14 May 2008

Royals on the Farm 5/13

AAA - Omaha: Tacoma 4, O-Royals 1

DH Buchanan 2-4, RBI (11) -- .318
CF Maier 1-4, K -- .370, 17-game hit streak
2B Aviles 0-4, E (5) -- .358
RF Stodolka 1-4, 2B (5) -- .263

Duckworth 7 2/3 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 3 K, HRA -- 5.00 ERA, OK, that was a nice start
Musser 1 1/3 IP, 3 UER, H, BB, 3 K, HRA -- L, 0-4, 4.29 ERA, been shaky at times

*** As in the other 3 games of the series, when Tacoma needed a big key hit, the Rainiers got one as two homers fueled a late comeback win and sweep of the O-Royals. Both teams scattered a baserunner here and there over the first 5 1/2 innings but Omaha got a 2-out RBI single from Brian Buchanan in the 6th to finally get one of the teams on the board. The Royals left the bases loaded, though, and it would cost them. Starter Brandon Duckworth lost his shutout bid with a 1-out solo homer in the 7th to tie it and Omaha stranded 2 more in the bottom of the inning. Both teams left a runner at third in the 8th and, in the 9th, a 1-out error by Mike Aviles ended up extending the inning and Neal Musser served up a 3-run homer to LF Shawn Garrett, who hit both of his season homers in this series, both off Musser. Omaha went down in order in the bottom of the 9th. RP Jake Woods got the win with 1 2/3 IP of a hit and 2 Ks to improve to 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA. Starter Robert Rohrbaugh allowed an ER on 4 hits and 2 walks with 2 Ks over 5 2/3 IP to move his ERA to 5.66. RF Victor Diaz was 2-3 with a walk, his 4th HR, 11th RBI and 2 RS to improve to .310 and Garrett was 1-4 with his 2nd homer and 3 RBI (8) to move to .302.

Omaha is 17-20 and 2.5 games back now. They had today off before starting a set at Albuquerque Thursday. P Paul Mildren was sent back to NWA to take Carlos Rosa's rotation spot there.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 7, Tulsa 4

LF Valentin 2-5, 2B (7), HR (2), 2 RBI (10), RS -- .327
C Clark 3-3, SF, HR (3), 4 RBI (6), RS, SB -- .225
DH Lucas 3-4, 2B, RS, SB (3) -- .227
1B Richardson 2-5, 2 2B (8), RS -- .283
SS Sanchez 2-5, K, RS, picked off -- .213
CF Duarte 0-5 -- .245
* The Nats turned 4 DPs.

Hardy 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 K, HRA -- W, 1-3, 6.07 ERA, still giving up the hits
Atencio 3 IP, ER, H, BB, 5 K -- 4.63 ERA
Plummer IP, 2 K -- SV, 3, 5.87 ERA

*** Rowdy Hardy had another shaky start but got plenty of run support and the bullpen finished off his 1st victory of the season. Geraldo Valentin smoked a 2-run homer to left for his 2nd of the season in the 1st. The Naturals left 2 in scoring position in the 2nd and Hardy started the Tulsa 2nd with a double and 2-run homer allowed to tie the game. Juan Richardson doubled and scored on a Tulsa error in the 3rd to make it 3-2 NWA. On a crazy play in the bottom of the 3rd, the Drillers had runners at the corners with no outs and the lead runner was caught trying to steal home. On the play, the trailing runner was also caught at third and the unusual double play kept NWA in the lead. Cody Clark hit an RBI single in the 4th to make it 4-2 Naturals but Hardy got hit for a run on 3 hits in the 5th to cut the lead back to 1. Clark hammered a 2-run homer to left in the 6th and continued his good night in the 8th with a sac fly to make it 7-3. Greg Atencio got touched up for a run in the 8th to cut the lead to 3 but Jarod Plummer pitched a perfect 9th for his 3rd save. Drillers SP Ching Lung Lo took the loss with 5 2/3 IP of 6 runs (5 ER) on 9 hits, a walk and 3 Ks to drop to 1-6 with a 7.32 ERA. CF Dexter Fowler was 4-4 with his 6th double and 20th RBI to move to .296.

