AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 8, New Orleans 2
LF Lubanski 3-3, BB, 2B (20), RBI (52), RS -- .237
SS Dawkins 3-5, 2B (15), HR (9), 2 RBI (28), K, 2 RS -- .276
DH Shealy 2-5, HR (20), 2 RBI (59), 2 RS -- .284
RF Hollins 1-4, 2B (14), 2 RBI (54), 2 K -- .218
CF Bigler 1-4, 2B (3), RBI (3), K, RS -- .300
1B Ka'aihue 1-3, 2 BB, 2B (2), RS -- .341, nice to see him back in lineup
C B. Pena 1-4, BB, 2 K -- .291
3B Spann 1-3, BB, RS -- .295
* Omaha turned a remarkable 6 double plays -- 1 short of the PCL single game record. Kila Ka'aihue was involved in all 6, including turning 2 on his own.
Colon 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 6 K, HRA -- W, 5-5, 4.64 ERA
Atencio 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB -- SV, 1, 2.05 ERA
*** Omaha churned out 7 early runs and capitalized on 6 double plays to cruise past the Zephyrs in the series opener. Gookie Dawkins greeted N'awlins SP Ruddy Lugo with a homer to leadoff the 1st for his 9th for Omaha this season. The Royals loaded the bases with 1 out and Damon Hollins laced a 2-run double to right before a Brett Bigler groundout scored a run to make it 4-0 Omaha. Roman Colon served up a solo homer in the 2nd but Omaha answered with 3 runs in the 2nd on a Dawkins RBI double and 2-run homer by Ryan Shealy for his 20th of the season. Omaha turned a double play in 6 of 7 innings starting in the 3rd. The Zephyrs plated a run in the 4th but a double play with the bases full ended the rally. Chris Lubanski singled home the last run of the game in the 5th and Roman Colon and Greg Atencio took care of the rest. Lugo took the loss with 7 ER allowed over 1 1/3 IP to fall to 7-12 with a 5.36 ERA. 1B Val Pascucci and RF Chris Aguila had 2 hits for the Zephyrs as Aguila hit his 27th HR.
Omaha is 60-77. Game 2 is tonight. Probable starters: Zephyrs RH Bobby Parnell (1-2, 7.43) vs. LH Neal Musser (2-5, 4.53). The rookie league callups continue as Omaha will add RP Brett Richardson from rookie AZL today. Didn't figure Richardson would be the first '08 draftee to hit Omaha, but whatever.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 14, Tulsa 1
DH Aldridge 3-5, 2B (6), 2 HR (7), 7 RBI (29) (!), 3 RS -- .248
SS Lisson 3-4, BB, HR (13), 4 RBI (61), 2 RS -- .221
2B Maddox 4-6, 2 2B (29), 4 RS -- .285
CF Duarte 2-5, BB, 3B, 2 RBI (45), 2 RS -- .255, log his stats every day and still surprised me that was his first 3B
3B Lucas 2-5, RS, SB (12) -- .304
C Thibault 0-4, SF, RBI (9), K -- .165
1B Richardson 1-4, BB, 2B (35), K, RS -- .290
B. Wood 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, WP, E -- W, 5-7, 5.49 ERA, good Dr. Jekyll back for a start
Mildren 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 K -- 6.69 ERA
de la Vara IP, H -- 2.25 ERA
*** Cory Aldridge became the third Royal farmhand in recent days to drive in 7 runs in a game and the Naturals cruised to the sweep of the Drillers. Mario Lisson started things off for the Naturals with a 3-run blast in the 1st for his 13th of the season. Blake Wood stranded the bases loaded in the 1st but settled down after stranding 2 in the 2nd to retire 14 of the last 15 he faced. Aldridge doubled home a run in the 3rd and scored on a Lisson single to make it 5-0 NWA. Aldridge came back up in the 4th and clubbed his 6th homer for the Naturals for a 3-run shot to make it 8-0. The Nats poured on 3 more runs in the 5th on a Kiel Thibault sac fly and Jose Duarte 2-run triple. Aldridge finished off his great game in the 7th with a 3-run homer for his 7th for NW Arkansas and 2nd of the game to make it 14-0. Paul Mildren allowed a run in the 8th but Gilbert de la Vara pitched the 9th to lock in the W. Tulsa SP Alan Johnson allowed 11 runs (8 ER) over 4 2/3 IP to fall to 4-14 with a 5.27 ERA. 2B Corey Wimberly and 3B Gary Cates had 2 hits each for Tulsa and both made an error in the loss.
