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Minor League Wrap-Up: 7/4/05

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Tacoma blew out Portland, 10-0. Andrew Lorraine, who's putting together one of his best AAA campaigns, was sparkling again in this one as he went the distance in shutting out the Beavers. Lorraine did it giving up only six hits (all singles), a couple walks and striking out three. The bats were on fire from the beginning and were led by Shin-soo Choo's homer and four RBI and Abraham Nunez's three-hit performance, which included a bomb.

Notables:

Andrew Lorraine: 9.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Jamal Strong: 1-5, 2 RBI.
Abraham Nunez: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Greg Dobbs: 1-5, 1 2B.
Justin Leone: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 RBI.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 0-4. (.270/.286/.410. 2004 Dobbs with speed, basically.)

San Antonio edged Frisco, 2-1. Bobby Livingston picked a great night to be sharp as the offense wasn't going to help him out much. Livingston tossed a solid 6.2 innings lining him up for the win. Renee Cortez cooly held off the Rough Riders as Livingston gave up a homer and put runners on at second and third before getting yanked. Cesar Jimenez pitched a third of an inning to pick up a his first, and likely last, save. Like I said about the offense, it wasn't really there as John Danks took a pretty tough loss. Both runs came off solo shots from Jesse Hoorelbeke and Nate Espy. Other than those two, no one had a good night at the dish.

Notables:

Bobby Livingston: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Adam Jones: 0-4, 4 K.
T.J. Bohn: 0-4.
Nate Espy: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 1-3.
Rene Rivera: 0-3.
Eriberto Menchaca: 1-3, 1 2B.

High Desert toppled Inland Empire, 9-7. Rafael Soriano was perfect in his fourth rehab outing of the year. Soriano was in there for two innings and struck out two. Inland Empire spotted Michael Steele to a 3-0 lead before he entered the game. By the time he was out, 1.1 innings later, it had become it a 7-3 deficit. Indy League pickup Derrick Ellison was decidedly unimpressive in his debut and wasn't any better in his second game either as he gave up another two runs in 1.2 innings. Michael Garciaparra is back and managed a hit, Asdrubal Cabrera knocked three hits and B.J. Garbe homered to lead the 66'ers.

Notables:

Rafael Soriano: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Michael Steele: 1.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 1-4.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Carlos Arroyo: 1-5, 2 RBI.
Erick Monzon: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB. (53% of his hits thus far have gone for extra bases. That's simply jaw-droppingly amazing.)
B.J. Garbe: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Michael Garicaparra: 1-5.

Wisconsin outlasted Beloit, 7-6 (13). Aaron Jensen was just pelted with hits as he gave up fourteen in 6.2 innings. Of all the baserunners, he allowed only five to score, which is pretty impressive. Jensen didn't issue any free passes, which almost certainly would have been complete death if he did. When you give up fourteen baseknocks, you can't afford not to just keep going after the hitters. Question: Is this the most boring possible way to end a 13-inning "thriller"?

Chris Colton doubles (11) on a line drive to left fielder Dwayne White.
Josh Womack pops out to catcher Korey Feiner in foul territory.
Kyle Aselton intentionally walks Yung Chi Chen.
Thomas Hubbard walks. Chris Colton to 3rd. Yung Chi Chen to 2nd.
Michael Wilson walks. Chris Colton scores. Yung Chi Chen to 3rd. Thomas Hubbard to 2nd.

I'd want my money back. I HATE walk-off walks.

Notables:

Aaron Jensen: 6.2 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Josh Womack: 2-6, 1 RBI.
Yung Chi Chen: 1-5, 2 BB.
Thomas Hubbard: 1-6, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Mike Wilson: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 RBI. Whoa.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-6, 1 2B.
Chris Colton: 4-6, 1 2B.

Everett shutout Boise, 6-0. Nick Allen had a helluva game as he allowed only four baserunners (three hits, one HBP) in eight innings of excellent work. Allen struck out four and induced fourteen groundballs including double plays in the 1st, 2nd and 7th. Michael Saunders homered and drove in three and Chao Kuan Wu also smacked two hits to lead the Aquasox to the victory.

Notables:

Nick Allen: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Luis Valbuena: 0-3, 1 BB.
Ronald Prettyman: 1-4, 1 BB.
Jeff Flaig: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Chao Kuan Wu: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Michael Saunders: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Jeff Harris at Portland. Game tims is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Off.
Inland Empire: TBD vs. High Desert. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Julio Santiago vs. Beloit. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Everett: TBD at Boise. Game time is 6:05pm PDT. (Apparently Boise is in the Mountian Time Zone.)