AAA -- Omaha: Iowa 4, O-Royals 3 (11)
1B Butler 2-5, HR (13), RBI (44), K, RS -- .280
C Tupman 3-5, 2B (6), 2 K, RS -- .329
CF Maier 2-5, SB (5) -- .282, moved to leadoff
2B Lewis 2-4, BB, HR (2), RBI (12), K, RS -- .259
RF Padilla 1-5, RBI (15), K -- .266
SS Berroa 0-4, BB, 2 K -- .274, hey a walk!
DH Brazell 1-5, 2B (11), K -- .310
LF Huber 0-1, BB -- .258
Lumsden 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K -- ND, 5.18 ERA, nice start
Braun 2 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, K, HRA -- BS, 2, L, 0-2, 3.00 ERA
Starter Tyler Lumsden handed Ryan Braun a 3-0 lead in the 9th and, two innings later, Iowa was set for a sweep after an extra-inning win. Omaha had a runner at third with no outs in the but managed to come away scoreless and leave the bases full. Lumsden and Iowa starter Neal Cotts kept the game scoreless until the 6th when Billy Butler broke the ice with his 13th homer -- a solo shot -- to give Omaha a 1-0 lead. Richie Lewis led off the 7th with his 2nd homer of the season and Jorge Padilla hit a 2-out RBI single in the 8th to make it 3-0 Omaha. Braun had 1 on with 2 out in the 9th when an RBI single was followed by a 2-run game-tying homer by DH Geovany Soto. Braun stayed in and loaded the bases with 1 out in the 11th only to give up a walkoff single to Soto to end the game. Omaha is 32-34 and 7 1/2 games out. Soto was 2-5 with his 7th homer and 3 RBI (38) to move to .325, LF Micah Hoffpauir was 2-4 with his 6th error and 56th RBI to move to .312 and RP Cory Bailey got the win with 3 1/3 IP of 2 hits and 2 Ks to move to 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA.
The series wraps tonight as Omaha tries to get one win out of the set. Probable starters: Omaha RH Billy Buckner (4-2, 5.51) vs. Iowa RH John Webb (1-3, 6.18). After his 5-5 game Tuesday, Fernando Cortez got the call to KC and OF Shane Costa will once again be toiling in the Omaha outfield. Justin Huber left Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness and was replaced in left by Paul Phillips, who turned in an OF assist at second.
AA -- Wichita: Springfield 2, Wranglers 0
2B Valentin 2-3, S -- .290
SS Falu 2-4 -- .239
DH Espino 1-3, K -- .239, Wichita is the Royals' dead zone pretty much, just 5 hits Wed.
1B Stodolka 0-4, 2 K -- .264
Christensen 7 IP, ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K -- L, 1-6, 5.43 ERA
Cromer 2/3 IP, nothing -- 5.89 ERA
Plummer 1 1/3 IP, ER, 2 H, HRA -- 3.82 ERA
Four Cardinals pitchers combined on a 5-hit shutout in the series opener. Two of Wichita's hits led off the bottom of the 1st but the Wranglers couldn't rally. Springfield got a run off SP Dan Christensen in the 3rd and the Wranglers drew 2 walks in the 4th but stranded the runners. Jarod Plummer gave up a solo homer to the first batter he faced in the 8th and Wichita just couldn't get a hit when needed as RP Jason Motte pitched the 9th for his 3rd save for the Cards. Wichita is 25-40. Springfield 1B Joe Mather was 2-4 with his 17th double, 18th homer and 46th RBI to move to .312, C Bryan Anderson was 2-4 to move to .293 and SP Eric Haberer picked up the win with 6 2/3 IP of 4 hits, 4 walks and 3 Ks to improve to 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
Game 2 is tonight. Probable starters: Cards lefty Kevin Ool (3-2, 5.44) vs. Wichita righty Luke Hochevar (3-5, 4.75).
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Frederick 6, Blue Rocks 1 (7/G1)
3B Perez 1-3, RBI (21), K -- .313
CF Duarte 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K, SB (17) -- .297
2B Maddox 0-4, K -- .267
SS Lisson 0-3, K -- .290
DH Kaaihue 0-2, BB, K -- .249
Pimentel 4 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, BB, K, HRA -- L, 3-3, 2.96 ERA
Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, H, 4 BB, K, HRA -- 3.62 ERA
D'Amico 1/3 IP, K -- 2.41 ERA
A 4-run Keys 6th broke open a close game as Frederick took the first of 2 Wednesday. SP Julio Pimentel gave up a 2-run homer in the 2nd and the Keys' 2-0 lead held into the 5th when Wilmington got a 2-out RBI single from Wilver Perez to cut the lead in half. The Bees loaded the bases but Marc Maddox grounded into a force out to end the threat. The Bees got 2 on with 1 out in the 6th but Miguel Vega singled and Kila Kaaihue was thrown out trying to score from second on the play. RP Justin Barnes walked the bases loaded to start the Keys 6th and RF Paul Winterling hit his 2nd homer of the day for a grand slam and a 6-1 Keys' lead, making him a 1-man wrecking crew. The Blue Rocks stranded 1 in the 7th and that was the ball game. Winterling was 2-2 with a walk, his 1st SB, 2 HR (2) and 6 RBI (6) to move to .500, 3B Ryan Finan was 2-2 with a walk and 2 RS to move to .276 and RP Dan Lonsberry got the win for the Keys with 1 1/3 IP of a hit and walk to move to 3-1 with a 3.90 ERA.
