RC Organizational Report: May 25

Blaine Hardy recorded a save in his Triple-A debut

It was a light night in the Royals' minors, thanks to an off-day for the NW Arkansas Naturals and another rainout for the Burlington Bees. Wilmington's season-high four-game winning streak came to an end with a 5-3 loss to Frederick. The Omaha Royals, however, climbed back above .500 behind excellent pitching performances by Philip Humber and Blaine Hardy. Click inside to see today's report.

Editor's note: The Burlington Bees were again rained out on Tuesday. The NW Arkansas Naturals had the day off

AAA: Omaha 2, Colorado 1

W: Philip Humber (3-3, 4.07)

Philip Humber threw eight strong innings, allowing one run on eight hits, leading the O-Royals to a 2-1 victory over the Sky Sox. The righthander kept hitters off balance all game, only allowing one extra-base hit and forcing 12 groundouts. Blaine Hardy, who earlier in the day was promoted to the O-Royals, pitched a scoreless ninth in his Triple-A debut and recorded the save.

At the plate, Jai Miller went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Alex Gordon finished 2-for-4. Marc Maddox went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Kila Ka'aihue was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

The win pushes the O-Royals above .500 at 22-21. Omaha plays the third game of their four-game series against Colorado Springs Wednesday night.

Irving Falu, SS

0-for-4, E (10) -- .306

David Lough, CF

1-for-4, CS (1) -- .266

Alex Gordon, LF

2-for-4, 2 K, PO, CS (1) -- .370

Kila Ka'aihue, 1B

1-for-2, BB, R, K -- .333

Jordan Parraz, DH

1-for-3, R -- .240

Kurt Mertins, 2B

0-for-2 -- .244

Jai Miller, RF

2-for-3, RBI -- .219

Marc Maddox, 3B

1-for-2, RBI -- .250

Philip Humber, SP

W (3-3), 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K -- 4.07

Blaine Hardy, RP

S (1), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K -- 0.00





High-A: Frederick 5, Wilmington 3

L: Ivor Hodgson (2-4, 6.08)

Poor defense and the long ball doomed the Blue Rocks in their 5-3 defeat to the Keys. Starter Ivor Hodgson went five innings, allowing three runs, but only one earned. A fielding error by Jason Taylor led to two unearned runs in the third. Manauris Baez only allowed one hit in four innings of relief, but one hit was a two-run homer, putting the game out of reach for Wilmington.

On offense, Ben Theriot went 2-for-3 with a double, while Adrian Ortiz hit a triple and scored a run. Fernando Garcia and Jamie Romak both hit doubles, and Romak drove two runners in. Eric Hosmer, however, saw his eight-game hitting streak snapped, finishing 0-for-4.

The Blue Rocks wrap up their series against the Keys in Wednesday's rubber match.

Adrian Ortiz, CF

1-for-4, 3B (5), R, PO -- .280

Rey Navarro, SS

1-for-4, R -- .211

Eric Hosmer, 1B

0-for-4, R, K; snapped 8-gm hitting streak -- .370

Jamie Romak, RF

1-for-4, 2B (6), 2 RBI, K -- .206

Jason Taylor, 3B

0-for-4, E (3) -- .203

Ben Theriot, C

2-for-3, 2B (3) -- .244

Fernando Garcia, 2B

1-for-3, 2B (4) -- .216

Ivor Hodgson, SP

L (2-4), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K -- 6.08

Manauris Baez, RP

4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K -- 5.59



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