AAA: New Orleans 9, Omaha 5
L: Roberto Giron (0-4, 6.00)
HR: Craig Brazell (18)
|CF Mitch Maier||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.285|
|1B Craig Brazell||4||1||2||0||0||1||1||0||1||.316|
One night after a fantastic pitching performance by Billy Buckner, the O-Royals pitching staff gave up nine runs in a 9-5 loss to New Orleans. Mitch Maier had a 2-for-5 night, and Craig Brazell went 2-for-4 with his minor league leading 25th home run. Jorge Padilla was the story of the night for Omaha, as he had a 4-for-4 night with a triple and two stolen bases.
AA: Wichita 9, Arkansas 2
W: Greg Atencio (2-4, 4.04), S: Dusty Hughes (1)
HR: Adam Greenberg (4), Kila Kaaihue (1)
|LF Chris Lubanski||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.304|
|DH Mike Stodolka||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263|
|1B Kila Kaaihue||4||2||3||1||0||1||3||0||1||.438|
The Wichita Wranglers offense broke out on Thursday in route to a 9-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers. Four Wichita players had at least two hits, including Chris Lubanski, who is batting .400 in his last ten games. It didn't take Kila Kaaihue a few months to get his first home run for Wichita this time around, as he belted a home run in only his fourth game with the team.
High A: Wilmington 8, Frederick 1
W: Blake Johnson (4-6, 4.43)
HR: Brad McCann (1), Chris McConnell (1)
|3B Marc Maddox||4||2||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.270|
|SS Chris McConnell||4||2||3||0||1||1||3||0||1||.286|
|Blake Johnson (W, 4-6)||6.0||1||0||0||3||3||0||4.43|
The normally quiet Wilmington Blue Rocks offense took off for eight runs on Thursday, as they defeated the Frederick Keys, 8-1. Blake Johnson and three relievers combined to one-hit the Keys, and the only run they scored was unearned. Marc Maddox has a fantastic day at the plate, smacking four hits and drawing a walk. Chris McConnell also had a great day, knocking a triple and a home run with three RBI's. Recently acquired Brad McCann hit a home run in his first at bat, which was a pinch hit appearance.
The Burlington Bees game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain with the Bees up 4-0. Unfortunately for Mario Santiago, the rain ended his no-hit bid. Indeed, Santiago did not allow a hit through four innings, and his only blemish was one hit batter. The game will be picked up where it left off on Friday at 6:00. Harold Mozingo (6-5, 4.04) will start the regularly scheduled game, which will be a seven inning contest.
R-Adv: Idaho Falls 8, Casper 2
W: Dane Secott (1-0, 0.00), S: Ben Swaggerty (1)
|3B Manual Juan||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||0||1||.188|
|SS Anthony Seratelli||4||2||2||1||1||0||2||1||0||.583|
|DH Clint Robinson||5||1||2||1||0||0||1||0||1||.313|
|CF Nick Van Stratten||5||0||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.333|
|Dane Secott (W, 1-0)||2.0||0||0||0||2||2||0||0.00|
|Ben Swaggerty (S, 1)||3.0||1||0||0||0||6||0||9.00|
The Idaho Falls Chukars completed the sweep of Casper to start the season off 3-0. Four players had two hits, including Nick Van Stratten, who was 2-for-5 with a triple. Dane Secott, the club's 27th round selection, got his professional debut out of the way with two scoreless innings. After a terrible debut, Ben Swaggerty dominated for three innings, allowing only one hit while striking out six to pick up his first professional save.
R-Adv: Burlington 6, Greeneville 4
W: David Bernat (1-0, 3.00), S: Ryan Woods (1)
HR: Wilson Tucker (2), Antonio Jimenez (1)
|CF Patrick Norris||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|3B Antonio Jimenez||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||0||1||.417|
|RF Wilson Tucker||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||0||0||.333|
The Burlington Royals opened a set with the Greeneville Astros at home on Thursday, and took the victory 6-5. Bryan Paukovits, who the Royals signed this spring as a draft-and-follow, got his first professional start and went three innings while allowing two runs. Antonio Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double, and Wilson Tucker went deep for the second consecutive night.