AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 4, Las Vegas 3
LF Lubanski 2-3, 3B (1), RBI (10), RS -- .220
1B Huber 1-3, BB, HR (10), RBI (45), RS -- .271
DH Brazell 2-4, K -- .316
CF Maier 0-3, SF, RBI (49), K -- .291
2B Wathan 0-3, SF, RBI (16) -- .252
RF Costa 0-3, HBP -- .357
SS Aviles 1-4, K, RS -- .308
Lumsden 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, HRA -- 6.14 ERA
Musser 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K, WP -- W, 3-1, 0.00 ERA, up to 40 1/3 IP with 2 UER, 0 ER
An 8th-inning rally helped the Royals win the opener with the 51s. Starter Tyler Lumsden allowed a run on 2 hits in the 3rd but Omaha scored 2 in the bottom of the inning on a Chris Lubanski RBI triple and Mitch Maier sac fly. Lumsden served up a 2-run homer to 51s 3B Andy LaRoche in the 4th to tie it but Omaha regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a Justin Huber solo homer for his 10th of the season. Lumsden stranded 2 in the 6th and Omaha stranded runners at the corners in the 7th before loading the bases with 1 out in the 8th off RP Matt Riley. Derek Wathan came through with a sac fly to make it 4-3 before the Royals stranded 2 in the frame. RP Neal Musser left the tying run at second in the 9th for his 3rd win. 51s CF Choo Freeman was 3-4 with his 8th double to move to .278, LaRoche was 1-4 with his 16th homer and 2 RBI (43) to move to .316 and Riley took the loss with 1 1/3 IP of an ER on 2 hits and a walk to drop to 4-2 with a 6.44 ERA.
Omaha is 55-57. Game 2 of the set is tonight. Probable starters: 51s RH William Juarez (4-5, 5.66) vs. Omaha RH Matt Wright (6-3, 4.11). RP Ryan Braun and Leo Nunez were recalled to KC after Jorge De La Rosa was put on the DL. Ryan Shealy's rehab assignment ended and KC optioned him to Omaha. P Jason Shiell also got through waivers and will rejoin Omaha after his week's vacation.
AA -- Wichita: Tulsa 11, Wranglers 6
1B Stodolka 3-4, BB, 2B (22) -- .303, gets passing grade in AA, be interesting to see him in Omaha in '08
RF Valentin 1-5, 2 RBI (37), 2 K -- .297
LF Padilla 2-5, HR (6), RBI (33), K, 2 RS -- .364
C Espino 2-4, 2B (10), RS -- .257
DH Kaaihue 1-1, 3 BB, RBI (21), 2 RS -- .237, nice night for his OBP
2B Gaffney 1-4, 2B (8), RBI (13) -- .277
Mattox 4 1/3 IP, 9 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 K, HRA -- L, 0-5, 7.79 ERA, and still Hardy pitches in Wilmington
Cedeno 2 2/3 IP, ER, H, BB, 4 K, HRA -- 6.40 ERA
de la Vara IP, ER, 2 H, K -- 5.65 ERA
The Driller bats were unkind to SP D.J. Mattox as Tulsa evened the series at 1 game each. Mattox gave up a 3-run homer to Tulsa RF Jordan Czarniecki in the 1st and another run on 2 hits and a walk in the 3rd. Mike Stodolka walked to start the 4th but ran into an out on the basepaths before Jorge Padilla slammed his 6th homer for Wichita and Mike Gaffney doubled home a run to cut the lead to 4-2. Mattox hit the wall in the 5th as the Drillers scored 5 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks and a hit batsman before Juan Cedeno stranded 2 to escape the inning. The Wranglers cut it to 9-4 in the 7th with 2 runs on a 2-run single by Geraldo Valentin. Cedeno served up a solo homer in the Tulsa 7th before Wichita scored 2 more in the 8th on a Kila Kaaihue RBI single and a Gaffney double play ball. Gilbert de la Vara allowed another insurance run in the 8th to make it 11-6 and Wichita didn't threaten in the 9th. Tulsa LF Christian Colonel was 3-5 with 2 doubles (40) and his 62nd RBI to move to .314, 3B Matt Macri was 2-4 with his 8th error, 21st double, 11th homer and 4 RBI (30) to move to .306 and starter Sean Thompson got the win with 5 IP of 2 ER on 3 hits, 4 walks and 2 Ks to move to 5-8 with a 4.03 ERA.
Wichita is 15-23 and 8 games back. The series concludes tonight. Probable starters: Wichita righty Greg Atencio (4-5, 4.64) vs. Tulsa righty Ryan Mattheus (7-8. 5.03).
