12 April 2011

Royals on the Farm 4/12 -- Eibner getting thumb checked

AAA - Omaha: tied at 2 going into the 13th

DH C. Robinson 2-5, BB, RBI (6) -- .333
2B Giavotella 2-4, BB, RBI (3), K -- .304
RF Lough 2-6, K, RS -- .273
CF Orlando 2-4, BB, K, SB, OF assist at home -- .333
3B Moustakas 1-6, 2 K -- .172
1B Hosmer 1-6, K, RS -- .321
Omaha stranded 12.

Montgomery 4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, WP -- 5.00 ERA, 73 pitches, better than opening night but still finding his AAA legs
B. Hardy 2 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K, pickoff -- 3.00 ERA
B. Wood 2 IP, H, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA
Coleman IP, ER, H, 2 BB, K, WP -- BS,1, 3.00 ERA
Chavez 2 1/3 IP, 3 H, BB, K, WP -- 0.00 ERA

* Omaha's 2 runs have come in the 1st inning and they've been shut out on 7 hits since. Clint Robinson and Johnny Giavotella hit RBI singles in the 1st but the Storm Chasers left 2 in scoring position. Omaha left the bases loaded in the 3rd, and Mike Montgomery didn't work a clean inning until his last one, the 4th. Blaine Hardy lost the shutout with a Round Rock run in the 6th but Omaha gave a 2-1 lead to Louis Coleman to start the 9th. A sac fly ended up tying the game and it went to extras. Paulo Orlando kept the Chasers alive with an assist at the plate in the 10th and it's in the 13th currently. I'll finish it tomorrow with the exciting conclusion. Jeff Suppan is set to start Wednesday's game 3.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 14, Corpus Christi 4

LF Myers 3-5, BB, 2B (2), 3 RBI (4), 2 RS, SB (2) -- .333
CF D. Robinson 3-6, 2 RBI (3), 2 RS -- .308
2B Mertins 3-4, BB, 3 RS -- .375
1B Romak 2-5, 2B (2), 3 RBI (4), K -- .227
DH Bianchi 2-4, SF, RBI (4), 2 K, RS -- .348
C S. Perez 2-5, 2B (2), K, 2 RS -- .200
SS Colon 1-3, HBP, S, 2 RBI (8) -- .318, pulled in 8th
3B Lisson 1-1, 2 BB, S, HBP, HR (2), 2 RBI (4), 3 RS -- .455
RF Van Stratten 1-3, 2 BB, RS -- .286

Dwyer 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K, WP -- 8.59 ERA, another underwhelming outing
M. Santiago 3 2/3 IP, H, 3 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Paulino 2 IP, H, WP -- 1.80 ERA

* NW Arkansas broke out the bats in cranking out 14 runs on 18 hits and 6 walks and rolling over the Hooks. It didn't start out favorably for NWA as Corpus Christi tagged Chris Dwyer for 2 in the 1st on 3 hits and a walk. Jeff Bianchi answered with a sac fly in the 1st and the Nats took command in the 2nd. A run-scoring error started the rally as Derrick Robinson hit a bases-loaded RBI single, Christian Colon hit an RBI groundout, Wil Myers slapped a 2-run double and Jamie Romak singled home a run to make it 7-2. Dwyer allowed another run in the 3rd but NWA loaded the bases with 0 out in the bottom of the inning and Colon took a HBP with Myers adding an RBI single to make it 9-3. Dwyer didn't survive the 4th as he allowed another run and Mario Santiago finished the inning. Mario Lisson kept the pressure on with a 2-run homer in the 4th (his 2nd) to make it 11-4. After an inning off the Naturals got back to work in the 6th on a Derrick Robinson RBI single, then added 2 in the 7th on a Romak 2-run double. Santiago and Eduardo Paulino took care of the rest. DH Brandon Barnes had 3 hits and 2 RBI for the Hooks. The Nats are 5-1. With the 3-game sweep in hand, the Naturals have their first day off Wednesday. Behold, I give you Nick Van Stratten's opening night catch. Nice.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 7, Kinston 6

1B Whittleman 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI (4), 2 K, RS -- .333
RF Francis 2-5, 3 RBI (4), K, 2 RS -- .136
CF Ferguson 1-5, 2 RBI (4), K -- .190
2B Navarro 2-5, K, RS, SB (2), 2 E -- .524
LF Merrifield 1-5, 2 K, RS -- .190
The Rocks stranded 10.

E. Pimentel 3 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 7 H, BB, K, 2 HRA -- 12.00 ERA
Paukovits 3 1/3 IP, UER, 3 H, BB, 3 K, E -- 0.00 ERA
Dennick 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA

* A big 7th inning rally helped the Rocks come from behind to get the win. Nick Francis singled home a run in the 1st before the Rocks stranded 2. Elisaul Pimentel gave up a 2-run homer in the 2nd to swing the lead to the K-Tribe but John Whittleman hit a 2-out RBI single in the 3rd to tie the game. Pimentel continued to take damage in the 3rd as a 2-run homer and a run-scoring Rey Navarro error made it 5-2 Indians. With 2 on and 2 out in the 7th, the Rocks came up with some magic as Francis hit a 2-run single, Whittleman followed with an RBI triple and Tim Ferguson singled him home to make it 6-5 Rocks. Kinston evened it thanks to two Rocks errors in the bottom of the frame but Ferguson hit an RBI forceout in the 9th to make it 7-6 Wilmington. Ryan Dennick made it through the 9th to pick up the win. CF Tyler Holt was 3-3 and two other Indians had 2 hits, including LF Bo Greenwell, the son of former Red Sox OF Mike Greenwell, who hit his 1st homer of the season. The Rocks are 3-2. The series ends Wednesday morning as Tim Melville starts for the Rocks.

A - Kane County: Quad Cities 5, Cougars 3

2B Espinal 2-3, S, RBI -- .235
LF Llanos 2-4, 2B (3), RS -- .360
SS Hall 1-4, RBI (2), K -- .067
1B Watts 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K -- .278

L. Santiago 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 5 K, 2 WP -- L, 0-2, 10.57 ERA
Hodge 4 1/3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 2 K, 2 WP, E -- 4.70 ERA
Boruff IP, H, BB, K -- 3.00 ERA

* A 3-run 4th fueled the Bandits' second straight win over Kane County. Both teams stranded 2 in the 1st but Gerard Hall put the Cougars on top with an RBI single in the 2nd. The Bandits tied it off Leonel Santiago in the 3rd and then capitalized on a would-be third-out third strike that ended up as a wild pitch in the 4th to rally for 3 runs to chase Santiago from the game. Yowill Espinal singled in a run in the 5th and an error scored another run to cut the lead to 4-3. KC stranded 2 in the 6th and Mitch Hodge pitched well but gave up an insurance run in the 8th. The last 7 Cougars went down in order. Five Bandits had 2 hits. KC is 2-4. Wednesday features another matinee between the teams as Sugar Ray Marimon gets the start for Kane County. Brett Eibner has headed back to Arizona for a look at his left thumb, which was injured during a diving catch in the second game of his pro career. According to the Kane County Chronicle, they're hoping it's just a jammed knuckle.

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