AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 3, O-Royals 2
LF Thorman 2-3, BB, RBI (21), CS (2), E (3) -- .282
2B Falu 2-4, 2B (8), 3B (5), 2 RS -- .272
C Tupman 0-4, RBI (7) -- .258
1B Ka'aihue 0-4, K -- .280
3B Metcalf 1-4, K -- .259
DH House 0-3 -- .274
SS Lisson 0-3, K -- .217
* RF Cory Aldridge had an OF assist at second.
M. Wright 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K -- 7.09 ERA
Rosa 2 1/3 IP, ER, H, 2 BB, 3 K -- L, 0-6, 7.03 ERA, another bullpen special
*** Omaha's sorry bullpen struck again as the Royals tied it in the top of the 9th and lost it in the bottom of the 9th for another late loss. Former Royal Gookie Dawkins drove in New Orleans' first run in the 2nd but Omaha tied it in the 4th as Irving Falu led off with a triple and scored on a Matt Tupman groundout. That was the only inning Zephyrs SP Rick VandenHurk had any trouble. Meanwhile, Omaha starter Matt Wright never cruised as the Zephyrs scored the go-ahead run on 2 hits in the 5th. VandenHurk was pulled after allowing 2 2-out singles in the 7th but Omaha stranded 2. Nate Field came on to pitch the 9th and pitched like his old Royals days as Falu led off with a double and Scott Thorman came through with a 2-out RBI single to tie it at 2. Carlos Rosa had pitched 2 good innings but walked CF Cameron Maybin with 1 out in the 9th and LF John Raynor followed with a walkoff triple to right. Field blew his 2nd save but got the win to move to 2-2 with a 2.90 ERA. VandenHurk worked 6 2/3 IP of an ER allowed on 3 hits and a walk with 4 Ks to drop his ERA to 2.28. Raynor and 3B Gaby Sanchez had 2 hits each and Sanchez committed his 2nd error beside improving his BA to .322. Raynor's game-winning RBI was his 14th as he improved to .276. Maybin was 0-4 with a walk, 2 K and a RS to move to .284.
The O-Royals are 25-39. Game 2 is tonight as Lenny DiNardo (4-2, 3.48) faces Zephyrs righty Hayden Penn in his '09 Zephyrs debut. The Royals are a crappy 2-15 in games decided in the final ABs.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 6, Tulsa 5
2B Mertins 3-4, 2B (13), RBI (28), RS -- .298
LF Strait 3-4, 2B (14), RBI (20), K -- .300
3B Lucas 1-3, BB, HR (2), 3 RBI (18), 2 RS -- .265
RF Parraz 1-4, 2B (15), RBI (37), RS -- .357, 19-game hit streak
CF Duarte 0-4, S -- .265
1B C. Smith 1-3, BB, RS -- .248
SS McConnell 1-3, BB, 2B (5), RS -- .225
Teaford 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- W, 1-0, 3.86 ERA, keeps quality start streak going at 8
Holland 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, 3 K -- SV, 4, 2.70 ERA
*** A 5-run 5th gave Everett Teaford the support he needed for his 1st AA win as Greg Holland held off a Tulsa rally in the 9th. Teaford's first AAA inning was no picnic as the Drillers got to him for 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk but he wouldn't allow another run through 7 innings. NWA stranded 2 in the 2nd but got on the scoreboard with 2 out in the 4th as Ed Lucas walked and scored on a Cody Strait double. Kurt Mertins and Jordan Parraz hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the 5th to tie it and Lucas came up with 2 on and 2 out and slugged his 2nd homer of the season in AA for a 3-run shot to make it 6-3 Naturals. Teaford stranded 2 in the 7th and exited after 95 pitches. NWA stranded 2 in the 9th and Holland came in for his second inning of work. A single and double put 2 in scoring position with 0 outs and two groundouts drove in both runs before Holland ended the game with a K for his 4th save. Starter Brandon Durden took the loss for Tulsa with 4 2/3 IP of 6 ER allowed on 10 hits and 2 walks to fall to 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA. LF Cole Garner was 4-4 with his 8th double and a run scored to move to .298 and RF Ryan Harvey was 2-4 with his 11th double and 2 RBI (27) to move to .252.
