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Minor League Wrap-Up: 7/24/05

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Tacoma split a pair of games with Colorado Springs, 7-5 and 2-3. Game one featured an unimpressive start from Chris Buglovsky and the Tacoma offense graciously bailing him out. Buglovsky lasted only 3.1 innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two. The offense finally went nuts in the sixth and put up six runs to steal the game back from the Sky Sox. Abraham Nunez had a pair of hits, Ryan Christianson homered and Yuniesky Betancourt knocked in a few with a triple to lead the Rainiers.

Notables:

Chris Buglovsky: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB (!), 2 RBI.
Abraham Nunez: 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Ryan Christianson: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 0-3.

In game two we finally saw some good pitching from a Tacoma pitcher, this time being Damian Moss. But, of course, the offense didn't want to support him with a whole lot and his relief blew up everything he had going. Moss went 5.2 innings giving up a single run on five hits while walking two and striking out three. Headed into the bottom of the seventh, the Rainiers led 2-1. Here's how it all played out:

# Tomas Delarosa walks.
Pascual Matos strikes out swinging.
Pitcher Change: George Sherrill replaces Clint Nageotte.
Jeff Salazar pops out to third baseman Justin Leone.
Omar Quintanilla triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Tomas Delarosa scores.
Ryan Shealy singles on a ground ball to right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Omar Quintanilla scores.

Welcome back George Sherill, you've just hit the exacta with the loss and the blown save.

Notables:

Damian Moss: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Jamal Strong: 0-4.
Wiki Gonazalez: 0-1, 2 BB.
Aaron Rifkin: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-2, 1 BB.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

San Antonio came back to beat Corpus Christi, 4-3. Jared Thomas got tagged for three runs early that led to his quick demise and crappy line. Thank God for Chris Key, though, as he came in to throw four sparkling shutout innings to keep the Missions close. In the ninth, an Ismael Castro single followed by a Jamie Bubela double brought in the two runs needed to take the lead back from the Hooks. Emiliano Fruto shut the door in the bottom of the frame to pick up his 11th save.

Notables:

Jared Thomas: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.
Chris Key: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Jamie Bubela: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Nate Espy: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 1-3, 1 BB.
Ismael Castro: 2-4, 1 RBI.

Wisconsin outslugged Clinton, 13-9. What's funny about this game is that Mark Lowe wasn't even that bad. The T-Rats were up 11-2 when Lowe left the game in the sixth, so you can see there were relief troubles. Lowe finished going the six and giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking no one and fanning three. Getting back to the relief, well, it was horrible. You can blame most of it on Adam Brandt, who's been nothing but a gascan so far this season throughout the organization. Brandt went two innings giving up six runs on seven hits, three of them being homers. Jon Lockwood, who's star quickly faded as soon as he was promoted ONE level (rememeber, he's STILL too old for Wisconsin) gave up three walks in only 0.2 of an innings. Lockwood had walked only one guy in 16 innings of work at Everett, in Wisconsin he's walked six in 3.1 innings. The offense took advantage of Clinton's five errors as they only earned seven of their runs. Everyone in the starting lineup except Oswaldo Navarro had a base hit and five T-Rats had multi-hit games.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Brent Johnson: 3-6, 2 2B.
Mike Wilson: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Thomas Hubbard: 2-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Brandon Green: 2-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Chris Colton: 2-5.

Eugene blew out Everett, 10-3. Nick Allen didn't last long as he was knocked out in the second inning having given up six runs on eight hits. Eugene pulled away early and Everett never made any kind of charge despite eleven hits. The only bright spot was Casey Craig who picked up another two hits, homered and stole his eleventh base of the season.

Notables:

Nick Allen: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Casey Craig: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Luis Valbuena: 1-4, 1 RBI.
D.J. Tucker: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
David Hall: 2-4.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Cha Seung Baek at Colorado Springs. Game time is 6:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Rowland-Smith at Corpus Christi. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Ryan Feierabend vs. Lancaster. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Randy Frye-Abrams vs. Kane County. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Everett: Justin Thomas vs. Eugene. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.