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5/13 Minor League Wrap-Up

Internet's still crapped out at home, so this was written on the fly at work.  It's improved, though: coming in and out rather than just being out entirely.

Not a bad day in the org.  Triunfel's still out.  No, I don't know what's up with him.

Also, read this article by Kirby Arnold, and count the spelling errors!

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 5, VSL Pirates 3

Leonardo Rodriguez:  4 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 3 K
Reynaldo Sabala:  3.2 IP, 2 H, walk, 2 K
Yoervis Medina:  1 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER
Kelvin Montbrum:  one out, 1 H, walk (intentional), wild pitch
Jorge Agudelo:  2-4, 2 doubles, R
Mario Yepez:  1-4, double
Rigoberto Rangel:  2-4, triple, R, RBI
Jetsy Extrano:  1-3, double, walk
Cesar Del Rio:  1-4, GRAND SLAM

A cheap run in the 1st off the difficult Leonardo Rodriguez and 2 more in the 9th off  Yoervis Medina and Kelvin Montbrum left the VSL Bucs with a 3-0 lead and the VSLM's with 3 outs to somehow mount a rally or else fall to 0-2.

Bucs reliever Gabrioel Canones came in to pitch and got lit up.  Jorge Agudelo led off with a double and Mario Yepez followed up with a double as well to move Agudelo to 3rd.  Rigoberto Rangel lined a single to center to cash in Agudelo, 3-1, but Yepez isn't too fleet of foot, as he came around and got gunned down at the plate for one out.

Rangel did take 2nd on the throw home, and Jetsy Extrano drew a walk before getting  lifted for Roberto Velasquez.  Michael Acevedo came to bat and Canones uncorked a wild  pitch to move Rangel to 3rd.  A subsequent passed ball by catcher Ramon Cabrera moved Velasquez to 2nd... before Acevedo took one of the easiest walks he'll ever get.  Rafael Torrealba pinch ran for Acevedo, and Kenny Hart flew out to right for two outs.

The VSLM's looked like true MARINERS IN THE MAKING... until Cesar Del Rio pulled a shocking WALKOFF GRAND SLAM.

A:  Wisconsin 6, Burlington 4
WIS:  15-19... BUR:  15-21

Donald Hume:  5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 K, hit batter (7 GS, 2.02 ERA, 35.2 IP, 3 HR, 13/40  BB/K)
Travis Mortimore:  two outs (11 app, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 5/8 BB/K)
Phillipe Aumont:  3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 wild pitches (7 app, 0.87 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR,  6/23 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez:  3-5, 2 doubles, 2 R, K (200/307/292)
Edilio Colina:  3-4, double, R, 2 RBI (300/360/400)
Gavin Dickey:  2-4, double, R, RBI, K, 2 SB (390/429/542)
Ronald Garth:  1-3, RBI (228/291/329)
Denny Almonte:  1-4, solo HR

Maximo Mendez led off the 3rd with a double and Edilio Colina cashed him in on a sac fly to make it 1-0.  Donald Hume was cruising along until trouble struck in the 5th.

A (214/405/357) Shawn Hayes groundball got through and (198/245/302) Ryan Eigsti's lined single put two men on with one out.   With two out, (331/354/397) Adrian Ortiz smoked a grounder into RF to cash in Hayes and tie the ballgame.  Ortiz stole 2nd, his 15th swipe of the season, and (126/150/232) Wilson Tucker smacked a hard grounder to 3rd that 3B Edilio Colina could not play, cash in Eigsti and making it 2-1  Burlington.  Hume only got out of the inning when catcher Blake Ochoa gunned down Tucker trying to steal 2nd.

The T-Rats struck back in the bottom 5th.  With one out, Juan Diaz lined a single to center, and Edilio Colina paid back with a sharp grounder to short that Mike Moustakas  could not play.  Gavin Dickey lined a double to left to bring in Diaz and TIE THE BALLGAME  as Colina took 3rd.  That was all for Zach Peterson (7 app, 4 GS, 4.75 ERA, 30.1 IP, 3 HR, 6/24 BB/K), who got lifted for Juan Abreu (7 app, 3 GS, 4.78 ERA, 26.1 IP, 2 HR, 10/35 BB/K).

Joe Dunigan struck out, but Abreu plunked Ronald Garth, and Abreu uncorked a wild pitch to Scott Robinson to let Colina in and give the T-Rats a 3-2 lead.

Hume plunked the leadoff guy in the 6th, but got the next before he took his exit.  Don't be fooled: he had another dominant outing, not allowing a BIP in the air until two outs in  the 4th.

Groundballs:  9 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  3
Line Drives:  1
Walks:  0 (but 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  7

Travis Mortimore got out of the 6th without trouble, and it was time for the Phillipe Aumont Show... which begins with three quick groundouts.  The T-Rats even got him another run in the bottom 7th on a Ronald Garth seeing-eye single that scored Dunigan.

