10 May 2010

Royals on the Farm 5/10 -- Montgomery shines again

AAA - Omaha: rainout

* The game with New Orleans will be made up July 25, making it 2 days straight with a double dip between the teams in that series. A 4-game set at the Reno Aces (16-16, AAA D-Backs) starts Tuesday.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 7, Tulsa 3

3B Moustakas 4-5, 2 RS -- .408
RF Van Stratten 2-5, 2B (7), 2 RBI (14) -- .310
C Pina 2-5, 2B (5), 3 RS, E (4) -- .263
DH Mejia 2-4, 2B (4), RBI (21), K -- .235
1B C. Robinson 1-4, BB, RBI (13) -- .275
LF T. Smith 1-4, 2B (4), RBI (5) -- .289
SS McConnell 1-4, RBI (5), K, E (6) -- .247

Montgomery 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K, WP -- W, 2-0, 1.54 ERA
Teaford 1 1/3 IP, 2 UER, 5 H, K -- 5.87 ERA
Sisk 1 2/3 IP, 2 H -- SV, 3, 1.47 ERA

* Mike Montgomery was good once more and the Naturals took another game from the Drillers. Tim Smith got it started with an RBI double in the 2nd and Clint Robinson singled home a run in the 3rd to make it 2-0 NWA. Chris McConnell singled in a run in the 4th and Montgomery was perfect through 3 but allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk in the 4th. The Nats got the run back with interest in a 3-run 5th as a run-scoring error was followed by a Nick Van Stratten RBI single and Ernesto Mejia doubled in a run to make it 6-1. Montgomery had a little labor in the 5th and 6th and was pulled after 82 pitches. Everett Teaford loaded the bases in the 8th and allowed an RBI single before Brandon Sisk allowed an inherited runner to score and stranded 2. Van Stratten hit an RBI double in the 9th and Sisk shut the door for his 3rd save. Tulsa SP Keith Weiser took the loss with 6 runs (2 ER) allowed over 4 2/3 IP. SS Daniel Mayora and C Wilin Rosario had 3 hits for Tulsa. RF Ryan Harvey had 2 hits, 2 RBI and 2 errors for the Drillers. The Naturals are 20-10 and 5 1/2 games up on first. Mario Santiago starts Tuesday for NWA.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 6, Lynchburg 5 (10)

RF Ortiz 2-3, 2 S, 2B (7), 2 RS -- .290
2B Alfaro 2-4, 2B (2), RBI (7), K -- .196
C S. Perez 1-4, HR (2), RBI (9), 2 RS, PB (2) -- .320, still in 8 hole
SS Navarro 1-4, HR, RBI (2), RS, picked off -- .190
DH Hosmer 1-4, BB, 2B (10), GW RBI (21) -- she's real fine my .409... how many people get Beach Boys references anymore?
LF Walton 1-4, RBI (4), K -- .125
3B Romak 0-3, SF, RBI (15), K -- .195, what a difference a month makes

Baez 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, BB, 2 K -- 4.10 ERA
Baumann 2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), H, 2 BB -- 2.29 ERA
Bowden 2 IP, H, 2 K -- BS, 2, W, 1-1, 1.38 ERA

* The bullpen lost a 2-run lead in the 9th but Eric Hosmer stepped up with the clutch hit to give Wilmington the win in 10. Lynchburg, which made the switch from the Pirates to the Reds system for this season, scored single runs in the first 2 innings off Manauris Baez. Jamar Walton singled home a run in the 2nd and Salvador Perez homered to lead off the 3rd for his 2nd of the season to tie it. Baez battened down the hatches to make it thru 6 and Rey Navarro led off the 5th with his 1st homer for the Rocks before J.D. Alfaro doubled home the tying run. Buddy Baumann gave up a run in the 8th and Jamie Romak hit a sac fly in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-3 Rocks. Baumann walked the first 2 batters in the 9th and Barry Bowden was brought in, but gave up an RBI groundout and sac fly to tie the game. With 2 out and Adrian Ortiz at first in the 10th, Hosmer doubled to left and Ortiz made the circuit to end the game. RP Nick Christiani took the loss for the Hillcats with only 2/3 of an IP. Starter Matt Fairel allowed 4 runs (3 ER) over 7 IP. C Devin Mesoraco had 4 hits and was a homer shy of the cycle while 3 other 'Cats had 2 hits. The Rocks are 12-19. Tim Melville starts Tuesday's game. Jairo Cuevas was supposed to start but was skipped. Salvador Perez hasn't batted higher than 6th in the lineup, so maybe they're trying to keep his ABs low for some reason?

A - Burlington: Cedar Rapids 6, Bees 4

DH Myers 2-5, 2B (8), 2 RBI (22), K -- .261, not outstanding, but producing
C Graterol 2-4, K, RS -- .367
CF Richardson 0-2, 3 BB, K, RBI (8), 2 SB (12) -- .198
LF Caldwell 0-3, BB, RBI (8), K, RS, OF assist at second -- .175

Herrera 4 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, BB, 2 K, HRA -- L, 2-2, 4.10 ERA
Dennick 4 IP, 2 H, K -- 5.19 ERA

* Kelvin Herrera struggled for once and the Kernels held on to win. The Bees stranded 2 in the 1st and Cedar Rapids jumped on Herrera for 4 runs in their half on 4 hits, including a 3-run homer from DH Casey Haerther (his 3rd). The Bees struck back, tho, as Allen Caldwell and Hilton Richardson took bases-loaded walks and Wil Myers cracked a 2-run double to tie the game. Herrera was nicked for 2 more runs in the 4th and that ended up being the gamebreaker. The Bees left 2 in scoring position in the 6th and that was their last threat. RP Kyle Hurst pitched 3 scoreless innings to move to 4-1. Starter Fabio Martinez Mesa allowed 4 ER over 4 IP but did strike out 10. Four Kernels had 2 hits and Haerther led the team with 3 RBI (17). The Bees are 12-20.

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