NWA is 20-18 and 3 games up on first. The Nats got a comeback win in today's game 3. Blake Johnson got the start and the win against Tulsa starter Xavier Cedeno.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 5, Kinston 4

CF D. Robinson 2-5, RBI (10), 2 K, RS, CS (4) -- .268
RF Dickerson 2-4, BB, RS, CS -- .311
2B Bianchi 1-4, HR, RBI (4), RS -- .129
DH W. Perez 1-3, BB, RBI (4), K, RS -- .205
1B Vega 1-5, RBI (4), 2 K -- .196
SS McConnell 0-3, S, SF, RBI (10) -- .248
3B J. Johnson 0-3, BB, K -- .301
C Morizio 1-1, 3 BB, 2B (3), RS -- .229

Santiago 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, K, WP -- 4.75 ERA
Hartsock 3 1/3 IP, H, K, WP -- W, 2-2, 2.00 ERA
Barrera IP, 3 K -- SV, 1, 3.31 ERA

*** The Rocks came back twice before taking the lead finally in the 8th and holding on versus Kinston. Starter Mario Santiago was nicked for 3 runs in the 2nd as 2 walks and a single led to a 3-run triple. A K-Tribe error helped load the bases with 0 out in the 3rd and Derrick Robinson hit an RBI forceout before Chris McConnell hit a sac fly and Miguel Vega singled home a run to tie the game. The Rocks stranded 2 and, in a duplication of the Tulsa play versus NWA, Robinson was caught trying to steal home and Dickerson was nailed at third to end the Rocks 5th. Kinston moved back ahead with a run on 2 singles and a walk in the 5th but Jeff Bianchi cranked his 1st homer of the season to retie it in the 6th. Dickerson led off the 8th with a single and 2 2-out walks loaded the bases before Wilver Perez took another walk with the bases loaded to push across the lead run. Henry Barrera struck out the side in the 9th for his 1st save. Kinston RP Sung-Wei Tseng blew his 1st save and took the loss with 3 IP of 2 ER on 3 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks to fall to 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA. Starter Steven Wright went 5 IP and allowed 3 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits, 3 walks and 3 Ks to move his ERA to 2.41 ERA. C Alex Castillo was 1-4 with his 1st triple and 3 RBI (16) to move to .225.

Wilmington moved to 16-21. They got a comeback win today vs. the Tribe. Everett Teaford and Greg Holland teamed up as Holland got the win.

A - Burlington: Wisconsin 6, Bees 4

CF Ortiz 3-4, RBI (9), RS, SB (15) -- .331
SS Moustakas 2-3, HBP, 2B (4), 2 RBI (13), CS -- .240, he's figuring it out, 2 more hits today
C Eigsti 2-4, K, RS, PB (5) -- .198
RF Tucker 1-3, S, RBI (6), 2 K, CS (3) -- .126
3B Taylor 0-4, 2 K, E (6) -- .217

Z. Peterson 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, K -- 4.75 ERA
Abreu 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 6 K, HRA, WP -- L, 1-2, 4.78 ERA
Bradley 1/3 IP, K -- 0.52 ERA

*** The Bees got a comeback rally to tie it in the 8th but just as quickly watched the game slip away as Wisconsin evened the series. The Rattlers got a run on a double and sac fly off Zach Peterson in the 3rd but the Bees picked him up in the 5th with 2 runs on an Adrian Ortiz 2-out RBI single and a Wilson Tucker RBI single to make it 2-1. A run on 2 singles and a double chased Peterson for Juan Abreu in the Rattler 5th and a wild pitch scored a second run to make it 3-2 Wisconsin. Abreu stranded 2 but a 2-out RBI single in the 7th made it 4-2 Rattlers. Mike Moustakas came up with 2 in scoring position and 1 out in the 8th and got perhaps the most clutch hit of his career thus far with a 2-run game-tying single. Abreu came out for his third full inning of work in the 8th and gave up a 1-out solo homer and 2-out RBI double to make it 6-4 Rattlers. Burlington stranded 1 in the 9th as Mariners hot prospect Phillippe Aumont blew his 1st save but came back to get the win with 2 ER on 4 hits with 3 Ks over 3 IP to improve to 2-1 with a 0.87 ERA. Starter Donald Hume went 5 1/3 IP and allowed 2 ER on 6 hits and 7 Ks to move his ERA to 2.02. CF Maximo Mendez and 3B Edilio Colina had 3-hit games and Colina had 2 RBI (9).

Burlington dropped to 15-21. Wisconsin won game 3 today despite a good start from Eduardo Paulino.

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