02 July 2007

Royals on the Farm 7/1

AAA -- Omaha: Oklahoma 3, O-Royals 2

C Tupman 2-4, 2B (8), RBI (19), K, E (4) -- .291
1B Brazell 1-4, 2B (16), RBI (43), 2 K -- .323
CF Maier 2-4, BB, K, RS -- .284
2B Aviles 1-4, K, CS -- .310
LF Lubanski 0-3, BB, K -- .111
*With another walk Sunday, Angel Berroa is up to 9 BB and 34 Ks this season.

Nunez 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K, 2 HRA, WP -- L, 0-1, 3.27 ERA
Giron 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- 5.44 ERA
Braun IP, K -- 1.66 ERA

Much like Saturday's game, in which Mark Redman avenged a Royal beating, Eric Hurley did the same Sunday for the RedHawks in getting the win over Omaha for his 1st AAA victory. Starter Leo Nunez gave up a solo homer in the 3rd and a 2-run homer to the same batter -- DH Jason Botts -- in the 5th made it 3-0 Oklahoma. Hurley handed the bullpen a 3-hit shutout in the 7th but Omaha broke the ice in the 8th with an RBI double by Craig Brazell and a Matt Tupman RBI single that cut the lead to 3-2. Jorge Padilla struck out to end the threat with Brazell at third and the Royals stranded 1 in the 9th as RP A.J. Murray picked up his 5th save. Botts was 2-2 for Oklahoma with 2 HR (10) and 3 RBI (62) to move to .317 and Hurley went 6 IP of 3 hits, a walk and 9 Ks to improve to 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

Omaha is 39-45 and 11 1/2 games out. The Royals try to get a win over the RedHawks in game 3 tonight. Probable starters: Oklahoma RH Alfredo Simon (3-6, 6.41) vs. rehabbing LH John Bale (0-1, 0.00).

AA -- Wichita: Wranglers 4, San Antonio 2

2B Valentin 2-4, RBI (23) -- .284
C Espino 2-4, 2B (4) -- .259
LF Blalock 2-4, K -- .164
DH Kaaihue 0-3, BB, RBI (7) -- .268
1B Stodolka 0-1, 2 BB, SF, RBI (32) -- .275
CF Greenberg 1-2, S, 2 BB, 2B (18), K, 2 RS, SB (11) -- .250
*Wichita left 10 on base.

Christensen 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- W, 2-8, 5.46 ERA, about time he pitched a good game
Bausher IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP -- 9.00 ERA, Wichita debut
Cromer 2 IP, H, WP -- SV, 1, 5.59 ERA

Dan Christensen took advantage of some run support and stymied the Missions as the Wranglers got back to .500 with the win. Adam Greenberg led off the Wichita 1st with a double and scored on a Geraldo Valentin single to give Wichita a 1-0 lead, although the Wranglers left the bases full. Kila Kaaihue drew a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd to make it 2-0 but once again Wichita left the bases loaded. Christensen took a 2-hitter into the 6th before giving up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks that inning. Wichita got the run back plus another in the bottom of the 6th on a San Antonio error that scored Greenberg and a Mike Stodolka sac fly to make it 4-1. Tim Bausher made his Wichita debut in the 7th and left the bases loaded before allowing a run on a walk, 2 wild pitches and a single in the 8th before getting pulled. Jason Cromer got out of the inning and stranded 1 in the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Missions CF Josh Howard was 3-5 with his 1st RBI to move to .353, 3B Chase Headley (recently demoted from San Diego) was 0-2 with 2 walks to drop to .351 and SP Mike Ekstrom took the loss with 5 1/3 IP of 4 runs (3 ER) on 8 hits, 4 walks and 2 Ks to drop to 3-5 with a 4.73 ERA.