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Potomac 6, Blue Rocks 5
2B Maddox 4-5, 3 RBI (38), picked off -- .262
CF Duarte 3-5, 3 2B (21), RBI (30), K, 2 RS -- .287
RF McFall 2-4, K, picked off -- .266
C Thibault 2-4, RS, SB (8) -- .279
3B Lisson 1-2, 3 BB, CS -- .265
SS McConnell 1-3, BB, RS, SB (5) -- .258
Chambliss 4 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, BB, 4 K, 2 HRA, WP -- 5.46 ERA
Green IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 2 HRA -- L, 0-5, 4.50 ERA
Haltiwanger and Santos 3 IP scoreless relief
Blue Rocks pitchers Tyler Chambliss and Patrick Green pitched a home run derby Wednesday as 4 Nats homers helped Potomac avoid the sweep. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 1st and Chambliss gave up a 2-run homer to LF Chris Marrero in the bottom of the 1st to make it 2-0 Nats. A Jeremy Cleveland double play ball scored a run in the 2nd and Wilmington tied it in the 3rd on a Marc Maddox RBI single. Marrero cranked a 2nd homer off Chambliss in the Potomac 3rd but Wilmington took the lead with a 2-run 4th on a Jose Duarte RBI double and Maddox RBI single to make it 4-3. Chambliss allowed the tying run on 2 hits and a walk in the 4th and Patrick Green allowed back-to-back solo homers in the 5th to make it 6-4 Nats. Maddox drove home another run with a single in the 6th but Chris McConnell was thrown out trying to score on the play to end the inning. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 9th as RP Adam Carr got his 9th save. Marrero was 2-3 with 2 HR (6) and 3 RBI (25) to move to .293 and SP Cory VanAllen got the win with 5 IP of 4 ER on 10 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks to move to 2-5 with a 7.94 ERA. Amazing what keeping the ball in the park can help you do with an ugly stat line.
Wilmington is 24-15 and 4 games up on first. The Rocks start a 3-game set at the Frederick Keys (16-22, A-Adv. Orioles) tonight. Probable starters: Rocks right-hander Dan Cortes (3-8, 4.28) vs. top O's pitching prospect Brandon Erbe (6-5, 6.05).
A -- Burlington: Kane County 4, Bees 3
C Morizio 1-4, HR (5), 3 RBI (27), 2 K, RS -- .241
CF Robinson 1-3, BB, SB (25) -- .245
SS Bianchi 1-3, BB, K -- .221
LF Walton 0-4, K -- .301, 19-game hit streak snapped
Wood 4 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB -- 5.93 ERA
Barrera IP, BB, E (2) -- 5.73 ERA
Cribb 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, BB, K -- 6.17 ERA
Hayes 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, BB, K, HRA -- BS, 5, L, 3-4, 3.83 ERA
One pitch cost the Bees the lead and the win in the late going Wednesday. Matt Morizio blasted a 3-run homer in the 2nd for his 5th of the season but starter Blake Wood gave a run back on 3 hits in the bottom of the inning. As Cougars SP Jason Fernandez retired 15 in a row before getting pulled in the 7th, Wood, Henry Barrera and Josh Cribb held Kane County scoreless into the 7th. Cribb stranded the bases full in the 6th and handed the ball to Chris Hayes with 2 out in the 7th. Hayes gave up 2 singles and a 3-run homer to Kane County DH Greg Dowling in the 8th to lose the 3-1 lead. RP Andrew Carignan sat the Bees down in order in the 9th for his 3rd save. Dowling was 3-3 for the Cougars with his 15th double, 9th HR and 3 RBI (60) to move to .262 and RP Nick Walters got the win with a hitless IP to move to 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
Burlington is 18-20 and 5 games back. The series wraps tonight as Burlington goes for a split. Probable starters: Bees' Ed Cegarra (1-3, 3.72) vs. Cougars' Henry Rodriguez (4-6, 3.22).
Rookie -- Idaho Falls: Chukars 4, Ogden 3
SS Evangelho 2-4, RBI (12), K -- .340
CF Gonzalez 1-3, BB, 2B (10), RBI (22), CS -- .311
DH Eigsti 0-2, BB, SF, RBI (7), K -- .255
2B Bionde 0-2, HBP, SF, RBI (5) -- .203
1B Robinson 1-4, 2B (11), K, RS -- .336
RF Seratelli 1-3, BB, RS, SB (18) -- .338
Snipes 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA -- 4.84 ERA
Denton 2 IP, 3 K -- W, 1-1, 4.87 ERA
Jensen IP, K -- 2.08 ERA
Holland IP, H -- SV, 2, 1.89 ERA
Idaho Falls made Stanke not only a proper noun but an adjective Wednesday in getting the 4-3 win to sweep the Raptors. O.D. Gonzalez hit a 2-out RBI double in the 1st but SP Clegg Snipes gave up a 2-run homer to Ogden RF Travis Vetters in the 2nd to give the Raptors the lead. Zach Evangelho singled home a run to tie it in the 2nd and IF took the lead in the 4th on a Mike Bionde sac fly. Snipes gave up the tying run on a walk and hit in the 5th but Clint Robinson led off the 6th with a double off Ogden RP Cal Stanke and Ryan Eigsti hit a sac fly to make it 4-3 Chukars. The Chukar pen pitched 3 perfect innings before RP Greg Holland closed it out in the 9th for his 2nd save. Vetters was 1-3 with his 6th homer and 2 RBI (17) to move to .298 and Stanke took the loss with 2 IP of an ER on 2 hits and a K to drop to 0-6 with an 8.89 ERA.
IF is 3-0 and a game up on first. They start a 3-game set at the Casper Rockies (1-2) tonight. No announced starters on the team site. The Chukars are 8-1 versus Casper thus far.
Rookie -- Burlington: rainout
The Royals are 22-17 and 5 1/2 games back. The game versus the Sox will be made up in late August. The Royals start a 2-day, 3-game set at the Johnson City Cardinals (18-21) tonight with a doubleheader. They are 2-1 versus the Cards. No announced starters on the team site.
Rookie -- AZL: no game (wet grounds)
The game was postponed. The Royals play the 3-2 Cubs tonight.
02 August 2007
AAA -- Omaha: O-Royals 4, Las Vegas 3