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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/10/06

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Sacramento beat up on Tacoma, 8-4. Not the picture perfect first start Jesse Foppert foresaw. Foppert battled mightily with his control as he walked four and tossed a wild pitch in only four innings before getting the hook for Thomas Oldham. Oldham promptly gave up six runs (two earned, though) in only 1.1 innings to essentially seal the deal for the River Cats. Mike Morse doubled and drove in a couple to lead Tacoma at the plate.

Notables:

Jesse Foppert: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.
Thomas Oldham: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-5.
T.J. Bohn: 1-2, 1 2B, 2 BB.
Mike Morse: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Adam Jones: 0-4, 3 K.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-3, 1 BB.

San Antonio slipped past Midland, 6-5. Headed into the ninth in a 5-5 deadlock, minor league Rule 5 selectee Jason Bourgeois doubled home Wladimir Balentien to win it for the Missions. Starting the game was Ryan Feierabend who wasn't bad by any measure. Feierabend was out there for five and gave up just an unearned run on four hits while walking two and fanning six. Jeff rails on it a lot too, but another reason why the "hold" statistic is stupid: Mike Flannery's line = 1.1, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Give him a hold! Oswaldo Navarro had the big night at the plate smacking three hits from the nine-spot and driving in two. Mike Garciaparra, Wlad and Bryan LaHair also went multi-hit on the night.

Notables:

Ryan Feierabend: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 1-4, 1 BB.
Little Garciaparra: 2-3, 1 BB.
Jeff Clement: 0-5. (.227/.346/.409)
Wladimir Balentien: 2-5.
Bryan LaHair: 2-4, 1 2B.
Jason Bourgeois: 1-2, 1 GW 2B, 1 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 3-4, 2 RBI.

Inland Empire also had a close one as they beat Lancaster, 6-5. It looked like Cibney Bello had abandoned his ways of pitching so the other team could see the ball well, hit it well and chase him while laughing all the way around the basepaths -- but no. Despite a strong start to the game for ol' Cibney, he again got into his old antics and lasted only 4.2 innings having given up five runs (three earned) on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts. It's not the worst performance I've ever seen, but it's just not what you want consistently from a minor leaguer. In yesterday's MLWU comments, basebliman confused my hatred for Casey Abrams (who was released last season, thank God) for Bello. Well, let him give him a few more outings like this and I may have found a new whipping boy. Regardless, the 66ers still pulled it out thanks to a nice effort at the dish from bottom of the lineup. Matt Tuiasosopo led the charge with a three-hit performance. Thomas Hubbard, Yung Chi Chen and Josh Womack (!) also homered to contribute.

Notables:

Cibney Bello: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Thomas Hubbard: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Luis Oliveros: 2-4.
Josh Womack: 1-1, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI.

Wisconsin throttled Beloit, 7-2. Jose Escalona had a nice damage control night in his first start of the season thanks to allowing quite a few hits. Escalona went five innings allowing a run on six hits while walking two and striking out four. Four T-Rats went multi-hit on the evening including J.B. Tucker and Casey Craig who doubled and drove in two runs.

Notables:

Jose Escalona: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Luis Valbuena: 2-5.
Robert Hudson: 2-4, 1 BB.
J.B. Tucker: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Casey Craig: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Alex Gary: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Clint Nageotte vs. Sacramento. Game time is 6:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Off.
Inland Empire: TBA vs. Lancaster. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Jason Snyder at Beloit. Game time is 4:30pm PDT.