11 May 2008

Royals on the Farm 5/10

AAA - Omaha: rainout

*** Omaha is 17-16 and a game up on first. The rainout is being made up as part of a twinbill today. Game 1 starters: Tacoma LH Ryan Feierabend (3-1, 1.70) vs. O-Royals LH Tyler Lumsden (1-3, 7.39). Game 2 starters: Tacoma RH Chris Jakubauskas (1-0, 0.00) vs. Omaha RH Matt Wright (0-1, 5.34).

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 10, Springfield 2

RF McFall 3-5, HR (6), 2 RBI (22), K, RS, CS (3) -- .248
1B Richardson 4-5, HR (3), RBI (17), K, 3 RS -- .271
LF Valentin 3-4, SF, 2B (6), RBI (8), RS -- .330
2B Falu 2-5, RBI (3) -- .229
3B Lisson 2-4, BB, 2B (7), RBI (13), K, RS, E (3) -- .209
SS Sanchez 2-4, S, RBI (10), RS -- .197
DH Lucas 1-5, RBI (4), 2 K, 2 SB -- .189
CF Duarte 2-6, 3 RS, SB (12) -- .256
* Despite scoring 10 runs, the Naturals still stranded 12.

Rosa 6 IP, UER, 3 H, BB, 4 K -- W, 4-2, 1.20 ERA, he's dealing
De La Cruz 2 IP, ER, 2 H, HRA -- 4.24 ERA
Plummer IP, K -- 6.75 ERA

*** The Naturals were up, 7-0, before Carlos Rosa finally allowed a run, and an unearned one, at that, and the Naturals opened up a small gap in first place. Jose Duarte scored the first run of the game on a double play ball in the 1st and Juan Richardson's 3rd homer of the season -- a solo shot -- made it 2-0 after 1. A strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out double play at third ended the Naturals' 2nd and 2 Cardinals errors helped fuel a NWA rally in the 3rd. Geraldo Valentin hit a sac fly, and with the bases loaded and 1 out, Ed Lucas hit an RBI forceout that ended up scoring 2 runs thanks to a third Springfield error in the inning. Rosa was perfect through 3 and gave up a single in the 4th to break that up. Angel Sanchez singled home a run in the 4th to make it 6-0 and Brian McFall singled home a run in the 5th to make it 7-0. The Naturals left the bases loaded and Rosa lost the shutout in the 6th as a Mario Lisson error helped lead to an RBI groundout. NWA responded with 2 in the 6th on a Lisson RBI single and Irving Falu RBI base hit to make it 9-1. The Naturals once again left the bases full and Julio De La Cruz gave up a leadoff homer in the 7th to make it 9-2. The Naturals stranded 2 in the 7th and McFall went solo for his 6th homer to leadoff the 8th as Jarod Plummer finished it with a perfect 9th. Springfield SP Adam Ottavino took the loss with 2 1/3 IP of 5 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits, a walk and 2 Ks to drop to 0-4 with a 7.06 ERA. LF Shane Robinson and RF Mark Shorey had 2-hit games for Springfield.

NWA is 19-17 and 2 games up on first. The Naturals have today off before heading to Tulsa for a series. Rosa leads the TL in ERA. This is a situation where KC could push Rosa a little bit and give him a shot at Omaha, but no, we'd rather have Brandon Duckworth making starts in Omaha.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 4, Blue Rocks 3

SS McConnell 0-2, BB, HBP, RBI (9), K, CS (6), E (7) -- .271
3B-2B Mertins 0-3, S, RBI (11), 2 K -- .294
CF D. Robinson 1-4, RS -- .272
C Howell 1-3, BB, K -- .333
RF Dyson 1-4, RS, SB (11) -- .254
2B Bianchi 0-3 -- .111
* LF Brett Bigler had an OF assist at home.

