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5/10 Minor League Wrap-Up

So as a tribute to my short term memory, in the hour and 10 minutes I was on the phone with my mother yesterday morning, not once did I remember to wish her a happy Mother's Day, which BTW is today.  Knowing that I'm prone to forgetting everyone's birthday's, including my own, let alone most Federal holidays, my mother probably understands, but nonetheless, she is reading this, and I'll go ahead and take the opportunity to say Happy Mother's Day, Mom.

So today, a ghastly meltdown leads me to debut a new feature in the Wrap-Up, a logistical error on my part leaves me without a game to recap, and at the least, we get a big win from somebody as compensation.

On to the wrap-up!


A:  So, in a laughable error, the box score and recap for Wisconsin yesterday was not from Friday's game, but actually from Saturday's game... which should have appeared in this Wrap-Up, rather than yesterday's.

I could be logistically correct and put the Saturday recap here, but the redundancy might be confusing.  Instead, here's a pidgin recap of Friday's game:  Wisconsin lost Friday's game 5-0, wasting 6.1 shutout innings from Michael Pineda.  Walter Suriel got blown up in the 7th and Jose Escalona made sure to give up some more in the 8th to seal the deal.  Ryan Moorer bailed him out with two big outs and Robert Harmon threw a scoreless 9th.  The T-Rats as a team had 4 hits, 3 of them XBH's (doubles from Edilio Colina and Gavin Dickey and a Calvin Beamon triple).  Joe Dunigan went hitless.  It sucked.

A+:  High Desert 10, Rancho Cucamonga 4
Mavs:  16-20... Quakes:  15-21

Kyle Parker:  5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 walks, 5 K, wild pitch
Julio Santiago:  one out, 2 walks
Bryan Harris:  2.2 IP, 3 K
Steve Uhlmansiek!:  1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Kuo Hui Lo:  1-3, triple, R, RBI (202/262/319)
Ogui Diaz:  2-2, RBI (244/292/267)
Chris Minaker:  1-5, double, R, RBI (292/320/479)
Carlos Peguero:  2-4, double, R, K (301/320/469)
Greg Halman:  1-3, 2 R, RBI, walk, K (264/318/457)
Erick Monzon:  2-4, double, R, 2 RBI, K
Leury "Latin Campaneris" Bonilla Watch: started at RF, 3-4, 2 R, RBI (299/382/433)
Jose Yepez:  1-4, double, R, 2 RBI

Kuo Hui Lo's 1st inning triple set up the first score of the game on a Chris Minaker double, and Minaker himself scored when Carlos Peguero's can of corn went right past CF Peter Bourjos.  2-0 Mavs.

Erick Monzon led off the 2nd with a lined single, and Leury Bonilla snuck a grounder up the middle with one out to put runners at the corners.  A Jose Yepez groundout cashed in Monzon, 3-0, and after Bonilla stole 3rd, Kuo Hui Lo's groundout cashed him in, 4-0.

Matt Mangini led off the 3rd with a ined single, and with one out, Carlos Peguero doubled him to 3rd, and Greg Halman's single cashed in Mangini to make it 5-0.  Erick Monzon doubled to center to cash in Peguero and Halman to make it 7-0, and the rout was on.


Kyle Parker put runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings and escaped trouble.  Parker worked a 1-2-3 4th, again put a runner on 2nd in the 5th, and again escaped without a run.

But with Parker tiring, the Quakes jumped on him in the 6th.  Peter Bourjos (333/366/476) lined a single to center to lead off.  Mark Trumbo (272/322/500) doubled him to 3rd, and Wilberto Ortiz (280/336/371) walked to load the bases.  Let's see you wiggle of this jam, Kyle.

And Kyle instead wiggled around the strike zone, walking the aptly named Brian Walker (296/349/480) to cash in a run to cut it to 7-1.  PJ Phillips singled to right to cash in Trumbo, 7-2, and that was it for Parker.

