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Minor League Wrap-Up: 6/9/05

Tacoma shutout Las Vegas, 4-0. As Jeff and I sat and watched Felix tonight, we were baffled at just how effective he was at getting out of jams. Hernandez only went 5.1 innings and didn't give up a single run despite giving up five well-laced hits and five walks. His ability to fall back on the strikeout is his saving grace as he wiggles himself out of serious trouble time and time again. Jeff pointed out that he couldn't spot any obvious mechanical quirks, including the infamous head jerk that we've all heard about (and I've seen a few times). Chaves has ironed most of his wind-up issues but he's still having serious control problems. Since he's 19, it's partly to be expected but something to keep an eye on. Miguel Olivo continues to look like a frustrated mess despite singling tonight. In the sixth, Olivo disagreed with homeplate umpire Darren Hyman about a called third strike and while Hyman initially showed grace be allowing a quick argument, he drew the line and tossed Olivo after he threw his helmet and bat down at the plate and left them there. Olivo had his back turned when he was ejected and didn't realize it until he reached the bench and sat down. First base umpire Joe Stegner called time before the next pitch and told Olivo to go into the clubhouse and Olivo came back out onto the field to again argue with Hyman. He was restrained by Dan Rohn and Stegner while screaming profanities. He has a long way to go and it's tough to watch him look so horrible and so lost. Nothing but more time in Tacoma is going to help, so leaving him down there is hurting no one, especially him. Chris Snelling continues to look exceedingly impressive at the plate as he reached base four our of five times tonight and Jamal Strong had three hits to lead the Rainier offense.

Notables:

Felix Hernandez: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K.
Jamal Strong: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-5, 1 RBI.
Chris Snelling: 1-2, 1 2B, 3 BB.
Scott Spiezio: 2-4.
Miguel Olivo: 1-3, ejected.
Jose Lopez: 1-4.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 2-4.

Frisco came back to beat San Antonio, 9-8. You can thank Cesar Jimenez and Renee Cortez for this one. Take a look:

Drew Meyer singles on a ground ball to second baseman Eric Blakeley.
Pitcher Change: Renee Cortez replaces Cesar Jimenez.
Seth Taylor singles on a line drive to left fielder Jaime Bubela. Drew Meyer to 2nd.
Jared Abruzzo grounds out, pitcher Renee Cortez to shortstop Eriberto Menchaca. Drew Meyer to 3rd. Seth Taylor out at 2nd. Jared Abruzzo to 1st.
Juan Senreiso doubles (10) on a line drive to left fielder Jaime Bubela. Drew Meyer scores. Jared Abruzzo to 3rd.
Joaquin Arias singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jaime Bubela. Jared Abruzzo scores. Juan Senreiso scores.

It's real sad too since the offense had no trouble hitting Wilfredo Rodriguez. Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and was knocked around for 6.2 innings but somehow managed to keep the lead. Smith finished giving up five runs on ten hits while walking no one and striking out four. Luis Oliveros smashed four hits including a double and two RBI and Jamie Bubela, T.J. Bohn and Jesse Hoorelbeke also had multi-hit nights.

Notables:

Ryan Rowland-Smith: 6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Jamie Bubela: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
T.J. Bohn: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 2-5.
Gary Harris: 1-3, 2 BB.
Luis Oliveros: 4-5, 1 2B, 2 BB.

Stockton got by Inland Empire, 8-5. Not a good night for Mumba Rivera in his second high-A game. Rivera lasted a mere 3.1 innings giving up seven runs (five earned) on four hits. The base on balls really bit him tonight as he gave up five against four strikeouts. Adam Jones had the big night with the stick as he smacked two doubles and drove in three and Carlos Arroyo was perfect going 3-3 and drawing two walks.

Notables:

Mumba Rivera: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.
Little Garciaparra: 0-5.
Carlos Arroyo: 3-3, 2 BB.
Adam Jones: 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI.
Bryan Lahair: 0-5.
Chris Collins: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Michael Nesbit: 1-3, 1 BB.

Wisconsin beat Cedar Rapids, 7-4. Hey, Casey Abrams was respectable. As much as I come down on good ol' Casey, he really hasn't been remarkably bad this season. On second thought, yeah, he has. His K/BB still sits at 28/42 and he's way too old for his league. Until he begins to cut down the walks, he won't deserve a promotion and he hasn't gotten better in three years. Despite this, Abrams was able to keep the Timber Rattlers in this one as he went the minimum giving up three runs (only one earned) on five hits while walking three and fanning one. Four T-Rats had multi-hit games to lead the Wisconsin offense.

Notables:

Casey Abrams: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Mike Wilson: 2-4, 2 2B.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Jorge Campillo vs. Las Vegas for LL Night. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Jon Huber at Frisco. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Ryan Feierabend at San Jose. Game time is 7:00pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Chad Fillinger vs. Cedar Rapids. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.