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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/16/05.

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Fresno outlasted Tacoma, 11-9 (11). After going down 7-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, it looked as if the Rainiers were a dead stick. Instead, the bats came alive and the pitching hunkered down to all Tacoma to come roaring back to tie the game at 9 in the bottom of the eighth. It wasn't to be, however. George Sherrill, who isn't doing himself any favors to get Bavasi's attention blew it in the 11th as ex-Rainier Mickey Lopez's bloop single put two up on the board and the game away. The best news out of this one is that Chris Snelling did not break anything and will go on to play another game.

Notables:

Dan Reichert: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Jamal Strong: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 2 R.
Shin-soo Choo: 4-6, 1 RBI, 2 R.
Justin Leone: 4-6, 1 RBI.
Abraham Nunez: 0-3, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Mike Morse: 0-5, 2 RBI.
Aaron Rifkin: 2-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Chris Snelling: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI.

Midland shutout San Antonio, 7-0. Nicholas Bourgeois was chased early by the Rock Hounds and struggled with control as he lasted only two innings before giving way to Ryan Rowland-Smith. Smith was brilliant for five innings, though it was an effort wasted as the Mission bats were quiet against Steven Bondurant.

Notables:

Nicholas Bourgeois: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0-3, 1 BB.
Ismael Castro: 2-4.
T.J. Bohn: 1-4.
Jon Nelson: 1-4, 1 2B.
Rene Rivera: 1-3, 1 2B.

Modesto snuck by Inland Empire, 1-0. Jason MacKintosh was about as effective as you could possible hope, but like San Antonio, the 66'ers couldn't muster any offense. Modesto's one run in the first was enough to close this one out as both sides saw excellent pitching and incompetent hitting...not real California League-like.

Notables:

Jason MacKintosh: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
Juan Gonzalez: 0-4.
Matt Rogelstad: 3-4, all singles.
Adam Jones: 0-3.
Wladlmir Balentien: 1-4.
B.J. Garbe: 1-4, 1 2B.

Peoria smashed Wisconsin, 11-3. Casey Abrams was in midseason form tonight as he limped along for three and a third before getting the hook. Matt Tuiasosopo doubled and drew a few walks and Josh Womack and Michael Wilson both had multi-hit nights.

Notables:

Casey Abrams: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.
Oswaldo Navarro: 1-4, 1 BB.
Josh Womack: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Michael Wilson: 2-5.