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Minor League Wrap-Up: 5/21/06

Season lines included through 5/20.

Nashville throttled Tacoma, 10-1. Not a good day for either Cesar Jimenez or Rich Dorman as both got their collective asses handed to them. Jimenez only went two and a third and was hammered for for five runs on five hits while walking five, striking out one and serving up a homer. Dorman didn't fare a whole lot better as he gave up three runs (one earned) over the next three innings. Jimenez has seemed completely overmatched since being called up to Tacoma, so expecting him to just figure it out might take awhile. As for the offense, well, there wasn't much. The Dobber once again went multi-hit and that was about it.

Notables:

Cesar Jimenez: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-3, 1 BB. (.283/.353/.421)
Adam Jones: 0-3, 1 BB. (.243/.278/.448)
Greg Dobbs: 2-4. (.275/.322/.435)
T.J. Bohn: 1-4, 1 RBI. (.242/.301/.362)

San Antonio smoked Corpus Christi, 11-3. A good day for just about everyone wearing a Mission uniform. Travis Blackley struggled a bit more than we've seen thus far this season by allowing three runs over five innings, but if that's struggling, then things are going well for the Aussie. People should be pretty excited that Blackley has looked as good as he has since a season ago many of us were sure he'd never materialize and was doomed to flame out. Now it's looking more and more like he'll get a call to Tacoma soon and perhaps back in Safeco by September. Knock on wood, but his arm is looking strong and for a guy coming off of labrum surgery, impressive is the only word to describe him. When it came to the bats in this one, Gary Harris and Justin Ruchti should be ashamed as everyone else in the starting nine went multi-hit. This included another homer from Wlad! and bombs from Jesus Guzman and Bryan LaHair.

Notables:

Travis Blackley: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI. (.203/.299/.237)
Jesus Guzman: 2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI. (.256/.313/.406)
Bryan LaHair: 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI. (.322/.407/.507)
Wladimir Balentien: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI. (.245/.335/.510)
Erick Monzon: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. (.262/.331/.392 with Inland Empire)

Inland Empire handled Rancho Cucamonga, 5-4. The first inning of this game was bizarre:

 
  • Nate Sutton walks.
  • Freddy Sandoval walks. Nate Sutton to 2nd.
  • Sean Rodriguez walks. Nate Sutton to 3rd. Freddy Sandoval to 2nd.
  • Pitcher Change: Cibney Bello replaces Mark Lowe.
  • Michael Collins doubles (8) on a line drive to right fielder Chris Colton. Nate Sutton scores. Freddy Sandoval scores. Sean Rodriguez scores.
  • Patrick Reilly flies out to right fielder Chris Colton.
  • Clifton Remole strikes out swinging.
  • Drew Toussaint called out on strikes.

So, Mark Lowe comes in and walks three straight, gets yanked and Cibney Bello is called on to make sure everyone scores and it's all charged to Lowe. Wait, wait! It gets better. After this, Bello went on and retired all but two of the next seventeen batters and struck out ten (10!) giving him his best "start" of the season and only furthering the idea that he's worth something. The 66ers had an efficient day at the plate as they pounded out eight hits as a squad with five of them going to Robert Schweiger and Marshall Hubbard.

Notables:

Mark Lowe: 3 batters, 3 walks.
Cibney Bello: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. WTF.
Brent Johnson: 1-4, 1 RBI. (.264/.370/.328)
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4, 1 RBI. (.306/.344/.387)
Marshall Hubbard: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI. (.257/.336/.412)
Chris Colton: 1-3, 1 RBI. (.218/.254/.274)
Robert Schweiger: 3-3, 1 RBI. (Insufficient sample size)
Josh Freakin' Womack: 0-2, 1 RBI. (.315/.380/.419)

Wisconsin beat Burlington, 4-3 (11). Ron Garth doesn't appreciate being held out of the starting lineup. Garth was slotted in for Eddy Hernandez to lead off the 11th and wasted no time sending the T-Rats to the mound to shake hands after launching one over the left field fence. Three hours and forty three minutes earlier, Jason Snyder took the mound and was effective if not sparkling going six innings and giving up two runs on seven hits while walking four and fanning four. In addition to Garth's heroics, Jeff Dominguez had four hits on the night and Bryan Sabatella finally began contributing with three of his own.

Notables:

Jason Snyder: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.
Jeff Domniguez: 4-6, 1 RBI. (.304/.370/.341)
Luis Valbuena: 1-5, 1 BB. (.224/.340/.306)
Curtis Ledbetter: 2-6, 1 BB. (Only a handful of AB's)
Ron Garth: 1-1, GW HR. (.270/.348/.402)
Casey Craig: 1-4, 1 BB. (.266/.348/.427)
Bryan Sabatella: 3-5. (.150/.225/.215)
Jairo Hernandez: 2-5. (.193/.207/.298)

On the docket:

Tacoma: Cha Seung Baek at Memphis. Game time is 5:10pm PDT.
San Antonio: Yorman Bazardo at Tulsa. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Someone vs. Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Justin Thomas vs. Burlington. Game time is 9:35am PDT.