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8/9 Minor League Wrap-Up

So I should have a new gig starting early next week.  Apologies for the late start, but I had to hop a bus and jet Downtown first thing to get fingerprinted and fill out about 673428328364 pages of disclosure agreements, since I'll be dealing with finance info and all, and it took a few hours.

But here we go!  Somewhat short and sweet.

On to the wrap-up!

Dominican:  Mariners 6, AthleticsDos 2
DSLM's:  32-22... DSLA2's:  7-46

Jose Perdomo:  3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 wild pitches, hit batter
Tony Bremon:  3 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 2 K
Juan Franco:  3 IP, 1 H, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Amelis Carvajal:  1-2, 2 run HR, 2 R, 3 walks (.236/.417/.358)
George Soto:  1-4, double, walk (.271/.345/.412)
Hector Mercedes:  1-4, double, 2 RBI, 2 K (.280/.362/.402)
Rey Lebron:  2-2, 2 run HR, 2 R, 2 walks (.145/.353/.237)

The DSLMs beat the Washington Generals of the DSL.  Walkover, even if it took the DSLMs 5 innings to score.

Arizona:  Angels 6, Mariners 1
AZLMs:  6-6... AZL Halos:  6-5

Fabian Williamson:  5 IP, 4 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 3 walks, 5 K, balk
Gregory Moviel:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, walk, 2 K, 2 wild pitches, hit batter
Jason Snyder:  one out, 3 H, 2 ER, wild pitch
Michael Renfree:  1.2 IP, 2 K
Eddy Fernandez:  1 IP, 2 H
Daniel Carroll:  1-3, triple, walk, K, SB #19 (.336/.431/.427)
Brandon McConnell:  2-4, R, SB (.250/.329/.382)
Brandon Fromm:  1-4, double (.204/.295/.330)
Jonathan Arias:  1-3, sac fly RBI, K (.171/.348/.229)

So, um... yeah.  However, welcome back to Earth, Jonathan Arias!  I know you've been back from injury hiatus since August 1st, but you hadn't done anything of use until yesterday.

a:  Yakima 6, Everett 0
EVE:  22-28... YAK:  21-29

Alfredo Venegas:  3.2 IP, 9 H, (6 R) 5 ER, 2 walks, wild pitch, balk, hit batter
Keith Meyer:  1.1 IP, walk, K
Craig Deaver:  1 IP, walk, K
Will Brown:  1 IP, K
Mark Pettis:  1 IP, K
Halman:  2-4, double, 2 K (.331/.402/.595)
The Aquasox were held to four hits.

Alfredo Venegas sure made giving up on this game rather easy for the Aquasox hitters, getting bombed before getting chased in the 4th with a 6-0 deficit.

A:  Wisconsin 5, Beloit 3
WIS:  18-27... BEL:  25-20

Kyle Parker:  3 IP, 7 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, 5 K, hit batter
Keith Renaud:  3 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Michael Wagner:  2 IP, 2 H, K
Steven Richard:  1 IP
Ronald Garth:  1-3, solo HR, 2 R, walk, K (.265/.339/.520)
Alex Liddi:  1-3, double, R, RBI, walk, K (.237/.309/.383)
Kuo Hui Lo:  2-3, double, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk (.287/.362/.408)
Joe White:  1-3, RBI, walk (.319/.418/.460)
Juan Diaz:  1-4, double, 3 K (.261/.312/.335)

Don't look now, but the T-Rats have a 3 game winning streak, and it's not just blind luck!  The hitters are doing a much better job as of late and pitching has looked roughly solid.  It'd be easy to say the Snappers were just what the doctor ordered, but at 25-17 coming into this series, Beloit wasn't exactly a set of jobbers.

Ronald Garth is clearly cooling off now, with ONLY one solo HR and ONLY reaching base twice overall.  Seriously, it looks like he's sharing whatever he has with the rest of the squad... or is it vice versa?  Go T-Rats.

With a 3-3 tie, Juan Diaz led off the bottom 4th with a double, then Alex Liddi doubled him in with two outs.  The young Liddi is still working on his consistency, but he's no longer lost at the plate and is showing he can contribute from day to day.  Keith Renaud, who relieved a struggling Kyle Parker in the 4th, pitched through 6, and Kuo Hui Lo padded the lead to by going deep to lead off the bottom 5th.  The bullpen held serve, and one of Parker's demolition derby mates, Steven Richard, worked the 9th for his 1st save of the season.

