24 June 2007

Royals on the Farm 6/23

AAA -- Omaha: Oklahoma 9, O-Royals 5

DH Brazell 2-4, HR (19), 2 RBI (36), RS -- .324, rampage continues
SS Aviles 2-4, 2B (15), 2 RBI (33), 2 K, RS -- .314
2B Lewis 2-4, K, 2 RS -- .229
CF Maier 2-5, 2B (14), 2 RS -- .286
LF McCarthy 1-3, HBP, RBI (4), K -- .267
C Tupman 0-4, PB (7) -- .289, slumping

Lumsden 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, HRA -- ND, 5.57 ERA
DeHoyos 2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, having trouble at AAA

Omaha got the game tied in the 5th but the offense stopped there as Oklahoma scored 4 late runs to capture the series opener. Bill McCarthy singled home a run in the 1st but the O-Royals left the bases full and SP Tyler Lumsden gave up a 2-run homer to DH Jason Botts to give the RedHawks a 2-1 lead after the 1st. The Royals squandered a run in the 2nd when Jace Brewer was tagged at the plate trying to score from second on a single and Mike Aviles followed with a 2-run double to make it 3-2 Omaha. Lumsden gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in the 2nd to give the lead back to Oklahoma and a run on 3 hits in the 3rd made it 5-3 RedHawks. Aviles led off the 5th with a single and Craig Brazell continued his great season with his 19th homer for a 2-run shot that tied the game. Gabe DeHoyos took over for Lumsden in the 7th and after an intentional walk with 2 outs put runners at first and second, gave up a 3-run homer to 1B Nate Gold to make it 8-5 Oklahoma. The RedHawks scored another run with 2 hits in the 8th and the Royals didn't have another base runner after the 5th. Oklahoma LF Kevin Mahar was 3-4 with 2 doubles (11) and his 15th RBI to move to .313, Gold was 2-4 with his 10th homer and 3 RBI (51) to move to .298 and Botts was 1-3 with his 7th homer and 2 RBI (52) to move to .303. SP John Rheinecker got the win with 7 IP of 5 ER on 10 hits, a walk and 4 Ks to improve to 1-2 with a 4.75 ERA.

Omaha is 35-40 and 8 1/2 games out. The teams have a double dip today to make up an earlier weather-postponed contest. Probable starters: Game 1: Omaha RH Ben Hendrickson (6-4, 5.48) vs. former Royals LH Mark Redman (1-2, 4.80) and Game 2: Omaha LH Nate Hoelscher (2-0, 3.40) vs. RH Brandon McCarthy (rehab). P Leo Nunez was promoted to Omaha after not being traded for OF Milton Bradley.

AA -- Wichita: Arkansas 10, Wranglers 2

1B Stodolka 2-4, 2B (14), HR (9), RBI (29), RS, E (6) -- .274
2B Valentin 2-4, RBI (22) -- .298
C Howell 2-4, 2B (1), K -- .600
SS Falu 2-4, RS -- .247
LF Lubanski 0-3, BB, K -- .297
DH Kaaihue 0-4, K -- .292

Christensen 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 5 K, WP -- L, 1-8, 5.77 ERA, when's he gonna start deserving his 40-man spot?
Santos 2 2/3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA, WP -- 6.42 ERA, been gas can last couple outings especially

The Wranglers were down after the 1st and tied it momentarily before Arkansas ran away for a second straight 10-run game and easy win. The Travs scored a run on 2 hits in the 1st off SP Dan Christensen but Christensen stranded the bases full in the 2nd and Wichita tied the game in the 3rd on a Geraldo Valentin RBI single. A walk and 3 singles to start the Arkansas 3rd helped the Travs notch 2 runs that frame and they scored 2 more in the 4th on a rally off Christensen to make it 5-1. RP Arthur Santos gave up 2 runs in the 7th and Wichita got a solo homer from Mike Stodolka in the 8th for his 9th of the season before Arkansas piled on more runs to take the 10-2 win. Travs DH Greg Porter was 3-4 with his 13th SB, 15th double and 4 RBI (45) to move to .295, SS Sean Rodriguez was 2-3 with his 10th homer and 34th RBI to move to .259 and RP Chris Hunter got the win with 3 IP of 4 hits and a K to improve to 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA.

