16 July 2008

Royals on the Farm 7/15

AAA - Omaha: all-star break

*** The PCL-IL All-Star Game is tonight in Louisville and will air on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. CT. UT Jason Smith is Omaha's lone rep and was ousted in the semis of the home run derby.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 7, Arkansas 4

1B Kaaihue 2-3, BB, 2 RBI (65), RS -- .308
2B Maddox 2-3, HBP, 2 2B (19), 2 RBI (22), 2 RS, SB (15) -- .289
LF Lucas 2-4, 2B (7), K, RS, SB (8) -- .297
CF Duarte 1-5, K, RS -- .260, 10-game hit streak
3B Richardson 1-4, RBI (49), K -- .299
C Clark 1-4, 2B (3), RBI (9), RS -- .177

Bale IP, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA, first rehab outing A-OK
Hardy 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, HRA -- W, 4-8, 5.63 ERA, not exactly kind to his ERA or WHIP
Atencio 2 2/3 IP, 4 K -- SV, 2, 4.03 ERA, back in AA after getting taste of Omaha

*** The Naturals answered a 4-run Travs rally with a 4-run rally of their own and won their 4th straight game. John Bale worked a perfect 1st and Rowdy Hardy took over in the 2nd. The teams had combined for 1 hit through 3 but exploded in the 4th as the Travelers scored 4 runs on a 3-run homer and RBI base hit off Hardy. Jose Duarte led off the NWA 4th with the team's first hit and it must have woken the Nats up as Marc Maddox doubled him home, Kila Kaaihue and Juan Richardson had RBI singles and an Irving Falu double play ball scored Kaaihue to tie the game at 4. The good offense continued for NW Arkansas in the 5th as Ed Lucas and Cody Clark started the inning with back-to-back doubles for a run and Maddox hit another RBI double to make it 6-4 NWA. Hardy left the bases loaded in the 6th and Kaaihue singled home an insurance run in the 7th to make it 7-4. Greg Atencio retired all 8 batters he faced for his 2nd save. Travs SP Anthony Ortega allowed 6 ER over 6 IP to fall to 8-7. RF Chris Pettit was 3-4 with 2 doubles, a K and RS and DH Brian Stavisky was 2-4 with his 8th homer and 3 RBI with 2 K and a RS.

NWA is 14-10 and still tied for first. Game 3 is tied in the 9th as Julio Pimentel came back from his Futures Game shutout IP and had a nice start.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Lynchburg 6, Blue Rocks 5

CF D. Robinson 3-4, BB, RS, SB (43), CS (10) -- .246
2B Mertins 2-4, 2B (21), 2 RBI (34), K, RS, SB (19) -- .308
DH Correll 1-2, 3 BB, 2B (5), RBI (4), RS -- .308
C Morizio 1-4, RBI (15), SB (7) -- .179
3B J. Johnson 0-4, S -- .266
RF Strait 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .310
SS Bianchi 0-4, K -- .233
* LF Jarrod Dyson stole his 30th base of the season.

Teaford 6 2/3 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K, HRA, pickoff, 2 WP -- L, 5-3, 3.28 ERA
Hartsock IP, ER, 2 H, BB -- 4.08 ERA
Chambliss 1 1/3 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 3.10 ERA

*** Five early Lynchburg runs did in the Blue Rocks in the series finale. Brad Correll doubled home Derrick Robinson in the 1st but Lynchburg answered with 3 runs in the 2nd on 2 walks, 2 hits and 2 wild pitches by Everett Teaford. Teaford gave up a 2-run homer in the 3rd to make it 5-1 Hillcats. Wilmington pulled closer with 2 runs in the 4th on a 2-run Kurt Mertins double. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 5th but pulled closer in the 7th as a Robinson single paired with an error on the play scored a run to cut it to 5-4. Tyler Chambliss gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced with 2 out in the 8th but Matt Morizio hit a 2-out RBI single in the 8th to cut the lead back to 1 run. The Rocks stranded 2, tho, and couldn't rally in the 9th as RP Dustin Molleken got his 1st save for the Hillcats. Starter Jared Hughes got the win with 6 1/3 IP of 4 runs (3 ER) to improve to 3-7. Three 'Cats had 2-hit games and C Chris Jones and DH Kent Sakamoto had 2 RBI each. Sakamoto hit his 5th homer.

Wilmington is 11-14 and 3 games out. The Rocks had today off.