Frederick 8, Blue Rocks 2 (7/G2)
CF Duarte 1-2, BB, 3B (3), RS -- .299
2B Maddox 0-3, RBI (19), K -- .261
3B Lisson 0-3, 2 K -- .286
1B Kaaihue 0-3, K -- .245
LF Perez 0-1, BB, RS -- .311
Green IP, 4 ER, 4 H, BB, K -- L, 0-4, 7.06 ERA
Oliveros IP, 4 ER, 4 H, BB -- 2.72 ERA
Humen 3 IP, H, 2 BB -- 2.30 ERA
de la Vara IP -- 0.61 ERA
Frederick jumped all over Patrick Green and Rayner Oliveros as the Keys swept the twinbill. Jose Duarte led off the game with a triple and scored on a Marc Maddox ground out to give the Rocks an early 1-0 lead. The first 4 Keys reached on Green, however, as they scored 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk in the inning to surge ahead. Oliveros took over in the 2nd and the first 5 Keys reached as they scored another 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk to make it 8-1. The Blue Rocks loaded the bases with no outs in the 3rd and a Maddox double play ball scored a run to make it 8-2. Wilmington didn't threaten again. Wilmington is 29-36 and 1 1/2 games back of first with 3 games left in the half. Former Royal farmhand Pete Maestrales (obtained in the Eli Marrero deal) was 2-4 for the Keys with his 9th double, 1st triple and 4 RBI (19) to move to .239, Finan was 2-3 with his 14th double and 2 RBI (32) to move to .281 and SP Carlos Perez went 6 IP of 2 ER on 2 hits and 3 walks with 7 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 4.81 ERA.
The Rocks get today off before ending the first half with a 3-game set at home versus the Winston-Salem Warthogs (35-30, A-Adv. ChiSox) Friday. Wilmington is 3-7 versus the Warthogs.
A -- Burlington: Bees 6, Peoria 3
SS Bianchi 3-4, BB, 2 2B (10), 2 RBI (12), E (6) -- .250
DH Turner 2-4, RS -- .194
CF Robinson 1-5, RBI (7), K, RS, SB (12) -- .256
3B Thompson 1-5, HR (13), RBI (35), 2 K, RS -- .234
LF Dickerson 1-4, BB, SB (16) -- .254
*Burlington left 10 on base.
Campbell 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, K -- ND, 3.71 ERA
Hartsock 3 IP, H, K -- W, 3-2, 2.72 ERA
Hayes 1 2/3 IP, K -- SV, 3, 4.76 ERA
Burlington once again bested the Chiefs to set up a potential sweep. Starter Matt Campbell gave up a steal of home in the 1st but Mike Thompson tied the game in the 2nd with his 13th homer. A Chief error led to a Bees run in the 3rd and the Bees broke it open with 4 in the 4th on an RBI single by Derrick Robinson that scored 2 runs thanks to a Peoria error and a 2-run double by Jeff Bianchi to make it 6-1. Peoria scored runs in the 4th and 5th to cut the lead to 6-3 but RPs Aaron Hartsock and Chris Hayes allowed only 1 hit over 4 2/3 IP to shut down the Chiefs. Burlington is 28-37. Peoria CF Matt Camp was 3-4 with his 21st SB (home), 8th double and 18th RBI to move to .227, 3B Josh Lansford was 2-4 with his 11th double to move to .277 and starter Jacob Renshaw went 4 IP of 6 runs (5 ER) on 9 hits and a walk with 2 Ks to drop to 5-4 with a 5.08 ERA.
The Bees go for the 4-game sweep tonight. Probable starters: Bees RH Harold Mozingo (5-5, 3.58) vs. Peoria RH Robert Hernandez (2-1, 3.38). OFs O.D. Gonzalez and Alvi Morel have been reassigned to Idaho Falls while OF Felix Peralta was demoted to Burlington from Wilmington and OF Jamar Walton joins the Bees after being picked up by KC. He was recently released by the Marlins.
Rookie -- Idaho Falls: A partial roster has been put on the team web site. No roster yet for Burlington in the Appalachian League.
14 June 2007
AAA -- Omaha: Iowa 4, O-Royals 3 (11)