AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 6, O-Royals 2
LF Lubanski 1-4, RBI (8), SB -- .216
CF Costa 0-4, BB, RBI (6), SB (4) -- .339
SS Aviles 1-5, K -- .297
DH Stodolka 1-4, RS -- .333
2B Berroa 1-4, RS -- .364
1B Shealy 1-4, 2B (3), K -- .186
C Tupman 1-2, 2 S -- .294
Wright 5 2/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA, WP, 2 E -- L, 0-1, 5.14 ERA, rough night
Giron 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, K, 2 HRA -- 4.97 ERA
*** The Zephyrs got a boost to chase Matt Wright in the 6th and rolled to the 6-2 win in the opener Saturday. Wright gave up a run on 2 hits in the 1st and the Zephyrs would never trail. Two errors by Wright helped lead to a run in the 3rd as New Orleans made it 2-0. Omaha had a few baserunners but no runs until the 5th when an error helped advance Mike Stodolka and Chris Lubanski drove him in with a groundout to cut the lead in half. The momentum swing lasted 2 batters as Wright allowed a single and then a 2-run homer to Zephyrs DH Fernando Tatis to make it 4-1. Angel Berroa scored on a Shane Costa grounder that turned into a Zephyr error in the 7th but Tatis homered again off Roberto Giron in the 8th and RF Victor Mendez went solo in the 9th to make it 6-2. The O-Royals stranded 2 in the 9th as former Royals RP Nate Field finished the game for NO. Starter Tony Armas Jr. got the win with 5 2/3 IP of an UER on 4 hits, a walk and K to improve to 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA. Three Zephyrs had 2-hit games led by Tatis' 2-4 night with 2 HR (8), 3 RBI (14) and 2 RS to move to .268.
Omaha is 9-6 and 2 games up on first. Game 2 is this afternoon as Omaha lefty Jorge de la Rosa (1-0, 1.86) takes on New Orleans starter Ruddy Lugo (2-0, 2.84).
AA - NW Arkansas: Arkansas 3, Naturals 1
3B Lisson 2-4, 2 2B (4), K -- .164
DH Richardson 0-3, SF, RBI (3) -- .235
CF Duarte 1-4, SB (6) -- .200
1B Kaaihue 0-3 -- .238
RF Valentin 1-3, OF assist at third -- .345
B. Johnson 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K, 3 hit batsmen -- L, 1-1, 4.70 ERA
Colon 2 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 K, WP -- 5.00 ERA
Green IP, nothing -- 8.31 ERA
*** The Naturals couldn't get to Travs starter Robert Mosebach as the hurler allowed 5 hits and only an ER over a complete game to set Arkansas up for a sweep. That looked to be anything but the case in the 1st as Mario Lisson clubbed a ground-rule double and a Juan Richardson sac fly gave the Naturals a 1-0 lead. NWA SP Blake Johnson stranded 2 Travs in the 2nd and the Naturals left a runner at third in the 3rd. Johnson tiptoed through trouble again in the 3rd as he left the bases full and the Travs finally got to him in the 5th as a 2-out, 2-run triple by 3B Corey Smith gave Arkansas the lead. Mosebach, meanwhile, was in the midst of retiring 19 straight Naturals from the 3rd into the 9th. A Roman Colon wild pitch brought in an Arkansas insurance run in the 7th. Lisson broke Mosebach's out streak with a 2-out double in the 9th but Richardson grounded out to end the game. Mosebach had 0 walks and 5 Ks over the CG to improve to 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA. Smith was 1-2 with a walk, his 1st triple and 2 RBI (11) to move to .280 and SS Hainley Statia was 2-4 with a RS and his 1st SB of the season to improve to .232.
The Naturals are 4-11 and 3 games back. The series concludes this afternoon as SP Carlos Rosa (1-1, 1.93) takes on Arkansas SP Dan Denham (0-1, 2.70).
