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4/27: Minor League Wrap-Up

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Tacoma was blanked by Salt Lake, 3-0. A hard-luck loss for Francisco Cruceta, who fanned ten while allowing a run in five innings. That one run was all Joe Saunders would need, although I don't think he was too upset with Renee Cortez providing a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. Shin-soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera were the only Rainiers to get hits, while Greg Dobbs and Hunter Brown also reached base via the free pass. Not much else to say. Notables:

Cruceta: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
Choo: 1-4
Cabrera: 1-3
Brown: 0-2, 1 BB
Dobbs: 0-3, 1 BB
Jones: 0-4

(Anyone notice that Mike Morse is hitting .187 with a walk and 19 strikeouts?)

San Antonio held on to beat Arkansas, 4-3. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth, the Missions took advantage of two errors and a wild pitch in scoring three runs to score three runs and grab the lead for good. Things got scary in the eighth, when superprospect Brandon Wood represented the tying run at third base, but Jon Huber got Mike Eylward to line out to end the threat. Travis Blackley lasted six innings in his start while Jason Bourgeois, Gary Harris, and Jesus Guzman led the way with two hits apiece (Guzman reached base three times). Notables:

Blackley: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Guzman: 2-2, 1 BB
Bourgeois: 2-4, 1 3B
Harris: 2-4, 2 2B
Clement: 1-3

Inland Empire downed Bakersfield, 8-2. The 66ers took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, picking up a pair of homers by Marshall Hubbard, another longball by Erick Monzon, and a four-hit day by Matt Tuiasosopo along the way to pad the margin. The top seven batters in the lineup all got at least one hit, while Julio Santiago was effective through five in the start. Mumba Rivera also fanned four in three scoreless innings of relief, which is neat. Notables:

Santiago: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
Tuiasosopo: 4-4
Hubbard: 2-4, 2 HR
Colton: 2-4
Monzon: 1-4, 1 HR
Eastley: 1-3, 1 BB

Wisconsin sprinted past Fort Wayne, 11-6. The T'Rats held an 8-0 lead after four and a half, and while Jason Snyder tried to give it back in the fifth and sixth, a three-run homer by JB Tucker in the seventh secured the victory. Luis Valbuena got it going with a three-hit day from the #2 slot while Casey Craig added his third homer of the season. Notables:

Snyder: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 4 K
Valbuena: 3-5, 2 2B
Hernandez: 2-5
Craig: 2-3, 1 HR, 1 BB
Saunders: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Tucker: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB

On the docket:

Tacoma: Appier, 6:05pm
San Antonio: Bazardo, 5:05pm
Inland Empire: Jordan, 7:11pm
Wisconsin: Thomas, 3:00pm