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Minor League Wrap-Up: 6/2/05

Sorry for being so late with this; the site ate the post the first two times.

Tacoma beat Sacramento, 5-4. Despite a decent seven innings from Andrew Lorraine, the Rainiers trailed 4-0 entering the ninth when this happened:

Yuniesky Betancourt grounds out, third baseman Keith Ginter to first baseman Bobby Smith.
Chris Snelling singles on a fly ball to right fielder Matt Watson.
Ryan Christianson singles on a fly ball to center fielder Freddie Bynum. Chris Snelling to 2nd.
Scott Spiezio walks. Chris Snelling to 3rd. Ryan Christianson to 2nd.
Abraham Nunez walks. Chris Snelling scores. Ryan Christianson to 3rd. Scott Spiezio to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Jairo Garcia replaces Chris Mabeus.
Miguel Olivo walks. Ryan Christianson scores. Scott Spiezio to 3rd. Abraham Nunez to 2nd.
Hunter Brown strikes out swinging.
Ramon Santiago walks. Scott Spiezio scores. Abraham Nunez to 3rd. Miguel Olivo to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Ron Flores replaces Jairo Garcia.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Jamal Strong replaces Shin-Soo Choo.
Jamal Strong singles on a ground ball to center fielder Freddie Bynum. Abraham Nunez scores. Miguel Olivo scores. Ramon Santiago to 2nd.
Yuniesky Betancourt pops out to second baseman Andrew Beattie.

Masao Kida was able to escape a minor jam unscathed for the save. Miguel Olivo reached base for the first time since being demoted, and Yuniesky's AAA debut was a big fat o'fer. Chris Snelling and two lesser players led Tacoma with two hits apiece. Notables:

Lorraine: 7 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Snelling: 2-5
Christianson: 2-4, 1 2B
Strong: 1-1 (game-winning pinch-hit 2 RBI single)
Choo: 0-4
Betancourt: 0-5
Santiago: 2-2, 2 BB
Olivo: 0-3, 1 BB
Spiezio: 1-3, 1 BB

San Antonio beat Tulsa, 3-2. Thomas Oldham struggled with his control for five innings, but picked up the win anyway, and Chris Key tossed a sparkling three innings of shutout relief bridging the gap between Oldham and Renee Cortez. Jesse Hoorelbeke's RBI double stood up as the game winner, and Nate Espy hit a bomb. Ismael Castro was the only Mission to collect two hits. Notables:

Oldham: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K
Espy: 1-4, 1 HR
Hoorelbeke: 1-4, 1 2B
Castro: 2-3, 2 2B
Bohn: 1-4, 1 2B
Guzman: 1-4

Inland Empire rallied to beat Rancho Cucamonga, 6-3. Trailing by three in the sixth, the 66ers put up a four-spot, adding two in the eighth to ice the win despite failing to take advantage of four Quake errors. Miguel Martinez sucked for 4.1 innings but the bullpen was excellent, allowing two baserunners in 4.2 no-hit innings. Aaron Looper's making a strong case to be promoted back to Tacoma as he threw his seventh and eighth shutout innings to start the year. Michael Garciaparra stayed hot by reaching base three times. Notables:

Martinez: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Looper: 2 IP, 2 K (1 HBP)
Garciaparra: 2-2, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Rogelstad: 0-2, 2 BB
Monzon: 1-3, 1 BB
Lahair: 0-4
Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B

Wisconsin took care of Cedar Rapids, 6-2. (System sweep! System sweep!) Asdrubal Cabrera, Yung Chen, and Michael Wilson all had two hits, but the story was Jason Snyder, who went six walkless innings before giving way to Eric O'Flaherty, whose three no-hit frames sealed the win. Thomas Hubbard's two-run homer in the fourth proved to be the game-winning hit. Notables:

Snyder: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 K
Hubbard: 1-3, 1 HR
Wilson: 2-4, 1 2B
Cabrera: 2-4
Boucher: 1-2, 1 2B, 3 BB
Navarro: 1-5
Chen: 2-4

Coming up: King Felix for Tacoma, Ryan Rowland-Smith for San Antonio, Jason Mackintosh for Inland Empire, and Casey friggin' Abrams for Wisconsin.