AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Memphis 3
CF Maier 2-4, 2B (3), K, RS -- .387, back in lineup
LF Thorman 1-4, 2B (10), 2 RBI (41) -- .289
DH Hulett 1-2, BB, S, 2B (18), RBI (36), RS -- .292
3B Lisson 1-3, SF, RBI (18), K, CS -- .250
RF Raines 1-3, HR (2), RBI (7), RS -- .215
2B Falu 1-3, BB, 2 RS, SB (10) -- .260
SS Hernandez 0-3 -- .280, back in lineup
Phillips 6 2/3 IP, ER, 6 H, BB, 6 K -- W, 5-7, 5.77 ERA
Hayes 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, K -- 3.33 ERA
Rosa 1 2/3 IP, 3 K -- SV, 5, 5.09 ERA
*** The Royals got a 4-run boost in the 6th to break a scoreless tie and held on to win. Omaha stranded 2 in the 1st but neither team had multiple baserunners in an inning until the Omaha 6th, when Tim Raines Jr. led it off with his 2nd homer, Scott Thorman hit a bases-loaded 2-run double and Mario Lisson hit a sac fly to make it 4-0 O-Royals. Heath Phillips took a 3-hit shutout into the 7th before getting pulled after allowing a run on 3 hits. Chris Hayes got out of the jam and, after Tug Hulett doubled home a run in the 7th, Hayes gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in the 8th to cut it to 5-3. Carlos Rosa sat down all 5 batters he faced, tho, and Omaha got the win. Memphis SP Evan MacLane took the loss with 6 IP of 4 runs (3 ER) allowed on 7 hits and a walk with a K to fall to 3-9 with a 3.68 ERA. Four Redbirds had 2 hits. Recently promoted 2B Dan Descalso was 2-4 with his 6th RBI, a K and RS to move to .326.
The O-Royals are 37-54. Game 3 is tonight as Brandon Duckworth (2-3, 5.14) faces Redbirds righty Mitch Boggs (4-4, 5.09). DH Brian Buchanan has been placed on the DL to make roster room.
AA - NW Arkansas: Springfield 4, Naturals 2
CF Lough 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI (6), RS -- .348
SS Bianchi 0-4, K, CS (2) -- .302
C Clark 1-3 -- .333
Lerew 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, balk -- L, 4-5, 5.10 ERA, not a bad start other than BB/K
Swaggerty 1/3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, BB, K -- 3.86 ERA
Hartsock IP, 2 K, WP -- 4.43 ERA
*** Springfield had a 4-hit shutout with 2 out in the 9th before NWA finally got on the board, but it wasn't enough for the Naturals. NWA stranded 2 in the 2nd and the Cardinals plated a run off Anthony Lerew to take a 1-0 lead. As the Naturals offense failed to threaten, Springfield scored again in the 7th off Lerew and Ben Swaggerty, then added 2 key runs in the 8th off Swaggerty and Aaron Hartsock thanks to 2 errors and a wild pitch. With 2 out and 1 on in the 9th, David Lough stepped up and slugged his 2nd AA homer to cut it to 4-2 and the Nats got the tying run to the plate but Vance Wilson struck out to end it as RP Francisco Samuel notched his 22nd save. Starter Lance Lynn blanked the Naturals over 7 IP on 3 hits and a walk with 7 Ks to improve to 9-2 with a 3.50 ERA. DH Steven Hill was 3-4 with his 14th double, a K and 2 RS to move to .266 and CF James Rapoport also had 2 hits, his 39th RBI and an OF assist at first for Springfield. Rehabbing IF Khalil Greene was 0-4.
The Naturals are 12-7 and now only 1/2 a game up on the Cards. Game 3 is tonight as Blake Johnson (6-5, 4.97) faces Cards ace righty Trey Hearne (10-1, 2.59). 2B Marc Maddox is coming back to NWA after hitting only .137 with a .454 OPS in 51 ABs in A-ball.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: rainout
The Rocks are 9-11 and 4 games out. The rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader tonight. Dan Duffy and Pedro Beato will square off in game 1. Alex Caldera (2-7, 6.19) will start game 2 versus an unannounced Frederick starter. 1B Eric Hosmer has been called up to Wilmington to join fellow top prospect Mike Moustakas. Cool. OF Nick Van Stratten has also gotten the deserved call to Wilmington after hitting over .300 for the Bees. OF Adrian Ortiz has been demoted to Burlington to make room. He was hitting only .238 in 76 games.
