24 July 2007

Royals on the Farm 7/23

AAA -- Omaha: Memphis 3, O-Royals 1

RF Maier 2-4, 2B (20), RBI (45), 2 K -- .300
LF Costa 2-3, BB, 2 2B (11), RS -- .368
CF Gathright 1-3, BB, K, picked off -- .342
2B Aviles 1-4, 2B (18) -- .307
DH Brazell 1-4, K -- .314
1B Shealy 1-4, K -- .200

Nunez 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K, HRA -- L, 1-2, 2.74 ERA
Shiell 4 IP, H, 3 K -- 4.70 ERA

A rough 1st cost Leo Nunez the win as Omaha couldn't provide the starter much run support and the Redbirds averted a sweep. Nunez gave up a double and single right off the bat in the 1st to score a run and 1B Tagg Bozied added a 2-run homer to make it 3-0. Manager Mike Jirschele was ejected in the middle of the 2nd before the Royals scored their run on a Mitch Maier RBI single. Nunez stranded 2 in the 3rd and Omaha loaded the bases with 1 out in the 5th only to see Angel Berroa hit into a double play to kill the threat. Omaha stranded 2 more in the 6th but put up a threat in the 9th with runners on second and third and no outs. Maier and Paul Phillips K'd and Richie Lewis grounded out to leave the tying run at second as RP Brian Falkenborg notched his 22nd save. Memphis 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir was 2-4 with his 11th RBI to move to .333 and SP Randy Keisler got the win with 7 IP of an ER on 7 hits, 3 BB and 4 Ks to improve to 8-7 with a 4.43 ERA.

Omaha is 49-54. The O-Royals start a 4-game set at the Salt Lake Bees (53-50, AAA Angels) tonight. Probable game 1 starters: Omaha RH Billy Buckner (7-5, 4.42) vs. Salt Lake LH Jonathon Rouwenhorst (9-4, 5.16). The Bees' roster features Halos prospects P Ervin Santana (0-1, 1.29 in 1 start after recent demotion), 1B Kendry Morales (.295 BA, .697 OPS in 39 games) and OF Terry Evans (.311/.859 in 84 games).

AA -- Wichita: postponed (death of Mike Coolbaugh)

The Wranglers' opener with Tulsa will be made up in late August. The series will resume tonight. Probable starters: Tulsa lefty Franklin Morales (2-4, 3.51, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Wichita lefty Dan Christensen (2-10, 5.83). Money will be collected for Coolbaugh's family during the 7th inning stretch in Wichita in the two games with the Drillers. The Drillers have set up a memorial fund for Coolbaugh, who was a former Omaha player. Checks can be made payable to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund and sent to: Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund, c/o Spirit Bank, 1800 S. Baltimore Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119.

A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Salem 6, Blue Rocks 4

CF Duarte 3-5, 2B (15), RBI (24), K, RS, 2 SB (27), CS (7) -- .281
3B Lisson 2-4, RBI (49), K, SB (15) -- .260
RF McFall 2-4, 2B (22), RBI (36) -- .243
C Thibault 1-3, BB, HR (4), RBI (26), RS, CS -- .269
2B Maddox 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .260

Cortes 4 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA, WP -- L, 2-8, 4.50 ERA
D'Amico and Haltiwanger 4 IP scoreless relief

A 5-run 3rd did the trick for Salem as Dan Cortes took another loss. Mario Lisson singled in a run in the 1st and Brian McFall did the same to give Wilmington a 2-0 lead. Jose Duarte singled home a run in the 2nd to make it 3-0 but Cortes hit big trouble in the 3rd. With 2 out and 1 run home on a bases-loaded HBP, Cortes served up a grand slam to 1B Mark Ori to make it 5-3. Another run scored on a Cortes wild pitch in the 4th to make it 6-3. After stranding 2 in the 4th, the Rocks left 2 in scoring position in the 5th but Kiel Thibault led off the 6th with his 4th homer to cut the lead to 2. The Rocks ran into several outs on the basepaths to kill a couple threats during the game. The last 7 Rocks went down in order as RP Ryan McKeller picked up his 4th save for Salem. Ori was 1-4 with his 6th homer and 4 RBI (39) to move to .265 and SP Brian Bogusevic got the win with 6 IP of 4 ER on 11 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks to move to 9-6 with a 3.70 ERA.

