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4/30 Minor League Wrap-Up

Okay, so after the game I popped the cap on a Hefe, caught up on some news, [nobody cares about my fantasy team] and quickly whipped out the briefest of highlights and lowlights from today's games.  WLAD and Clement have been called away, but there are still plenty of talented players in the minors for us to keep track of and root for.


On to this beer soaked wrap-up.

A:  West Michigan 6, Wisconsin 1

Jacob Wild:  1.2 IP, 5 H, (4 R) 2 ER, walk
Keith Meyer: 4.1 IP, 2 H, walk, 4 K
Ryan Moorer:  1 IP, walk, K, hit batter
Robert Harmon:  two outs, 3 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 K
Justin Souza:  one out
Bryan Harris:  1 IP, 1 H, K
T-Rats lineup:  4-30, R, 3 walks, 13 K

Starting Jacob Wild turned out like that one time the Mariners started Julio Mateo... except worse.  Much of the bullpen was burned trying to finish the game... and another experiment, Robert Harmon as reliever, isn't turning out so well itself.

Meanwhile, the T-Rats lineup looked like a bad experiment gone worse, as they managed a whopping four hits, drove in no runs and got their only run in on a wild pitch with a runner on 3rd.

A+:  San Jose 11, High Desert 8

Alfredo Venegas:  3.2 IP, 9 H, (8 R) 3 ER, 6 K
Jose Escalona:  1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (2 HR), walk, 2 K
Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  2 IP, 1 H, K
Aaron Cotter:  two outs, 1 H, 1 ER, walk
David Asher:  1.1 IP, 2 H, K
Jamie McOwen:  2-4, R, walk, 2 K
Carlos Triunfel:  2-5, R, RBI
Johan Limonta:  2-4, 2 doubles, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K
Chris Minaker:  2-4, RBI, walk, K
Greg Halman:  3-5, double, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Matt Mangini:  1-5, RBI, 3 K
Leury Bonilla:  2-4, R, K

Alfredo Venegas is to pitching what Miller High Life is to beer.  This game was not as close as the score indicates: it took several late inning runs to make the score close.

But look at Greg Halman mash.  Sure, 264/310/462 isn't much of a season line, especially in High Desert, but - okay, I don't know where I'm going with that.  Let's admire his great day and leave it at that.

AA:  West Tenn 4, Carolina 3

Rich Dorman:  6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 walks, 11 K, wild pitch
Brodie Downs:  1.1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 2 walks
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Michael Saunders:  0-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero
Shawn Garrett:  2-3, R, 2 walks
Marshall Hubbard:  2-5, 2 RBI, 3 K
Prentice Redman:  0-1, 3 walks
Luis Oliveros:  1-3, RBI, walk, K

11 K's and hits in 6.2 from Dorman?  What the hell is in this Hefe?  Does it turn into LSD if you let it sit in the fridge too long?

Groundballs:  4
Flyballs:  4
Line Drives:  0
Pop Ups:  3
Walks:  5
Strikeouts:  11

Also, the reason you haven't seen Michael Saunders much in the lineup isn't because he hasn't been in it.  Oh, he's been in it... but he's been ice cold.  He is 8 for his last 38, and 6 of those hits came in multi hit games (4-21 and 4-22 vs Birmingham, and 4-28 vs Tennessee).

AAA:  New Orleans 7, Tacoma 6

Ryan Feierabend:  6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, walk, 6 K
Cesar Jimenez:  1 IP, 3 H, (5 R) 3 ER, 2 walks, wild pitch
Jake Woods:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR)
Scott Shoemaker:  1 IP, 1 H, walk
Yung Chi Chen:  2-3, double, 2 R, 2 walks
Jeremy Reed:  3-5, triple, 2 run HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K
Bryan LaHair:  1-2, solo HR, 2 walks
Tug Hulett:  pinch double

Man, the party kinda died once WLAD and Clement disappeared, didn't it?  ;P

However, the Rainiers did have a 3-1 lead... until the Zephyrs blew up Cesar Jimenez for 5 runs in the 7th. The Rainiers did get within 6-4, but Mystic Tan coughed up a solo shot that ultimately made the difference.  Ryan Feierabend gave them six innings and was fortunate that one run was all he gave up, because he was getting squared up with several line drives.

Groundballs:  6 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  4
Line Drives:  6
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  6