Wichita is 5-5 and 1 1/2 games back. The series wraps tonight as Wichita goes for the sweep. No announced starters on the team site.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Blue Rocks 2, Salem 0 (4-hitter)

2B Maddox 1-4, RS -- .263
3B Lisson 0-2, HBP -- .266
RF McFall 1-2, BB, 2B (17), RS, SB (5) -- .246
LF Perez 0-1, SB (13) -- .302
CF Duarte 0-2 -- .291
SS McConnell 1-3 -- .250

B. Johnson 7 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 K, pickoff -- W, 5-6, 4.02 ERA, great start
Santos 1 1/3 IP, H, 3 K -- SV, 1, 9.00 ERA

Blake Johnson stifled the Avalanche and two Salem miscues came at the cost of the game. With 2 out and 2 on in the 1st, the Blue Rocks' first run scored on a Salem error and, after a double steal by Wilver Perez and Brian McFall, a wild pitch scored McFall to make it 2-0, although Perez was thrown out also trying to score on the play to end the inning. According to the team site, Perez collided with Salem starter Brad James at the plate and a fight almost ensued but Perez was restrained. Perez was pulled for Jose Duarte after the incident. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 2nd and Johnson faced the minimum through 5 IP. Mario Lisson was nailed at home trying to pad the Rocks lead in the 6th and Johnson handed the ball to Arthur Santos with 2 out and 1 on in the 8th. Santos got out of the inning and stranded a runner in the 9th in getting his 1st save. Salem 2B Wladimir Sutil was 3-4 with his 7th error and was also picked off by Johnson despite improving to .273 and James took the loss despite 6 IP of 2 UER on 4 hits, a walk and 4 Ks to drop to 8-2 with a 1.84 ERA.

Wilmington is 8-3 and a game up on first. The series finale is tonight. Probable starters: Blue Rocks' Daniel Cortes (0-5, 4.44) vs. Salem's Sergio Perez (4-5, 4.45).

A -- Burlington: Bees 4, Peoria 2

C Howell 3-4, 2B (4), RS -- .268
LF Dickerson 2-4, BB, 3B (2), RS -- .292
1B Turner 2-4, RBI (18) -- .195, nearing Mendoza line
SS Bianchi 0-3, BB, SF, RBI (17), RS -- .227
CF Robinson 1-5 -- .263

Godin 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- W, 2-1, 1.49 ERA, great start
Barrera 0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, E (1) -- 5.94 ERA
Hartsock IP, nothing -- 2.55 ERA
Hayes IP, H -- SV, 6, 4.12 ERA

Starter Jason Godin locked up the Chiefs' bats over 7 innings and the Bees salvaged the series finale. Jeff Bianchi drew a 2-out walk in the 1st and scored on a Peoria error and a Jase Turner RBI single in the 2nd made it 2-0 Bees. As Godin allowed 1 hit over the first 4 frames, Bianchi added a sac fly in the 5th to make it 3-0. A Turner DP ball scored a 4th run in the 6th and Peoria didn't awake until RP Henry Barrera came out for the 8th. Three singles, a walk and a Barrera error on a pickoff attempt scored a run and left the bases loaded for Aaron Hartsock, who got a run-scoring twin killing and a ground out to escape the jam with a 4-2 lead. The Bees squandered the bases loaded in the 9th but RP Chris Hayes pitched a good 9th for his 6th save. Peoria RF James Adduci was 2-4 to move to .274 and SP Robert Hernandez took the loss with 5 IP of 4 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits, 2 walks and a K to drop to 3-3 with a 4.09 ERA.

Burlington is 7-4 and a game up on first. The Bees' matchups with the Chiefs end with tonight's game. Probable starters: Bees RH Mario Santiago (1-5, 2.49) vs. Chiefs RH Jake Renshaw (7-4, 4.24). P Matt Campbell was put on the DL with a sore shoulder. From what I've read on the team site, it looks like they're wanting to make sure he's taking it slow coming back, as he missed all last season after shoulder surgery.

Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Chukars 4, Ogden 2

1B Seratelli 2-4, 2B (4), K, RS -- .377
C Eigsti 1-3, BB, RBI (3), K, E (2) -- .313
DH Koko 1-4, RBI (2), K, RS -- .120
CF Ortiz 1-5, RBI (3), 2 K -- .308
3B Van De Keere 1-4, K -- .302
RF Van Stratten 0-4 -- .273
2B Evangelho 1-4 -- .333

Norton 4 IP, UER, 5 H, 5 K -- 0.00 ERA
Phillips 5 IP, UER, 5 H, BB, 3 K -- W, 1-0, 2.45 ERA

The Chukars kept rolling as they took the opener with Ogden. IF stranded 2 in the 1st but got on the board in the 2nd with an Adrian Ortiz 2-out RBI single. Two hits and a Chukars error helped Ogden tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd off SP Ben Norton. Rubi Koko hit an RBI ground out in the 4th to regain the lead for the Chukars and Norton stranded 2 in the 4th before getting pulled for Justin Phillips to start the 5th. Ryan Eigsti made it 3-1 IF with an RBI single in the 5th and, after Phillips left the bases full that inning, the Chukars padded the lead with a Koko run on a wild pitch in the 6th. The Raptors scored a run on 3 hits off Phillips in the 6th but he went on to retire the last 10 Ogden batters consecutively to get the W. Ogden C Kenley Jansen was 3-4 with his 3rd passed ball and 2 RS to move to .344, 3B Austin Gallagher was 3-4 with his 3rd RBI to move to .261 and SP Joe Jones took the loss with 5 IP of 3 runs (1 ER) on 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 Ks to drop to 0-3 with a 14.40 ERA.

IF is 10-3 and 3 games up on first. The Chukars are the only Pioneer League team with more than 7 wins. The series continues tonight. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- Burlington: Bluefield 10, B-Royals 9 (11)

RF Severino 3-5, HR (1), 4 RBI (7), RS -- .242
LF A. Perez 3-6, 2 RBI (3), RS, OF assists at third and home -- .258
1B Lane 2-3, 2B (3), RBI (7), RS -- .333
CF Tucker 2-6, 2B (4), RBI (10), 2 K, RS -- .271
3B Jimenez 1-6, RBI (4), 4 K, RS, 2 E (6) -- .227, ugly game
SS Martin 0-3, BB, HBP, K, RS, E (2) -- .229

Arias 4 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K -- 4.91 ERA
J. Diaz IP, ER, 2 BB, 2 K -- 12.79 ERA
Woods 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, K, HRA -- BS, 1, 2.79 ERA
Hastry 2 IP, UER, 3 H, K -- L, 1-1, 0.00 ERA

An 8-run 1st wasn't enough for the Royals as a 6-run inning helped Bluefield get back in the game and the Orioles won in extras. The Royals had 3 runs before they made an out as Antonio Jimenez and Jake Lane cracked RBI singles, Wilson Tucker hit an RBI double, Neder Severino hit a 2-out, 3-run homer for his 1st of the season and Alwin Perez hit a 2-run single to make it 8-0 Burlington. Two Bluefield errors had helped extend the inning. Starter Henry Arias stranded 2 in the 3rd but had coasted until the 5th when he gave up 4 hits and 2 Royals errors led to him getting pulled with 4 runs in, 1 on and 0 out. Jake Lane left the game with a bloody nose after getting hit in the face with a grounder and Jose Diaz walked in 2 runs before getting out of the jam with an 8-6 lead. Ryan Woods gave up a run on 2 hits and an error in the 6th to cut it to 8-7 but the Royals got some padding in the 8th on a 2-out RBI single by Severino. Woods gave up a leadoff homer in the 9th and a 2-out RBI single by LF Dan Heller tied the game for Bluefield, although the lead run was nailed at the plate by Perez from left. RP Bobby Hastry stranded 2 in the 10th but the Royals left the bases full. Two singles, a Wilson Tucker error and sac fly gave the O's the lead in the 11th and Burlington left the tying run at first in the bottom of the inning to end it. O's CF Kraig Binick was 2-4 with his 4th homer and 2 RBI (12) to move to .449, Heller was 2-5 with 2 RBI (2) to move to .200 and RP Ezequiel Selen got the win with 3 IP of an ER on 2 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks to improve to 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA. RP Bernard Robert got his 1st save.

The B-Royals are 6-6 and 1 1/2 games back. The series concludes tonight. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- AZL: off day

The Royals had Sunday off and lost to the Giants today. Michael Penn joined the AZL pitching staff to rehab.

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