17 July 2007

Royals on the Farm 7/16

AAA -- Omaha: Albuquerque 9, O-Royals 8 (10)

C Phillips 2-4, BB, HR (1), 2 RBI (8), K, 2 RS, PB (5) -- .242, like Angel, waited until he got DFA'd to start performing
3B Lewis 2-5, 2 RBI (23), 2 K, 2 E (5) -- .236
CF Maier 2-5, BB, 2B (19), 2 RS -- .305
SS Aviles 1-5, SF, RBI (47), K -- .301
1B Huber 1-3, BB, HBP, 2B (4), RBI (36), 2 RS -- .259
LF Lubanski 1-3, BB, SF, RBI (8), K, OF assist at second -- .180
RF Costa 1-5, BB,
OF assist at second -- .342
DH Brazell 0-5, BB, K, 2 RS -- .315, 14-game hit streak snapped
*Omaha stranded 11.

Lumsden 1 1/3 IP, 7 R (6 ER), 7 H, 3 BB, K, WP -- 6.75 ERA, Cortes may end up being best part of MacDougal deal
Giron 5 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 7 K, HRA -- 4.68 ERA
Braun 2 IP, H, 4 K -- 1.26 ERA, 16 2/3 IP scoreless streak going
Shiell 0 IP, ER, 2 H -- L, 1-4, 5.11 ERA

Albuquerque slapped up 7 runs in the first 2 innings but Omaha put together a 9th-inning rally before falling in 10. Omaha looked to be in good shape in the 1st as Mitch Maier scored on an Albuquerque error, Justin Huber marked his return to AAA with an RBI double and Paul Phillips singled home Huber off 'Topes SP Paul Mildren to make it 3-0 O-Royals. The Royals left the bases loaded and stranded 2 in the 2nd. Tyler Lumsden started for Omaha and was no sharper than Mildren as the Isotopes scored 4 runs in the 1st on 5 hits. The Isotopes scored 3 more runs in the 2nd on 2 hits and 2 walks off Lumsden and 2 errors by Richie Lewis as the third run scored off Roberto Giron to make it 7-3 Isotopes. Phillips hit a solo homer in the 3rd for his 1st of the season for Omaha and Mike Aviles hit a sac fly in the 4th to cut the lead to 7-5. Both teams were then quiet until the 7th when Omaha stranded the bases loaded again. Isotopes 1B John Gall hit a leadoff homer in the 7th off Giron to make it 8-5 and that was the score entering the 9th. The Royals loaded the bases with 1 out off RP Roy Corcoran on 2 walks and a hit batsman before Lewis hit a 2-run single and a Chris Lubanski sac fly tied the game at 8. Jason Shiell came on for the 10th and gave up a single and RBI double to RF Brett Carroll to end it. Gall was 4-5 for Albuquerque with his 11th homer, 3 RBI (40) and 6th SB to move to .306, Carroll was 2-5 with his 9th double and 3 RBI (40) to move to .305 and RP Ross Wolf got the win with 1 IP of a hit allowed to improve to 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Former Royals RP Nate Field pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to drop his ERA to 1.95.

Omaha is 45-51. Game 2 of the set is tonight. Probable starters: Omaha RH Matt Wright (6-3, 3.81) vs. Isotopes RH Jesus Silva (0-0, 3.18). Leo Nunez got called up to start in John Thomson's rotation slot after Thomson hit the DL with a bad back. Omaha P Sean Thompson was designated for assignment when Reggie Sanders was activated from the 60-day DL. We'll see if he clears waivers this time, since KC just picked him up from the Padres on waivers a couple weeks ago.

AA -- Wichita: Wranglers 11, Arkansas 7

3B Nettles 3-5, 2 HR (3), 4 RBI (11), 2 RS -- .250
RF Valentin 3-5, 2 RBI (33), 2 RS -- .313
CF Greenberg 4-6, 2B (20), 2 RS -- .253
LF Padilla 1-4, BB, 2 RBI (19), K, 2 RS -- .347
2B Gaffney 3-5, RBI (9) -- .293
DH Stodolka 1-2, 3 BB, RS -- .292
C Donachie 2-5, 2 K -- .184, disappointing season so far
SS Falu 2-4, BB, RS -- .247
1B Kaaihue 1-5, K, RS, E (3) -- .272
*Wichita stranded 11.

Atencio 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K -- 3.79 ERA
Cedeno 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, BB, WP -- 6.36 ERA, has had better control this year but is getting pounded from time to time
de la Vara 2 1/3 IP, BB, K -- W, 1-1, 6.48 ERA
DeHoyos IP, 2 K -- 0.72 ERA