The Naturals are 33-29 and 1 game back of Springfield. Game 2 is tonight as Blake Wood (2-4, 5.52) takes on Tulsa prospect righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-5, 3.13). He's 0-1 versus the Nats this season. OF Jordan Parraz and 3B Corey Smith will start on the TL North all-star team and 2B Kurt Mertins will come off the bench in the game July 1 in Frisco, Texas. Pitching coach Larry Carter will also take part on the coaching staff for the TL North.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Potomac 5, Blue Rocks 3
LF Lough 2-4, 2B (15), RS, CS (3) -- .333
SS Seratelli 2-3, 2B (7), K, RS, SB (5), E (6) -- .290
3B Moustakas 1-4, 2B (14), RBI (39), E (14) -- .267
2B Giavotella 1-3, SF, RBI (24), RS -- .220
DH Walton 1-3, RBI (12), CS (6), K -- .273
CF D. Robinson 0-3, S -- .229
1B C. Robinson 1-4, K -- .291
Santiago 6 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 7 H, BB, 6 K -- L, 3-6, 3.93 ERA
Rivas IP, H, K -- 7.24 ERA, organizational debut
Z. Peterson IP, H, K -- 0.00 ERA, Wilmington debut
*** The Rocks couldn't generate enough runs to hang with the Nationals as Potomac rode the pitching of Brad Meyers to the win. Mike Moustakas hit an RBI double in the 1st to get Wilmington started, but Potomac scored 2 in the 2nd on 3 hits and a passed ball on C Ryan Eigsti to make it 2-1. Johnny Giavotella tied it with a sac fly in the 3rd but starter Mario Santiago gave up a 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-2 Potomac. David Lough led off the 7th with a double and would score on a Jamar Walton single to tie it momentarily, but Carlos Rivas gave up a 2-run triple to the first batter he faced in the bottom of the inning as Potomac regained the lead. RP Atahualpa Severino went 1 1/3 perfect IP for his 9th save. Meyers worked 7 2/3 IP of 3 ER allowed on 8 hits with 6 Ks to improve to 4-2 with a 1.87 ERA. 1B Chris Marrero was 3-4 with his 12th double and a RS to move to .289. LF Francisco Plasencia was 2-3 with his 24th RBI, a K and RS to move to .253 and RF prospect Michael Burgess was 0-4 with 3 Ks to fall to .235.
The Rocks are 35-28 and 6 1/2 games back. Game 2 is tonight as Rowdy Hardy (0-0, 3.38) faces P-Nats righty Jeff Mandel (6-3, 3.00), who's 2-0 versus the Rocks in '09. Rowdy has changed to a submarine pitching style. Rocks SP Mario Santiago was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for June 8-14 after an 8-inning shutout outing versus Salem.
A - Burlington: Bees 7, Wisconsin 4
LF Van Stratten 3-4, 3B (3), K, RS -- .350
C S. Perez 2-4, 2B (6), RBI (7), K, RS -- .189
3B Jimenez 2-4, 3B (2), RBI (17), RS, E (10) -- .215
DH Hosmer 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI (35), RS -- .261, first pro 3-bagger
RF Francis 0-3, SF, RBI (37), K, E (5) -- .273, slump continues, but drove in a run
CF Norris 1-4, RBI (10), RS, 2 SB (22) -- .237
Melville 3 1/3 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K -- 4.26 ERA
Saito 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 5 K -- W, 2-4, 3.61 ERA
Thompson 2 1/3 IP, H, 4 BB, 6 K -- SV, 4, 2.23 ERA
*** The Bees scored the last 4 runs of the game to tie the series at a game each. Eric Hosmer ripped his first pro triple to drive in 2 runs in the 1st and Nick Francis added a sac fly to make it 3-0 Bees. Tim Melville stranded 2 in the 2nd but allowed a run on 2 doubles in the 3rd. 1B David Wood made a 1-out error in the 4th and 3B Antonio Jimenez committed a 2-run error later in the inning as the Rattlers scored 3 unearned runs off Melville to take a 4-3 lead. Jimenez led off the Bees 5th with a triple and scored on a Patrick Norris single to tie the game off RP Daniel Merklinger. Salvador Perez put the Bees on top in the 6th with an RBI double and Jimenez singled him home to make it 6-4 Burlington. James Thompson stranded 2 inherited runners in the 7th and then stranded 2 more in the 8th. Chase Fontaine pushed in a run on a double play ball in the 8th and Thompson pulled a Houdini in the 9th by loading the bases with none out and then striking out the side for his 4th save. Merklinger took the loss with 4 runs (2 ER) allowed on 7 hits with 2 Ks over 4 IP to fall to 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA. Starter Alex Periard allowed 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits with a K over 3 IP to move his ERA to 6.00. 2B Brett Lawrie, whose sister, Danielle, recently pitched the Washington Huskies to an NCAA softball title, was 3-5 with his 7th double and 40th RBI along with a K and his 11th error to move to .273. CF Juan Sanchez was 2-4 with a walk, his 15th double, 11th RBI and 2 RS to move to .251. The Rattlers were 2-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14.
The Bees are 27-37. Game 3 is tonight as Sam Runion (2-4, 6.60) faces Rattlers righty Cody Adams (1-4, 4.91).
16 June 2009
AAA - Omaha: New Orleans 3, O-Royals 2