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9/9: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma staved off elimination and beat Sacramento, 7-4. Jesse Foppert allowed a first inning home run to former stathead favorite and noted 'roider Jack Cust, but he settled down to go five innings for the first time in forever, earning himself the win. The Rainiers took the lead for good in the sixth inning, courtesy of run-scoring hits from Shin-soo Choo and Justin Leone, then grabbed some necessary insurance runs in the ninth when Hunter Brown lifted a sac fly and Rene Rivera drilled an RBI single to left. Masao Kida closed out the ninth for an easy save. Choo had himself a spectacular game, reaching base all five times he came to the plate, while Rivera, Aaron Rifkin, and TJ Bohn had two hits apiece. Cha Baek tossed three innings of quality relief to keep Tacoma on top. Game four later today. Notables:

Foppert: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Choo: 4-4, 1 BB
Rivera: 2-5, 1 2B
Bohn: 2-4
Rifkin: 2-5
Cabrera: 1-4, 1 BB
Brown: 1-3, 1 BB

San Antonio took Game 4, beating Midland 5-1. Jon Huber was the star in this one, allowing just four baserunners and an unearned run in six innings of work, while five runs of support between the fourth and sixth innings held up to propel the Missions to victory. Adam Jones and Gary Harris hit solo shots, while Jesse Hoorelbeke added an RBI double and Jon Nelson and Jesus Guzman chipped in with run-scoring singles. Cesar Jimenez tossed two shutout innings of relief, and the 1-through-7 hitters in the San Antonio starting lineup hit a combined .400/.444/.760. Notables:

Huber: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Jones: 2-4, 1 HR
Harris: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Bubela: 1-3, 1 BB
Espy: 1-4, 1 2B
Hoorelbeke: 1-4, 1 2B
Nelson: 2-4, 1 2B
Guzman: 2-3

Wisconsin advanced to the second round of the MWL playoffs by beating Beloit, 4-2. Oh, the dramatics. Oswaldo Navarro hit a first inning home run to give Robert Rohrbaugh the lead in his Wisconsin debut, but the Snappers rallied to tie the game in the top of the fifth. The 2-2 score lasted another five innings (although each team threatened a few times) until the bottom of the tenth, when Mike Wilson came to the plate with a man on and a man out. One swing of the bat from the team's 2005 home run leader sent the 706 (??!?!) fans in attendance home happy, as the T'Rats walked off with a 4-2 series-clinching win. Lost in the midst are Rohrbaugh's encouraging debut and Jon Lockwood's sparkling 3.2 innings of shutout relief. Both Navarro and Wilson reached base three times in the game. Notables:

Rohrbaugh: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Lockwood: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Wilson: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB
Navarro: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB
Clement: 0-4, 1 BB
B Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B
Womack: 1-4, 1 3B
Green: 1-4

On the docket:

Tacoma: GAME FOUR Francisco Cruceta at Sacramento. Game time is 7:05pm PDT. Sacramento leads the series, 2-1.
San Antonio: GAME FIVE Juan Sandoval at Midland. Game time is 5:05pm PDT. Series is tied 2-2.
Wisconsin: GAME ONE Shawn Nottingham at Clinton. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.