Groundballs:  6 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  7
Line Drives:  2
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  3
Strikeouts:  5

Julio Santiago relieved Parker and got Larry Infante (239/306/284) to groundout, but Wilberto Ortiz scored to cut the lead to 7-3.  Then Santiago walked Rian Kiniry and Anthony Norman (276/413/531) back to back to cash in another run, 7-4, and he got the hook for Bryan Harris, who got Abel Nieves (253/317/320) to ground into a well timed 6-3 double play.

The Mavs struck back in the bottom 6th.  Leury led off with a lined single, and Jose Yepez doubled him in to make it 8-4.  Sean O'Sullivan (8 app, 5 GS, 36.1 IP, 1 HR, 13/27 BB/K), having allowed all 8 Mav runs, FINALLY got the hook for AJ Ford, making his 3rd Cal League appearance.  Kuo Hui Lo bunted Yepez to 3rd for one out, and Ogui Diaz lined a single to left to cash in Yepez, 9-4.

The Mavs got another run in the 7th.  Greg Halman drew a walk (!!!), stole 2nd, and scored on a Leury Bonilla single to make it 10-4.

To the 9th we go: welcome back, Steve Uhlmansiek, and congratulations on your January wedding!  I'm gonna guess Uhlmansiek was rehabbing an injury in Extended ST, but honestly I have no info on why he was held out until now.  Evidently, from his scoreless 9th where he struck out the side, he's fine.

AA:  Birmingham 7, West Tenn 2
WTN:  23-13... BIR:  19-17

Doug FISTER:  5 IP, 4 H, (5 R) 4 ER (HR), 4 walks, 2 K
Roman Martinez:  2 IP, 1 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 3 walks, K
Craig James:  1 IP, 2 K
Prentice Redman:  1-3, double, R, walk, K (243/379/430)
Michael Saunders:  1-4, double (315/384/523)
Mike Wilson:  1-3, double, R, walk (247/351/494)
Adam Moore:  2-4, double, RBI (321/397/491)
Jon Nelson:  2-4, K (279/354/372)

The DIAMOND JAXX quickly jumped on the board in the 1st.  Prentice Redman led off the game with a double and eventually scored on a Mark Kiger groundout.  Mike Wilson double to right, and Adam Moore's grounder snuck throgh into LF to cash Wilson in, 2-0.

It would be all the DIAMOND JAXX got, as the Barons jumped all over Doug FISTER in the 4th.  David Cook (290/446/570) led off the 4th with a solo HR lined over the LF fence.  The FIST then walked Thomas Collaro (235/295/358) and Javier Castillo (255/344/396) back to back.  Micah Schnurstein (217/289/304) doubled both runners home with one out to make it 3-2.  And with two outs, (167/224/176) Rob Valido's grounder got misplayed by Johan Limonta to let Schnurstein in and make it 4-2.

FISTER found more trouble in the 5th.  After walking Cook with one out, he got Collaro to fly out, but with Castillo at the plate, Cook took off for 2nd and Adam Moore threw YIKES AND AWAY to give Cook 3rd.  Castillo's line drive single to right made Cook's score a formality and it was 5-2 Barons. FISTER finished the 5th, but that was that after that for THE FIST.

Groundballs:  6
Flyballs:  7
Line Drives:  4 (1 HR)
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  4
Strikeouts:  2

Roman Martinez came in, walked Victor Mercedes with one out, got Rob Valido to tap back to the mound, and Roman threw YIKES AND AWAY to put Mercedes and Valido at 2nd and 3rd... for Miguel Negron (237/328/271)... who smoked a grounder into RF to cash in both runners, 7-2 Barons.  For their middle inning meltdown, Doug FISTER and Roman Martinez have concurrently earned the first ever MLWU Cibney Bello Memorial [COATHANGER] Award.

Cibney Bello Memorial [COATHANGER] Award: Doug FISTER and Roman Martinez, May 10, 2008, for their middle inning implosion against the Birmingham Barons.

AAA: The Rainiers got rained out.  They'll try and get a doubleheader in today.