09 June 2007

Royals on the Farm 6/8

AAA -- Omaha: Nashville 8, O-Royals 2

1B Butler 0-4 -- .282
RF Padilla 2-3, 2B (5), RS -- .284
SS Brewer 0-2, SF, RBI (2) -- .400
DH Brazell 1-4, K -- .304
LF Huber 0-4, K -- .261
CF Maier 0-3, HBP, K -- .281

Lumsden 4 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 4 K, 2 HRA -- L, 5-4, 5.90 ERA
Hoelscher 3 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- 4.00 ERA
DeHoyos 2 IP, 3 H, K -- 2.08 ERA

Tyler Lumsden's start fell apart in the 3rd and the Sounds cruised to the win to even the series at a game each. With the game scoreless, Lumsden gave up 2 doubles, 2 singles and a 2-run homer in the 3rd for 5 runs. He allowed another homer as part of a 2-run 4th and Nate Hoelscher came on for the 5th only to give up a leadoff homer to make it 8-0. Omaha only had 3 base runners and 2 hits through 7 innings on Nashville starter Zach Jackson but broke through in the 8th by putting 2 on with 1 out. Jace Brewer hit a sac fly that RF Jose Macias muffed, scoring 2 runs, but Brewer was thrown out trying to get to third (!, got greedy) on the play. Jackson got out of the inning with it 8-2 and RP Grant Balfour stranded 2 in the 9th to end it. Omaha is 31-30 and 5 1/2 games back. Sounds LF Callix Crabbe (great name) was 3-5 with his 6th double, 15th RBI and 2 RS to move to .284, SS Ozzie Chavez was 3-4 with his 3rd homer, 17th RBI and 2 RS to move to .264 and 3B Joe Dillon was 2-4 with his 14th double, 8th HR and 2 RBI (33) to move to .286. Jackson got the win with 8 IP of 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and 4 Ks to improve to 7-3 with a 4.64 ERA.

The series goes to game 3 tonight. Probable starters: Nashville's Adam Pettyjohn (0-1, 5.40) vs. Omaha's Billy Buckner (4-1, 4.18). In the "aw, damn" department, Zach Day reportedly reinjured his shoulder and is on the DL. He was 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 11 games (9 starts) prior to reinjuring the shoulder. On the flip side, Craig Brazell was named the PCL Player of the Month for May after hitting .316 with 13 HR, 24 RBI, 19 RS and a .768 slugging percentage in the month. RP Ryan Braun is back in Omaha after Joakim Soria was activated from the DL and Angel Berroa shockingly cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Omaha.

AA -- Wichita: Arkansas 6, Wranglers 3

1B Stodolka 3-4, HR (6), RBI (23), K, RS -- .272
C Espino 3-4, RS, PB (4) -- .244
SS Falu 2-5, E (11) -- .242
LF Lubanski 1-4, RBI (27), K, OF assist at home -- .285
2B Valentin 1-4, RBI (16) -- .277
3B Sandberg 0-4, K -- .000, Wichita debut

Christensen 5 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA, 2 hit batsmen, WP -- L, 1-5, 5.90 ERA, again, why did KC protect him from rule V???
Cromer 2 IP, UER, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- 5.98 ERA
Lowery IP, H, K -- 7.11 ERA

Starter Danny Christensen got lit up in the 1st and the Travs took 3 of 4 in the set. 2B Adam Morrissey led off the Travs 1st with a homer to get it started and the Travs added 4 more runs in the frame on 3 hits, a walk, a sac fly and a wild pitch to make it 5-0 Arkansas. Mike Stodolka got Wichita on the board with a solo homer in the 2nd for his 6th of the season and Chris Lubanski hit a 2-out RBI single in the 3rd to cut it to 5-2. Christensen left the bases full in the 3rd and Lubanski nailed a runner at the plate in the 4th to keep the deficit at 3 runs. Geraldo Valentin singled a run home in the 5th to cut it to 5-3 but the Wranglers stranded 2 in the inning. With 2 out in the 7th, Arkansas picked up some insurance off RP Jason Cromer as 1B Michael Collins tripled and scored on an Irving Falu error to make it 6-3. Wichita stranded 1 in the 9th to end it. Wichita is 23-37 and 7 1/2 games out. Morrissey was 3-5 for Arkansas with his 5th homer and 20th RBI to move to .295, C Bobby Wilson was 1-5 with 2 RBI (13) to move to .227 and SP Nick Adenhart got the win with 8 IP of 3 ER on 10 hits with 4 Ks to improve to 5-2 with a 3.44 ERA. RP Chris Hunter picked up his 1st save of the season for the Travs.

