AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 7, Reno 6
CF Raines Jr. 3-3, HR (3), RBI (15), 2 RS, SB (10) -- .220
DH Aldridge 2-4, 3B (3), HR (16), 4 RBI (56), K, RS -- .309
PH-C House 1-1, 2B (20), 2 RBI (44), RS -- .252
RF Hulett 0-4, 3 K -- .300
1B Ka'aihue 1-3, BB, 2 RS -- .261
SS Lisson 0-3 -- .236
Duckworth 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 K, HRA, WP -- 5.31 ERA
Hamulack IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, K -- 5.51 ERA, was dangerously close to getting it under 5
Holland IP, nothing -- W, 1-1, 7.00 ERA
Marte IP, nothing -- SV, 3, 2.55 ERA
*** After losing a 3-0 lead, the O-Royals pounded out a 4-run 8th to get a comeback win. Reno stranded 2 in the 2nd and Cory Aldridge put the Royals on top with a 2-run homer in the 2nd for his 16th of the season to make it 2-0 Omaha. Tim Raines Jr. led off the Omaha 3rd with his 3rd homer of the season and the Royals had the 3-0 lead. Brandon Duckworth allowed a run in the 4th then gave up a 2-run homer to C Luke Carlin (his 6th) in the 6th to tie the game. Reno surged ahead with 3 runs in the 8th on 3 hits, a walk and sac fly off Tim Hamulack and Greg Holland to take a 6-3 lead. Fifteen of 16 Royals after Raines' homer had gone down going into the 8th, but J.R. House hit a pinch-hit 2-run double and Aldridge came through big with a 2-out, 2-run triple to regain the lead for the Royals. Victor Marte pitched a perfect 9th for his 3rd save. RP Scott Maine blew his 2nd save and took the loss with 2 ER allowed in 2/3 IP to fall to 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA. Starter Seth Etherton, who was with the O-Royals and KC in 2006, allowed 3 ER on 3 hits and a walk with 7 Ks over 6 IP to move his ERA to 5.04. Three Aces had 2 hits as LF Cole Gillespie drove in 3 runs (38) and stole his 9th base and Carlin walked twice, scored twice and drove in 2 (29). Two other Aces scored twice.
The O-Royals are 48-69. They have tonight off. It's their last scheduled off day of the season.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 8, Midland 1
CF Lough 3-5, 2B (6), HR (6), 3 RBI (24), K, RS -- .346
RF Duarte 2-3, BB, 2 RBI (36), 2 RS, OF assist at first -- .260
DH Mertins 2-4, 3B (4), RBI (48), 2 K, RS -- .277
2B Maddox 0-3, BB, RBI (10), 2 K, 2 RS -- .193
LF Dyson 0-5 -- .250
SS Bianchi 1-4, BB, 2 K -- .324
Lerew 7 IP, ER, 5 H, 7 K -- W, 8-6, 4.61 ERA, nice outing
Swaggerty IP, H -- 3.72 ERA
Chavez IP, nothing -- 0.00 ERA
*** Anthony Lerew pitched well and the Naturals got good output from David Lough and Jose Duarte to win. Duarte got the scoring started with an RBI single in the 3rd and a run-scoring wild pitch made it 2-0 NWA. Two Midland doubles scored a run off Lerew in the 4th but the RockHounds would only have 2 more hits in the game. Kurt Mertins hit an RBI triple in the 4th to spark a 5-run rally as Marc Maddox hit an RBI fielder's choice, Duarte hit an RBI forceout and Lough ripped a 2-run homer for his 6th of the season to make it 7-1. NWA stranded 2 in the 5th and 7th, but Lough doubled home a run in the 8th to finish the scoring. Starter Tyson Ross worked 5 IP of 7 ER allowed on 7 hits and 3 walks with 6 Ks to fall to 2-2 with a 6.26 ERA. DH Matt Spencer had 2 hits for Midland, including his 25th double. 1B Shane Peterson, who came over in the Matt Holliday deal, hit his 13th double with his 17th RBI. 2B Jemile Weeks (Rickie's younger brother) was 0-3 with his 2nd error to drop to .258.
