17 April 2011

Royals on the Farm 4/16 -- Omaha opener goes well

Ah, nothing like a touch of illness to make the weekend great....

AAA - Omaha: Storm Chasers 2, Nashville 1

1B Hosmer 3-3, BB, 2B (2), RS -- .368
LF Lough 2-4, 2B (2), K -- .286
3B Moustakas 1-4, 2B, RBI (4), K, RS -- .194
2B Giavotella 1-3, BB, 3B, RBI (4) -- .294
CF Cain 0-3, BB, 2 K -- .250
Omaha stranded 10.

Duffy 4 2/3 IP, H, BB, 7 K -- 1.86 ERA, 76 pitches, nice line but not efficient pitch-wise
Teaford 1/3 IP, H -- 7.20 ERA
Mendoza 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, K, WP -- 3.68 ERA
Hardy 0 IP, H, 2 BB -- 3.00 ERA
Chavez IP, K -- W, 1-0, 0.00 ERA
Coleman IP, 3 K -- SV, 2, 5.40 ERA, another dominant save

* It took six pitchers, but Omaha eked out a home opener victory over the Sounds on Saturday. Omaha left the bases full in the 1st and Duffy got a lineout double play to escape a small jam in the 3rd. David Lough got gunned down at the plate for the second out of the Omaha 3rd but Mike Moustakas came through with an RBI double followed by an RBI triple by Johnny Giavotella to make it 2-0 Storm Chasers. Luis Mendoza gave up a run-scoring wild pitch in the 6th but stranded the tying run 90 feet away. Nashville's best shot came in the 8th when Blaine Hardy loaded the bases with 0 out and was pulled for Jesse Chavez, who got a K and 4-6-3 double play to pull the Houdini. Louis Coleman slammed the door with 3 Ks in the 9th for his 2nd save. 3B Chris Nowak had 2 hits for Nashville. Omaha is 3-6. The teams play a double dip today. Vin Mazzaro and Mike Montgomery start the games for the Chasers.

AA - NW Arkansas: San Antonio 8, Naturals 3

1B Romak 2-3, BB, RBI (6) -- .300
RF Van Stratten 1-3, BB, HR, RBI (4), K, RS -- .241
SS Colon 0-3, BB, K, RS -- .242
CF D. Robinson 0-4, K -- .243
DH Bianchi 1-3, BB, 2B (3), 2 K, RS -- .353
C S. Perez 0-4, K -- .188

Rollins 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 2 K, HRA -- L, 0-1, 5.06 ERA
Santiago 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 2 K, HRA -- 2.45 ERA, that's 9 walks, 4 K combined if you're adding

* Hard times continued for NW Arkansas as the Missions got the sweep with another offensive night. The Nats stranded 2 in the 1st but Nick Van Stratten led off the 3rd with his 1st longball of the season to put them on top. Heath Rollins gave up a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, however, to tie it. Some trouble on the basepaths spoiled a would-be Nats rally in the 5th as a batter interference call and rundown at third cost NWA two outs. Rollins ran into trouble in the 5th as a bases-loaded sac fly and HBP before Mario Santiago came in to allow a 2-run single to make it 5-1 Missions. Jamie Romak singled home a run in the 6th and a double-play ball scored Jeff Bianchi to cut it to 5-3, San Antonio got a run back in the 6th and then added 2 more in the 8th to put it away. SS Beamer Weems had 3 hits and 2 RBI (11) for SA as he improved to .457. Two others had 2 RBI. NWA is 5-4 but still a game up on first. They head to Corpus Christi today for the first of 3 with the Hooks (AA Astros). Edgar Osuna starts for the Naturals.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: rainout

* The game with Potomac was washed away and will be made up in a doubleheader today. Jake Odorizzi and Noel Arguelles will pitch the games, so it would be a nice day to head out to Frawley if you're a Royals' fan in Delaware or the surrounding area. C Juan Graterol has been placed on the DL to make room for C Ryan Eigsti. Former Royals farmhand P Alex Caldera will start game 2 for the P-Nats.

A - Kane County: Clinton 6, Cougars 4 (7/G1)

CF Llanos 2-3, SF, HR (2), 2 RBI (6), RS -- .371
C Jenkins 2-3, 2B, RBI (3), K, RS, E (2) -- .375
LF Fletcher 1-3, BB, HR, RBI (4), K, RS, E (2) -- .265
1B Watts 1-4, 2 K -- .231

Hayenga 4 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 3 H, 3 BB -- 4.00 ERA
Odenbach 2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K -- L, 0-1, 1.93 ERA

* The Cougars built a 4-run lead then watched it evaporate in the 5th as the LumberKings took the first of 2 with the Cougs Saturday. Brian Fletcher hit a 2-out solo homer in the 1st for his 1st longball of the season, then Alex Llanos hit a sac fly in the 2nd to make it 2-0. Ryan Jenkins hit a 2-out RBI single in the 3rd and Llanos went solo in the 4th for his 2nd homer of the season to make it 4-0. Keaton Hayenga stranded 2 in the 3rd but had a 1-hitter working going into the 5th. Things changed dramatically as he loaded the bases with 0 out and a 2-run error by SS Gerard Hall got Clinton on the board. Dusty Odenbach came in and gave up a 2-run double to tie it, an RBI single and sac fly to make it 6-4 'Kings. CF Julio Morban and 1B Tim Morris had 2 hits each for Clinton as Morban knocked in 2 runs.

Clinton 2, Cougars 1 (7/G2)

3B Stovall 2-3, 2B, RBI (5), K, CS -- .357
LF Adams 2-3, 2B (2), RS -- .278
CF Llanos 1-2, BB, K -- .378
1B Watts 0-3, K -- .207

Billo 3 2/3 IP, UER, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K, balk, pickoff -- 2.45 ERA
Simmons 2 2/3 IP, ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K -- L, 0-2, 6.75 ERA

* The Cougars put on a late rally to tie it but couldn't pull out a win as Clinton got a walkoff hit to end it. Both teams had a chance early but couldn't get a run home. A 2-out throwing error by C Travis Jones ended up costing the Cougs as Greg Billo gave up an RBI single before getting pulled. KC left 2 in scoring position in the 6th but Ryan Stovall came up clutch with a 2-out RBI double in the 7th to tie the game. Crawford Simmons got in trouble in the bottom of the inning by putting the first 2 LumberKings on, then gave up a walkoff single to CF Julio Morban. Starter Seon Gi Kim pitched 5 1/3 scoreless for Clinton with 4 K. Morban had 2 hits for a good game in both ends of the twinbill. The Cougars are 3-7 going into today's series finale. Leonel Santiago (0-2, 10.57) starts for KC.

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