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Potomac 5, Blue Rocks 0
2B Mertins 2-4, E (4) -- .347
RF Dickerson 1-2, 2 BB, CS (3), OF assist at third -- .333
C Howell 1-3, HBP -- .389
3B J. Johnson 1-3 -- .292
CF D. Robinson 0-3, HBP -- .196
SS McConnell 0-4, 2 K -- .127
B. Wood 4 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 5.29 ERA
Hartsock 2 IP, UER, H, BB, 3 K -- 1.13 ERA
Haltiwanger 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K, 2 WP -- 5.23 ERA
*** The Rocks stranded 7 as the offense struggled through a 5-hit shutout and Potomac took 2 of 3 going into the series finale. Wilmington stranded 2 in the 2nd but it was Potomac that struck first in the inning off SP Blake Wood as 3B Leonard Davis cranked his 1st homer of the year for a 2-run shot to make it 2-0 Nats. Four singles and a sac fly pushed in 2 more runs in the 3rd as Potomac took a 4-0 lead. The Rocks put runners at the corners with 0 outs in the 5th but Jeff Howell was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice and Chris McConnell hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. The P-Nats scored their 5th run in the 5th thanks in part to a David Wood error. The Rocks put 2 on with 1 out in the 9th but two flyouts ended the would-be rally. P-Nats starter Adrian Alaniz got the win with 7 IP of 4 hits, a walk and 3 Ks to move to 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA. RF Edgardo Baez was 3-4 with his 7th double and 2 RBI (8) to move to .260 and Davis was 2-4 with his homer and first 2 RBI of the season to set a .500 BA.
Wilmington is 6-10 and 6.5 games back. The series was to end this afternoon but has been rained out and will be made up in June. IF Jeff Bianchi has hit the DL with a pulled hamstring and 1B Miguel Vega was activated.
A - Burlington: West Michigan 8, Bees 7 (12)
DH C. Robinson 2-5, 2B (5), 3B (2), 3 RBI (9), 2 RS -- .292
CF Ortiz 3-6, 2B (2), K, SB (3) -- .306
2B A. Perez 2-5, 2 K, SB (3) -- .174
3B Taylor 2-5, BB, K, 3 RS, 2 SB (5) -- .184
RF Walton 1-5, RBI (6), K -- .171
1B Hayes 1-3, HBP, RBI (2), K, 2 CS (3) -- .211, left in extras with foot/ankle injury
SS Moustakas 0-5, BB, K, E (5, throw) -- .222
Z. Peterson 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 5 K, HRA -- ND, 7.50 ERA
Abreu 2 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 2 H, 5 BB, 3 K -- 5.73 ERA
Arias 2 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, K -- BS, 2, 3.24 ERA
Lopez 1 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- L, 0-2, 2.35 ERA
*** The Bees collapsed in the 9th as a Mike Moustakas error was costly and lost it in 12. Starter Zach Peterson gave up a 2-out solo homer to Whitecaps 1B Ron Bourquin in the 1st but the Bees answered with 3 runs in the 2nd on a 2-run double by Clint Robinson and a Shawn Hayes RBI single. Two Whitecaps hits, again with 2 outs, in the 2nd cut the lead to 3-2 and Peterson stranded 2 in scoring position in the 3rd. Jamar Walton singled home a run in the 4th to extend the lead back to 2 and the Bees piled on 2 more runs in the 6th on a Robinson RBI triple to chase WM starter Lauren Gagnier, and a balk by RP Santo Nieses to bring Robinson homer to make it 6-2 Bees. Juan Abreu took over for Peterson in the 7th and gave up a run on 2 doubles and a walk in the 8th to cut it to 6-3. Abreu walked the bases loaded to start the 9th and in came closer Henry Arias. He got 2B Justin Tucker to hit to Moustakas for a force attempt but Moose made a 2-run throwing error to cut it to 6-5 and put the tying run at third. A 1-out sac fly by DH Jordan Newton tied the game and Arias stranded 2 in escaping the jam from there. The Bees regained the lead in the 10th as Alwin Perez led off with a single and an error on a Moustakas hit to the pitcher scored pinch runner Antonio Jimenez to make it 7-6 Bees. Arias was the one to load the bases with no outs in the Whitecaps 10th and a double play ball pushed across the tying run. The Bees stranded a runner at third in the 12th and, with 2 outs in the bottom of the 12th, reliever Yensi Lopez loaded the bases and allowed the winning run to come in on a wild pitch. Reliever Rudy Darrow got the win for the Whitecaps with 2 IP of a hit and 3 Ks to improve to 2-0 with a spotless ERA. Gagnier allowed 6 ER on 7 hits, 3 walks and 5 Ks over 5 1/3 IP to move his ERA to 6.75. C Adrian Casanova and SS Roger Tomas had 3-hit games for West Michigan.
Burlington is 7-8 and 6.5 games back. The series concludes this afternoon. Danny Gutierrez is set to start for Burlington.
20 April 2008
AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 6, O-Royals 2