Wilmington is 19-11 and 3 games up on first. The series continues today. Starters: Wilmington ace Rowdy Hardy (12-2, 2.20) vs. Salem right-hander Sergio Perez (5-7, 3.72).

A -- Burlington: Bees 3, West Michigan 1

DH Everett 2-4, RBI (37), RS -- .303
2B Soto 1-3, RBI (4), K -- .254
CF Robinson 1-4 -- .246
SS Bianchi 1-4, 2B (15), 2 K, RS -- .213
LF Dickerson 1-4, K, RS -- .301

Godin 7 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, WP -- W, 4-1, 2.20 ERA
Campbell 1 2/3 IP, BB -- 3.48 ERA
Hartsock 1/3 IP -- SV, 4, 2.93 ERA

Bees starter Jason Godin gave up 3 hits and a run in the 1st but then held the Whitecaps to 1 hit over the next 6 innings and got some run support for the win. Three hits and a walk scored a run off Godin in the 1st and he gave up a hit in the 2nd but retired 20 of 22 before handing the ball to Matt Campbell in the 8th. Brady Everett was thrown out at home to end a Bees rally in the 2nd but came back in the 4th to single home a run. Jesus Soto singled in a run and Everett scored on a West Michigan error to make it 3-1. The Bees left a runner at third in the 8th and Aaron Hartsock got the last out in the 9th for his 4th save. Whitecaps DH Joe Tucker was 2-4 with his 2nd double to move to .286 and SP Duane Below took the loss with 7 IP of 3 runs (2 ER) on 8 hits and 6 Ks to drop to 8-5 with a 3.74 ERA.

Burlington is 16-14 and 3 games back. They go for the split tonight. Probable starters: Bees RH Mario Santiago (1-7, 3.29) vs. Whitecaps RH Lauren Gagnier (4-9, 4.48). Monday's win was the first for Burlington over West Michigan since May 2005. I guess the game featured several Bees "web gems".

Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Chukars 7, Missoula 1

RF Gonzalez 3-5, 2 HR (5), 4 RBI (18), K, 2 RS -- .319, been good in Pioneer League after not doing much in MWL
LF Morel 2-5, 2 K -- .234
1B Robinson 1-4, HBP, HR (6), RBI (31), K, RS -- .358
SS Juan 1-4, BB, RBI (16), 2 K, RS, E (8) -- .236
C Balduf 0-4, BB, RBI (8), CS -- .320
CF Ortiz 1-4, BB, 2 RS, SB (5) -- .316
DH Seratelli 1-4, BB, 3B (2), K, RS, SB (12) -- .325
2B Evangelho 1-3, HBP -- .325
*IF stranded 10.

Norton 4 IP, UER, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K, WP -- 2.42 ERA
Phillips 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K -- W, 2-0, 3.28 ERA
Cassa IP, 2 K -- 4.50 ERA

Idaho Falls scored in six different innings to snap a 7-game slide. The Chukars scored a run in each of the first 3 innings on a Manni Juan RBI single, an Osprey error that scored Anthony Seratelli and a solo homer by O.D. Gonzalez for his 4th of the season for IF. Starter Ben Norton stranded the bases full in the 2nd and a Juan error in the 3rd helped Missoula score a run to cut it to 3-1. Gonzalez homered again in the 5th for his 5th of the season at Idaho Falls and 2 runs in the 6th on a Gonzalez 2-run single made it 6-1. RP Justin Phillips stranded the bases loaded again in the 8th and Clint Robinson hit a solo homer in the 9th for his 6th pro longball to make it 7-1. Phillips and Pat Cassa combined for 1 hit allowed over the last 5 innings to shut the door. Osprey RF Peter Clifford was 1-2 with his 10th double and 18th RBI to move to .310 and SP Bryan Henry took the loss with 4 1/3 IP of 4 ER on 8 hits and 3 Ks to drop to 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA.