A+:  High Desert 7, Rancho Cucamonga 5
Mavs:  17-30... Quakes:  23-24

Juan Zapata:  5 IP, 6 H, (4 R) 1 ER, 4 K, hit batter
Jose Escalona:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 K
Nick Allen:  two outs, 3 H
Aaron Cotter:  two outs, K
Aaron Jensen:  1 IP, 1 H
Jesus Guzman:  2-4, 2 R, walk, K (.293/.366/.520)
Adam Moore:  2-5, double, 2 run HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K (.301/.366/.548)
Eddy Hernandez:  2-4, R, RBI, 2 K (.194/.257/.318)
Jeff Dominguez:  2-3, double, RBI, walk, K (.264/.316/.365)

Unearned runs aside, the Mavs got another decent start out of Juan Zapata, commissioned to the rotation after just about everyone else who was capable failed.  This is not to say Zapata is a future star or anything, because for all we know he lacks a 2nd pitch or something, but it's encouraging to see the Mavs have found another arm who can go 5 innings without getting relentlessly hammered in the Cal League.

That said, the Mavs still trailed 4-1 when Jose Escalona, whose 2nd half has looked like Jeff Weaver's April, was asked to get some outs without getting annihilated, which likely prompted a response like, "Uh, did you forget who I am?"  To Escalona's credit, he got well into the 7th allowing only one run, and Nick Allen finished the 7th without further damage, High Desert only trailing 5-3.

And then the Mavs blew up in the 8th.  Triunfel led off with a walk off Kevin Jepsen, Jesus Guzman singled, and Jepsen took a seat for Jose Arredondo, against whom Adam Moore promptly doubled in Triunfel to cut the lead to 5-4.  Johan Limonta grounded to 2nd and 2B Tadd Brewer muffed it.  Guzman scored to TIE THE BALLGAME and Moore moved to 3rd.

Jeff Frazier grounded to 3rd and 3B Larry Infante muffed it!  Moore scored and the Mavs led 6-5 as Limonta took 2nd!

Travis Scott bunted the runners ahead for one out, and Eddy Hernandez, about as useful at the plate as Wilson Valdez, smoked a grounder into center to cash in Limonta and make it 7-5.  Frazier got bold and went for home himself, but got thrown out at the plate for two outs.  TOO BOLD.  Jeff Dominguez singled to put runners at the corners but Casey Craig struck out because he's a douchebag.

The Quakes got back to back singles to lead off the bottom 8th and even loaded the bases with two outs, but Hainley Statia grounded into a force at 2nd to end that.  Aaron Jensen, at this point the closer for the same reason Juan Zapata's a starter (The 'okay, your turn' method), came in and worked the 9th without incident for another save.

AA:  West Tenn 10, Tennessee 4
WTN:  19-28... TEN:  24-23

Doug FISTER:  5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER (HR), walk, 4 K
Brodie Downs:  2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, 2 K
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 1 H, wild pitch
Luis Valbuena:  1-4, solo HR, sac fly RBI, 2 K (.247/.318/.385)
Prentice Redman:  2-5, 2 R, RBI (.245/.350/.412)
Marshall Hubbard:  2-5, 2 run HR, 3 run HR, K (.253/.346/.409)
Michael Wilson:  2-4, 2 run HR, walk (.154/.245/.309)
Chris Minaker:  2-4, R, walk (.231/.290/.295)

With the DIAMOND JAXX holding a commanding 10-0 lead thanks to 3 sizeable rallies, in the 1st, 4th and 6th innings, the tiring Fist took sympathy on the Smokies and let them have four runs before departing, after which Brodie Downs put a stop to that silliness and pitched through the 8th.

AAA:  The Rainiers, to anticlimactically conclude this wrap-up, had yesterday off.  They are on their way to the most absurd launchpad of them all, Colorado Springs, to start a four game set with the Sky Sox.  UPPERCUT SWINGS AND LOW PITCHES!

And as if that wasn't bad enough for the Rainiers pitching staff, the scheduled starter today is JA-SON DA-VIS.