*** Kansas City Royals Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
OMAHA ROYALS - Jed Hansen went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer, to lead the Royals to the 6-2 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Sunday. Kris Wilson worked seven strong innings for Omaha (8-9), which has won two straight and four of five. Although he failed to clear the fences in the last few days, infielder Calvin Pickering still leads the Pacific Coast League with a staggering 11 home runs through 15 games. He also has a league-high 27 RBI and 54 total bases. Even with the most productive offensive star in the PCL ready to take aim on teams such as Albuquerque and Colorado Springs to close out the month of April, the Royals are still tied for last place in the Central Division entering the week.
WICHITA WRANGLERS - Following the contest postponed because of rain on Friday, the Wranglers were forced into a doubleheader on Sunday, which they split with Frisco on the road. Infielder Ruben Gotay, now batting .308 in 2004, brought in all but one of the team's four runs in the 4-1 victory in game two. Gotay was credited with a triple and was walked twice in four plate appearances. Outfielder Dee Brown was credited with the other run batted in on a home run for Wichita (9-8), now just a game out of first place in the Texas League as a result of the Sunday split with the Roughriders. Now hitting .339 through 16 games, Brown, who just two weeks ago was below .230, is the only player on his team who has clubbed more than a single home run, posting seven altogether. Of the three wins in the last four games, a pair of them have been credited to righthander Eduardo Villacis, now 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA.
WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS - On the road in Frederick, Maryland over the weekend, it appeared as though the final game of the three-game set with the Keys was going to be a disaster, allowing three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but the Blue Rocks battled back to capture the 13-11 victory, the most runs scored so far this season for the club. The victory was the fourth in the last five outings for the Carolina League representatives, with four different hurlers notching wins. Middle-infielders Donnie Murphy and Mike Aviles each posted three RBI in the triumph on Sunday afternoon, the latter dropping his season batting average a few points to .323 despite a home run. Now with 13 RBI this year, Aviles has produced all but five of those in the last four games.
BURLINGTON BEES - After heading into the series with Wisconsin last week on a four-game win streak, the Bees fell off the wagon a bit and have posted just two victories in five tries since. In all three setbacks, two against Wisconsin and the other a 3-0 decision versus Clinton on Sunday, Burlington was shutout by the opponent. In the loss on Sunday, Ambiorix Burgos had a strong outing as he allowed just four hits, three walks and only one earned run, all while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings, yet was still issued the loss. Designated hitter Adam Keim has been anything but for the Bees so far in 2004, striking out three times and walking once in the last contest, watching his batting average plummeted to a meager .085. Having started the season with an eight-game hit streak, Bryan Graham was the only Bee (7-9 in the Western Division of the Midwest League) to have more than one hit on Sunday with two.