25 June 2007

Royals on the Farm 6/24

AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 8, Oklahoma 2 (7/G1)

1B Brazell 2-4, HR (20), 3 RBI (39), RS -- .328
DH Lewis 2-3, BB, 2 RBI (14), RS -- .238
LF McCarthy 1-4, HR (2), 2 RBI (6), RS -- .265
RF Padilla 2-4, HR (5), RBI (17), RS -- .292
2B Aviles 2-4, RS -- .317
CF Maier 0-3, BB, K, RS, SB (7) -- .283
*Angel Berroa did draw a walk, likely file that in the "too little, too late" column

Hendrickson 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- W, 7-4, 5.33 ERA
Ray 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- 4.34 ERA

Omaha hammered Mark Redman and took the opener of a Sunday twinbill. The Royals stranded 2 in both the 1st and 2nd but broke through in the 3rd on a 2-run homer by Bill McCarthy for his 2nd for Omaha this season. Richie Lewis hit a 2-run single in the 4th and Omaha had a 4-0 lead. Jorge Padilla hit a solo homer in the 5th for his 5th at AAA this season before Oklahoma scratched out a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-1. Craig Brazell struck again with a 3-run homer in the 6th for his 20th at Omaha to all but put it away. Omaha starter Ben Hendrickson left with 1 out and 1 on in the 6th and Ken Ray allowed an RBI double before stranding 1 in the 7th to end it at 8-2. RedHawks C Guillermo Quiroz was 2-3 with his 7th double to move to .292 and Redman took the loss with 5 2/3 IP of 8 ER on 12 hits, 3 walks and 2 Ks to drop to 1-3 with a 6.06 ERA. I think he's done.

Oklahoma 6, O-Royals 4 (7/G2)

CF Maier 2-4, 2B (15), 3B (4), 2 RBI (34), K, RS -- .286
DH Brazell 2-4, HR (21), RBI (40), RS -- .332, damn, HR in 6 of 8 games
SS Berroa 1-3, HBP, 2B (7), RBI (20) -- .250
2B Aviles 0-4, 2 K -- .312
C Tupman 0-2, BB, K, RS, E (3) -- .286, RedHawks were 4-4 in SB

Hoelscher 3 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 K -- L, 2-1, 3.74 ERA
Markray 3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- 4.53 ERA

The Omaha offense didn't kick in until the 6th in the 7-inning game as the RedHawks earned a doubleheader split. The RedHawks scored 2 runs on 4 hits and Matt Tupman's 3rd error of the season to take the lead in the 2nd. Two hits brought another run home off Nate Hoelscher in the 3rd and Thad Markray gave up a solo homer to C Chris Stewart in the 4th to make it 4-0 Oklahoma. Omaha stranded 2 in the 4th off rehabbing starter Brandon McCarthy but, in the 6th, Mitch Maier tripled to lead off the inning and scored on an Angel Berroa ground out. Brazell hit his 21st homer at Omaha later in the inning off RP Randy Williams and the lead was cut to 4-2. The RedHawks scored 2 more runs on 3 hits off Markray in the 6th to pad the lead back to 4. The O-Royals loaded the bases with 1 out in the top of the 7th and Maier doubled 2 runs home but the Royals' rally stopped there. Stewart was 3-3 for Oklahoma with his 2nd double, 1st homer and 3 RBI (8) to move to .382, 3B Desi Relaford was 2-3 with 2 RBI (40) to move to .264 and Williams got the win with 1 2/3 IP of 2 ER on 2 hits and 2 Ks to move to 2-1 with a 7.47 ERA. McCarthy pitched well with 3 hits and 6 Ks over 4 1/3 IP and A.J. Murray picked up his 3rd save.

Omaha is 37-41 and 8 1/2 games back. The series continued today with an Omaha matinee win. Starters were Omaha RH Billy Buckner (6-2, 4.15) vs. Oklahoma RH Eric Hurley (AAA debut). It was another good start from Billy.