A - Burlington: off day

*** A 3-game set at the Quad Cities River Bandits (13-12, A Cardinals) started today with nary a Mike Moustakas to be seen in the lineup for game #7 in a row. Alex Caldera got the start for the Bees. Burlington is 4-6 versus the Bandits. A poster on RoyalBoard cited a news story that said Moustakas has an oblique strain and the organization is saying he won't return to the lineup until he's 100 percent.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: off day

*** IF is 10-17 and in last place in the Pioneer League South. The Chukars play host to 3 with the Helena Brewers (14-13) starting tonight. Ivor Hodgson (1-3, 3.68) takes on Helena's Dan Meadows (0-0, 3.00). IF is 3-1 versus the Brew.

Rookie - Burlington: Princeton 7, B-Royals 4

DH D. Cruz 2-4, RBI (6) -- .196
LF Aparicio 2-4, HBP, RBI (14), RS, picked off, OF assist at second -- .217
RF Caldwell 2-5, 2B (5), RBI (7), RS, OF assist at third -- .205, heating up lately
3B Morales 0-4, RBI (6), 2 E (5) -- .213
CF H. Richardson 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RS -- .278
* 2B Angel Franco stole 2 bases (5).

Halliman 3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, K -- L, 0-1, 10.03 ERA, first pro start
Herrera 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K -- 1.50 ERA
Marimon 2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HRA, balk -- 11.25 ERA, pick it up, Sugar Ray
Mieles IP, BB, K -- 4.66 ERA

*** Big righty Pernell Halliman gave up 4 runs and the Royals didn't recover. Four hits and a sac fly scored 2 Rays runs in the 1st but the Royals evened the score in their half of the inning on an RBI forceout by Jason Morales and Diego Cruz RBI single. The Rays moved back ahead in the 3rd with 2 more runs on a walk, hit and Morales error to make it 4-2. The Royals left the bases loaded in the 4th and Sugar Ray Marimon gave up a 2-run homer in the 7th to make it 6-2. Allen Caldwell hit an RBI double in the 7th and Julio Aparicio singled home a run to cut the lead to 6-4 but the Rays got a run back in the 8th off Marimon. Jamie Bagley stranded 1 in the 9th for his 4th save for the Rays. RP Shawn Smith got the win with 2 1/3 scoreless IP to move to 1-0 as starter Alex Colome allowed 2 ER over 3 2/3 IP. LF D.J. Jones was 3-4 with a triple, K and RS and four other Rays had 2-hit games. Tim Beckham was 0-4 with a walk, K and RS to drop to .176 but his older brother Jeremy Beckham was 2-3 with 2 walks, a double, a run scored and his 3rd steal for the Rays to move to .300.

Burlington is 6-21. The series ends tonight with no announced starters on the team site as of yet.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 7, Padres 6

CF Llanos 2-5, 2B (3), 4 RBI (9), 2 K, RS, SB (3) -- .188, best game yet as a pro
2B Jose 2-4, RBI (4), RS, SB -- .226
3B Kuebler 2-4, RBI (4), RS, 2 E (6) -- .192
C Matos 2-4, 2 RS -- .200
DH J. Bonilla 1-5, RBI (11), K -- .351
RF Del Rosario 1-3, 2 BB, SB (4) -- .317
SS D. Batista 0-4, RS -- .345

Montgomery 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, pickoff -- 1.35 ERA, scoreless streak nipped in the bud
A. Martinez 2/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 2 H, BB, K -- 10.80 ERA
L. Perez 3 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, WP -- 1.29 ERA
Ruhlman 1 1/3 IP, H, K -- W, 2-1, 4.32 ERA

*** A bases-loaded double by Alex Llanos keyed a 4-run Royals 9th as the Royals got a comeback victory. Two hits and a walk put an abrupt end to the scoreless part to Mike Montgomery's career in the 1st as the Pads jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Royals scored in the 3rd on a Llanos RBI single and tied it in the 4th on a Lifete Jose RBI single. Angel Martinez gave up a 2-out rally for 3 runs in the 5th on a walk, 2 hits and 2 Jake Kuebler errors. Leondy Perez stranded 2 in the 6th but allowed a run on 2 hits in the 7th to make it 6-2. Kuebler hit a 2-out RBI single in the 7th to cut it to 6-3 and that was the score going into the bottom of the 9th. Colin Lynch came in to finish it for the Friars and got the first 2 outs before Mauricio Matos, Kuebler and pinch-hitter Alexis Marte singled to load the bases. Llanos came up and stroked a 3-run double to left to tie it, stole third and scored on a Jose Bonilla walkoff single to cap the remarkable rally. Lynch blew his 2nd save and took the loss with 4 ER over 2/3 IP to fall to 0-1. Starter Stiven Osuna went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs (1 ER). Four Pads had 2-hit games and CF Jaff Decker also drove in 2 runs and stole 2 bases.

The Royals are 11-9 and 3.5 games out. They had today off. Eight games remain in the AZL first half.

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