01 May 2007

Royals on the Farm 4/30

AAA -- Omaha: Memphis 9, O-Royals 3

LF Butler 1-3, BB, SB (1) -- .337, don't see a ton of steals outta Billy
3B Cortez 2-4, SB (4) -- .292
CF Maier 1-4, RBI (12), SB (1) -- .260
2B Berroa 1-4, 2B (4), RBI (7), RS -- .316
RF Costa 1-3, BB, 2B (7), RS -- .354, 16-game hit streak, made diving catch on warning track
1B Koonce 1-4, 2B (4), RBI (10), K, RS -- .255
SS Aviles 0-4, K, E (4) -- .308
DH Huber 0-3, HBP -- .200

Hudson 4 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 4 H, 4 BB, 7 K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 4.50 ERA
Lumsden IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, K, WP -- 10.80 ERA, yikes, maybe needs to go back to Wichita
Hoelscher 3 IP, BB, 3 K -- 5.00 ERA
Giron IP, K -- 3.29 ERA

Luke Hudson and Tyler Lumsden had an ugly 5th and 6th and Omaha's 4-game win streak was snapped by the Redbirds. Hudson started and gave up a solo homer to 2B Edgar Gonzalez
and an RBI double in the 1st to make it 2-0 Memphis. Shane Costa led off the Omaha 1st with a double and scored on an Angel Berroa double before Graham Koonce doubled Berroa home and Mitch Maier singled home Koonce to make it 3-2 Omaha. Berroa flew out with 2 out and the bases loaded in the 4th and Hudson exited after putting 2 on thanks to a walk and a Mike Aviles error in the 5th. Lumsden (new to the bullpen after not doing well as a starter) came in and went walk, sac fly, sac fly, single, walk, run scoring wild pitch and K to get out of the inning, but not before Memphis had a 5-3 lead. The 6th wasn't much prettier as Lumsden's line went double, RBI double, walk, passed ball on Paul Phillips, 2-run double, RBI double before Nate Hoelscher came in with the score 9-3 Memphis. Hoelscher escaped without further damage and 12 of the last 13 Omaha batters went down without reaching base to end the game. Omaha is 11-14 and 3 games back. Gonzalez was 2-5 with his 5th double, 1st homer, 2 RBI (10) and 3 RS to move to .333, 1B Tagg Bozied was 2-4 with 2 doubles (6) and 3 RBI (19) to move to .277 and LF Ryan Ludwick was 1-4 with his 7th double and 2 RBI (31) to move to .344. CF Rick Ankiel had his 26th RBI and SP Mike Parisi got the win with 5 IP of 3 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks to move to 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA. RP Matt Ginter picked up the 4-inning save for his 1st of the season.

The series continues tonight in game 2. Probable starters: Redbirds RH Blake Hawksworth (0-4, 5.31) vs. RH Scott Elarton (1-1, 5.91).

AA -- Wichita: Wranglers 8, Arkansas 7

1B Stodolka 3-5, HR (1), 4 RBI (7), K, RS -- .279, adjusting to AA?
LF Lubanski 2-3, BB, SF, 2B (5), RBI (12), K, RS, SB (1) -- .321, staying consistent so far, may be candidate for Omaha
CF Greenberg 2-4, HBP, 2B (2), 2 K, 2 RS, SB (4), clutch OF assist at home -- .228
3B Lucas 2-4, K, SB (1), E (4) -- .269
DH Padilla 1-3, HBP, SF, 2 RBI (11), 2 RS, SB (2), picked off -- .353
RF Joseph 1-3, BB, S, 2 RS, SB (2) -- .264
2B Valentin 0-4, K -- .211

Bale IP, H -- 0.00 ERA, first rehab appearance
Cromer 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, WP -- W, 1-2, 6.16 ERA, ugly line but got the W
Hughes 2/3 IP, 2 H -- 4.50 ERA
Atencio 2/3 IP, ER, 0 H -- 2.57 ERA, ejected after hit batsman in 9th
Santos IP, UER, 2 H, BB, K -- SV, 1, 4.82 ERA

