AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 3, Oklahoma 0 (3-hitter, 7/G1)
DH Ka'aihue 2-3, BB, RBI (14), RS -- .357
2B Callaspo 2-4, K, RS -- .250
1B Shealy 1-2, BB, SF, RBI (56) -- .280
3B Spann 1-3, RBI (4) -- .400
CF Gathright 1-4, RS, SB -- .179
C B. Pena 1-2, 2 BB, E (3), PB -- .283
LF Lubanski 0-2, BB, K, SB (5) -- .227
Davies IP, BB, K -- 2.03 ERA, why only an inning?
Musser IP, 2 BB -- 3.93 ERA
Duckworth 5 IP, 3 H, 5 K -- W, 5-11, 3.75 ERA
*** Brandon Duckworth pitched well and Omaha pieced together a 3-0 win in the first of two with the RedHawks Tuesday. Chad Spann singled home a run in the 2nd and Kyle Davies and Neal Musser handled the first couple innings for the Royals. Musser put runners at second and third with no outs in the 2nd but got 3 flyouts to escape trouble. Kila Ka'aihue singled in a run in the 3rd but Omaha left the bases loaded. The Royals loaded the bases with no out in the 5th but got only a Ryan Shealy sac fly out of the opportunity. Duckworth never got in trouble. RedHawks SP Luis Mendoza allowed 3 ER over 4 IP to fall to 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA. Three 'Hawks had a hit each.
O-Royals 2, Oklahoma 1 (7/G2)
C Tupman 2-3, 2B (10), 2 RBI (33) -- .243
SS Dawkins 2-4, 2 K, RS -- .288
CF Gathright 0-4, RS -- .156
1B Ka'aihue 0-4, 3 K -- .338
3B Spann 0-2, HBP, K, E (2) -- .364
RF Bigler 1-3, 2B -- .300
LF Lubanski 0-2, BB, K -- .226, average dwindling
Wright 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K, HRA -- W, 4-9, 5.52 ERA
Lowery 2 IP, 2 H, BB -- SV, 4, 2.06 ERA
*** Omaha jumped ahead early and picked up their first doubleheader sweep of the season. With 2 out and the bases loaded in the 1st, Matt Tupman singled home 2 runs to give the Royals all the runs they would need. Matt Wright stranded 2 in the 3rd but gave up a solo homer in the 4th to cut the lead in half. He ended up stranding 2 in the frame and Devon Lowery stranded 2 in the 7th to lock down his 4th save. Oklahoma SP Elizardo Ramirez took the loss with 5 IP of 2 unearned runs allowed to drop to 10-6 with a 4.07 ERA. SS Casey Benjamin was 2-3 with a walk and RF Ben Harrison cracked his 1st AAA homer of the season.
Omaha is 56-75. A 5-game home set with the Memphis Redbirds (69-61, AAA Cards) starts tonight as 'Birds RH P.J. Walters (8-4, 4.66) battles RH Roman Colon (4-5, 4.45).
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 8, Springfield 4
RF McFall 1-4, 2B (14), 2 RBI (52), 2 K, RS -- .232
DH Thibault 1-3, BB, RBI (8), K, 2 RS, SB (5) -- .190
C Clark 1-2, HBP, RBI (12), RS -- .176
LF Suero 1-2, HBP, RBI (24), picked off -- .256
CF Duarte 0-3, S, OF assist at home -- .253
1B-3B Lucas 0-4, K, RS -- .302
* SS Mario Lisson stole his 28th base.
