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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/15/06

Fresno pounded Tacoma, 12-4. This one was close until the seventh when the ball was handed to Benny Looper's kid. Aaron Looper certainly didn't have a night to remember as he only went one and two-thirds giving up seven runs (but only two earned, defense wins championships) on five hits. Cha Seung Baek got the start and while he wasn't hammered, he really didn't do anything to impress. Todd Sears and Shin-soo Choo both went multi-hit on the night.

Notables:

Cha Seung Baek: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.
Shin-soo Choo: 2-4.
Greg Dobbs: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 RBI.
Todd Sears: 2-4, 1 2B.
Adam Jones: 0-4. One huge error in the seventh.
Jose Morban: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI.

Midland toppled San Antonio, 5-1. Brandon Moorhead started a bit rocky and never fully recovered as he ended up going five and third innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking two and fanning three. Rockhounds starter Brad Ziegler stymied the Missions and held them to only a run on five hits over six innings before handing it to the pen -- which was even tougher. Sebastien Boucher led the futile offensive effort with three hits and Justin Ruchti chimed in with a double and single.

Notables:

Brandon Moorhead: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Wladimir Balentien: 0-2, 2 BB. (!)
Gary Harris: 2-4.
Justin Ruchti: 2-4, 1 2B.

Inland Empire swept it's doubleheader against High Desert, 7-3 and 3-0. Game one featured Lookout Landing favorite Cibney Bello who, unsurprisingly (*snicker*), was solid. Bello went five innings allowing just one run on three hits while walking two and sending down three on strikes. The 66ers broke out in the second with a five run inning capped by a three-run homer from, um, Josh Womack. Mike Wilson also homered to help lead IE.

Notables:

Cibney Bello: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Josh Freakin' Womack: 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI. (Currently slugging around 1.000 with an OBP above .600. What?)
Ron Prettyman: 1-3.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-3.
Mike Wilson: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Brent Johnson: 1-3, 1 RBI.

Game two had Mark Lowe going and on the same night Cibney Bello didn't suck, Mark Lowe was better. Lowe went five PERFECT innings and struck out eight. No, really. Click the boxscore. Seriously. Not joking. The only High Desert hit on the night came was a single that came off of Aaron Trolia. Reed Eastley smashed a homer and drove in two and Mike Wilson homered again to lead the offense.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
Josh Freakin' Womack: 0-3. (BOOOOO!)
Ron Prettyman: 1-3.
Reed Eastley: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-3, 3 K.
Mike Wilson: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Cedar Rapids got by Wisconsin, 5-3. The T-Rats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in fourth but it didn't hold as Jose Escalona began to crumble in the fifth before getting the hook after giving up three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three. The Kernels added two more and put the game out of reach as Wisconsin couldn't muster much offense off of long reliever Brok Butcher. If there was any bright spot in the lineup, it was shortstop Jeffrey Dominguez (9th rounder in the '04 draft) who smacked three baseknocks. Michael Saunders and Eddy Hernandez both added triples.

Notables:

Jose Escalona: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.
Michael Saunders: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB.
Eddy Hernandez: 1-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
Casey Craig: 0-4.
Jeffrey Dominguez: 3-3.