11 June 2007

Royals on the Farm 6/10

AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 10, Nashville 6

DH Butler 0-1, 3 BB, 3 RS -- .280
1B Brazell 3-4, HR (15), 2 RBI (28), 2 RS -- .308
LF Huber 2-4, 2B (3), HR (8), 6 RBI (35, !!), K, 2 RS -- .268, hope he's catching fire
C Tupman 2-4, HR (1), RBI (16), K, RS -- .321, maybe could make LaRue trade bait a little faster???
RF Padilla 1-4, RBI (13) -- .281
CF Maier 1-4, K -- .280

Shiell 3 1/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, WP -- ND, 3.28 ERA
Markray 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB -- W, 3-1, 3.76 ERA
Musser 2 IP, 3 H, K -- 0.00 ERA (through 31 IP now, wow)
DeHoyos IP, 2 ER, 4 H, K, HRA -- 5.06 ERA, sailing not as smooth in AAA

Omaha scored 10 unanswered runs to come back from a 4-0 deficit and earn a split of the 4-game series with a Sunday win. Two errors by SS Jace Brewer in the 1st helped Nashville to a run off SP Jason Shiell to make it 1-0 Sounds. Shiell walked the first two hitters in the 4th and three hits brought home 3 runs to chase Shiell for Thad Markray with 1 out. Markray got out of the jam without further damage and Omaha loaded the bases to start their half of the 4th. Justin Huber came through in the clutch with a bases-clearing double and scored on a Jorge Padilla single to tie the game at 4. Huber stepped up again with 2 on and 2 out in the 5th and jacked a 3-run homer to left center for his 8th of the season to make it 6 RBI in 2 innings. Markray stranded 2 Sounds players in the 6th and Matt Tupman hit a solo homer for his 1st of the season to make it 8-4 Omaha in the bottom of the frame. Billy Butler drew his 3rd walk of the game in the 7th and Craig Brazell followed with his 15th homer at AAA to complete the Omaha surge and make it 10-4. RP Gabe DeHoyos came on for the 9th and gave up a single and 2-run homer to start the inning. He got it down to 2 out with a man at second when CF Charles Thomas hit an infield single and 2B Richie Lewis cut the runner down at the plate to end the game. Omaha is 32-31 and 4 1/2 games back. Thomas was 3-5 for Nashville with his 7th double and 2 RBI (15) to improve to .212, 3B Joe Dillon was 1-4 with his 10th homer and 2 RBI (36) to move to .288 and SP Tim Dillard took the loss with 6 IP of 8 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks with 2 Ks to drop to 3-4 with a 4.32 ERA.

The O-Royals start a 4-game set at the division leading Iowa Cubs (36-26, AAA Cubbies) tonight as the annual sojourn that is the 16-game College World Series roadtrip begins. Probable starters: Omaha RH Matt Wright (3-2, 3.38) vs. Iowa LH J.R. Mathes (5-3, 5.46). This is the team's first meeting with Iowa this season. The I-Cubs' roster features Chicago prospects 2B Eric Patterson (.309 BA, .852 OPS, Corey's little brother), 3B Scott Moore (.244 BA, .797 OPS) and C Geovany Soto (.315 BA, .895 OPS, top hitter on Iowa's current roster).

AA -- Wichita: Wranglers 4, Tulsa 3

LF Lubanski 2-4, HR (8), 2 RBI (29), K, RS -- .291
RF Blalock 1-3, 2B (4), 2 RBI (14) -- .183
2B Valentin 1-4, RS -- .281
DH Stodolka 1-4, RS -- .265

Nunez 5 IP, 2 H, 2 K -- W, 1-0, 0.82 ERA, very nice
Rosa 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, K -- SV, 1, 4.95 ERA, piggyback

Leo Nunez had a great start for Wichita and Carlos Rosa survived the last 4 innings as Wichita got a rare win. Chris Lubanski got the Wranglers started with a 2-run homer in the 1st for his 8th of the season to make it 2-0 Wichita. Nunez stranded 2 in the 2nd and was perfect otherwise through 5 IP. Jake Blalock stepped up in the 4th and hit a 2-run double to make it 4-0 Wranglers and Rosa took that lead into the 8th for Nunez. With 2 out and 2 on that inning, Rosa gave up a 2-run triple to SS Jonathan Herrera to cut the lead in half. In the 9th, Rosa loaded the bases with 1 out and walked in a run to cut it to 4-3 before getting a force out at home and fly out to end the game. Wichita is 23-38 and 8 1/2 games back with 14 games left in the first half. Tulsa RF Jordan Czarniecki was 3-4 to move to .259, Herrera was 1-4 with his 3rd triple and 2 RBI (20) to move to .284 and SP Franklin Morales took the loss with 7 IP of 4 ER on 7 hits and 2 walks with 2 Ks to drop to 0-3 with a 3.38 ERA.

The series goes to game 3 tonight. Probable starters: Wichita righty Greg Atencio (1-2, 4.59) makes his first start of the season vs. Tulsa righty Sam Deduno (2-2, 5.40).

