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5/22 Minor League Wrap-Up

I thought about holding off until tomorrow, and then I realized that I would have little to no time tomorrow, plus I had time tonight, so might as well get in there and get it done.

Some of these games were over quickly.  A salvo of 1st inning runs was enough to finish off the T-Rats and VSLMs.  The Mavs waited a while but eventually pounded Inland Empire into submission.  Rich Dorman pounded Chattanooga into submission while I give passing mention to an interesting contest in Tacoma that deserves and will receive more discussion later, but it's late and I've got to get to bed soon.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Cardinals 4, VSL Mariners 2
VSLMs:  5-5... VSL Cards:  6-3

Kervin Montbrum:  two outs, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 walks, K
Nolan Diaz:  5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K
Johalbi Chourio:  3 IP, 2 H, K, hit batter
Yidid Batista:  3-4
Jorge Agudelo:  1-4, RBI, K
Rigoberto Rangel:  2-4, double, R
Reginald Lampe:  1-3, double, 2 K
Mario Yepez:  pinch RBI double

The Cardinales got all 4 of their runs in the 1st, blitzing Kervin Montbrum and chasing him quickly from the game.  To his credit, Nolan Diaz pitched fine shutout ball through the 6th to save the bullpen.  Johalbi Chourio also saved the bullpen by taking over in the 7th and finishing the game.  The offense, however, could not stage much of a rally.

A:  Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 0
WIS:  20-23... CED:  21-25

Nathan Adcock:  2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER (HR), 2 walks, 4 K, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batters (9 GS, 3.47 ERA, 49.1 IP, 3 HR, 20/50 BB/K)
Walter Suriel:  3 IP, 5 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 2 K (5 app, 9.00 ERA, 8 IP, 1 HR, 8/7 BB/K)
Jose Escalona:  2 IP, walk, 3 K (5 app, 1.93 ERA, 4.2 IP, 3/4 BB/K)
Travis Mortimore:  1 IP, K (14 app, 0.59 ERA, 15.1 IP, 6/13 BB/K)
Edilio Colina:  2-3, double (317/376/417)
Denny Almonte:  2-3, K
rest of T-Rats lineup:  1-25, 2 walks, 4 K

Nathan Adcock never had it from the start, and after a 4-run disaster inning in the 1st, and narrowly escaping trouble in the 2nd after two walks, a wild pitch and a hit batter, Adcock was done after only two innings.  No word on whether he was hurt or if this was just a bleh night.

Either way, the T-Rats had no answer for lefthander Robert Fish (10 GS, 5.50 ERA, 52.1 IP, 5 HR, 25/52 BB/K), who threw 7 shutout innings in his best start in a month.

A+:  High Desert 9, Inland Empire 2
Mavs:  20-26... Empire:  19-27
(updated stat lines will get filled in tomorrow as MiLB has yet to update stats for the night for late games)

Alfredo Venegas:  5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 walks, 8 K, wild pitch
Steve Uhlmansiek:  1 IP, walk, K
Aaron Cotter:  1.1 IP, K
Julio Santiago:  two outs, 1 H, walk, 2 K
Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Kuo Hui Lo:  2-5, triple, 3 RBI, 3 K
Matt Mangini:  2-4, 2 R, K
Carlos Peguero:  0-3, sac fly RBI, 2 K
Chris Minaker:  2-3, 2 doubles, 2 R, walk
Greg Halman:  0-3, sac fly RBI, 2 K
Erick Monzon:  2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, K
Jose Yepez:  2-3, R, RBI, walk

This game was locked at 1 until the Mavs blew it open in the 6th.  Matt Mangini led off with a single.  With one out, Chris Minaker doubled, and Greg Halman sac flied Mangini in to give the Mavs a 2-1 lead.  Erick Monzon singled to cahs in Minaker, 3-1.  Jose Yepez singled to put runners at the corners, and Leury "Latin Campaneris" Bonilla Watch: back in RF, Leury came up here and drew a walk to load the bases... for Kuo Hui Lo... who tripled to right to clear the bags and make it 6-1 Mavs.

The Mavs added more severe run damage in the 7th.  Mangini led off by getting plunked and, once again with one out, Chris Minaker doubled.  With two outs, Erick Monzon singled to cash in both runners and make it 8-1.  Jose Yepez singled to right, and Monzon impressed by scoring all the way from 1st to make it 9-1.

AA:  West Tenn 4, Chattanooga 1

WTN:  30-17... CHA:  24-23

Rich Dorman:  CG, 3 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 10 K (10 GS, 2.23 ERA, 64.2 IP, 4 HR, 20/54 BB/K)
Michael Saunders:  1-4, solo HR, 2 K (310/370/511)
Adam Moore:  1-3, double, walk, K (283/366/428)
Johan Limonta:  1-4, triple, R, 2 K (302/392/558)
Mike Wilson:  1-3, sac fly RBI, 2 K (243/339/514)
Luis Oliveros (DH):  3-4, R (455/483/545)
Brent Johnson:  2-4, 2 run HR
Mark Kiger:  1-3, double, K (194/335/277)

The obvious story from this is Rich Dorman pitching his 2nd complete game of the season, while threading the needle against the Chattanooga Lookouts.  He wa sdominant at points, but gave up enough liners and flyballs to present himself as someone beatable.  The Lookouts just never got anything going... except for the only run he allowed.  It came in the only inning he got in any real trouble in, the 8th, and that run came on Adam Moore's 14th passed ball of the season with two outs and men on 2nd and 3rd after back to back line drive hits to start the inning.  Dorman was about to get out of the jam without a run.

Groundballs:  8
Flyballs:  6
Line Drives:  5
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  10

AAA:  Las Vegas 7, Tacoma 4
TAC:  23-22... LVG:  23-23

(again stat lines will go up tomorrow once current stats are updated)

Joe Woerman:  3 IP, 6 H, (4 R) 3 ER, walk
Scott Shoemaker:  4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), walk, K
Tracy Thorpe:  1 IP, walk, K, hit batter, 1 cleared catering spread
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 2 H, (2 R) 1 ER, K
Tug Hulett:  1-5, double, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jeff Clement:  2-5, solo HR, K
Victor Diaz:  1-5, double, K
Shawn Garrett:  2-3, RBI, K
Oswaldo Navarro:  1-4, double, R, 2 K

Numbers and a recap will have to wait until tomorrow due to time and upload turnaround... but can you believe that Joe Woerman's ERA actually went DOWN after this outing?  Yeah, 13.29 is lower than 14.00.