A - Burlington: Beloit 9, Bees 3
CF-LF Van Stratten 1-3, BB, 2B (20), RBI (38), OF assist at home -- .318
SS Maddox 1-3, SF, 2B, RBI, 2 E (3) -- .137
3B Molina 1-1, BB, HBP, SF, 2B, RBI, RS -- .500
1B Hosmer 1-4 -- .254
RF Francis 0-4, 2 K -- .262
C Bonilla 1-4, 3B (3), RS -- .221
Melville 4 1/3 IP, 8 R (6 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K -- L, 3-5, 4.47 ERA
Basurto 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K -- 0.93 ERA
R. Pena 2 IP, UER, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- 3.12 ERA
D. Wood IP, H -- 0.00 ERA
*** Two 4-run Beloit rallies made for another 9-run Snapper game and a sweep of the 3-game set. Neither team had a hit until Burlington struck for 2 runs in the 3rd on a Marc Maddox sac fly and a Nick Van Stratten RBI double, although Van Stratten made the cardinal sin of making the third out at third on the play. The lead was short-lived as Beloit scored 4 in the 4th off Tim Melville on 4 hits and 2 errors. Beloit kept the pressure on in the 5th as Melville and Eric Basurto gave up another 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks before leaving the bases full. Jose Bonilla tripled and scored on a Yeldrys Molina sac fly in the 5th but Eric Hosmer lined out with the bases loaded to end the rally. Beloit scored a gravy run on an error in the 7th and the Bees stranded 2 in the 9th. Starter Daniel Berlind picked up the victory for Beloit with 5 IP of 3 ER allowed on 4 hits and 3 walks with 3 Ks to move to 3-9 with a 4.61 ERA. SS Tyler Ladendorf was 3-5 with his 2nd SB, 3rd RBI, a K and 2 RS to move to .320. Two other Snappers had 2 hits and 2 had 2 RBI.
The Bees are 8-12 and 6 1/2 games back. A 3-game set at the South Bend Silver Hawks (10-11, A D-Backs) starts tonight with Mike Lehmann (3-3, 4.09) facing Hawks lefty Wade Miley (3-7, 4.52). The Bees are 2-1 versus South Bend. The Beloit series final score was Snappers 27, Bees 7. Yowch.
Rookie - Idaho Falls: Helena 5, Chukars 4
C S. Perez 2-4, BB, HR, RBI (10), RS, E, picked off runner -- .313
SS D. Batista 2-5, K -- .312
CF H. Richardson 1-4, 3B, RBI (6), 3 K -- .391
1B Morales 1-4, RBI (6), K, 2 RS -- .220
2B Franco 0-2, 3 BB, 2 SB (8) -- .200
Paukovits IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K, HRA -- 6.00 ERA
Morgan 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- 2.57 ERA
Arias 2 IP, 2 ER, H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 WP -- L, 1-2, 4.11 ERA
Folmer 2 IP, 3 H, K -- 1.29 ERA
*** Each team had 2 innings of scoring as IF came back from an early deficit but it was Helena with the comeback victory in the end. Bryan Paukovits had a rough 1st as a throwing error by C Salvador Perez scored a run and LF Chris Ellington slammed his 6th homer of the season to make it 3-0 Brewers. Ryan Morgan worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd, and IF stranded 2 in the 3rd but tied it in the 4th on a Perez solo homer for his 1st of the season, a Jason Morales RBI single and Hilton Richardson RBI triple. IF left the bases full but took the lead in the 6th on a run-scoring wild pitch. Carlos Arias came out for his second inning of work in the 7th and Helena cashed in with 2 runs on a triple, 2 walks, 2 wild pitches and a hit batter. Richard Folmer stranded the bases full in the 9th but IF couldn't come back as the Chukars left the tying run at first and RP Michael Fiers got his 5th save for the Brewers. RP Robert Currie allowed an ER over 2 1/3 IP for the win to move to 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA. Starter Damon Krestalude allowed 3 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks with 2 Ks over 3 2/3 IP to move his ERA to 4.56. Three Brewers had 2 hits led by Ellington, who had the HR and his 20th RBI to improve to .323.
