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Minor League Wrap-Up: 4/18/06

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Tacoma smashed Sacramento, 7-1. Baby steps, Clint Nageotte. Nageotte got the job done in this one as he went five and a third giving up just a single run while scattering five hits, walking three and fanning two. He threw 82 pitches, only 44 for strikes -- guess that location still isn't really there. Still, better then the old Clint "Where The Hell Am I Throwing?" Nageotte who we'd see through something like 10-15 consecutive balls low and away. As for the offense, it didn't take long for the Rainiers to strike as they scored to open up the game in the first and then put the dagger through the collective Rivercat heart in the sixth with a four-run inning. T.J. Bohn and Todd Sears both smashed three hits to help lead the attack as three other Rainiers went multi-hit.

Notables:

Clint Nagoette: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
T.J. Bohn: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Todd Sears: 3-5, 1 3B, 4 RBI.
Mike Morse: 2-4, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Scott Youngbauer: 2-3, 1

Frisco held off San Antonio, 6-4. This game was a lost cause headed into the ninth. With Frisco up 6-0, things looked pretty bleak (just imagine a WEC for this game). Then all of a sudden a three-run shot by Wlad! and three consecutive singles put the tying run on for Sebastien Boucher -- and he struck out. But wait, there was still a shot with Oswaldo Navarro! Whiff. I guess the Missions deserved it since Yorman Bazardo got knocked around like a wall ball for way too long. Bazardo, who pitched into the seventh, was touched up for six runs (five earned) on eleven hits while walking no one, striking out five and giving up a homer. With the exception of the 9th, the Misstion offense didn't do much. But hey, Wlad! walked again.

Notables:

Yorman Bazardo: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Bryan LaHair: 2-4.
Jon Nelson: 1-4, 1 2B.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Little Garciaparra: 1-4.
Justin Ruchti: 1-4, 1 RBI.

Inland Empire fell to Stockton, 4-2. Justin Jordan and Jon Lockwood did some weird tandem start thing further frustrating not only me, but J as well since neither of us can figure out just what IE is doing with their staff. In any case, the trickery didn't work as Jordan was mediocre and Lockwood sucked. Both decided that walks were cool and gave the Ports (Ports?) six free passes. With the sticks, Mike Wilson knocked a ball out, and that was about it as the 66ers collected seven singles, a double and the homer.

Notables:

Justin Jordan: 3.1, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.
Jon Lockwood: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Josh Freakin' Womack: 2-4.
Ron Prettyman: 2-4.
Reed Eastley: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Mike Wilson: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.

Southwest Michigan got by Wisconsin, 4-1. Justin Thomas dodged a ton of bullets for five innings as he gave up eight hits but allowed only one run on a solo shot in the fifth off the bat of Matt Spring. Jeff Gilmore came in to keep it close and failed miserably as he was knocked around for two runs and three hits in two innings. Robert Hudson and Michael Saunders both tripled to help lead a pretty anemic offense.

Notables:

Justin Thomas: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Casey Craig: 1-3, 1 BB.
Robert Hudson: 1-4, 1 3B.
Michael Saunders: 1-4, 1 3B.
Luis Valbuena: 0-2, 2 BB.
Jeff Dominguez: 2-3.

On the docket:

Tacoma: Bobby Livingston at Sacramento. Game time is 11:35am PDT.
San Antonio: Cesar Jimenez at Frisco. Game time is  5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Who Knows at Stockton. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Paul Fagan vs. Southwest Michigan. Game time is 9:35am PDT.