Wichita is 1-4 and 3 games out. The series wraps up tonight. Probable starters: Wichita righty Luke Hochevar (3-6, 4.63) vs. Travs righty Fernando Rodriguez (4-1, 4.37).

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Blue Rocks 1, Frederick 0

3B Lisson 1-3, SB (12) -- .277
2B Maddox 1-3 -- .272
RF McFall 1-2, BB, CS -- .243
SS McConnell 1-3, K, picked off -- .286
CF Duarte 0-3, 2 K -- .291
DH Perez 0-3, RS -- .302

Hardy 8 IP, 6 H, 2 K, E (2) -- W, 9-1, 1.41 ERA, can't argue with the results
Haltiwanger IP, K -- SV, 1, 3.51 ERA

The Keys had 6 hits to the Rocks' 4 but Rowdy Hardy again kept his opponents off the scoreboard and Wilmington stayed undefeated in the second half. Hardy allowed a leadoff triple in the 3rd but Rocks 1B Miguel Vega got the runner at home trying to score on an infield grounder and the bullet was dodged as Hardy left runners at the corners in the inning. The Rocks left Brett Bigler at third in the bottom of the inning but got on the board in a funny way in the 4th, as, with 1 on and 1 out, Wilver Perez grounded into a would-be force out that resulted in a Keys error but Brian McFall was thrown out trying to score and Perez got to third on the play. Perez scored on a passed ball and the Rocks had a 1-0 lead. Hardy stranded 2 in the 5th but didn't have any more trouble. Russ Haltiwanger came in with 1 on and 0 out in the 9th and picked up his 1st save of the season. Six Keys had 1 hit each and SP Jason Berken went the distance for the loss with 8 IP of an UER on 4 hits and 3 walks with 4 Ks to drop to 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA.

Wilmington is 3-0 and a game up on first. The Rocks start a 3-game set at the Winston-Salem Warthogs (, A-Adv. ChiSox) tonight. Probable starters: Rocks righty Julio Pimentel (3-3, 2.96) vs. Warthogs righty Derek Rodriguez (7-1, 4.14).

A -- Burlington: Cedar Rapids 8, Bees 0 (7/G1)

3B Thompson 2-3 -- .238, also pitched an inning
SS Bianchi 1-3, 2B (12), K -- .242
CF Robinson 1-3, SB (16), E (4) -- .272
2B Mertins 1-3 -- .272
LF Dickerson 0-3, K -- .283
DH Castillo 0-2 -- .000, season debut

Mozingo 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, balk -- L, 6-6, 4.44 ERA
Barrera 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 5.65 ERA
Thompson IP, K -- 0.00 ERA

Cedar Rapids got its first win of the second half with the shutout victory. The Bees left a runner at third in the 1st and the Kernels got the first run of the game in the 3rd on 2 doubles and a walk off starter Harold Mozingo. The Kernels chased Mozingo in the 4th with 4 runs on a balk, 4 hits, a walk and a hit batsman. RP Henry Barrera got out of the inning but the Kernels added 3 in the 5th on 2 hits, a walk, a sac fly and a throwing error by Derrick Robinson to make it 8-0. After third baseman Mike Thompson pitched a perfect inning, the Bees stranded 2 in scoring position in the 7th to end it. Kernels SS Wilberto Ortiz was 3-4 with his 6th error, 10th double and 3 RBI (14) to move to .266, 2B Ryan Mount was 2-4 with his 4th double and 18th RBI to move to .277 and RP Barret Browning got the win with 2 IP of a hit and 2 Ks to move to 4-2 with a 3.62 ERA.

