AAA -- Omaha: Fresno 6, O-Royals 2 (suspended, completed Tuesday)
1B Brazell 1-4, HR (3), RBI (6), 2 K, RS, E (2) -- .308
LF Maier 1-3, HR (3), RBI (19), RS -- .278
DH Shealy 1-4, 2B, K -- .250, first rehab game
CF Gathright 0-4, K -- .304
2B Cortez 1-4, K -- .313
3B Aviles 1-4 -- .312
RF Padilla 0-3, 2 K -- .216
SS Blanco 1-3 -- .169
Tamayo 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K -- L, 0-1, 13.50 ERA, rusty
Wright IP, ER, 2 H -- 4.50 ERA
Markray 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K, HRA -- 3.91 ERA
Musser 2 IP, 2 H, pickoff -- 0.00 ERA
Danny Tamayo gave up 3 runs in his first start of the season and Fresno won a game that was split by rain between Monday and Tuesday. Tamayo stranded the bases loaded in the 1st but wasn't as lucky in the 2nd as Fresno scored 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks to take a 3-0 lead. Craig Brazell led off the Omaha 2nd with his 3rd homer to cut the lead to 2 but Matt Wright took over for Tamayo in the 3rd and allowed a run on 2 doubles to stretch the deficit back to 3. With 1 out and none on in the Omaha 3rd, the rain shut things down for the night and the game continued today before the regularly scheduled afternoon game. Mitch Maier led off the Omaha 5th with his 3rd homer to trim it to 4-2 but RP Thad Markray gave up a 2-run shot to 1B Scott McClain in the 7th and Omaha didn't threaten again. Omaha is 17-21 and 4 games back. Fresno RF Nate Schierholtz was 3-5 with his 15th double to move to .370, McClain was 1-5 with his 4th homer and 2 RBI (21) to move to .250 and 3B Tomas De La Rosa was 2-3 with his 10th double, 5th RBI and 4th SB to move to .290. P Patrick Misch got the win with 4 2/3 IP of an ER on a hit with 6 Ks to move to 2-2 with a 2.23 ERA.
The series is concluding today. Starters: Fresno RH Matt Kinney (3-3, 4.04) vs. RH Ben Hendrickson (2-3, 5.88). With Ross Gload heading to the DL with a torn quad, Angel Berroa got the call back to KC as a utility infielder. Lefty Neal Musser also rejoined the pen, as exhibited with his 2 IP today. 1B Ryan Shealy also began his AAA rehab assignment with a 1-4 day at the plate.
AA -- Wichita: Tulsa 2, Wranglers 1
CF Greenberg 1-3, S, HR (2), RBI (14), RS -- .253
LF Lubanski 1-4, 2B (8), K -- .311
3B Lucas 1-4 -- .306
DH Valentin 1-4 -- .264
Rosa 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K -- L, 1-1, 2.66 ERA, no run support
Atencio 3 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 3.15 ERA
Carlos Rosa took his first AA loss despite holding Tulsa to only 2 ER over 5 IP as the Wranglers could only score once off four Driller pitchers. Tulsa got a 2-out RBI single off Rosa in the 1st to take a 1-0 lead but Adam Greenberg tied the game in the 3rd with a leadoff homer off SP Matt Daley. Another 2-out RBI single in the 3rd regained Tulsa the 1-run lead and Wichita couldn't put a rally together in any inning. The Wranglers stranded 2 in the 7th but never had more than 1 baserunner in any other inning after the 3rd. Wichita is 19-19 and 1 1/2 games back of Tulsa. Tulsa 3B Christian Colonel was 2-4 with his 19th RBI and 6th error to move to .280, SS Jonathan Herrera was 2-4 with his 7th double and 2 RS to move to .321 and 1B Aaron Rifkin was 1-3 with his 18th RBI to move to .287. RP Judd Songster got the win with 3 IP of a hit, walk and K to move to 2-2 with a 1.84 ERA and RP Steven Register picked up his 13th save.
Game 3 of the series is today. Probable starters: Wichita lefty Dusty Hughes (1-2, 2.88) and Tulsa righty Greg Reynolds (3-1, 1.66, pick after Hochevar in last year's draft).
