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5/30 Minor League Wrap-Up

I was out last night and LL softballers are meeting up down the street in less than half an hour, so have a look at the stats for last night, and check back later, as I'll look to fill in with details and BIP numbers for the SPs later tonight, along with posting tonight's wrap-up.

On to... well, numbers from last night, for now.

9:15 pm UPDATE:  Okay, after a great day with LL Softball, I have come back and filled in the blanks with Friday night's games.  It wasn't a great Friday night, but there's a few nuggets in the wrap-up that warrant a look.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 5, VSL Pirates 3
VSLMs:  8-7... VSL Bucs:  8-7

Erasmo Ramirez:  4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 3 K
Kervin Montbrum:  1.2 IP, 2 walks, K
Johalbi Chourio:  1 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 1 ER, walk
Angel Raga:  1 IP, 3 walks, wild pitch
Mayckol Guaipe:  1 IP
Yidid Batista:  2-5, 2 RBI
Mario Yepez:  3-3, double, R, walk
Rigoberto Rangel:  1-3, R, RBI, K
Michael Acevedo:  1-3, double, walk
Jetsy Extrano:  pinch RBI single

Mario Yepez's 1st inning double with Jorge Agudelo on helped set up Rigoberto Rangel's sac fly to make it 1-0.  The Bucs got the run back in the 4th, and took the lead in the 7th against reliever Johalbi Chourio.  Two singles set the table for the run to score on a Chourio passed ball with two outs.  The Bucs got another run in the 8th when an Angel Raga wild pitch scored the hilariously named Henry Henry.

But the VSLMs blew up in the bottom 8th.  Mario Yepez singled to lead off.  After a wild pitch moved Yepez over, Rigoberto Rangel singled to put runners at the corners.  A Francisco Vilchez wild pitch cashed in Yepez to make it 3-2 as Rangel took 2nd.  Rangel took 3rd on a Cesar Del Rio sac bunt for one out and Vilchez got yanked for Edgar Gutierrez.  Michael Acevedo drew a walk, and Kenny Hart got lifted for Jetsy Extrano, who lined a single to left to cash in Rangel and TIE THE BALLGAME as Acevedo took 2nd.  Acevedo got lifted for pinch runner Reginald Lampe and Extrano got lifted for Rafael Torrealba.  Franklin Diaz singled to center to load the bases and while Roberto Velasquez popped up for two outs, Yidid Batista smoked a grounder up the middle to cash in the pinch runners and it was 5-3 VSLMs.

In the top 9th, Dixon Mavares popped up in foul territory, but 3B Jorge Agudelo dropped it, and Mavares eventually walked.  Francisco Aponte walked, and Raga got lifted for Mayckol Guaipe.  Junior Sosa bunted the tying runs over to 2nd and 3rd for one out, and Carlos Leal hit a sharp liner... right to RF Rigoberto Rangel.  Mavares tagged up at 3rd, Rangel threw home and gunned down Mavares at the plate to end the ballgame.

A:  Kane County 4, Wisconsin 2

WIS:  22-28... KC:  32-21

Donald Hume:  3 IP, 6 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, 3 K, hit batter (7 GS, 2.02 ERA, 35.2 IP, 3 HR, 13/40 BB/K)
Jacob Wild:  2.2 IP, 2 H, walk, 3 K (11 app, 4.12 ERA, 19.2 IP, 1 HR, 7/17 BB/K)
Walter Suriel:  1.1 IP, walk, 2 K (6 app, 8.38 ERA, 9.2 IP, 2 HR, 10/7 BB/K)
Robert Harmon:  no outs recorded, 2 H, 1 ER, walk (12 app, 3 GS, 10.38 ERA, 17.1 IP, 2 HR, 13/17 BB/K)
Justin Souza:  one out (16 app, 3.80 ERA, 21.1 IP, 1 HR, 6/19 BB/K)
Travis Mortimore:  two outs (15 app, 0.55 ERA, 16.1 IP, 7/13 BB/K)
Juan Diaz:  2-5, double, RBI, K (241/289/310)
Edilio Colina:  2-4, RBI (299/358/408)
Denny Almonte:  pinch double (234/260/383)
rest of T-Rats lineup:  3-24, 2 R, 2 walks, 7 K

Without his Quebecois security blanket, Donnie Hume looked a lot more beatable Friday night.... seriously, though, Hume returned from a stint on the DL (Michael Pineda got transferred to the Everett roster to open up a roster spot; I'd hope Pineda will be moved back on soon, as he is kicking ass in the rotation this year) and, already facing a limited pitch count, saw it quickly run up as he ran into early trouble.

