6/1 Minor League Wrap-Up

Lazy Sunday and an early start time tomorrow means a quick wrap-up.

The Dominican Summer League kicked off play yesterday, and if not for their win today, the org would've been swept.  Yeah, it was a great day, so great that I have to bust out the Cibney Bello Memorial [COATHANGER] Award:

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Our award goes to select relievers from the bullpens of every losing minor league squad in the org today (I'll leave you and the big club alone, JJ Putz).  Look out for the italics, because they highlight every pitcher that made key [COATHANGER]-winning (or is it losing?) contributions to today's collective effort of suck.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  The VSLMs and the VSL always take Sunday off.

¡MUY CALIENTE!

Rigoberto Rangel:  8-20, double, R, 5 RBI, 6 walks, K
Manuel Campos:  2 app, 2 IP, 2 K
Kervin Montbrum:  2 app, 2.2 IP, 2 walks, 2 K

¡QUE LASTIMA!

Cesar Del Rio:  3-16, 3 RBI, 2 walks
Kenny Hart:  2-10, walk, 5 K
Ricardo Pereira:  2 batters faced, 2 walks

Top VSLMs hitters:

CF Mario Yepez:  339/400/500
3B Jorge Agudelo:  357/471/429
LF Rigoberto Rangel:  375/432/453

Top VSLMs pitchers:

Leonardo Rodriguez:  3 GS +1, 0.00 ERA, 15.2 IP, 4/13 BB/K
Nolan Diaz:  5 app, 2.19 ERA, 12.1 IP, 1/11 BB/K
Gerardo Esparza:  3 GS +1, 0.64 ERA, 14 IP, 4/10 BB/K

THE DSL has debuted!

Dominican:  DSL Mariners 7, DSL Cardinals 4

Miguel Celestino:  4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K
Juan Franco:  no outs recorded, (2 R) 0 ER, 2 walks
Gregorio Aquino:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch
Henry Perez:  2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, wild pitch
Ambioris Hidalgo:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Axel Wel:  1-2, R, RBI, walk
Hector Mercedes:  RBI single, R
Rudy van Heydoorn:  2-3, 2 run HR, 2 R, 3 RBI
Rey Lebron:  2-4, K

(They actually debuted yesterday but it got past me.)

Down 3-0, the DSLMs blew up for 4 runs in the 6th and rallied for 3 more in the 8th to build a comfortable 7-3 lead.  With so little contextual information (since the season just started), there's little else to say for now.

A:  Peoria 6, Wisconsin 4
WIS:  22-30... PEO:  24-32

Edward Paredes:  4.2 IP, 9 H, (4 R) 2 ER (HR), 2 walks, 5 K (10 GS, 4.38 ERA, 49.1 IP, 6 HR, 20/36 BB/K)
Travis Mortimore:  2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, hit batter (17 app, 0.93 ERA, 19.1 IP, 7/14 BB/K)
Justin Souza:  2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), 3 K (18 app, 3.80 ERA, 23.2 IP, 2 HR, 6/22 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez:  2-4, R, walk (262/354/381)
Edilio Colina:  2-4, double, R, 2 RBI (297/353/406)
Gavin Dickey:  1-4, RBI, K (293/341/390)
Scott Robinson:  1-4, double, RBI, K (189/211/311)

An Edilio Colina throwing error helped produce a Peoria run in the 1st.  Colina scored in the bottom 1st, but Dylan Johnston led off the 2nd with a home run, and a Maximo Mendez error in CF helped produce another run on top of that to make it 3-2 after 2 (Scott Robinson doubled home a run in the bottom half).

There were no other scores until the 5th, when a Gian Guzman leadoff double eventually led to a run on a Brandon Guyer single to make it 4-2.  Edward Paredes got two consecutive strikeouts from there, but walked Johnston and got the hook after that.

Groundballs:  8 (plus 2 bunts)
Flyballs:  3 (1 HR)
Line Drives:  3
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  5

That pesky Dylan Johnston knocked in another run in the 7th to make it 5-2.  The T-Rats did load the bases in the bottom half and eventually got two runners home on an Edilio Colina single to cut it to 5-4.  But Marquez Smith took Justin Souza deep with two outs in the 9th to stretch it out to 6-4, and the T-Rats did not have much of an answer in the bottom 9th.