Bees 3, Cedar Rapids 2 (9/G2)

C Morizio 2-4, 2 RBI (17) -- .246
RF Peralta 1-4, RBI (3), 2 K -- .375
CF Robinson 1-4, 2 K -- .271
SS Mertins 1-4, 2B (9), RS -- .272
DH Bianchi 1-4, K, RS -- .243
LF Dickerson 1-3, BB -- .273

Chambliss 5 2/3 IP, UER, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, WP -- 2.12 ERA
Hartsock 3 1/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 K -- W, 4-2, 2.86 ERA

A clutch run late in the set 7-inning game forced extras and the Bees came through again when they had to to get the win. Starter Tyler Chambliss allowed a run on a walk, hit and error by 2B Jesus Soto in the 1st and Cedar Rapids starter David Herndon took it from there as he took a no-hitter through 5 2/3 IP. Chambliss kept pace by sitting down 15 Kernels in a row into the 6th but left with runners at the corners and 2 out in that inning. RP Aaron Hartsock got a ground out to escape the jam and the Bees broke up the no-no with 2 2-out singles in the 6th before stranding both runners. With 2 outs and 2 on in the 7th, Matt Morizio singled to left to score a run but Joe Dickerson pulled a Berroa and got thrown out at third to end the rally. Cedar Rapids got a 1-out RBI double in the 9th to once again put the Bees down to their final outs but Kurt Mertins led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, Jeff Bianchi bunt singled and Joe Dickerson drew a 1-out walk to load the bases. Felix Peralta singled home Mertins to tie the game and chase P Robert Cassevah for Blake Holler, but Holler gave up a walkoff single to Morizio to end the game. Kernels DH Mark Trumbo was 2-3 with his 16th double and 37th RBI to move to .269 and Cassevah took the loss with 1 1/3 IP of 2 ER on 3 hits, a walk and 2 Ks to drop to 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA. Herndon went 7 IP and allowed an ER on 5 hits with 4 Ks to drop his ERA to 3.43.

Burlington is 2-1 and tied for first. The series ends this afternoon. Starters: Bees diminutive RH Ed Cegarra (0-0, 6.75) vs. Kernels RH Tim Schoeninger (9-2, 2.67). I guess Morizio had to catch both ends of the doubleheader as C Brady Everett was sent home with an allergic reaction. No word on his status for today.

Rookie -- Burlington: Kingsport 7, B-Royals 3

3B Santos 2-5, 2 K -- .333
C Doscher 1-4, RBI (2), K, PB (2) -- .214
RF Tucker 0-5, K, OF assist at home -- .333
1B Amyx 1-4, RS -- .250
CF Norris 1-5, RS, SB (4) -- .190
SS Molina 1-4, BB, K, RS -- .235
DH Hill 1-4, K -- .250, pro debut

Caldera 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K -- L, 0-1, 6.75 ERA, shaky pro debut
Gausman 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA
Diaz 2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 K -- 19.64 ERA

A 2-1 game was blown wide open in the 9th by the Mets. SP Alex Caldera got the first 2 outs quickly in the 1st but then the Mets rallied for 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk and an error by 2B Alwin Perez. Caldera left the bases loaded in the inning. Patrick Norris was left at third twice in the early going but the B-Royals cut into the lead in the 4th on a 2-out Nick Doscher RBI single. Burlington stranded 2 in the frame and Kingsport attempted to get some insurance in the 6th only to see Burlington RF Wilson Tucker throw out a runner at the plate to keep the score 2-1. The Royals stranded 2 more runners in the 8th before Jose Diaz came on for his second inning of work in the 9th and went double, single, 2-run double, RBI triple, K, RBI triple, ground out, RBI single and fly out. A 2-run error by Mets SS Brandon Richey in the 9th made it closer but the Royals didn't rally. Mets 2B Greg Veloz was 3-4 with his 1st double and 2 RBI (2) to move to .176, four other Mets had 2-hit games and RP Brad Burns got the win with 3 IP of an ER on 4 hits and 2 Ks to improve to 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. RP Matias Carrillo picked up his 1st save. The Mets survived 7 errors, including 4 by Richey, in the game.

Burlington is 3-2 and a game back in the Appy League East. The series concludes tonight. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Chukars 5, Orem 4 (17)

DH Robinson 4-8, RBI (7), K -- .357
RF Gonzalez 3-6, BB, HBP, RBI (4), K -- .292
SS Juan 2-6, 2 HBP, 2B (4), RBI (2), 2 K, 2 RS -- .222
2B Bionde 2-6, 2 BB, 2B (1), RBI (1), SB (2), E (2), 2 K, 2 RS -- .250
3B Seratelli 0-8, 5 K, E (2) -- .333, yikes
LF Koko 1-7, HBP, 5 K, RS, E (1), CS -- .077
1B Van De Keere 1-5, BB, K -- .304
CF Van Stratten 0-8, 2 K -- .269
*IF left 18 on base compared to 13 for Orem.