AA -- Wichita: Wranglers 2, Arkansas 1 (10)

1B Kaaihue 2-4, 2B (2) -- .321
LF Lubanski 1-5, 2B (14), 2 RBI (34), K -- .295
2B Valentin 1-4, HBP -- .297
DH Stodolka 1-4, K -- .274

Cromer 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K -- ND, 5.79 ERA
Plummer 4 IP, H, BB, 5 K -- W, 2-3, 3.05 ERA
de la Vara IP, nothing -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA, AA debut

The Wranglers went from being shut out on 4 hits entering the 8th to getting the win in 10. A walk and 2 hits off SP Jason Cromer gave the Travs a 1-0 lead in the 3rd and the Wranglers were stifled by Arkansas starter Fernando Rodriguez. In the 7th, Mike Stodolka singled and got to third base before being stranded, but the Wranglers got it tied in the 8th as Rodriguez left with 1 out and runners at second and third. A Chris Lubanski RBI ground out tied it at 1. With 2 out and none on in the 10th, Wichita rallied off RP Darren O'Day for a walk, single and Lubanski RBI double to take a 2-1 lead. RP Gilbert de la Vara made his AA debut a good one with his 1st save. Six Travs had a hit each, including 1B Bobby Wilson, who was 1-4 with his 27th RBI to move to .281. O'Day took the loss with an ER on 2 hits and a walk in an IP to drop to 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

Wichita is 2-4 and 2 games back. The Wranglers began the 2-day all-star break today. The all-star game is Tuesday in Corpus Christi, Texas. Lubanski, Stodolka and Luke Hochevar are representing Wichita in this year's game. Apparently, the Wranglers scheduled a make-up game with Tulsa Tuesday night, so I guess they'll make do without Stodolka and Lubanski.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Blue Rocks 4, Winston-Salem 3

SS Johnson 3-4, 2 2B (5), 2 RBI (15) -- .224
1B McCann 2-3, BB, RS -- .750, first start for Wilmington
3B Lisson 1-5, K, RS -- .276
CF Duarte 0-5, K -- .285
2B Maddox 0-5 -- .264
RF McFall 1-3, BB, RBI (24) -- .244

Pimentel 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- W, 4-3, 2.80 ERA
Oliveros 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 K -- SV, 2, 2.89 ERA

RP Rayner Oliveros snuffed a 9th-inning rally and Wilmington moved to 4-0 on the second half. Wilmington stranded 2 in the 2nd but was held to 1 hit through 4 innings before breaking the ice in the 5th with a Josh Johnson RBI single off SP Derek Rodriguez. Johnson doubled home a run in his next AB in the 7th and the Rocks were up, 2-0. SP Julio Pimentel took a 1-hitter into the 7th but the Warthogs cut the lead in half with a run on a 2-out RBI triple by LF Daron Roberts. Pimentel left Roberts there and the Rocks scored 2 off RP John Lujan in the 8th on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Brian McFall. Pimentel was pulled for RP Rayner Oliveros with 2 on and none out in the 8th and Oliveros wriggled out of the jam. Winston-Salem got 2 2-out RBI singles in the 9th before Oliveros got a clutch K to end the game. Roberts was 2-4 for Winston-Salem with his 2nd triple and 33rd RBI to move to .296, RF David Cook was 2-4 with 2 RS to move to .291 and Rodriguez took the loss with 7 IP of 2 ER on 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks to drop to 7-2 with a 4.01 ERA.

Wilmington is 4-0 and a game up on first. The series continues tonight. Probable starters: Wilmington RHP Jason Godin (0-2, 7.64) vs. W-S RHP Brian Omogrosso (3-2, 4.43). RP Arthur Santos was demoted to Wilmington as de la Vara got called up.

