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Minor League Wrap-Up: 8/12/05

Salt Lake edged Tacoma, 3-2. Everything was going just fine for Chris Buglovsky until the sixth and seventh innings when he began to faulter a bit and allowed three runs on two homers. The Rainier offense was dead the all night until the bottom of the ninth when they managed a two-run rally. Too little, too late. Jose Lopez led the attack with a two-run double.

Notables:

Chris Buglovsky: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR.
Jamal Strong: 1-4.
Abraham Nunez: 1-3, 1 BB.
Jose Lopez: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Greg Dobbs: 1-4.
Justin Leone: 1-4.
Shin-soo Choo: 0-3.

Tulsa came back to beat San Antonio, 5-3. After a strong performance from Jon Huber left the Missions in a position to take the W, Nathanel Mateo just wasn't going to have any part in it. Mateo gave up three runs in the final two frames, including a walk-off two run shot off the bat of Luis Guance to allow Tulsa to steal the win. Jesse Hoorelbeke was the only Mission to go multi-hit and Jamie Bubela and Nate Espy homered to help the offensive effort.

Notables:

Jon Huber: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
Jamie Bubela: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 1-2, 1 BB.
Nate Espy: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 2-4.
Brian Moon: 1-4, 1 2B.

Inland Empire fell to Lancaster, 8-5.  Not a good night for Jason Mackintosh. Mackintosh only went the minimum+ but gave up eight hits, eight runs (six earned) and walked two while striking out six. Aaron Trolia came in for mop-up duty and did a pretty decent job as he allowed only two baserunners over the next three innings. The 66'er offense got rolling late in the game, but like Tacoma and San Antonio, just couldn't get enough done. Bryan Lahair led the IE attack with four hits.

Notables:

Jason Mackintosh: 5.0+ IP, 8 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 0-4, 1 BB.
Little Garciaparra: 1-4, 1 BB.
Bucky Jacobsen: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI. (Let's get him moved up...)
Bryan Lahair: 4-5.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-5, 2 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-4.

Wisconsin toppled West Michigan, 4-1. Cibney Bello is a tease. Only when he feels like it does he pitch well and continue to make the organization feel as if he's worth something. This was one of those games where Bello was ready to pitch. Bello went six solid innings giving up a run (not earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out five. Stephen Grasley and Eric O'Flaherty came in to seal the final three frames and the T-Rats have another win. Offensively, Chris Colton stole the show as he had four hits on the evening. Last night during the game thread, I took a look a Colton's year so far (only 138 AB, though) and his output is so wildly out of line, you can't help but think this is just some huge aberration. Observe:

2002 Everett: .231/.335/.391
2003 Everett: .260/.359/.376
2004 Wisconsin: .232/.302/.398
2005 Wisconsin: .377/.416/.659

Say what? Of course, this is only after he struggled his ass off at IE for a few months (.243/.297/.385), a league he was obviously not ready for. What's most surprising about the line is that he's hitting for insane power. Maybe this is some new Chris Colton...or, more likely, it's the same Chris Colton who doesn't want to stick around low-A at age 22.

Notables:

Cibney Bello: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Brent Johnson: 1-5.
Chris Colton: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Mike Wilson: 1-3, 1 BB.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-3, 1 BB.
Jeff Clement: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI. Yay!
Thomas Hubbard: 0-4.

Everett blanked Eugene, 1-0. Robert Rohrbaugh was downright fantastic as he went seven shutout inning allowing only two hits, a couple walks and fanning six. Justin Thomas and Stephen Kahn came in to shut the door and didn't disappoint. The Aquasox offense didn't do much, but when the pitchers are on a roll, it never really matters.

Notables:

Robert Rohrbaugh: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Trevor Heid: 0-4, 1 BB.
Luis Valbuena: 0-4, 1 BB.
Reed Eastley: 1-3, 1 BB.
Alex Gary: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Rich Dorman vs. Salt Lake. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Juan Sandoval at Tulsa. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Mumba Rivera vs. Lancaster. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Julio Santiago at West Michigan. Game time is 4:00pm PDT.
Everett: Paul Fagan vs. Yakima. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.