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8/13 Minor League Wrap-Up

LL Night IV was another AWESOME success, and next time I'll actually pay attention to the arivan of the next BECU family night so that we can plan it a little more in advance.  Given how short the notice was, though, I'm impressed that so many of you made it out and that it turned out great.

Funny how section 340 was allegedly 'sold out' and yet the section was almost empty in the upper half when we migrated over there.  It appears the scalpers decided on raiding our section for advance tickets.  It sucks but the team doesn't care as long as they get their money, and we got our seats anyway, as a bunch of Sad Scalper Pandas moped on Occidental with a bunch of unsold $10 tickets.  WHO'S LAUGHING NOW, DOUCHEBAGS?  GET A JOB.

Uh... on to the wrap-up!

Dominican:  Phillies 7, Mariners 2
DSLM's:  32-23... DSL Phils:  38-17

Walter Suriel:  4.1 IP, 3 H, (5 R) 2 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, hit batter
Felix Bautista:  1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K
Joan Vizcaino:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, K
Francisco Garcia:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Anthony Fernandez:  1 IP, walk
Hector Mercedes:  1-4, double, R (.279/.359/.404)
Mario Flores:  1-4, double (.253/.364/.494)
Joel Mendez:  2-4, double, RBI (.303/.361/.378)

And FINALLY the DSLMs get a game in!  However, the DSL Phils, the best team in the DSLM's division, made it not worth their while by pounding away in the middle innings to put the game out of reach.

Arizona:  Mariners 11, Rangers 7
AZLM's:  7-8... AZL Rangers:  7-7

Johnny DuRocher:  4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 walks, 4 K
Eddy Fernandez:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, balk, hit batter
Jason Snyder:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 2 wild pitches, hit batter
Taylor Bills:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Travis Mortimore:  1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, wild pitch
Tyson Gillies:  2-5, triple, 2 R, 2 RBI, K, SB (.148/.258/.185)
Daniel Carroll:  0-2, R, sac fly RBI, walk, K, SB #20 (.320/.417/.405)
Guy Welsh:  pinch hit RBI double, R (.213/.329/.246)
Mario Martinez:  1-4, R, RBI, K (.250/.273/.318)
Alfredo Mateo:  2-3, 2 R, RBI, walk (.280/.346/.381)
Israel Nuñez:  1-3, 2 RBI, 2 K (.294/.351/.294)

The AZLM's staked (stook?) themselves to a 3-1 lead in the 3rd with the help of Tyson Gillies' first triple of the season, which knocked in 2 runs.  The Rangers got a run in the 4th from an Engel Beltre double (hey, he was part of that Teixeira trade!) but the AZLM's got it back on a crazy legs play to end the frame: with one out and men on 2nd and 3rd following a wild pitch, Israel Nuñez flew to right and both runners tagged up, but RF Kyle Murphy went for the closer out at 3rd than to home, hoping to get Alfredo Mateo before Mario Martinez scored.  Alas, he did gun down Alfredo for the 3rd out, but not before Mario scored, and since Mario got in before the out, the run counted, 4-2 AZLMs.

It eventually wasn't a factor, as the AZLMs powered home 4 runs in the 6th to make it 8-2, and even after the AZL Rangers got two back in the top 7th, the AZLMs got 3 more in the bottom 7th to make it 11-4.  Ballgame essentially over, and you're making your pitches and taking your hacks just for the work.

a:  Salem-Keizer 4, Everett 2
EVE:  23-31... S-K:  44-10

Doug Salinas:  5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER (HR), 3 walks, 4 K, wild pitch
Will Brown:  one out, 2 walks
Keith Meyer:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 3 K
Bryan Harris:  1 IP, 2 H
Roberto Mena:  2-4, R, K (.210/.264/.247)
James Davenport:  1-4, triple, RBI, K
Halman:  1-4, solo HR, 2 K (.318/.386/.580)
Kris Sanchez:  1-4, double (.248/.315/.333)
Deybis Benitez:  1-4, double, 3 K (.173/.301/.231)

The Volcanoes built an early 3-2 lead on Doug Salinas, and the vaunted Volcanoes staff held the lead for good.  Thomas Brewer (50.2 IP, 12 walks, 39 K, 2.66 ERA) struck out 7 over 5 innings and the bullpen struck out 7 more the rest of the way while only allowing 3 hits.  The Aquasox had no real chance today against the best team in the NWL.

A:  West Michigan 4, Wisconsin 2
WIS:  20-29... WMI:  33-17

Nolan Gallagher:  7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 5 K
Family Warrior Harold Williams:  1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, wild pitch
Drew Fiorenza:  1 IP, walk
Alex Liddi:  1-4, solo HR, 2 K (.235/.306/.385)
Joe White:  1-1, double, left game one PA after getting hit by pitch (.323/.426/.460)
James McOwen:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (.262/.278/.297)
rest of T-Rats lineup:  4-24, R, 8 K

Remember what I said about the Aquasox and Salem-Keizer?  Pretend I said the same thing about the T-Rats and West Michigan.

A+:  High Desert 6, Bakersfield 1
Mavs:  19-32... Blaze of Non-Glory:  20-30

Chris Tillman:  7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 7 K
Roman Martinez:  1 IP, walk
Aaron Jensen:  1 IP
Casey Craig:  0-3, sac fly RBI, K (.333/.423/.498)
Johan Limonta:  3-4, 2 run HR, 2 R (.310/.379/.488)
Adam Moore:  2-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (.311/.377/.567)
Travis Scott:  2-4, R, K (.270/.373/.465)
Jeff Dominguez:  1-3, RBI, 2 K (.260/.312/.357)

So Chris Tillman, having found his groove, is now cruising through the Cal League.  Bakersfieldis one of the Cal League's crappier teams, but still, to see another dominant performance out of a guy who was getting hammered two months ago is encouraging.

Also, I was wrong about Matt Mangini spending the rest of the year in Peoria, as apparently the org has backtracked on their stance of essentially shutting him down for the year: he made his High Desert debut yesterday and went 1 for 3 with a run and 2 K's.  To go from 'ride out the string in Peoria and maybe start next year in High A ball' to 'finish year in High A ball and maybe start next year in AA' is quite a prognosis improvement.

AA:  The DIAMOND JAXX had yesterday off.  They head back to Jackson to start a 5 game set with a strong Huntsville Stars squad (31-19).

AAA:  Colorado Springs 6, Tacoma 5
TAC:  56-67... CSP:  62-60

Jorge Campillo:  5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 K
Juan Doñe:  two outs, 2 H, 1 ER
Mark Lowe:  1 IP, 1 H
Jon Huber:  two outs 3 H, 4 ER (HR), K, hit batter
Rick White:  one out, 1 H
Nick Green:  1-5, double, R, 2 K (.307/.346/.561)
Jeremy Reed:  2-4, R, RBI, walk, K (.289/.343/.428)
Jeff Clement:  1-4, 2 run HR, walk, K (.263/.358/.494)
Brant Ust:  1-3, R, RBI, walk, K (.266/.319/.375)
Rob Johnson:  2-4, RBI (.261/.328/.359)
Oswaldo Navarro:  2-4 (.248/.309/.330)

The Rainiers actually held a 5-2 lead, but after a run in the 6th off Juan Doñe made it 5-3, Jon Huber got bombed in the 8th to give the Sky Sox the lead for good.