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8/10 Minor League Wrap-Up

Sorry that this took so long.  I went first thing this morning to Capitol Hill to play touch football with the Field Gulls crew, and had a lot of fun, but I was also indisposed all morning, had to go get groceries this afternoon, and so I didn't get to a computer until late in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the rookie teams took the day off, the A ballers had a good day, and the upper levels did not have a good day, especially WLAD, though the departure of Sebastien Boucher has led to a long awaited callup for two minor league star center fielders.

On to the wrap-up!

Dominican:  The DSLM's game with the DSL Cards was postponed due to rain.  No word yet on whether their scheudled game with AthleticsUno at 11 am went down as scheduled.  Contact with the DSL is made via cans and string so it may take some time.

Arizona:  The AZLM's had the day off.  They will play the AZL Cubs (5-7) at 7 pm tonight.

a:  Everett 9, Yakima 6
EVE:  23-28... YAK:  21-30

Edward Paredes:  5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER (HR), 3 walks, 2 K, hit batter
Nick Hill:  3 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 4 K
Aaron Brown:  1 IP, walk
Ogui Diaz:  2-5, 2 R, K (.255/.282/.378)
Roberto Mena:  1-2, double, K (.205/.266/.247)
Halman:  1-5, 2 RBI, 3 K (.327/.397/.583)
Craig Hurba:  1-4, double, R, RBI, walk, K
Kris Sanchez:  3-5, R, RBI, K (.248/.322/.333)
Welington Dotel:  1-4, R, RBI, walk (.272/.313/.435)
Manelik Pimentel:  2-5, double, R, 2 RBI (.266/.336/.422)
Joe Dunigan:  2-5, double, R, RBI, 2 K (.217/.276/.274)

The Aquasox blew up in the 2nd for 6 runs and 3 more in the 4th, and it took a 3 run 5th that chased Paredes and another run off Nick Hill to make the score close, but it never really was close.

A:  Wisconsin 4, Beloit 1
WIS:  19-27... BEL:  25-21

Tony Butler:  7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, 6 K
Justin Souza:  1 IP, walk, 2 K
Joe Kantakevich:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Calvin Beamon:  2-2, 2 walks (.244/.341/.313)
Alex Liddi:  1-3, double, R, walk, 2 K (.238/.311/.385)
Reed Eastley:  1-4, double, 2 K, SB (.274/.379/.405)
Kuo Hui Lo:  1-4, double, R, RBI, 2 K (.287/.360/.410)
Joe White:  1-2, R, RBI, 2 walks, K (.322/.428/.461)
Gavin Dickey:  1-3, 2 run HR, walk, K (.213/.267/.372)
Blake Ochoa:  1-3, double

Screw Rick Ankiel... how about the heroic comeback of Tony Freaking Butler?  Butler pitched into the 8th and is looking more like the top prospect that the M's originally drafted than the wild mess with untamed nasty stuff that the T-Rats had earlier this year.

And the T-Rats bats keep hitting, pounding in 2 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to give Butler a comfortable lead.  Butler only gave a run back in the 7th.

A+:  High Desert 12, Lancaster 9
Mavs:  18-30... Their worst nightmare:  28-20

Marwin Vega:  4 IP, 0 H, 3 walks, 7 K
Ivan Blanco:  2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, K (ERA: 13.83)
Paul Fagan:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Steve Uhlmansiek:  two outs, 4 H, 5 ER (HR), walk, K
Roman Martinez:  one out, walk, K
Jesus Guzman:  1-4, double, 2 R, RBI, walk, 2 K (.293/.366/.519)
Adam Moore:  2-4, triple, 3 R, RBI, walk (.304/.369/.553)
Johan Limonta:  3-4, double, 2 run HR, 3 R, 4 RBI (.306/.376/.481)
Jeff Frazier:  1-4, double, RBI, walk (.33/.391/.539)
Hargrove's kid:  1-3, solo HR, 2 RBI, walk, K (.200/.298/.322)

The Mavs actually blew away Lancaster pitching to stake an 11-0 lead after 4 innings of NO HIT ball from Marwin Vega, and it took a 5 run rally in the top 5th to make the score close.

AA:  Tennessee 10, West Tenn 9
WTN:  19-29... TEN:  25-23

Justin Thomas:  5.2 IP, 11 H, 5 ER (HR), 3 walks, 4 K
Craig James:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch
David Asher:  one out, 1 ER, walk
Mumba Rivera:  one out, 2 H, 2 ER, walk, wild pitch
Brent Johnson:  2-5, 2 run HR, 2 R (.286/.367/.393)
Jesus Merchan:  2-5, double (.327/.398/.484)
Prentice Redman:  2-3, solo HR, 2 RBI (.249/.353/.423)
Michael Wilson:  3-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, K (.172/.257/.328)
Michael Saunders (!!!):  1-3, 2 RBI, walk, K
Rene Rivera:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (.207/.268/.300)

The DIAMOND JAXX led 6-0.  They still led in the 9th by 9-7.  Yeah.

On the flip side, the arrival of Michael Saunders indicates that one Charlton Jimerson got the callup to supplant recently dealt Sebastien Boucher.

AAA:  Colorado Springs 9, Tacoma 5
TAC:  54-66... CSP:  61-58

Jason Davis:  5 IP, 10 H, (7 R) 6 ER, 3 walks, 6 K
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 2 K
Mark Lowe:  1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (HR)
The Aircraft Carrier:  1 IP, 2 H, K
Nick Green:  1-5, triple, RBI, 2 K (.311/.351/.574)
Mike Morse:  3-4, double, K (.342/.403/.509)
Jeff Clement:  2-4, double, 2 run HR, 2 R, 3 RBI (.263/.355/.489)
Charlton Jimerson (!!!):  1-3, double, walk

As Mike Curto at The News Tribune mentioned earlier, WLAD left this game early with what looked like a bad wrist injury but, while not as bad, still will mean some time off: a dislocated little finger on his glove hand.

Tacoma slugger Wladimir Balentien left the game with what appeared to be a devastating injury in the second inning, but it turns out that it may not be so bad.

Balentien, playing right field, tried to recover from a poor initial read by trying to make a diving catch of a bases-loaded shallow fly ball hit by Jayson Nix.

Reaching out with his glove just above the grass, Balentien momentarily caught the ball before the weight of his body came down on his left hand. The ball and the glove popped off his hand, three runs scored, and Balentien was left writhing in pain.

Balentien was removed from the game by trainer Tom Newberg. The injury appeared to involve his left wrist, but it turned out differently.

"He dove and it looks like he dislocated his little finger," manager Daren Brown said. "He's going to get it checked out and we'll know more tomorrow."

Get well soon, WLAD.  Meanwhile, the loss appeared to take the wind out of the Rainiers sails, spoiling the Rainiers debut of Charlton Jimerson, who ascends from his rampage of the Southern League to take the place of the traded Sebastien Boucher.

And Jason Davis sucks, but you knew that.