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Winston-Salem 6, Blue Rocks 4

DH Vega 3-4, K -- .205
RF McFall 2-4, 2B (13), RBI (19), OF assist at home -- .242
3B Lisson 1-3, HBP, HR (5), RBI (37), K, 2 RS -- .299
1B Kaaihue 0-3, SF, RBI (40), K -- .251
2B Johnson 0-3, SF, RBI (9), E (10) -- .213
CF Bigler 1-3, BB, 3B (1), K, 2 RS, SB (8), E (2) -- .238

Godin 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, BB, K, WP -- ND, 9.20 ERA
Humen IP, 2 H, BB, K -- 2.54 ERA
Oliveros IP, 3 R (1 ER), 3 H, BB -- BS, 1, L, 1-1, 1.86 ERA

A disastrous 8th inning cost the Blue Rocks a needed win as the first half dwindles. Brett Bigler led off the game for the Rocks with a triple and scored on a Josh Johnson sac fly to make it 1-0 Wilmington. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 2nd but scored 2 in the 3rd on a Kila Kaaihue sac fly and an RBI double by Brian McFall as McFall pulled a Berroa and got thrown out at third to end the inning. The Warthogs got 1 run back off SP Jason Godin in the bottom of the 3rd and tied the game on 4 hits and a sac fly in the 4th. RP David Humen stranded 2 Warthogs in scoring position in the 7th and Mario Lisson went solo for his 5th homer of the season in the 8th to make it 4-3 Blue Rocks. Rayner Oliveros took over pitching duties in the 8th and the inning started with a Johnson error. The Warthogs loaded the bases with 1 out before a 2-run single and an error by SS Valentino Arce scored 3 runs to make it 6-4 Winston-Salem. Oliveros gave up another single to reload the bases but got an odd double play as a fly out to McFall in right resulted in him nailing a runner at home to end the inning. RP John Wesley retired the Rocks in order in the 9th to end the game for his 3rd save. Wilmington is 28-34 and 2 games back with 6 games left in the half. W-S 3B Javier Castillo was 2-3 with his 21st RBI to move to .276, RF David Cook was 2-4 with his 12th double and 2 RS to move to .268 and CF Paulo Orlando was 2-5 with his 9th double and 17th RBI to move to .287. RP Garry Bakker got the win with 4 IP of an ER on 3 hits and 3 Ks to improve to 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA.

The Rocks start a 3-game series at the Frederick Keys (29-34, A-Adv. O's) tonight. Probable starters: Blue Rocks ace southpaw Rowdy Hardy (6-1, 1.79) vs. Keys right-hander Chorye Spoon (4-4, 4.07). Wilmington is 3-5 versus Frederick.

A -- Burlington: Beloit 7, Bees 5

DH Thompson 2-5, 2B (9), GS (12), 4 RBI (31), RS -- .222
CF Robinson 2-5, 2 2B (4), 2 K, RS -- .266
LF Dickerson 2-5, 2B (10) -- .254
3B Mertins 2-5, E (10) -- .272
C Morizio 2-4 -- .233
RF Jirschele 2-3, 2 RS -- .250
SS McConnell 1-3, HBP, SF, RBI (14), E (12), RS -- .224
2B Bianchi 1-5, 2 K -- .244
* 10 Bees stranded.

Chambliss 4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 3 K -- ND, 2.41 ERA
Cribb 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- L, 1-5, 6.55 ERA

Burlington came back to take a lead into the 7th but it didn't last as Beloit earned a 4-game sweep. A Chris McConnell sac fly in the 3rd gave the Bees a 1-0 lead but Beloit tied it on 3 hits off SP Tyler Chambliss in the bottom of the frame and moved ahead with 3 in the 4th on 4 hits and a Kurt Mertins error. Burlington loaded the bases to start the 5th and, with 1 out, Mike Thompson stepped up and cranked a grand slam to center for his 12th homer of the season to make it 5-4 Bees. In the bottom of the 7th, the lead vanished as RP Josh Cribb gave up 3 runs on 2 walks and 3 singles for a 2-out rally that gave Beloit a 7-5 lead. The Bees stranded 2 in the 8th and had the tying run at second in the 9th but Mertins grounded out to end the game. Burlington is 25-37. Snappers 2B Brian Dinkelman was 2-4 with his 8th SB, 2 doubles (14) and his 17th RBI to move to .291, DH Wilson Ramos was 2-4 with his 8th RBI to move to .333 and RF Chris Parmelee was 1-4 with his 11th double and 2 RBI (27) to move to .229. RP Matthew Fox went 1 2/3 IP of 3 hits and a K for the win to improve to 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and RP Robert Delaney picked up his 20th save.

The Bees will split a 4-game series home-and-home with the Peoria Chiefs (30-32, A Cubs) starting tonight. Probable game 1 starters: Bees RH Ed Cegarra (0-0, 16.20) will make his first start vs. Peoria RH Miguel Cuevas (0-0, 2.70). The Bees are 2-2 versus Peoria and manager Ryne Sandberg this season.

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