RC Organizational Report: May 17

All four affiliates were in action on Thursday, but only Burlington was able to bring home a victory. The major news of the day involved Billy Butler, who returned to Omaha's lineup playing first base and hit a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning. RC recaps all of the day's action inside.



AAA: New Orleans 8, Omaha 7 (11 innings)

L: Ryan Braun (0-1, 0.00)
HR: Billy Butler (7)


PlayerABRH2B3BHRRBIBBKAVG
CF Joey Gathright512000100.300
1B Billy Butler412001120.344
C Matt Tupman412000110.344

PlayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
Tyler Lumsden5.25421606.06
Neal Musser1.11000100.00
Ryan Braun (BS, L, 0-1)1.02301100.00


Bad news for the Pacific Coast League -- Billy Butler is back. Butler played first base and went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. In the 11th inning, he broke a 5-5 tie with a solo home run. Ryan Braun came into close the game with a 7-5 lead, but he couldn't shut the door. New Orleans scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th to win the game. However it clearly was not Braun's fault, as two errors (including one by Butler) and a passed ball came back to haunt him. Tyler Lumsden had a solid outing, going 5.2 innings and striking out six. Lumsden, who started out the season in a disappointing matter, has a 1.04 ERA in his last three starts.
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AA: Arkansas 7, Wichita 1

L: Danny Christensen (1-2, 5.03)

PlayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
Danny Christensen (L, 1-2)5.210551415.03


Wichita only pounded out three hits on Thursday, none of which came from Chris Lubanski, ending his 10-game hitting streak. Danny Christensen allowed a season high 10 hits and five runs, taking his record to 1-2 on the season. Wichita will try to rebound tomorrow with staff ace Luke Hochevar taking the hill.
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High A: Myrtle Beach 4, Wilmington 0

L: Daniel Cortes (L, 0-3)

PlayerABRH2B3BHRRBIBBKAVG
CF Jose Duarte401000001.295
LF Brett Bigler302000000.248

PlayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
Daniel Cortes (L, 0-3)6.24440803.97
Julio Pimentel2.11001001.93


Daniel Cortes came through with another solid outing, but Julio Pimentel couldn't pick him up, as he allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh inning. Cortes only allowed four hits, while walking none and striking out a season high eight, including six in the first two innings. Brett Bigler is on a tear after a terrible start, batting .412 in his last 10 games. The loss takes the Blue Rocks to .500 on the year, at 20-20.
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Low A: Burlington 2, South Bend 1 (10 innings)

W: Tyler Chambliss (3-0, 0.00)

PlayerABRH2B3BHRRBIBBKAVG
CF Derrick Robinson402000001.212
LF Joseph Dickerson401000001.277

PlayerIPHRERBBKHRERA
Everett Teaford6.07110304.31
Aaron Hartsock2.01000102.41
Tyler Chambliss (W, 3-0)2.00000300.54


The Bees came through in the opener against South Bend with a strong pitching performance, led by starter Everett Teaford. Teaford recovered from a less than desirable outing a week ago, tossing six innings while allowing only one run. Relievers Aaron Hartsock and Tyler Chambliss shut the door, allowing only one baserunner in the last four innings. Derrick Robinson contributed with a couple of hits, and Joe Dickerson added a hit and stole his eighth base of the season.

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