09 July 2008

Royals on the Farm 7/8

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Nashville 1 (7/G1)

C B. Pena 2-3, 2B (7), 2 RBI (11), K, CS -- .324
DH Buchanan 1-3, 2B (7), 3 RBI (27), K -- .287
CF Maier 2-3, K, 2 RS, SB (10) -- .310
RF Costa 1-2, BB, 2 RS, SB (11) -- .301
1B Shealy 0-2, BB, K, RS -- .281
SS Sanchez 0-3, 2 K -- .216
LF Lubanski 0-2, 2 K -- .243

Rosa 6 2/3 IP, ER, 8 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- W, 4-2, 4.32 ERA, like to see more Ks but he's still effective
Lowery 1/3 IP, K -- 1.82 ERA

*** A 3-run 1st was all Carlos Rosa needed in terms of run support as Omaha took the first of two with the Sounds Tuesday. With 2 out and the bases loaded in the 1st, Brian Buchanan cleared the bases with a clutch double (even tho it was the 1st, clutch is clutch) to make it 3-0 Omaha. The Sounds had no extra base hits in the game and Rosa shut them out until they scratched out a run in the 5th to cut it to 3-1. Brayan Pena got the run back plus interest with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 5th and Rosa and Devon Lowery closed it out. Starter Steve Hammond took the loss for Nashville with 3 ER over 3 IP to fall to 0-3. LF Hernan Iribarren and RF Brendan Katin had 2-hit games for Nashville.

Nashville 3, O-Royals 1 (1-hitter, 7/G2)

CF Maier 1-3, HR (7), RBI (33), K, RS, E (3) -- .310, only thing between Royals and no-no
RF Costa 0-3, K -- .298
SS Sanchez 0-2, K -- .205
1B Stodolka 0-1, BB -- .230

Lumsden 4 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, BB, K -- L, 3-9, 6.97 ERA
Yabuta 3 IP, 2 H, 2 K -- 3.65 ERA, nice outing, 48 pitches

*** A 1st inning homer by Mitch Maier and 3rd inning walk by Mike Stodolka were the only 2 things separating Sounds starter Lindsay Gulin from a 7-inning perfect game as Nashville got a 3-run 1st to win the nightcap. Starter Tyler Lumsden gave up 3 early runs on 3 hits, a walk and Maier error in center but Maier tried to atone with his 7th homer for a solo shot in the bottom of the 1st. Gulin retired the last 14 after Stodolka's walk to win his 5th game of the season with an ER over 7 IP. CF Tony Gwynn Jr. and 3B Adam Heether had 2-hit games for the Sounds and Heether had 2 RBI (31).

Omaha is 43-48. The series is continuing with a matinee today as Brandon Duckworth started for Omaha. The O-Royals lead the league with 111 double plays turned.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 16, Corpus Christi 10

DH Kaaihue 4-5, 2 HR (one was grand slam, 22), 6 RBI (58), 4 RS -- .305
3B Lucas 3-4, BB, HR, 5 RBI (14), RS -- .294
1B Richardson 3-4, HBP, 2 RBI (39), 3 RS -- .292
SS Falu 2-5, BB, RBI (20), K, 2 RS -- .258
2B Maddox 2-4, 2 BB, 2B (15), K, 3 RS, SB (13) -- .285
CF Duarte 1-5, BB, K, RS -- .253
LF Aldridge 1-3, 2 BB, K, RS, CS -- .235

Pimentel 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, WP -- W, 4-9, 5.85 ERA
de la Vara 2/3 IP, 2 ER, H, BB, K -- 9.00 ERA
Crist 1/3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, HRA -- 3.69 ERA
Atencio 0 IP, 2 R (1 ER), H, 2 BB, 2 WP -- 4.29 ERA
C. Hayes 2 IP, UER, 2 H, E -- 1.79 ERA

