AAA - Omaha: rainout
The O-Royals are 24-36 and 11 games back. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today. Yesterday's scheduled starters, Heath Phillips and Mitch Atkins, will start game 1 while Bruce Chen (2-2, 4.22) will face Iowa righty Esmailin Caridad (3-7, 4.68) in game 2.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 6, Arkansas 0 (3-hitter, 7/G1)
1B C. Smith 2-3, 2 2B (8), RBI (44), K, 2 RS, SB (8) -- .256
3B Lucas 1-2, SF, 3B (2), 2 RBI (8), RS -- .261
RF Parraz 1-3, RBI (35), RS -- .359
LF Strait 1-3, RBI (18), K -- .296
C Howell 1-3, HR (4), RBI (17), RS -- .288
CF Duarte 0-1, 2 BB, K, RS -- .281
2B Mertins 0-1, BB, S, K -- .296
SS McConnell 1-2 -- .225
Lerew 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K -- W, 4-3, 4.31 ERA
*** Anthony Lerew threw a complete-game shutout and the Naturals took a third straight from Arkansas. Lerew stranded the bases loaded in the 1st and would only allow 1 hit after that. Jordan Parraz got the Naturals started with an RBI single in the 4th, Corey Smith added an RBI double and Ed Lucas lifted a sac fly to make it 3-0 NWA. Jeff Howell led off the 5th with a homer for his 4th of the season and the Nats added their final 2 runs in the 6th on a Lucas RBI triple and Cody Strait RBI single to make it 6-0. Lerew retired the final 14 Travs in a row for the win. Starter Trevor Reckling took the loss for Arkansas with 5 1/3 IP of 6 ER allowed on 6 hits and 5 walks with 4 Ks to drop to 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA. Both of his losses have come to the Naturals. LF Nate Sutton was 1-3 with a K to move to .326 and C Hank Conger was 0-3 with 2 K and his 6th error to drop to .279.
Naturals 3, Arkansas 2 (7/G2)
LF Strait 1-2, HR (4), RBI (19), 2 RS -- .298
SS J. Johnson 1-2, RBI (7), picked off -- .215
3B Lucas 0-1, SF, RBI (9), E -- .258
CF Duarte 0-3, 2 K -- .275
2B Mertins 0-3 -- .292
RF Parraz 1-2, BB, RS, CS (8) -- .360, 16-game hit streak is new franchise record
Cevette 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K -- 5.19 ERA
de la Vara 3 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- W, 2-1, 4.50 ERA
Hartsock 2 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, BB -- SV, 3, 5.23 ERA
*** The Naturals almost piecemealed together another shutout but Aaron Hartsock had to stymie a Travs rally in the 7th to escape with the win and his 3rd AA save. Dan Cevette stranded 2 Travelers in the 2nd and NWA took the lead in the 3rd as Josh Johnson hit an RBI fielder's choice. Ed Lucas added a sac fly in the 4th and Cody Strait led off the 5th with his 4th homer of the season to make it 3-0 Nats. Hartsock came on for his second inning of work in the 7th and had 2 on with 1 out when pinch-hitter Mark Trumbo ripped a 2-run double to center to put the tying run in scoring position. Hartsock got a pop out, then loaded the bases before getting a game ending groundout. Arkansas SP Amalio Diaz took the loss with 5 IP of 3 runs (2 ER) allowed on 5 hits with 4 Ks to fall to 1-4 with a 5.44 ERA. C Flint Wipke was 2-3 with a run scored to improve to .208. Trumbo's 2 RBI gave him 32 on the season. 3B Nate Sutton was 0-4 to drop to .318 and DH Hank Conger was 1-3 with a K to improve to .280.
The Naturals are 31-28 and 3 games back of first. The series wraps tonight as Blake Johnson (3-5, 5.23) faces Travs lefty Michael Anton (1-5, 3.67).
