26 May 2007

Royals on the Farm 5/26

AAA -- Omaha: New Orleans 2, O-Royals 1

1B Butler 0-3, SF, RBI (31), 2 E (4) -- .320
2B Cortez 2-4, K -- .285
DH Brazell 0-4, 2 K -- .375
CF Gathright 1-4, K, RS, SB (14) -- .310
3B Aviles 1-3 -- .330
LF Maier 1-3 -- .276
C Tupman 0-3 -- .317
SS Blanco 0-3 -- .156

Wright 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 K -- ND, 3.35 ERA, looking like nice pickup for Moore
Buckner 2 IP, ER, 2 H, BB -- L, 4-1, 3.60 ERA

The teams combined for 12 hits but could only muster 3 runs as the Zephyrs evened the series in yet another 1-run game. Joey Gathright led off the bottom of the 1st with an infield single, stole second, advanced to third on a Fernando Cortez single and scored on a Billy Butler sac fly to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Butler and Cortez were stranded, however, and Omaha starter Matt Wright gave up a 2-out RBI double in the 2nd to tie the game. Three double plays kept the game scoreless through the middle innings as Wright and Brian Lawrence dueled. Billy Buckner took over in the 8th and gave up 2 singles, a sac bunt and a sac fly to give the Zephyrs a 2-1 lead. Omaha went down in order in the 8th and 9th to end it. Omaha is 24-25 and 3 games back. Zephyrs CF Jesus Feliciano was 2-3 with a RS to move to .269, C Sandy Alomar Jr. (yup, still playing) was 1-4 with his 4th double and 11th RBI to move to .296 and Lawrence got the win with 7 IP of an ER on 6 hits with 2 Ks to move to 1-3 with a 5.79 ERA. RP Ivan Maldonado picked up his 4th save.

Game 3 of the set is Sunday afternoon. Planned starters: Zephyrs RH Chan Ho Park (3-3, 5.49) vs. RH Ben Hendrickson (3-3, 4.84).

AA -- Wichita: Midland 6, Wranglers 1

CF Greenberg 2-4, 3B (5), RS -- .241
DH Gaffney 0-3, RBI (7) -- .286
3B Eure 1-4, 3B (1), 2 K -- .259
1B Stodolka 1-4, K -- .286
RF Valentin 1-3, BB -- .282

Connolly 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, BB, 3 K -- L, 2-2, 5.72 ERA
Cedeno 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, K -- 4.87 ERA
DeHoyos IP, K -- 0.84 ERA

Wichita starter Mike Connolly kept the Wranglers in the game for a while but got no run support before collapsing as Wichita lost its sixth straight. Connolly gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in the 1st with the big hit being a 2-run single by 1B Brant Colamarino as Midland jumped ahead. Wichita stranded 2 in the 3rd and left a runner at third in the 6th. Connolly gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the bottom of the frame before Juan Cedeno was brought in and gave up another RBI single to make it 6-0 Midland. Adam Greenberg tripled to lead off the Wichita 7th and scored on a Mike Gaffney ground out to get Wichita on the scoreboard but the Wranglers only had one more base runner as they went down without further threats. Wichita is 21-28 and 5 1/2 games back. Midland CF Richie Robnett was 1-4 with his 14th double and 2 RBI (29) to move to .225, Colamarino was 1-4 with 2 RBI (14) to move to .239 and 2B Brian Snyder was 2-4 with 2 doubles (16) to move to .312. Starter Andy Shipman got the win with 6 2/3 IP of an ER on 6 hits and a walk with 3 Ks to move to 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA.

The series wraps up Sunday afternoon. No starters announced yet.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 4, Blue Rocks 2

3B Lisson 1-4, BB, HR (3), RBI (25), 2 RS -- .294
1B Vega 1-4, RBI (17), K -- .204
DH Kaaihue 1-4, HBP, 2 K -- .260
CF Duarte 0-4, S, K -- .269
2B Maddox 0-5, K -- .318
LF Perez 0-2, BB, HBP, K, SB (6), OF assist at third -- .299
* The Rocks left 11 on base.

Nicoll 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 0 H, 3 BB, 3 WP -- L, 2-4, 5.95 ERA, control problems
Oliveros 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- 1.76 ERA
de la Vara 1 2/3 IP, H, K -- 0.39 ERA

The Rocks never led as starter Chris Nicoll got wild and the Pelicans got the win. The Pelicans scored a run in the 2nd on a walk, hit batsman, wild pitch, and squeeze bunt, then added a run in the 3rd on a walk, 2 wild pitches and a sac fly to make it 2-0 Myrtle Beach. Mario Lisson got the Blue Rocks in the game on a solo homer in the 4th for his 3rd of the season. Rayner Oliveros gave up a triple and 2-run homer back-to-back in the 6th as Myrtle Beach made it 4-1. Miguel Vega hit an RBI single in the 8th and the Rocks loaded the bases with none out in the 9th before Marc Maddox struck out, Lisson flew out and Kila Kaaihue struck out swinging to end the game. Wilmington is 24-23 and still a game up on first. Pelicans 3B Eric Campbell was 1-3 with his 3rd homer and 2 RBI (6) to move to .205, RF Quentin Davis was 2-2 with his 5th double and 18th RBI to move to .257 and SP Moises Hernandez went 7 innings and allowed an ER on 3 hits and 2 walks with 4 Ks to move to 7-2 with a 3.17 ERA.

The rubber game of the set is Sunday afternoon. No starters announced yet.

A -- Burlington: Clinton 3, Bees 2

LF Dickerson 2-4, 2B (7), K -- .273
CF Robinson 2-5, 2 K -- .255
1B Turner 1-2, BB, HBP, HR (3), 2 RBI (11), RS -- .181
SS McConnell 0-4, K, E (8) -- .214
DH Everett 0-2, 2 BB, RS -- .270

DiPietro 5 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP -- L, 1-2, 4.42 ERA
Hayes 3 IP, H, 3 K -- 5.82 ERA
Barrera IP, K -- 0.00 ERA, season debut

Burlington fell behind early and didn't recover as Clinton took game 2 of the set. Starter Ryan DiPietro gave up 3 runs in the 2nd on a walk, 3 hits and a Chris McConnell error. Burlington loaded the bases with no outs off Clinton starter Kasey Kiker in the 3rd but Kiker struck out the side after that to escape the jam. DiPietro stranded 2 in the 4th and the Bees did the same in the bottom of the frame. DiPietro stranded 2 more in the 5th but Burlington couldn't get to Kiker. The Bees got 1 on with 1 out in the 9th and Jase Turner cranked a 2-run shot off RP Jonathan Hollis for his 3rd of the season. O.D. Gonzalez and Derrick Robinson struck out, tho, to end the game. The Bees are 19-27. Clinton 3B Jay Heafner was 1-4 with his 2nd double and 4th RBI to move to .204, SS Marcus Lemon was 1-4 with his 9th RBI to move to .218 and RF K.C. Herren was 1-3 with his 11th double to move to .343. Kiker got the win with 4 hits and 3 walks allowed with 8 Ks over 5 IP to move to 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA.Hollis picked up his 2nd save.

The series shifts to Clinton for game 3 Sunday afternoon. Probable starters: Bees LH Everett Teaford (1-4, 5.56) vs. Clinton RH Omar Poveda (4-1, 2.26).

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