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7/2 Minor League Wrap-Up

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This is gonna be a bit short, due to various issues that are easily resolved but cut into my time this morning.

Meanwhile, I've got a big surprise for you in the rookie league recap.  Go read and find out.

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 9, VSL Cubs/Twins 0

Danny Ayala:  5 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Edlando Seco:  2 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K
Yoervis Medina:  2 IP, 1 H, walk, K
Roberto Velasquez:  pinch hit double, R (.226)
Humberto Espinoza:  2-4, double, 2 R, RBI (.357)
Jonathan Loaisiga:  subbed in for Espinoza, RBI single (.284)
Cesar Fuentes:  1-2, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk (.306)
Rigoberto Rangel:  1-3, R, RBI (.252)
Jose Hernandez:  1-2, RBI, walk (.328)
Eduardo Garcia:  1-2, RBI, 2 walks, K (.205)
Jorge Agudelo:  1-4, RBI (.207)

The FORFEIT SCORE!  That's all I've got say about that.  Nice work.

AZL:  Mariners 6, Cubs 2

Miguel Marquez:  5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, balk
Richard Ortiz:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Cesar Jimenez:  1 IP, 2 K
Greg Moviel:  2 IP, 1 ER, walk, 2 K, 2 wild pitches
Daniel Carroll:  1-4, RBI, 2 K
Alfredo Mateo:  2-3, double, RBI, K
Carlos Triunfel!!!:  2-4, R, RBI
Brandon Fromm:  1-3, R, RBI
Anthony Phillips:  2-4, 2 RBI, K

That's right... Triunfel, sidelined since the start of June with a broken thumb, has recovered enough to get some hacks in with the AZLM's, and so far, so good, with two hits, a run and RBI in 4 ABs as the DH.  Where they'll have him playing remains to be seen: sure, he could go right back to Wisconsin (he IS only 17), but stranger things have happened.  With short season ball underway, he could also land full-time with one of the domestic SS squads.

Also... MiLB.com NOW has Domincan Summer League scores!  No game yesterday, though, but recaps for the DSLM's will begin tomorrow.

a:  Everett 11, Boise 3

Doug Salinas:  6 IP, 6 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, hit batter
Craig Deaver:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Brandon McKerney:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk
Aaron Solomon:  1 IP, 2 walks
Jermaine Brock:  1-4, R, RBI, walk, 2 K
Greg Halman:  1-5, double, R, 3 RBI, K
Matt Mangini:  2-3, solo HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 walks
Joe Dunigan:  2-4, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Jeff Dunbar:  2-4, R, K, SB
Ogui Diaz:  1-4, R, RBI, K

Did I say 2-11?  Make that the 2-12 Boise Hawks.  Doug Salinas wasn't exactly dominant, allowing his share of flyballs and hardly blowing the Hawks away, but he didn't need to be, because they swung themselves into out after out.

Flyballs:  8
Groundballs:  7
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  3
Walks:  2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  5

A:  Wisconsin 9, Quad Cities 6

Nathan Adcock:  5 IP, 4 H, (5 R) 3 ER, walk, K, 3 wild pitches, hit batter
Keith Renaud:  3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, 2 K
Joe Kantakevich:  1 IP, K
Calvin Beamon:  2-5, R, RBI, K
Carlos Peguero:  2-4, 2 triples (!), 2 R, RBI (.252)
Trevor Lawhorn:  0-3, sac fly RBI, RBI groundout, walk (.230)
Joseph White:  3-4, 3 run HR, 2 R, walk, K (.308)
Juan Diaz:  3-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (.346)

The T-Rats bloew up early, with 3 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 3rd.  An additional run in the 5th made it a 9-1 wash, but the Swing blasted Nathan Adcock for 4 runs (helped by two wild pitches) in the bottom 5th to cut it to 9-5, and added another in the 6th when Timothy DORN took Keith Renaud deep to keep it somewhat close.

Aside from the disaster inning, Adcock was mostly productive, with most of his batters faced putting the ball on the ground and not a single one hitting a line drive.

Flyballs:  5
Groundballs:  11
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  1 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  1

A+:  Inland Empire 7, High Desert 4

Aaron Jensen:  5 IP, 9 H, (6 R) 5 ER, walk, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Nick Allen:  3 IP, 3 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk (intentional), 5 K
Michael Saunders:  1-4, double, R, 3 RBI, K (.299)
Kevin Reynolds:  2-3, R, K

It got crazy in San Bernardino in the 7th inning.  Thanks to the Victorville Daily Press for details on what happened.

It started in the 4th inning, when Mavs starter Aaron Jensen plunked Empire batter Michael Rivera.  The inning before, Jensen got lit up for two doubles and a pair of runs, and that was after he got rocked in the 1st inning for 4 runs.  The Mavs had rallied to tie the ballgame at 4 in the top 3rd but Jensen got hit again in the bottom half to cough it back up.  Rivera was not amused at getting plunked, but he took 1st base and play continued.

