22 April 2007

Royals on the Farm 4/21

AAA -- Omaha: Memphis 4, O-Royals 2

LF Butler 1-4, BB, 2 RBI (16), K -- .322
C Tupman 2-4, K -- .323
RF Costa 1-3, 2 BB, RS -- .320
CF Maier 0-4 -- .273
DH Huber 1-4, K -- .152
SS Blanco 0-2, BB, RS, E (3) -- .086
*Omaha left 11 on base. 3B Mike Aviles made his 2nd E and 2B Fernando Cortez had his 3rd stolen base.

Elarton 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K, 2 HRA -- L, 0-1, 5.40 ERA
Day 3 IP, UER, 2 H, K
, 3 hit batsmen -- 3.38 ERA

Scott Elarton only faltered for one inning in his first AAA rehab start but it was enough to give Memphis the win in the opener of a 4-game set. Elarton gave up a leadoff single in the 2nd and then back-to-back homers to 1B Tagg Bozied and 2B Rico Washington (a terror in Springfield last season vs. Wichita) to make it 3-0 Memphis. Billy Butler came up with 2 runners in scoring position and 2 out in the 3rd and came through with a 2-run single to cut the lead to 3-2. The Royals left 2 runners on base in the 4th and blew a 1-out, bases loaded situation in the 5th. Memphis added a run in the 6th as Zach Day put 2 on with none out and a throwing error by Andres Blanco on a play at first scored a run. Omaha stranded 2 in the 8th and another 2 in the 9th as Butler struck out with 2 on and Graham Koonce grounded out to end the game. Omaha is 7-10 and 3 1/2 games back. Washington was 2-4 with his 1st homer and RBI of the season to move to .308, LF Ryan Ludwick was 2-4 with 2 RS to move to .333 and Bozied was 1-3 with his 2nd homer and 2 RBI (11) to move to .200. RP Mike Sillman got the win with 2/3 scoreless IP in relief of SP Mike Parisi and RP Brian Falkenborg picked up his 5th save of the season.

Game 2 of the set is over and Memphis won again today. Starting pitchers were: Omaha LH Tyler Lumsden (1-2, 6.28) vs. RH Mike Smith (1-2, 4.50).

AA -- Wichita: Arkansas 6, Wranglers 2

LF Lubanski 2-5, K -- .275
RF Joseph 3-4, 2B (2), 3B, RBI (6), RS -- .321
SS Falu 1-3, BB, SF, RBI (2), E (5) -- .189
1B Brazell 1-4 -- .333
DH Stodolka 0-1, 3 BB, RS -- .227
*Wichita left 10 on base.

Cromer 4 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HRA -- L, 0-2, 5.68 ERA
Hughes 5 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 K, WP -- 3.27 ERA

Arkansas got to Wichita starter Jason Cromer and Wichita lost again. Cromer gave up a solo homer to C Bobby Wilson in the 2nd but an Onil Joseph RBI double in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 1. SS Irving Falu's 5th error of the season prolonged the 3rd and Cromer gave up an RBI single to give the Travs a 2-1 lead. After a leadoff walk in the 4th, Cromer let the Wranglers down with only a couple pitches as he gave up an RBI single and 2 out 2 RBI double to make it 5-1. Joseph led off the 5th with a triple and a Falu sac fly cut the lead to 5-2 but a wild pitch by Dusty Hughes scored an Arkansas insurance run in the 7th. The Wranglers got 2 in scoring position with 1 out in the 8th but fly outs by Richie Lewis and Jace Brewer ended the threat. Two more were stranded in the 9th as Arkansas RP Jose Arredondo shut the door. Wichita is 6-9 and 1 game back of first. Travs 2B Adam Morrissey was 3-5 with his 3rd double and 2 RBI (7) to move to .347, Wilson was 2-4 with his 3rd homer, 6th RBI and 1st SB to move to .208 and SS Sean Rodriguez was 0-4 with 2 K to drop to .333. SP Nick Green got the win with 6 IP of 2 ER on 4 hits and 4 walks with 3 Ks to move to 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

The series wraps today as Luke Hochevar (1-1, 3.00) takes on Travs lefty Daniel Davidson (0-2, 2.81).

