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8/28: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma collapsed late and lost to Tucson, 8-3. Jesse Foppert and Clint Nageotte limited the Sidewinders to two runs through the first seven innings, but a 3-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth was quickly wiped away. Emiliano Fruto faced six batters, allowing three walks, hitting a batter, and serving up a home run, along with a pair of wild pitches. Tucson would go on to score six in the inning, putting the game out of reach. On the offensive side, Ryan Christianson hit a sixth inning homer for Tacoma, and Abraham Nunez had three hits to raise his average to .272. Notables:

Foppert: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Nageotte: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Nunez: 3-4, 1 BB
Rifkin: 2-5
Choo: 2-5
Christianson: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Leone: 1-4
Jacobsen: 0-4, 1 BB

San Antonio downed Frisco, 8-4. Thomas Oldham scattered seven hits over five effective innings, but it didn't really matter, as this one was over early. Check out San Antonio's third inning:

Ismael Castro doubles (24) on a line drive to left fielder Vince Sinisi.
Jaime Bubela singles on a line drive to right fielder Juan Senreiso. Ismael Castro to 3rd.
Adam Jones walks. Jaime Bubela to 2nd.
Nathan Espy lines out to right fielder Juan Senreiso.
Jesse Hoorelbeke hits a grand slam (21) to right field. Ismael Castro scores. Jaime Bubela scores. Adam Jones scores.
Gary Harris flies out to right fielder Juan Senreiso.
Jesus Guzman singles on a ground ball to third baseman Seth Taylor.
Jon Nelson triples (7) on a fly ball to left fielder Vince Sinisi. Jesus Guzman scores.
With Brian Moon batting, wild pitch by Shane Bazzell, Jon Nelson scores.
Brian Moon flies out to right fielder Juan Senreiso.

Six runs later, the Missions had a 7-0 lead, and Oldham went on cruise control. Hoorelbeke's grand slam was the big hit of the day; Garry Harris added a home run of his own (#5). The 4-7 hitters for San Antonio all had two-hit days. Notables:

Oldham: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Jones: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB
Hoorelbeke: 2-4, 1 HR
Harris: 2-4, 1 HR
Guzman: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Nelson: 2-4, 1 3B

Inland Empire rallied past Visalia, 9-4. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, the 66ers picked up three runs (bases loaded walk, single, and fielder's choice), then added another two in the seventh and one in the eighth to ice it. 20 Inland Empire batters reached base - eight hits, nine walks, and three HBP's - with Sebastien Boucher, Bryan Lahair, Rob Johnson, and Matt Rogelstad all reaching three times each. Jason Mackintosh tossed a strong eight innings to pick up the win. Notables:

Mackintosh: 8 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 8 K
Boucher: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB
Rogelstad: 2-4, 1 BB
Johnson: 2-4, 1 BB
Garciaparra: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
Lahair: 1-2, 2 BB

Wisconsin beat up on Fort Wayne, 11-5. Aaron Jensen put the T'Rats behind 3-0 in the first inning, but they responded by scoring five runs in the first three to take the lead. Then, when Jensen surrendered the lead again in the fifth, Wisconsin came back with a four-run inning of its own, keyed by a two-run Oswaldo Navarro double. Jensen wasn't good through 5.1, but it didn't matter - the lineup had 15 hits, with Jeff Clement recording four of them. Mike Wilson reached four times, with a double, a homer, and two walks. Notables:

Jensen: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Clement: 4-5, 1 2B (daily update: .369/.449/.583)
Wilson: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB
Navarro: 2-3, 2 2B
Colton: 2-4
B Johnson: 2-5, 2 2B
Green: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB

Everett fell to Vancouver, 5-3. This one was vaguely reminiscent of the Tacoma game; Everett had a 3-2 lead in the seventh, but Justin Thomas allowed both of Robert Rohrbaugh's bequeathed baserunners to score, along with surrendering another run of his own. Trailing 5-3, Everett wouldn't get another baserunner through the last two innings. Rohrbaugh lasted 6.1, getting the loss despite pitching pretty well. Luis Valbuena reached three times and Daniel Santin went deep. Notables:

Rohrbaugh: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 6 K, 1 HR
Valbuena: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Santin: 1-4, 1 HR
Hall: 1-3, 1 2B
Sabatella: 1-4
Saunders: 1-4

Coming up:

Tacoma: Cruceta
San Antonio: Huber
Inland Empire: Rivera
Wisconsin: Bello
Everett: Fagan