*** The Naturals answered a 4-run Hooks 1st with 5 runs of their own and moved on to roll past Corpus Christi to sweep the 3-game set. Julio Pimentel had another shaky outing, especially in the 1st as the Hooks got their 4 runs on 5 hits, including 3 doubles. Irving Falu hit a 1-out RBI single in the Nats 1st and Kila Kaaihue started a big night personally with a 2-run homer for his 21st of the season. Later in the inning, Ed Lucas smoked a 2-run homer for his 1st of the season to make it 5-4 Naturals. Lucas singled in another run in the 3rd and NWA scored 4 in the 4th on a 2-run Juan Richardson single, another Lucas RBI single and a wild pitch that scored Richardson to make it 10-4. Pimentel settled down to sit down 12 of the last 13 Hooks he faced and the Naturals added another 4 runs in the 5th on a 1-out grand slam by Kaaihue for his 22nd homer of the season and 2nd of the game. Things got chippy that inning as Richardson was hit by a pitch and Hooks P Sam Gervacio and manager Luis Pujols were ejected. Gilbert de la Vara and Kyle Crist allowed 3 runs in the 7th but the Nats polished off their night with 2 in the bottom of the inning on a 2-run Hooks error. Greg Atencio and Chris Hayes gave up 2 runs in the 8th and Hayes allowed another run in the 9th but the Naturals won what turned out to be a football game score, 16-10. Hooks SP Chance Douglass allowed 6 ER over 3 IP to fall to 4-7. RF Jarred Ball was 3-4 with a walk, double, 3 RBI and 2 RS with his 5th SB and 2 other Hooks had 3-hit games. Another had a 2-hit game.

The Naturals are 9-9 and 2.5 games back. NW Arkansas has today off to hit the road.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: off day

*** The Blue Rocks start a 3-game home set with the Potomac Nationals (11-7) tonight. They are 3-7 versus the P-Nats. Probable starters: Rocks right-hander Matt Kniginyzky (4-7, 3.90) vs. Nats hot prospect and Missouri State product southpaw Ross Detwiler (5-5, 5.87).

A - Burlington: off day

*** A 3-game set at the Great Lakes Loons (7-12, A Dodgers) starts tonight. No announced starters on the team site, although a story on the site indicates Danny Duffy will start for the Bees. The Bees are 2-1 versus the Loons.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 4, Helena 3

3B Jimenez 2-4, 2B (2), K, RS, 2 SB (5) -- .280
DH Testa 1-4, HR, RBI (3), 2 K, RS -- .294, first pro longball, I think
SS Alfaro 1-5, RBI (17), 2 K -- .327
RF Severino 0-2, BB, SF, RBI (3), K -- .138
CF Norris 1-4, BB, 2 K, 2 RS, 2 SB (9) -- .246
LF Griffin 0-4 -- .216
C McCauley 1-4 -- .206
1B Espinosa 0-3, BB, 2 K -- .153

Casey 5 IP, ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K, HRA -- 2.28 ERA, good start for nought
Carver IP, ER, 2 H, K, HRA -- BS, 1, W, 1-0, 10.50 ERA, vultured win
Foster 1 2/3 IP, ER, 3 H, BB -- 3.72 ERA
Thompson 1 1/3 IP, 3 K -- SV, 1, 0.90 ERA

*** The bullpen blew a 1-run lead in the 6th but the offense responded to win the opener versus Helena. Patrick Norris scored on an error in the 1st but Bryan Casey gave up a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Neder Severino put IF back up in the 2nd with a sac fly and Casey didn't allow another hit until the 5th. The Chukars stranded 2 in the 6th and Jesse Carver gave up a homer to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. J.D. Alfaro put the Chukars back ahead with an RBI single in the 7th and Carlo Testa went yard in the 8th for his 1st of the season to make it 4-2 IF. John Foster allowed a run in the 8th but James Thompson came in and stranded 2 and struck out the side in the 9th for his 1st pro save. Helena RP Garrett Sherrill took the loss with 2 IP of 2 ER to drop to 0-4 as starter Efrain Nieves allowed 2 runs (1 ER) over 6 IP. 2B David Fonseca was 3-4 with 2 HR (3) and 2 RBI (6) with 3 RS. CF Erik Komatsu also had 2 hits for the Brew Crew.