The Naturals are 27-18 and 2 games up on first. Game 2 of the set is tonight as Blake Johnson (7-7, 4.66) takes on Midland righty Graham Godfrey (10-6, 3.73). IF Chris McConnell was activated from the DL as IF Josh Johnson was placed on the DL with a calf strain. Righty John Bannister is supposed to be joining NWA soon, which will likely lead to another roster move.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 5, Winston-Salem 1 (2-hitter, 7/G1)
3B Moustakas 2-3, 2B (27), 2 RBI (75), RS -- .258
1B Hosmer 1-3, 2B (2), RBI (9) -- .200
CF D. Robinson 1-4, RBI (41), RS, SB (54), picked off -- .238
2B Giavotella 1-3, RS, SB (19) -- .260
DH C. Robinson 0-3 -- .293
RF Van Stratten 0-2, HBP -- .265, hit streak snapped at 12 games
SS Fontaine 1-2, BB -- .342
Gutierrez 4 IP, BB, 3 K -- 0.00 ERA, looking good
Rivas 3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP -- W, 4-3, 5.57 ERA
*** Danny Gutierrez and Carlos Rivas combined on a 2-hitter and a 5-run Rocks rally sealed the deal in the opener of a double dip Wednesday. Wilmington stranded 2 in the 3rd and Gutierrez handed a no-hitter over to Rivas in the 5th. The Rocks' rally came in the 5th on a 2-run Dash error, a 2-run Mike Moustakas double and Eric Hosmer RBI double. Dash LF Tyler Kuhn broke up the no-hitter with a 2-out single in the 6th and the Dash got an RBI double in the 7th to break up the shutout. Dash SP Levi Maxwell took the loss with 4 1/3 IP of 5 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits and a walk to fall to 4-12 with a 4.79 ERA. He had no-hit the Rocks before this season. Kuhn was 1-3 to improve to .323 and DH Joe Persichina hit his 5th double to drive in his 13th RBI.
Blue Rocks 1, Winston-Salem 0 (3-hitter, 7/G2)
RF Van Stratten 2-3 -- .282
LF Orlando 2-2, CS (3) -- .270
1B C. Robinson 0-2, SF, RBI (50) -- .291
DH Moustakas 0-2, BB -- .257
CF D. Robinson 0-2, S -- .236
2B Giavotella 0-2, S -- .259
3B Fontaine 0-3 -- .317
Paulino CG (7 IP), 3 H, 8 K -- W, 7-6, 3.80 ERA
*** Eduardo Paulino had a great start and the Rocks slid by the Dash to sweep the doubleheader. The Dash spaced out their 3 hits to never really threaten. The Rocks stranded 2 in the 2nd and a Clint Robinson sac fly in the 6th was the difference. The Rocks left the bases loaded that inning but Paulino retired the last 6 Dash batters to end it. Starter Dylan Axelrod took the loss despite allowing only an ER on 4 hits and a walk with a K to fall to 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his level debut. Kuhn was 1-3 with a K to stay at .323.
Wilmington is 29-15 and 2 1/2 games up on first. The series ends tonight as Alex Caldera (4-9, 5.78) faces Dash righty Anthony Carter (10-5, 4.17).
A - Burlington: Peoria 11, Bees 1
RF Francis 2-4, 2B (21), RBI (56) -- .266
1B D. Wood 2-4, 2B (17), RS, SB (7) -- .261
2B F. Garcia 1-3, BB, 2B (11), K, picked off -- .265
LF Ortiz 1-4 -- .186
3B Taylor 0-3, BB -- .238
DH Griffin 0-3 -- .310
C Bonilla 0-4, K, PB (11) -- .223
CF Norris 0-3, 2 K -- .242
Runion 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HRA, 2 WP -- L, 3-10, 7.11 ERA, if he can't get guys out in the MWL, then where can he?
