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5/18: Minor League Wrap-Up

Devin's occupied with more pressing matters, so...

Tacoma beat Nashville, 4-1. If I told you that one of the two starters in this game went nine innings and picked up nine strikeouts, you'd think it was Clint Nageotte, wouldn't you? You would, and you'd be wrong. Nageotte only went five, walking as many as he struck out (four), but he kept the Sounds off the board and used run-scoring hits by Greg Dobbs and Michael Garciaparra to get himself the win. Dobber's hit was a homer - his sixth! - while Asdrubal Cabrera added a two-run bomb of his own to break it open in the ninth. Garciaparra had two hits from the nine slot. Notables:

Nageotte: 5 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 4 K
Cabrera: 2-4, 1 HR
Garciaparra: 2-3, 1 2B
Choo: 0-4
Morse: 1-4, 1 2B
Johnson: 1-4
Snelling: Didn't play, he's fine.

San Antonio dropped one to Corpus Christi, 4-3. Jason Mackintosh turned in a Sele Special - six (plus) innings, a homer, three runs, and more walks than strikeouts - but he lost the lead in allowing seventh inning hits to (A) a former catching phenom looking to get back on his feet, (B) the son of one of the worst GM's I've ever known, and (C) a really fat guy, and Craig James finished the job by allowing the eventual winning run to score an inning later. Jesus Guzman had three hits to lead the offense, but the first four slots in the lineup all had o'fers, which is a total buzzkill. Notables:

Mackintosh: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Guzman: 3-4, 1 2B
Balentien: 1-4
Castro: 1-4
Navarro: 1-3, 1 BB

Inland Empire held off Rancho Cucamonga, 5-3. Aaron Jensen lasted just one inning in the start (rehab?), but Robert Rohrbaugh followed him with four frames of shutout relief, and a two-run homer by Mike Wilson in the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the game. Jose de la Cruz made things interesting in the ninth when he allowed a three-run homer, but he retired Michael Collins with the bases empty to end the game. Yung-chi Chen had a two-run single and Matt Tuiasosopo raised his average to .299 with a three-hit day. Notables:

Jensen: 1 IP, 1 BB
Rohrbaugh: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Tuiasosopo: 3-4
Wilson: 1-4, 1 HR
Chen: 1-3, 1 BB
Falcon: 1-2, 2 BB

Wisconsin fell short of Kane County, 8-7. With a four-run lead in the fifth inning, Harold Williams had to be feeling pretty good about his chances of winning, but then the Cougars woke up, scoring eight runs in the span of 16 batters between the fifth and seventh off of Williams and the T'Rat bullpen. The Rattler lineup did its part to keep it a game, but Robert Hudson struck out with the tying run 90 feet away in the ninth to seal the deal. Ron Garth had three hits and reached base five times while Luis Valbuena tripled and singled, leading the offense. Notables:

Williams: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 5 BB, 4 K
Garth: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Valbuena: 2-5, 1 3B
Saunders: 1-3, 2 BB
Tucker: 1-4, 1 BB

On the docket:

Tacoma: Cruceta, 5:05pm
San Antonio: Feierabend, 5:05pm
Inland Empire: Blanco, 7:11pm
Wisconsin: Escalona, 4:35pm