AAA - Omaha: rainout
* The game has been cancelled as the Chasers and Redbirds don't play again in 2011. A 4-game home set with the Round Rock Express (58-40, AAA Rangers) starts Friday with Sean O'Sullivan starting.
AA - NW Arkansas: Naturals 4, Arkansas 3
CF Orlando 3-4, S, 2B (2), RBI (3), 2 RS -- .294
2B Navarro 3-4, 2B (4), K, RS -- .314
RF Myers 2-4, RBI (24), K -- .268
SS Colon 1-4, S, 2B (10), RBI (48), K, RS -- .257
C S. Perez 0-4 -- .263
Dwyer 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K, HRA, pickoff -- W, 3-9, 6.80 ERA
Hardy 3 IP, H, 4 K, WP -- SV, 1, 1.42 ERA
* A 3-run NW Arkansas 5th came in big on Thursday. Paulo Orlando led off the game with a double and scored on a Wil Myers groundout to get the Naturals started in the 1st. NWA rallied with 2 out in the 5th as Orlando hit an RBI single, Christian Colon hit an RBI double and a Myers single made it 4-0 on a Traveler error. Chris Dwyer pitched well but gave up a 3-run homer in the 6th to cut the lead to 1. Blaine Hardy took it from there in the 7th, tho, to pick up his 1st AA save of 2011. NWA is 13-13. A 4-game home set with the Springfield Cardinals (10-16) starts Friday. Jake Odorizzi will start.
A-Adv. - Wilmington: Myrtle Beach 7, Blue Rocks 5
CF Prades 2-4, 2B (13), 2 K, RS -- .262
RF Van Stratten 1-4, 2 RBI (9), RS -- .309
1B Stovall 1-4, RBI (7), K -- .240
2B Mertins 1-4, RBI (3) -- .259
C Bonilla 1-4, 2B (9), RBI (25), CS, PB (7) -- .207
LF Merrifield 1-4, 2B (21), RS -- .263
DH Testa 0-3, BB, K, RS -- .255
Arguelles 5 IP, ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K, pickoff -- 2.92 ERA
Keck 1 1/3 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 WP -- BS, 1, L, 0-1, 8.44 ERA
Odenbach 1 2/3 IP, BB, K, 2 WP -- 2.92 ERA
* The Rocks took a 5-1 lead in the 6th....and blew it by the 8th. Noel Arguelles allowed a run in the 1st but Jose Bonilla hit an RBI double in the 3rd and the tie held into the 6th. Wilmington loaded the bases with 0 out in the inning and Nick Van Stratten hit a 2-run single and Ryan Stovall and Kurt Mertins rapped RBI singles to make it 5-1. Jon Keck suffered from a run-scoring passed ball and allowed an RBI single in the 6th to trim it to 5-3. Keck walked the bases loaded to start the 7th and allowed a 2-run double before getting pulled for Dusty Odenbach, who threw 2 run-scoring wild pitches to give the Pelicans a 7-5 lead. The last 11 Rocks went down in order. Wilmington is 10-16. A 3-game set at the Kinston Indians (15-10) starts Friday. Tyler Sample will start game 1.
A - Kane County: Cougars 7, West Michigan 6 (15/Wed.)
LF Pickett 3-5, BB, HBP, RBI, K, RS, SB, picked off, OF assist at home -- .375
RF Aparicio 3-6, S, 2B (10), 3 K -- .172
3B Cuthbert 2-7, BB, RBI (30), K -- .329
2B Franco 2-6, BB, HBP, 2 K, 2 RS -- .228
1B Kuebler 2-6, BB, HBP, K, 2 RS -- .211
DH Graterol 2-4 -- .245
C David 1-6, BB, S, RBI (5), RS -- .256
CF Beltre 1-8, RBI (23), 2 K -- .235
SS Calixte 1-7, 2 RBI (15), SB (7) -- .204
The Cougars stranded 16.
Billo 5 IP, ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K -- 1.41 ERA, not his sharpest
Giovenco 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB -- 4.50 ERA
Boruff 2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, BB, K, WP -- BS, 2, 2.17 ERA
Caldwell 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K -- W, 4-0, 2.52 ERA, he has been impressive
Rogers IP, K -- SV, 3, 0.96 ERA
* Kane County gave up a 3-run lead in the 9th on Wednesday but survived to win in 15. Orlando Calixte hit an RBI groundout in the 2nd and, after Greg Billo stranded the bases loaded in the 2nd, Kevin David singled in a run, Cheslor Cuthbert hit an RBI groundout and Geulin Beltre singled in a run in the 3rd to make it 4-0 KC. Two walks haunted Billo in the 4th as the Whitecaps got a run, but Jovan Pickett gunned down a runner at the plate to end the inning. KC stranded the bases full in the 7th and West Michigan tallied 2 in the inning off Mike Giovenco. Pickett hit an RBI single in the 8th and Calixte hit an RBI single in the 9th to give the Cougars a somewhat comfortable 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the 9th. An RBI single and sac fly cut the lead to 1 and Chase Boruff gave up an RBI double to tie the game. Jake Kuebler broke the stalemate with an RBI groundout in the 15th and Nick Rogers pitched a perfect 15th for his 3rd save in support of Allen Caldwell, who threw 5 good innings of relief.
