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Minor League Wrap-Up: 6/30/05

Tacoma got by Colorado Springs, 7-3. Jeff Harris is quickly becoming a viable option as a starter as he went six strong innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Harris has been excellent since his much-deserved promotion from San Antonio. While most of his time has been out of the bullpen, tonight further proved he can go  awhile without getting hammered. Jamal Strong had a good night at the dish with three hits and Hunter Brown chipped in with two hits. Chris Snelling, a guy who refuses to slow down, managed a hit and two walks. The Rainiers as a whole drew ten walks on the evening.

Notables:

Jeff Harris: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Jamal Strong: 3-5, 1 2B.
Chris Snelling: 1-3, 2 BB.
Scott Spiezio: 1-4, 2 RBI.
Justin Leone: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Ryan Christianson: 0-2, 3 BB, 1 RBI.
Hunter Brown: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI.

Frisco edged San Antonio, 7-6 (11). Juan Sandoval somehow managed to finish the seventh inning (and after allow five runs in the first two innings) before being yanked in favor of Emiliano Fruto who ended up blowing the lead in the ninth. Cesar Jimenez came in next and handed Frisco another run in the eleventh which ended up being the game winner. The San Antonio offense battled back all night with five Missions finishing with multi-hit nights. Nate Espy led them all with three hits including a double and triple and Jesse Hoorelbeke also had three hits on the evening.

Notables:

Juan Sandoval: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Jamie Bubela: 1-6.
Nate Espy: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Gary Harris: 2-5.
Rene Rivera: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 0-5.
Ismael Castro: 2-5, 1 RBI.

Wisconsin hung on for dear life to beat Fort Wayne, 4-3. Down 4-0, check out the Wizard's ninth inning:

Tom Vincent doubles (16) on a fly ball to left fielder Brent Johnson.
Sean Kazmar homers (4) on a fly ball to left field. Tom Vincent scores.
Lachlan Dale pops out to first baseman Thomas Hubbard in foul territory.
Baudilio Figueroa flies out to left fielder Brent Johnson.
Ruben Mora triples (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Brent Johnson.
Pitcher Change: Craig James replaces Ivan Blanco.
Chris Kolkhorst singles on a fly ball to center fielder Jack Arroyo. Ruben Mora scores.
Brian Fryer grounds into a force out, third baseman Yung Chi Chen to second baseman Oswaldo Navarro. Chris Kolkhorst out at 2nd.

And everyone exhaled.

That would have been an insanely embarrassing loss for the bullpen to take, so it's a good thing that the complete collapse never came to fruition. Needless to say, Julio Santiago rebounded from his lousy start a few days to pitch a complete gem. Santiago went 7.2 shutout innings scattering six hits while walking two and striking out four. Brandon Green had three hits and two RBI to lead the T-Rat offense.

Notables:

Julio Santiago: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Carlos Arroyo: 1-4, 1 2B.
Thomas Hubbard: 1-3, 1 BB.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-4.
Brandon Green: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 2-4, 2 RBI.

Spokane beat Everett, 5-3. Justin Thomas' debut as a starter for the Aquasox didn't quite go as planned as he lasted only four innings and got plastered for four runs on six hits while walking one and fanning four. Everett managed only five hits as the offense still hasn't quite found it's niche.

Notables:

Justin Thomas: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Luis Valbuena: 0-5.
Dean Zorn: 1-4, 1 BB.
Casey Craig: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
J.B. Tucker: 1-3, 2 BB.
Jeff Flaig: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Bryan Sabatella: 0-4.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Damian Moss vs. Colorado Springs. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Thomas Oldham vs. Frisco. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Nibaldo Acosta at Bakersfield. Game time is 7:30pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Jason Snyder at Fort Wayne. Game time is 4:00pm PDT.
Everett: Marwin Vega vs. Vancouver. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.