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8/6: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma got by New Orleans, 6-5. Trailing 3-0 entering the sixth, the Rainiers scored all six of their runs in the final four innings, with home runs by Ramontiago and Aarin Rifkin accounting for the first two. Armed with a three-run lead, Masao Kida tried to blow it in the ninth, but he got Hector Ortiz to ground out with the winning run on second base to end it. Bobby Livingston got the start and had a DIPS-unfriendly day, while Clint Nageotte picked up the win with a perfect inning. Rifkin and Hunter Brown each had two hits. Notables:

Livingston: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Nageotte: 1 IP, 2 K
Rifkin: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR
Brown: 2-4, 1 2B
Santiago: 1-2, 1 HR
Dobbs: 1-3, 1 BB
Ojeda: 1-4

San Antonio fell to Corpus Christi, 8-5. Jon Huber left after five with a 4-3 lead, but newcomer Natanael Mateo gave it away in the sixth, earning himself his fifth loss of the season. Renee Cortez finished the job, allowing a three-run homer in the eighth to ice the game. As for the Missions, the lineup managed just seven hits, with the big blast being Nate Espy's tenth home run of the year in the fourth. Jaime Bubela reached base three times. Notables:

Huber: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Mateo: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR
Bubela: 2-4, 1 BB
Espy: 1-4, 1 HR
Guzman: 1-4, 1 BB
Jones: 0-3, 1 BB

Inland Empire was, quite literally, blasted by Rancho Cucamonga, 13-3. Observe:

HR: McPherson (2, 3rd inning off Fillinger, C, 0 on, 2 out), Brown (9, 4th inning off Fillinger, C, 0 on, 0 out), Johnson 2 (12, 4th inning off Fillinger, C, 0 on, 0 out; 7th inning off Acosta, 2 on, 0 out), Balkcom (6, 4th inning off Fillinger, C, 0 on, 0 out), Wood, B (35, 6th inning off Acosta, 1 on, 2 out), Pali (11, 8th inning off Arias, 1 on, 0 out).

And that's just for the Quakes. Seven home runs off of 66ers pitching, four of them off Chad Fillinger. Rob Johnson's homer in the second wasn't nearly enough to keep IE's head above water (and you thought Landcaster was a small park). Sam Bradford Jr., Johnson, and Bucky all had two hits. Notables:

Fillinger: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 HR
Acosta: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Arias: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 HR
Jacobsen: 2-3
Bradford: 2-3, 1 3B
Johnson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR
Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B

Wisconsin took down Cedar Rapids, 7-3. Midwestern League All Star Cibney Bello lasted six innings in a spot start, allowing nine baserunners and three runs, while the T'Rat offense got a lot of production from the top of the lineup to lead the way. Brent Johnson, Yung-chi Chen, and Chris Colton combined to go 8-13 at the dish with a walk, a double, a triple, and a pair of homers, more than enough to give Bello the win. Matt Tuiaosopo also had two hits, both singles. We're still waiting on his power. Notables:

Bello: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
B Johnson: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB
Colton: 3-5, 1 3B, 1 HR
Chen: 2-4
Tuiasosopo: 2-4
Clement: 1-2, 2 BB

Everett downed Yakima, 11-8. Runs were scored in each of the nine full innings, with the Aquasox scoring in seven of them. The game wasn't decided until late, though, as a spotty Everett bullpen gave up four in the seventh to tie it up at 8. Ron Prettyman's RBI single in the eighth proved to be the winning run, while Mike Saunders had an insurance run-scoring double in the ninth. Saunders, Robert Hudson, Prettyman, and Daniel Santin all had two-hit days. Notables:

Gilmore: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Santin: 2-6
Prettyman: 2-5, 1 3B
Saunders: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 BB
Hudson: 2-3, 1 BB
Valbuena: 1-4, 1 BB
Sabatella: 1-4, 1 2B
Craig: 1-6, 1 HR

Coming up: Chris Buglovsky for Tacoma, Jason Mackintosh for Inland Empire, Julio Santiago for Wisconsin, and Robert Rohrbaugh for Everett.