The Wranglers move on to a 4-game home set with the division leading Tulsa Drillers (, AA Rockies) tonight. The Wranglers are 2-6 versus Tulsa. No announced starters on the Wichita site.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Blue Rocks 4, Winston-Salem 2

RF McFall 2-4, 2 HR (3), 2 RBI (18), K, 2 RS -- .236, tripled HR total in one game
3B Lisson 2-4, BB, 2B (14), RBI (36), 2 K, SB (11) -- .299
LF Peralta 2-4, K -- .212
CF Duarte 1-5, RBI (16), 2 SB (15) -- .309
2B Maddox 1-4, BB, 2 K, RS -- .281
DH Perez 0-4, 2 K -- .323

Campbell 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 5 K, balk -- W, 1-0, 2.57 ERA, solid debut
de la Vara 2 IP, H, 2 K -- SV, 5, 0.64 ERA

Matt Campbell made his first A-Advanced start a good one as he and Gilbert de la Vara limited the Warthogs to 4 hits and got some run support in the win. Campbell gave up a leadoff double in the 1st that turned into a run with 2 ground outs but the Rocks picked him up in the 2nd on a leadoff homer by Brian McFall for his 2nd of the season. The Rocks stranded 2 that inning and left a runner at third in the 3rd before the Warthogs scored a run on a steal of home in the bottom of the inning to make it 2-1. Mario Lisson hit a 2-out RBI double to tie it in the 5th and McFall gave Wilmington the lead with a leadoff homer in the 6th for his 3rd of the season and 2nd in the game. The Rocks got an insurance run in the 9th on a 2-out RBI single by Jose Duarte and de la Vara stranded a runner in the bottom of the inning for his 5th save. Wilmington is 28-32 and a game back of first. Warthogs 1B Micah Schnurstein was 0-4 with his 41st RBI to move to .308 and SP Ryan Rodriguez took the loss with 6 IP of 3 ER on 8 hits and a walk with 4 Ks to drop to 3-4 with a 4.67 ERA.

The third game of the set is tonight. Probable starters: Wilmington right-hander Blake Johnson (3-4, 4.84) vs. Warthogs righty Kyle McCulloch (3-5, 3.88).

A -- Burlington: Beloit 7, Bees 3

DH Everett 3-4, 3B (2), K, RS -- .290
CF Robinson 2-3, BB, 2 SB (11) -- .264
2B McConnell 1-3, BB, RBI (11), K -- .217
3B Mertins 1-4, RBI (25), K, E (9) -- .269
SS Bianchi 0-4, K -- .246
LF Dickerson 0-3, BB, K, RS -- .255

Santiago 3 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 BB (!), K -- L, 1-5, 2.93 ERA, left with wrist injury
Barrera 3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 2 HRA -- 4.82 ERA
Wladyka 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, WP -- 27.00 ERA, not really showing why Dayton/whoever picked him up

The Snappers got to all three Bees pitchers in taking another game from Burlington. Beloit got it started with 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks off SP Mario Santiago in the 3rd and Santiago loaded the bases with 1 out in the 4th before getting a force out and then leaving with a hand or wrist injury. I guess the out was a comebacker off his hand. RP Henry Barrera got out of the inning with no more damage and the Bees cut the lead in half in the 5th on a Chris McConnell RBI single. Barrera gave up a solo homer in the 6th to put the lead back to 3 and Barrera and P Jim Wladyka gave up 2 runs in the 7th to make it 5-1 Beloit. A 2-out, 2-run double off Wladyka in the 8th made it 7-1 but the Bees got 2 on with no outs in the 9th. Kurt Mertins singled and both runners scored after a Beloit error to cut it to 7-3. That was it, tho, as the next three Bees went down in order to end it. Burlington is 25-35. Beloit 2B Brian Dinkelman was 2-4 with his 12th double, 5th HR, 16th RBI and 2 RS to move to .291, 1B Johnny Woodard was 2-3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI (27) to move to .292 and SP Tyler Robertson got the win with 5 IP of an UER on 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 Ks to improve to 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA.

The series continues tonight as the Bees look to crack the win column vs. the Snappers. Probable starters: Bees RH Harold Mozingo (5-5, 3.79) vs. Beloit RH Brian Kirwan (2-1, 2.30)
. Two Bees were named to the Midwest League All-Star Game rosters. IF Michael Thompson (.223, 11 HR and 27 RBI) and P Tyler Chambliss (3-0, 1.62 ERA, 3 SV) will represent Burlington at the all-star game.

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