Snipes 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, K, E (1) -- 7.36 ERA
Denton 3 1/3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K, WP, balk -- 4.15 ERA
Jensen IP, nothing -- 0.00 ERA
Roach 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K -- 0.00 ERA
Cassa 3 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 1.69 ERA
Evangelho 3 IP, 2 H, K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, position player got the W

A 17-inning marathon finally ended with a walkoff double as the Chukars stayed undefeated. Idaho Falls survived 2 errors in the 1st to escape without SP Clegg Snipes allowing a run and the Chukars notched a run in their half of the inning on a 2-out RBI single by Clint Robinson. The Owlz tied the game on 2 hits off Snipes in the 2nd but the Chukars moved back ahead in the bottom of the inning on a 2-out RBI double by Manni Juan to make it 2-1. Orem tied it off Snipes with 2 hits in the 3rd but the Chukars moved back ahead in the 5th when a wild pitch scored Matt Bionde to make it 3-2. The inning ended with Devery Van De Keere getting thrown out at the plate on a Robinson single. A wild pitch by Chris Denton in the 7th allowed the tying run to score and a scoreless drought for both teams began with the Chukars leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th. In the top of the 12th, Pat Cassa came in and allowed 2 walks and an RBI single to make it 4-3 Orem. O.D. Gonzalez kept the game alive with an RBI single in the Chukars 12th but the winning run was left at third. Orem left a runner at third while Idaho Falls left the bases loaded in the 14th and 3B Zach Evangelho moved to pitcher for the 15th. While he pitched 2 perfect innings, the Chukars stranded 2 in the 15th and 1 in the 16th. Orem got 2 hits off Evangelho but no runs in the 17th and, with 1 out in the bottom of the inning, Rubi Koko was hit by a pitch and Bionde doubled to score Koko and end it. Owlz 3B Jay Brossman was 4-8 with 2 RBI (3) to move to .360, three other Owlz had multi-hit games and RP Dylan Lindsey took the loss with 1 2/3 IP of an ER on 2 hits and a K to drop to 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

Idaho Falls is 5-0 and 2 games up on first. The series ends this afternoon. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- AZL: Royals 5, Cubs 3

1B Wood 2-2, 2 BB, 2B (1), 2 RBI (4), RS -- .833
LF Pennell 2-4, RBI (1), RS, SB (2) -- .429
2B Angel 1-4, RBI (1) -- .250, season debut
3B Cruz 1-4, K -- .143, first pro hit for Fernando
CF Richardson 1-3, HBP, 2 RS -- .125, ditto
C McCauley 0-2, 2 K -- .000, picked off runner
RF Jacobo 1-4, 3B (1), 2 K, RS, OF assist at home -- .250, season debut

Farinas 3 IP, H, 5 K -- 0.00 ERA, nice start
Santerre 2 IP, 2 H, K, pickoff -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Vasquez 2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K -- 4.50 ERA
Belanger 2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 K -- 9.00 ERA

Some 7th inning breathing room helped the Royals to their first win of the season. The Royals got a 2-out RBI double from David Wood in the 1st to take the early lead and pitchers Williams Farinas and Josh Santerre held the Cubs in check through 5 IP. Ryan Angel hit an RBI single in the 6th to make it 2-0 Royals and RP Alberto Vasquez finally allowed a run on 4 hits in the 7th with RF Astin Jacobo saving the lead by throwing a runner out at the plate. Jacobo led off the bottom of the 7th with a triple and scored on a Vinny Pennell single before a wild pitch allowed Pennell to score and Wood added an RBI single to make it 5-1. RP Ryan Belanger gave up 2 runs in the 8th on a 2-run single but held the line there to end it at 5-3. Cubs 3B Jovan Rosa was 2-4 with his 1st RBI to move to .571, 2B Patrick Brooks was 1-4 with his first 2 RBIs to move to .125 and SP Brad Clipp took the loss with 3 IP of an ER on 4 hits, a walk and 3 Ks to drop to 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

The Royals are 1-1 and a game out. They were set to play the 0-2 A's today.

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