Kniginyzky 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, K -- L, 0-4, 5.14 ERA
Nicoll 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, 4 K, WP -- 1.99 ERA, will he get another shot at rotation?
de la Vara IP, ER, 2 H, 2 K -- 5.23 ERA
Barrera IP, 2 K -- 3.52 ERA

*** The Rocks offense didn't have enough and starter Matt Kniginyzky had another rough outing as the Pelicans earned at least 2 of 3 in the series. The Pelicans scored first in the 2nd on a run-scoring double play. The Rocks left 2 in scoring position in the 2nd and Kniginyzky got pounded for 3 doubles and 2 singles in the 3rd as the Pelicans stretched it to 3-0. Brett Bigler cut down a runner at the plate to end the rally. Chris Nicoll took over for Kniginyzky with 2 on and 1 out in the 4th and got out of the jam. Wilmington crept back into the game in the 5th as Jarrod Dyson and Wilver Perez pulled off a successful double steal of home and second, and a Chris McConnell RBI forceout cut it to 3-2. Nicoll pitched solidly through the 7th but Gilbert de la Vara gave up a run on 2 doubles in the 8th. With 2 on and 0 outs in the Rocks 8th, Kurt Mertins hit a sacrifice that turned into a double play as Derrick Robinson scored from second but McConnell was nailed at third for a big second out as the Pelicans got out of the inning with a 4-3 lead. The Rocks went down in order in the 9th as Kevin Gunderson went 1 1/3 IP for his 9th save. Starter Gonzalo Lopez went 6 IP of 2 ER on 6 hits, a walk and 6 Ks to get the win and improve to 2-2 with a 5.35 ERA. 2B Robert Marcial was 3-3 with 2 doubles (4), his 2nd RBI and his 4th E to move to .375 and LF Willie Cabrera was 2-5 with 2 doubles (8) and his 17th RBI to move to .207. 3B Brandon Powell also had 2 hits for Myrtle Beach.

Wilmington is 15-19 and 6 games out. The series wraps today. Starter for Wilmington was righty Jason Godin (2-1, 4.85). Unfortunately, the Pelicans pulled off the sweep.

A - Burlington: Beloit 5, Bees 4

SS Moustakas 2-4, 2B (3), 2 RBI (11), K, RS, E (7) -- .223
1B S. Hayes 1-2, HR, 2 RBI (4), RS -- .238, back from DL
CF Lough 2-5, 2B (4), RS -- .256
3B Taylor 0-2, K -- .231
C Balduf 2-4, 2B (3), K, PB (2) -- .195
* RF Wilson Tucker had an OF assist at home.

Mitchell 4 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- L, 0-3, 3.96 ERA
Augustine 5 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K -- 2.12 ERA

*** The Bees almost came back from 3 runs down but couldn't get it done as the Snappers set up a potential 4-game sweep. Snappers LF Ben Revere led off the game with a triple and scored on a sac fly to make it 1-0 Beloit. Another Beloit run scored in the 2nd on a hit, 2 walks, a passed ball and Mike Moustakas' 7th error. The Snappers stranded 2. Wilson Tucker nailed a runner at the plate to end the Beloit 3rd and the Bees tied it in their half of the frame on a 2-run Moustakas double. A third run was nailed at the plate in the inning. A Matt Mitchell error led to a Beloit run in the 5th and Mitchell was pulled for Joe Augustine with 2 on and 0 outs. An RBI forceout made it 4-2 Beloit before Augustine got out of the inning. A triple helped score another Beloit run in the 6th to make it 5-2 but Moustakas led off the Burlington 6th with a single and Shawn Hayes , who entered the game as a defensive replacement for Jason Taylor in the top of the inning, followed with his 1st homer of the season to cut the lead to 5-4. The Bees had 2 on with 1 out but RP Blair Erickson came in and struck out two to end the threat. The only Bees hit thereafter was a 2-out single in the 9th as RP Steven Hirschfeld went 2 IP for his 1st save. Starter Brian Kirwan went 5 1/3 IP with 4 ER on 9 hits, a walk and 2 Ks to improve to 3-1 with a 3.79 ERA. DH Steven Singleton was 3-4 with his 3rd double to move to .339 and Revere was 1-5 with his 2nd triple and 5th RBI to move to .392.

Burlington is 14-20 and 10.5 games out. Today's series finale was rained out. 1B Clint Robinson was put on the DL with his wrist injury and Taylor is day-to-day with a hamstring injury suffered Saturday.

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