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9/1: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma took Las Vegas in a barnburner, 17-10. This was a good day to be a hitter in a bandbox. The Rainiers had 21 hits on the day - six for extra bases - and 27 baserunners in all, with TJ Bohn getting on four times to lead everyone. Ramontiago, Ryan Christianson, and Hunter Brown all had longballs, and Tacoma put up a six-spot in the top of the ninth to blow things open. Of note: Asdrubal Cabrera had his first two hits in AAA, and Rafael Soriano returned to action with a shutout inning. Notables:

Lorraine: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Soriano: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Bohn: 4-6, 1 2B
Santiago: 1-4, 1 HR
Christianson: 3-6, 1 2B, 1 HR
Cabrera: 2-5, 1 BB
Gonzalez: 2-5
Nunez: 3-6
Choo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 BB

San Antonio rallied past Corpus Christi, 6-5. Trailing 5-1 in the sixth, the Missions rallied for five runs to take the lead, an inning keyed by a bases-clearing triple by Jesus Guzman. The offensive outburst got Yorman Bazardo off the hook after he allowed three runs and a whopping 13 baserunners in just 3.2 innings of work. Ismael Castro hit his ninth homer of the year, while Jaime Bubela, Nate Espy, and Luis Oliveros added doubles. Notables:

Bazardo: 3.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Castro: 1-3, 1 HR
Oliveros: 1-3, 1 2B
Guzman: 1-4, 1 3B
Bubela: 1-4, 1 2B
Espy: 1-3, 1 2B
Jones: 1-3

Inland Empire got torn to shreds by Lancaster, 14-2. The 66ers had a 2-1 lead halfway through the game, but then everything went to hell. Chad Fillinger, Nick Bourgeois, and Cesar Acosta combined to allow 13 runs over the next four innings after allowing just four baserunners in the innings prior. Five homers led the way for the Jethawks, who play in a bandbox of their own. Mike Garciaparra contributed three hits from the leadoff spot (he loves this stadium), but his contribution went for naught. Notables:

Fillinger: 5 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR
Garciaparra: 3-5, 1 2B
Arroyo: 2-5
Dominguez: 1-4, 1 BB
Balentien: 1-2
Monzon: 1-3, 1 2B
Hargrove: 1-4

Wisconsin, in turn, got blasted by Dayton, 16-7. This one was also reasonably close at one point, with the T'Rats trailing 8-4 entering the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Clement, Oswaldo Navarro, and Mike Hubbard all went deep for Wisconsin, but they couldn't provide enough support for Shawn Nottingham and the Bullpen of Nobodies, which collapsed to allow eight runs in the final three innings. Brent Johnson was the only member of the lineup to record two hits. Notables:

Nottingham: 4 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Clement: 1-4, 1 HR
Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B
Hubbard: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Wilson: 1-4, 1 2B
Navarro: 1-4, 1 HR
Arroyo: 1-3

Everett beat Vancouver in an actual close game, 4-2. Harold Williams got the start and allowed a run on six baserunners in five innings, enough to get him his first win of teh season. Ron Prettyman hit his fifth jack of the year, but the offense was led by Mike Saunders, who doubled, homered, and walked in four plate appearances. Jeff Flaig added a double. Notables:

Williams: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Flaig: 1-3, 1 2B
Saunders: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB
Prettyman: 2-4, 1 HR
Valbuena: 1-4

Coming up:

Tacoma: Livingston
San Antonio: Oldham
Inland Empire: Mackintosh
Wisconsin: Lowe
Everett: Rohrbaugh