Wichita scored 8 runs in the 7th and 8th to get a comeback victory. The Travs pounded out 4 singles and a 3-run double in the 1st off SP Greg Atencio to put Wichita in a 4-0 hole. Atencio settled down to allow only 4 more hits and a walk over the next 4 innings as Wichita scored in the 2nd on a solo homer by Jeff Nettles for his 2nd homer at AA this season. The Wranglers trimmed the lead to 1 with 2 runs in the 5th on a Geraldo Valentin RBI single and an Arkansas error that scored Valentin. Juan Cedeno came in for the 6th and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, a walk and wild pitch to make it 7-3 Travs. Valentin hit into a double play to spoil a bases loaded situation in the 6th for Wichita but the Wranglers rallied for 2 runs in the 7th on a wild pitch that scored Jorge Padilla and a Mike Gaffney RBI single that made it 7-5. Valentin drove in a run to start the scoring in the 8th and the Wranglers added 5 more runs in the inning on a 2-run Padilla single and a 3-run homer by Nettles for his 2nd of the game and 3rd for Wichita. Gabe DeHoyos pitched a 1-2-3 9th to shut the game down. Travs C Corey Myers was 1-4 with his 2nd double and 3 RBI (13) to move to .375, SS Sean Rodriguez was 2-5 with 2 RBI (43) and his 14th error to improve to .242 and RP Bill Edwards took the loss with 1/3 IP of 4 ER on 3 hits, a walk and K to drop to 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA.

Wichita is 10-14 and 6 games back. The series continues with game 3 tonight. Probable starters: Travs righty Nick Green (6-6, 4.34, 1.13 WHIP, 4.1 K/BB) vs. Wichita righty Carlos Rosa (3-6, 5.14).

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 5, Blue Rocks 3

2B Maddox 2-4, 2 RBI (32), K -- .269
3B Lisson 2-4, RBI (45) -- .256
CF Duarte 1-2, 3 BB, 2B (14), RS -- .281
SS McConnell 1-3, BB, K, RS -- .260

Pimentel 4 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 2 K, HRA -- L, 6-4, 2.84 ERA, bad 1st did him in
Humen and Barnes 5 IP scoreless relief

The Pelicans scored 4 times in the 1st and SP Jonathan Venters held the line as Myrtle Beach took the opener. Starter Julio Pimentel had 1 on and 2 out in a seemingly ho-hum 1st when Kila's brother and Pelicans 1B Kala Kaaihue hit a 2-run homer and, 2 singles and a Quentin Davis triple later, the Pelicans led, 4-0. Mario Lisson hit an RBI single in the 3rd but the Rocks left runners at the corners and the Pelicans got the run back on 3 hits off Pimentel in the 4th. Wilmington staged a 2-out rally in the 7th as they loaded the bases off Venters and RP Kevin Gunderson and Marc Maddox hit a 2-run single to cut the lead to 5-3. Lisson flew out to kill the rally and the Rocks stranded a runner in the 9th as RP Kris Medlen notched his 1st save for the Pelicans. Kaaihue was 2-4 for Myrtle Beach with his 20th HR and 2 RBI (54) to move to .292, Davis was 2-3 with his 6th triple, 30th SB and 2 RBI (44) to move to .264 and Venters got the win with 6 2/3 IP of 3 ER on 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 Ks to improve to 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA.

Wilmington is 15-8 and 2 games up on first. The series continues tonight. No announced starters.

A -- Burlington: Bees 4, Great Lakes 3

SS Bianchi 2-3, BB, 2B (14), RBI (22), RS -- .226
DH Everett 2-4, 2B (21), RBI (33), RS -- .308
CF Robinson 1-4, BB, SB (22) -- .255
LF Dickerson 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .294

Kniginyzky 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 4 K -- 1.88 ERA, injured arm
Barrera 3 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K -- W, 1-0, 6.39 ERA
Hartsock IP, 3 H, BB, K, WP -- 2.58 ERA
Wladyka 2/3 IP, K -- SV, 2, 8.22 ERA

The Bees scored all their runs after the 6th to edge the Loons for a 3-1 series win. Burlington stranded 2 in the 2nd, had a runner nailed at the plate in the 3rd and got a break when a would-be RBI single hit a Loons base runner in the 4th to keep it scoreless. Starter Matt Kniginyzky was pitching fairly well in the 5th when he left
for precautionary reasons with a twinge in his throwing shoulder. He was making his third Bees start after returning from season-ending shoulder surgery last season. RP Henry Barrera stranded 2 in the inning but gave up 2 runs in the 6th on 2 hits, a Matt Morizio passed ball and Jase Turner error. The Burlington bats awoke in the 7th as the Bees tied the game on a wild pitch and passed ball that scored Mike Thompson and Jeff Bianchi. Loons RP Joe Jones came in with 1 on and 1 out in the 8th and allowed RBI doubles to Brady Everett and Bianchi to make it 4-2 Bees. Barrera and Aaron Hartsock allowed a run in the 8th to cut the lead to 1 but Hartsock stranded 2 that inning. With the bases loaded for the Loons and 1 out in the 9th, Jim Wladyka was brought in and got a K and ground out to pick up his 2nd save. Loons RF Thomas Giles was 3-5 with 2 doubles (6) and 2 outfield assists to move to .344 and RP Miguel Sanfler took the loss with 1 1/3 IP of an ER on a hit, walk and 2 Ks to drop to 2-4 with a 5.33 ERA.

