AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 8, Oklahoma 1
1B Butler 1-4, BB, 2 K, RS -- .336
DH Brazell 4-5, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI (15), 2 RS -- .377, think he's got AAA down
C Tupman 3-4, RS, SB (1) -- .304
CF Gathright 2-3, 2 BB, RBI (15), 2 RS, SB (12) -- .310
SS Blanco 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (5), RS -- .146
2B Cortez 1-4, BB, RS -- .302
3B Aviles 0-5, K -- .320
LF Maier 1-5, K -- .272
*Omaha left 10 on base.
Hendrickson 7 IP, ER, 7 H, BB, 3 K -- W, 3-3, 4.84 ERA
Ray 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K -- 4.79 ERA
Omaha steamrolled RedHawks starter Armando Galarraga over the first 2 innings while Royals starter Ben Hendrickson pitched well in an 8-1 win. Hendrickson gave up a sac fly in the 1st but shut out Oklahoma over the next 6 innings. Meanwhile, the Royals did their own damage with 3 runs in the 1st on a Galarraga wild pitch that scored Joey Gathright and a 2-run homer by Craig Brazell for his 6th of the season at Omaha. Andres Blanco doubled home a run in the 2nd and was singled home by Gathright before Brazell singled Joey home to make it 6-1 O-Royals. The Royals padded the lead off RP Michael Bumstead in the 7th as Brazell cranked a 2-run shot for his 2nd of the game and 7th of the season at AAA. Ken Ray stranded 2 in the 9th to finish it. Omaha is 20-24 and 4 games back. Oklahoma C Guillermo Quiroz was 2-3 to move to .358, CF Freddy Guzman was 2-4 with a RS to move to .245 and LF Jason Botts was 1-3 with his 12th double and 34th RBI to move to .274. Galarraga took the loss with 6 IP of 6 ER on 8 hits and 3 walks with 3 Ks to drop to 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA to start his season at AAA.
Game 2 of the set is tonight. Probable starters: Omaha lefty Tyler Lumsden (2-3, 6.06) vs. Oklahoma's Steven Rowe (2-0, 4.91).
AA -- Wichita: off day
I spoke too soon yesterday about Wichita starting the series with Frisco. The series begins tonight. Probable starters: Wichita lefty Danny Christensen (1-2, 5.03) vs. Frisco righty Luis Mendoza (3-0, 6.17).
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Blue Rocks 6, Potomac 5
3B Lisson 2-3, BB, HR (2), 2 RBI (22), 2 RS -- .299
DH Kaaihue 2-4, HR (6), 3 RBI (24), RS -- .254
1B Vega 1-4, HR (1), RBI (12), K, RS -- .200
CF Duarte 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .286
RF McFall 1-2, 2 BB, 2B (9), E (2) -- .250
LF Bigler 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB (7) -- .241
Nicoll 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, K, 2 WP -- W, 2-3, 5.85 ERA
Oliveros 2 1/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 4 K -- 1.35 ERA
de la Vara 1 2/3 IP, 2 BB, K, WP -- SV, 4, 0.42 ERA
Wilmington grabbed the lead midway through and held on tight to the win. Mario Lisson hit his 2nd homer of the year for a 2-run blast in the 1st and the Blue Rocks took a 2-0 lead. Potomac scored a run on a hit and wild pitch in the 2nd by SP Chris Nicoll and moved ahead in the 3rd with 3 runs on 3 hits and an error by SS Valentino Arce (his 6th of the season). Kila Kaaihue singled home a run in the 3rd to cut the Potomac lead to 4-3 and Miguel Vega led off the 4th with his 1st homer of the season to tie the game at 4. Kaaihue stepped up again in the 5th and cranked a 2-run homer off RP Anthony Pearson for his 6th of the season to make it 6-4 Wilmington. Rayner Oliveros took over for Nicoll in the 6th and left with 1 on and 1 out in the 8th. Gilbert de la Vara came in and gave up a sac fly but got out of the inning with the 6-5 lead. In the 9th, the Nats loaded the bases with 1 out on an error by Brian McFall, walk and intentional walk by de la Vara. Gilbert induced a force play at home to get out #2 and then got a ground out to end the game for his 4th save. Wilmington is 22-21 and now tied for first. Potomac 3B Ofilio Castro was 2-4 with a walk, his 9th double and 2 RBI (13) to move to .315, C Luke Montz was 0-3 with a sac fly and 2 RBI (20) to move to .239 and SS Ian Desmond was 2-3 with a walk and his 5th double to move to .244. Pearson took the loss with 2 ER on a hit and 4 walks with 1 K over 2 IP to drop to 0-2 with a 5.21 ERA.
The series continues Tuesday night as the Blue Rocks search for sole possession of first place. Probable starters: Rocks right-handed piggybackers Dan Cortes (0-3, 3.97) and Julio Pimentel (3-0, 1.93) vs. Nats righty Carlos Martinez (1-2, 4.58).
A -- Burlington: Great Lakes 7, Bees 4
2B Mertins 3-4, 2 RBI (18), RS -- .250
RF Gonzalez 2-4, HR (2), RBI (10), K, RS -- .234
DH Bianchi 2-5, K, RS -- .241
3B Thompson 2-5, K -- .230
C Everett 1-3, HBP, RBI (8) -- .256
CF Robinson 1-5, K -- .235
SS McConnell 0-3 -- .220
LF Dickerson 1-4, BB, 2B (6), RS, CS -- .273
*Burlington left 10 on base.
Fisher 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, K -- L, 1-4, 5.09 ERA
DiPietro 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K, HRA -- 4.55 ERA
The Loons notched 12 hits and 8 walks off pitchers Brent Fisher and Ryan DiPietro and took their first ever game against the Bees. Fisher allowed a run on 3 hits in the 1st and, as the Bees failed to put together a rally early on, went on to allow 3 runs in the 5th on 2 walks and 3 hits, all with 2 outs, to make it 4-0 Loons. Burlington left the bases loaded in the 5th but finally put a number other than 0 on the scoreboard in the 6th with a run on a Kurt Mertins RBI single. DiPietro allowed a run on a sac fly in the 7th but stranded the bases loaded. O.D. Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 7th for his 2nd of the season for the Bees to cut the lead to 5-2 but DiPietro returned the favor with a solo shot by C Juan Apodaca in the 8th. With 2 out in the Bees 8th, Mertins and Brady Everett singled home runs to cut it to 6-4 but that was as close as Burlington would get. DiPietro gave up an RBI triple in the 9th and the Bees stranded 2 in the bottom of the 9th as Loons RP Miguel Ramirez picked up his 2nd save. Burlington is 17-24 and 10 games out now. Great Lakes 3B Adolfo Gonzalez was 4-4 with his 3rd double, 1st triple, 2 RBI (8) and 1st SB to move to .381, 1B Eduardo Perez (not Tony's son, this is a different Eduardo) was 2-3 with 2 walks, 2 RBI (16), a RS and 3 SB (6) to move to .295 and SS Francisco Lizarraga was 2-4 with 2 doubles (6) and 2 RBI (10) to move to .308. Loons starter Arismendy Castillo got the win with an ER on 7 hits and a walk with 2 Ks over 6 IP to move to 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA.
The series continues tonight. Probable starters: Bees LH Everett Teaford (1-3, 4.31) vs. Loons RH Josh Wall (3-4, 3.83). In roster news, catcher Jeff Howell has rejoined the Bees' roster from extended ST after rehabbing from wrist surgery and 1B Scott Lucas was released after hitting .194 in 25 games.
22 May 2007
AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 8, Oklahoma 1