A+:  Modesto 8, High Desert 5
Mavs:  26-31... DEEZ NUTS:  26-31

Anderson Garcia:  3 IP, 4 H, (4 R) 3 ER, 2 walks, 2 K (6 app, I refuse to call any of them starts, 13.03 ERA, 9.2 IP, 2 HR, 4/7 BB/K)
Alfredo Venegas:  4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 4 K (9 app, 3 GS, 4.25 ERA, 36 IP, 3 HR, 8/37 BB/K)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  1 IP, 2 K (17 app, 5.82 ERA, 21.2 IP, 3 HR, 9/19 BB/K)
Tyson Gillies:  1-5, RBI
Carlos Triunfel:  1-4, double (269/318/344)
Matt Mangini:  1-4, double, 2 K (265/376/431)
Greg Halman:  3-4, 2 doubles, solo HR, 2 R (276/329/590)
Travis Scott:  1-4, double, R, 2 RBI (279/331/426)
Jose Yepez:  1-4, R, RBI, K (268/322/354)

The good news is that Anderson Garcia took the next step to recovery by pitching 3 innings- wait, is this good news?  Because if he gets hit this hard as a matter of course, I'm not so sure you want this guy workng extended innings at all.

Anyway, the Nuts just shelled Mavs pitching from the get go.  Trailing 4-1 in the 4th, the Mavs got back to back doubles from Greg Halman and Travis Scott, then back to back lined singles from Jose Yepez and Leury Bonilla to spark a 3 run rally and tie the ballgame.  But Alfredo Venegas came in and immediately got hit in the bottom 4th, as he got taken deep by Travis Becktel, THIS Travel Becktel:

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... in a 3 run bottom 4th to give Deez Nuts a 7-4 lead that was good enough.

AA:  Tennessee 9, West Tenn 5
WTN:  34-23... TEN:  24-33

Rich Dorman:  5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 walks, 3 K, wild pitch (12 GS, 2.21 ERA, 77.1 IP, 4 HR, 25/63 BB/K)
Jason Mackintosh:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, K (20 app, 3.86 ERA, 23.1 IP, 1 HR, 5/13 BB/K)
Craig James:  1 IP, 4 H, (6 R) 3 ER (HR), K, wild pitch, hit batter (18 app, 4.91 ERA, 18.1 IP, 1 HR, 8/23 BB/K)
Roman Martinez:  1 IP, walk, 2 wild pitches (15 app, 5.82 ERA, 17 IP, 1 HR, 8/16 BB/K)
Luis Valbuena:  2-3, double, R, 2 walks (309/388/479)
Johan Limonta:  1-3, triple, R, 2 RBI, walk, K (303/407/553)
Mike Wilson:  RBI single (246/329/507)
Adam Moore:  2-5, RBI, 2 K (293/373/431)
Kevin Reynolds:  1-4, solo HR

Rich Dorman looked strangely human today, which didn't help because the bullpen did not have his back: Craig James looked absolutely awful in relief.  Granted, he got two errors in the 8th to set up the home run he surrendered, but he couldn't hit his spots in the 9th and that was that.  This undid a 4 run 3rd inning and faciliated a long, slow, painful 7 run meltdown over the final 3 innings.  Dorman:

Groundballs:  4 (plus 2 bunts)
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  3
Pop Ups:  5
Walks:  5
Strikeouts:  3

AAA:  Salt Lake 6, Tacoma 4
TAC:  27-29... SLK:  37-18

Joe Woerman:  4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 walks, 3 K (11 app, 6 GS, 10.01 ERA, 29.2 IP, 3 HR, 33/18 BB/K)
Scott Shoemaker:  1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER (HR), walk, 2 K (13 app, 4.18 ERA, 23.2 IP, 4 HR, 11/20 BB/K)
Roy Corcoran:  2 IP, 1 H, walk, 3 K (12 app, 5.40 ERA, 11.2 IP, 13/11 BB/K)
Tracy Thorpe:  1 IP, walk, 2 K (on an ERA diet)
Jared "Baek Bait" Wells:  1 IP, 3 K (21 app, 5.32 ERA, 22 IP, 1 HR, 12/17 BB/K)
Yung Chi Chen:  1-3, R, RBI, 2 walks, K, SB (242/301/303)
Jeff Clement (DH):  2-4, R, walk, K (361/483/730)
Victor Diaz:  1-5, R, RBI, 2 K (298/394/510)
Bryan LaHair:  3-4, double, 2 RBI (267/350/477)
Prentice Redman:  2-4, double
Oswaldo Navarro:  1-4, double, R, K (273/360/357)

Joe Woerman is still walking so many batters that he makes Daniel Cabrera look like Greg Maddux, but he's now strung together two useful outings, so that's progress.

The problem this time was Scott Shoemaker picking a bad time to have one of his crappier outings, as he put the Rainiers in a 6-1 hole after the 5th.  Oswaldo Navarro did score in the 5th after his leadoff double, and Bryan LaHair did double home two runs in the 8th to cut the lead to 6-4.  But after getting runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs in the 9th... Victor Diaz watched strike three to end the ballgame.  Tuglett getting thrown out stealing for the 2nd out sure didn't help either, but there you go.

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