AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 8, New Orleans 6
1B Butler 1-5, 2B (7), 3 K -- .315
LF Maier 2-4, HR (4), 3 RBI (25), 2 RS, SB (4) -- .280
SS Blanco 3-4, RBI (7), 2 RS -- .181
C Clark 2-3, S, 2B (1), HR (1), 2 RBI (2), RS -- .286
RF Padilla 2-2, BB, SF, RBI (10), CS -- .281
3B Aviles 2-5, 2B (11), 2 RS, SB (2) -- .332
2B Cortez 2-5, K, SB (6) -- .288
CF Gathright 1-3, 2 BB -- .311
DH Brazell 1-5, 2B (4), K, RS -- .364
Bale IP, K -- 0.00 ERA, back on rehab trail
Hendrickson 4 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, BB, HRA, WP -- W, 4-3, 5.36 ERA, not pretty
Musser 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K -- 0.00 ERA
Giron 2 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K -- SV, 3, 5.52 ERA
Some early production got Omaha the win to earn at least a split of the series. After a perfect 1st from rehabbing P John Bale, Omaha's Ben Hendrickson gave up a single and then a 2-run homer to Zephyrs LF Chip Ambres as part of a 3-run 2nd to make it 3-0 Zephyrs. Omaha put 2 on with 1 out in the bottom of the 2nd and Jorge Padilla hit a sac fly before Andres Blanco singled home a run and Cody Clark doubled home the tying run to make it 3-3. The Zephyrs scored once in the 3rd to regain a 1-run lead but Omaha got back-to-back doubles by Craig Brazell and Mike Aviles before Mitch Maier cranked a 3-run homer to right for his 4th of the season to make it 6-4 O-Royals. Hendrickson finally hurled a scoreless inning in the 4th and Clark led off the Omaha 4th with his 1st AAA homer to make it 7-4. The Zephyrs got 1 run back in the 5th to cut the lead to 2 but Omaha left the bases loaded in the 5th to keep New Orleans in the game. New Orleans stranded the bases loaded off Neal Musser in the 7th and the Royals added to the lead in their half on a Gathright fielder's choice out that scored a run. The Zephyrs put the first 2 on in the 9th but, after NO scored a run on a double play ball, Roberto Giron got the save with an Ambres fly out. Omaha is 25-25 and 4 games back. Zephyrs 2B Jake Gautreau was 3-5 with 2 doubles (3) and 2 RS to move to .333, 1B Andy Tracy was 3-5 with his 6th double, 37th RBI and 2 RS to move to .281 and Ambres was 1-5 with his 6th homer and 2 RBI (24) to move to .240. Starter Chan Ho Park, who beat Omaha not long ago this season, took the loss with 4 2/3 IP of 7 ER on 14 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks to drop to 3-4 with a 6.34 ERA.
The series wraps tonight. Probable starters: New Orleans RH Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 1.54) vs. LH Tyler Lumsden (3-3, 5.74).
AA -- Wichita: Midland 9, Wranglers 5
1B Stodolka 2-3, BB, 2B (11), HR (3), 2 RBI (16), 3 RS -- .295, coming around from beaning?
CF Greenberg 2-4, 2B (9), RBI (17), K -- .248
LF Joseph 2-4, 2B (5) -- .225
RF Valentin 1-4 -- .281
Christensen 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, BB, 5 K -- L, 1-4, 5.98 ERA
Plummer 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, BB, K, HRA -- 4.81 ERA
Atencio and Santos 2 1/3 IP scoreless relief
A 6-run 6th got Midland the win and Wichita its seventh straight loss. Mike Stodolka hit a 2-out solo homer in the 1st off Midland starter Luis Ramirez for his 3rd of the season. Midland tied it in the 2nd off starter Danny Christensen but Wichita moved back ahead in the 4th on a 2-out RBI double by Adam Greenberg. Midland took the lead with 2 runs on 3 doubles in the 5th and put it away in the 6th. Christensen's line that inning went triple, sac fly, single and he was pulled for Jarod Plummer, who continued the inning with a single, walk, K, grand slam (to C Landon Powell), double and RBI single before leaving for Greg Atencio, who allowed a single before getting out of the inning. With 2 out in the 8th, Stodolka doubled home a run off RP Dan Denham, scored on a wild pitch and the Wranglers notched another run on a Midland error to cut it to 9-5. The Wranglers stranded 2 in the inning, tho, and left 1 on in the 9th to end it. Wichita is 21-29 and 5 1/2 games back. Powell was 2-4 with his 6th double, 3rd homer, 5 RBI (13) and 2 RS to move to .221, SS Gregorio Petit was 2-5 with his 8th error, 2 doubles (5) and his 23rd RBI to move to .327 and 2B Brian Snyder was 1-4 with his 24th RBI to move to .311. Ramirez went 7 IP and allowed 2 ER on 5 hits and a walk with 4 Ks to move to 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA and RP Steven Sharpe picked up his 8th save.