Oh, he looked just fine in the 1st, but he put two men on in the 2nd before getting out, and then it all caved in during the 3rd.  Adam Klein (222/391/250) led of with a double down the LF line, Michael Richard (263/383/316) beat out a grounder to short, and Jonathan Johnston (217/336/283) grounded to 2nd, only for Colina to muff it to allow Klein to score, 1-0, and put runners at the corner.

Hume got a break here.  A pickoff throw caught Johnston in a pickle, but Richard broke for home during the rundown, and Juan Diaz threw home and got him for the 1st out.  Johnston, however, took 2nd on the play, then stole 3rd for his 11th swipe of the season.  Larry Cobb (330/380/464) then smoked a grounder up the middle to cash him in and make it 2-0.  Danny Hamblin, in his 5th game with Kane County, then drew a walk, but Hume got the next two batters to get out of trouble.

But the first two batters in the 4th both singled, and that was it for Hume after 17 batters faced.

Groundballs:  7
Flyballs:  4
Line Drives:  1
Walks:  1 (and 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  3

Klein bunted the runners over against Jacob Wild, and Richard's sac fly cashed in another run to make it 3-0.

The T-Rats could not make any noise against Craig Italiano, the pitcher who saw his 2007 come to an early, scary end when a line drive to the face left him with a fractured skull.  He is back now and definitely showing no signs of trouble (10 GS, 0.72 ERA, 50 IP, 1 HR, 23/63 BB/K).  The T-Rats did, however, get a rally going against Brad Hertzler (9 app, 2.78 ERA, 22.2 IP, 1 HR, 6/17 BB/K).  Israel Nuñez led off with a single, Maximo Mendez lined a single to center and Juan Diaz lined a double to left to cash in Nuñez, put runners at 2nd and 3rd, and Hertzler got the hook for Justin Friend (14 app, 3.60 ERA, 25 IP, 3 HR, 15/37 BB/K).  Edilio Colina beat out a grounder to short, and Mendez scored to cut the lead to 3-2.

But the next three batters went down without bringing in a run, and the Cougars got another run off Robert Harmon, Justin Souza and Travis Mortimore... not that they needed it, as the T-Rats had nothing else.

A+:  High Desert 4, Stockton 2
Mavs:  26-29... Ports:  31-23

Anthony Varvaro:  6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (2 HR), 7 K (9 GS +2, 5.50 ERA, 52.1 IP, 7 HR, 36/51 BB/K)
Michael Wagner:  1.2 IP, 1 H, walk (21 app, 3.60 ERA, 25 IP, 5/20 BB/K)
David Asher:  one out, walk (22 app, 4.74 ERA, 19 IP, 1 HR, 8/15 BB/K)
Aaron Cotter:  1 IP, K (22 app, 3.33 ERA, 27 IP, 3 HR, 6/24 BB/K)
Matt Mangini:  2-4, double, solo HR, 2 RBI (264/376/431)
Carlos Peguero:  1-4, double, RBI, K (288/308/453)
Ogui Diaz:  1-3, solo HR!, 2 K (229/280/286)

Good thing for Anthony Varvaro that this game was in relatively balmy Stockton rather than in the High Desert country, because given the wealth of flyball-outs he had, had this game been down south, he would've been shelled and it's likely he'd have not seen the 4th inning, just like the precedessors we just covered.

