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4/22 Minor League Wrap-Up

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So last night I was indisposed.  The poker league I was in last season had a preseason event, and to be honest I was ambivalent about throwing down for a membership, since I do want to see Mariner games, I will want to do LL Nights and go to other Mariner games, and it's a serious time investment to do this poker thing, as evidenced by the fact I got home so late last night that there was no time to write this wrap-up, even though it finished early.

Seeing Felix on the TV and knowing I was missing out on the game thread sealed the deal for me, and so I'm not going to do the league this season. 

Anyway, it wasn't a very good day for the org, except for West Tenn, who kicked so much ass it seemed they were trying to make up for the dismal losses from the other three clubs.

On to the wrap-up!

A:  South Bend 8, Wisconsin 4

Juan Ramirez:  5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, 2 K
Keith Meyer:  one out, 3 H, 3 ER (HR)
Justin Souza:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (HR), hit batter
Travis Mortimore:  1 IP
Daniel Carroll:  3-4, double, 2 R
Edilio Colina:  1-5, RBI
Calvin Beamon:  1-5, RBI, 2 K
Alex Liddi:  1-4, RBI, K
Gerardo Avila:  1-4, double, K
Korey Feiner:  2-4, RBI, K

Juan Ramirez was humming along with a 3-0 lead when disaster struck in the 6th.  8 runs and 2 relievers later, the Silver Hawks had an 8-3 lead and left the T-Rats in the dust.  It was an auspicious end to a start from Ramirez that saw a lot of BIP in the air.

Groundballs:  4 (plus 2 bunts)
Flyballs:  8
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  4
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  2

A+:  Lake Elsinore 9, High Desert 4

Keith Renaud:  5 IP, 5 H, (5 R) 4 ER, 3 walks, 4 K
Joe Kantakevich:  1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 3 walks
Jose Escalona:  1 IP, K
Harold Williams:  1 IP, walk, K
Carlos Triunfel:  2-3, R, walk, SB
Carlos Peguero:  2-3, 2 RBI, walk, K, SB
Greg Halman:  2-4, R, K, 2 SB
Jose Yepez:  1-3, R, RBI, walk

Like the T-Rats disaster middle innings for the pitching did the Mavs in.  The Mavs had a 5-0 lead in the 5th.  Keith Renaud walked the 1st batter in the 5th before Mitch Canham doubled Sam Carter to 3rd, and then the infield gave up three straight groundball singles up the middle to cash in 3 runs.  With one out, Eric Sogard sac flied a runner in for two outs.  Jeremy Hunt hit a fly to RF, but Leury Bonilla muffed it, allowing Javis Diaz to score.  Bad fortune led to 5 runs against Renaud and his day was done, after a disastrous inning that tied the ballgame.

Groundballs:  8
Flyballs:  6
Line Drives:  1
Walks:  3
Strikeouts:  4

Joe Kantakevich spelled Renaud in the 6th, got one out, then went walk, lined single, walk, bases clearing double.  Lake got another run on a sac fly before they were done, and what was a 5-0 lead became a 9-5 deficit that the Mavs wouldn't approach overcoming.

Leury "Latin Campaneris" Bonilla watch: stepped in for Travis Scott who had to leave the game in the 2nd, no word but likely due to injury.  Scott was playing 1B so the starting RF, Johan Limonta, moved to 1B and Bonilla stepped in at RF.  Bonilla went 1-3, with an RBI, a run, a walk and a stolen base, but also committed his 2nd error of the season in the field.

AA:  West Tenn 15, Birmingham 2

Chris Jakubauskas:  6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER (HR), 3 K, hit batter
Travis Chick:  1 IP
Roman Martinez:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Craig James:  1 IP, walk, K
Michael Saunders:  2-5, double, 3 run HR, 4 RBI, walk, K
Marshall Hubbard:  1-4, double, R, walk
Shawn Garrett:  3-5, double, triple, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K
Luis Oliveros:  3-5, double, 3 R, RBI, SB
Ronnie Prettyman:  3-5, 2 doubles, 2 R, 3 RBI, K, SB
Luis Valbuena:  3-4, triple, 2 R, 4 RBI, K

This WAS a 2-2 tie, and then the DIAMOND JAXX took some swings, took some hacks... and scored 13 runs between the 4th and 6th innings.  This made Chris Jakubauskas' night a lot easier, and he continues what has been an excellent start to his AA season with 6 strong innings.  Choppy BIP numbers indicate his strong start has had help from positive variance, but I'm sure he's not complaining.

Groundballs:  9
Flyballs:  5 (1 HR)
Line Drives:  3
Pop Ups:  3 (plus 1 bunt pop up)
Walks:  0 (1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  3

AAA:  Colorado Springs 9, Tacoma 5

Robert Rohrbaugh:  3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, walk, 3 K
Philip Barzilla:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 K
Potatoes:  1 IP (see, he's fine)
Cesar Jimenez:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER, K
Matt Tuiasosopo:  3-4, double, RBI, walk
Jeff Clement:  0-4, walk, 2 K
Charlton Jimerson:  2-5, solo HR, 2 R, 2 K, 2 SB
Tug Hulett:  1-3, double, 2 walks, K
Oswaldo Navarro:  2-4, R, 2 RBI

Well, at least the people who paid to get in today got to see an actual ballgame.

Unfortunately, they got to see THEIR Tacoma Rainiers get piled upon for 6 early Sky Sox runs, and the Rainiers never mounted a serious comeback.  Robert Rohrbaugh's luck ran out in Cheney, and he took the gas pipe today as the Sky Sox just teed off on him.  They got Rohrbaugh through the 3rd inning, then got him out of there... not that Philip Barzilla did much better.  Rohrbaugh:

Groundballs:  3
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  5 (in 3 innings.  Yeah, bad)
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  3

I have no further word on WLAD.  I'm watching the same sources you are.  He's probably got a bad bruise and he'll probably be okay.