It was a wild game in North Little Rock as the Wranglers almost blew a 6-0 lead but held on for the win. Chris Lubanski hit a 2-out double in the 1st but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple and the Wranglers didn't get on the board until the 2nd with a Mike Stodolka RBI single to make it 1-0. With the bases loaded off Travs SP Chris Saenz and 1 out in the 3rd, a fielding error by Arkansas 3B Freddy Sandoval allowed a run to score and Stodolka followed with a 2-run single before a Saenz wild pitch scored another run to make it 5-0. Stodolka hit a 1-out solo homer in the 5th for his 1st of the season to make it 6-0 and drive in his 4th run of the game. Arkansas broke the ice with 3 in the 6th off P Jason Cromer, including a 2-run single with 2 outs that cut the lead to 6-3. A Lubanski sac fly in the 7th stretched the lead back to 4 at 7-3 but the Travs scored 2 off Cromer in the bottom of the 7th to make it 7-5. Dusty Hughes got the final out of the 7th but handed the ball to Greg Atencio with 2 on and 1 out in the 8th before Atencio induced a double play to get out of the jam. Jorge Padilla hit a sac fly in the 9th to make the lead 8-5 and Atencio was ejected after hitting the leadoff batter in the 9th with a pitch. Both teams hit 2 batsmen, so I assume warnings were handed out. Arthur Santos came in and an Ed Lucas error helped lead to an RBI single. With 2 in scoring position and 1 out, Santos gave up a single to SS Sean Rodriguez that scored one run but the potential tying run was nailed at the plate by CF Adam Greenberg to keep the game at 8-7 Wranglers. Santos walked another batter but got a strikeout to end the game. Wichita is 10-13 and 1 1/2 games back. Rodriguez was 3-5 with his 3rd SB and 11th RBI to move to .309, DH Adam Morrissey was 3-5 with his 6th double and 2 RBI (11) to move to .333 (he was also the runner thrown out at the plate in the 9th), and RF Greg Porter was 2-5 with 2 RBI (8) to move to .241.

The Wranglers come back to Wichita today to start a 4-game set with the Springfield Cardinals (9-11, AA Cards). Probable starters: Wichita lefty Dan Christensen (0-0, 3.78) vs. Cards righty Mitch Boggs (1-2, 3.20). Wichita is 1-2 versus the Cards thus far.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Frederick 5, Blue Rocks 3

DH Kaaihue 1-3, BB, SF, 2 RBI (10) -- .188, RBI machine lately
C Clark 2-3, BB, 2B (3), RS -- .219
2B Johnson 2-4, HBP, K, SB (1), E (4) -- .182
CF Duarte 2-5, 2 K -- .256
SS Arce 1-3, HBP, RBI (4), RS -- .250
*The Rocks left 10 on base.

Nicoll 5 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, BB, 2 K -- L, 0-3, 4.50 ERA
Haltiwanger 2 IP, ER, 2 H, K -- 8.59 ERA
Humen IP, H, 2 BB, K -- 1.80 ERA
de la Vara IP, H, K -- 0.84 ERA

