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Minor League Wrap-Up: 8/29/05

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Las Vegas got by Tacoma, 6-4. Not a sparkling debut for new acquisition Francisco Cruceta as he managed only 2.1 innings before getting the hook. Cruceta gave up four runs in those two-plus innings, three earned and was smashed for two bombs.  If there was anything positive to take from his outing, it was that he struck out five, 33% of the batters he faced. Shin-soo Choo smacked his eleventh homer of the season and walked twice in the losing effort.

Notables:

Francisco Curceta: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-3, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI.
Jose Lopez: 1-3, 1 BB.
Bucky Jacobsen: 0-4. (.149/.273/.213. Free-fall.)
Aaron Rifkin: 1-4, 1 2B.
Ramontiago: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI.

San Antonio busted out the big innings against Frisco and took it home, 8-4. It didn't take the Missions long to give Thomas Oldham a comfortable lead as they had put seven up by the third. Five San Antonio players went multi-hit and both Jesse Hoorelbeke and Gary Harris went deep with Hoorelbeke picking up four RBI.

Notables:

Thomas Oldham: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
Jamie Bubela: 1-5.
Adam Jones: 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB.
Nate Espy: 1-4, 1 2B.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI.
Gary Harris: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 2-3, 1 2B.
Jon Nelson: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI.

Mumba got blasted and Inland Empire fell to Rancho Cucamonga, 8-4. Scoring three runs in the first inning is usually a good thing for the 66'ers. But not when Mumba Rivera has already given up six in the top half. Rivera, somehow, was left in the game until the sixth and finished with a line that was a bit better than could be expected from his first inning performance. Despite the four runs, IE collected only six hits on the night and one XBH (a double off the bat of Wladimir Balentien).

Notables:

Mumba Rivera: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Little Garciaparra: 0-3, 1 BB.
Bryan Lahair: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Rob Johnson: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Carlos Arroyo: 1-3, 1 RBI.

Dayton edged Wisconsin, 4-3. The T-Rats rallied in the sixth to tie it up at three only to watch Eric O'Flaherty blow it in the Dayton eighth after allowing a Adam Rosales single scoring Jordan Belcher who had earlier doubled off Donny Langdon.  Yung Chi Chen smacked a homer, but that was about it for the offense who managed a whole five hits and two walks on the night.

Notables:

Cibney Bello: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Jeff Clement: 0-4.
Thomas Hubbard: 2-4.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-3.
Brent Johnson: 1-4.

Everett snuck by Vancouver, 3-2. Paul Fagan kept the Aquasox in it and ahead as he went six solid innings only giving up two runs on four hits. The offense got all of their scoring in the second off of Joey Newby with two sac flies and a single. They didn't see much offensive action for the rest of the game, but Fagan and Co. made sure it didn't matter.

Notables:

Paul Fagan: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Casey Craig: 0-3, 1 BB.
Ron Prettyman: 1-4, 1 2B.
Jeff Flaig: 1-4.
Alex Gary: 1-4.
Bryan Sabatella: 2-3, 1 RBI.
Robert Hudson: 1-2, 1 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Damian Moss at Las Vegas. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Juan Sandoval vs. Frisco. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Ryan Feierabend at Lancaster. Game time is 7:00pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Julio Santiago at Dayton. Game time is 4:00pm PDT.
Everett: Jeff Gilmore vs. Vancouver. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.