But in the bottom 7th, Jamie Hoffmann smoked a double into right off Nick Allen and slid spikes-up into Jesus Guzman at 2nd base.  Hoffmann was safe... but only technically, as Guzman went for his face and the benches emptied as a huge brawl erupted.  It took over 30 minutes to get everyone separated and for play to resume, and once play had resumed, Empire's Hoffmann, Russell Mitchell and Adam Godwin got tossed, as did Guzman for the Mavs along with SS Jeff Dominguez and reliever Steve Uhlmansiek (who was not pitching at the time).

AA:  They played two in Jackson, TN!

Game 1:  West Tenn 10, Huntsville 9

Joe Woerman:  2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 5 walks, 3 K
Michael Hrynio:  3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 K
Mumba Rivera:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), 3 walks, 4 K, hit batter
Brent Johnson:  3-5, double, 2 R, SB (.291)
Prentice Redman:  2-5, double, 2 R, RBI, K (.262)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  2-3, R, 2 RBI, walk, K (.278)
Charlton Jimerson:  3-5, R, 4 RBI, SBs #23 and 24 (.256)
Chris Minaker:  2-3, RBI, 2 walks (.224)

Huntsville blew up Joe Woerman in the 3rd inning, sending him packing and eventually ringing up 6 runs in all to make it 7-1.  But never fear: the DIAMOND JAXX rallied in the bottom half for 5 runs themselves to cut the lead to 7-6.

Michael Hrynio, All Purpose Reliever, got Woerman out of the 3rd, and the DIAMOND JAXX poured on two in the 4th to take the 8-7 lead, then added a run in the 6th to make it 9-7.  Hrynio pitched into the 7th, where Mumba Rivera promptly came in and surrendered the game tying 2 run home run.  Is Wife Vulture giving classes on how to blow leads?

Rivera recovered and was able to get through the 9th without further damage.  In the bottom 9th, still tied at 9, Luis Oliveros, who is not Rene Rivera, singled with one out and got lifted for pinch runner Alex Meneses.  Pitcher Luis Peña uncorked a wild pitch to move Meneses to 3rd, and Chris Minaker lined a single to bring him in for the winning run!  CELEBRATE... but not too hard, because we still have to play...

Game 2:  West Tenn 7, Huntsville 6, 7 innings

Doug FISTER:  3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, walk, 2 K
Aaron Troila:  2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 walks, K, hit batter
Craig James:  2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 K
Casey Craig:  1-3, double, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K
Matt Tuiasosopo:  1-2, solo HR, 3 R, 2 walks (.280)
Charlton Jimerson:  2-3, double, 2 run HR, 3 R, walk (.262)
Rene Rivera:  1-2, R, 2 walks (.176)
Chris Minaker:  1-3, 2 RBI, walk (.226)

So with a shortened doubleheader game 2, what better time to test drive The FIST and see how far back he is?  If he sucked or could not go too long, they had two fewer innings for the bullpen to mop up, and Michael Hrynio helped them out a ton after Joe Woerman imploded by pitching almost 4 innings in relief in game one, so they still had a lot of arms available.

Turns out FISTER was able to give them 3 spotty but useful innings despite a barrage of line drives in the 1st.  Not bad.  He faced 14 batters in all and left trailing 2-1.

Flyballs:  3
Groundballs:  2 (plus 1 bunt)
Line Drives:  4 (3 in 1st)
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  2

Aaron Troila, not the greatest option as a reliever came in and got through the 5th, but not before allowing 3 runs himself, the DIAMOND JAXX now trailing 5-3.

The Stars added a run in the 6th off Craig James, but the DIAMOND JAXX roared back in the bottom half... or moreso, walked back, as they led off with four straight walks off Marino Salas before Salas got yanked, before Casey Craig cleared the bases with a double to TIE THE BALLGAME.

In the top 7th, Huntsville got a leadoff triple from Adam Heether but went down in order after that without knocking him in.  In the bottom 7th, the final frame of regulation, Charlton Jimerson doubled with one out, and despite Rene Rivera getting a rare clutch hit, the speedy Jimerson only got to 3rd.  But never worry, because for the 2nd straight game, Chris Minaker smoked a base hit to knock in the walkoff winning run.

AAA:  Salt Lake 8, Tacoma 3

Robert Rohrbaugh:  5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 7 K, wild pitch
Juan Sandoval:  3.1 IP, 6 H, (2 R) 1 ER, K, wild pitch (ERA:  12.08)
Nick Green:  1-4, double, 2 K
Jeremy Reed:  1-3, R, RBI, K (.287)
Adam Jones:  1-4, 2 K (.314)
WLAD:  1-4, solo HR (.324)
Jeff Clement (DH):  1-4, double (.281)
Gookie Dawkins:  3-4, R, SB (.257)

Heh, so... yeah, I jinxed them.  Damn.