The Mavs did give him early run support, which helped.  Carlos Triunfel stole 2nd in the 1st inning and eventually came around on a Carlos Peguero double to make it 1-0.  Pop gun powered Ogui Diaz shocked us all by leading off the 2nd with his 1st home run of the season!  Triunfel reached via a walk with one out and I'm sure that manager Jim Horner was on the phone with the press booth asking if his team took a wrong turn en route to the park and ended up in Bizarro World.  Pitcher Trevor Cahill uncorked a wild pitch to put Phenom on 2nd, and Matt Mangini's double (sound familiar?) cashed him in to make it 3-0.

Varvaro did not allow a run through the 6th, but he led off the 7th by getting taken deep by Sean Doolittle (Doolittle's 14th), and after Raul Padron crapped on another tired suck pitch for his 1st home run of the season, Horner gave Varvaro the hook.  Hey, at least he didn't walk anybody!  That's progress!

Groundballs: 3
Flyballs:  11 (with the last 2 going for HRs)
Line Drives:  1
Walks:  0
Strikeouts:  7

Michael Wagner got out of the 7th without further incident, and Mangini led off the 9th with his 6th HR of the season to stretch the lead to 4-2.  Aaron Cotter pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 2nd save of the season.

AA:  West Tenn 5, Mississippi 3
WTN:  34-21... MIS:  22-33

Ryan Ketchner:  6.1 IP, 3 H, walk, 7 K, wild pitch (11 GS, 3.79 ERA, 57 IP, 2 HR, 18/42 BB/K)
Brodie Downs:  1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, hit batter (18 app, 5.54 ERA, 27 IP, 3 HR, 10/21 BB/K)
Mumba Rivera:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K (20 app, 2.45 ERA, 22 IP, 1 HR, 6/25 BB/K)
Luis Valbuena:  1-4, 3 run HR, K (302/374/472)
Brent Johnson:  3-4, double, RBI, 2 SB (279/326/488)
Johan Limonta:  2-3, solo HR, 2 R, walk (300/398/529)

The DIAMOND JAXX piled on the runs early for Ryan Ketchner.  Luis Valbuena crapped on a suck pitch with two on to make it 3-0 in the 2nd, Johan Limonta hit his 2nd AA homer in the 3rd to make it 4-0 and two Jeff Dominguez steals allowed him to score on a Brent Johnson wormburner into RF to make it 5-0.

Ketchner pitched into the 7th, allowing a leadoff single there before striking out Quentin Davis to finish the outing strong.

Groundballs:  6
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  3
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  7

The AA Braves did not go down quietly.  JC Holt singled to lead off the 8th against Brodie Downs, and Matt Young hit his 5th triple of the season to cash him in and make it 5-1 before Downs got three straight groundouts to escape, though the first groundout brought in another run to make it 5-2.  In the 9th, Mumba Rivera came on and immediately gave up a double to Quentin Davis and a Derrick Arnold lined single to put runners at the corners.  A groundout got another run in to make it 5-3, but Mumba retired JC Holt on a flyout to end the ballgame.

Also, Jeff Dominguez left the game with an ankle injury.  No word yet on his condition, but count on him missing at least a few games to heal up.

AAA:  Fresno 7, Tacoma 1
TAC:  26-28... FRE:  27-27

Sean White:  4 IP, 9 H, 6 ER (HR), 3 walks, K (11 GS, 4.95 ERA, 63.2 IP, 5 HR, 17/24 BB/K)
Jake Woods:  2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K (16 app, 4.25 ERA, 29.2 IP, 5 HR, 10/21 BB/K)
Tracy Thorpe:  1 IP (All you can eat buffet)
Roy Corcoran:  1 IP,1 H, K (11 app, 6.52 ERA, 9.2 IP, 12/8 BB/K)
Tug Hulett:  2-4, double, RBI, K (252/329/394)
Victor Diaz:  1-4, double (288/388/479)
Yung Chi Chen:  2-3, double, R (236/297/299)

Some algebra:

[Ryan Franklin] - [crappy finger-pointing attitude] - [ability to get MLB hitters out] = [Sean White]

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