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Lynchburg 2, Blue Rocks 0
2B Maddox 2-4, 2B (3) -- .333
RF McFall 2-4, 2B (7), K, OF assist at second -- .243
C Thibault 2-4 -- .231
CF Duarte 0-4, K -- .288
DH Kaaihue 0-3, BB, K -- .222
3B Lisson 0-4, K -- .260
B. Johnson 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- L, 2-3, 2.98 ERA, also suffered from lack of run support
de la Vara 2 IP, H, K -- 0.48 ERA
Wilmington got shut out on 6 hits in the opener with the Hillcats. The first 10 Blue Rocks went down in order vs. Lynchburg SP Kyle Bloom and the Hillcats stranded 2 in the 3rd off Rocks SP Blake Johnson. Wilmington stranded 2 in the 4th and the Hillcats finally broke through with 2 runs on 3 hits and a sac fly in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Hillcats threatened again in the 5th but Brian McFall threw out a runner trying to stretch a single into a double to end the inning. The Rocks got a couple runners into scoring position but couldn't get anybody home. Wilmington is 19-19 and 2 1/2 games back of Frederick. Hillcats 1B Jason Delaney was 2-4 with his 8th double and 3rd error to move to .339 and Bloom got the win with 6 IP of 2 hits and a walk with 3 Ks to move to 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA and RP Luis Valdez pitched 3 innings of 4 hits and 2 Ks to get his 2nd save and drop his ERA to 4.15.
The series continues tonight. Probable starters: Rocks right-hander Chris Nicoll (1-3, 4.78) vs. Lynchburg right-hander Clayton Hamilton (1-2, 5.73). 1B Kila Kaaihue was named the Carolina League Player of the Week Monday after hitting .400 (10-for-25) with three doubles, three homers, 10 RBIs and five runs scored over the week. After starting the season 2-41 (.049), Kaaihue has hit .316 (24-76). The Wilmington News-Journal has a nice feature about Rocks P Rowdy Hardy that explains the origins of his nickname. Here's a link:
A -- Burlington: Bees 4, Quad Cities 3 (11)
LF Dickerson 1-5, HR (2), 2 RBI (14), 2 K, RS, E (3) -- .278
1B Turner 1-5, RBI (7), 4 K -- .146, golden sombrero
DH Bianchi 1-4, BB, 2B (3), 2 K, RS -- .250
SS McConnell 1-5, 3 K, E (7) -- .238
CF Robinson 0-5, K, OF assist at second -- .194
2B Mertins 1-2, 3 BB, 2B (3), RS, CS -- .231, nice day for the OBP
DiPietro 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, BB, 3 K, WP -- ND, 4.23 ERA
Fisher 5 IP, H, BB, 3 K -- W, 1-3, 4.75 ERA, that's more like it
Burlington mounted a 9th-inning rally to force extras and won with a 2-out rally in the 11th. With a man on second and 1 out in the 2nd, Jase Turner struck out but a wild pitch on the play allowed him to get to third with a throwing error by the catcher and the run scored to make it 1-0. Quad Cities tied it off SP Ryan DiPietro in the 5th and the Swing surged ahead with 2 in the 6th on 3 hits and an error by Joe Dickerson. Dickerson atoned in the 9th as Kurt Mertins led off with a walk and Dickerson cranked a game-tying 2-run homer to right off RP Shaun Garceau for his 2nd of the season. The Bees stranded 2 in the 10th and had 2 out and 1 on in the 11th when Mertins drew his 3rd walk of the game. Turner followed with a clutch RBI single to make it 4-3 and Brent Fisher had a perfect 11th to end it for his 1st win of the season. Burlington is 15-21 and 7 games back. QC 1B Brandon Buckman was 1-5 with his 13th double and 37th RBI to move to .329, 2B Jared Schweitzer was 1-4 with his 2nd RBI to move to .318 and RP Kyle Sadlowski picked up the loss with an IP of an ER on a hit, walk and K to drop to 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA. Swing SP Eddie Degerman went 5 IP and allowed an UER on 3 hits with 7 Ks to drop his ERA to 1.93.
The series ends tonight. Probable starters: Bees LH Everett Teaford (1-3, 4.81) vs. Swing RH Blake King (2-0, 4.15).
15 May 2007
AAA -- Omaha: Fresno 6, O-Royals 2 (suspended, completed Tuesday)