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Minor League Wrap-Up: 9/11/05

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Tacoma capped one of the biggest series comebacks in their history by outlasting Sacramento, 5-2 (11). This was a game for the ages. By the sixth inning the Rainiers had opened up a small two-run lead on the Rivercats as Chris Buglovsky was dealing and shutting down the Sacramento offense. Rohn decided not to play "musical pitchers" (at least before extras) and brought Emiliano Fruto in the eighth and to get through the ninth. He almost made it, but with two outs and two strikes on Jermaine Clark, Clark tied the game with a two-run shot to right. After a bizarre baserunning decision, where Dan Rohn tried to double tag and score T.J. Bohn at home on a flyball to center in the tenth, the real drama started in the top of the eleventh and didn't end until the game's final pitch. The Rainiers scored three runs on Andy Shibilo (yeah, THAT Andy Shibilo) and were looking good. However, in the bottom half, the Rivercats managed to load them up for Jack Cust in what was one of the most excruciatingly long at-bats I've ever listened to. Jeff was listening too, he also was a nervous wreck thinking Cust would go deep. With a 3-2 count on Cust, Green threw a belt-high fastball right in Cust's wheelhouse and he watched it sail right by. Inning, game, series. Unbelievable comeback.

Notables:

Chris Buglovsky: 7.1 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-5.
Justin Leone: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Abraham Nunez: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Ryan Christianson: 1-5, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI.

Wisconsin won their Eastern Division Finals in style as they smashed Clinton, 16-0. The TimberRattler Baseball Network: All offense. All the time. The T-Rats should be ashamed that they went TWO innings without scoring (2nd and 7th) that's just simply unacceptable. I'd go on and on about how Cibney Bello pitched a gem, but when you have a two gazillon run lead by the fourth, all you have to do is throw the ball. In anycase, Bello went six solid innings giving up only two hits, three walks and struck out six. While just about everyone carried a big stick, Mike Wilson takes the game ball with a double, grand slam and six RBI. Oswaldo Navarro comes close with four hits and five RBI. On to South Bend!

Notables:

Cibney Bello: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.
Stephen KAHHHHHNNN!!: 1.0, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Brent Johnson: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 4-5, 2 2B, 1 BB, 5 RBI.
Jeff Clement: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Mike Wilson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 GS, 1 BB, 6 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Kicks off their series in Nashville on Tuesday.
Wisconsin: GAME ONE Mark Lowe at South Bend. Game time is 5:00pm PDT. Series tied, 0-0.