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Minor League Wrap-Up: 6/15/06

Tacoma shut down Sacramento, 8-3. Could we finally be seeing a back-on-track Bobby Livingston? Let's hope so, for his sake and for the Mariners. Livingston went six strong innings allowing a couple runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. He's not totally back, it seems, but that's certainly an improvement from what we've seen this past month or so. The offense relied heavily on Rob Johnson and his triple and three RBI to help carry the team. Adam Jones, Shin-soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera and The Dobber all went multi-hit as well.


Bobby Livingston: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Shin-soo Choo: 4-5.
Adam Jones: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Greg Dobbs: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Rob Johnson: 2-4, 1 3B, 3 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.

San Antonio held off Midland, 6-5. Hoo-wee, what a ninth for Stephen Kahn and the Missions. Up 6-2, here's how it went down:

Pitcher Change: Stephen Kahn replaces Jason Mackintosh.
Vasili Spanos singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Sebastien Boucher.
Kurt Suzuki doubles (18) on a fly ball to right fielder Wladimir Balentien. Vasili Spanos to 3rd.
Brant Colamarino grounds out to first baseman Andrew Hargrove. Vasili Spanos scores. Kurt Suzuki to 3rd.
Lloyd Turner flies out to right fielder Wladimir Balentien.
With Kevin Melillo batting, wild pitch by Stephen Kahn, Kurt Suzuki scores.
Kevin Melillo singles on a ground ball to right fielder Wladimir Balentien.
With Eduardo Cornejo batting, Kevin Melillo steals (5) 2nd base.
Eduardo Cornejo walks.
Ronnie MerrillJr. reaches on throwing error by shortstop Oswaldo Navarro. Kevin Melillo scores. Eduardo Cornejo to 3rd.
Travis Buck grounds out, shortstop Oswaldo Navarro to first baseman Andrew Hargrove.

Had they lost, I would have blamed Andrew Hargrove, who went 0-4 with 3 K. Yeah. Anyway, Adam Pettyjohn had a nice little game going six innings giving up two runs on six hits while fanning five and walking only one. Since Grover's kid was busy sucking, Sebastien Boucher picked up the slack by smacking two baseknocks and picking up three RBI. Justin Ruchti also had three hits on the evening.


Adam Pettyjohn: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-4, 1 3B, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Justin Ruchti: 3-4.
Gary Harris: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB.

Inland Empire blanked San Jose, 7-0. Justin Thomas is good. He showed he could hang in A ball, now he's proving the same point in high-A. Thomas went  six superb shutout innings scattering six hits and a couple walks while fanning eight. This makes two excellent starts for IE, we could potentially see him in San Antonio before the season is over. As for the sticks, a Marshall Hubbard homer and three hits apiece from Brent Johnson and Willie Ballgame Lite paved the way to the 66ers victory.


Justin Thomas: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
Brent Johnson: 3-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Marshall Hubbard: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Ron Prettyman: 1-4, 2 RBI.
Josh Freakin' Womack: 3-4.

Wisconsin split their doubleheader, 2-1 and 1-2. Game one featured Harold Williams who was pretty good if you ignore his wildness. Williams walked four on the day but only gave up a run on two hits over six innings. He also struck out three. Wisconsin managed eight hits in the game, but all were singles.


Harold Williams: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.
Jeff Dominguez: 1-4.
Ron Garth: 2-3, 1 RBI.
Luis Valbuena: 1-2, 1 BB.

Game two was paired Jose Escalona and Jamie Garcia and while Escalona didn't embarrass himself, Garcia managed to escape allowing only the one run. Escalona went 5.1 innings and got the loss for giving up two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three. Tough break.


Jose Escalona: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Ron Garth: 1-3, 1 2B.
Luis Valbuena: 2-3, 1 RBI.
Robert Hudson: 1-2.

On the docket

Tacoma: Cesar Jimenez vs. Sacramento. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Travis Blackley at Midland. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Shawn Nottingham at Visalia. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Marwin Vega at Quad Cities. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.