J. Garcia 2 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 K -- 4.89 ERA
D. Wood IP, ER, 3 H, HRA -- 1.23 ERA
*** The Bees were being shut out on 4 hits going into the 9th and barely avoided that fate as Sam Runion got pounded yet again. The Bees got 2 hits but stranded both guys in the 1st and Peoria got a solo homer from DH Rebel Ridling (his 14th) off Runion in the 1st. Runion had a smooth 2nd and 3rd before allowing another run in the 4th. He served up a 3-run homer to CF Brett Jackson (his 3rd) in the 5th and allowed 2 more runs in the inning before getting pulled with 2 on and 1 out. Justin Garcia gave up 2 runs in the 6th and another in the 7th. The Bees stranded 2 in the 7th and Peoria finished its scoring as Jackson homered off David Wood in the 8th for his 4th of the season and 2nd of the game. Nick Francis hit an RBI double in the 9th but that was it. RP Austin Bibens-Dirkx went 4 IP for his 1st save and rehabbing Cubs starter Ted Lilly got the win with 5 IP of 2 hits and a walk with 2 Ks to move to 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Four Chiefs had multiple hits. Jackson and SS D.J. LeMahieu had 3 hits for Peoria as Jackson had his 2 HR and 4 RBI (10) with a walk and 3 RS to move to .328. LeMahieu bumped his BA to .323. 3B Ryan Flaherty drove in 2 runs (65) and 2 others scored twice for Peoria.
The Bees are 20-25 and 6 games back. The series continues tonight with Tim Melville (4-6, 3.84) facing Peoria lefty Jeffry Antigua (0-0, 3.72). IF Juan Rivera was put on the DL.
Rookie - Idaho Falls: Chukars 11, Billings 2
LF Aparicio 3-4, 2B (10), HR (3), 3 RBI (11), RS -- .220
RF Caldwell 3-5, 2B (6), 2 RBI (18), 2 RS -- .255
C S. Perez 1-2, 2 BB, SF, 2 RBI (22), K, RS -- .317
2B Alfaro 0-2, 2 BB, RBI (13), RS -- .240
CF H. Richardson 1-1, 4 BB, 2 RS, CS, OF assist at home -- .325, nice day for OBP
SS D. Batista 1-3, 2 BB, K, RS -- .287
DH Lewis 1-4, K, RS -- .250, pro debut
3B Stovall 1-4, 2B (3), K, 2 RS, CS (2) -- .282
Wooley 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, K -- W, 3-1, 4.26 ERA
Kelley 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K -- SV, 1, 0.00 ERA, Chukars debut
*** The Chukars held the Mustangs to only 2 runs on 10 hits and made the most of their own 11 hits to pound Billings. Billings scored first with a run on 3 hits off Nick Wooley in the 3rd, although Hilton Richardson and J.D. Alfaro teamed up to nail a guy at the plate in the inning. Alfaro scored on a wild pitch in the IF 3rd and Salvador Perez added a sac fly to make it 2-1 Chukars. Julio Aparicio hit an RBI double in the 4th and Perez hit a bases-loaded RBI single in the 5th before a Tito Espinosa double play ball drove in another run to make it 5-1 Idaho Falls. Wooley allowed Billings' only other run in the 6th and the Chukars put it away with Aparicio's solo homer (his 3rd) in the 6th, then a 5-run 7th inning rally of an Allen Caldwell 2-run single, Aparicio RBI single, Alfaro RBI forceout and run-scoring passed ball. Billings SP Ricky Bowen took the loss with 3 IP of 2 unearned runs allowed on a hit, 4 walks and 3 Ks to drop to 0-1 with a 0.00 ERA. Four Mustangs had multiple hits as 1B Chris Richburg had 3 hits to move to .253.
The Chukars are 5-4 and 3 games out. They go for the sweep tonight with Bryan Paukovits (2-2, 5.12) on the mound versus Mustangs lefty Luca Panerati (2-4, 6.20).
