AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Oklahoma 2
2B Aviles 2-4, 2 HR (10), 2 RBI (42), 2 RS -- .338
SS Berroa 1-3, HBP, HR (9), 2 RBI (23), RS -- .302
DH Buchanan 1-4, HR (4), RBI (15), RS -- .275
CF Maier 1-4 -- .338
RF Costa 1-3, BB, 2B (15), K -- .304
LF Lubanski 0-3, BB, 3 K -- .252
1B Stodolka 1-4, K -- .237
Rosa 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K, WP -- W, 2-1, 6.00 ERA, 91 pitches, showing promise
Musser 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K -- 3.07 ERA
Lowery IP, BB, K -- SV, 2, 1.06 ERA
*** The O-Royals dug the longball Tuesday as 4 homers led them to a 5-2 win in the opener with Oklahoma. A RedHawks error kept the inning alive in the 2nd and Angel Berroa slammed his 9th homer of the season for a 2-run shot to make it 2-0 Omaha. The Royals stranded 2 in the 4th and starter Carlos Rosa ran into trouble in the 5th as Oklahoma tied the game on 3 hits and 2 walks as Rosa walked in the tying run but left the bases full in the frame. Mike Aviles hammered his 9th homer of the year for a solo shot in the 5th to give Omaha a 3-2 lead and both teams stranded 2 in the 6th. Aviles led off the 7th with another homer off newly into the game RP Kazuo Fukumori for his 10th of the season and, 2 batters later, Brian Buchanan went yard for his 4th of the season to make it 5-2. Devon Lowery stranded 1 in the 9th for his 2nd save. RedHawks SP Eric Hurley took the loss with 6 IP of 3 runs (1 ER) on 7 hits, 2 walks and 4 Ks to fall to 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA. LF John Mayberry Jr. was 2-4 to move to .317 and KU product 3B Travis Metcalf was 2-4 with his 8th RBI to move to .238.
Omaha is 25-25 and 1/2 a game back of Iowa and Memphis. Game 2 of the set is tonight. Probable starters: RedHawks LH A.J. Murray (2-2, 4.17) vs. Royals RH Matt Wright (1-2, 5.24).
AA - NW Arkansas: off day
*** The Naturals are 27-23 and 2 games up on first. A 3-game set at the Midland RockHounds (26-24, AA A's) starts tonight. Probable starters: NWA's Julio Pimentel (2-5, 5.30) vs. Midland's Henry Rodriguez (1-5, 8.89). The Naturals clubbed Rodriguez around last week and are 2-1 versus the 'Hounds.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Salem 6, Blue Rocks 1
SS McConnell 2-3, BB, 2B (14), K, RS, CS (9) -- .253
3B Mertins 1-4, 2B (13), RBI (20) -- .273
DH D. Robinson 0-4 -- .263
RF Dickerson 0-4 -- .292
2B Bianchi 0-3, BB, K -- .204
Godin 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, K, HRA -- L, 2-5, 5.16 ERA
de la Vara 1 1/3 IP, H, K, pickoff -- 3.99 ERA
Swaggerty 1/3 IP, ER, BB -- 3.86 ERA
Barrera 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, K, 2 WP, E (2) -- 3.43 ERA
*** The Rocks offense staggered with only 4 hits as Salem earned at least a split of the 4-game set. Jason Godin gave up a 2-run homer in the 1st to put the Rocks down early. With 2 out in the Wilmington 3rd, Chris McConnell and Kurt Mertins hit back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 2-1. Godin stranded 2 in the 4th and gave up a 2-out RBI single in the 6th before getting pulled for Gilbert de la Vara, who stranded 2 in the inning. Henry Barrera came in with 1 on and 1 out in the 8th and made a throwing error plus gave up an RBI single, RBI triple and run-scoring wild pitch to make it 6-1. The Rocks strung out some hits and walks but couldn't piece together a rally as a 1-2-3 9th ended it and Raymar Diaz got his 1st save for Salem. Starter Corey Bass got the win with 7 IP of an ER on 3 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks to improve to 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA. Avalanche RF Jordan Parraz was 3-4 with his 12th double and a run scored to move to .256 and 2 other Salem batters had 2-hit games.
Wilmington is 24-26 and 8 games out. Game 3 of the set is tonight. Probable starters: newest Blue Rock SP Ed Cegarra makes his Advanced-A debut versus Salem righty Joel Santo (0-1, 3.48).
A - Burlington: off day
*** The Bees are 20-31. A 4-game set at the Quad Cities River Bandits (26-23, A Cardinals) starts tonight. Probable starters have yet to be announced on the team site. The Bees are 2-5 versus the Bandits.
28 May 2008
AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Oklahoma 2