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6/28 Minor League Wrap-Up

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Click the jump and reading is worth it only for the link to the horrifying piece of video that I found last night.  You'll have to read through to find it, though.

That said, you're pretty much reading for line scores, as the games were pretty much washes one way or another... well, except for the Everett game, but let's not talk about that ;P

Also, Dave Cameron discovered something very uncanny about Jeff Clement's success in Tacoma and I highly encourage you to go and read it. Yes, it has to do with his batspeed, and the opposition off which he has been very successful the last few months.

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 6, VSL Tigers 1

Leonardo Rodriguez:  7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, walk, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Reynaldo Sabala:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, K
Jose Jimenez:  1 IP, 3 K
Yidid Batista:  4-4, double, walk (.294)
Terry Serrano:  1-2, 2 RBI, walk (.256)
Jose Rivero:  1-3, solo HR, 2 walks, 2 K (.291)

Leonardo Rodriguez's rep as the VSLM's ace was beginning to slip, so go figure he goes out and hurls the longest outing of the season, 7 strong innings while allowing only 8 baserunners.  The BsIP below are pretty much similar to any VSL pitcher, as most of the hitters put it on the ground, but to do it over 7 innings without getting hit that much is no small feat in any league.

Flyballs:  5
Groundballs:  12
Pop Ups:  3
Walks:  1 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  2

Also, Terry Serrano reminded us that he's still alive by knocking in a couple runs.

AZL:  Mariners 21, Brewers 8

Thomas Johanassen-Ellis:  3 IP, 6 H, (4 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, hit batter
Fabian Williamson:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, 5 K
Javier Martinez:  2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, 3 K
Miguel Marquez:  2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
Maximo Mendez:  2-3, 2 R, RBI, walk, K
Brandon McConnell:  2-3, double, R, RBI
Juan Fuentes:  2-4, 2 doubles, 2 R, 3 RBI
Craig Hurba:  1-3, R, RBI, K
Mario Martinez:  2-4, double, 2 R, RBI
Luis Nunez:  3-5, double, triple, 2 R, 4 RBI
Brandon Fromm:  2-4, triple, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 2 K
Dwight Britton:  2-4, R, 3 RBI, K

The Mariners scored two touchdowns in the 2nd inning to put this away.

You think I'm kidding?  No, they put up a 12 spot in the 2nd, and this game was about over despite the 4 spot that the Brewers put up in the 1st.  The Mariners added 6 in the 8th for good measure.

Danny Daniel Carroll, for only the 2nd time in 6 games, put up ONLY one hit in the ballgame.  All his other games have been 2-hit ballgames.  And speaking of 2 hit ballgames, 7 of his teammates had multihit games in this massive blowout.

a:  Tri City 2, Everett 1, 11 innings

Nolan Gallagher:  6 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, 2 K
Keith Meyer:  3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, 2 K
Will Brown:  faced two batters, plunked both of them, fails
Nick Hill:  1.1 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk (intentional), 3 K, wild pitch
Greg Halman:  1-5, solo HR, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero
Mike Mangini:  2-5, K
Edilio Colina:  2-5, K

After Everett scored a 1st inning run, Tri City clamped down on the Aquasox bats with 16 strikeouts over 11 innings, and the Dust Devils tied it in the 7th when Johnny Bowden took Keith Meyer deep for a solo shot.

Everett had a chance to take the lead in the top 9th, when marquise Liverpool walked with one out, took 2nd on a wild pitch and stole 3rd on Kalian Sams' strikeout... but Jeff Dunbar popped up to end the threat.

Nick Hill saved the Aquasox bacon in the 10th.  Will Brown came in and plunekd both batters he faced, so Hill came in with no outs and men on 1st and 2nd.  Tri City bunted them ahead for one out, but Hill intentionally walked the next batter, then struck out the next two to get out of it.  CLUTCH.

But in the 11th, Logan Wiens lined a one out single and took 2nd on a bad throw from Kalian Sams in RF.  Hill then uncorked a wild pitch to move the runner to 3rd, and when the Dust Devils executed the suicide squeeze, Hill could not make a play at the plate in time and the Dust Devils won.

A:  Wisconsin 8, Peoria 3

Steven Richard:  7 IP, 5 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, 6 K
Keith Renaud:  1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk
Shawn Kelley:  1 IP, 1 H, K, wild pitch
Juan Diaz:  2-5, 2 R, RBI, K (.328)
Reed Eastley:  1-3, triple, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 walks
Carlos Peguero:  1-4, RBI, walk (.259)
Joseph White:  2-4, double, 2 RBI, walk (.321)

Curious note: the Chiefs starter for yesterday was Juan Mateo, the former Cubs reliever who also happens to be from the same town in the Dominican Republic (Bani) as our beloved Wife Vulture.  Related?  I say yes.

Meanwhile, Derby Trio member Steven Richard has remained consistent, refusing to allow any runs after allowing a run in the 1st and one more in the 2nd, only allowing 3 well hit balls in the air all day.  Meanwhile, the T-Rats jumped on the Peoria bullpen for 3 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th.  A 3-spot in the 8th put it out of reach for good.

