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7/20 Minor League Wrap-Up

Should I be embarrassed that I didn't get the wrap-up for yesterday's minor league games posted until after today's Mariners game?

At least I'm improving on my turnaround time!  AFter two straight days of posting wrap ups at 2:30 PDT, I was able to throw this one up before 1:30!

With my new work assignment on Monday, and the uncertainty as to my internet access... starting Monday or even Sunday night, expect these to either go up real early in the morning, or the night of, rather than the morning after.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 11, VSL Cardinals 1
VSLM's:  38-19... VSL Cards:  17-40

Danny Cruz Ayala:  5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch
Kelvin Montbrum:  3 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Mayckol Guaipe:  1 IP, 2 H, walk, K
Jorge Agudelo:  2-5, 2 R (.233/.393/.302)
Jonathan Loaisiga:  2-5, 3 R, RBI, K (.314/.392/.430)
Jose Rivero:  3-4, 2 run HR, 2 run HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, walk (.296/.399/.492)
Rigoberto Rangel:  1-3, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K (.250/.347/.426)
Eduardo Garcia:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (.180/.288/.236)
Terry Serrano:  1-5, double, R, 2 K (.222/.319/.250)

In the VSL, given their respective records, there are three really good teams (Pirates, Astros, VSLMs)... three average teams (Tigers, Phillies and Cubs/Twins) and three really bad teams (Mets, Cardinals, Devil Rays/Reds).

This is the result you would expect from a Good VSL Team playing a Bad VSL Team, which the respective teams above are given their records.

Dominican:  DSL Mariners 9, AthleticsDos 3
DSLM's:  23-14... DSLA2's:  6-33

Walter Suriel:  5 IP, 6 H, 6 K
Joan Vizcaino:  1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, walk, K
Anthony Fernandez:  1 IP, walk, K
Jose Perdomo:  one out, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 walks
Miguel Celestino:  1.2 IP, wild pitch
Rudy van Heydoorn:  1-5, 3 run HR, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (.236/.356/.431)
Joel Mendez:  3-4, 3 R (.344/.407/.443)
Robert Rodriguez:  3-4, triple, 3 run HR, 2 R, 4 RBI (.252/.298/.365)
Rey Lebron:  0-4, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (.115/.313/.180)

6 runs in the 3rd, and kinda what I said above.  But there are many, many more DSL teams, and the DSL teams pretty much play teams in their division only, so there's no discernable league hierarchy.

How amazing that the DSLM's routed such a bad team and yet still had two players wear The Golden Sombrero.

Arizona:  Mariners 3, Angels 2
AZLM's:  17-7... AZL Halos:  15-8

Robbie Dominguez:  6 IP, 0 H, walk, 5 K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters
Eddy Fernandez:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, walk, K, balk
Jacob Wild:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Travis Mortimore:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, K
Daniel Carroll:  2-4, 2 R, K, SB (.378/.480/.463)
Maximo Mendez:  1-4, triple, RBI, 2 K (.267/.371/.480)
Alfredo Mateo:  1-2, RBI, 2 walks (.250/.304/.406)
Brandon Fromm:  0-2, sac fly RBI, walk (.194/.284/.343)

The AZLM's had a 2-1 lead late, but the Angels tied it in the top 9th off Travis Mortimore.  Peter Bourjos led off with a single, and Chris Garcia walked. Raymi Dicent bunted them over for one out.  Anthony Norman grounded to 2nd, but 2B Luis Nuñez astutely threw home to get Peter Bourjos for two outs.  However, Justin Bass smoked a grounder into left field to DEFINITELY cash in Chris Garcia and we were tied.

In the bottom 9th, Alfredo Mateo led off with a walk, and Tyson Gilles pinch ran for him.  Dwight Britton came up and catcher Ivan Villaescusa, who had ironically subbed in before this frame as a defensive replacement, showed he's no Ivan Rodriguez, passing a ball to move Gilles to second.  There's no 'escusa' for that.  Britton bunted Gilles over to 3rd for one out, and Brandon Fromm's subsequent flyout was far enough to bring in Gilles... helped by RF Raymi Dicent dropping the ball anyway... for the walkoff run.

a:  Everett's game with Boise was postponed due to rain.  The weather's looking better today, so it's likely they'll play a doubleheader today.  Everett and Boise do not play again this season, so they need to get it in this series.