Cortes 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K -- 4.13 ERA
Crist 1/3 IP, 2 H, BB -- 4.21 ERA
Nicoll 2 1/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 4 K, WP -- W, 3-1, 3.26 ERA
Hamulack 1 1/3 IP, 2 K -- 2.45 ERA
C. Hayes IP, H, K -- 1.62 ERA
*** A 5-run 4th was the key to the Naturals breaking a losing skid at a good time to regain the division lead. Jose Duarte notched an outfield assist at the plate in the 1st to keep Springfield off the board but the Cards got 2 runs on 4 hits off Dan Cortes in the 2nd to grab the early advantage. Mario Lisson singled and stole second in the 2nd and ended up scoring on two Cardinal errors on the play. The Cards got the run back in the 3rd on 3 hits and a bases-loaded walk off Cortes to make it 3-1. In the NWA 4th, another Springfield error put 2 on and, with 2 outs, Kiel Thibault hit an RBI single, Brian McFall cracked a 2-run double and Cody Clark and Ovandy Suero singled home runs to make it 6-3 Nats. Kyle Crist came in to pitch the 5th but loaded the bases with 1 out (gotten at the plate) and Chris Nicoll was brought in. He escaped the jam but did allow a run in the 6th to cut it to 6-4. Tim Hamulack was brought in with 2 out and 2 on in the 7th and killed a Springfield rally and the Naturals got 2 big runs in the 8th on a 2-run Springfield error. Chris Hayes finished the game for NWA. Springfield starter Brad Furnish took the loss with 5 innings of 6 unearned runs allowed to fall to 1-1 but actually lower his ERA to 0.90. RF Mark Shorey was 4-5 with a double and RS. Three other Cards had 2 hits.
NWA is 33-24 and a game up on first. Game 2 is tonight as Blake Wood (4-7, 5.89) takes on Springfield's Adam Ottavino (2-7, 5.34).
A-Adv. -- Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 2, Blue Rocks 1
3B J. Johnson 1-4, 2B (13) -- .263
1B Seratelli 1-4, 3B (7), K, RS -- .232
C Morizio 0-1, BB, SF, RBI (25) -- .177
LF Ortiz 1-2, HBP, 2B (3), K -- .304
DH D. Robinson 0-3, BB, K -- .246
SS McConnell 0-3, BB, K -- .256
CF Orlando 0-4, 2 K -- .266
RF Strait 0-4, K -- .297
2B Mertins 1-4, K -- .284
Santiago 5 2/3 IP, H, 4 BB, 3 K -- 3.50 ERA, great start, other than BB
Chavez 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K -- 3.20 ERA
Chambliss 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, H, BB, HRA -- BS, 5, L, 2-3, 4.08 ERA
*** The Rocks held a tenuous 1-run lead on a 3-hit shutout going into the 9th but Tyler Chambliss' struggles returned as the Pelicans got a comeback rally. Mario Santiago stranded 2 in the 3rd and Anthony Seratelli led off the Rocks 3rd with his 7th triple before a Matt Morizio sac fly gave the Rocks the lead. Wilmington stranded 2 in the frame and Santiago left the bases loaded in the 4th. Chris Chavez stranded 2 in the 6th and the Rocks stranded the bases full in the 8th but held the 1-0 lead into the 9th. Chambliss walked the leadoff batter in the 9th and then SS Brandon Hicks clubbed a 2-run homer to turn the game around on one swing of the bat. Josh Johnson hit a 2-out double in the bottom of the 9th but Seratelli struck out looking as RP Jaye Chapman went 2 scoreless innings for the win to move to 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA. Starter Kyle Cofield worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed an ER to move his ERA to 3.44. Hicks was 2-3 with his 18th homer and 2 RBI. Only 2 other Pelicans had a hit.
Wilmington is 27-31 and 5 games back of first. The series ends tonight as right-hander Matt Kniginyzky (8-7, 3.53) takes on Myrtle Beach southpaw Scott Diamond (11-1, 2.72). The Pelicans lead the minors with 84 total wins this season.
