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8/21: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma beat Fresno in a barnburner, 14-9. You talk about your incredible games to go to. Trailing 8-0, the Rainiers picked up four runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of three RBI doubles, cutting the gap in half. Then came the bottom of the sixth.

Ramon Santiago singles on a bunt ground ball to second baseman Kevin Frandsen.
T. J. BohnJr. singles on a line drive to left fielder Doug Clark. Ramon Santiago to 2nd.
Shin-Soo Choo walks. Ramon Santiago to 3rd. T. J. BohnJr. to 2nd.
Jose Lopez hit by pitch. Ramon Santiago scores. T. BohnJr. to 3rd. Shin-Soo Choo to 2nd.
Abraham Nunez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Doug DeVore. T. J. BohnJr. scores. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd. Jose Lopez to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: RD Spiehs replaces Brandon Puffer.
Bucky Jacobsen walks. Shin-Soo Choo scores. Jose Lopez to 3rd. Abraham Nunez to 2nd.
Aaron Rifkin walks. Jose Lopez scores. Abraham Nunez to 3rd. Bucky Jacobsen to 2nd.
Justin Leone strikes out swinging.
Ryan Christianson pops out to shortstop Angel Chavez on the infield fly rule.
Ramon Santiago walks. Abraham Nunez scores. Bucky Jacobsen to 3rd. Aaron Rifkin to 2nd.
T. J. BohnJr. singles on a fly ball to center fielder Jason Ellison. Bucky Jacobsen scores. Aaron Rifkin scores. Ramon Santiago to 2nd.
Shin-Soo Choo doubles (15) on a fly ball to left fielder Doug Clark. Ramon Santiago scores. T. J. BohnJr.
Jose Lopez singles on a line drive to left fielder Doug Clark. Shin-Soo Choo to 3rd.
Defensive Substitution: Jed Hansen replaces left fielder Doug Clark, batting 6th.
Abraham Nunez lines out to first baseman Tony Torcato.

Nine runs later, Tacoma had itself a comfortable lead. Incidentally, some of the damage came off of RD Spiehs, a pitcher for Fresno who had spent a portion of the summer in San Antonio as part of the return for Wilson Valdez. Anyhoo, Cha Baek had his customary godawful start, but he was picked up when the lineup flipped out, and the bullpen held the Grizzlies in check. Jose Lopez and TJ Bohn each had three-hit days. Notables:

Baek: 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R (5 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Soriano: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
Bohn: 3-4
Lopez: 3-5, 1 2B
Jacobsen: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 BB
Santiago: 1-4, 1 BB
Choo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB
Nunez: 1-4, 2 BB

San Antonio downed Tulsa, 5-3. Yorman Bazardo lowered his ERA to 3.81 with a quality start, holding onto an early lead before the Mission lineup provided a few insurance runs in the sixth. Nate Espy and Gary Harris had multihit days, while Adam Jones drilled his fifth home run since being promoted to AA. Notables:

Bazardo: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Harris: 2-4
Espy: 2-4, 1 2B
Jones: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Guzman: 1-3

Inland Empire fell to Visalia, 5-4. The 66ers got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the top of the first thanks to a Carlos Arroyo RBI single, a Bryan Lahair sac fly, and a Matt Rogelstad two-run triple, but that would be it for the rest of the day, as Visalia chipped away at the lead. Still leading 4-3, Brandon Moorhead gave way to the bullpen, but Nick Bourgeois coughed up a pair of runs in the eighth to blow the lead and the game. Inland Empire would get the tying run on base in the ninth, but first was as far as he would get. Arroyo and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two hits. Notables:

Moorhead: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Cabrera: 2-4
Arroyo: 2-3, 1 BB
Garciaparra: 1-4, 1 2B
Boucher: 1-3, 1 BB
Rogelstad: 1-4, 1 3B
Lahair: 1-3, 1 2B

Wisconsin got blasted by Lansing, 12-1. Nothing to see here - Aaron Jensen gave up an incredible ten runs in just four innings of work, including a trio of homers. Meanwhile, Oswaldo Navarro was pretty much the only T'Rat bat to show up, smacking a homer to go with another two singles. Brent Johnson reached base twice, for what it's worth, but they weren't about to rally from that big of a defecit. Notables:

Jensen: 4 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR
Navarro: 3-4, 1 HR
Johnson: 1-3, 1 BB
Clement: 1-4
Chen: 0-4
Green: 0-3, 1 BB

Everett was shut out by Tri City, 4-0. Nick Allen put his team behind by four after two innings, and that'd be all the offense for the night, as neither lineup much felt like getting in on the action. Daniel Santin's double and Luis Valbuena's single were all the Aquasox got (unless you count a pair of walks and a hit batter), but Lance Beus at least managed to chip in with a stellar relief effort, striking out eight and allowing two baserunners in four innings. Notables:

Allen: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER)
Beus: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K
Valbuena: 1-3
Santin: 1-3, 1 2B
Eastley: 0-2, 1 BB
Sabatella: 0-2, 1 BB
Prettyman: 0-3, 1 HBP

Coming up:

Tacoma: Livingston
San Antonio: Off
Inland Empire: Fillinger
Wisconsin: Bello
Everett: Williams?