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Minor League Wrap-Up: 7/13/05

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The PCL toppled the International League in the AAA All-Star Game, 11-5. Masao Kida was the only Tacoma representive with Felix still taking it slow and Snelling in Seattle. Kida went 0.2 innings and gave up a run on two walks and a strikeout.

San Antonio got by Arkansas, 8-4. Apparently Rafael Soriano wasn't up to pitching for the second night in a row as he never made an apperance. Instead, we got four innings of ineffective and ridiculously wild Ryan Rowland-Smith. Smith issued six free passes in the four frames along with six hits, three runs and a homer. He did strike out five, however. Chris Key went the next four innings and limited the damage to just one run that allowed the Mission offense to put it away. Adam Jones led the way with three hits (and, in the process put his line to .314/.372/.429, looks like he was ready for a promotion) and T.J. Bohn and Gary Harris both blasted homers to help out.

Notables:

Ryan Rowland-Smith: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
T.J. Bohn: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Gary Harris: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Adam Jones: 3-4.
Ismael Castro: 2-4, 2 RBI.

San Jose stunned Inland Empire, 5-4. Ryan Feierabend was sitting pretty waiting for his fifth win of the year...when disaster struck. Up 5-1 headed into the seventh, here's San Jose's seventh and eighth innings:

San Jose Bottom 7th

Travis Ishikawa walks.
Kyle Haines walks. Travis Ishikawa to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Gregory Wear replaces Jeff Mault.
Clay Timpner grounds into a force out, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to second baseman Michael Garciaparra. Travis Ishikawa to 3rd. Kyle Haines out at 2nd. Clay Timpner to 1st.
With Todd Jennings batting, Clay Timpner steals (30) 2nd base.
Todd Jennings grounds out, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to first baseman Bryan Lahair. Travis Ishikawa scores.
With Nate Schierholtz batting, passed ball by Luis Oliveros, Clay Timpner to 3rd.
Nate Schierholtz doubles (24) on a fly ball to left fielder Carlos Arroyo. Clay Timpner scores.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve called out on strikes.

San Jose Bottom 8th

Brian Munhall hit by pitch.
Guillermo Rodriguez hit by pitch. Brian Munhall to 2nd.
Jake Wald out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Gregory Wear to second baseman Michael Garciaparra. Brian Munhall to 3rd. Guillermo Rodriguez to 2nd.
Gregory Wear intentionally walks Travis Ishikawa.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Brian Buscher replaces Kyle Haines.
Brian Buscher walks. Brian Munhall scores. Guillermo Rodriguez to 3rd. Travis Ishikawa to 2nd.
Clay Timpner singles on a ground ball to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Guillermo Rodriguez scores. Travis Ishikawa to 3rd. Brian Buscher to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Aaron Trolia replaces Gregory Wear.
Todd Jennings grounds into double play, pitcher Aaron Trolia to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to second baseman Michael Garciaparra to first baseman Bryan Lahair. Clay Timpner out at 2nd.

Greg Wear was later seen thrown into a dumpster.

In anycase, such a bullpen collapse shouldn't take away from Ryan Feierabend who wasn't half-bad. Despite giving up eight hits in five innings, he limited the damage to only one run. Feierabend didn't walk anyone and fanned seven. Asdrubal Cabrera and Wladimir Balentien both had multi-hit nights and Erick Monzon homered.

Notables:

Ryan Feierabend: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 0-3, 1 BB.
Erick Monzon: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-5, 1 2B.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Little Garciaparra: 0-4.

Quad Cities blew up late to beat Wisconsin, 7-1. I want to preface this by relaying some excellent news about Wisconsin. Team punching bag Casey Abrams has been released by the Mariners. After watching him repeatedly suck for the past two seasons, it looks like just about everyone in the organization has had enough and cut ties with the 23-year-old walk machine. With the move, Abrams was replaced with Jon Lockwood, who just yesterday I mentioned needed to be pushed a little bit to gauge his talent level. Freaky. That said, another game, another story of the bullpen falling apart. Mark Lowe and Roman Martinez both combined to go the first seven innings and were fantastic giving up only one run on four basehits and a walk. However, relative newcomer Donny Langdon had a different idea and was pasted for six runs (five earned) on three hits and three walks in just 1.1 innings, effectively killing any shot Wisconsin had at winning the game. Wisconsin obviously didn't have a whole lot of offense to work with (just four hits) but Brent Johnson tried his best as he collected two hits and a walk and Robert Johnson (no relation) drove in the only T-Rat run.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Roman Martinez: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Brent Johnson: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Yung Chi Chen: 0-4.
Mike Wilson: 1-3, 1 2B.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-2, 2 BB.
Oswaldo Navarro: 0-3.

Vancouver outlasted Everett, 7-6 (13). Everett was the little team that could as they came back to tie the game in both the eighth and ninth but eventually fell a bit short as Rollie Gibson walked in Shawn Callahan to end the game. Walk-off walks are the worst, seriously. 4 hours and 28 minutes before the walk, it was Robert Fagan who took the hill and lasted 4.1 innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking two and not striking out a soul. Ron Prettyman, who's so far making a great impression with the team, smacked another three hits for the Aquasox and Bryan Sabatella continues to break out as he laced three baseknocks including a triple.

Notables:

Robert Fagan: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.
Casey Craig: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Jeff Flaig: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Ron Prettyman: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Bryan Sabatella: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
Brian Schweiger: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 BB.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Damian Moss vs. Portland. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Jon Huber vs. Arkansas. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Off.
Wisconsin: Randy Frye vs. Quad Cities. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Everett: Nick Allen at Vancouver. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.