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Minor League Wrap-Up: 8/9/05

Oklahoma smashed Tacoma, 14-7. Bad pitching, party of four. It was all about who could pitch worse in this one as every single hurler to enter the game got touched up. Damian Moss was first and lasted only 2.2 innings before getting the boot after giving up three runs. Andrew Lorraine was next and he gave up another four runs over 2.2 innings. Clint Nageotte wanted in on the action, and didn't disappoint those who enjoyed the suckfest. Nageotte went only 1.2 innings giving up five runs. Believe it or not, Nageotte blew the save as it was 7-6 Rainiers when he took over. Sean Green came in to close it out and gave up a pair of runs just for the hell of it. Having scored seven runs on eleven hits, you can't really blame the offense for this one. Three Rainiers had multi-hit games, including Jose Lopez who smacked two doubles.

Notables:

Damian Moss: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Jamal Strong: 2-5.
Miguel Ojeda: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Jose Lopez: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-4, 2 RBI.
Ryan Christianson: 1-4.

San Antonio fell short of the comeback against Wichita, 7-6. Headed into the ninth, the Missions trailed 7-3. Time to make things interesting:

Pitcher Change: Steve Bray replaces Barry Armitage.
Jaime Bubela singles on a ground ball to center fielder Wilkin Ruan.
Adam Jones called out on strikes.
T. J. Bohn singles on a ground ball to left fielder Billy Butler. Jaime Bubela to 3rd.
Jesse Hoorelbeke singles on a line drive to center fielder Wilkin Ruan. Jaime Bubela scores. T. Bohn to 2nd.
Gary Harris singles on a line drive to right fielder Shane Costa. T. J. Bohn scores. Jesse Hoorelbeke to 3rd.
Jesus Guzman strikes out swinging.
Pitcher Change: Leo Nunez replaces Steve Bray.
Jon Nelson singles on a ground ball to shortstop Andres Blanco. Jesse Hoorelbeke scores. Gary Harris to 2nd.
Luis Oliveros lines out to center fielder Wilkin Ruan.

D'oh! It would have been fun to see them single their way to four runs. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Thomas Oldham got the start and was shaky throuh the first four innings and finally imploded in the fifth. His line is ugly as he gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits while walking four and striking out six. Everyone in the starting lineup collected a hit on the evening and Gary Harris and Luis Oliveros led the way with three each.

Notables:

Thomas Oldham: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.
Ryan Rowland-Smith: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 BB.
T.J. Bohn: 2-5.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 2-5, 2 RBI.
Gary Harris: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Luis Oliveros: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Inland Empire routed High Desert, 8-2. Ryan Feierabend was fantastic in this one as he went six shutout innings scattering five hits and a couple walks while striking out seven. The offense came out firing as well as they went up four in the third frame and never once looked back. Bryan Lahair led the way with a double and homer that netted him five RBI and Wladimir Balentien also chipped in with a homer.

Notables:

Ryan Feierabend: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Little Garciaparra: 2-5.
Bryan Lahair: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Erick Monzon: 3-4.

Wisconsin edged Cedar Rapids in extras, 6-5 (11). After nearly a two hour delay, this one got started. Wisconsin ran Mark Lowe out to the mound and Lowe pitched well before being pulled due to his pitch count. Lowe finished going five strong innings giving up an unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out two. Jon Lockwood and Eric O'Flaherty conspired to give it all back in the eighth, however, and it was a new ball game. In the eleventh, the T-Rats played the small ball card and it worked:

Michael Wilson singles on a line drive to center fielder Josh Leblanc.
Oswaldo Navarro out on a sacrifice bunt to first baseman Michael Collins. Michael Wilson to 2nd.
Josh Womack reaches on fielding error by second baseman Alexi Casilla. Michael Wilson scores.

Brent Johnson collected three hits on the night and Yung Chi Chen and Mike Wilson also went multi-hit.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Brent Johnson: 3-3, 1 BB.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Omar Falcon: 0-4, 1 BB, 4 K. (Good ol' Omar!)
Jeff Clement: 1-3.
Mike Wilson: 2-2.
Josh Womack: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

Everett blanked Eugene, 3-0. It was all about good pitching in this one. Nick Allen and David Asher combined to pitch a five-hit shutout with Allen going thr first six giving up four hits and a few walks while fanning four. Asher went the last three and gave up just one hit and didn't walk a soul while striking out five Emeralds. Everett actually had less hits than Eugene (5-4) but only left two on base all night.

Notables:

Nick Allen: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
David Asher: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
Casey Craig: 1-4.
Jeff Flaig: 0-4.
Ron Prettyman: 0-3.
Luis Valbuena: 0-3.
Trevor Heid: 1-1, 1 2B.
Robert Hudson: 2-3, 1 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Cha Seung Baek at Oklahoma. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Yorman Bazardo vs. Wichita. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Brandon Moorhead at High Desert. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Off.
Everett: Roman Martinez at Eugene. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.