IF is 20-13 and 6 games up on first. The series continues tonight. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- Burlington: B-Royals 6, Princeton 3

LF Lough 2-4, BB, 2B (4), 2 RBI (6), RS -- .405
DH Lane 2-4, BB, 2B (7), 2 RBI (21), K, CS -- .326
CF Norris 1-4, BB, RBI (6), 3 RS, SB (16) -- .276
SS Martin 1-4, RBI (16), K -- .222
1B Amyx 1-3, BB, 2 K, RS -- .244

Paulino 4 2/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA -- 4.09 ERA
Biddle 1 1/3 IP, H, 2 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Hastry 2 IP, K -- 0.84 ERA
Woods IP, H, BB, K -- SV, 5, 2.55 ERA

Some late insurance runs gave the Royals some breathing room as they beat the Rays. The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd off SP Eduardo Paulino but the Royals moved ahead in the 3rd with 2 runs on back-to-back RBI doubles by David Lough and Jake Lane. Paulino gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd to tie it but Lane singled home a run in the 5th to make it 3-2 B-Royals. Paulino allowed the tying run to score in the Princeton 5th after a Royals error but Burlington regained the lead in the 6th on a Kyle Martin RBI single. Three relievers combined to stymie the Rays the rest of the way and the Royals scored 2 runs in the 9th on RBI singles by Patrick Norris and Lough to get the 6-3 win. Rays RF Justin Reynolds was 1-2 with his 3rd homer and 2 RBI (10) to move to .239 and SP Tyree Hayes took the loss with 5 2/3 IP of 4 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits, 5 walks and 3 Ks to drop to 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA.

The B-Royals are 19-12 and 2 games back. Today's finale with the Rays is being delayed by rain. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie -- AZL: A's 7, Royals 5

1B Wood 4-4, 2 2B (10), RBI (18), 2 RS -- .362, NDFA out of Texas State
CF Richardson 1-4, BB, RBI (5), K, RS -- .203
SS Jose 1-5, RBI (9), 2 K -- .191
DH D. Cruz 1-4, RBI (12), 2 K -- .274
RF Craze 1-3, BB, RBI (12), picked off -- .246
3B F. Cruz 0-3, K -- .179
C McCauley 0-3, E (2) -- .298, 5/5 SB against, A's were 7/7 overall

Runion 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 2 K, 2 WP -- L, 1-1, 7.16 ERA, rough day
Hodgson 3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K -- 6.14 ERA
Rada 2 2/3 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 4.50 ERA

The Royals were down, 6-1, before mounting a comeback but it wasn't enough. Starter Sam Runion suffered his 1st pro loss as the A's scored 3 runs on 5 singles in the 1st but Ian Craze got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the 2nd. Runion gave the run back on 3 singles in the 3rd and 2 more singles and a wild pitch in the 4th brought RP Ivor Hodgson in from the bullpen. Hodgson gave up 2 more hits before getting out of the inning with the Royals down, 6-1. David Wood doubled in a run in the 6th and Diego Cruz singled home Wood to cut the lead to 6-3. Orlando Rada came in with 2 on and 1 out in the 7th and allowed a sac fly to make it 7-3. Lifete Jose singled home a run in the bottom of the frame to get the run back and Hilton Richardson singled in a run in the 9th but that was all the Royals could muster. A's 3B Carlos Arrieche was 4-5 with his 4th RBI and 3 SB (4) to move to .344, 1B Dan Wentzell was 4-4 with his 5th RBI and 3 SB (3) to move to .279 and SP Pascual Manzueta got the win with 6 IP of 3 ER on 5 hits, 2 walks and 7 Ks to move to 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

The Royals dropped to 11-15 and 8 games back. They played the 15-10 Pads today.

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