AAA - Omaha: rainout
The 5-2 O-Royals start a 4-game set at the second-place Memphis Redbirds (4-4, AAA Cards) tonight. Probable starters: Omaha RH Kyle Davies (0-0, 3.00) vs. Redbirds journeyman RH John Wasdin (1-0,. 1.50). Omaha's team BA of .305 is 3rd in the PCL. Both lefty Mike Maroth and OF Mitch Maier are now listed on Omaha's 7-day DL.
AA - NW Arkansas: San Antonio 7, Naturals 1
1B Kaaihue 1-3, BB, HR (2), RBI (7), RS -- .240
SS Sanchez 1-3, BB, K -- .192
3B Lisson 1-3, BB, SB -- .120
LF Valentin 1-4, picked off -- .462
CF Duarte 0-4, 2 K -- .227
Pimentel 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HRA -- L, 0-2, 8.59 ERA
Hughes 3 1/3 IP, H, K -- 1.04 ERA, like to see him in rotation
M. Peterson IP, 2 K -- 3.38 ERA
Green IP, 3 ER, 5 H, K, HRA, WP -- 27.00 ERA
*** Only a 9th inning solo homer by Kila Kaaihue saved the Naturals from a futile shutout in their home opener at Arvest Ballpark. Starter Julio Pimentel gave up a run on 2 hits to start the 1st and the Naturals trailed from the second batter on. Angel Sanchez ran into an out at third in the NWA 1st and Pimentel gave up 2 more runs on 2 XBH and a walk in the 3rd. He gave up a solo homer to lead off the 4th and, with 2 outs, was pulled for Dusty Hughes. The Naturals were 1-hit by Missions starter Will Inman into the 6th when the game went to the SA pen but the results pretty much stayed the same. The Nats stranded 2 in the 6th and, after Hughes and Matt Peterson had effectively shut the Missions down for 4 1/3, RP Patrick Green ran into trouble in his '08 debut in the 9th. With 1 out, he gave up 2 singles, a 3-run homer, and 2 more singles and a wild pitch before stranding 2. Kaaihue cranked his homer with 2 out off RP Wilton Lopez but that was all she wrote as Lopez finished it. Inman got the win with 5 IP of a hit, 3 walks and 4 Ks to move to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. RP Greg Burke struck out 6 over his 3 IP. Missions RF Craig Cooper was 3-5 with a double, triple and RBI to move to .269 and SS Sean Kazmar was 1-4 with the 3-run homer for his 1st of the season to move to .130 but also had his 2nd error.
Northwest Arkansas is 2-5. The series continues tonight as Nats SP Rowdy Hardy (0-1, 9.82) makes his second AA start vs. Missions SP Matt Buschmann (1-0, 3.60), who got his win versus the Naturals his first time out. There was a DL shuffle as C Kiel Thibault hit the DL with back tightness and C Cody Clark was activated. P Jeff Fulchino was moved up to Omaha.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 5, Salem 4
3B J. Johnson 3-4, 3B, 3 RBI (4), RS -- .417
CF D. Robinson 3-5, CS (2) -- .308
C Howell 2-4, RBI (2), K, PB -- .333
RF Dickerson 2-3, BB, 2 RS, 2 SB (5), E -- .407
DH W. Perez 0-4, RBI (2), K -- .222
SS McConnell 0-4, picked off -- .167
2B Bianchi 0-4 -- .042, yuck
1B Seratelli 0-2, 2 BB, RS, SB (2) -- .190
* LF Brett Bigler had an OF assist at second.
Kniginyzky 5 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K, pickoff -- ND, 1.93 ERA, looking good
Haltiwanger 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB -- BS, 1, 4.15 ERA, not his fault KC gave up Jeff Keppinger for him
de la Vara 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, K -- W, 1-2, 7.11 ERA
*** A day after blowing a 9th inning lead thanks to a position player having to pitch, the Rocks got some of their own 9th inning magic in rallying for 4 runs in the final frame to win. The Blue Rocks struck first in the 2nd with a run on a Josh Johnson RBI single but stranded runners at the corners. Starter Matt Kniginyzky pitched very well as he faced 1 over the minimum through 5. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 5th and Kniginyzky was pulled with 1 on and 1 out in the 6th. RP Russ Haltiwanger got out of the inning unscathed but hit the skids in the 7th as the Avalanche churned out 5 straight 2-out hits for 2 runs and a 2-1 lead, although Haltiwanger escaped with the bases loaded. RP Gilbert de la Vara came in for the 8th and was also nicked for 2 runs on 3 hits, a walk and passed ball, although LF Brett Bigler helped out by nailing a runner at second in the inning. Salem brought in RP Jason Dominguez to pitch the 9th with a 4-1 lead and the Rocks put runners at second and third with no outs. Wilver Perez reached on a fielding error by SS Wladimir Sutil that scored a run and Johnson came through with the big hit with a 2-run triple to tie the game. Jeff Howell followed with a single and the Rocks had a 5-4 lead. The Rocks stranded 2 but de la Vara came back out for the 9th and stranded a runner at second to get his 1st win. Dominguez took the loss with 4 R (3 ER) on 4 hits and a walk in an IP to drop to 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Salem SP Polin Trinidad worked 5 IP of an ER on 5 hits, a walk and 2 Ks to move his ERA to 2.45. Four Salem hitters had 2-hit games and C Koby Clemens was 1-4 with 2 RBI (5) to move to .333.
The Rocks are 2-5. A 3-game set at the Lynchburg Hillcats (2-4, A-Adv. Pirates) starts tonight as Rocks lefty Everett Teaford (0-0, 2.25) starts vs. Hillcats right-hander Jared Hughes (0-1, 3.60). The Hillcats' roster features Bucs' prospects lefty Daniel Moskos (high '07 draft pick, 0-0, 3.60 ERA), SS Brian Friday (.667 OPS in early going), lefty Tony Watson (0-2, 6.23) and Topeka native righty Blair Johnson (0-0, 0.00, 0.80 WHIP in 5 innings out of pen).
A - Burlington: rainout
*** The 2-5 Bees return home for the first of three with the Great Lakes Loons (4-3, A Dodgers) tonight. Bees SP Joe Augustine (0-0, 12.00) is set to start the opener vs. Kyle Smit (0-0, 0.00). The Loons roster features Dodgers' prospects OF Andrew Lambo (1.026 OPS so far), 3B Pedro Baez (.182 OPS thus far), and Don's son 2B Preston Mattingly (.599 OPS).
11 April 2008
AAA - Omaha: rainout