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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/18/05.

Tacoma avoided a series sweep from Fresno, 3-2. A showdown between Jorge Campillo and Jesse Foppert was what was being advertised, and if you'll excuse a bit of wildness from Foppert, that's what you got. Campillo pitched well in his seven innings of work, and while Foppert wasn't on his A-game this evening (5 BB), he did last into the 5th before succumbing to Al Levine. Chris Snelling was the big hero as he stroked a bottom-nine two-out 1-2 fastball from Jeremy Fikac into left to score Shin-soo Choo from second and win it for the Rainiers.

Notables:

Jorge Campillo: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Dustin Delucchi: 1-4.
Shin-soo Choo: 2-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Justin Leone: 0-3, 2 BB.
Chris Snelling: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Abraham Nunez: 2-3.
Mike Morse: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

San Antonio pounded Frisco, 13-3. The Missions quickly jumped all over Frisco starter Nick Masset scoring five in the first and never looking back. Five Missions had multi-hit games, but the big winner was Jamie Bubela who went 3-5 with a homer and five RBI.

Notables:

Bobby Livingston: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-5.
Ismael Castro: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Nate Espy: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Jon Nelson: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Jamie Bubela: 3-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI.
Rene Rivera: 0-4.

Inland Empire edged Lancaster, 4-3 (10). Ryan Feierabend took the hill for the 66'ers in this one and went five shutout innings stiking out two but walking four. The winning run in the bottom in the tenth was achieved in the ugliest way possible...see for yourself:

# Pitcher Change: Jered Liebeck replaces Ryan Coffin.
# Michael Garciaparra walks.
# Matt Rogelstad ground bunts into a force out, catcher Miguel Montero to shortstop Danny Richar. Michael Garciaparra out at 2nd. Matt Rogelstad to 1st.
# With Adam Jones batting, Matt Rogelstad steals (1) 2nd base.
# Adam Jones strikes out swinging.
# Jered Liebeck intentionally walks Bryan Lahair.
# Erick Monzon reaches on fielding error by third baseman Steve Garrabrants. Matt Rogelstad scores. Bryan Lahair to 2nd.

Notables:

Ryan Feierabend: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.
Michael Garciaparra: 1-4, 1 BB.
Adam Jones: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Bryan Lahair: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Wlaidmir Balentien: 2-4.

Peoria trampled Wisconsin, 10-5. Mark Lowe is mortal after all. Lowe was flat-out LIT UP in his 4.1 innings of work as he gave up ten baseknocks leading to eight runs. David Hall led the offensive attack with three hits.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
Oswaldo Navarro: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Josh Womack: 1-5.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-4, 1 RBI.
David Hall: 3-4, 1 2B.
Jack Arroyo: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 R.

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you'd know by now that Felix Hernandez will be taking the mound tomorrow night at Cheney.

I can and will be going, but won't be showing up until sometime around 5:30-5:45. So, it's quite likely I'll miss out on the USS Mariner activities since they'll already be in the ballpark.

However, if anyone else is getting a late start out to Cheney, drop me a line. I'd LOVE to meet up with a few of you and get to know the readership here at Lookout Landing a bit better. I know several of you guys are planning on making the trip, so if you'd like to meet up then e-mail me (click on "CONTACT DEVIN" on the sidebar to the right) and we'll work out some details.

See you guys tomorrow night!

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One last thing.

You may remember last season Jeff and I would constantly refer to Bloomquist and Cirillo (before he was dealt) as the "Dueling Banjos". When Cirillo was dealt, I had a tough time putting Speizio in that role.

But not all is lost as the Dueling Banjos finally have a new member and are ready to crank out hours of inning-ending classics. Enjoy.