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5/21 Minor League Wrap-Up

A day I would like to forget was also a day the VSLM's would like to forget, a day the Mavs took off (and maybe received some transactional help), a banner day for Kyle Parker, a day that Rene Rivera won't forget but the Huntsville Stars will regret (especially Steven Hammond), and a great day for Adam Jones and the Rainiers.

VSL Mets 10, VSL Mariners 1

Yoervis Medina:  3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Edlando Seco:  1.1 IP, 4 H, (4 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, 3 K, wild pitch, balk
Carlos Sanchez:  2.2 IP, 2 H, (4 R) 0 ER, 2 walks, 3 K, wild pitch
Manuel Campos:  2 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, K
Jose Rivero:  2-4, RBI
VSL Mariners:  8 errors.  Eight.


High Desert had Monday off.  I wish I did.  New series with Lake Elsinore begins tonight at 7:05 in the space park, with Aaron Cotter pitching.

J at Mariner Minors has noted that the M's picked up Omar Peña from an Indy League team (the M's love their Indy leaguers), and believes they will likely have him supplant youngster Edilio Colina on the Mavs roster.  Colina showed some flashes, but could clearly use some more seasoning, and will likely end up in Everett when their season starts.

Wisconsin 1, Kane County 0

Kyle Parker:  7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 6 K
Andrew Barb:  1.2 IP, 3 K
Greg Halman:  1-4, solo HR, 2 K (.200)
Leury Bonilla:  1-3, K, SB (.270)
Juan Beltran:  1-2, walk (.213)
Carlos Triunfel had the day off.

Off all the starters in the prospect laden T-Rats rotation, who would think that the best cumulative effort so far would come from Kyle Parker?  Parker pitched into the 8th and Andrew Barb did the rest for a JJ Special: The Five Out Save.  It was a good thing, too, because Andrew Bailey was dealing for the Cougars, striking out 11 over 6 strong innings with only 3 hits allowed.  Fortunately for the T-Rats, one of those hits was a solo shot from Greg Halman off Bailey in his final inning of work, the only run of the game.

NEXT:  Nathan Adcock goes against Kane County today at 4:35 pm PDT.

West Tenn 8, Huntsville 0

Joe Woerman WOOOOOO:  6 IP, 2 H, 4 walks, 8 K, hit batter
Chad Fillinger:  2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Kam Mickolio:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Prentice Redman:  1-4, solo HR, K (.278)
Erick Monzon:  1-3, double, 2 R, walk, K (.208)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  0-2, R, RBI groundout, 2 walk (.303)
Charlton Jimerson:  1-4, R, RBI, 3 K
Rene Rivera:  2-4, GRAND SLAM?!?!?!, 5 RBI?!  OMGWTFAPOCALYPSE (.209)
Luis Valbuena:  1-4, double (.190)

Close 1-0 ballgame in favor of the DIAMOND JAXX going into the top 6th, a blessing given how little they've managed against the Stars.  Steven Hammond sucks, but the Huntsville starter had gone 5 strong and was hoping to hold off until he could get a break.

Sebastien Boucher smoked a grounder up the middle with one out for a base hit.  Brent Johnson smoked a grounder into right and runners were now on 1st and 2nd.  Prentice Redman flew to center for two outs, Boucher tagged up and took 3rd, making the looks of another lame snuffed rally in Huntsville.

But Erick Monzon drew a walk to load the bases... for Tui.

And Tui... drew a walk himself to force in another run and make it 2-0.  Hunstville wasn't ready to pull Hammond yet and Charlton Jimerson was struggling to get around on Hammond anyway, right?  Um...

... line drive base hit to left scores Brent Johnson and moves the runners over, 3-0 DIAMOND JAXX and the bases are still loaded.  NOW you've gotta pull Hammond... except Rene Rivera is coming up, and c'mon, you're talking about one of the easiest outs in Double A.  Surely, there's no way Rene Rivera is gonna put the ball in play, let alone hit a gran-

And Rene put a charge in one and sent it over the wall.  GRAND SLAM?!  GRAND SALAMI TO STRAIGHTAWAY CENTER!  WHAAAAAAT.

And NOW Huntsville pulls Hammond for Corey Thurman.  Smooth move, losers.

Prentice Redman piled on with a solo shot to lead off the top 8th, because why not.

NEXT:  Doug FISTER time, today at 12:05 pm in Huntsville.

AAA:  Tacoma 8, Las Vegas 3

Ryan Feierabend:  5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER (HR), 2 walks, 6 K
Ryan Rowland-Smith:  2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Jason Mackintosh:  1 IP, 1 K
Adam Jones:  3-5, double, solo HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, K (.312)
Jeremy Reed:  1-4, R, walk (.276)
WLAD:  2-3, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.321)
Bryan LaHair:  2-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, walk (.241)
Mike Morse:  0-2, RBI groundout, 2 walks, K (.318)
Jeff Clement:  0-4, K (.222)
Brant Ust:  1-4, double, R, RBI (.250)

The Rainiers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom 3rd when Adam Jones took William Juarez deep to right with one out, and Bryan LaHair doubled in WLAD later that inning.  Then the Rainiers blew it open in the 4th, as Brant Ust and Adam Jones powered the rally with back to back doubles to chase Juarez, and BJ Lamura got beat up some more by Jeremy Reed, who lined a single off the pitcher's glove, and a double by WLAD, making it 7-2 and putting the game away early.

NEXT:  Jake Woods will try not to hand the win back to Vegas today in Tacoma.  They go in about an hour (11:35 am PDT).