The Wranglers move back to Wichita for 3 versus the Frisco RoughRiders (31-17, AA Rangers) starting Tuesday. Today's an off day. Frisco swept Wichita last week in a 3-game set.
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 6, Blue Rocks 5 (10)
1B Kaaihue 2-2, 2 BB, 2B (8), 2 RBI (30) -- .270
2B Johnson 2-5, 2 RBI (7), K -- .210
3B Maddox 2-5, 2 2B (7), 2 RS -- .322
LF Perez 1-4, RBI (15), 2 K, RS, SB (7) -- .297
Pimentel 5 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 8 H, BB, 2 K, E (2) -- ND, 2.28 ERA
Humen 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- 2.74 ERA
D'Amico 1 1/3 IP, ER, H, 3 K -- 2.19 ERA
de la Vara 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB, K -- BS, 3, 0.38 ERA
Barnes 0 IP, ER, 2 H, BB -- L, 0-2, 3.16 ERA
Wilmington battled back to take a late lead but couldn't hold it in the 9th and lost in extras. Starter Julio Pimentel gave up 4 runs in the 2nd on a walk, 4 hits and his own throwing error to make it 4-0 Pelicans. With 2 out in the Blue Rocks 3rd, SS Elvis Andrus' 13th error helped put 2 on and Kila Kaaihue hit a 2-run double to cut the lead in half. Pimentel got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 5th and RP David Humen did the same in the 6th. In the top of the 8th the Rocks got 2 on with 1 out and Wilver Perez drove home a run with a single before Josh Johnson came through with a clutch 2-out, 2-run single to give the Blue Rocks a 5-4 lead. RP Yovany D'Amico was pulled with 1 on and 1 out in the 9th and Gilbert de la Vara came in. de la Vara gave up back-to-back singles to tie the game but stranded the bases loaded. Justin Barnes came in to pitch the 10th and gave up a walk, single and walkoff single to 3B Eric Campbell. Wilmington is 24-24 and tied for first. Pelicans DH Roberto Alvarez was 3-5 with his 2nd triple and 2 RBI (8) to move to .234, Kila's younger brother 1B Kala Kaaihue was 3-4 with his 9th double to move to .233 and Andrus was 2-5 with his 10th double and 13th RBI to move to .229. RP Kevin Gunderson got the win with 2 IP of a hit and K to move to 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
The Rocks start a 3-gamer at the Kinston Indians (29-19, A-Adv. Tribe) tonight. Probable starters: Blue Rocks right-hander Dan Cortes (0-3, 3.95) opposing K-Tribe righty Kevin Dixon (1-3, 3.59).Wilmington is 2-4 versus the K-Tribe thus far.
A -- Burlington: Clinton 6, Bees 0
SS McConnell 1-4, 2B (8), K -- .215
CF Robinson 1-4, 2 K -- .255
1B Turner 1-3, 2 K -- .185, Bees only had 3 hits
DH Bianchi 0-4, 2 K -- .231
LF Dickerson 0-3 -- .267
3B Thompson 3 E (10)
Teaford 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, 4 K -- L, 1-5, 5.73 ERA
Hartsock 3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), H, BB, 2 K -- 2.08 ERA
The Bees got off to a rough start and couldn't touch Clinton starter Omar Poveda in the shutout loss. SP Everett Teaford gave up 3 runs on a walk, 3 hits and a sac fly and Clinton had a 3-0 lead in the 1st. Poveda had a no-hitter into the 4th and Teaford allowed another run in the 3rd to make it 4-0. Poveda retired 12 of 13 before being pulled to start the 8th. RP Aaron Hartsock allowed runs in the 7th and 8th and LumberKings RP Brett Zamzow allowed 1 hit in 2 IP to polish off the victory. Burlington moved to 19-28. Clinton 1B Mauro Gomez was 3-4 with his 8th double and 3 RBI (20) to move to .242, SS Marcus Lemon was 1-4 with his 1st triple and 10th RBI to move to .219 and LF Chad Tracy was 0-2 with his 38th RBI to move to .290. Poveda got the win with 7 IP of 2 hits and a walk with 8 Ks to move to 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA.
The series wrapped up today with a Bees win. Starters were Bees RH Mario Santiago (1-3, 2.82) and Clinton LH Zach Phillips (5-2, 3.05).
28 May 2007
AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 8, New Orleans 6