15 April 2011

Royals on the Farm 4/15 -- Rain spoils Omaha home opener, Naturals SLAUGHTERED

AAA - Omaha: rainout

* Friday's scheduled home opener with Nashville was pushed back to Saturday. Saturday's game has been pushed back to a Sunday twinbill. Danny Duffy will start Saturday. Omaha is 2-6 and 3 games back of the division-leading Sounds.

AA - NW Arkansas: San Antonio 26, Naturals 5

LF T. Smith 3-4, 2B, RBI, RS -- .389
DH-P Romak 2-4, 2B (3), RBI (5), RS -- .259
2B Bianchi 1-4, BB, RBI (6), K, RS -- .355
SS Colon 1-5, RBI (9), K -- .267
CF D. Robinson 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K, RS -- .273
C S. Perez 1-4, K -- .214

W. Smith IP, 6 ER, 6 H, BB, K, 2 HRA -- L, 0-1, 11.81 ERA, 38 pitches, yowch
Mozingo 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, HRA -- 67.50 ERA, season debut, 34 pitches, yowch
Paulino 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, HRA -- 7.04 ERA
Baumann 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HRA -- 10.29 ERA
Theriot IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, HRA -- 27.00 ERA
Romak IP, H -- 0.00 ERA, fitting that a position player had best pitching line of night for NWA

* I wish that score was a typo. I had to put slaughtered in all CAPS in the post title because this game was brutal. Here's Will Smith's outing: double, RBI single, double, RBI single, 2-run homer, solo homer, walk, DP, K. That's it. The Nats scratched out a run in the 2nd but RP Harold Mozingo got a rough introduction to the 2011 season in the Missions 2nd. A 2-run homer and 3 doubles were part of a 5-run inning as San Antonio made it 11-1. Jeff Bianchi singled in a run and Jamie Romak doubled in a run in the 3rd but the Missions weren't done. Tim Smith doubled in a run in the 5th but the Missions cracked back with 7 off Eduardo Paulino and Buddy Baumann, including a grand slam by RF Dan Robertson. Christian Colon singled in a run in the 6th. The Missions committed overkill with 3 in the 6th and 5 in the 7th to push it to 26-5. CF Blake Tekotte also had a grand slam in the game. Only 1 Mission didn't have a multi-hit game and they racked up 7 HR. 1B Cody Decker had 4 hits, including 2 HR, and 6 RBI. Mozingo was activated from the DL as RP Eric Basurto took his place on the shelf. Basurto's injury was stated as to his shoulder. C Ryan Eigsti was also activated from the DL and moved to Wilmington.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Blue Rocks 5, Potomac 4

2B Navarro 4-5, 2B (2), RS, SB (3), CS -- .533, he's "rey"king
LF Merrifield 2-4, BB, RS -- .250
SS McClure 1-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI (3), 2 RS, SB (3) -- .115
RF Francis 1-4, RBI (5), 2 K, OF assist at third -- .138, getting it done defensively tho
DH Whittleman 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (6), K -- .286
The Rocks stranded 10.

Marks 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 5 K, HRA, pickoff -- 5.79 ERA
Sample 3 IP, 2 BB, K -- W, 1-0, 1.17 ERA

* The Rocks had the magic working in the 7th as they got a big comeback win over the P-Nats. Justin Marks made his first organizational start but gave up a solo dinger in the 1st to put the Rocks down quickly. Nick Francis tied it with an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st but Marks and Nationals SP Dan Rosenbaum dueled from there. The game was tied into the 6th when Marks faltered to give up a 3-run triple, but a Francis assist at third in the inning would factor in big in the end. The Rocks would put 2 on with 1 out in the 7th and, after a passed ball scored Deivy Batista, Alex McClure came up clutch with a 2-run shot for his 1st homer of the season. John Whittleman stepped up with a 2-out RBI double to give the Rocks a 5-4 lead. Tyler Sample came on in the 7th and induced 2 late double plays, including 1 to end the game for his first win of the season. Two P-Nats had 2 hits, including 2B Jeff Kobernus, who hit his 1st homer of the season. 1B Steven Souza had the 3-run triple. The Rocks are 5-2. Game 2 is Saturday as Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 2.25) makes the start.

A - Kane County: rainout

* Friday's game will be made up as part of a Saturday doubleheader. Keaton Hayenga and Greg Billo will start the two games.

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