RC Organizational Report: July 17

Six clubs were in action on Tuesday, but only the Omaha Royals and Burlington Bees managed to win their games, as the organization finished 2-4 on the night. In Burlington, Kurt Mertins led the Bees with a 4-for-5 night, and the O-Royals won a thriller by scoring three runs in the ninth inning. RC recaps the rest of the day's action inside in today's minor league report

AAA: Omaha 6, Albuquerque 5

W: Thad Markray (4-4, 4.83)
HR: Craig Brazell (25), Richard Lewis (4)

RF Shane Costa312000010.350
DH Craig Brazell422001201.318

Matt Wright6.05332423.86

The Omaha Royals scored three runs in the top of the ninth to take a 6-5 win at Albuquerque on Tuesday night. Richard Lewis provided the big blast in the ninth, smacking a three-run homer over the left field wall. Shane Costa had two hits, as did Craig Brazell, who belted his minor league-leading 32nd home run of the year.

AA: Arkansas 9, Wichita 6 (10 innings)

L: Tim Bausher (1-3, 9.82)
HR: Jorge Padilla (3)

1B Mike Stodolka321000021.293

Carlos Rosa4.15655415.48

The Wichita Wranglers were downed in 10 innings on Tuesday night, 9-6. Carlos Rosa was roughed up, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 4.1 innings of work. Mike Stodolka continued his excellent season with a 1-for-3 effort, which included two more walks. Tim Bausher held down Arkansas for three innings in relief until the 10th, when he allowed three runs in the top of the inning to give the Travelers the lead.

High A: Myrtle Beach 5, Wilmington 4 (10 innings)

L: Rayner Oliveros (1-2, 2.77)
HR: Josh Johnson (1)

CF Jose Duarte512000010.283
SS Josh Johnson312001200.254

Tyler Chambliss5.03113505.68
Russell Haltiwanger2.16331003.89
Rayner Oliveros (L, 1-2)1.01111112.77

The Wilmington Blue Rocks lost 5-4 on Tuesday despite an excellent start by Tyler Chambliss. The Royals' 11th round pick from a year ago went five innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out five. Josh Johnson went 2-for-3 with his first home run this year. Jose Duarte went 2-for-5 with a walk and showed off his rocket arm with an outfield assist.

Low A: Burlington 4, Lansing 2

W: Everett Teaford (4-8, 5.42), S: Edward Cegarra (1)
HR: Jamar Walton (3)

SS Kurt Mertins514000200.263

Everett Teaford (W, 4-8)5.17222605.42
Edward Cegarra (S, 1)3.23000303.54

The Burlington Bees won 4-2 on Tuesday with some help from the Lansing defense. The Lugnuts committed two errors in the top of the fifth that helped the Bees score two runs, which turned out to be the difference in the game. Kurt Mertins led the offense with a 4-for-5 night, raising his average to .263 for the season. Everett Teaford and Edward Cegarra held the Lansing offense to only two runs despite a total of 10 hits given up.

R-Adv: Missoula 11, Idaho Falls 6

L: Ben Norton (1-2, 2.86)
HR: O.D. Gonzalez (3)

SS Manuel Juan522002201.235
DH Clint Robinson211000131.378

Ben Norton (L, 1-2)0.06661012.86

The Idaho Falls Chukars fell 11-6 on Tuesday night behind a disastrous start from Ben Norton. The Royals' 24th round pick did not record a single out through seven batters, allowing six runs on six hits. Despite that, the Chukars did make the game interesting, closing the gap to two runs before Missoula pulled away. O.D. Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a home run to lead the offense. Adrian Ortiz had one hit in five plate appearances and stole his fourth base of the season.

Tuesday night's game between the Burlington Royals and the Bluefield Orioles was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

R: Mariners 7, Royals 1

L: Mitch Hodge (1-2, 2.21)

CF Hilton Richardson201000020.164

Mitch Hodge (L, 1-2)4.04421102.21
Casey Feickert2.22112109.64

The AZL Royals took the loss on Tuesday afternoon 7-1 to the Mariners. Mitch Hodge went the first four innings of the contest, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits. Casey Feickert went the next 2.2 innings, and he allowed a run on two hits. Leadoff hitter Hilton Richardson reached base three times with a hit and two walks, and he stole his third base of the year.

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