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7/16: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma beat Portland, 8-3. Bobby Livingston's first start in AAA wasn't a masterpiece, but it wasn't a disaster, either - he went five, allowing ten baserunners and three runs. He came away with a no-decision, as the Rainiers saved up most of their offense for the seventh inning:

Yuniesky Betancourt grounds out, shortstop Wilson Valdez to first baseman Greg Sain.
Jamal Strong doubles (15) on a fly ball to left fielder Bobby Scales.
Ramon Santiago grounds out, second baseman Josh Barfield to first baseman Greg Sain. Jamal Strong to 3rd.
Greg Dobbs walks.
Justin Leone walks. Greg Dobbs to 2nd.
Wiki Gonzalez singles on a ground ball to shortstop Wilson Valdez. Jamal Strong scores. Greg Dobbs to 3rd. Justin Leone to 2nd.
Abraham Nunez walks. Greg Dobbs scores. Justin Leone to 3rd. Wiki Gonzalez to 2nd.
With Shin-Soo Choo batting, wild pitch by Scott Stewart, Justin Leone scores. Wiki Gonzalez to 3rd. Abraham Nunez to 2nd.
Shin-Soo Choo walks.
Pitcher Change: Marty McLeary replaces Scott Stewart.
Hunter Brown singles on a fly ball to center fielder Adam Hyzdu. Wiki Gonzalez scores. Abraham Nunez scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 2nd.
Yuniesky Betancourt triples (4) on a fly ball to right fielder Jon Knott. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Hunter Brown scores.
Jamal Strong grounds out, second baseman Josh Barfield to first baseman Greg Sain.

Greg Dobbs and Wiki Gonzalez each had two hits to lead the lineup, with Dobbs and Shin-soo Choo each reaching base three times. Notables:

Livingston: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Dobbs: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Gonzalez: 2-4
Leone: 1-4, 1 BB
Betancourt: 1-4, 1 3B
Strong: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Choo: 1-2, 2 BB

San Antonio fell to Springfield, 5-4. Juan Sandoval put the Missions behind 3-0 in the first, but didn't allow the winning run until the seventh, when he was pulled after allowing singles to the first two batters of the inning. San Antonio was able to rally from the earlier deficit, erasing the lead in the fourth courtesy of a Rene Rivera RBI double and an error that later allowed him to score. Gary Harris and Ismael Castro had two hits apiece. Notables:

Sandoval: 6 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Castro: 2-4, 1 2B
Rivera: 1-4, 1 2B
Guzman: 1-5, 1 2B
Harris: 2-4
Jones: 1-3, 1 BB

Inland Empire was downed by Modesto, 9-5. A few hits and a little smallball put the 66ers ahead 4-0 by the third, but the lead was immediately erased, and Inland Empire found itself behind by two as soon as the fifth. As you may have guessed by now, it wasn't the brightest of days for Chad Fillinger, who lasted just 3.1 innings in getting the start. However, Aaron Trolia was tagged with the loss after allowing said two runs in the fifth, and Troy Cate didn't really help anything by letting another three cross the plate in the seventh. Matt Rogelstad's three hits led the lineup, while BJ Garbe and Sebastien Boucher had two. Notables:

Fillinger: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Rogelstad: 3-4, 1 2B
Boucher: 2-4
Garbe: 2-3
Cabrera: 1-4
Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B
Garciaparra: 0-3 (And I'm free...free-fallin'...)

Wisconsin blasted Kane County, 10-4. Julio Santiago had an Aaron-Sele-upside start, going seven and allowing four runs, seven baserunners, and a homer, while fanning three. He was able to pick up the win because the T'Rats batted around in both the fourth and fifth innings, scoring nine runs combined. The big hits were a two-run triple by Matt Tuiasosopo and a two-run single by...Matt Tuiasosopo again, the next time around. Six different T'Rats had two-hit days, with Tui's triple being the biggest blast. Notables:

Santiago: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Tuiasosopo: 2-4, 1 3B
Navarro: 2-3, 1 2B
R Johnson: 2-4
Soto: 2-5
Chen: 2-5
B Johnson: 2-5

Everett took out Spokane, 4-2. Eric Carter couldn't get through the fifth inning, walking five while allowing two runs through 4.2, but Jeff Gilmore picked him up with an outstanding relief effort spanning 3.1 innings and involving six strikeouts. The Aquasox were able to pick up runs one at a time, scoring in the first, second, sixth, and eighth innings. Robert Hudson's RBI single in the sixth proved to be the game winner, while Casey Craig hit the only home run on the day by a Mariner affiliate, a leadoff blast. Hudson had two hits. Notables:

Carter: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Gilmore: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 6 K
Craig: 1-5, 1 HR
Hudson: 2-3
Heid: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
Schweiger: 1-3
Santin: 1-4, 1 2B

Coming up: Jeff Harris for Tacoma, Thomas Oldham for San Antonio, (_) for Inland Empire, Ivan Blanco for Wisconsin, and Robert Rohrbaugh for Everett.