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7/16 Minor League Wrap-Up

An excellent LL Night had me up late and left me asleep until about 10:30 this morning... and led to this going up a bit late, but here it is.  I'm still waiting to get back to work.

Okay, so the org's teams are still struggling, but some avoided losses!... by taking the day off.  Also, the losses last night were at least more competitive and featured some HITTING.  Also, Tomo Ohka is, as other teams have found out themselves, terrible.

On to the Wrap-Up!

VENEZUELA~!  Mariners 7, Devil Rays/Reds 5
VSLM's:  36-17... VSLDR's/R's:  15-36

Jean Tome:  5 IP, 6 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 3 walks, 6 K, wild pitch
Oberth Guanire:  3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 K
Jose Jimenez:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Yidid Batista:  2-3, double, 2 R, RBI, walk (.317/.398/.385)
Jonathan Loaisiga:  2-4, 2 doubles, R, 3 RBI (.312/.398/.442)
rest of VSLM's lineup:  2-20, 4 R, 7 walks (!), K

Jonathan Loaisiga's 2 run double helped power a 6 run 3rd inning that put the VSLM's ahead 7-0.  The DR's/R's scored in the 4th and two triples helped them pound in 4 runs in the 7th against Oberth Guanire to make it look close, but they punched themselves out and had nothing left in the final frames.

Dominican:  Mariners 11, Cardinals 8
DSLM's:  21-13.. DSL Cards:  18-18

Henry Perez:  2 IP, 2 walks, 4 K
Miguel Celestino:  1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, walk
Tony Bremon:  2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 walks, 3 K
Juan Franco:  2 IP, 3 H, walk, K
Nelson Germocen:  1.2 IP, walk, 2 wild pitches
Rudy van Heydoorn:  2-3, 2 triples, 3 R, RBI, 2 walks (.246/.373/.410)
George Soto:  1-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.269/.352/.426)
Hector Mercedes:  2-4, double, R, 4 RBI (.219/.296/.288)
Joel Mendez:  1-4, triple, R, 2 RBI, K (.327/.387/.434)

The DSLM's set the tone with 5 runs in the 1st, powered by a Hector Mercedes double and Joel Mendez's first triple of the year, and another run in the 2nd when Rudy van Heydoorn tripled and George Soto promptly drove him in.  The DSL Cards came back on Miguel Celestino and Tony Bremon, taking a 7-6 lead, but the DSLM's responded with a 3 run bottom 4th to take a 10-7 lead.  Things quieted down, and the Cards added a run in the 6th, but the DSLM's got 2 more in the 8th from ANOTHER Rudy van Heydoorn triple (on which he eventually scored) and remained comfortably ahead.

Arizona:  The AZLM's took the day off.  I'd say they went out and got hammered, but they're all underage kids.

a:  Salem-Keizer 3, Everett 1
EVE:  12-15... S-K:  22-5

Juan Carlos Ramirez:  5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 6 K, balk
Ryan Moorer:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Nick Hill:  1 IP, 1 H, walk (intentional), K, hit batter
Greg Halman:  2-4, solo HR, 2 K (.341/.392/.625)
rest of Aquasox lineup:  2-26, 4 walks, 15 K

Just hand Salem-Keizer the Northwest League title right now. It's starting to look like their dominance of the Aquasox is less of a matter of Everett's relative ability and more of a matter of how good their pitching and defense is.  S-K's allowed the fewest runs in the NWL by far (84... the next best is Eugene, with 97).  Their team ERA of 2.69 is the best, with Eugene's 2.84 the only one close.  The defending 2006 NWL champs are well on their way to repeating.

As for this game, let's face it: Jose Vidro has a better chance of running the 40 in under 5 seconds than Everett did of winning this game.

A:  The T-Rats of Wisconsin had the day off.  They are on their way to Beloit (11-11).

A+:  Lake Elsinore 9, High Desert 6
Mavs:  7-18... Lake:  15-10

Cibney Bello:  7 IP, 5 H, (7 R) 5 ER (2 HR), 4 walks, 2 K, hit batter
Roman Martinez:  2 IP, 4 H, (2 R) 1 ER, hit batter
Michael Saunders:  3-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, SBs #24 and 25 (.298/.395/.480)
Carlos Triunfel:  2-5, R, RBI (he'll have enough High A action for me to list him by this weekend)
Jesus Guzman:  2-5, double, RBI, K (.279/.340/.496)
AN-DY HAR-GROVE:  2-2, double, R, walk (.200/.303/.320)

Hey, this one was actually competitive, so it's a start.  It was tight but rather pedestrian early on.  The Mavs struck first in the bottom 3rd when Michael Saunders singled with one out, then stole 2nd, then stole 3rd, and scored when Triunfel grounded out.

