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8/22: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma beat Fresno, 6-4. Bobby Livingston was a lot better this time around, going five and allowing two runs on six baserunners, but he wasn't in line for a decision until the Rainiers piled on the Grizzlies for six runs in the bottom of the fifth:

Pitcher Change: Brandon Puffer replaces Jeremy Fikac.
Wiki Gonzalez singles on a line drive to left fielder Doug DeVore.
Hunter Brown walks. Wiki Gonzalez to 2nd.
T. J. BohnJr. singles on a line drive to left fielder Doug DeVore. Wiki Gonzalez to 3rd. Hunter Brown to 2nd.
Shin-Soo Choo walks. Wiki Gonzalez scores. Hunter Brown to 3rd. T. J. BohnJr. to 2nd.
Ramon Santiago grounds into double play, shortstop Angel Chavez to second baseman Kevin Frandsen to first baseman Tony Torcato. Hunter Brown scores. T. J. BohnJr. to 3rd. Shin-Soo Choo out at 2nd.
Jose Lopez doubles (18) on a line drive to left fielder Doug DeVore. T. BohnJr. scores.
Bucky Jacobsen singles on a line drive to center fielder Jason Ellison. Jose Lopez to 3rd.
Abraham Nunez homers (16) on a fly ball to right field. Jose Lopez scores. Bucky Jacobsen scores.
Aaron Rifkin hit by pitch.
Wiki Gonzalez flies out to center fielder Jason Ellison.

Nunez's home run was his 16th of the season. Jose Lopez had two hits, including a double. Notables:

Livingston: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Lopez: 2-4, 1 2B
Nunez: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Jacobsen: 1-4
Choo: 1-3, 1 BB
Rifkin: 1-3, 1 2B
Bohn: 1-2, 1 BB

Inland Empire fell to Lake Elsinore, 6-5. A shame, too, because this one featured some late 66er offense, picking up three in the seventh and one in the eighth to grab a 5-4 lead. Craig James had an unlikely meltdown, allowing a game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to Fernando Valenzuela Jr. Inland Empire used four Storm errors to help put some runs on the board. Sebastien Boucher also did his part, collecting three hits, while Erick Monzon had two of his own. Notables:

Fillinger: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 K
Boucher: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Garciaparra: 1-5
Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Monzon: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Cabrera: 1-4 (has cooled off considerably)

Wisconsin was killed by Lansing, 10-1. Sorry, Cibney Bello, tonight wasn't your night. Again. Already having put his team behind 4-0, Bello let the first two batters he faced in the sixth reach base before getting replaced by Stephen Grasley, whose lighter fluid stuff led to an eventual five-run inning. And yet, there's good news - Jeff Clement had another good game, collecting three hits and a homer to up his Wisconsin OPS to a healthy .949. Wooden bats don't seem to be giving him too much trouble, although he is advanced for the league. Oswaldo Navarro reached base twice. Notables:

Bello: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Clement: 3-4, 1 HR
Navarro: 1-3, 1 BB
Hubbard: 1-4
B Johnson: 1-4

Everett rallied past Tri City, 5-4. Leading 3-2 in the eighth, Edgar Guaramato chose a bad time to retaliate for two beaned Aquasox, drilling Jason Van Kooten to put the go-ahead run on base with two outs before getting ejected. Stephen Kahn came in and allowed two runs before the inning ended, but the offense was there to pick him up in the ninth, as a two-run single by Reed Eastley gave the lead back to Everett. Kahn tossed a 1-2-3 bottom half to close it out. Casey Craig had two hits, while Joe Woerman lasted just three innings in getting the start. Justin Thomas worked 4.2 of relief to bridge the gap. Notables:

Woerman: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Thomas: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Craig: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
Prettyman: 1-5
Eastley: 1-5
Santin: 1-4, 1 2B
Flaig: 1-3, 1 2B

Coming up:

Tacoma: Foppert
San Antonio: Oldham?
Inland Empire: Mackintosh
Wisconsin: Off
Everett: You tell me