Pitchers: Blue Rocks right-handers Julio Pimentel (1-0, 2.45) and Patrick Green (0-1, 3.52) vs. Winston-Salem righty Derek Rodriguez (2-0, 3.60).

A -- Burlington: Fort Wayne 6, Bees 4

RF Morel 3-3, BB, 3B, RBI (3), RS, SB (3) -- .306
3B Maddox 1-3, SF, RBI (12), E (1) -- .368
2B Mertins 1-4, RBI (4), SB (5) -- .195
1B Turner 0-4, RBI (4), 3 K -- .121
SS McConnell 1-4, BB, K, RS -- .256
LF Dickerson 1-4, K -- .297

Teaford 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, balk, pickoff -- ND, 2.45 ERA
Hartsock 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- BS, 1, L, 0-1, 8.31 ERA
D'Amico 1 2/3 IP, K -- 1.59 ERA

The Wizards rallied off the Burlington bullpen to take a 2-1 series lead. SP Everett Teaford gave up a 1st inning sac fly to spot Ft. Wayne a 1-0 lead but the Bees took control in the 3rd as FW SP Drew Miller walked the bases loaded to start the half-inning, gave up a Marc Maddox sac fly and Jase Turner RBI ground out and then a Kurt Mertins RBI single to make it 3-1 Bees. Teaford gave up a run in the 4th and the Bees took the 3-2 lead into the 6th. RP Aaron Hartsock gave up a 2-out, 2-run single to give the Wizards a 4-3 lead but Alvi Morel hit an RBI triple in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 4. Hartsock couldn't hold on, tho, as he gave up a 2-run single in the bottom of the frame. The Bees had a runner on first with 2 out in the 9th and Chris McConnell singled only to see Morel thrown out at third by Wizards LF Sam Carter to end the game. Burlington is 8-4 and a game back of first. DH Cedric Hunter was 4-4 for the Wizards to move to .314, CF Javis Diaz was 3-4 with his 1st double and 2 RBI (5) to move to .300 and RF Kyler Burke was 1-4 with 2 RBI (4) to move to .212. Wizards RP Derek McDaid got the win with 2 IP of an ER on 2 hits to move to 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA.

The series ends tonight. Pitchers: Bees' Matt Campbell (1-0, 0.90 ERA) vs. Wizards' Nathanial Culp (1-1, 3.38). The Bees have a new organizational blog -- it's at http://gobeesblog.wordpress.com/

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