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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/9/06

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Tacoma swept their doubleheader against Colorado Springs, 9-0 and 6-0. Game one went off without a hitch as Cha Seung Baek took the first step to proving he still has a reason to continue playing baseball. Baek was dominant through five as he allowed only one hit while walking two and striking out five. The Rainier batters clobbered anything thrown to them all day with T.J. Bohn, Hunter Brown, Mike Morse and The Dobber all hitting homers with Dobbs going deep twice.

Notables:

Cha Seung Baek: 5.0, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Adam Jones: 0-4. (hitting leadoff)
T.J. Bohn: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Greg Dobbs: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Mike Morse: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Hunter Brown: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Rene Rivera: 2-3, 1 2B.
Corky Miller: 2-2.

Game two featured more kickass pitching with Francisco Cruceta keeping the Sky Sox off the board over four innings with Sean Green and Rich Dorman helping out late. Dobbs, once again, went deep as he raised his season line to .538/.600/1.038. Let's all hope someone up in Seattle doesn't see that and get a little quick to bring him back up. There's always room for the Dobber on the ML roster, it seems.

Notables:

Francisco Cruceta: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Shin-soo Choo: 0-3.
Greg Dobbs: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Mike Morse: 2-3, 1 3B.
Todd Sears: 1-2, 4 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-3.
Hunter Brown: 2-3, 1 RBI.

San Antonio whipped Corpus Christi, 13-6. Up 7-0 after one and half innings, this one was kind of a snoozer. Unless of course you like tons o' offense. Nobody was sleeping, I'll assume. When seven guys in the Mission lineup go multi-hit, you have figure the Hooks' pitchers just weren't on their A-game. Bryan LaHair and Jon Nelson both went deep and Justin Ruchti had three hits to help spearhead the offensive effort. It didn't really matter what Brandon Moorhead did on the mound, so him being lit up well over five innings will probably go largely unnoticed. Moorhead gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings while serving up two homers and fanning two. One sad note: the Wladimir Balentien walk streak has ended at 3 games. Instead, he doubled and struck out three times. Vintage Wlad.

Notables:

Brandon Moorhead: 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.
Little Garciaparra: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Jeff Clement: 2-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-6, 1 2B, 3 RBI.
Bryan LaHair: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Jon Nelson: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Justin Ruchti: 3-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI.

High Desert topped Inland Empire, 10-8. Shawn Nottingham's beginning to the season was one to forget as he was blasted for six runs in only three innings before being hooked for newcomer Jose De La Cruz who can't be considered to have performed much better. The 66ers tried to make a game out of it by scoring five runs late in the game but ended up short. While no one hit the ball particularly well (six hits and only one XBH, a double from Yung Chi Chen), IE players did a nice job of drawing walks as they collected six free passes on the day.

Notables:

Shawn Nottingham: 3.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Jose De La Cruz: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Yung Chi Chen: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Brent Johnson: 1-3, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4.
Omar Falcon: 0-2, 2 BB.
Chris Colton: 2-4.

Peoria snuck by Wisconsin, 2-1. You really can't blame the Wisconsin pitching for this loss. Marwin Vega was excellent in his five innings of work giving up only one hit, walking no one and striking out four. It's a real shame that Chiefs starter Jesus Yepez was nearly as good as Vega and gave up only one run before handing it to the bullpen who proceeded to completely shut down any effort the Rattlers threw at them. As for Vega's relief, it didn't go so smoothly as they allowed a couple of runs (one earned) that probably should have stayed on the paths thanks to a passed ball from Jeff Gilmore and a wild pitch from Ruben Flores.

Notables:

Marwin Vega: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Casey Craig: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Eddy Hernandez: 1-3, 1 2B.
Alex Gary: 0-2, 1 BB.
Michael Saunders: 0-2, 1 BB.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Jesse Foppert vs. Sacramento. Game time is 6:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Feierabend vs. Midland. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Cibney Bello vs. Lancaster. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Jose Escalona at Beloit. Game time is 4:30pm PDT.