26 June 2009

Royals on the Farm 6/25

AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 7, Memphis 0 (4-hitter)

SS Falu 3-5, 3 RBI (23), K, RS -- .261
2B Murphy 3-4, 2B (10), K, 2 RS -- .238
1B Ka'aihue 2-5, HR (11), RBI (32), RS -- .276
3B Lisson 2-4, HR (7), RBI (11), RS -- .216, hits HR in short bursts at a time
RF Aldridge 2-3, HBP, RS -- .295
DH House 0-5, RBI (27), 2 K -- .278
C Buck 1-3, RBI, K -- rehab starts
C Suomi 0-2 -- .000, '09 AAA debut

Davies 8 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, announcing presence with authority
Hughes IP, H, K -- 4.64 ERA

*** Kyle Davies proved more than ready for AAA competition and Omaha shut down the Redbirds. A Kila Ka'aihue leadoff homer (his 11th) sparked a 5-run 2nd as Irving Falu hit a 2-run single, J.R. House hit an RBI groundout and John Buck hit an RBI single in his second rehab AB. Omaha stranded 2 but Mario Lisson went long for his 7th at AAA this season in the 3rd to make it 6-0. Omaha left the bases loaded in the 5th and Davies lost an early no-hit bid that inning as well. Falu hit an RBI single in the 8th to make it 7-0 and the Redbirds never threatened. SP P.J. Walters took the loss with 6 ER allowed on 11 hits with 6 Ks over 4 2/3 IP to fall to 2-6 with a 5.06 ERA. Four 'Birds had a hit each. Top prospect 3B Brett Wallace was 1-3 with 2 K to move to .268.

The O-Royals are 28-45. The series and lengthy roadtrip end tonight as Sidney Ponson (0-0, 2.57) faces Memphis lefty Evan MacLane (2-7, 4.04). No announcement yet of any roster move for Davies' rotation slot.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 5, Tulsa 1

CF Dyson 3-5, RBI, 2 SB -- .600, nice AA debut
SS McConnell 2-4, 2B (7), RBI (11), K, RS, E (5) -- .220
RF Strait 2-3, S, RBI (23) -- .288
DH Bianchi 2-5, K, RS -- .462
C V. Wilson 2-3, HBP, 2B (3), 2 RS -- .524
LF Duarte 1-4, RBI (14) -- .242
2B Mertins 1-5, E (10) -- .294

Teaford 5 IP, ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA -- W, 2-1, 7.82 ERA, labored somewhat, 102 pitches
Nicoll IP, BB -- 4.23 ERA
Swaggerty IP, K -- 1.42 ERA
Holland 2 IP, 2 H, BB, K -- 2.38 ERA

*** Two innings' worth of scoring was enough for the Naturals Thursday as they slid past the Drillers to get off to a good start in the second half. Everett Teaford stranded 2 in the 1st and got some early run support with a 3-run NWA 2nd on a Jose Duarte run-scoring double play, a Chris McConnell RBI double and Jarrod Dyson RBI single. Teaford served up a solo homer to 2B Dan Mayora (his 3rd) in the 3rd to cut into the lead and then stranded 2 Drillers in the 4th. He loaded the bases with none out in the 5th but pulled the Houdini to get out of the jam unscathed. NWA left 2 in scoring position in the 6th but got RBI singles from Strait and Duarte in the 8th to make it 5-1. The Nats would leave the bases loaded but Greg Holland took care of the rest as he stranded 2 in the 9th. Tulsa SP Chaz Roe took the loss with 3 unearned runs allowed on 9 hits with a K in 5 IP to drop to 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA. Mayora and SS Danny Sandoval had 2 hits for the Drillers. Mayora's homer gave him his 28th RBI as he improved to .312.