NWA is 37-26 and remains tied with Springfield for first with 7 games left in the season. A 4-game set at the Arkansas Travelers (24-39, AA Angels) starts tonight. The season series is tied at 14. Nats pitching coach Larry Carter was named the Texas League Coach of the Year today. It was his second time winning the award.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: rainout
*** The Rocks and Myrtle Beach will play a twinbill tonight. Game 1 starters: Wilmington’s Matt Kniginyzky (9-7, 3.56) vs. Pelicans southpaw Scott Diamond (11-2, 3.00). Game 2 starters: Rocks southpaw Ray Liotta (1-0, 3.00) vs. MB lefty Cole Rohrbough (1-1, 4.82).
A - Burlington: Quad Cities 11, Bees 4
3B Martin 2-3, BB, HR (8), 3 RBI (26), K, RS, 2 E (10) -- .318
CF-RF Francis 2-3, BB, 2 3B (3), K, 3 RS -- .264
DH Moustakas 2-5 -- .270
RF-C Evangelho 2-4, RBI (12) -- .213
2B Giavotella 0-4, BB, K -- .294
LF Taylor 1-4, HBP -- .235
1B C. Robinson 1-3, E (5) -- .262
* The Bees stranded 10.
Cota 3 IP, 10 R (9 ER), 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HRA -- L, 2-3, 5.97 ERA, yowch
Raglione 4 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- 6.82 ERA
Bradley 1 2/3 IP, H, 2 K, WP -- 1.38 ERA
Sisk 1/3 IP, BB -- 1.56 ERA
*** The first 4 innings were rough ones for Burlington and Luis Cota as the Bandits routed the Bees in the opener of 4. Three hits and a walk brought in 3 Bandits in the 1st off Cota and a hit batsman, Clint Robinson error and single in the 2nd made it 4-0 QC. Cota gave up a 2-run homer in the 3rd and was pulled after walking in a run in the 4th. Paul Raglione came in with the bases loaded and none out and 2 hits and a Kyle Martin error helped make it 11-0 Bandits when the dust settled on the inning. Martin atoned somewhat with a 2-run homer in the 4th for his 8th of the season and Nick Francis tripled and scored on a Martin single in the 6th to cut it to 11-3. The Bees stranded 2 in the 7th but Francis tripled again in the 8th and scored on a Zach Evangelho single to mark the final run of the game. QC SP Chuckie Fick got the win with 7 IP of 3 ER allowed to improve to 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA. DH Curt Smith was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI along with 2 RS. Three other Bandits had 2 hits and RF Jon Edwards also drove in 3 runs.
Burlington is 39-23 and 3.5 games up on first. Game 2 is tonight as Alex Caldera (11-6, 3.04) takes on Bandits SP Ryan Kulik (5-4, 5.04).
Rookie - Idaho Falls: Ogden 7, Chukars 4
DH Hosmer 1-3, BB, HBP, 2B, RBI, RS -- .333, solid debut
3B Jimenez 2-5, 2 2B (11), 2 K, RS, picked off, E (16) -- .298
SS Alfaro 1-5, RBI (52), 3 K -- .284
1B Espinosa 1-3, SF, RBI (15) -- .203
RF Severino 1-4, HR (2), RBI (11), RS -- .198
CF Norris 1-5, K -- .257
LF Griffin 1-5, 2 K -- .240
C S. Perez 1-3, BB, RS, picked off runner -- .273
* IF stranded 10.
