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4/29 Minor League Wrap-Up

Two washes, a wild game and a nicely pitched contest.  Who had what?  Busy morning means this recap will be quicker and dirtier than usual.

A:  San Jose 7, High Desert 2

Jon Lockwood:  5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 walks, 2 K
Jason Snyder:  3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, walk, 4 K, 2 wild pitches
Johan Limonta:  1-3, RBI, 2 K, the only Mavs hit yesterday (.320)

The Mavs squeezed in two runs in the first, one off a sac fly, and that was all they would manage, literally, against San Jose pitching.  They did not get a hit after the 1st, and their only baserunner after that came on a walk.  And Jon Lockwood coughed up 3 runs in the first, but at least held the fort until Jason Snyder took over in the 6th and proceeded to help San Jose put the game out of reach.  MARINERS IN THE MAKING!

A:  Fort Wayne 11, Wisconsin 10

Chris Tillman:  5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, walk, 4 K
Robert Harmon:  0.2 IP, 6 H, (7 R) 2 ER, walk
Rollie Gibson:  2.1 IP, 4 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, 4 K, wild pitch
Andrew Barb:  1 IP, 1 H
Greg Halman:  2-4, double, 3 run HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 K (.263)
Alex Liddi:  1-3, solo HR, walk, 2 K (.177)
Carlos Peguero:  2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
Kalian Sams:  0-5, 3 K, cooling off (.250)
Leury Bonilla:  2-5, 2 doubles, R, K (.333)
Carlos Triunfel:  3-4, double, 2 R, RBI (.298)
Juan Beltran:  4-5, 2 R, K (.200)

The T-Rats had taken a 4-1 lead in the bottom 4th off Greg Halman's 3 run blast to right.  However, Robert Harmon relieved starter Chris Tillman (after another solid effort), and promptly crapped the bed.  After a leadoff single and a flyout for one out, Jesus Lopez tripled to right to plate a run, 4-2.  And then here comes the Keystone Kops!  Jodam Rivera grounded to 2nd and Luis Nunez bobbled it to allow Lopez to score and Rivera to reach.  4-3.  Matt Stocco grounded to the left side, past Triunfel and Alex Liddi, for a base hit to move Rivera to 3rd.  One out.  Javis Diaz grounded to the right side, past Nunez and Leury Bonilla for a base hit to score Rivera and move Stocco to 2nd.  Tie game at 4.  One out.  Rollie Gibson can't warm up fast enough.

With Tom King at the plate, Stocco takes off for 3rd and Diaz for 2nd, and catcher Juan Beltran throws it YIKES AND AWAY to allow Stocco to score and to give Diaz 3rd.  5-4 San Jose.  One out.  King then grounded to 3B Alex Liddi, who decided to chase down Javis Diaz himself instead of throw home to Beltran.  He ran Diaz down for two outs.  I thought Rollie Gibson was warming up: where is he?

Cedric Hunter grounded to the right side and that also got through, sending Tom King to 3rd, runners on the corners.  Daryl Jones lined a single to center, scoring King and moving Hunter to 3rd.  6-4 San Jose.  WHERE IS ROLLIE GIBSON?

Kyler Burke took a walk to load the bases, and NOW we see Rollie Gibson relieve Robert Harmon.  Sam Carter grounds to the left side and THAT ball gets past Triunfel and Liddi for a base hit that scores two runs, 8-4.  Where is the infield defense?

Gibson then uncorks a wild pitch to move the runners into scoring position, but Jesus Lopez shows mercy and swings at strike three for the 3rd out.  In all, 7 runs in a painful 6th inning, Chris Tillman's 5 solid innings now a long-gone memory.  Leury Bonilla did try to start a rally in the bottom half with a leadoff double, but got caught stealing 3rd and his teammates went quietly.  Fort Wayne responded with 3 more run in the top 7th off Gibson and it was an 11-4 rout.

WAS.  The run the T-Rats scored in the 7th seemed trivial, but the T-Rats fired the jets against Derek McDaid in the bottom 8th.  Bonilla and Triunfel led off with back to back doubles to make it 11-6.  Juan Beltran grounded to 2nd and beat the throw, moving Phenom to 3rd.  Gavin Dickey and Greg Halman each got plunked, forcing in Triunfel and making it 11-7.  Rolando Valdez relieved McDaid, then uncorked a wild pitch to score Beltran and move the runners, 11-8.  Luis Nunez grounded out to short for one out but Dickey scored to make it 11-9.  Alex Liddi got plunked and now we had runners at the corners.  Newcomer Carlos Peguero grounded to second, and 2B Tom King took the easy out at 2nd, but Halman scored and it was 11-10, two outs in the 8th.  However, Kalian Sams couldn't make contact with strike three, and the inning ended.

But that's okay!  Andrew Barb worked an easy 9th, and they still had three outs!

Pitcher Change: R. J. Rodriguez replaces Rolando Valdez.
Leury Bonilla flies out to center fielder Cedric Hunter.
Carlos Triunfel singles on a ground ball to left fielder Javis Diaz.
Juan Beltran strikes out swinging.
Gavin Dickey grounds out, third baseman Jodam Rivera to first baseman Daryl Jones.

Oh, right, these are MARINERS IN THE MAKING.

AA:  Chattanooga 7, West Tenn 3

Doug FISTER:  3.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER (HR), 2 walks, 4 K
Aaron Troila:  3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K
Kam Mickolio:  1.1 IP, 2 K
Adam Meneses:  0-4, sac fly RBI, 3 K (.200)
Marshall Hubbard:  1-4, RBI, K (.275)
Jeff Frazier:  1-3, double, walk, K (.189)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  2-4, double, K (.365)
Prentice Redman:  2-4, double, 2 R, K (.231)
Rene Rivera:  0-3, walk, 2 K (.215)
Luis Valbuena:  2-4, R, RBI, K (.193)

It did not end well for Doug FISTER.  6 runs in the 3rd.  Tui was Tui while Jeff Frazier and Luis Valbuena showed signs of life.  Prentice Redman also had a decent game, but still, sad to see it coincide with The Fist's worst start of the year.

AAA:  Tacoma 3, Las Vegas 1

Justin Lehr:  6.2 IP, 3 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 4 walk, 2 K
Ryan Rowland-Smith:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Byron Embry: 1 IP, 2 K
Jeremy Reed:  0-4, K (.247)
WLAD:  1-3, 2 R, walk, K (.376)
Bryan LaHair:  1-4, double, RBI, K (.225)
Mike Morse:  3-4, double, 2 run HR, K (.333)
Jeff Clement (DH):  0-3, walk, 3 K (.217)
Jon Nelson:  0-4, 2 K (.276)
Rob Johnson:  0-4 (.218)
Adam Jones:  nowhere to be found

Justin Lehr wasn't the conventional definition of dominant, but he held the 51s batters in check despite 4 walks and only 2 strikeouts.  Ryan Rowland-Smith looked vastly improved while Byron Embry was Byron Embry in the 9th.  Adam Jones remains AWOL, WLAD remains productive, and Mike Morse had himself a big game as well.  Meanwhile, Jeff Clement and Rob Johnson... eh, yeah.