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8/16 Minor League Wrap-Up

I am back. I actually have felt pretty ill the last 24 hours, though I made the decision to bag yesterday's wrap-up before I started feeling ill. I started feeling nauseous with a headache as I FINALLY left home around 4 pm, and then I had some strange allergic reaction while I was eating lunch, and I didn't have anything else to eat the rest of the day.

I almost didn't write this wrap-up, as it progressed into today and I felt even worse, but I'm feeling a bit better and figure after a day off that I may as well go for it.

On to the wrap-up! Also, happy 100th birthday to Pike Place Market. I have a friend working down there who says it's an absolute madhouse.

Dominican: AthleticsUno 5, Mariners 0, 7 innings rain shortened
DSLMs: 33-26... DSLA1's: 38-21

Henry Perez: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 3 K, wild pitch
Felix Bautista: 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 walks (1 intentional), 3 K
DSLM's lineup: 2-23, walk, 11 K

This was supposed to be a doubleheader, but rain intervened before the conclusion of the first game, which was fine with the DSLM's because they were getting smeared anyway.

Arizona: Mariners 12, Athletics 7
AZLMs: 9-8... AZLA's: 7-8

Jacob Wild: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 8 K
Andrew Barb (!!!): 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, K, wild pitch
Eddy Fernandez: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 K
Michael Renfree: 1.1 IP, 2 K
Daniel Carroll: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, walk (.325/.426/.406)
Luis Nuñez: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, walk (.246/.295/.313)
Brandon Fromm: 2-4, triple, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K (.228/.306/.377)
Brandon McConnell: 3-5, RBI, K (.272/.350/.380)
Alfredo Mateo: 2-4, RBI, K (.290/.358/.387)
Mario Martinez: 3-5, double, R, RBI (.255/.280/.325)
Israel Nuñez: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, walk (.302/.367/.302)

The AZLMs had an 8-1 lead after 4 and basically cruised from there. Also, good to see Andrew Barb back from injury... even if he did get shelled.

a: Everett did not play yesterday. They are on their way to Eugene for a pot run a 3 game set with the Emeralds (30-26).

A: Wisconsin 7, Clinton 4
WIS: 21-30... CLI: 21-31

Tony Butler: 6 IP, 5 H, (3 R) 2 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Tom Ellis: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 hit batters
Michael Wagner: 2 IP, walk, K
Ronald Garth: 2-3, 3 R (.271/.338/.508)
Joe White: 2-4, double, R, RBI, K, apparently fine after leaving the game a few days ago (.328/.428/.469)
Alex Liddi: 1-4, double, RBI, 2 K (.235/.304/.387)
James McOwen: 2-3, R, RBI, K, SB (.276/.291/.316)
Juan Beltran: 2-4, RBI (.226/.281/.262)

I know most of you don't watch the International Fight League on FSN, but one fight they re-run is one of the best fights of any kind I've ever seen: Shad Lierley and Chris Horodecki. Horodecki is a 19 year old undefeated fighter who started out underage and even lied about his age to do fights, and he is a 5'9", 155 lb badass, but the inexperienced Lierley, a native of Everett who was fighting in front of his hometown fans, gave a spirited effort and never backed down, kept battling back and even had Horodecki on the ropes several times, though Horodecki eventually got the duke.

If you're looking for relevance here, I'm sorry. It just happened to be on TV as I was writing and felt compelled to mention it, but it's a non sequitur to the context of this T-Rats win. The T-Rats got the duke over the only team in their bloated division that's worse than they are, and after runs in the 6th and 7th, they had a 7-3 lead and had it well in hand. Tony Butler continues to look rejuvenated and effective, while Clinton ace Zachary Phillips got no help from his defense and surrendered 4 unearned runs.

Fun fact: Tonight's starting pitcher for the T-Rats will be our favorite rehabbing victim of Acute Rule 5 Suckitis, Sean White! May he look more like Tony Butler than Shad Lierley. HA SEE, I was able to tie it in!

I'm going to ignore the High Desert game. Blech. Johan Limonta did hit 2 home runs, though, and Casey Craig hit one as well, with a double.

AA: Huntsville 8, West Tenn 5
WTN: 20-33... HUN: 33-20

Justin Thomas: 6.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER (HR), walk, 5 K
Juan Sandoval: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, walk, 2 K
David Asher: one out
Brodie Downs: one out
Brent Johnson: 1-3, RBI, 2 walks (.288/.376/.401)
Marshall Hubbard: 2-5, double, solo HR (.263/.352/.436)
Michael Saunders: 2-3, 2 triples, RBI, walk
Jesus Merchan: 1-4, RBI (.328/.399/.488)
Rene Rivera: 2-3, solo HR?!, walk, K (.210/.271/.310)

Of all the games I missed yesterday in not writing a wrap-up, I'm sad in hindsight that I never got around to a recap yesterday for this game in particular, because Doug FISTER threw a complete game in a 7-3 victory over Huntsville. The FIST looked the best he's looked since his injury derailed his 2007.

Justin Thomas did not have such a start, failing to finish the 7th trying as he might, allowing five runs as he threw a lot of strikes and watched them get hit. His opponent was the familiar Lindsay Gulin, who wasn't particularly impressive in his 5 innings, allowing 3 runs and 2 home runs, but Thomas looked worse, and he left after giving up a 5-4 lead in the 7th. The fatal blow came in the top 9th, where Huntsville pounded Juan Sandoval for 3 runs to take the lead for good.

AAA: They played two in Fresno!

Game 1: Tacoma 3, Fresno 2, 7 innings

JA-SON DA-VIS: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 walks, 3 K, wild pitch
Rick White: 2 IP, 2 K
Nick Green: 2-4, 2 RBI (.300/.339/.539)
Jeremy Reed: 1-4, RBI, K (.286/.341/.423)
Prentice Redman!: 3-3, double, 2 R

The Rainiers waited for John Cusack's long lost brother to quit pitching before they launched their final inning comeback to get Rick White his first win in the Mariners organization.

Game 2: Tacoma 6, Fresno 5, 7 innings
TAC: 58-68... FRE: 68-58

Brad Thomas: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch
Jon Huber: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, K
The Aircraft Carrier: 1 IP, 1 H, K
Bryan LaHair: 2-3, double, solo HR, 2 R, walk (.272/.327/.416)
Jeff Clement: 1-3, double, 2 RBI, walk (.265/.360/.493)
Brant Ust: 1-3, solo HR (.267/.319/.397)
Prentice Redman: 2-3, double, solo HR, 2 R

SWEEP! The Rainiers bombed some Grizzlies pitcher named Travis Blackley, and withstood a comeback on reliever Jon Huber before the Aircraft Carrier came in to shut the door for his 1st Rainiers save.