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4/14 Minor League Wrap-Up

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This belated recap is brought to you by last night's LL Night, featuring Brett, Deanna and I, fun, but the first loss the M's have ever had at LL Night... though Brett says it shouldn't count because there were so few of us.  It's also brought to you by an abbreviated lunch at work, and a crappy version of IE that crashes Russian Roulette style every time I visit LL.  It took 3 tries to get to the Post Story page.

On to the wrap-up, one of those good news, bad news types.

A:  Fort Wayne 5, Wisconsin 1

Donald Hume:  5 IP, 3 H, 4 walks, 4 K
Phillipe Aumont:  1.2 IP, 5 H, (4 R) 0 ER (HR), walk, 4 K
Bryan Harris:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, 2 K
Shawn Kelley:  1 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Ronald Garth:  1-2, triple, R, walk, K
Edilio Colina:  2-3
rest of T-Rats lineup:  1-24, 12 K

Fort Wayne put on their robe and Wizard hat and cast Level 5 Suck on the T-Rats.

Phillipe Aumont's 2nd outing did not go nearly as well as the 1st.  After Donald Hume tiptoed through 5 innings in a scoreless game, Aumont surrendered a line drive single to Andrew Cumberland.  Then Cumberland stole 2nd, and Lance Zawadzki walked.  Aumont did get the next two batters on strikes, but with Justin Baum at the plate, Cumberland and Zawadzki pulled off a double steal to take 3rd and 2nd.  But Aumont got Baum on strikes to escape.

Aumont then ran into trouble during the 7th.  Brad Chalk beat out a grounder to 3B Alex Liddi.  Felix Carrasco flied out.  Chalk stole 2nd base, certifying that Aumont's a little too easy to run on for comfort, though Luis Martinez went down on strikes for two outs.  Luis Durango tapped back to the mound and Aumont tossed to 1st to end the frame- except Ronald Garth dropped the throw.  Runners at corners.  Two out.

Andrew Cumberland smoked a grounder through the right side for a base hit to get Fort Wayne on the board 1-0.

Then Lance Zawadzki crapped all over a pitch, over the center field wall to make it 4-0

Fort Wayne.  Kellen Kulbacki lined a single to center, and that was it for Aumont.

The Wizards added another run aghainst Bryan Harris in the 8th, but really, this was more than enough given the T-Rats provided little punch at the plate.

A+:  High Desert 7, Lake Elsinore 2

Ricky Orta:  6 IP, 4 H, 3 walks, 4 K
Jose Escalona:  2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Aaron Cotter:  1 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 1 ER, K
Kuo Hui Lo:  1-4, 2 run HR, K
Greg Halman:  1-3, double, 2 R, walk, K
Travis Scott:  1-2, double, R, 2 RBI, K
Matt Mangini:  2-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, K
Leury Bonilla (2B):  1-3, triple, R, K

Travis Scott and Matt Mangini doubled in a 3 run 2nd, while Kuo Huo Lo homered in a 3 run 5th, while Ricky Orta shut down Lake over 6 innings to seal a surprisingly easy win. 

Lake's only offense came in the 9th with 2 token runs off an Aaron Cotter that may or may not have been showing a sense of urgency with a 7-0 lead.

AA:  West Tenn 3, Mobile 0

Doug FISTER:  6 IP, 3 H, 2 walks, 4 K, 2 hit batters
Brandon Morrow:  2 IP, 2 walks, K
Craig James:  1 IP, walk, 2 K
Michael Saunders:  2-3, 2 run HR, walk, K
Adam Moore:  0-3, K
Prentice Redman:  2-4, 2 K
Luis Valbuena:  2-3, double, 2 R, SB

There was not a ton of offense, but the DIAMOND JAXX didn't need it, because Douglas FISTER allowed 3 hits and no runs over 6, and the bullpen gave the BayBears NO hits.

AAA:  Tacoma 9, Colorado Springs 4

Andrew Baldwin:  4 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Eric Cyr:  2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 walks, K, wild pitch
Philip Barzilla:  2 IP, 2 walks, 2 K
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 1 H, K
Bronson Sardinha:  2-5, 2 R, walk, K, SB
WLAD:  2-4, double, 2 R, 2 walks, K
Jeff Clement:  4-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, K
Bryan LaHair:  3-6, double, R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Matt Tuiasosopo:  2-4, triple, R, 4 RBI, walk
Oswaldo Navarro:  2-4, 2 doubles, RBI, walk

With R.A. Dickey gone to the Majors, the start was left in the broken hands of PHAT ANDY 29, and Deuce-Nines responding with a shocking 4 shutout innings in only 51 pitches, redeeming himself for the moment.

Eric Cyr came in with a 4-0 lead and armed his way to disaster with 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in only 2 innings.  All arm, huh?  Not encouraging, and when the smoke cleared on the 6th inning, the game was tied at 4.

But the Rainiers blew up the Sky Sox bullpen for 5 runs in the late innings, as Philip Barzilla shut them down before handing the 9th to STOP- HUBER TIME, who finished the 9th without incident.

I'd give you more details but MiLB.com went kerblooey and I'm at work, so they'll hopefully fill in later.