4/16 Minor League Wrap-Up

Wisconsin kept it close despite one of their sloppiest performances in ages, West Tennessee came home but stayed in bed in their opening game with Mississippi, and Where's Oswaldo?  Just look for the misplayed grounder!....

A:  High Desert was off Monday and returns tonight at 7:05 against our old affiliate, Inland Empire.

A:  Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 3

Anthony Varvaro:  5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, 6 K
Rollie Gibson:  0.2 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Andrew Barb:  1.1 IP, walk, 3 K
Natividad Dilone:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 walks
Ogui Diaz:  2-5, K, SB
Carlos Triunfel:  2-4, K
Gregory Halman:  2-4, R, K, 2 SB
Alex Liddi:  0-2, R, 2 walks, 2 K, SB
Hargrove's kid:  0-4, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero
Leury Bonilla:  3-4, double, R, K, SB

Both teams had their running shoes on, with a combined 11 stolen bases in this game (the Kernels' Peter Bourjos stole 3 himself), but the T-Rats also had their screw-up shoes on, playing as poorly as you can imagine an A-ball team playing despite keeping the game close.

Jeremy Haynes took advantage of a hacktastic T-Rats lineup, striking out out 8 of the first 12 batters he faced, finishing with 10 over 5 innings.  A Ryan Mount walk, Vavaro wild pitch followed by a Marco Albano single scored a run for Cedar Rapids in the 2nd, and they added another in the 3rd, after Varvaro plunked P.J. Phillips, Phillips stole 2nd and Varvaro then uncorked ANOTHER wild pitch that allowed Phillips to score.

The T-Rats finally got it together against Haynes in the 4th.  After Truinfel lined out for one out, Greg Halman singled down the middle, then stole 2nd.  Alex Liddi took advantage of the distraction and drew a walk, then with Son of Hargrove at the plate, Halman and Liddi took off on a double steal, and Kernels' catcher Hank Conger's throw went YIKES AND AWAY to plate Halman and give Liddi 3rd.  And like father, like son... Hargrove struck out.  Juan Beltran did line a pitch to center to score Liddi and tie it at 2.  However, a Leury Bonilla double only got the lead-footed Beltran to 3rd, and Gavin Dickey went down swinging to end the top 4th.

Varvaro got it back together and worked a 1-2-3 4th, then Wisconsin completely botched the top 5th: Ogui Diaz singled, but got picked off at 1st.  Luis Nunez bunted, and Jeremy Haynes easily threw him out for 2 outs.  Truinfel singled like a good phenom... but got picked off and run down on a botched steal attempt.

Zeros until the bottom 6th, when Chris Pettit led off with a single, and Varvaro got the hook for Rollie "Ain't No Fingers" Gibson.  Pettit took 2nd while Matthew Sweeney took strike three for one out.  Hank Conger watched Rollie unload a wild pitch to give Pettit 3rd, then knocked a single to left to easily score Pettit... then stole 2nd himself.  Rollie struck out Josh Davies... then uncorked ANOTHER wild pitch to move Conger to 3rd... then walked Ryan Mount, and that was it for Rollie Gibson.  Andrew Barb struck out Marco Albano to end that threat, but Cedar Rapids had retaken the lead 3-2.

The T-Rats responded right away in the top 7th, as Leury Bonilla singled down the middle with one down, then Gavin Dickey doubled him home to tie it.  Diaz and Nunez went quietly but the game was re-tied.

Cedar Rapids made it scary in the bottom 7th, as Peter Bourjos drew a 1-out walk, then stole his 3rd base of the night as PJ Phillips swung at strike three, and Juan Beltran horked his throw to 2nd to give Bourjos 3rd.  Chris Pettit got plunked to put runners on the corners, but Barb got Matthew Sweeney on strikes to end that threat.