But the Bees started getting obnoxious.  Zack Evangelho (128/176/170) bunted himself on.  Then Adrian Ortiz not only bunted Zack over but got on himself.  Wilson Tucker bunted them over, but Aumont at least got him for one out.  With the pressure on the Quebecois, Mike Moustakas (240/295/364) lined a single to center to cash both men in, and Aumont finally surrendered his first earned runs of the season, as well as blowing the save in allowing Burlington to tie the ballgame.  Aumont did get the next two batters to get out of the inning, surviving  his first serious challenge in his pro career.

But the T-Rats made bad MARINERS IN THE MAKING, because they actually responded.  With one out, not long after his game-ending baserunning failure, Denny Almonte took Juan Abreu deep for his first HR as a T-Rat to give the T-Rats a 5-4 lead.  Maximo Mendez immediately lined a single, and Edilio Colina's double knocked him in to make it  6-4.

The T-Rats made some defensive switches for the 9th to help out Aumont, and Aumont struck out the first two batters he faced.  But Eigsti singled and a wild pitch moved Eigsti to 2nd.  No problem, though, as David Lough (246/327/323) flew out to center to end the ballgame.

A+:  Bakersfield 8, High Desert 2
Mavs:  17-22... Blaze: 24-15

Keith Renaud:  5 IP, 3 H, (6 R) 5 ER (HR), 7 walks, 3 K (7 GS, 7.32 ERA, 39.1 IP, 7 HR, 34/20 BB/K)
Steve Uhlmansiek:  2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, hit batter
David Asher:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, walk (17 app, 6.00 ERA, 15 IP, 1 HR, 6/11 BB/K)
Greg Halman:  2-3, 2 solo HR, K (265/317/490)
rest of Mavs lineup:  0-25, 2 walks, 3 K

Yes, other than Greg Halman, the Mavs were no-hit by Kasey Kiker (5 GS, 5.27 ERA, 27.1 IP, 4 HR, 7/17 BB/K) and Jared Hyatt (9 app, 3 GS, 3.21 ERA, 28 IP, 3 HR, 13/27 BB/K).  These, folks, are MARINERS IN THE MAKING.

Keith Renaud sucked, film at 11.

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

And no, I'm still not sure where Triunfel is.

AA:  Birmingham 4, West Tenn 2
WTN:  24-16... BIR:  22-18

Justin Thomas:  5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 walks, 6 K (6 GS, 5.17 ERA, 38.1 IP, 4 HR, 20/43 BB/K)
Travis Chick:  3 IP, 2 K (10 app, 2.45 ERA, 22 IP, 1 HR, 11/20 BB/K)
Prentice Redman:  2-4, double, 2 RBI (270/392/467)
Jon Nelson:  2-3, walk, K (297/366/396)
Luis Oliveros:  3-4, R (422/447/511)
Jeff Dominguez:   1-3, double, R, walk, K (233/300/315)

Justin Thomas couldn't hit his spots and the Barons took advantage, building a 4-0 lead by the end of the 3rd.  He did finish the minimum without further damage, but 4 runs sounds like plenty of damage to me, don't you think?

Groundballs:  7
Flyballs:  4
Line Drives:  2
Walks:  5
Strikeouts:  6

AAA:  Tacoma 4, Omaha 1
TAC:  21-17... OMA:  17-20

Robert Rohrbaugh:  5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 K (7 GS, 5.66 ERA, 35 IP, 2 HR, 15/19 BB/K)
Andrew Baldwin:  1 IP, 1 H, walk (8 app, 4 GS, 22.2 IP, 1 HR, 13/10 BB/K)
Jake Woods:  1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 2 wild pitches (11 app, 4.66 ERA, 19.1 IP, 4 HR, 7/15 BB/K, 1 fake tan)
Roy Corcoran:  two outs (6 app, 4.76 ERA, 5.2 IP, 7/5 BB/K)
Victor Diaz:  2-3, 2 R, solo HR, walk (310/412/471)
Shawn Garrett:  1-4, 3 run HR

Brandon Duckworth (9 app, 3 GS, 5.00 ERA, 36 IP, 4 HR, 17/30 BB/K) and Robert Rohrbaugh dueled, and the Rainiers cracked first.  Damaso Espino lined a single to lead off the 6th.  (286/380/452) Dave Matranga's sac bunted failed, as Espino got thrown out, but Mitch Maier (370/391/605) lined a single to right, and Matranga took 3rd on Mike Aviles' flyout.  Brian Buchanan (318/326/477) singled up the middle to cash in Matranga and make it 1-0 Omaha.  Rohrbaugh walked Jason Smith (233/294/488) and that was it for him.

Groundballs:  8 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  3
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  2

PHAT ANDY 22 busted some phat outz on Angel Berroa (299/315/520) and got out of the inning.  The Rainiers got a break in the 7th when newcomer Victor Diaz took Duckworth deep to TIE THE BALLGAME at 1.  And then in the 9th with one out, Jeremy Reed grounded to 2nd and Mike Aviles threw YIKES AND AWAY to put him on. Uh....

... Victor Diaz drew a walk, and Bryan LaHair struck out, bringing up Shawn Garrett, who destroyed a (15 app, 4.29 ERA, 21 IP, 5 HR, 14/30 BB/K) Neal Musser suck pitch to give the Rainiers a 4-1 lead.

Mystic Tan and Roy Corco finished off the AAA Royals without incident in the 9th.