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7/25 Minor League Wrap-Up

Many of you, after watching a Mariners loss, will come to the Minor League Wrap-Up to glean a glimmer of hope from this stale, predictable organization.

Well, today is a bad day to seek out external retribution.  Only the Venezuelan M's won today, and arguably the worst team in the VSL had to make THAT close with a late rally.  The other games were losses, all losses, mostly non-competitive losses, where each of the org's teams fell well behind early and only made the score close with late rallies.  The starting pitchers looked stupid-awful.  The hitters were mostly impotent.

Whatever bad karma the big club has right now has currently spread to every level of the org.

On to the wrap-up...

VENEZUELA~!  VSl Mariners 6, VSL Devil Rays/Reds 4
VSLM's:  41-20... VSLDRs/Rs:  16-44

Leonardo Rodriguez:  7 IP, 5 H, (4 R) 3 ER, walk, 2 K
Yoervis Medina:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, hit batter
Jose Jimenez:  1 IP, 2 walks, 2 K
Yidid Batista:  3-4, walk (.315/.403/.369)
Rigoberto Rangel:  2-4, R, RBI, walk, K (.248/.347/.411)
Terry Serrano:  1-4, 3 run HR, walk (.236/.336/.392)

The VSLM's poured it on throughout the game and, if not for a 4 run 8th inning by the DRs/Rs, this would've been a complete wash.

Dominican:  Mariners 11, AthleticsDos 9
DSLM's:  25-15... DSLA2's:  7-36

Jose Perdomo:  1 IP, 2 H, (4 R) 3 ER, walk, wild pitch
Michael Pineda:  1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, K
Tony Bremon:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K
Joan Vizcaino:  1.2 IP, 1 H, walk, hit batter
Angel Echevarria:  2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, K, hit batter
Anthony Fernandez:  1 IP
George Soto:  1-4, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.278/.350/.421)
Henry Mercedes:  3-4, RBI, walk (.226/.316/.286)
Joel Mendez:  2-5, R, walk, K (.346/.406/.438)
Emmanuel Familia:  2-6, R, 2 K (.260/.356/.400)
Augusto Marte:  1-2, double, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 walks, K

This had the making of an embarrassing loss, the DSLM's trailing 8-1 after 3 innings.  They slowly chipped away and cut it to 8-4 by the middle 7th, but then the A2's added a run in the bottom half.

The DSLM's blew the hell up.  3 runs in the 8th, 4 more in the 9th, and suddenly they were up 11-9.  The A2's prety much blew their load in the first 3 innings and had nothing left.

Arizona:  Padres 7, Mariners 3
AZLM's:  20-8... AZL Hated Natural Rivals:  17-10

Robbie Dominguez:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K
Gregory Moviel:  one out, 1 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 3 walks
Ramon Romeijn:  1.2 IP, 3 K
Harold Williams:  1 IP, walk
Michael Renfree:  2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K, hit batter
Tom Ellis:  1 IP, 1 H
Eddy Fernandez:  1 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER
James Davenport:  1-2, double, walk
Guy Welsh:  2-4, RBI, K
Israel Nuñez:  2-4, R

This was a wash.  The AZLM's did not score their 3 runs until the final two innings, and the Pads had all the runs they needed by then.

a:  Spokane 4, Everett 1
EVE:  14-22... SPO:  15-20

Edward Paredes:  7 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters
Will Brown:  1 IP, 1 H
Wellington Dotel:  2-3, K
6 other starters had hits.  They did not produce anything more than an unearned run.

Hey, same thing: Everett scored their run in the 9th, and by then, the Indians had it in the bag, thanks to a 3 run 6th.

A:  The T-Rats had Wednesday off.  They kick off a series tomorrow at home against Great Lakes (9-21), so if they're gonna kick butt against anybody, it's gonna be the Loons, who are tied with the T-Rats for worst record in the MWL.

A+:  Lancaster 16, High Desert 7
Mavs:  8-24... Jethawks:  20-12

Marwin Vega:  6 IP, 10 H, (8 R) 6 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 7 K
Aaron Cotter:  2 IP, annihilated
Johan Limonta:  2-6, K
Jesus Guzman:  1-4, solo HR, 2 R, walk, 2 K
Adam Moore:  2-5, solo HR, 3 RBI (.280/.354/.537)
Jeff Frazier:  3-5, R (.313/.376/.444)
Jeff Flaig:  3-5, R, RBI (.228/.273/.308)
Eddy Hernandez:  0-4, walk, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (.205/.271/.308)
Hargrove's kid:  2-4, RBI, walk (.203/.300/.319)
Alex Meneses:  0-1, R, sac fly RBI, walk, K

Basically, it's best to just gloat over whatever nice numbers you see from the hitters, think of the Mavs as the Washington Generals to Lancaster's Globetrotters, and just move on.  FWIW, the Mavs battled back from 6-3 and 8-5 to get within 8-7, but then Aaron Cotter came in and... yeah.

AA:  Birmingham 13, West Tenn 8
WTN:  14-19... BIR:  13-20

Justin Thomas:  3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER (HR), 3 walks, 3 K, wild pitch
Brodie Downs:  2.1 IP, 2 K.  A curious demotion from Tacoma.
Chris Jakubauskas:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, K
Chad Fillinger:  1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 0 ER, K
Brent Johnson:  2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.283/.366/.394)
Erick Monzon:  2-4, solo HR, walk (.228/.296/.359)
Charlton Jimerson:  1-5, GRAND SLAM, 2 K (.283/.350/.577)
Luis Oliveros:  1-3, double, R, RBI, 2 walks (.280/.302/.352)

The DIAMOND JAXX sure had one giant 9th inning rally in them, scoring 7 runs in the bottom 9th with a lot of help from a shocking Charlton Jimerson GRAND SLAM, to make a total blowout look somewhat respectable.  Allow me to report that you needn't be fooled: the Barons absolutely destroyed the DIAMOND JAXX today.  Nice work by Justin Thomas!

AAA:  New Orleans 4, Tacoma 2
TAC:  46-59... NO:  55-49

Jorge Campillo:  5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, walk, 6 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Juan Doñe:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K, wild pitch
Jason Mackintosh:  2 IP, 3 H, 3 K, hit batter
Nick Green:  1-4, 2 run HR
Adam Jones:  1-4, 2 K
WLAD:  1-4, 2 K

No, I did not copy and paste yesterday's score: today's game had the same final score as yesterday.  Continung a tired theme, the Rainiers did not tally their runs until the 8th inning, and only after the Zephyrs had scored 4 in a big 5th inning.  This could have been a lot worse: the Zephyrs stranded an absurd 13 baserunners.  Meanwhile, the Rainiers only managed 4 hits and a 2 run home run from NICK GREEN.