The Blue Rocks were down, 4-0, before staging a comeback that fell short as the Keys took the series opener. SP Chris Nicoll gave up a 2-out RBI triple in the 1st and former Royal farmhand Pete Maestrales hit a 1-out double in the 2nd after a dropped pop foul by Josh Johnson kept him alive. Maestrales scored on a ground out to make it 2-0 Keys and Nicoll gave up 2 runs in the 3rd to make it 4-0. A 2-out RBI single by Kila Kaaihue in the bottom of the 3rd got Wilmington on the board to cut the lead to 4-1. The Blue Rocks stranded the bases loaded in the 5th and, after RP Russ Haltiwanger gave up a run in the 7th, a Kaaihue sac fly in the bottom of the inning cut the lead back to 3 at 5-2. The Rocks had 2 in scoring position with 1 out but couldn't get any more runs in the inning. RP David Humen got out of a jam in the 8th and the Rocks pulled within 2 runs on a Valentino Arce RBI ground out but again squandered base runners. The Rocks went down 1-2-3 in the 9th to end it. Wilmington is 8-15 and 5 games back. Frederick RF Arturo Rivas was 2-4 with his 4th double, 1st triple and 2 RBI (5) to move to .359, 2B Jonathan Tucker was 2-4 with his 3rd double and a RS to move to .311 and LF Jacob Duncan was 1-4 with his 3rd SB and 8th RBI to move to .357. SP Jason Berken picked up the win with 5 IP of an ER on 7 hits and 2 BB with 5 Ks to move to 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA. RP Jason Burch picked up his 1st save.

The series continues Tuesday night. Probable pitchers: Blue Rocks righties Daniel Cortes (0-1, 4.50) and Julio Pimentel (1-0, 3.00) vs. O's top pitching prospect righty Brandon Erbe (1-0, 3.18). Wilmington activated OF Andrew Larsen from the DL Monday and, to make room, released OF Ethien Santana, who was hitting .100 in 40 ABs.

A -- Burlington: Lansing 7, Bees 6

SS McConnell 2-4, 2 2B (5), RS -- .276
3B Thompson 1-4, HR (4), 3 RBI (9), K, RS, E (2) -- .231
DH Bianchi 1-4, RBI (1), K, RS -- .250, much anticipated season debut
C Everett 1-4, 2B (6), RBI (3), 2 K -- .255
LF Dickerson 1-4, RBI (11), K, E (1) -- .250
CF Robinson 0-3, BB, 2 K, RS -- .143
2B Mertins 0-2, BB, S, K, 2 RS -- .195

Teaford 4 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 5 BB, K, 2 HRA -- L, 1-2, 4.79 ERA, tough start
D'Amico 3 IP, UER, 2 H, BB, 3 K -- 1.32 ERA
Chambliss 2 IP, BB, K -- 0.82 ERA

The Lugnuts torched SP Everett Teaford and the Bees dropped their 4th straight. Teaford gave up a run in the top of the 1st and gave up a 1-out solo homer to DH Brian Bormaster in the 2nd to make it 2-0 Lansing. Brady Everett hit a 2-out RBI double in the bottom of the 2nd to cut the lead in half but Lansing got a 3-run homer from 3B Josh Bell in the 3rd to take a 5-1 lead. Burlington cut into the lead with an RBI ground out by Jeff Bianchi and a Joe Dickerson RBI single to make it 5-3 but a sac fly in the 4th off Teaford stretched the lead back to 3 at 6-3. With 2 out and 1 on in the 6th, RP Yovany D'Amico gave up a fly ball that ended up with a Dickerson fielding error in left and scored the runner from 1st to make it 7-3. With 2 out and 2 on in the bottom of the 6th, Mike Thompson stepped up and slammed a 3-run homer to left for his 4th of the season to cut the lead to 7-6 but the last 10 Bees went down in order to end it. Burlington is 10-12 and 3 games back of first. 2B Chris Gutierrez was 2-2 with 3 BB to move to .265, RF Travis Snider was 3-5 with a RS and OF assist to move to .405 and Bell was 2-5 with his 3rd double, 4th HR and 3 RBI (12) to move to .175. SP Chase Lirette got the win with 5 2/3 IP of 6 R (3 ER) on 6 H, 3 BB and 3 Ks to move to 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA. RP Paul Phillips picked up his 4th save.

The series continues tonight. Probable starters: Bees LH Matt Campbell (1-0, 1.02) vs. Lugnuts RH Adrian Martin (0-0, 0.87).

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