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8/23: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma lost to Fresno in 13 innings, 9-4. 26 half-innings, 22 total hits, and a giant clusterf**k in the top of the 13th that sent everyone home unhappy. Starters Matt Cain and Jesse Foppert were long since gone when Mike Flannery made a mess of Andrew Lorraine's bequeathed runners in the 13th, allowing five runs to score before recording the final out. The meltdown erased what had been a strong comeback by the Rainiers, who trailed 4-0 at the seventh-inning stretch. Ramontiago, Jose Lopez, and Ryan Christianson had RBI hits to lead the rally. Foppert was strong out of the gate, tossing a perfect three innings while reaching the low-90s with his fastball. Scott Atchison relieved him with two strong frames of his own, as he tries to force his way back into the Mariner bullpen. Notables:

Foppert: 3 IP, 2 K
Atchison: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Ramontiago: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 BB
Lopez: 2-6
Leone: 1-5, 1 3B, 1 BB
Rifkin: 1-4, 2 BB
Jacobsen: 0-6
Christianson: 1-6, 1 2B

San Antonio fell to Midland, 9-6. An early 4-0 lead, courtesy of a couple hits and a couple defensive mistakes, didn't last very long, as the Rockhounds scored all nine of their runs between the fourth and sixth innings to roll to victory. Although it was Thomas Oldham who coughed up the lead, Tim Rall coughed up the game, allowing a pair of (unearned) runs while recording just a single out in the sixth. Nate Mateo gave up three more before the inning was done. Of course, the box score will tell you that none of the runs would've scored, had it not been for a Jesus Guzman fielding error. At least Guzman did his part at the plate, smacking a triple and a single to lead the lineup. Notables:

Oldham: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Guzman: 2-4, 1 3B
Bubela: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Castro: 1-4, 1 2B
Nelson: 1-3
Harris: 1-3

Inland Empire plowed through Lake Elsinore, 11-6. The game wasn't really as close as the score would suggest; already leading 2-0, check out this second inning for the 66ers:

Rob Johnson reaches on throwing error by shortstop Juan Ciriaco.
Erick Monzon doubles (23) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Kolkhorst. Rob Johnson to 3rd.
With Samuel Bradford Jr. batting, wild pitch by Clark Girardeau, Rob Johnson scores. Erick Monzon to 3rd.
Samuel Bradford Jr. walks.
With Sebastien Boucher batting, Erick Monzon steals (6) home. Samuel Bradford Jr. steals (3) 2nd base. advances to 3rd. Throwing error by shortstop Juan Ciriaco.
Sebastien Boucher singles on a ground ball to right fielder Skip Adams. Samuel Bradford Jr. scores.
With Asdrubal Cabrera batting, Sebastien Boucher steals (23) 2nd base.
Asdrubal Cabrera doubles (25) on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Kolkhorst. Sebastien Boucher scores.
Carlos Arroyo grounds out, pitcher Clark Girardeau to first baseman Fernando Valenzuela Jr. Asdrubal Cabrera to 3rd.
Bryan Lahair reaches on a fielder's choice, fielded by second baseman Ray Chang. Asdrubal Cabrera scores.
Wladimir Balentien singles on a ground ball to left fielder Chris Kolkhorst. Bryan Lahair to 2nd.
Matt Rogelstad walks. Bryan Lahair to 3rd. Wladimir Balentien to 2nd.
Rob Johnson strikes out swinging.
Erick Monzon hits a grand slam (13) to left field. Bryan Lahair scores. Wladimir Balentien scores. Matt Rogelstad scores.
Pitcher Change: Ernesto Frieri replaces Clark Girardeau.
Samuel Bradford Jr. grounds out, second baseman Ray Chang to first baseman Fernando Valenzuela Jr.

Those nine runs put the game WELL out of reach. Jason Mackintosh spent the rest of the day on cruise control, lasting six innings and allowing five runs, just one of which was earned. Erick Monzon's grand slam was the big hit of the day, and he reached base four times on the day to lead everyone. Notables:

Mackintosh: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Monzon: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB
Boucher: 2-5, 1 BB
Cabrera: 2-5, 1 2B
Balentien: 2-5, 1 3B

Everett fell apart late and lost to Tri City, 4-2. A strong start for Robert Rohrbaugh went to waste when David Asher allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of two singles, a double, a walk, and a throwing error by Asher himself on a sac bunt. Thus trailing 4-2 in the ninth, the Aquasox got the tying run to first base after a Bryan Sabatella single, but Robert Hudson popped out to end the game. Mike Saunders led the way with three hits and a walk, while Daniel Santin drove in a pair of runs. Notables:

Rohrbaugh: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
Saunders: 3-3, 2 2B, 1 BB
Santin: 1-4
Craig: 1-3, 1 BB
Prettyman: 1-3, 1 BB
Sabatella: 1-4

Coming up:

Tacoma: Buglovsky
San Antonio: Huber
Inland Empire: Rivera
Wisconsin: Off
Everett: Fagan