IF is 13-8 and a game up on first. A 4-game home set with the Missoula Osprey (13-10, Rookie D-Backs) starts tonight with Ivor Hodgson (1-0, 2.63) facing Osprey lefty Keny Sosa (1-1, 4.22). The Osprey roster features Arizona prospects righty Kevin Eichhorn (Mark's son) plus '09 draftees supplemental 1st rounder lefty Mike Belfiore, 2nd round righty Eric Smith, 3rd round OF Keon Broxton, 4th round IF David Nick, 6th round righty Bradin Hagens, 8th round 1B Paul Goldschmidt (1.000 OPS in 90 ABs), 9th round righty Chase Anderson (5 BB/19 K, 0.82 WHIP in 14 2/3 IP) and others. The Chukars are 1-2 versus Missoula.
Rookie - Burlington: B-Royals 0, Pulaski 0
*** The game with Pulaski was suspended because of rain and will be completed Aug. 4. It was suspended in the 1st.
The B-Royals are 7-17 after dropping today's opener with the Elizabethton Twins (19-6). Leondy Perez took the loss. The Twins roster features Minnesota '09 draftees supplemental 1st rounder lefty Matt Bashore, 4th rounder IF Derek McCallum, 5th round C Tobias Streich (1.043 OPS in 60 ABs leads active roster), 7th round righty Brad Stillings, 8th round SS Brian Dozier (.937 OPS in 36 ABs) and others...
Rookie - AZL: Brewers 11, Royals 4
2B Piterson 2-4, CS (3), E (2) -- .260
DH Figueroa 1-4, 2 RBI (13) -- .247
3B Stovall 0-4, 2 K, E (9) -- .238, slumping
1B G. Baldwin 1-3, BB, 2B (3), RS -- .250
CF Howard 1-3, RS, 2 SB (3) -- .174
* RF Miguel Mariano had an OF assist at second.
Amador 3 2/3 IP, 5 R (2 ER), 5 H, BB, K, HRA -- L, 0-2, 6.75 ERA
Castaneda IP, UER, H, K -- 2.89 ERA
Diaz 3 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, balk -- 3.97 ERA
Bavera 1/3 IP, H, K -- 1.23 ERA
*** A day after dealing the Brewers a 12-0 loss, the Royals took a beating from the Brewers themselves. The Royals got a run on an error in the 1st but Ezequiel Amador gave up a solo homer to 2B Brandon Sizemore (his 2nd) in the 2nd. Yunior Figueroa hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd but the Brewers matched it on 2 hits and an error in the bottom of the inning. Amador was pulled after serving up a bases-loaded triple to DH Wayne Dedrick in the 4th and Federico Castaneda and Eric Diaz allowed a run in the 5th to make it 6-2 Brew Crew. The Brewers kept it up with 2 runs in the 6th but Geoff Baldwin scored on a double play ball in the 7th to cut it to 8-3. Figueroa hit an RBI single in the 8th to cut it to 8-4 but the Brewers polished it off with 3 runs in the inning on a walk, 2 doubles, a hit batsman and Royal error. RP Maverick Lasker got the win with an ER allowed over 3 IP to move to 3-0 with a 4.76 ERA. Starter Jose Oviedo worked 4 IP of 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and 2 walks with 4 Ks to move his ERA to 2.25. Four Brewers had multiple hits as Dedrick was 3-4 with a walk, his 3rd triple, 4 RBI (12), 2 SB (3), and 2 RS to move to .305. Two other Brewers had 2 RBI.
The Royals are 7-15 and have the worst record in the AZL. They play the 11-11 Cubs tonight.
Dominican Royals pitcher Aristedes Santos was suspended for testing positive for a PED.
18 July 2009
AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 5, Memphis 3