Cedar Rapids brought in Pedro Herrera to pitch the top 8th and the T-Rats resumed their hacktastic ways, as Truinfel, Halman and "Little" Hargrove all struck out.  Again, Cedar Rapids put a runner on 3rd, as Natividad Dilone allowed a double and then threw the 5th wild pitch of the night for the T-Rats to move said runner, but got Marco Albano to ground out to end the threat.

Leury Bonilla got on with one down in the top 9th via infield hit and stole 2nd, but Gavin Dickey watched strike three and Ogui Diaz grounded out.

But Wisconsin's luck ran out: with a runner on and one out, Wilberto Ortiz grounded to 3rd and 3B Alex Liddi threw THAT ball away to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Dilone went ahead and walked Chris Pettit to load the bases and put the force at any base, but Matthew Sweeney lined a single to center to win the ballgame 4-3.

Sloppy, sloppy loss by Wisconsin.  And they struck out 17 times against Cedar Rapids pitching.  They should be ashamed of themselves.

AA:  Mississippi 9, West Tenn 0

Jason Mackintosh:  1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K
Juan Done:  5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 walks, K
Aaron Troila:  1 IP, 1 K, 2 ER (HR), walk
The Aircraft Carrier:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Chris Minaker:  3-4 (the only 3 hits of the ballgame for the DIAMOND JAXX)

I think you can figure out what happened here.  If you don't see any other hitter's name here, that's because he wore the collar.  Brent Johnson and Luis Valbuena drew walks, but no one else reached base.

Oh, BTW, that's the 3rd time the DIAMOND JAXX have been shut out this year.  In 11 games.

Next:  Mississippi again.  Andrew Baldwin tries to help us forget this last contest ever happened, tonight at 7:05 pm CDT.

AAA:  Sacremento 4, Tacoma 3

Ryan Feierabend:  6 IP, 7 H, (3 R) 2 ER, 3 walks, 5 K
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Byron Embry:  2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Adam Jones:  1-4, K (.380)
Jeremy Reed:  0-4 (.220)
Mike Morse:  2-3, solo HR, 2 R, walk (.238)
Bryan LaHair:  1-4, double, RBI, K (.250)
WLAD:  1-3, solo HR, walk, K (.300)
Jeff Clement:  1-4 (.234)
Gookie Dawkins:  1-3 (.300)

Tacoma got on the board quickly with a run in the bottom 1st and Ryan Feierabend dueled with Brad Halsey over 6 innings.  But Feierabend's defense cracked in the top 5th, or, namely, our friend Oswaldo Navarro.  After Donnie Murphy's one out single, J.J. Furmaniak grounded to Navarro who, GUESS WHAT... botched it, everybody safe.  Kevin Melillo then grounded to Navarro, who went for the force but muffed the ball AGAIN.  Bases loaded.  Hiram Bocachica grounded out but a run scored.  Daric Barton flew out to end the threat but the game was tied.

In the top 6th, Kurt Suzuki led off with a walk, and after Brian Stavisky popped out on a bunt, Jeremy Brown lined a double to left to put runners in scoring position.  Antonio Perez sac flied to score Suzuki, two outs, 2-1 Sactown, then Donnie Murphy smoked a double to score Brown, 3-1.  Coaches went out to calm down Feierabend and he got Furmaniak on strikes, but still.

Jon Huber came on for the 7th, looking to undo a string of bad outings.  So he walked Kevin Melillo, then gave up a double to Bocachica that scored Melillo, 4-1 Sactown.  Huber escaped the inning, but still, Huber's making the decision to keep him in Tacoma look REAL good so far.

Tacoma woke up in the bottom 7th: Mike Morse homered (!!!) as did WLAD, neither with anyone on, to make it 4-3, but the Sactown bullpen stepped in, and there was no more of that.  River Cats gameballs go to Oswaldo Navarro and Ryan Feierabend.

Next:  Here comes Fresno!  Here comes Jorge Campillo!  Here comes Tim Lincecum!  Didn't we see this last Thursday?  Catch him while you can, because rumblings out of San Francisco is that the Giants pitching staff blows and they may need Lincecum's help sooner rather than later.

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