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Minor League Wrap-Up: 7/19/05

Tucson handled Tacoma, 9-5. Not a good night for Damian Moss as he got roughed up in the fourth and fifth innings leading to his quick exit. Moss couldn't get out of the fifth and went 4.2 innings giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out two. The bullpen wasn't any better as both Chris Buglovsky and Cesar Jimenez let the Sidewinders continued to chip away and pull out to a four-run lead after the top of the ninth. The Rainier offense managed to get three runs out of Edgar Gonzalez and a couple from the bullpen, but it was too little, too late. Abraham Nunez was the only Rainier with a multi-hit game and he also hit a bomb. On the bright side, everyone else except Aaron Rifkin picked up a hit.

Drab Notables:

Damian Moss: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Jamal Strong: 1-5.
Greg Dobbs: 1-4.
Justin Leone: 1-4.
Ryan Christianson: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Abraham Nunez: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-4.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-4.

Frisco edged San Antonio, 2-1. Maybe Jared Thomas is still upset he was sent down for Livingston? Thomas wasn't effective as he last a whole 3.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three, striking out five and serving up a homer. The second run the Rough Riders got of Thomas would prove to be the game-winner as Rangers top prospect Thomas Diamond had no trouble zipping through the Mission offense for seven innings. T.J. Bohn was the only person to hit Diamond hard all night as he launched a moonshot to center in the fourth, scoring the Missions only run.

Notables:

Jared Thomas: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Scott Atchison: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Jamie Bubela: 1-4.
Jesus Guzman: 1-4.
T.J. Bohn: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Jon Nelson: 2-4.
Adam Jones: 0-3.
Ismael Castro: 0-2, 1 BB.

Lake Elsinore topped Inland Empire, 5-3. Despite some early troubles, Ryan Feierabend pitched a pretty OK game. Feierabend ended up going a nice eight innings giving up three runs (only one earned) on eight hits while walking no one, fanning one and giving up a homerun. The game was tied headed into the ninth when Aaron Trolia had a meltdown and gave up a two-run shot, something the 66'ers couldn't overcome. Michael Nesbit was the only IE player to stand out as he smacked three hits. The offense didn't have an XBH all night.

Notables:

Ryan Feierabend: 8.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Michael Nesbit: 3-4, 1 RBI.
Matt Rogelstad: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-4.
Bryan Lahair: 1-3, 1 BB.
B.J. Garbe: 1-3, 1 BB.

Kane County toasted Wisconsin, 17-4. I think Wisconsin has found their brand-new Casey Abrams. People, meet Randy Frye. Frye is a 21-year-old out of Lake Orion HS in Michigan taken in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. He hasn't had a whole lot of success in the system and each passing start is making him look like an Abrams clone. So far this season his K/BB is 16:29, a very Abramsish feature. He gets pelted early and often very hard. I'm hoping he doesn't turn into my own personal punching bag, much like Abrams did before his release, but it's starting to look that way. Please Randy, don't make me hate you. With that said...guess what, he sucked in this one. Frye somehow gave up nine earned runs in 1.2 innings of work on four hits. He also walked four, struck out two and gave up a three-run shot. After Cibney "All-Star" Bello put in his 2.1 mediocre innings, mystery man Justin Jordan came in and tried to out-do Frye's futility as he gave up six runs in 1.2 innings on nine hits. That's bad pitching and you can't blame an offense when they go out there in the third already down ten runs.

Unnotables:

Randy Frye: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Brent Johnson: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Yung Chi Chen: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Thomas Hubbard: 0-5, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4.
Chris Colton: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Everett fell apart late to Spokane and capped the organizational anti-sweep, 10-2. A relatively good effort wasted as Nick Allen kept Everett in the game for six innings. Allen limited the Chiefs to two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four. But then came the bullpen and the floodgates opened right up. When Allen left the game after the sixth, it was a 2-2 ballgame. It ended up 10-2. Talk about untrustworthy pen.

Notables:

Nick Allen: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Bullpen: 3.0 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Casey Craig: 0-5.
Luis Valbuena: 1-4.
Reed Eastley: 2-4.
Trevor Heid: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Alex Gary: 1-1.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Cha Seung Baek vs. Tucson. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Rowland-Smith at Frisco. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Somebody vs. Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Off.
Everett: Somebody else vs. Spokane. Game tims is 7:05pm PDT.