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8/20: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma shut out Fresno, 5-0. A Bucky Jacobsen bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third would be all Damian Moss and the Rainier bullpen needed, as they managed to avoid plating any runners despite putting 14 people on base. Aaron Rifkin and Abraham Nunez each homered (their 14th and 15th on the season, respectively), while TJ Bohn had his best game since being promoted with two hits. Scott Atchison recorded a trio of strikeouts in his one inning of work, while giving up a pair of hits. Notables:

Moss: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K
Rifkin: 2-4, 1 HR
Nunez: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Choo: 0-2, 2 BB
Lopez: 1-4
Bohn: 2-3

San Antonio beat Tulsa in ten innings, 2-1. It was a good day for the pitching staffs - the two offenses combined for a .143/.239/.254 batting line in the game. A conglomeration of relievers did the work for San Antonio, as Nathanel Mateo, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Jared Thomas, and Cesar Jimenez combined to throw all ten innings, allowing just nine men to reach base while striking out 11. Nate Espy's solo shot in the seventh tied the game, while a Jaime Bubela RBI single in the bottom of the tenth was the winner. Notables:

Mateo: 3 IP, 6 K
Rowland-Smith: 2 IP, 3 BB, 1 K
Espy: 1-4, 1 HR
Bubela: 1-5
Castro: 1-4
Nelson: 1-4, 1 3B
Moon: 0-2, 2 BB

Inland Empire lost to Visalia, 5-3. Ryan Feierabend was hammered out of the game, facing 22 batters in four innings and allowing 11 hits, and the 66ers just weren't able to rally, falling short despite three Visalia errors. Their best opportunity came with the bases loaded and two down in the top of the eighth, when Sebastien Boucher was called out on strikes. Asdrubal Cabrera had himself a three-hit day, while Mike Garciaparra and Justin Ruchti each had two of their own. Notables:

Feierabend: 4 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 3 K, 1 HR
Cabrera: 3-4
Ruchti: 2-4
Garciaparra: 2-5
Boucher: 1-3, 2 BB
Lahair: 1-5
Arroyo: 1-5

Wisconsin fell to Lansing, 9-4. Mark Lowe and Donny Langdon didn't quite have their best stuff (although, in Langdon's case, maybe that was his best stuff), and the T'Rats weren't able to come close despite smacking ten hits. Of course, all anyone really cares about in Wisconsin is Jeff Clement, who drilled his third homer and who seems to be coming out of his early funk. Brent Johnson had three hits from the leadoff spot, while Josh Womack had two behind him. Notables:

Lowe: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
Clement: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Johnson: 3-5
Womack: 2-5
Navarro: 1-4
Chen: 1-5

Everett was clipped by Tri City, 8-5. Again, the starter just put this one out of reach early, as Jeff Gilmore allowed seven runs without getting through the fifth inning. All hope was not lost, however, as the Aquasox rallied to cut the gap to three in the seventh. They couldn't get anything going after that, though, and they wound up losing by the same margin. Four different players had two hits on the day, while Ron Prettyman picked up a triple. Notables:

Gilmore: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Sabatella: 2-4, 1 2B
Valbuena: 2-4
Craig: 2-4
Eastley: 2-4
Prettyman: 1-4, 1 3B
Santin: 1-4

Coming up:

Tacoma: Baek
San Antonio: Oldham?
Inland Empire: Moorhead
Wisconsin: Jensen
Everett: Allen