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8/30: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma lost to Las Vegas, 9-8. Trailing 5-0, the Rainiers used a big top of the sixth (highlighted by a Ryan Christianson two-run single) to take the lead. Ramontiago added an insurance homer in the seventh, but Jeff Heaverlo surrendered a three-run homer in the bottom half the gave it right back. Shin-soo Choo would then tie the game with a double a few minutes later, but - sure enough - Michael Bumstead killed that momentum, too, allowing an RBI single that put the Rainiers behind by one. A 1-2-3 top of the ninth finally did them in. Damian Moss was mediocre through five, but Christianson had three hits and Abraham Nunez reached base three times. Notables:

Moss: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K
Nunez: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Christianson: 3-4
Choo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B
Santiago: 1-5, 1 HR
Gonzalez: 1-3, 1 BB

San Antonio got its ass kicked by Frisco, 13-2. Juan Sandoval allowed five-run rallies in both the second and the fifth, chasing him after just 4.2 innings of work. The San Antonio offense, meanwhile, couldn't get anything done against Legitimate Prospect Thomas Diamond. Brian Moon hit his second home run of the year, but the big contribution from the group of position players was a quartet of errors that led to six unearned runs crossing the plate for the Roughriders. Nate Espy was the only Mission to reach base twice, with a single and a hit by pitch. Notables:

Sandoval: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 10 R (4 ER), 1 K
Espy: 1-3
Moon: 1-4, 1 HR
Bubela: 1-3
Jones: 1-4
Nelson: 1-4, 1 2B

Inland Empire fell to Lancaster, 4-2. A strong start from Ryan Feierabend and RBI hits from Asdrubal Cabrera and Wlad Balentien gave the 66ers a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Troy Cate fell apart and allowed three runs, putting Inland Empire behind for good. The 66ers would get the tying run to first base in the ninth, but Kevin Gergel struck out and Andrew Hargrove hit into a force to end the threat. Cabrera, Balentien, and Gergel all had doubles, three of IE's seven baserunners on the day (no walks). Notables:

Feierabend: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 5 K
Cabrera: 1-4, 1 2B
Gergel: 1-4, 1 2B
Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B
Garciaparra: 1-3
Dominguez: 1-1

Everett lost to Vancouver, 4-3. Again, a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning didn't hold up, as David Asher allowed three runs to put the Aquasox behind by two. Everett would rally to load the bases with none out in the bottom half, but they'd only get one run, and that would be it. Asher's effort spoiled a decent five inning start from Jeff Gilmore, while Casey Craig, Mike Saunders, and Ron Prettyman had two hits apiece. Notables:

Gilmore: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Craig: 2-4
Prettyman: 2-4
Saunders: 2-4, 1 2B
Valbuena: 1-4

Coming up:

Tacoma: Buglovsky
San Antonio: Dorman
Inland Empire: Moorhead
Wisconsin: Santiago
Everett: Allen