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8/3 Minor League Wrap-Up (Surprise! edition)

So I DO have internet access here.  I'm manning the concierge spot for the day, for a plush residential tower.  I am not allowed for obvious reasons to divulge my exact location, but I now know where Turbo lives.

The good news is that because I have internet access, you're getting a wrap-up.  Granted, my brain is at 40-50% functionality due to lack of sleep, so it'll be somewhat brief and I'll leave it to others to recap further details of the LL/USSM Night in Everett.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 11, VSL Devil Rays/Reds 1
VSLM's:  47-23... VSLDRs/Rs:  17-51

Jose Rios:  7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 walks (2 intentional), 2 K, hit batter
Yoervis Medina:  2 IP, walk, K
Rafael Torrealba:  pinch hit RBI single (.182/.295/.227)
Humberto Espinoza:  1-4, double, R, RBI, K (.307/.424/.407)
Alejandro Garcia:  pinch hit double, R (.141/.197/.169)
Jose Rivero:  3-5, 2 run HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K (.295/.405/.489)
Cesar Fuentes:  2-4, 2 R, RBI, K (.313/.402/.396)
Rigoberto Rangel:  2-4, double, R (.279/.364/.445)
Carlos Ramirez:  2-4, double, R (.271/.368/.370)
Jorge Agudelo:  pinch hit sac fly RBI (.231/.374/.288)
Larry Gonzalez:  2-4, double, RBI, walk (.263/.336/.323)
Roberto Velasquez:  1-4, 2 RBI, K (.244/.335/.304)

Bad opponent, blowout win, and everyone got involved.  I'll take it.

Dominican:  DSL Phillies 6, DSL Mariners 4
DSLM's:  29-20... DSL Phils:  33-17

Ariel Alcantara:  4 IP, 2 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Miguel Celestino:  2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Tony Bremon:  2.2 IP, 1 H, (2 R) 0 ER, walk, K
Amelis Carvajal:  2-4, double, 3 RBI, walk, K (.228/.413/.337)
George Soto:  1-4, double, RBI, walk, K (.281/.350/.419)
Robert Rodriguez:  3-3, R, walk (.257/.321/.347)
Augusto Marte:  1-2, double, 2 R, walk

The DSL Phils struck first and second, scoring a run 9in the 1st and another in teh 3rd, but the DSLM's responded with a run in the bottom 3rd, and after the DSL Phils responded with a run in the top 4th, the DSLM's scored 2 in the bottom 4th to tie it.  Ariel Alcantara has had better outings, and Miguel Celestino pitched into the 7th with Tony Bremon relieving him and allowing a run in the 7th, which the DSLM's got back in the bottom 7th.  But Bremon got hit in the 9th, staking the DSL Phils to a 6-4 lead, and there would be no comeback.

Arizona:  Rangers 9, Mariners 4
AZLM's:  4-3... AZL Rangers:  2-3

Fabian Williamson:  5 IP, 4 H, (3 R) 2 ER (HR), 2 walks, 4 K, 3 wild pitches
Jason Snyder:  one out, 1 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, K, hit batter
Tom Ellis:  1.2 IP, 2 H, (3 R) 0 ER, walk (intentional), 4 K, 2 wild pitches
Travis Mortimore:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Mario Martinez:  1-4, R, RBI
Brandon Fromm:  1-2, double, walk
rest of AZLM's lineup:  1-26, 2 R, 4 walks, 9 K

Fabian Williamson had a spotty 5 innings, and left with a 3-1 deficit.  The AZLM's came back with 3 runs in the 6th to make it 4-3, but Jason Snyder and Tom Ellis imploded in the bottom 6th with a terrible outing to give the AZL Rangers a 7-4 lead.  Ellis also pitched a bad 7th, which allowed the Rangers to stretch the lead out of reach.

a:  Everett 5, Tri City 4
EVE:  19-25... 3C:  18-26

Doug Salinas:  6 IP,  5 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, 8 K, wild pitch, "balk", hit batter
Will Brown:  1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K
Aaron Brown:  1.1 IP, 1 H, K
Ogui Diaz:  2-5 (.256/.284/.372)
Wellington Dotel:  0-4, walkoff sac fly RBI, K (.250/.288/.382)
Greg Halman:  3-4, 2 run HR (.352/.428/.641)
Kalian Sams:  2-4, 2 solo HRs that I am certain I directly caused, K (.188/.281/.342)
Roberto Mena:  2-4, R, K, SB (.188/.243/.217)
Jermaine Brock:  1-3, double, R, walk, 2 K (.211/.289/.248)

So, did anybody catch this game?  LOL. (end recycling tired jokes)

