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Minor League Wrap-Up: 5/28/05

Fresno beat up Tacoma, 9-2. Andrew Lorraine was downright godawful as he somehow lasted the minimum giving up eight runs on ten hits while walking three and striking out two. Lorraine gave up a run in every inning he worked, including a big four-run third which featured a Todd Linden two-run bomb and a two-run RBI double off the bat of Yamid Haad. Despite a hiccup in the fourth inning, Jesse Foppert didn't have much trouble sitting down the Rainier offense. Bryce Terveen was the lone standout as he homered and drove in both Tacoma runs.


Andrew Lorraine: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Jamal Strong: 1-4.
Shin-soo Choo: 0-3, 1 BB.
Mike Morse: 1-4.
Hunter Brown: 2-4, 1 2B.
Bryce Terveen: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

Wichita handled San Antonio, 6-1. The Mission offense was completely stymied by Kyle Middleton as the entire squad managed just five hits and an unearned run off of him in seven innings. In the meantime, Thomas Oldham was out on the mound not really having a game to remember as he tossed six innings giving up four runs on eight hits with two walks and strikeouts. T.J. Bohn doubled, but that was basically all the Missions saw all night in terms of production.


Thomas Oldham: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0-4.
T.J. Bohn: 2-4, 1 2B.
Jesus Guzman: 0-4.
Rene Rivera: 1-3.
Ismael Castro: 1-3.

Inland Empire pounded High Desert, 15-6. Only one night after grinding out twelve runs, the 66'ers kept on truckin' as they smashed 16 hits en route to the blowout. At first, this game looked like a lost cause for IE as Miguel Martinez allowed five runs in the first, digging a huge hole. The 66'ers battled back however and took the lead in the second after a six-run inning capped off by an Adam Jones two-run homer. Seven of the nine starters had multi-hit games and the only person not to have a hit, Bryan Lahair, did his part by walking twice. Apparently, the game was full of fire as well as Eric Ackerman beaned Wladimir Balentien in the seventh and was tossed by plate umpire Jeremy Barbe. Not to be outdone, Chris Key was thrown out in the eighth probably for trying to retaliate for the FOUR batters hit by the Maverick pitching staff. Inland Empire committed five errors in the game (Monzon 2, Garciaparra 2, Hagan), but it thankfully didn't come back to bite them.


Miguel Martinez: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Bullpen (Acosta, Key, Steele): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Michael Garciaparra: 2-5.
Matt Rogelstad: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Erick Monzon: 2-4, 1 2B.
B.J. Garbe: 2-4, 1 BB, 4 RBI.
Luis Oliveros: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

Quad Cities trampled Wisconsin, 7-1. Casey Abrams continued to pitch a lot like, well, Casey Abrams...and that's not a good thing. Abrams will be 24 this July and still hasn't come close to mastering or even competing in low-A. Abrams, a 5th round pick out of Wright State in 2003, wasn't very impressive in college either and was shelled in his limited time in Everett before being bumped up and destroyed in Wisconsin last season. Abrams' one and only thing going for him is that he strikes out about one batter per frame (career 8.58 k/9), but since he walks just as many (7.82 bb/9) and gives up way MORE hits (a ridiculous 15.64 h/9), it washes out. Not trying to turn this into that Albie Lopez blow up I had a few weeks ago, but Abrams is a strange guy to have taking up a spot on the staff in Wisconsin. In anycase, he was hit well yet again, this time going six innings giving up eights hits and four runs while walking two and striking out one. Quad Cities Michael Parisi had no trouble keeping the T-Rat offense at bay as he scattered nine hits and only gave up a run.


Casey Abrams: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
Oswaldo Navarro: 0-3.
Josh Womack: 2-4.
Robert Johnson: 2-4.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Sebastian Boucher: 2-4, 1 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Felix Hernandez at Fresno. Game time is 2:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Rowland-Smith vs. Wichita. Game time is 2:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Jason Mackintosh vs. High Desert. Game time is 2:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Mumba Rivera at Quad Cities. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.