Cougars 7, West Michigan 6 (10)
SS Calixte 4-5, 4 RBI (19), K, SB (8) -- .225
DH Beltre 2-5, RBI (24), K, RS, CS (7) -- .238
3B Franco 2-4, BB, K, RS -- .232
1B Kuebler 2-5, 2B (8), 2 K, RS -- .216
RF Aparicio 2-5, K, 2 RS -- .178
LF Fletcher 1-4, 2 K, RS -- .333
CF Eibner 0-4, BB, 2 K, E -- .185
Garrido 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 5 K, WP -- 5.74 ERA
C. White 2 IP, ER, H, BB, K -- 9.00 ERA
Byrne 3 IP, UER, H, BB, 3 K -- W, 3-1, 3.47 ERA
* The Cougars and Whitecaps played extra baseball again on Thursday but the Cougars were the ones to tie it in the 9th and snatch the win in the 10th. West Michigan rapped out 4 runs off Santiago Garrido in the 3rd and the lead held into the 6th. Geulin Beltre broke the goose-egg with an RBI single in the 6th and an Orlando Calixte single scored 2 runs when combined with an error in the 7th to cut the lead to 4-3. Cole White allowed a run in the 7th but Calixte came through with another 2-run single in the 8th to tie the game at 5. Chas Byrne allowed the go-ahead run in the 8th and the Cougars had a man at first with 2 out in the 9th and things looking dire. An Angel Franco single turned into a gamechanger as a throwing error on LF Jason Krizan allowed Julio Aparicio to score the tying run. It was Calixte who came through again in the 10th as an RBI single gave the Cougars the lead, and Byrne worked around a run in the 9th to pick up his 3rd win. KC is 16-10. Jason Adam will try to pitch the Cougars to the sweep on Friday.
Rookie - Idaho Falls: A 4-game set at the Helena Brewers (14-15) starts tonight. IF is up 8-2 in the middle innings.
* Report tomorrow.
Rookie - Burlington: Danville 5, B-Royals 4
RF Bonifacio 4-5, HR (4), 2 RBI (16), RS -- .330
CF Adams 3-5, 2B (2), RBI (4), K, RS -- .318
SS Trapp 2-5, K, picked off, E (12) -- .277
3B Bringas 2-4 -- .235
1B Dyer 1-4, 2B (2), RBI (6), K, E (2) -- .258
Cantrell 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 K, 2 WP -- L, 0-3, 6.86 ERA
Culver 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K -- 7.27 ERA
Rivers 2 IP, BB, K, pickoff -- 1.13 ERA
* Burlington outhit the Braves on Thursday but couldn't outscore them. The Royals started the game with 3 straight singles as Jorge Bonifacio's brought home a run but that was all the Royals would get. Unfortunately Eric Cantrell gave up 2 RBI doubles in the bottom of the inning. Lane Adams doubled in the tying run in the 3rd but was thrown out at third on the play, then Justin Trapp was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Royals manager Nelson Liriano was ejected in a Danville 3rd that saw the Braves regain a 3-2 lead. Jared Dyer hit an RBI double in the 4th and Bonifacio went deep for his 4th homer of the season in the 5th to make it 4-3 Burlington. Cantrell allowed a run before getting pulled in the 5th and Malcom Culver would give up the go-ahead run before the inning was done. The Royals threatened in the 8th but Jin-Ho Shin was thrown out at home on an Adrian Bringas single and a Dyer double play ball killed the threat. The Royals wouldn't rally in the 9th. Burlington is 11-19. Game 2 is Friday. P Jason Mitchell has been promoted to Kane County.
Rookie - AZL: Royals 5, Mariners 4 (Wed.)
SS Arteaga 3-5, K, RS, picked off -- .216
CF Gore 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (4), K -- .300
LF Toney 2-5, 2B (4), RBI (14) -- .348
2B DelGuidice 2-4, 2B (11), 2 RS -- .434
C Lane 0-5, RBI (16) -- .257
Runion 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, BB, K -- 2.45 ERA
A. Williams 3 1/3 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 3 K, balk -- 4.80 ERA
Stueve 4 IP, 2 H, 7 K -- W, 1-0, 0.76 ERA
* A late rally turned a Royals deficit into a Royal victory. A run-scoring error gave the Royals the lead in the 1st but the M's tied it in the 3rd. Brian Gaylord led off the 4th with a triple and scored on a Travis Lane groundout to make it 2-1 Royals. The lead didn't last a half-inning as the Mariners tied it off Ali Williams. Williams gave up 2 more runs in the 5th and the Royals were down, 4-2. Nick DelGuidice hit a 1-out double in the 7th and scored on a D'Andre Toney single to close the deficit to 1, but the Royals left the bases full. Two 2-out singles in the 8th gave the Royals a glimmer of hope and it was Terrance Gore who capitalized with a 2-run double to turn the game around. Andrew Stueve sidestepped a double in the 9th to finish a strong outing. The Royals are 9-15. They play the Padres tonight.