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5/20 Minor League Wrap-Up

Work is once again hectic and I'm wanting out of this job assignment. I want to do my impersonation of Mariah Carey: Nervous Breakdown Edition... but I'll hold off on that sort of silliness and instead provide you with a rudimentary recap of yesterday's baseball action... with an editor's note on the VSL Mariners recap from yesterday.

FUN FACT:  Current West Tenn CF Charlton Jimerson was formerly with the Astros org and even got a September callup last year.  Like Greg Dobbs, he is one of 97 players in MLB history to have homered in his first MLB at-bat (8/4/2006).  In fact, Jimerson is the last player to have done so in the National League.

Now, if he could do more of that instead of the 1 for 4 with 2 K's suck he has- okay, then again, if he was consistent enough to do that more often, he wouldn't be in Double A.

Funny thing about theThe VSL Mariners.  The VSLM's game I recapped yesterday in my tired stupor was actually Sunday's game, as they had Saturday off!  They will play the VSL Mets at 11 am this morning.

High Desert 6, San Jose 5

Cibney Bello:  6.2 IP, 8 H, (3 R) 2 ER (HR), walk, 5 K, wild pitch, hit batter
David Asher:  0.1 IP, K
Juan Zapata:  1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, walk
Paul Fagan:  1 IP, 1 H
Casey Craig:  1-3, walk (.331)
Adam Moore:  0-2, 2 R, 2 walks (.256)
Chris Colton:  1-1, solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.277)
Travis Scott:  2-4, RBI, K (.382)
Josh Womack:  1-4, solo HR, 2 K (.236)

The bullpen held up for Cibney Bello, as he handed David Asher some runners with two outs in the 7th, clinging to a 4-3 lead after an impressive effort (well, for Cibney Bello), and Asher got the strikeout to escape the jam.  Juan Zapata worked a scoreless 8th, but tried to give it away in the 9th, so he was pulled for Austin Bi- NO, it's Paul Fagan!  Fagan did allow one run to the little Giants to pull within 6-5, but got the final outs to seal the win and net his first save of the season.

NEXT:  The Mavs get the day off!  They start a series with Lake Elsinore on Tuesday.

A:  Lansing 2, Wisconsin 1

Chris Tillman:  6 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 0 ER, 4 walks, 6 K
Robert Harmon:  3 IP, 0 H, 2 walks
Carlos Triunfel:  2-4, double, RBI, K (.297)
Hargrove's kid:  1-4, double, RBI, K (.262)
Greg Halman:  1-3, walk (.198)
Alex Liddi:  0-4, K (.196)
Kalian Sams:  2-3, walk, K (.253)

The T-Rats had the 1-0 lead in a pitchers duel until the 6th.  Little Rain Delay muffed a grounder from Travis Snider with one out, putting Snider on.  Brian Pettiway lined a single to center to move Snider to 2nd.  Sean Shoffit watched strike three for two outs, but Tillman walked Chris Emanuele to load the bases... for Matthew Lane.

And Lane lined a single to center to score two runs and give the Lugnuts a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.  To Robert Harmon's credit, he relieved Tillman in the 7th and pitched the rest of the way without allowing a hit.  The ending of the game was especially Marineresque, as Carlos Triunfel reached on a force out for the 2nd out in the bottom 9th... but got picked off to end the game.

NEXT:  Kyle Parker kicks off a home-and-home series with Kane County, in Appleton, 4:35 pm today.

Huntsville 8, West Tenn 7, 11 innings

Robert Rohrbaugh:  5 IP, 8 H, (5 R) 4 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, hit batter
The Aircraft Carrier:  1.1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER,. 2 walks, K, balk
Aaron Troila:  2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K, hit batter
Craig James:  1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, Craig James blew a save?
Juan Sandoval:  no outs recorded, walkoff HR allowed
Erick Monzon:  1-4, solo HR, 2 R, 2 walks, K (.200)
Prentice Redman:  2-5, R, RBI, walk, K (.280)
Marshall Hubbard:  1-5, R, RBI, K (.229)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  1-3, double, R, K (.308)
Charlton Jimerson:  3-5, double, R, 2 RBI, K
Luis Valbuena:  1-4, 2 RBI, K (.189)
Luis Oliveros:  1-5, double, K (.366)

DAMN YOU, HUNTSVILLE.  They tied it at 7 in the bottom 9th, then won it in the bottom 11th.  West Tenn had a 5-0 lead after 2 innings and a 7-3 lead after 5, and blew it.  Game ball to Craig James for blowing the one run lead in the bottom 9th, as if he hadn't done that before.

NEXT:  JOE WOERMAN WOOOOOOOOOO at 5:05 pm in Huntsville tonight.

Tacoma 4, Tucson, 8 innings thanks to rain.

Justin Lehr:  7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3 K, balk
Jamie Cerda:  0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, walk
Jon Huber:  0.2 IP, K, 2 wild pitches
The rain:  Save (... okay, Huber got the save, but you know what I mean)
Adam Jones:  1-3, R, walk (.303)
Jeremy Reed:  1-3, walk (.277)
WLAD:  1-3, R (.315)
Bryan LaHair:  1-3, R, RBI (.234)
Jon Nelson:  2-4, double, 2 RBI (.238)
Jeff Clement:  1-3, solo HR (6) (.229)
Ronnie Prettyman:  1-3, double
Rob Johnson had the day off.

Despite the rainy weather, the Rainiers got the game in, and built a 4-2 lead before the rain started coming down with enough authority to warrant calling the game before the 8th, leading the umpires to make a Rec League Softball Warning.  Jamie Cerda tried to give it back in the 8th, but Jon Huber came on and did his Good Huber thing, despite allowing one of Cerda's runners to score.

NEXT:  The Rainiers start a home series with Las Vegas in Cheney, with Ryan Feierabend leading the way at 6:05 tonight.  I'm sure you're excited.