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5/29 Minor League Wrap-Up

So my laptop died yesterday, but you didn't think that was gonna stop me from writing a recap, did you?  LOL.

The VSLM's end IN A TIE... High Desert suffers an embarrassing setback to an embarrassingly bad team, but at least they scored some runs... the T-Rats did not have enough punch to stage a come back after they got punched up in the middle innings... a silent power bat in the DIAMOND JAXX lineup goes the f___ off on the Tennessee Smokies... and speaking of silent bats, a slumping Adam Jones sure as hell isn't slumping anymore.

Rk:  VSL Mariners 4, VSL Cubs/Twins 4, 11 inning tie WHAT

Jean Tome:  5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, walk, 4 K, wild pitch
Mayckol Guaipe:  3 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 1 ER, hit batter
Manuel Campos:  2.1 IP, 2 walks, 2 K
Jose Jimenez:  0.2 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk
Carlos Ramirez:  1-4, triple, RBI, walk
Rigoberto Rangel:  1-4, 2 RBI, walk
Eduardo Garcia:  2-2, R, walk


A:  Bakersfield 16, High Desert 9

Ruben Flores:  4.1 IP, 4 H, 7 ER (HR), 4 walks, 6 K, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batters
Steve Uhlmansiek:  0.2 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 0 ER, 2 walks
Roman Martinez:  0.2 IP, 2 H, (6 R) 2 ER, 2 walks, K, hit batter
Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Michael Saunders:  2-5, walk, 2 K (.278)
Jeff Dominguez: 2-5, double, R, RBI, 2 K (.254)
Johan Limonta:  0-4, walk, 2 K (.319)
Adam Moore:  1-4, double, R, RBI, walk (.281)
Reed Eastley:  3-5, 2 doubles, 2 R, 2 RBI (.271)
Jeff Flaig:  1-3, 2 RBI (.197)
Edilio Colina:  3-4, 2 RBI (.213)

Okay, yeah, this was a pretty wild, sloppy, embarrassing loss for the Mavs.  Ruben Flores, 5 days after a terrific double digit strikeout performance, couldn't control his pitches and got touched up for 2 in the 1st, another run in the 2nd and another in the 3rd.  The Mavs did blow up for 4 runs in the 5th to make it 6-4, but Bakersfield chased Flores in putting up 3 runs in the bottom 5th to make it 7-6, and then they just exploded in the bottom 6th, bombing the bullpen for 8 runs to put the game out of reach.

NEXT:  Chris Tillman! goes in Bakersfield at 7:15 pm PDT, and hopefully his performance will be better than Flores'.

A:  Burlington 6, Wisconsin 4

Tony Butler:  5 IP, 6 H, (4 R) 2 ER (HR), walk, 4 K, 2 wild pitches
Brian Kappel:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (2 HR), walk, K
Rollie Gibson:  1.2 IP, 1 H, K
Greg Halman:  1-4, double, 2 K (.182)
Carlos Peguero:  1-3, solo HR, walk (.244)
Gerardo Avila:  2-3, RBI, walk (.280)
Alex Liddi:  0-4, R, RBI groundout, K (.201)
Jair Fernandez:  2-4, double, RBI (.279)

Tied at 3 after 4, Burlington just kept chipping away at T-Rats pitching, scoring one in the 5th, taking Brian kappel deep in the 6th, and hitting another bomb off Kappel in the 7th to make it 6-3 Bees.  Carlos Peguero hit a solo shot to lead off the top 9th, but the T-Rats batting behind him could not spark a rally and that was that.

Also, according to Rattler Radio, closer Andrew Barb, who was deactivated for a spell, has now been reactivated.  Meanwhile, for the moment, Kyle Parker has been transferred to the Everett roster.  Before you say WHAT, he is still scheduled to make his next start on Friday.

NEXT:  Steven Richard goes against Burlington... scratch that, with a 10 am PDT start time, he IS going as I type this.

AA:  West Tenn 5, Tennessee 4

Andrew Baldwin:  5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER (HR), 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters
Mumba Rivera:  2.2 IP, 3 H, walk, 3 K
Kam Mickolio:  1 IP, 1 K
Charlton Jimerson, 4-5, double, 3 solo HRs, 5 RBI (.257)
Marshall Hubbard:  2-4, double (.240)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  0-3, walk, K (.288)
Rene Rivera:  0-4, 2 K (.183)
Luis Valbuena:  2-4, R, K (.195)
Erick Monzon:  2-4, R (.250)

Soooooo, anyone wondering why in the blue hell we picked up Charlton Jimerson in the first place found out yesterday, as he FINALLY showed off the power that led the Astros to give him a few chances before tossing him off.  Batting 2nd, Jimerson went yard in the 1st (albeit with the DIAMOND JAXX already trailing 3-0: BAD Andrew Baldwin.  Bad), then again in the 3rd, though West Tenn still trailed 4-2.

Thankfully, Baldwin settled down and managed to pitch into the 6th without allowing another run.  In the bottom 6th, Jimerson came up with two out and two on and smoked a grounder down the LF line to score both runners and TIE THE BALLGAME.  Jimerson even stole 3rd before Prentice Redman grounded to 2nd to end the inning.

In the bottom 9th, game still tied, Jimerson came up with one out and blasted a liner over the left field fence for the walkoff win.  Three home runs and a 2 run double.  Charlton Jimerson was a monster yesterday, singlehandedly winning the ballgame for the DIAMOND JAXX.  Where did this come from?

NEXT:  Robert Rohrbaugh's turn against The Real Tennessee tonight at 5:05 pm PDT.

AAA:  Tacoma 7, Omaha 5

Jorge Campillo:  7.2 IP, 9 H, (5 R) 3 ER, walk, 3 K
Ryan Rowland-Smith:  0.1 IP
Wife Vulture:  1 IP, walk, 2 K
Adam Jones:  2-4, 2 run HR, solo HR, K (.304)
Jeremy Reed:  0-4 (.276)
WLAD:  0-4, K (.325)
Jon Nelson:  1-4, double, 2 R, SB (.230)
Jeff Clement:  2-4, R, RBI, K (.238)
Gookie Dawkins:  2-4, double, R, RBI, K (.216)
Oswaldo Navarro:  1-2, double, R, 2 RBI, walk (.219)

Tied at 3 in the 5th, Adam Jones busted a slump and took reliever Jason Shiell deep for a 2 run bomb to make it 5-3 Rainiers.  The Rainiers got another run in the 6th when Omaha 2B Richard Lewis lost Gookie Dawkins' pop-up in the clouds or something and Jon Nelson came in to score after his leadoff double, 6-3 Rainiers.

Remember, Omaha's Royals are Omaha's Royals because they're not good enough to be Kansas City Royals.  Think about that.

Of all people, Joey Gathright led off the top 7th with a single, Willie-Mays-Hayes'd himself to 3rd, then scored on a sac fly to cut the lead to 6-4.

But Adam Jones led off the top 7th and immediately negated the run by going deep to left center (and in Cheney, that's DEEP) to make it 7-4.  Omaha never got any closer.  Adam Jones: slump over.

NEXT:  Justin Lehr continues the series with the LOLmaha Royals at 6 pm PDT tonight.