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8/18 Minor League Wrap-Up

I'm feeling better.  Thanks to soup and other healing food a friend was nice enough to bring me yesterday and plenty of water, I'm starting to rebound, though I'm still feeling bleh.

I traveled downtown to get a saucepan due to... okay, last Thanksgiving, I cooked some gravy in my old saucepan and I put it in the fridge afterward.

And left it there for 7 months.  Yeah, I'm not using that pan again.  So I went out and got a new one at Bed Bath & Beyond.

I stopped into a coffeeshop downtown to write this over green tea and here you go.  Believe it or not, your next wrap-up will come tonight, as we'll be back to night-of wrap ups until further notice, possibly for the duration.

On to the wrap-up!

Dominican:  Another DSLM's game postponed by Hurricane Dean.  Assuming they even intend to, there's only one more opportunity each to make up these last two rainouts.  The DSLMs' last game against the DSL Phils is Thursday and their last game against the A1's is Tuesday.  The DSLM's season concludes on Friday.

Arizona:  Royals 2, Mariners 1
AZLMs:  10-9... AZL Royals:  13-6

Johnny DuRocher:  6 IP, 6 H, (2 R) 0 ER, walk, 4 K, hit batter
Robbie Dominguez:  2 IP, 2 walks
Brandon McConnell:  3-3, 2 doubles, solo HR, walk (.293/.369/.475)
rest of AZLM's lineup:  3-25, 3 walks, 8 K

The Royals got al the runs they needed in the 5th with help from a terrible force-out throw to 2nd from Backup QB that sailed into CF and Maximo Mendez muffing the ball himself once it trickled his way.  One single, steal, walk and wild pitch later, the Royals had a 2-0 lead that was good enough for the win.

a:  Everett 4, Eugene 1
EVE:  24-34... EUG:  31-27

Robert Harmon:  6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Keith Meyer:  1 IP, walk, 2 K
Aaron Brown:  2 IP, 3 K
James Davenport:  1-4, 2 RBI (.278/.375/.389)
Craig Hurba:  2-2, double, R (.280/.373/.560)
Halman:  3-5, double, solo HR, 2 RBI, K (.306/.375/.565)
Jeff Dunbar:  1-4, double, R, K (.195/.309/.327)

So the Aquasox allowed a quick run before a funny thing happened: Robert Harmon caught lightning in a bottle and pitched well from then on out, not allowing another run before leaving after the 6th.  The Aquasox eventually battled back and slowly built a 4-1 lead that was never threatened.

A:  Saturday's T-Rats game against Cedar Rapids was postponed.  I guess the weather gods really didn't want to see Cha Seung Baek yesterday.  They have finished one in Appleton today and will begin a 2nd game shortly.

A+:  Lancaster 13, High Desert 9
Mavs:  19-37... Jetcocks:  34-22

Chris Tillman:  3 IP, 3 H, (3 R) 2 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 4 K
Ivan Blanco:  1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 walks, K, wild pitch (ERA: 14.94)
Paul Fagan:  3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER (HR), walk, K, wild pitch
Jose Escalona:  1 IP, K
Jesus Guzman:  2-5, R, RBI, K (.293/.365/.530)
Travis Scott:  4-5, 2 run HR, solo HR, 4 R (.281/.379/.497)
Hargrove's kid:  1-4, 2 run HR, walk, 2 K (.187/.285/.318)
Eddy Hernandez:  2-5, 2 RBI, K (.185/.245/.291)

The Mavs actually had a nice 8-3 lead through mid 5th, but 8 Lancaster runs later, so much for that.  Chris Tillman slipped and was having a bad game before Scott Steinmann decided to pull him after 3, while the damage, both on the field and otherwise, was minimal.  However, Ivan Blanco only managed to finish the 4th before imploding in the 5th, and Paul Fagan, who has been awful this 2nd half, wasn't much better.

AA:  West Tenn 7, Huntsville 5
WTN:  22-33... HUN:  33-22

Andrew Baldwin:  7 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 K
Chris Jakubauskas:  1 IP, K
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Brent Johnson:  2-4, K (.290/.377/.402)
Michael Wilson:  2-3, 2 run HR, 2 R, walk, K (.181/.273/.387)
Marshall Hubbard:  1-4, double, R, RBI, 2 K (.265/.352/.446)
Michael Saunders:  2-4, 2 run HR, 2 R, K
Rene Rivera:  1-3, 2 RBI (.213/.272/.311)

Huntsville managed to overcome an early 5-1 deficit by beating up on Phat Andy 29, but the DIAMOND JAXX got him the win in the bottom 7th before his departure when Michael Wilson emerged once again from his cave to take reliever Robert Hinton deep for the decisive 2 run bomb.  Indy boy Chris Jakubauskas and, believe it or not, Mumba Rivera held the fort to seal the victory and a series win over the best team in the division.

AAA:  Tacoma 9, Sacremento 8
TAC:  59-69... SAC:  74-54

Jake Woods:  5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER (2 HR), 4 walks, 4 K
Juan Doñe:  1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, K
Cesar Jimenez:  2.1 IP, 3 walks (1 intentional), K wild pitch
Nick Green:  1-3, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 walks (.300/.345/.541)
Jeremy Reed:  2-4, double, 2 R, RBI (.291/.344/.432)
Mike Morse:  2-5, double, RBI (.335/.392/.492)
Bryan LaHair:  2-4, double, R, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K (.274/.329/.420)
Ronnie Prettyman:  1-4, solo HR, walk, K (.256/.297/.372)
Oswaldo Navarro:  3-4, R, walk, K (.251/.312/.330)

The River Cats built a quick 5-0 lead on Jake Woods, because Jake Woods sucks, but I guess they got bored because they didn't score on him again, though the Rainiers blew up in the 4th: Ronie Prettyman led off with a solo shot, Oswaldo singled, call-up org bitch Kevin Reynolds got plunked and Nick Green doubled both runners in, then Jeremy Reed doubled Nick Green in, then Mike Morse singled Jeremy Reed in, and just like that we have a TIE BALLGAME.  The next three batters went quietly but still.

It stayed 5-5 until the bottom 6th, when Nick Green, showing surprising patience lately, drew a leadoff walk and Jeremy Reed bunted him over for one out... except Reed got aboard so no outs.  Mike Morse tapped back to the mound for one out, moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Bryan LaHair then roped a double to right to cash in both runners and give the Rainiers the 7-5 lead!

Juan Doñe, however, would melt down in the 7th with the assistance of Jeff Clement's 13th passed ball of the season, and suddenly the River Cats had an 8-7 lead.  But in the bottom 8th... well, here:

    * Mike Morse flies out to right fielder Jorge Piedra.
    * Bryan LaHair singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Nick Blasi.
    * With Jeff Clement batting, wild pitch by Ron Flores, Bryan LaHair to 2nd.
    * Jeff Clement walks.
    * Coaching visit to mound.
    * Pitcher Change: Jermaine Van Buren replaces Ron Flores.
    * With Prentice Redman batting, wild pitch by Jermaine Van Buren, Bryan LaHair to 3rd. Jeff Clement to 2nd.
    * Prentice Redman strikes out swinging.
    * Ronnie Prettyman reaches on fielding error by shortstop Gregorio Petit. Bryan LaHair scores. Jeff Clement scores.
    * Oswaldo Navarro walks. Ronnie Prettyman to 2nd.
    * Kevin Reynolds called out on strikes.

With a 9-8 lead, Cesar Jimenez, who had bailed out Doñe earlier, walked two batters but got out of the 9th with the 9-8 victory.