02 July 2011

Royals on the Farm 7/2

The biggest recent news for the organization may be the signing of Dominican OF prospect Elier Hernandez, 16, which became official today. Venezuelans C Luis Lara and SS Angelo Castellano are also on the international signing radar for KC. They did sign 21st rounder C Kenny Swab out of Virginia as well.

AAA - Omaha: Storm Chasers 4, Albuquerque 1

CF Cain 3-4, 2 2B (21) -- .309
2B Giavotella 1-2, BB, SF, HR (7), 3 RBI (59), RS -- .328, crazy logjams for KC at 1B and 2B, let's do something with Getz
DH Ka'aihue 1-4, RBI (38), K -- .304
1B Robinson 1-4, K, RS -- .326
RF Falu 1-3, BB, RS, 2 SB (9) -- .305
SS Aviles 1-4 -- .337
LF Lough 0-3, HBP -- .310

O'Sullivan 6 IP, ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K -- W, 1-1, 3.65 ERA, time for a 7-man rotation!!!!
Teaford 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K -- 3.03 ERA
Jeffress IP, 3 K -- SV, 2, 5.75 ERA, dominant save

* Albuquerque scored first but Omaha did it all from there. Omaha stranded 2 in the 1st and Sean O'Sullivan allowed a run in the 2nd. Johnny Giavotella slammed a 2-run homer in the 3rd for his 7th of the season. He came back up in the 5th and hit a sac fly to make it 3-1 Omaha. Kila Ka'aihue singled home a run in the 6th to make it 4-1. Jeremy Jeffress struck out the side in the 9th for his 2nd save. Omaha is 46-37. The series wraps Sunday with Jeff Suppan trying to take another drink of his rejuvenation juice. OF Jarrod Dyson is coming back to Omaha as Kyle Davies was activated. By the way, I think I noted the Isotopes as the Marlins' AAA team, when it's actually the Dodgers.

AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 4, San Antonio 1

C S. Perez 2-3, HR (5), RBI (15), RS, E (8) -- .269
SS Colon 2-4, RBI (36), RS, SB (13) -- .257
LF Robinson 2-3, BB, 2 SB (30), CS (8) -- .265
CF Myers 1-4, 2B (13), RBI (19), 2 K -- .295
DH Bianchi 0-4, K -- .268

W. Smith 6 2/3 IP, ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K -- W, 6-7, 4.28 ERA
Herrera 2 1/3 IP, H, BB, 5 K -- SV, 5, 1.46 ERA

* Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera collaborated on a 14-K game for NW Arkansas to salvage a win in the series with the Missions. Christian Colon hit an RBI groundout in the 3rd and Wil Myers hit an RBI double in the 5th, tho Colon was tagged out at the plate on the play. Herrera was greeted with an RBI single in the 7th to spoil the shutout but didn't allow another hit. Salvador Perez led off the 7th with his 5th homer and Colon scored on an error in the 8th to finish it off. The Naturals are 2-7. A 3-game home set with the Corpus Christi Hooks (4-5, AA Astros) starts Sunday. With Jake Odorizzi getting called up to AA, the organization placed Buddy Baumann on the temporary inactive list. Released hurler Blake Johnson has signed with the Rockies.

A-Adv. - Wilmington: Potomac 14, Blue Rocks 1

SS Hall 2-4, 3B, RS -- .222
2B Merrifield 0-3, SF, RBI (27) -- .260
LF Testa 1-4, 2B (17), K, OF assist at home -- .254
1B Stovall 0-4 -- .000

E. Pimentel 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, BB, 3 K, 2 HRA -- L, 4-6, 4.07 ERA
Mariot 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K, WP -- 3.14 ERA
Gibson 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, BB, 2 K -- 13.06 ERA, not really working out for Glenn
Ed. Garcia 1/3 IP, H -- 4.50 ERA

* The Nationals blistered the Rocks to take the series opener Saturday. Carlo Testa threw a runner out at the plate to end the P-Nats 2nd but Elisaul Pimentel wasn't as lucky in the 3rd as the Nationals scored 2. Two homers in the 5th made it 5-0 Potomac. Following a solid rehab start by Chien-Ming Wang for Potomac, Gerard Hall led off the 6th with a triple and Whit Merrifield hit a sac fly to cut it to 5-1. The Nationals poured it on with 2 in the 7th off Mike Mariot and 7 in the 8th off Glenn Gibson and Edgar Garcia. The Rocks left the bases loaded in the 8th. Wilmington is 4-6. Game 2 is Sunday as Tim Melville takes the mound.

