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4/6 Minor League Wrap-Up

Sorry I didn't get this up last night.  Your mom is insatiable I was preoccupied with other matters after a fairly long day.

ON TO THE WRAP-UP!  The wrap-up for today's games should be up on schedule tonight.

A:  Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 1

Rob Harmon:  2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 walks, wild pitch
Jacob Wild:  2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks
Keith Meyer:  2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk, 2 K
Daniel Carroll:  2-5, R, SB
Calvin Beamon:  2-4, RBI, walk, SB
Alex Liddi:  2-5, K

Robert Harmon, second season: so far, same as the first, but it wasn't really for the first two innings.  He survived a shaky 1st that was the product of a few untimely grounders getting through the infield, and pitched a 1-2-3 2nd.

He failed to escape the 3rd inning, however as he started getting hit hard and the game got away from him, and, subsequently, the T-Rats.  The bullpen could have done a better job of picking him up, but they had to work overtime due to his early exit.

Groundballs:  8
Flyballs:  1
Line Drives:  5
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  0

The T-Rats simply couldn't get anyone home over the final 6 innings, and the Bandits made sure to tack on a couple insurance runs for good measure.

A+:  Lancaster 10, High Desert 2

Keith Renaud:  4 IP, 3 H, 5 ER (2 HR), 4 walks, 3 K
Steven Richard:  2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 walks, 4 K
Aaron Cotter:  2.1 IP, 3 H
Greg Halman:  1-5, 2 run HR, 2 K
Carlos Triunfel:  0-4, walk
Chris Minaker:  2-4, double, K
Carlos Peguero:  2-4
Kuo Hui Lo:  0-4, 3 K
Matt Mangini:  0-4, 2 K
Ogui Diaz:  2-3, R, walk

Renaud had a shaky 4 inning outing that saw him give up 2 home runs, giving Lancaster 5 runs before his exit after the 4th, and Lancaster is not a team you want to give runs to.

Groundballs:  5
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  4 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  3

Steven Richard came in and and held the fort until getting demolition derbied out of the game himself in the 7th.  When the dust cleared, Lancaster had tacked on 5 more runs and put a reachable game out of reach.

It didn't matter, though: save for a 2 run 3rd, the Mavs offense simply couldn't get much going against SP Christopher Jones and the Jethawks bullpen.

AA:  Oh look, they played two in Jacksonville.

Game 1:  Jacksonville 4, West Tenn 3, 7 innings

Justin Thomas:  5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER (2 HR), walk, 6 K
Mumba Rivera:  one out, 2 H, 1 ER, wild pitch
Michael Saunders:  0-2, 2 walks, SB
Adam Moore:  0-3
Luis Valbuena:  1-2, double, R, RBI, walk
Marshall Hubbard:  pinch RBI double

Tied at 1 in the bottom 5th, Russell Mitchell took Justin Thomas deep for the 2nd time in the game, with one out, to make it 2-1 Suns.

In the top 6th, Michael Saunders led off with a walk and stole 2nd, but Mark Kiger, Adam Moore and Shawn Garrett went down in order after that and stranded him.

Meanwhile, in the bottom 6th, James Tomlin led off with a walk, stole 2nd himself, and though Thomas got the next two before getting lifted for Mumba Rivera, Lucas May singled Tomlin in to make it 3-1.  Then, after a wild pitch from Mumba, our old friend Rene Rivera singled to left to cash in May and make it 4-1.  Funny how it seems a change in organizations suddenly taught him how to hit.

Down to the 7th and final inning of this doubleheader-shortened game, Prentice Redman led off with a single against reliever Brian Akin.  Luis Valbuena drew a walk, and pinch hitter Marshall Hubbard lined a double to left to cash in Redman and cut the lead to 4-2 with one out and Valbuena held up at 3rd on James Tomlin's throw.

Jeff Dominguez grounded out to 2nd to cash in Valbuena, cut the lead to 4-3 and put Hubbard on 3rd as the tying run with two out and Michael Saunders coming up.

... and Saunders grounded out to short to end the ballgame.  Not what you would hope for.

Justin Thomas on the day:

Groundballs:  4 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  6 (2 HR)
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  6

Game 2:  Jacksonville 2, West Tenn 1, 7 innings

Chris Jakubauskas:  5 IP, 4 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 6 K
Marwin Vega:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk (intentional)
Mark Kiger:  1-2, double, walk
Shawn Garrett:  1-3, double, K
Luis Oliveros:  2-3, 2 doubles, R
Josh Womack:  pinch sac fly RBI

Indy boy Chris Jakubauskas was a late arrival to the roster, but he scored a good debut over 5 innings, not allowing an earned run.  The sole run he allowed was a byproduct of a Ronnie Prettyman throwing error from 3B on a grounder that batter Adam Godwin likely had beat out anyway.  Godwin took 2nd on the play, and scored on James Tomlin's subsequent base hit.

But only 4 of the 19 batters Jakubauskas faced were able to put the ball in the air over his 5 innings of work:

Groundballs:  9
Flyballs:  2
Line Drives:  2
Walks:  0
Strikeouts:  6

West Tenn did TIE THE BALLGAME in the 5th, when Luis Oliveros led off with a double, Ronnie Prettyman sac bunted him over, and Josh Womack sac flied him in.

It would be the only run the DIAMOND JAXX produced.  Marwin Vega relieved Jakubauskas in the 6th and after allowing back to back hits and a stolen base to start, he did manage a groundout against Rene DIAMOND JAXX KILLER Rivera, but after intentionally walking Russell Mitchell, Bobby Malek sac flied the go-ahead run in, and it was all the Suns needed.

AAA:  They played one in Tacoma.  They WERE gonna play another....

Game 1:  Tacoma 3, Sacramento 2, 7 innings

Sean White:  3.1 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 2 walks, 2 K
Phillip Barzilla:  2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, walk, 2 K
Cesar Jimenez:  1 IP, 2 K
Greg Norton:  0-2, sac fly RBI
WLAD:  0-3, K
Mike Kinkade:  1-2, 2 run HR, walk
Oswaldo Navarro:  1-3, double, R

The River Cats snuck home a run in the first off Sean White, but believe it or not, it was all they got off White in his abbreviated outing.  He got a run in the 3rd when, after some pussyfooting on a double, walk and single left the bases loaded, Greg Norton sac flied a runner home to tie it.

Phillip Barzilla took over with one out in the 4th and worked through the 6th.  The Rainiers took the lead for good in the bottom 4th when, of all people, Mike Kinkade took Troy Cate deep with a runner on to put the Rainiers ahead 3-1, a lead Barzilla and WTF-closer(?) Cesar Jimenez would not relinquish.

Game 2 was suspended after testing positive for precipitation and wet grounds.  Tacoma was able to send 4 batters to the plate in the 1st before the umps called everyone off.  With a series against Fresno forthcoming and a long season ahead, I suppose they'll figure out how to make it up later.