The Naturals are 1-0. A 4-game home set with the Arkansas Travelers (1-1, AA Angels) starts tonight with Matt Kniginyzky (2-6, 6.30) facing Travs righty and Angels prospect Jordan Walden (1-4, 4.12). Jordan Parraz has an undisclosed leg injury and has been out since June 22. He's not on the DL yet.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Potomac 6, Blue Rocks 0

CF D. Robinson 2-4, CS (10), OF assist at second -- .232
3B Moustakas 0-4 -- .261
2B Giavotella 1-4 -- .218
1B C. Robinson 1-4 -- .291
DH Lough 0-3, K -- .327

Caldera 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K, WP -- L, 1-6, 6.42 ERA
Godin 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 K -- 2.50 ERA
Liotta IP, K -- 4.53 ERA
Chavez IP, BB, K -- 2.45 ERA
Z. Peterson IP, ER, H, HRA -- 2.70 ERA

*** Wilmington fell flat in its second half opener as Potomac got the shutout victory. Alex Caldera had a 1-hit shutout in the 5th but that ended abruptly as the Nationals scored 3 runs off him on 5 hits and a walk to chase him from the game. Jason Godin stranded the bases loaded but the Nationals scored twice more in the 6th on 3 hits. Wilmington didn't have more than 1 baserunner in an inning until the 8th and Zach Peterson gave up a solo homer to 2B Dan Nelson (his 4th) in the 9th. Starter Will Atwood allowed 4 hits with 5 Ks over 7 IP to improve to 3-5 with a 4.90 ERA. Nelson was 3-4 with the homer, 4 RBI (16) and his 9th error to move to .252. Two others had 2 hits and prospect RF Michael Burgess was 0-3 with a walk and K to drop to .226.

The Rocks are 0-1. Game 2 is tonight as Danny Duffy (6-2, 2.85) faces P-Nats lefty Tom Milone (3-2, 3.48). Potomac has shut out the Rocks 5 times this season.

A - Burlington: Bees 9, Cedar Rapids 4

RF Francis 4-5, HR (10), 2 RBI (42), 2 RS -- .289
2B F. Garcia 2-3, BB, SF, HR, 4 RBI (15), RS, SB (17) -- .301
C Bonilla 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI (18), K, RS, 2 PB (4) -- .254
3B Fontaine 2-4, K, 2 RS, E (11) -- .280
CF Norris 2-3, BB, 2 RS, 3 SB (25) -- .249
LF Van Stratten 1-5, RBI (29), RS -- .330
DH Hosmer 1-5, K -- .255

Melville 6 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K, HRA -- W, 2-4, 4.00 ERA
Saito 3 IP, BB, 3 K, balk -- SV, 1, 3.75 ERA

*** Derrick Saito pitched 3 hitless innings to preserve Tim Melville's 2nd pro win as the Bees pulled away for the 9-4 victory. The Kernels got a run off Melville in the 1st then got a solo homer from RF Angel Castillo (his 6th) in the 2nd and another run in the 3rd to take a 3-0 lead. Patrick Norris singled, stole 2 bases and scored on a Nick Van Stratten groundout to get the Bees on the board in the 3rd. Melville stranded 2 in the 4th and Burlington took command. The Bees scored 5 runs in the 4th on a Jose Bonilla 2-run homer (his 3rd) and a Fernando Garcia 3-run blast for his 1st of the season. Cedar Rapids got a run back in the 5th off Melville to cut it to 6-4 but the Bees answered with a Nick Francis solo homer for his 10th of the season to stretch it back to a 3-run lead. Garcia hit a sac fly in the 6th before the Bees left the bases loaded. Francis hit an RBI single in the 8th to make it 9-4 and Saito pitched a perfect 9th to finish off his 1st save. Kernels SP Manaurys Correa allowed 6 ER on 7 hits and a walk with 3 Ks over 4 IP to fall to 4-5 with a 4.21 ERA. 1B Roberto Lopez drove in 3 runs (35) for the Kernels. No Kernel had more than 1 hit.

The Bees are 1-0. Game 2 is tonight as Mike Lehmann (2-2, 4.60) faces Kernels lefty Will Smith (4-3, 3.69).