A - Kane County: Beloit 7, Cougars 2

LF Fletcher 2-4, 2B (14), RBI (30), K -- .335
1B Kuebler 1-3, BB, RBI (8), K, picked off -- .188
CF Eibner 1-2, 2 BB, 3B, K, RS -- .229
3B Cuthbert 0-4, 2 K -- .303

L. Perez 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HRA -- L, 2-8, 3.44 ERA
Keck 2 1/3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K -- 2.83 ERA
Boruff 2 IP, 2 K -- 1.26 ERA

* Beloit stuck it to Leondy Perez and the Cougs on Saturday. Perez teed up a solo homer in the 1st but Brett Eibner tripled to lead off the 2nd and scored on a Jake Kuebler single. A 2-run homer was part of a 3-run Beloit 3rd and Perez and Jon Keck combined to give up 3 more in the 5th. Brian Fletcher hit an RBI double in the 8th and that was the Cougars' last hit. KC is 6-3. A 3-game set with the Quad Cities River Bandits (3-5, A Cardinals) starts Sunday as Greg Billo makes the start. Brian Fletcher was named Midwest League player of the week for last week, which I somehow just found out about tonight. That's the kind of obvious coverage the team site and local newspaper don't make readily available.

Rookie - Idaho Falls: Casper 7, Chukars 4 (Fri.)

2B Mateo 3-5, K, RS, 2 E (6) -- .405
3B Threlkeld 2-5, 2B (3), RBI (6), RS, E (2) -- .237
LF Davis 2-4, BB -- .438
1B Espy 1-4, HBP, HR, RBI (3), 2 K, 2 RS -- .250, first pro homer
CF Sandford 1-4, BB, 2 K -- .316
RF Fradejas 0-5, K -- pro debut for non-drafted FA out of Auburn
IF stranded 14.

Penny 5 IP, 6 R (3 ER), 7 H, BB, 6 K, HRA -- L, 0-3, 9.22 ERA
Jo. Sanchez 2 IP, UER, H, 2 BB, 3 K -- 10.80 ERA
Carl IP, 2 K -- 0.00 ERA

* IF outhit Casper on Friday but couldn't outscore the Ghosts. Idaho Falls stranded 2 in the 1st and Casper scored a run off Robert Penny in the bottom of the frame. The Chukars left 2 on in the 3rd and a 2-run homer in the 3rd made it 3-0 Casper. Richard Espy led off the 4th with his 1st professional longball to get the Chukars on the board. Casper got the run back with interest off as they got 3 off Penny in the bottom of the inning. A 2-run error cut it to 6-3 in the 6th but Casper talled a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-3. Mark Threlkeld hit an RBI single in the 7th but the Chukars stranded 2 in the 7th and 8th then left 'em loaded in the 9th. Idaho Falls is 6-6. A 3-game home set with the Ogden Raptors (7-5, Rookie Dodgers) starts tonight and IF is down by a run late.

Rookie - Burlington: Bristol 13, B-Royals 6

C Dyer 2-4, 2 RBI (4), K, RS, CS -- .294
CF Conner 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K, RS, E -- .194
RF Pickett 1-4, 2B, RBI (4) -- .395
SS Antonio 0-2, HBP, SB (2), 2 E (5) -- .359

Yambati 3 IP, 7 R (4 ER), 7 H, BB, HRA, balk -- L, 0-3, 28.50 ERA
Rivers 3 IP, 4 R (1 ER), 5 H, 2 K, WP -- 1.69 ERA
Ferguson 2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 3 H, 3 K -- 2.57 ERA

* The Royals made a rout look at least a little better in the 9th, but a loss is a loss. Robinson Yambati had another abysmal start, which began with a 2-run Sox 1st. Jared Dyer hit an RBI single in the 2nd but Bristol got it back in the 3rd. Yambati gave up a 3-run homer before getting pulled in the 4th and Alex Rivers allowed 2 more runs before the dust settled with the Sox up 8-1. Rivers gave up 3 more runs in the 5th and Andrew Ferguson gave up 2 RBI doubles in the 7th to make it 13-1. Dyer singled in a run in the 9th, an error scored a run, Cameron Conner hit a 2-run triple and Jovan Pickett had an RBI double before the Royals made their last gasp in the 9th, still down by 7. Burlington is 2-10. The Royals and Danville Braves (5-7) will trade a game in the other's place the next two days starting at Danville Sunday.

Rookie - AZL: off day Friday

* The Royals are playing the Angels tonight and are up, 5-0, in the 1st.

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