Rookie - Burlington: B-Royals 5, Kingsport 4
LF D. Rodriguez 4-4, 3B, 3 RS, 2 SB (8) -- .306
RF Del Rosario 3-5, 2B (8), K, RS, 2 SB (18) -- .315
SS Espinal 2-4, S, 2 RBI (14), SB (16), 2 CS (13) -- .225, 16/29 SB is not a good rate
DH T. Jones 1-4, RBI (9) -- .155
3B Culver 0-4, SF, RBI (16), 2 K -- .218
C F. Cruz 1-4 -- .281
2B Tschepikow 1-4, 2B, K -- .217
Hentges 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, K, HRA, pickoff -- 5.34 ERA
L. Roberts 3 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 5 K, WP -- W, 2-0, 1.59 ERA
Sirrett IP, 2 H -- SV, 3, 2.70 ERA
*** Derek Rodriguez finished a nice night at the plate with a key triple in the 9th as the Royals took the series with the Mets. The Royals had to mount a comeback in the game as the Mets got to Chase Hentges for 2 runs in the 2nd on 3 hits, a walk and sac fly before stranding 2. The Royals left 2 in scoring position in the 3rd, then Mets 3B Richard Lucas took Hentges long for a solo shot in the inning for his 3rd of the season. Burlington finally got on the board with 2 in the 5th on a Yowill Espinal RBI single and Rodriguez steal of home on a double steal. Espinal was thrown out trying to steal third to pull a Berroa and end the rally. Travis Jones hit an RBI single in the 6th to tie it before the Royals stranded 2. Malcom Culver hit a sac fly in the 7th to make it 4-3 Royals. Lee Roberts stranded 2 Mets in the 7th but gave up a run on 2 hits in the 8th to tie it. Rodriguez led off the 9th with his triple and scored on an Espinal single and the Royals had the lead for good. Onassis Sirrett stranded 2 in the 9th for his 3rd save. RP Chris Hilliard took the loss with 3 IP of 2 ER allowed to fall to 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA. Starter Eduardo Aldama allowed 3 ER on 8 hits and 5 Ks over 6 IP to move his ERA to 4.47. Three Mets had 2 hits. Lucas hit his 11th double, the HR and drove in his 19th run and also scored twice to improve to .405.
The B-Royals are 18-31. A 3-game set at the Danville Braves (33-16) starts tonight as an unannounced Royals starter faces Braves lefty Chris Masters (4-4, 1.93). The Royals are 0-7 versus the Braves.
Rookie - AZL: Dodgers 5, Royals 1 (3-hitter)
3B Figueroa 2-4, K, CS (3) -- .272
DH Trapp 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .291
RF L. Adams 0-3, S, K, CS -- .247
1B G. Baldwin 0-4, 3 K -- .271, bad slump
C Matos 0-3, K -- .309
* CF Juan Polonia had an OF assist at second.
Peacock 6 IP, ER, 5 H, BB, 5 K, pickoff -- 4.18 ERA, nice start
Amador 3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 4 H, BB, 6 K, HRA -- L, 1-3, 6.65 ERA
*** The Dodgers plated 4 late runs to break a 1-1 tie and win. Their run off Brian Peacock came on 2 hits and a sac fly in the 1st but a Dodgers error scored the Royals' run in the 1st to tie the game. They would only have 1 hit after that inning. Both teams stranded 2 in the 4th but the tie was broken in the 7th when Ezequiel Amador took over for Peacock and served up a 2-run homer to LF Austin King (his 1st). Amador allowed single runs in the 8th and 9th and the Royals had a couple runners caught on the basepaths in the late innings. Their first hit since the 1st came on a Yunior Figueroa single in the 9th. RP Beyker Fructuoso picked up his 1st save with a 3 IP outing. RP Brian Akin pitched a hitless inning for the win to move to 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA and starter Carl Webster allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and a walk with 8 Ks over 5 IP to move his ERA to 2.05. King and 2B Garett Green had 2 hits for the Dodgers. King's HR gave him 2 RBI (5).
The 5-10 Royals play the 10-4 Mariners tonight.
13 August 2009
AAA - Omaha: O-Royals 7, Reno 6