A - Burlington: Bees 5, Quad Cities 1
CF Lough 4-4, BB, 3B (11), HR (14), RBI (54), 2 RS -- .268
1B Taylor 2-5, K, picked off -- .239
SS J. Rivera 2-4, BB, SB (13) -- .243
3B Moustakas 1-4, BB, RBI (66) -- .268
RF Francis 1-4, BB, RBI (9), K, RS -- .229
LF Walton 1-4, BB, RBI (48), 2 K -- .266
2B Giavotella 1-5, K, RS -- .302
DH C. Robinson 1-5, 2B (20), 2 K -- .255
* The Bees stranded 13.
Cota 5 IP, UER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, WP, E (2) -- W, 2-2, 3.77 ERA, looking like Cota of old
Fisher 4 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA, if he K'd more would look like Fisher of old
*** Luis Cota and Brent Fisher stymied the River Bandits and Burlington came home with a 4-game sweep and solid hold on first place. David Lough got it started right with a leadoff homer in the 1st for his 14th of the season but a Cota error helped lead to the tying run in the 2nd. A Johnny Giavotella double play ball in the 3rd scored a run to make it 2-1 Bees and Mike Moustakas and Nick Francis singled in runs in the 5th to make it 4-1. Brent Fisher retired 11 of the last 12 and Jamar Walton hit an RBI single in the 7th to polish off the 5-1 win. QC SP Jonathan Stambaugh took the loss with 3 IP of 2 ER allowed to fall to 2-3 with a 5.93 ERA. The Bandits used 6 pitchers in the loss. 1B Francisco Rivera was 2-4 in the loss.
The Bees are 36-21 and 4.5 games up on first. They have a day off today before starting their final homestand.
Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 5, Billings 3
SS Alfaro 3-4, 2B (17), 2 RBI (42), 2 RS, CS, E (14) -- .276
3B Jimenez 2-4, 3B (3), 2 RBI (25), K, RS -- .295
CF Norris 2-4, K, 2 RS, SB (26) -- .254
LF Griffin 1-3, BB, RBI (21), K -- .244
1B Espinosa 1-3, BB, picked off -- .199
*RF Neder Severino had an OF assist at third.
Toribio 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K -- W, 2-4, 5.18 ERA
Miller IP, ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K, HRA, 2 WP -- 7.36 ERA
Saito 2 IP, BB, K -- 5.79 ERA
Thompson IP, 2 BB, 3 K -- SV, 3, 4.21 ERA
*** The Chukars bested the Mustangs again thanks to a 3-run rally. Billings started the scoring with a run on 3 hits off Aneidy Toribio in the 2nd but IF answered with 3 in the 3rd on a J.D. Alfaro RBI single, an Antonio Jimenez RBI triple and Shawn Griffin RBI single. The Mustangs trimmed it to 1 off Toribio in the 5th but Neder Severino threw out a runner at third via cutoff man 2B Alwin Perez to end the rally. Alfaro hit an RBI double in the 5th to stretch the lead back to 2. Steve Miller gave up a leadoff homer in the Billings 6th but left 2 in scoring position and IF got the run back in the 7th on a Jimenez RBI single. James Thompson left the bases full in the 9th as he notched his 3rd save for the Chukars. Billings SP Andrew Bowman took the loss with 4 ER allowed over 5 IP to fall to 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA. DH Cody Puckett and LF Tyler Stovall had 2 hits for the Mustangs and Puckett hit his 4th homer.
IF is 11-11 and 6 games out. The series ends tonight as Bryan Casey (2-3, 2.56) takes on Billings' Jamie Arneson (5-2, 4.30). There are about to be 2 new Chukars -- 1B Eric Hosmer will report to IF for his first professional duty Saturday and C Salvador Perez is joining sooner. C Sean McCauley has suffered a minor leg injury, which opened the door for Perez.