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 6, Casper 5

3B Taylor 2-4, RBI (2), 2 RS, E -- .417
2B Alfaro 2-4, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 K, RS, SB, picked off, E -- .375, little bit of everything Thursday
LF Testa 1-4, 3B, RBI -- .250, '09 debut
DH Aparicio 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (4) -- .333
SS Franco 0-4, S, RBI, 2 E (3) -- .154
C Theriot 0-2, 2 BB, RS -- .000, pro debut
CF Cooper 1-4, K, RS -- .200, first pro start

Marimon 4 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 5 H, BB, K, WP -- 4.50 ERA
Arias 4 1/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K, HRA -- W, 1-0, 2.08 ERA
Lafferty 2/3 IP, 2 K -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA, pro debut

*** The Ghosts scored an 8th inning run to take the lead but the Chukars rallied back to stay undefeated. Sugar Ray Marimon allowed a run on 2 Casper hits in the 1st but the Chukars scored 2 runs on a Jason Taylor RBI single and Julio Aparicio RBI double to take a 2-1 lead after 1. Marimon allowed a run on a wild pitch to tie it in the 2nd and Casper scored 2 in the 4th on 2 hits, a walk, a J.D. Alfaro error and a bases-loaded hit batsman to make it 4-2 Casper. Alfaro atoned with an RBI double in the 5th and Carlo Testa hit an RBI triple to tie it at 4. The Chukars left the bases loaded in the 6th and the Ghosts got a leadoff homer from LF Nathan Hines (his 1st) in the 8th off Carlos Arias to make it 5-4. Two errors by Casper 2B Angelys Nina helped the tying run score in the bottom of the inning and Ben Therio scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to make it 6-5 IF. Brendan Lafferty came in with 2 on and 1 out in the bottom of the 9th and struck out both batters he faced to lock down the win. RP David Born took the loss with 1 1/3 IP of 2 UER allowed to fall to 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA. RP Leuris Gomez got his 1st blown save. SP Ricardo Ferrer worked 4 2/3 IP of 4 ER on 8 hits and a walk to set a 7.71 ERA. Hines and 1B Chad Jacobsen had 2 hits for the Ghosts.

IF is 3-0. Game 4 of the set is tonight as Ivor Hodgson faces Ghosts righty Juan P. Gonzalez.

Rookie - Burlington: Princeton 4, B-Royals 3 (12)

SS Espinal 3-5, BB, 2B, RS -- .500
2B R. Wood 2-6, 2 2B, RBI, 2 K, RS -- .143, finally breaks 0-fer
CF G. Beltre 2-6, RBI, 2 K, RS -- .231
LF MacDougall 2-5, BB, 2 K, CS (3), E (2) -- .273
DH F. Cruz 2-6, K -- .308, still awaiting first game at C
RF Del Rosario 1-3, BB, RBI, K -- .250
* The Royals stranded 14.

Fortuna 4 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K -- 4.50 ERA
Cuevas 4 IP, ER, 4 H, 8 K, 3 WP -- 2.25 ERA
Kelley 2 IP, 2 H, K, E -- 0.00 ERA, pro debut
Sirrett IP, ER, 4 H, BB, WP -- L, 0-1, 9.00 ERA

*** The Royals dropped a hard-fought series as their 2 losses both came in extra innings. Geulin Beltre hit an RBI single and Ryan Wood hit an RBI double for his 1st pro hit and RBI in the 1st as Burlington took a 2-0 lead. Princeton got 1 run back before stranding 2 off Carlos Fortuna in the bottom of the inning. The score stayed 2-1 into the 4th when the Rays tied it on 2 hits. Gary Cuevas allowed the go-ahead run to score on the 5th on a single, Gabe MacDougall error in left and wild pitch as the Rays made it 3-2. Luis Del Rosario hit an RBI single in the 6th to tie the game and the Royals stranded the bases full in the 7th. Burlington stranded 2 in the 8th and then 2 more in the 9th as the game stayed knotted at 3. Scott Kelley stranded 2 Rays in the 10th and the Royals stranded another pair in the 11th. Onassis Sirrett did the same to the Rays in the 11th but gave up a double, single, intentional walk and walkoff wild pitch in the 12th. RP Geno Glynn pitched a hitless inning for the win to move to 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Rays SP Omar Bencomo lasted 6 IP of 3 ER allowed on 7 hits with 6 Ks to set a 4.50 ERA. Four Rays had multiple hits led by a 3-6 night from 3B Julio Cedeno. The Rays also stranded 14.

The B-Royals are 1-2. A 3-game set at the Johnson City Cardinals (2-1) starts tonight with no announced starters on the team site. The Cards roster features '09 St. Louie draftees 2nd rounder C Robert Stock of USC, 14th round OF Ross Smith, 19th round C Travis Tartamella and others.

Rookie - AZL: off night

The 2-2 Royals take on the 2-2 Mariners tonight.

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