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 3, Winston-Salem 2
RF Lough 3-4, 2B (13), 3B (2), 2 RS -- .326
2B Giavotella 2-3, S, RBI (23) -- .214
1B C. Robinson 2-4, RBI (32) -- .286
DH Walton 0-4, RBI (11) -- .276
CF D. Robinson 1-4, 2B (9), 2 K -- .232
3B Moustakas 0-4 -- .262
SS Bianchi 1-4, K -- .306
LF Ortiz 0-2, BB, K, RS, 2 SB (11) -- .253
Duffy 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- W, 6-2, 2.69 ERA
Swaggerty 2 IP, BB, 3 K -- 1.64 ERA
Sisk IP, 3 K -- SV, 6, 2.81 ERA, another dominant save
*** The Dash snapped the Rocks' record scoreless streak in the 1st but Danny Duffy and the Wilmington offense recovered for yet another victory. The Rocks threatened with 2 hits in the 1st but Johnny Giavotella was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Duffy gave up a double and single to start the Dash 1st and put the 38-inning scoreless streak in jeopardy and a double play ball brought home a run to do the trick. David Lough led off the Rocks 2nd with a double and scored on a Jamar Walton groundout to tie it. Giavotella came back up in the 3rd and hit an RBI single to give the Rocks the lead but Duffy allowed a run in the bottom of the frame to retie it. Duffy stranded 2 in the 5th and Lough led off the 7th with his 2nd triple of the season before Clint Robinson singled him home to make it 3-2 Rocks. Ben Swaggerty and Brandon Sisk took care of the rest with good relief, including 3 Ks from Sisk in the 9th for his 6th save. RP Wander Perez took the loss for Winston-Salem with an ER allowed in 2 IP to fall to 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA. Starter Jacob Rasner worked 6 IP of 2 ER allowed on 5 hits, a walk and 3 Ks to move his ERA to 3.22. 2B Dale Mollenhauer was 2-3 with his 10th double, 3rd triple, a walk, K and 2 RS to move to .299.
The Rocks are 34-26 and on a 7-game win streak but are still 5 1/2 games back. Game 2 of the set with the Dash is tonight as Alex Caldera (1-3, 5.50) faces Dash righty Levi Maxwell (0-8, 6.07). Lefty Carlos Rivas has joined the Rocks from extended ST to replace Everett Teaford on the roster. Rivas is, shocker of shockers, a former Brave who was 2-3 with a 7.52 ERA in 8 games with Myrtle Beach this season before the Braves dropped him and Dayton Moore scrambled after the scraps.
A - Burlington: Beloit 10, Bees 5
SS Rivera 2-4, 2 K, RS, SB -- .292
2B F. Garcia 1-2, 2 RBI (8) -- .265
RF Francis 0-4, RBI (36), K -- .283
CF-LF Norris 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RS, E -- .242
LF-RF Van Stratten 0-3, HBP, 2 RS -- .342
DH Hosmer 0-2 -- .256, left after 4th
C Bonilla 0-4 -- .234
Lehmann 2 2/3 IP, 8 R (4 ER), 7 H, 5 BB, K -- L, 2-2, 4.81 ERA
Barrera 1/3 IP, nothing -- 12.27 ERA, left with groin injury
Bowden IP, nothing -- 2.49 ERA, ejected in 5th
D. Wood 4 IP, 4 H, BB, K -- 0.00 ERA, nice outing from first baseman
Fontaine IP, 2 ER, 3 H, BB -- 18.00 ERA, more position-player-type outing
*** A 7-run Beloit 3rd fueled the Snappers' win. Beloit got to Mike Lehmann in the 2nd for a run on 2 hits and a Patrick Norris error and then raced ahead with the 7-run rally on 4 hits, 5 walks and a David Wood error to chase Lehmann and make it 8-0. Norris scored on a passed ball in the 4th and Nick Van Stratten scored on an error to cut the lead to 8-2. Barry Bowden came out to pitch the 5th and threw inside to C Alexander Soto, who charged the mound with his bat but was restrained by Jose Bonilla. Both Bowden and Soto were ejected. Wood moved from first to pitcher and stranded the bases loaded in the inning. The Bees stranded 2 in the 5th and Wood pitched 3 more quiet innings. An error and Fernando Garcia 2-run single scored 3 runs in the 8th to cut the lead to 8-5 but Chase Fontaine came in from third to pitch the 9th and allowed 2 insurance runs on 3 hits and a walk. The Bees went down in order in the 9th Starter Daniel Berlind got the win for Beloit with 7 IP of 5 runs (3 ER) allowed on 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 Ks to improve to 2-6 with a 3.93 ERA. SS James Beresford had 2 errors (10), 3 hits and 2 RBI (12) along with a walk and RS to move to .304, LF Ozzie Lewis had 3 hits, his 24th RBI and 2 RS to move to .298 and 3B Nathan Hanson had a walk, 2 hits, his 9th double and 2 RS to move to .252.
The Bees are 26-35 and 11 games out. The series ends tonight as Mike Montgomery (1-1, 2.57) faces Beloit lefty Daniel Osterbrock (3-5, 5.55). Barrera was put back on the DL, where he started the season, and RP Riquy Pena was activated. RP Justin Garcia has also been activated.
13 June 2009
AAA - Omaha: rainout