Rookie - Burlington: B-Royals 10, Kingsport 7
C Vittek 2-3, BB, SF, RBI (26), K, RS, E (5) -- .292
CF Aparicio 2-5, RBI (25), K, 2 RS, SB (6) -- .245
2B A. Franco 2-5, RBI (23), 2 K, RS, 2 E (10) -- .265
LF D. Wood 1-4, BB, 3B, 2 RBI (18), K, 2 RS, OF assist at third -- .290
RF Caldwell 1-4, HR (4), 3 RBI (19), K, RS -- .196
3B Morales 1-4, BB, 2B (4) -- .189
DH F. Cruz 1-5, RS -- .237
Runion 4 2/3 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, HRA, 2 WP -- 3.32 ERA
J. Rodriguez 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB, 6 K -- W, 2-2, 3.26 ERA
Bowden IP, 2 K -- SV, 7, 1.05 ERA
*** A big 4-run rally in the 9th helped Burlington score 10 runs on the Mets for a second day in a row and get another win. The Royals left the bases loaded in the 1st and Sam Runion made it an even rougher 1st by giving up a homer in the bottom of the inning. Kingsport added 3 runs in the 4th on a hit, 2 walks, an Angel Franco error and wild pitch. Franco got the Royals on the board in the 5th with an RBI single but Runion was chased with an RBI double in the Mets 5th. Fernando Cruz cut into the lead with an RBI single in the 6th and, later in the inning, Allen Caldwell clubbed a 3-run homer for his 4th as a pro to tie the game. Julio Aparicio singled and later scored on a wild pitch in the 7th to give the Royals a lead but Jacob Rodriguez was touched up for 2 runs in the Mets 7th on 3 hits to make it 7-6 Mets. Michael Powers came on in the 9th to try and close it out for the Mets but the first 2 batters reached and Aparicio hit an RBI single to tie the game. David Wood followed with a 2-run triple and scored on a Josh Vittek sac fly and it was 10-7 Royals. Barry Bowden pitched a perfect 9th for his 7th save. Powers took his 2nd blown save and the loss with an IP of 4 ER allowed to fall to 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA. Starter Brandon Moore pitched 4 scoreless frames to keep a perfect ERA. SS Wilmer Flores was 3-4 with a double, 2 RBI and a run scored and 2B Kyle Suire was 2-5 with a double, his 7th HR and 2 RBI along with 2 RS and his 8th error.
Burlington is 22-37, and is 21-24 after a 1-13 start. The series is wrapping tonight as Mike Lehmann got the start.
Rookie - AZL: Angels 4, Royals 3
SS Espinal 2-4, RBI (16), SB (12), E (15) -- .235
2B Jose 1-3, 2 RBI (16), K, CS (4) -- .264
CF H. Richardson 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .250, playing few games in AZL while attending an Arizona juco
LF Llanos 1-4, K, CS (4), OF assist at second -- .191
C Matos 1-4, K, RS, PB (5) -- .269
3B Kuebler 0-2, BB, 2 K, SB (4) -- .195
* RF Luis Del Rosario had an OF assist at third.
Fortuna 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 5.30 ERA
Garrido 3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, BB, K, WP -- L, 0-1, 6.32 ERA
B. Richardson IP, 2 H, K -- 1.02 ERA
*** Santiago Garrido had trouble with the Angels and the Royals couldn't recover. The Royals started the game with 3 singles as Yowill Espinal's base hit scored the first run of the game. Espinal was thrown out at the plate to end the 3rd but Lifete Jose hit a 2-out, 2-run single in the 4th to make it 3-0 Royals. Garrido came in for the 5th and got touched up for 3 runs on 4 hits to tie the game. An Espinal error, wild pitch and sac fly helped the Angels take the lead without a hit in the 6th and the last 13 Royals went down in order to end it. RP Joshua Blanco pitched a scoreless inning for the win to move to 3-2 with a 3.43 ERA and RP Ryan Brasier picked up his 1st save. Every Angel batter had 1 hit and DH Justin Bass drove in 2 runs.
The Royals are 7-13. They have today off.
20 August 2008
AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 3, Oklahoma 0 (3-hitter, 7/G1)