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Minor League Wrap-Up: 5/22/05

Tacoma thumped Nashville, 7-3. Give it up for Rich Dorman who, until yesterday, hadn't really found a groove in AAA. Dorman was solid for six innings giving up only one run on three hits while walking no one and striking out four. The Snelling-less offense didn't have a whole lot of trouble generating runs as Ryan Christianson homered and Aaron Rifkin had three hits with a double and triple.


Rich Dorman: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Jamal Strong: 2-3, 1 BB.
Shin-soo Choo: 2-5.
Greg Jacobs: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Ryan Christianson: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Aaron Rifkin: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI.
Mike Morse: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

San Antonio edged Corpus Christi, 2-1. Improbable ninth inning comebacks are the best the feeling in the world, I think. Trailing 1-0 in the ninth, San Antonio was quickly down to their final out after both Gary Harris and Yuniesky Betancourt bounced out to first baseman (and Name of the Year contestant) Dax Norris. And then the clouds opened up:

Thomas BohnJr. singles on a ground ball to shortstop Eric Riggs.
Jon Nelson singles on a ground ball to right fielder Carlos Rodriguez. Thomas BohnJr. to 3rd.
Pitcher Change: Jailen Peguero replaces Chris Sampson (Who started the game. That's right, 8.2 innings...and the loss).
Jaime Bubela triples (3) on a line drive to center fielder Josh Anderson. Thomas BohnJr. scores. Jon Nelson scores.
Jesus Guzman pops out to first baseman Dax Norris in foul territory.

Jamie Bubela = the man. Sean Green finished off the Hooks in order in the bottom half and that was that.

Juan Sandoval started the game and was just fine going seven innings giving up the one run on six hits while issuing two free passes and fanning six. What a great game to attend...unless you were pulling for the home team.


Juan Sandoval: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Gary Harris: 2-3, 1 BB.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0-4.
T.J. Bohn: 1-4.
Jon Nelson: 2-4.
Jamie Bubela: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, clutch.
Jesus Guzman: 0-4.

Inland Empire topped High Desert, 9-5. More amazing offense for the 66'ers. On Saturday they smashed out 21 hits and 14 runs, this one only featured a paltry nine runs on 17 hits. Like Saturday, just take a look at the starters:

Eric Blakeley: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Matt Rogelstad: 0-5.
Adam Jones: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Bryan Lahair: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 0-4.
Carlos Arroyo: 1-4.
Chris Collins: 2-5, 1 RBI.
B.J. Garbe: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Chris Colton: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI.

What's in the water in Inland Empire...and why did Wladimir forget to drink it for this one?

At one point (read: before the 5th inning) this one was tied as Miguel Martinez had a tough time during his first, and likely only, start of the year. Martinez went 4 innings giving up three runs on five hit while walking two and striking out one. He gave way to Nick Bourgeois who went the next 3.2 innings and pitched moderately well for the specific situation to pick up his first victory of the season.


Miguel Martinez: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
Nick Bourgeois: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Michael Steele: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Offense: See above.

Clinton blew out Wisconsin, 15-8. Believe it or not, this one was tied going into the seventh inning even after a bad start from Jason Snyder and some horrible pitching from Roman Martinez. In comes Jason Grasley to give Wisconsin a chance to take the lead and the game...uh, not so fast...

Grasley: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.

Whoops. Those FIVE-RUN ninth innings can really get to you.

Offensively, the T-Rats weren't shabby at all as everyone in the starting lineup collected a hit. Oswaldo Navarro, he of the .371 SLG, even homered.


Jason Snyder: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.
Josh Womack: 1-4, 1 BB.
Sebastian Boucher: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-5, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4, 1 2B.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-4, 1 2B.
Oswaldo Navarro: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: King Felix vs. Memphis. Game time is 6:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Thomas Oldham vs. Tulsa. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Jason Mackintosh vs. Rancho Cucamonga. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Casey Abrams at Kane County. Game time is 4:00pm PDT.