A -- Burlington: Bees 6, Cedar Rapids 0 (4-hitter)

SS Bianchi 2-3, SF, 2B (13), 2 RBI (15) -- .250
3B Thompson 2-4, 2B (14), K, RS, E (11) -- .243
RF Peralta 1-3, HR (2), 2 RBI (5), K, RS -- .368
CF Dickerson 1-4, RBI (24) -- .283
1B Castillo 0-3, SF, RBI (1), K -- .000
2B Mertins 1-3, HBP, 2B (10), K, 2 RS -- .273
DH Everett 0-3, HBP, K -- .282

Cegarra 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K -- W, 1-0, 4.11 ERA
Cribb 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K -- SV, 2, 6.15 ERA

Ed Cegarra and Josh Cribb kept the Kernels off the scoreboard as Burlington kept up its good play. Kurt Mertins led off the Bees 1st with a double and scored on a Jeff Bianchi sac fly to get Burlington off to a good start. As Cegarra held the Kernels to 2 hits through 5 innings, the Bees surged farther head with 4 runs in the 5th on a 2-run homer by Felix Peralta (his 2nd), a Joe Dickerson RBI single and a Bianchi RBI single to make it 5-0. Luis Castillo picked up his first RBI of the season with a 6th inning sac fly before Josh Cribb left the bases loaded in the 7th and stranded 2 in the 9th for his 2nd save. Kernels 1B Mark Trumbo was 3-4 to move to .277 and SP Tim Schoeninger went 4 1/3 IP of 5 ER on 6 hits and 4 Ks to drop to 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA.

Burlington is 3-1 and tied for first. The Bees start a 4-game set at the Kane County Cougars (1-3, A Athletics) tonight. Probable starters: Bees LH Everett Teaford (3-6, 4.91) vs. Cougs RH Scott Deal (3-5, 4.52). The Bees are 6-2 versus Kane County.

Rookie -- Burlington: B-Royals 8, Kingsport 7

1B Lane 2-4, BB, 2 RBI (2), RS, picked off -- .250
DH Amyx 2-4, BB, RBI (6), K -- .300
RF Tucker 1-3, 2 BB, 2B (2), RBI (7), 2 RS -- .333
LF Severino 0-3, BB, RBI (2), K -- .188
CF Norris 0-4, BB, K, SB (5) -- .160
SS Martin 1-4, BB, 2B (3), 2 K, 2 RS -- .333
3B Jimenez 1-3, 2 BB, K, 3 RS -- .300
C Hill 0-4, PB (1) -- .125

Paulino 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP -- ND, 5.19 ERA
Rollins 1 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, K -- 3.38 ERA
Lopez 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K, 2 HRA, WP -- BS, 1, 12.46 ERA
Gjeldum 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- W, 1-0, 4.50 ERA

The B-Royals blew a lead in the 7th but got a 9th-inning run to take the win. Burlington scored 3 in the 1st on a Wilson Tucker RBI ground out, a balk that scored Antonio Jimenez and a fielding error that scored Jake Lane. The Royals left the bases loaded, however, and the Mets scored 2 in the 2nd on 2 hits, a walk and wild pitch by SP Eduardo Paulino. Three walks loaded the bases for Burlington with 1 out in the 2nd and Lane hit a 2-run single to make it 5-2. Kingsport chased Paulino with 2 runs on a hit, walk and wild pitch in the 4th but Jimmy Rollins got out of the inning with the lead. The B-Royals again padded the lead to 3 with 2 runs in the 4th on a wild pitch that scored Jimenez and a Neder Severino RBI ground out. Rollins stranded the bases loaded in the 5th but Yensi Lopez unleashed a wild pitch that scored a run in the 6th and then gave up back-to-back homers in the 7th to tie the game. With 1 out in the Royals 9th, Tucker doubled, Lane reached on an error as Tucker moved to third and Brett Amyx hit a walkoff single to end it. Mets C Cesar Cordido was 1-4 with 3 RBI (3) to set a .250 BA, LF Darren Clark was 2-5 with his 2nd homer and 4th RBI to move to .375 and RP Jason Lavorgna took the loss with 2 1/3 IP of an UER on 2 hits and 4 Ks to drop to 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA.

Burlington is 4-2 and a game back. The Royals start a 2-game set at the Bristol Sox (as in White, 1-5) tonight. No announced starters on the team site. Only a couple of the White Sox draftees are on the Bristol roster, with the highest being 5th round RH Nathan Jones.

Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Orem 9, Chukars 5

1B Robinson 3-4, RBI (8) -- .406
SS Seratelli 1-3, BB, HR (1), RBI (4), 2 RS -- .333
3B Van De Keere 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (4), K, RS -- .296
C Balduf 1-4, RBI (3), K -- .250
DH Evangelho 1-3, BB, RBI (2), K -- .455
CF Van Stratten 0-4, K, RS, SB (1) -- .233
2B Bionde 0-3, S, K, E (3) -- .200

Norton 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K -- 0.00 ERA
Leonard 4 IP, 9 R (8 ER), 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HRA, E (1) -- L, 0-1, 11.25 ERA
Jensen IP, H -- 0.00 ERA

A 5-run Orem 8th cost the Chukars their undefeated record. Devery Van De Keere hit an RBI double and Clint Robinson singled him home to make it 2-0 Chukars in the 1st. Todd Balduf and Zach Evangelho rapped RBI singles in the 4th to make it 4-0 IF and SP Ben Norton handed a 3-hit shutout to John Leonard for the 5th. The shutout and lead both evaporated as Leonard allowed 4 runs in the 5th on 3 hits and 2 walks. Anthony Seratelli hit a solo homer for his 1st homer of the season in the 6th as the Chukars regained the lead. Leonard took the lead into the 8th but made a throwing error to allow the tying run to score, gave up a 2-run single and then a 2-run homer to C Greg Dini to give the Owlz a 9-5 lead. The Chukars went down in order in the 9th to end it. Orem 1B Grodon Gronkowski was 3-5 with his 2nd double to move to .391, DH Chris Garcia was 1-5 with his 2nd double and 3 RBI (4) to move to .300 and RP Kelly Shearer got the win with 4 2/3 IP of an ER on 4 hits, 3 walks and a K to improve to 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Idaho Falls is 5-1 and a game up on first. The Chukars start a 3-game home set with the Casper Rockies (0-6) tonight. The Chukars are 3-0 versus Casper. Probable starters tonight: Rockies' Juan Nicasio (0-0, 6.00) vs. IF's Joe Hughes (0-0, 4.91).

Rookie -- AZL: A's 9, Royals 5

2B Angel 2-4, 2 2B (2), RBI (2), K, RS -- .375
DH D. Cruz 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI (2), 2 RS -- .400
3B Donovan 2-4 -- .417
SS Jose 2-4, 2 K, RS -- .308
1B Wood 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (5), K, E (1) -- .600
C Perez 0-2, SF, RBI (1) -- .125
CF Richardson 1-4, K, RS -- .167

Kniginyzky 3 IP, 2 UER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, balk -- 0.00 ERA
Hodge 2 IP, BB, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA
Feickert 0 IP, 7 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, HRA -- BS, 1, L, 0-1, infinite ERA, bad debut
Mieles 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K -- 0.00 ERA

The A's went off in the 6th as the Royals dropped the game. The A's took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd on a hit, walk, hit batsman, balk and wild pitch by SP Matt Kniginyzky in his first start of the season. The Royals took the lead in the 6th with 3 runs on a Ryan Angel RBI double, David Wood RBI double and Salvador Perez sac fly to make it 3-2. Eighth-round pick RH Casey Feickert made his pro debut in the 6th and had a more than forgettable line as he went leadoff homer, walk, error (by him), RBI single, single, RBI double, walk, RBI single, and was pulled with the bases loaded. Edwin Mieles gave up a 3-run triple before getting out of the inning but the Royals were down, 9-3. Diego Cruz hit a 2-run homer in the 7th for his 1st of the season to cut the lead to 4 but the Royals wouldn't threaten again. A's C Juan Nunez was 1-4 with his 1st triple and 3 RBI (3) to move to .143, 1B Carlos Morales was 2-3 with his 1st homer and RBI to move to .300 and RP Jonathan Joseph pitched 2 innings of 5 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits and a K to get the win and move to 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA.

The Royals dropped to 1-2. They lost to the Padres today.

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