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4/25: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma rallied past Fresno, 5-4. Cha Baek was strong for six innings, but after Sean Green blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth, the Rainiers came right back with two in their own half of the inning via an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double and a Scott Youngbauer walk-off single. Fun game for the 2,084 in attendance. Cabrera led the way with three doubles on the game, while Shin-soo Choo launched his fifth homer and Greg Dobbs added a pair of hits. Notables:

Baek: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 HR
Fruto: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Cabrera: 3-4, 3 2B
Jones: 2-4
Choo: 1-4, 1 HR

San Antonio fell to Midland, 9-8. A five-run seventh inning rally gave the Missions a 6-5 lead, but a little bad pitching and defense by Mike Flannery, Craig James and Jeff Clement gave away three runs in the eighth. A Wladimir Balentien home run and a Jon Nelson triple tied it up a half inning later, but then James struck again, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Moorhead had a strong five-inning start out of the gate, and Oswaldo Navarro, Nelson, Balentien, and Jason Bourgeois each had two hits to lead the lineup, but the win just wasn't in the cards. Notables:

Moorhead: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Clement: 0-3, 1 BB
Navarro: 2-3, 1 BB
Balentien: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR
Nelson: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB
Bourgeois: 2-4

Inland Empire felled Bakersfield 5-4 in 12 innings. Down 3-1 in the eighth, the 66ers used a pair of productive outs by Reed Eastley and Matt Tuiasosopo to knot things up. Then, after falling behind 4-3 in the tenth, Tuiasosopo singled home a run to tie it up again. Two innings later, Tuiasosopo was again right in the middle of a run-scoring play, reaching base on an error by the shortstop and allowing the winning run to cross the plate. In the end, nobody remembered Shawn Nottingham's seven-strikeout start, or Mark Lowe's six-strikeout relief appearance, but they're certainly worth mentioning. Kudos to Chris Colton, too, who led the way with three hits. Notables:

Nottingham: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Lowe: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
Colton: 3-6, 1 2B
Womack: 2-6
Chen: 2-4, 2 BB
Tuiasosopo: 1-6

Wisconsin got blasted by Fort Wayne, 13-4. Not a pretty day for Marwin Vega or Ruben Flores, who combined to allow all 13 runs in 5.1 innings of work. The offense got a quick start but didn't do anything after the third, with Jeff Dominguez, Ron Garth, and Casey Craig each picking up two hits. Luis Valbuena doubled as he looks to pull himself out of a slump that's seen him hit .197 through the first few weeks of action. Notables:

Vega: 5 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Dominguez: 2-5
Valbuena: 1-5, 1 2B
Garth: 2-4, 1 2B
Craig: 2-4

On the docket:

Tacoma: off
San Antonio: Feierbend
Inland Empire:  you tell me (I hate this rotation sometimes.)
Wisconsin: Escalona