Toribio 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K -- 5.13 ERA
Novakowski 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 HRA -- L, 0-4, 5.81 ERA
Saito 2 2/3 IP, UER, H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP -- 5.19 ERA
Miller IP, H, BB, WP -- 6.98 ERA
*** A 4-run 6th got Ogden a comeback win in Eric Hosmer's pro debut. IF stranded 2 in the 1st but got on the board in the 2nd on J.D. Alfaro's 2-out RBI single. The Chukars left the bases loaded, however. Ogden took the lead with 2 runs in the 4th off Aneidy Toribio, who had pitched well going into the inning. Neder Severino cranked his 2nd homer of the season to tie it in the 4th. After getting hit by a pitch and popping out in his first 2 pro plate appearances, Hosmer hit an RBI double in the 5th to give IF the lead and he later scored on a Tito Espinosa sac fly to make it 4-2 IF. Gary Novakowski gave up 2 homers in the 6th to tie it and then was pulled with 1 out and 2 on. Derrick Saito allowed an RBI groundout and run-scoring wild pitch to make it 6-4 Ogden before the inning came to an end. An Antonio Jimenez error allowed another run in the 8th and IF wouldn't score again. Cole St. Clair got his 4th save for the Raptors and starter Jon Dutton got the win despite allowing 4 ER over 5 IP to improve to 8-2 with a 5.22 ERA. 2B Anthony Delmonico and 3B Pedro Baez had 2 hits for Ogden as Baez hit his 10th homer and Delmonico hit his 6th. Baez also made his 21st error.
IF is 14-13 and 5.5 games out. The series ends tonight as Bryan Casey (3-3, 2.34) takes on Ogden's Kyle Smit (0-1, 5.14).
Rookie - Burlington: Danville 5, B-Royals 4 (10)
SS Molina 3-4, 3B (3), HR (2), RBI (4), K, RS -- .280
DH Vittek 2-3, BB, 2B (7), RBI (34), K, RS -- .297
CF Caldwell 2-4, 3B (3), RBI (21), K, RS -- .201
RF McFadden 0-4, RBI (7), 2 K -- .212
3B F. Cruz 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .237
1B Morales 0-4, K -- .187
C Moctezuma 1-4, K -- .158
Lehmann 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, HRA -- 3.43 ERA
Roq. Colon 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K -- 7.23 ERA
Bowden 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, HRA, 2 WP -- BS, 2, L, 3-2, 1.86 ERA
Farinas 2/3 IP, K -- 7.91 ERA
*** Danville got it tied in the 8th and won it in 10 as the seasons winds to a close. Mike Lehmann gave up a leadoff homer in the 1st and stranded the bases loaded in the 2nd. An RBI double in the 5th made it 2-0 Braves but the Royals finally broke into the hit and run columns in the 5th with 3 runs on an Allen Caldwell RBI triple, Warren McFadden RBI groundout and Yeldrys Molina solo homer for his 2nd of the season. Josh Vittek singled in a run in the 6th but the Royals stranded 2. Barry Bowden came in for the 8th and was shaky for a change. He allowed a 2-run homer to tie it but escaped without further damage. Danville loaded the bases with 1 out in the 10th and got an RBI single to knock Bowden out of the game. Williams Farinas stranded the bases full, and Molina was thrown out trying to score on a single in the bottom of the frame as Burlington left the tying run at second. RP Clayton McMillan got his 5th save for Danville as RP J.J. Hoover worked 3 scoreless innings for the win to move to 1-0 with a spotless ERA. Starter Randall Delgado worked 6 innings of 4 ER allowed to move his ERA to 3.13. 3B Jon Gilmore was 3-4 with a walk, his 4th homer and 2 RBI and 2 other Braves had 2 hits.
The Royals are 24-41. The season ends tonight. No announced starters on the team site. After tonight's finale, Bowden and RP Jacob Rodriguez will hit A-ball in Burlington. The loss assured Burlington the worst record in the league.
Rookie - AZL: off day
*** The 7-17 Royals play the 18-6 Giants tonight.
26 August 2008
AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 8, New Orleans 2