A:  Beloit 2, Wisconsin 0
WIS:  8-18... BEL:  15-11

Tony Butler:  3.2 IP, walk, 5 K, 2 wild pitches
Justin Souza:  3.1 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 3 K
Keith Renaud:  1 IP, (1 R) 0 ER, K, hit batter
Kuo Hui Lo:  1-4, double
Carlos Peguero:  1-4, double, 2 K
rest of Aquasox lineup:  3-19, 2 walks, 9 K

Tony Butler was actually just fine, being limited in his pitch count but still refusing to allow a hit in recording 8 outs while facing the entire lineup once.

However, the T-Rats weren't hitting, and Justin Souza and Keith Renaud eventually gave up the ghost in part thanks to bad defense.  Justin Souza's bad pickoff throw in the 6th allowed Danny Santiesteban to move from 2nd to 3rd, which helped him score on a Wilson Ramos single.  In the 8th, Santiesteban grounded to 2nd and Leury Bonilla threw YIKES AND AWAY to allow Garrett Olson on 2nd to score easily.  Props to Santiesteban for the bad vibes.

A+:  Lake Elsinore 11, High Desert 0
Mavs:  8-21... Lake:  19-10

Nathan Adcock:  3 IP, 4 H, (8 R) 7 ER, 5 walks, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Aaron Cotter:  4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 4 K
Nick Allen:  1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, K
Michael Saunders:  2-4, K (.304/.397/.496)
Johan Limonta:  2-3, double (.300/.370/.464)
Jeff Flaig:  1-3, double (.228/.275/.311)
rest of Mavs lineup:  1-20, 4 K

Hey, guess who made his 4th rehab start for Lake Elsinore yesterday: some dude named Shawn Estes.  He did not allow much in 4 innings, and it was pretty much downhill for the Mavs from there.  Lake Elsinore is the Padres affiliate, and I'm not sure the Pads will see Estes before September, if at all.

Nathan Adcock also got Tillmanned, promoted to High Desert well before he was ready, and unlike Tillman, he probably does not have the tools to break through despite being overmatched.

AA:  West Tenn 8, Mobile 2
WTN:  12-17... MOB:  11-18

Joe Woerman:  6 IP, 2 H, 3 walks, 8 K
Chris Jakubauskas:  2 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER
David Asher:  1 IP, K
Brent Johnson:  1-3, 2 run HR, 2 R, 2 walks (.279/.363/.395)
Marshall Hubbard:  2-4, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk (.251/.342/.406)
Charlton Jimerson:  2-4, 2 run HR, 2 run HR, walk, 2 K (.282/.350/.587)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  0-5... it's been a while since he did absolutely nothing (.276/.389/.420)
Luis Oliveros:  1-3, double, R (.280/.302/.352)

Random observation:  One thing I just noticed is that Brent Johnson has had a very similar season to Matt Tuiasosopo:  not a lot of power, mostly doubles power, gets on base.  The key difference is that Tui, in 375 PAs, has had 137 not-in-play outcomes: 56 walks, 81 K's.  Brent has put a lot more balls in play, with only 33 walks but only 35 K's.  The difference in power is 3 more triples for Tui, one more HR and 3 more doubles, and of course, the big factor in the 26 points of difference in OBP are the many more walks that Tui has drawn.

Random observation #2:  If Charlton Jimerson ever learned some plate discipline, he'd be such an awesome major league slugger.  Projected over 500 ABs, CJ would be on pace for 183 K's, and 40 walks.

AAA:  The Rainiers game with Vegas in Cheney was postponed due to rain.  They will play a doubleheader today.  Also, the 51's have won 9 straight.  Can you say Boned, boys and girls?