  • That balk called on Salinas was bullcrap.  Salinas turned and threw to first just fine, but got called.
  • etowncoug recommends Alfy's Pizza.  Ryan Healy and Red do not recommend the popcorn chicken at Turner's in Everett.
  • I am shocked that the Aquasox not only hit Bruce Billings, but that Kalian Sams took him deep TWICE.
  • In his first AB, I talked smack about how Kalian Sams was gonna strike out on 3 breaking balls.  He then hit a home run.  In his 2nd AB I said, "Okay, NOW he's gonna strike out on breaking balls."  He hit a home run.  When he came up in the 8th with runners on and the game tied, I said nothing.  He struck out swinging.  I could singlehandedly save Kaliam Sams' career by going to every one of his games and talking about his inability to recognize let alone hit a breaking ball every time he came to bat.
  • Ask DMZ about the Aquasox PA guy and DEREK KINZLER.  "ARE YOU SURE?!"  [deleted, off-topic]
  • You know the Mega Moose, that weird inflatable thing that stands on its head and jiggles.  Well, the Aquasox apparently have like five of these that are zoo and baseball themed, so you have Harry Canary, Ken Girrafey Jr, Clammy Sosa.  Clammy Sosa chewed up and swallowed a field attendant, then spit out its clothes, then spit out a half naked attendant.  I did not make that up.  Girrafey and Canary double humped the first base umpire between innings, much to the umpire's chagrin.  Canary then dry humped and harrassed one of the Dustdevils coaches.  Basically, the Aquasox have a team of hilariously obscene and obnoxious inflatable mascots.
  • So anyway, Harry Canary started milling through the stands, playing around, and he eventually got to shooting silly string out of a pus hole in its chest.  He came up to our section, and of course Red and Jeff were sitting together, and Red gets up and messed around with him.  Jeff gets up, and then Canary shoves him!  Then Jeff shoved him back!  Jeff was ready to throw down, and the mascot was totally not expecting that.  So then Canary fired a lame shot of silly string at Jeff and walked away.  Jeff, I believe, was seriously ready to beat some mascot ass.  Jeff later remarked, "Yeah, Canary was firing blanks."
  • The Aquasox defense and bullpen coughed up a 4-3 lead, but Red went to the central walkway at the bottom of the section and did the best rally dance ever before the bottom 9th.  They played "YMCA" but Red defiantly ignored the silly YMCA dance and instead did his own five star rally dance.  And of course, the Aquasox won.
  • Basically, night #2 was just as totally worth it as night #1.
A:  Wisconsin 9, Fort Wayne 8, 13 innings
WIS:  13-26... FTW:  15-24

Nolan Gallagher:  3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (HR), 6 walks, 3 K, 2 wild pitches
Rollie Gibson:  1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, walk, 2 K
Justin Souza:  1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Family Warrior Harold Williams:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 walks, 2 K
Michael Wagner:  2 IP, 2 H, walk, 2 K
Joe Kantakevich:  4 IP, 1 H, walk, 4 K
Ronald Garth:  1-7, solo HR, 2 K (.208/.269/.333)
Alex Liddi:  1-6, 2 RBI, K (.225/.293/.363)
Reed Eastley:  1-4, solo HR, 3 R, 3 walks, K (.292/.405/.431)
Gavin Dickey:  1-4, solo HR, 3 R, walk, K (.197/.251/.318)
Joe White:  3-6, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, K (.293/.371/.424)
James McOwen:  0-4, sac fly RBI, walk, K (.236/.252/.255)

A middle innings fury of runs left us tied at 8, and Alex Liddi eventually singled in a runner in the 13th to give the T-Rats a 9-8 lead that Kantakevich held onto for the win.

A+:  High Desert 9, Inland Empire 1
Mavs:  13-29... Empire:  21-21

Juan Zapata:  5 IP, 5 H, 3 walks
Aaron Cotter:  3 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, K
Ivan Blanco:  1 IP
Casey Craig is BACK:  2-3, double, 3 R, 2 walks, SB #15 (.356/.439/.513)
Carlos Triunfel:  2-4, 3 R, walk (.333/.361/.395)
Jesus Guzman:  2-5, double, 2 R, 3 RBI (.290/.359/.511)
Adam Moore:  2-3, double, 3 RBI, walk (.303/.368/.550)
Jeff Frazier:  1-4, RBI (.369/.422/.589)
Michael Saunders:  2-5, 2 R (.304/.398/.484)

It's nice to see High Desert on the postiive end of one of these routs for a change.  Juan Zapata, at this point one of the only capable pitchers that hasn't been blown up repeatedly, got the start and did not allow a run in 5 innings despite every out being put in play.  Also, Ivan Blanco had an inning where nothing went wrong for a change.

Also, after a less than stellar stint at AA, Casey Craig has returned to High A ball and picked up where he left off, dominating High A pitching and swiping a base, lending credence to the idea that the biggest step in the Mariners org is between High A and Double A due to the differences in climate and ballpark as well as the standard differences in competition.

AA:  Carolina 3, West Tenn 1
WTN:  16-25... CAR:  20-21

Travis Chick:  4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 walks, 3 K, wild pitch
Brodie Downs:  2.1 IP
The Aircraft Carrier:  1 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Charlton Jimerson:  1-4, double, 2 K
rest of DIAMOND JAXX lineup:  2-25, R, 2 walks, 11 K

West Tenn had 16 groundouts to 3 flyouts as a pitching staff, but it didn't matter because the DIAMOND JAXX snuck 3 runs off of Travis Chick and the offense played dead with only 3 hits.

AAA:  Tacoma 4, Memphis 3
TAC:  51-63... MEM:  47-67

JA-SON DA-VIS:  7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K
Kam Mickolio:  1.2 IP, 1 H
Brad Thomas:  one out
Jeremy Reed:  1-4, solo HR, K (.291/.345/.440)
WLAD:  1-3, R, walk, K (.306/.378/.555)
Jeff Clement:  1-4, double, R, RBI (.258/.354/.483)
Rob Johnson:  2-3, RBI (.265/.332/.368)

The Rainiers got one of Jason Davis' better pitching performances, yet were behind 3-0 when they rallied to tie the ballgame in the 7th, and then take the lead for good in the 8th.  Kam Mickolio got in some trouble in the 9th, so Brad Thomas came in and got the final out for his first save of the season.