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8/17 Minor League Wrap-Up

Man, I feel sick.  It appears that 'something I ate' was really 'an actual stomach bug'.  I won't go into details, but let's just say I didn't have a fun Friday night.  I'll drink my fluids, eat light and hope it passes before I start my new job on Monday.

And speaking of which, my new job means that you'll once again see wrap-ups posted the night before rather than the morning of, due to work issues with internet, free time and so on.  My last gig was easy going and had an open connection, but this is going to be one of the more hardcore gigs I've taken on in a while, handling accounts payable material for a large company whose name I shouldn't divulge for now.  As a result, even with an open internet connection, I don't think there's going to be a lot of downtime in general, so these will need to get written the night before.

So on to the wrap-up!  Yesterday was actually an overall good day for the org, as the losses weren't terrible and wins are never terrible.

Dominican:  The DSLM's were off yesterday.  Weather permitting, they'll play today against the DSL Phils (42-17).

Arizona:  Mariners 8, Cubs 3
AZLM's:  10-8... AZL Cubs:  7-11

Richard Ortiz:  3.2 IP, 4 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, K, 2 wild pitches, hit bater
Carlos Javier:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, walk, wild pitch
Michael Renfree:  2 IP, 2 K
Jason Snyder:  two outs, 1 H, walk, hit batter
Travis Mortimore:  1.1 IP, 1 H, K
Daniel Carroll:  2-5, R, 2 K (.327/.426/.406)
Anthony Phillips:  2-5, R, RBI, 3 K (.310/.402/.320)
Brandon Fromm:  2-4, R, RBI, K (.237/.312/.381)
Brandon McConnell:  1-4, 2 run HR, 2 K (.271/.346/.406)
Guy Welsh:  2-4, R, 2 K (.236/.333/.264)
Mario Martinez:  1-3, double, RBI, walk (.256/.286/.331)
Denny Almonte:  1-4, double, 2 R, RBI, 3 K

This game was over by the 5th, with the AZLM's stretching a 6-3 lead to 8-3 on a Denny Almonte 2 run double.  So far, in 25 ABs, Denny has looked like a guy who took forever to sign and report and is still working the rust off, though in flashes he is showing why he was worth a high draft pick.

a:  Eugene 6, Everett 2
EVE:  23-34... EUG:  31-26

Juan Carlos Ramirez:  4.2 IP, 7 H, (6 R) 3 ER (2 HR), walk, K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters
Mark Pettis:  2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch
Will Brown:  1 IP, 1 H, walk
Edilio Colina:  2-4, walk, 2 SB (.261/.318/.366)
Halman:  0-4, cheap RBI, walk, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (.298/.370/.543)
Manelik Pimentel:  1-3, RBI, 2 walks, K (.270/.339/.419)
Welington Dotel:  0-4, walk, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (.269/.310/.407)
Aquasox batters:  19 strikeouts

Right now, the Aquasox are swinging at everything... and missing a lot.  They also struck out 19 times on Tuesday against Salem-Keizer.  Gregory Halman and Beef Roids each got themselves a Golden Sombrero in yesterday's 19 K effort, and Jermaine Brock came close to one himself with 3 Ks.  Only Edilio Colina, Manelik Pimentel and Deybis Benitez finished the game without multiple strikeouts.

Juan Ramirez didn't help matters, as he took advantage of failed defense and allowed 6 runs while failing to finish the 5th.  The game was well in hand for Eugene by that point.

A:  Wisconsin 3, Clinton 2
WIS:  22-30... CLI:  21-32

Sean White:  5 IP, 2 H, walk, 4 K
Anthony Varvaro:  4 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 9 K
Ronald Garth:  2-5, R (.276/.341/.504)
Reed Eastley:  2-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.282/.391/.420)
Joe White:  2-4, 2 K (.333/.433/.470)

Today was 'rest the bullpen' day, as Sean White made a full-out rehab start and not only did he not suck in 5 innings, but he did not allow a run!  That's progress from his shaky outings in Peoria.  After that, original starter Anthony Varvaro came in and worked the last 4 innings with striking dominance, plowing 9 of the 15 batters he faced with K's, to earn his first save of the season.  Meanwhile, the T-Rats slowly built a 3 runs lead that even a surprising 2 run 8th for Clinton couldn't overcome, because the Clinton Lumberkings suck.

