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Minor League Wrap-Up: 9/2/05

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Tacoma had no troubled with Sacramento, 6-1. It's been a strange ride for Bobby Livingston. He started the year in San Antonio flat dominating most of the the competition. His callup to Tacoma seemed overdue to many and premature to some. Once arriving, he wasn't the same Livingston we saw tear through AA hitting. He was a different pitcher with some control issues and not missing a whole lot of bats. It might be over, though. Livingston might have found what works and if you don't believe me just ask one of the fourteen Rivercats he struck out in this one. Livingston was crazy-good going seven innings and giving up a run on three hits and three free passes. I'll take that any day and twice on Sunday. Wow.

Notables:

Bobby Livingston: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K.
Shin-soo Choo: 4-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Ramon Santiago: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Bucky Jacobsen: 0-4, 1 BB. (.129/.239/.177. Down down down! Red Knights going down!)
T.J. Bohn: 3-3.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI.

San Antonio rallied past Corpus Christi, 6-1. Down 3-0 in the sixth, the Missions put up a six-spot capped by homeruns from Adam Jones and Jon Nelson. Thomas Oldham got the start and wasn't horrible as he went 5.1 innings giving up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four. Jeff Bagwell made another start for the Hooks and is currently sporting a .222/.419/.222 line in nine AB's. Oldham induced Bagwell into a fly out in the second then walked him in the fifth.

Notables:

Thomas Oldham: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Jamie Bubela: 2-5.
Adam Jones: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Nate Espy: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Gary Harris: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Jon Nelson: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Brian Moon: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

Rancho Cucamonga edged Inland Empire, 3-2 It wasn't that Jason Mackintosh was bad, it was that James Holcomb was better. Holcomb limited the 66'ers hitters to just five hits and two runs over seven innings before the RC bullpen could close the door completely. Mackintosh had some trouble in the fourth when he gave up the three runs, but other than that, he wasn't bad. Trevor Heid homered to lead the rather stagnant offense. Meh.

Notables:

Jason Mackintosh: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K.
Little Garciaparra: 0-5.
Erick Monzon: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Kevin Gergel: 1-4.
Andy Hargrove: 1-1, 2 BB. Patience runs in his family.
Trevor Heid: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Beloit hammered Wisconsin, 10-4. Mark Lowe, who's surprisingly similar to the 10% PECOTA Derek Lowe, once again went five innings of mediocrity before getting the hook. It was Justin Jordan who allowed this one get blown wide open as he gave up six runs (five earned) in just 1.1 innings of work. Jordan, who's ERA is now a laughable 6.30, doesn't have control issues like one would expect. Rather, he just doesn't miss bats regularly. When he does, they go down swinging (28:7 K/BB). Unfortunately, Jordan is already 24-years-old so the project is over.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Justin Old Man Jordan: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Brent Johnson: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Jeff Clement: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI. Stud.
Mike Wilson: 2-3.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-4.
Chris Colton: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Omar Falcon: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI. 0 K!

Salem-Keizer outlasted Everett, 4-3 (10). Everett showed a lot of heart in the ninth to score two and tie it up. They had a chance to take the lead as well with Casey Craig as the go-ahead run on third, but Robert Hudson grounded out to end the chance. In the tenth, Lance Beus walked Mike Mooney with one out and then quickly got Mark Minicozzi to ground a double play ball right to Hudson. Hudson tossed it to Valbuena who then airmailed the ball to first allowing Minicozzi to come to second. Jose Yens singled on the next pitch. Ballgame.

Notables:

Robert Rohrbaugh: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Roman Martinez: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.
Ron Prettyman: 2-5, 1 2B.
Reed Eastley: 2-5.
Jeff Flaig: 1-3, 1 RBI.
Michael Saunders: 2-4.
Casey Craig: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Jesse Foppert vs. Sacramento. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Jon Huber at Corpus Christi. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Mumba Rivera vs. Rancho Cucamonga. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Aaron Jensen at Beloit. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.
Everett: Paul Fagan at Salem-Keizer. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.