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7/10: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma was drilled by Tucson, 10-4. Hunter Brown hit a grand slam in the third inning to put the Rainiers on top, but Jeff Harris fell apart in the fifth, allowing seven baserunners, a grand slam of his own, and seven runs in all. Sean Green did the rest of the damage, allowing three more in the sixth. On the plus side, Felix Hernandez was back on the mound, tossing a shutout inning out of the bullpen. Justin Leone had three hits and reached base four times to lead the lineup. Notables:

Harris: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
Hernandez: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Nageotte: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
Leone: 3-3, 1 BB
Strong: 2-5
Brown: 2-4, 1 HR
Nunez: 1-5

San Antonio lost to Midland, 5-4. Bobby Livingston got the start and left with a one-run lead, but RD Spiehs allowing a home run in the eighth to tie it, and Emiliano Fruto gave up the go-ahead RBI single that iced the game. A shame, because the bullpen negated a fantastic day by TJ Bohn, who upped his average to .315 by going 5-5. Jaime Bubela and Rene Rivera also had two hits apiece. Notables:

Livingston: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Bohn: 5-5, 1 2B, 1 3B
Rivera: 2-5
Bubela: 2-5
Hoorelbeke: 1-5, 1 2B
Espy: 0-2, 3 BB

Inland Empire fell short, losing 11-9 to Midland. It was an ugly day for the pitching staffs, as they combined to allow 20 runs, 29 hits, and 37 baserunners before it was all said and done. Chad Fillinger was responsible for nine of said runs, 12 of said hits, and 13 of said baserunners, as he was tagged with the loss after an awful 2.1 innings of work. Despite a strong effort from the bullpen, the 66ers were unable to come all the way back, scoring two in the ninth and ending with the tying run at the plate. Wladimir Balentien led the lineup with three hits, while Bryan Lahair homered (15) and the 3-7 hitters combined for ten hits on the day. Notables:

Fillinger: 2.1 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Trolia: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K
Balentien: 3-5
Lahair: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB
Cabrera: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
Boucher: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
Garciaparra: 0-3

Wisconsin won a wild one over Peoria, 12-10. Julio Santana took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the third, but he allowed seven runs and couldn't make it out of the inning. The T'Rats would rally in the seventh, though, getting a two-run double from Mike Wilson, a run-scoring error off the bat of Omar Falcon, and an RBI double from Matt Tuiasosopo. Stephen Grasley picked up the win with 4.1 innings of shutout relief, while Tuiasosopo and Jack Arroyo led the way with three hits. Chris Colton also went deep, while Wilson, Brent Johnson, and Brandon Green had multi-hit days of their own. Unfortunately for Green, he made three throwing errors from third base, not the kind of thing you want to do when you're only hitting .227 in low-A. Notables:

Santiago: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Tuiasosopo: 3-5, 2 2B
Arroyo: 3-5
Colton: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB
Wilson: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB
Green: 2-5
Johnson: 2-5, 1 BB

Everett fell to Salem-Keizer, 3-2. Justin Thomas got the start and went five, giving up eight baserunners and three runs, but the Aquasox were unable to rally out of a 3-0 hole, despite Jeff Flaig and Trevor Heid's three-hit days. The team went 4-19 with men on base for the day, although in better news, Heid was able to steal home in the seventh. Notables:

Thomas: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Flaig: 3-4, 1 BB
Heid: 3-4, 1 2B
Prettyman: 1-4, 1 BB
Tucker: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Valbuena: 0-5
Craig: 1-5

Coming up: Tacoma's off for the All Star break, Juan Sandoval goes for San Antonio, some guy for Inland Empire (seriously, this rotation is a mess), Ivan Blanco for Wisconsin, and Robert Rohrbaugh for Everett.