Also, someone needs to declare a state of emergency in Appleton, because Ronald Garth has been on fire for the last month.  Another 2 hit game brings his once crappy line to 276/341/504.

The comeback trail continues in Appleton!  Today's scheduled starter for the T-Rats: Cha Seung Baek!  Gratuitous exclamation marks!

A+:  Lancaster 5, High Desert 4
Mavs:  19-36... Jethawks from Hell:  33-22

Cibney Bello:  6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 walks, 6 K, balk, hit batter
Roman Martinez:  1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, K, hit batter, EJECTED.
Aaron Jensen:  two outs, 3 H, 2 ER, walk
Carlos Triunfel:  3-4, triple, R, 2 RBI (.306/.355/.369)
Jesus Guzman:  1-4, double, RBI (.292/.364/.532)
Adam Moore:  1-4, solo HR, K (.311/.375/.565)

Well, at least this one was competitive.  Good Cibney Bello actually showed up last night, and the Mavs actually took a 4-2 lead in the 8th, but things took a turn for the worse for the Mavs in the bottom half.  Roman Martinez, with one out, plunked Lancaster batter Steve Garrabants in the helmet.

Now, that's bad enough, but earlier in the game, Cibney Bello, not the best control pitcher, hit Mark Wagner in the helmet in the 5th inning.  Jethawks manager Chad Epperson came out to cry foul and Mavs manager Scott Steinmann came out to defend his man, since after all, Cibney Bello has slingshot control, and the Mavs have already shattered the record, pun not quite intended, for most hit batters in a season.  The umpires warned both teams and play continued.

So, when Garrabants took one near the earhole, home plate umpire Adam Hamari immediately tossed Roman AND manager Scott Steinmann.  From there, de facto closer Aaron Jensen came in and promptly surrendered the lead to Lancaster.  Despite a one out single from Travis Scott and an Eddy Hernandez walk, there would be no comeback: Jeff Dominguez's flyball was run down by RF Brad Correll, and Eddy Hernandez was way off the bag, so Correll doubled him off to end the ballgame.

AA:  West Tenn 4, Huntsville 2
WTN:  21-33... HUN:  33-21

Joe Woerman:  7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, 5 K, hit batter
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 3 K
Michael Hrynio:  1 IP
Top 3 batters in the lineup (Merchan, Minaker, Michael Wilson):  0-12, 3 K
Marshall Hubbard:  2-4, double, solo HR, 2 R, K (.266/.353/.446)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  2-4, solo HR (.272/.386/.414)
Jeff Frazier:  2-3, double, triple, R, RBI (.237/.297/.324)
Rene Rivera:  15th passed ball at catcher this season, 1-3 (.212/.272/.311)

The DIAMOND JAXX did an impressive job of holding down a solid Stars lineup, while scoring 4 runs themselves before the end of the 6th.  Joe Woerman turned in one of his most impressive starts of the season and even after Mumba Rivera had his usual implosion, Michael Hrynio locked down the 9th for his 2nd save, and honestly, that closer job should be his.  Also, Tui went yard!  And Marshall Hubbard's had a white-hot bat in August.

And Rene Rivera sucks, but you knew that.

AAA:  Fresno 6, Tacoma 3
TAC:  58-69... FRE:  65-62

Ryan Feierabend:  4 IP, 11 H, 5 ER (HR), 3 K
Justin Lehr:  3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch
Rick White:  1 IP
Prentice Redman:  2-5, 2 R, K
Jeremy Reed:  3-5, 2 doubles, R, RBI (.289/.343/.429)
Mike Morse:  2-3, double, sac fly RBI (.333/.392/.490)
Bryan LaHair:  1-4, double, RBI (.272/.326/.417)
Charlton Jimerson:  0-4, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero.  That's our Charlton!

The Grizz had all their runs by the 5th, and thus had the game well in hand.  This was not one of Ryan Feierabend's best efforts.  Also, Justin Lehr was strangely pulled from his starting role and has now taken on a long relief role, strange because I don't recall Lehr getting hurt or being extensively bad, maybe struggling a bit down the stretch but no more than, say, Jorge Campillo had.