Burlington is 13-10 and tied for first. The Bees move on to a 4-game set at the Lansing Lugnuts (14-9, A Blue Jays) tonight. Probable starters: Bees LH Everett Teaford (3-8, 5.54) vs. Lansing RH Zach Dials (4-4, 4.90). The Bees are 2-2 versus Lansing.

Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Missoula 9, Chukars 6 (11)

SS Juan 2-5, 2 HR (3), 2 RBI (15), K, 2 RS -- .235
1B Seratelli 2-3, 2 BB, HR (5), 2 RBI (21), K, RS -- .320
DH Robinson 1-2, 3 BB, RBI (29), K, RS -- .378
RF Gonzalez 1-4, BB, RBI (12), 2 K, RS -- .326
CF Ortiz 1-6, RS -- .352

Leonard 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- 3.86 ERA
J. Hughes 3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, pickoff -- 4.95 ERA
Jensen 1 1/3 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K -- 3.38 ERA
Holland 2 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, BB, 5 K -- L, 3-1, 1.93 ERA
Cassa 2/3 IP, H, K -- 4.50 ERA

The Osprey dropped Idaho Falls to its second straight loss. Starter John Leonard gave up a run on 3 hits in the 1st but the Chukars retaliated with a 4-run 1st on a solo homer by Manni Juan (his 2nd), a Clint Robinson RBI single and a 2-run homer by Anthony Seratelli for his 5th of the season. Leonard gave up a 2-run homer in the 3rd to cut the lead to 1 but Juan led off the 3rd with his 2nd homer of the game and 3rd of the season to make it 5-3. Missoula tied it in the 6th on 3 hits and a walk off RP Joe Hughes and took the lead in the 7th on a double and Chukar error. O.D. Gonzalez re-tied it with a 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the 7th and the Chukars stranded 2 in scoring position in the 8th. With 2 on and 0 out in the bottom of the 10th, Zach Evangelho lined into a triple play to kill a would-be rally and the Osprey responded with 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk off Greg Holland and Pat Cassa to make it 9-6. The Chukars didn't threaten in the bottom of the inning. Osprey SS Elijah Rumler (a product of K-State) was 4-6 with 2 RBI (4) to move to .217, DH Sean Coughlin was 2-6 with his 8th double and 3 RBI (12) to move to .258 and RP Josh Ellis got the win with 2 IP of 3 walks to move to 2-0 with a 7.36 ERA.

IF is 18-9 and 5 games up on first. The series wraps tonight as the Chukars go for the split. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- Burlington: B-Royals 12, Johnson City 8

SS Martin 2-5, 2 HR (3), 6 RBI (13), 2 RS -- .230, best game yet
CF Lough 1-2, 2B (3), 2 RBI (4), RS -- .533, left game in 3rd after rain delay as precaution
3B Santos 3-5, 2 RS, SB (2), 2 E (6) -- .322
2B A. Perez 2-4, BB, K, 2 RS -- .296
DH Amyx 1-5, RBI (13), K, RS -- .258
LF Norris 1-4, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 RS, SB (14) -- .265
1B Lane 0-3, BB, HBP, K -- .351
RF Tucker 1-5, K, OF assists at second and two at home -- .320
*The Royals stranded 10.

Caldera 2 IP, 4 H -- 5.27 ERA
Gausman 3 2/3 IP, 7 R (4 ER), 9 H, 2 BB, K, WP -- 4.34 ERA
Lopez 1 1/3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K -- 7.59 ERA
Gjeldum 2 IP, BB, 4 K -- W, 3-0, 5.11 ERA

The Royals put together a 7-run 1st and had to hold on to beat the Cardinals to sweep the 2-game set for their 6th straight W. Starter Alex Caldera stranded 2 in the 1st and the Royals gave him some instant run support with 7 runs on a 2-run David Lough double, a Brett Amyx RBI single and grand slam by Kyle Martin for his 2nd homer of the season. P Brian Gausman relieved Caldera to start the 3rd after a more-than-90-minute rain delay and allowed 4 runs in the inning on 3 hits, a walk and 2 errors by Jose Santos. Martin came back up in the 3rd and clubbed a 2-run homer for his 3rd of the season and 2nd of the game to make it 9-4. Wilson Tucker kept the score that way with 2 outfield assists in the 4th but Gausman allowed 3 runs in the 6th on 4 hits with Tucker nailing another runner at the plate in the inning. RP Yensi Lopez allowed a run on 4 hits in the 7th to cut it to 9-8 but the Royals regained some breathing room with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball that scored Santos and a 2-run Cards error that made it 12-8. RP Ted Gjeldum pitched 2 good innings to finish it. Cards 2B Mike Folli was 4-6 with his 3rd double, 13th RBI and 4th error to move to .301 and SP Omar Javier took the loss with 2 IP of 7 ER on 7 hits, a walk and K to drop to 0-3 with a 9.31 ERA.

Burlington is 17-8 and 1/2 a game up on first. A 2-game set at the Bluefield Orioles (14-13) starts tonight. No announced starters on the team site. The Royals are 1-1 versus the O's.

Rookie -- AZL: off day

The Royals lost to the Mariners today as Mitch Hodge took the loss.

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