Richard got groundball after groundball, the only line drive he surrendered was to the last batter he faced... and that liner went right to Alex Liddi at 3B to end the 7th.

Flyballs:  2
Groundballs:  13 (plus 1 bunt)
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  6

A+:  Lancaster 7, High Desert 4

Jose Escalona:  6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER (HR), 2 walks, 5 K, hit batter
Roman Martinez:  2 IP, walk, K
Paul Fagan:  1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, walk
Jesus Guzman:  3-3, 2 run HR, 2 R, 2 walks (.293)
Johan Limonta:  2-5 (.293)
Jeff Frazier:  2-5, 2 doubles, RBI
Travis Scott:  2-5 (.317)

THEY'RE BAAAAAACK!  The Jethawks are like Freddy Krueger to the Mavs pitching staff, and yesterday wasn't any exception.  Jose Escalona wasn't as bad as his last start, but he wasn't good, thanks to a 3 run inning in the 3rd and 2 more during his 6th and final frame.  And his BIP was even worse: EIGHT line drives, 6 flyballs and only 5 grounders!  This outing actually could have been a lot worse, not 1.2 IP, 9 R worse, as most of this damage came in the middle of his 6 inning start, so more like 4 IP, 8-9 ER worse.

Flyballs:  6
Groundballs:  5
Line Drives:  8
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  5

It was 5-2 Lancaster after 6 innings, and High Desert squeezed another run in, but were unable to really get in range for the comeback.  Paul Fagan certainly didn't help, giving up two more runs in the 9th to make it 7-3.

AA:  Mobile 4, West Tenn 1

Doug FISTER!:  1 IP, 1 H, walk
Chris Jakubauskas:  5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER (HR), 2 walks, 5 K
David Asher:  0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER
Michael Hrynio:  1.1 IP, 2 H, walk, 2 K
Luis Valbuena:  1-4, double, R, K (.231)
Prentice Redman:  1-3, RBI, walk (.265)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  0-3, walk (.275)
Michael Wilson:  1-2, double, K (.075)
Luis Oliveros:  1-3 (.287)
rest of DIAMOND JAXX lineup:  3-16, walk, 3 K

The Fist returned from whatever ailed his shoulder, and threw a scoreless rehab inning before the Indy League newcomer Jakubauskas came in and worked into the 7th.  However, the Indy Leaguer's outing yesterday wasn't as good as his previous ones.  It was already a mixed bag of good fortune before the BayBears threw up 2 runs in the 3rd: Justin Upton drew a one out walk, and then with two outs, Carlos Gonzalez took Jakubauskas deep for his 9th HR of the season to make it 2-1.  Jakubauskas settled down, getting help from three straight Mobile batters lining balls right to fielders.  In the 7th, Jakubauskas gave up a leadoff single on a groundball, and after Ronnie Merrill Jr got on with a bunt, Jakubauskas was pulled for David Asher.  Asher eventually allowed both of his runners to score.

Flyballs:  4
Groundballs:  4 (plus 2 bunts)
Line Drives:  4
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  5

Meanwhile, Mobile starter Brooks Brown picked up from where Max Scherzer left off the day before, holding the DIAMOND JAXX to a harmless run over 6 innings, while the bullpen did the rest.

This loss, however, wasn't in any way embarrassing.  In fact, nothing the DIAMOND JAXX could do from this point out could possibly be as embarrassing... as this.

AAA:  Portland 7, Tacoma 2, 8 innings due to rain

Juan Doñe:  6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER (HR), 4 walks, 3 K
Juan Sandoval:  1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, walk (ERA: 15.43)
Jason Mackintosh:  1 IP, 2 H, K
Adam Jones:  1-3, double, 2 K (.309)
WLAD:  0-3, 2 K (.322)
Jeff Clement:  1-2, 2 run HR, walk, K (.284)
rest of Rainiers lineup:  2-16, R, walk, 4 K
um, where is Jeremy Reed?

So Juan Doñe got beat up a bit, and with rain coming down pretty good, and Portland already leading 7-2, the umps waved everybody off as Aaron Rakers came in to pitch the bottom 8th.

So, Doñe.  He looked alright, had a 2-0 lead through 2, and then the 3rd inning happened.  Walk, line drive, line drive, walk, line drive, line drive HOME RUN, and it's 5-2.  With the bullpen consisting of a bunch of glorified janitors, Doñe was left in and he finished the inning.  Unfortunate, as he settled down and pitched well the rest of the way.  That big 3rd inning alone undid his outing and undid the Rainiers, as the bats never really got going.

Flyballs:  1
Groundballs:  10
Line Drives:  5
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  4
Strikeouts:  3

And then Juan Sandoval gave up two more runs.  The umps calling the game didn't make a big difference, as it didn't look like the Rainiers had a lot of fight left in them.