Lake responded in the top 4th when Robert Perry led off with a single and Sean Kazmar, not to be confused with Scott Kazmir, who pitches and is good at his job, walked.  David Freese grounded to 3rd, and Jesus Guzman's throw betrayed him YIKES AND AWAY, E-Judas allowing Perry to score.  Kyle Blanks eventually sac flied Kazmar in to make it 2-1 Lake.  Lake added more severe baseball damage in the 5th when Juan Ciriaco homered with one out to make it 3-1.

But the Mavs responded in the bottom 5th when AN-DY HAR-GROVE clap clap clapclapclap led off with a lined double, clearly channeling our sarcastic chants at LL Night at Safeco into actual talent in Adelanto.  Someone should go down to Adelanto to see the Mavs and engage in some mirror irony by chanting RICH-IE SEX-SON during his ABs.  Bob?

ANYWAY, after that, Eddy Hernandez lined a single to cash Little Rain Delay in and cut the lead to 3-2.

And then, in the 7th, it got interesting.

Lost in this was the fact that Cibney Bello was pitching, mainly because, for a change, he really wasn't doing too bad, especially in light of how badly his teammates had done the previous nights.  So he gets two outs in his 7th inning of work, then promptly allows a single to Mike Baxter before he surrenders Juan Ciriaco's 2nd home run of the game, 5-2 Lake.  Yordany Ramirez then doubled, but then Robert Perry could only hit the ball as far as RF Eddy Hernandez, for the 3rd out.

Reliever Grant Varnell came in for Lake, then AN-DY HAR-GROVE led off with ANOTHER single.   I'm telling you, our chants were karmically like that commercial where that one guy flips the mysterious light switch in his house, not knowing what it works, and meanwhile, down the street, some guy's garage door keeps swinging up and down and smashing his car.  We were chanting AN-DY HAR-GROVE, wonder if it would work on our $49 million 1B, while 1000 miles down the road, it had flipped the switch on High Desert's 1B.  ANYWAY, Eddy Hernandez walked.  Alex Meneses came in to pinch run for Little Rain Delay, Jeff Dominguez bunted them over for one out, then Michael Saunders doubled to cash the runners in and cut the lead to 5-4.

Grant Varnell took a seta and pitcher Wilton Lopez came in.  Triunfel grounded to 3rd and David Freese did his Jesus Guzman impression by throwing YIKES AND AWAY to put Phenom on.  Speaking of Jesus, HE IS RISEN, as Guzman lined a single to center to cash in Saunders and TIE THE BALLGAME.  Adam Moore couldhave kept it going, but he uncharacteristically grounded into the 6-4-3 inning ending double play.  Maybe, in this game of channeling others, he accidentally channeled Rene Rivera.

But Lake kept pouring it on.  CIbney unwisely tried to work an 8th inning, and walked the first two batters before getting pulled for Roman Martinez.  Roman hit Colt Morton with a pitch, then Kyle Blanks doubled in two runs to make it 7-5.  D'OH.  Roman did get the next three batters to ground out without bringing in any more runs.

The Mavs certainly tried to keep it going.  Jeff Frazier and Alex Meneses singled with one out, but Eddy Hernandez grounded out, and BOOM, John Madden came in to pitch and got Jeff Dominguez to USE TOUGH ACTIN TINACTIN groundout to end the threat.

Then Lake poured on more offense, with two more runs on Roman to make it 9-5, the 2nd run coming on an error from Johan Limonta at 1B with 2 outs.  All the Mavs had left against the Maddencruiser in the bottom 9th was a Jesus Guzman double and a run that scored on an Adam Moore groundout to make it 9-6 before Limonta struck out to end the game.

AA:  West Tenn took a much needed day off, which is nice because I need a day off from the DIAMOND JAXX.  They're on their way to Mobile (11-14).

AAA:  Salt Lake 10, Tacoma 7
TAC:  42-54... SLK:  51-45

TOMO OHKA:  5.1 IP, 13 H, 10 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, K
Cesar Jimenez:  2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 K
Nick Green:  4-5, double (.307/.337/.602)
Adam Jones:  0-4, R, walk, 2 K (.305/.371/.584)
WLAD:  0-2, 2 R, 2 walks (.324/.396/.587)
Jeff Clement:  2-3, R, RBI, K (.273/.364/.517)
Rob Johnson:  1-4, 3 run HR, 2 K (.257/.320/.364)
Ronnie Prettyman:  1-4, 3 run HR (.275/.308/.389)

Why didn't others teams want Tomo Ohka again?  Oh yeah, huh.

It was 6-0 Salt Lake after 3.  Rob Johnson hit a rather unlikely 3 run bomb to power a 4 run 4th, but Ohka made sure to implode once more in the 6th to put the Rainiers behind 10-4 and leave it too far out of reach, even after another unlikely 3 run bomb from Ronnie Prettyman got the Rainiers within 10-7.  Rare occurence: both WLAD and Adam Jones went hitless.