RC Organizational Report: August 23

Omaha was rained out again on Thursday, and Idaho Falls was off, but two doubleheaders in the system meant Royals affiates still played seven games, going 3-4 on the day. Daniel Cortes was the story of the day, as the young righty tossed seven shutout innings while striking out eight batters and lowering his ERA to 3.41. RC has all the details inside in today's minor league report.

The Omaha Royals game was postponed due to rain yet again on Thursday.

AA: Arkansas 12, Wichita 4 (Game 1)

L: Daniel Christensen (3-13, 6.12)
HR: Kila Kaaihue (9)

DH Kila Kaaihue312001200.243

Daniel Christensen (L, 3-13)3.110993346.12
Justin Barnes2.04110203.16

The Wichita Wranglers were stomped in game one of the doubleheader on Thursday, 12-4. Danny Christensen was rocked for nine runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings, and suffered his 13th loss of the season. Kila Kaaihue provided half of the Wranglers' runs, going 2-for-3 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.

Wichita 7, Arkansas 2 (Game 2)

W: Dusty Hughes (5-2, 3.54)

DH Mike Stodolka100000300.293
SS Irving Falu312000100.247

Jarod Plummer2.04110203.16

The Wichita Wranglers had a much better time in game two, taking this one, 7-2. Dusty Hughes gave the Wranglers five solid innings, allowing a run on six hits. The bottom of the lineup did a majority of the damage, as the 7-8-9 hitters combined to go 5-for-9 with three RBI's and four runs scored.

High-A: Wilmington 8, Myrtle Beach 0

W: Dan Cortes (6-8, 3.41)
HR: Miguel Vega (6)

2B Marc Maddox422010001.257
3B Mario Lisson321000010.282

Dan Cortes (W, 6-8)7.04000803.41

The Wilmington Blue Rocks stretched their second half lead to 5.5 games with an 8-0 shutout of Myrtle Beach. Dan Cortes dominated yet again for the Blue Rocks, tossing seven shutout innings while striking out eight. With the start, Cortes jumped into the top four in ERA in the Carolina League, along with his Blue Rock teammates who occupy the top three spots. Miguel Vega provided the big blast on the night, slamming a deep shot to left field for a three-run homer.

Low-A: Cedar Rapids 7, Burlington 1 (Game 1)

L: Daniel Gutierrez (1-2, 7.36)

Daniel Gutierrez (L, 1-2)3.07662107.36

The Burlington Bees forgot to wake up for game one of their doubleheader, as they lost, 7-1. Daniel Gutierrez was particularly sleepy, allowing six runs on seven hits in only three innings. The offense didn't churn out much either, as an RBI single by Jase Turner provided the only run for the Bees.

Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 1 (Game 2, 8 innings)

L: Aaron Hartsock (6-4, 2.69)

LF Brady Everett402000000.277

Everett Teaford5.01103304.73
Aaron Hartsock (L, 6-4)2.02111112.69

Game two of the doubleheader was much more competitive, but the Burlington Bees ended up falling 2-1 in extra innings. Everett Teaford allowed only an unearned run in his five innings of work, and Aaron Hartsock tossed two scoreless innings to get through the first seven. However, he served up a gopher ball to the first batter in the bottom of the eighth to give Cedar Rapids the win. The Bees outhit the Kernals 11-to-3, but only managed to push across a single run in the first inning.

The Idaho Falls Chukars and the rest of the Pioneer League were off on Thursday.

R-Adv: Burlington 4, Elizabethton 3

W: Joseph Augustine (4-1, 2.36)

CF Patrick Norris422000001.300
RF Alwin Perez322010100.279

Anthony Bradley5.03212412.09
Joseph Augustine (W, 4-1)4.03110202.36

The Burlington Royals pulled out a close win on Thursday, 4-3. It was Alwin Perez's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that gave the B-Royals the lead, and ultimately the win. Patrick Norris went 2-for-4 with his league leading 29th stolen base of the season. Brett Amyx also had two hits, including an RBI double in the first inning.

R: Athletics 3, Royals 1

L: Williams Farinas (1-3, 3.91)

Williams Farinas (L, 1-3)4.06330203.91
Matthew Mitchell4.00002601.94

The AZL Royals fell to the Athletics, 3-1. Righty Williams Farinas started for the Royals, and after allowing three runs in the first, was solid for the next three innings. Unfortunately, the Royals' offense didn't put anything together besides a single run in the ninth, so Farinas was saddled with the loss. Matthew Mitchell continued his dominating run through the Arizona League, tossing four hitless innings and striking out six.

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