IF is 7-14 and 8 games back. The series continues tonight as the Chukars send Luis Cota (1-1, 4.41) versus Helena's Santo Manzanillo (0-0, 6.59).

Rookie - Burlington: Greeneville 2, B-Royals 1

3B F. Cruz 2-3, 2B (3), RBI (4), SB, E (6) -- .196
SS Molina 2-3, K, SB -- .235
CF H. Richardson 1-3, S, E -- .278
1B D. Wood 1-3, BB, CS (2) -- .222
RF Caldwell 0-4 -- .159
C Moctezuma 1-3, K -- .243

Lehmann 6 IP, 2 UER, 5 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- L, 1-2, 4.82 ERA
Flanagan 2 IP, H, 2 BB, K, pickoff -- 0.77 ERA

*** The Royals outhit the Astros, 8-6, but also had 2 costly errors that resulted in the loss. The game was scoreless into the 6th as Mike Lehmann tapdanced through trouble in the 5th. In the 6th, the Royals got an error from CF Hilton Richardson that led to a run and a sac fly to make it 2-0 Astros. Fernando Cruz did his best to get the Royals back in the game in the 7th as he roped a 2-out RBI double but Miguel Moctezuma was thrown out trying to tie the game at the plate. The Royals left the tying run at third in the 8th and didn't threaten in the 9th. Astros starter Kyle Greenwalt allowed 4 hits with 3 Ks over 6 IP to improve to 3-1 and Colton Pitkin notched his 1st save. RF Frank Almonte was 2-3 for the 'Stros.

The Royals are 4-16. The series continues tonight. No announced starters on the team site.

Rookie - AZL: Royals 8, Giants 5

1B Henriquez 3-3, HBP, 2B (3), 3B, 2 RBI (4), 3 RS -- .167
C J. Bonilla 2-5, 3B (2), 2 RBI (8), 3 RS -- .357
3B Kuebler 2-3, BB, 2B (2), RBI (2), picked off -- .189
RF Del Rosario 0-4, BB -- .364
DH D. Batista 2-4, BB, 2B (3), K, 2 RS -- .351
CF Llanos 0-3, S, K -- .174

D. De La Cruz 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K -- W, 2-0, 0.95 ERA
J. Smith 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- 4.15 ERA
Hentges IP, nothing -- 3.00 ERA
Feickert 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 2 BB -- 14.54 ERA
B. Richardson 2/3 IP, H, K -- SV, 2, 1.23 ERA

*** The Royals had a 4-hit shutout going into the 9th before the Giants made a furious rally that came up short. Edwin Henriquez tripled home a run in the 2nd to get the Royals started then scored on a Jake Kuebler single to make it 2-0 Royals. Jose Bonilla singled home a run in the 4th and scored on a passed ball and it was 4-0 Royals. Bonilla hit an RBI triple in the 5th and Henriquez followed with an RBI double before scoring on a Giant error to make it 7-0. Deybi De La Cruz stranded 2 in the 2nd but retired the last 10 Giants he faced. RP Jace Smith stranded 2 in the 6th and Henriquez scored on an error in the 8th to make it 8-0. Casey Feickert came in to pitch the 9th for the Royals and his outing went single, single, walk, RBI forceout, walk, 3-run triple, RBI single before Brett Richardson came in and left 2 in scoring position for his 2nd save. Giants starter Meroly Nova took the loss with 4 2/3 IP of 7 runs (4 ER) to fall to 0-2. LF Ben Woodbury was 3-5 with a double in the loss and 2B Josh Lopez had the big 3-run triple in the 9th.

The Royals are 8-6 and 2 games back. They were set to play the 5-9 Mariners today.

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