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Winston-Salem 6, Blue Rocks 1

SS Arce 1-3, K, RS -- .250
RF McFall 1-3 -- .156
3B Lisson 0-4, 2 K, E (4) -- .232
2B Johnson 0-4, K, E (3) -- .163

Penn 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, K, 3 HRA -- L, 1-1, 3.21 ERA, home run derby off Michael for his birthday
Oliveros 2 1/3 IP, BB, 2 K -- 2.89 ERA
Humen IP, 2 UER, 2 H, WP -- 3.60 ERA

The beyond-anemic Wilmington scratched out only 2 hits and the Rocks got swept by Winston-Salem. SP Michael Penn gave up the first of 3 homers he served up on the game with 2 out and none on in the 1st to CF David Cook. Wilmington tied it in the 3rd as a wild pitch scored Valentino Arce with 2 outs. Penn couldn't hold it as he gave up a 2-run homer to RF Aaron Cunningham in the bottom of the 3rd and a leadoff homer to 1B Micah Schnurstein in the 4th to make it 4-1. RP David Humen gave up an insurance run in the 8th and Warthogs reliever Carlos Torres pitched a hitless 9th to end it. Wilmington is 4-11. Cunningham was 1-3 with his 2nd homer and 2 RBI (8) to move to .353, Schnurstein was 1-4 with his 3rd homer and 14th RBI to move to .302 and Cook was 1-3 with his 4th homer and 11th RBI to move to .286. SP Justin Cassel got the win with 8 IP of an ER on 2 hits and 2 BB with 7 K to move to 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA.

The Blue Rocks have Sunday off before starting a 4-game set at the Frederick Keys (6-7, A-Adv. Orioles) Monday.

A -- Burlington: Bees 14, Dayton 7

SS McConnell 3-5, BB, RBI (6), 2 RS -- .295
LF Dickerson 2-5, HR (1), 3 RBI (7), K, 2 RS, SB (4) -- .310
C Everett 2-5, 2B (3), HR (1), 2 RBI (2), K, 2 RS, E (4) -- .312
RF Gonzalez 2-4, BB, HR (1), RBI (3), K, 2 RS, SB (3) -- .189
CF Dyson 2-6, 2 K, RS -- .276
2B Mertins 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI (6), K, RS -- .192
3B Maddox 1-3, 2 BB, 2B (3), 2 RBI (14), K, RS -- .348

Mozingo 5 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K, WP -- W, 2-1, 3.38 ERA
D'Amico 3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 5 K, WP -- 2.08 ERA
Hartsock IP, ER, 3 H, K -- 8.44 ERA

The Bees scored multiple runs in each of the first 5 innings and pounded the Dragons in the series opener. Two 2-out walks in the top of the 1st set up a 2-run double by Kurt Mertins aided by an error by CF Drew Stubbs and the Bees took a 2-0 lead. Bees starter Harold Mozingo got off to a bad start with 4 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and a wild pitch in the 1st. C Brady Everett also made his 4th error in the inning. Burlington came back in the 2nd to take the lead as Dragons 3B Jason Louwsma made a throwing error on a bunt by Jarrod Dyson to score a run and Chris McConnell followed with a 2-run single (aided by another Dragons error) to make it 5-4 Bees. Everett hit his 1st homer of the season in the 3rd -- a 2-run shot -- and O.D. Gonzalez hit his 1st homer two batters later to make it 8-4. Mozingo allowed a run in the 3rd to cut the lead to 3 but the Bees scored 4 in the 4th on a Mertins RBI single and a 3-run homer by Joe Dickerson for his 1st of the season to make it 12-5. A Marc Maddox 2-run double in the 5th made it 14-5 and Dayton added runs in the 8th and 9th before Aaron Hartsock polished them off to end it. Burlington moved to 9-5. Dayton RF Denis Phipps was 3-5 with 2 RBI (6) to move to .314, Stubbs was 0-4 with 2 E (3) to move to .346 and SS Chris Valaika was 2-4 with his 12th RBI to move to .458. Dayton SP Jordan Smith took the loss with 8 R (6 ER) over 2 2/3 IP to drop to 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA.

The Dragons evened the series by blanking Burlington today. Starters were Bees RH
Josh Cribb (0-0, 0.00) and Dayton righty Daryl Thompson (2-0, 0.82).

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