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5/31 Minor League Wrap-Up

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This is one of those days where the creative intro isn't going to come to mind.

Anaheim's AAA affiliate is the Salt Lake Bees, and the Tacoma Rainiers gave them the pimpslapping that the Mariners themselves can't seem to give Anaheim (or anybody for that matter) this season.  Doug FISTER couldn't quite keep the clamps on the Tennessee Smokies as the offense couldn't provide the requisite firepower to keep up.  The Mavs don't have a lot of hitters left in their lineup and it showed Saturday night against the Stockton Ports.  Juan Ramirez had a rough outing, failing to take advantage of an unusually productive day at the plate for the T-Rats against the seemingly unhittable Kane County Cougars, and the VSLMs took a pounding from the VSL Cardinals.

On to the wrap-up, because why not.

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Cardinals 7, VSL Mariners 2
VSLMs:  8-8... VSL Cards:  9-7

Reynaldo Sabala:  3 IP, 3 H, (5 R) 1 ER (HR), 2 walks (5 app, 2 GS, 8.74 ERA, 11.1 IP, 1 HR, 7/5 BB/K)
Isliexel Gonzalez:  2 IP, 3 H, K
Nolan Diaz:  2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 K (5 app, 2.19 ERA, 12.1 IP, 1/11 BB/K)
Manuel Campos:  1 IP (6 app, 2.45 ERA, 11 IP, 4/10 BB/K)
Mario Yepez:  1-3, double, walk (339/400/500)
Michael Acevedo:  1-3, double, walk (271/397/458)

The VSL Cards took advantage of two infield throwing errors and two fielding errors in te 1st inning to score 4 runs.  Yes, 4 errors in the 1st inning.  Two were by SS Yidid Batista.  YOU'RE YIDOING IT WRONG.

The Cards got another run in the 3rd by more legitimate means, ditto in the 6th, and the VSLMs just couldn't manage much at the plate.

A:  Kane County 6, Wisconsin 4

WIS:  22-29... KC:  33-21

Juan Ramirez:  3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 walks, 2 K, hit batter (9 GS, 3.51 ERA, 51.1 IP, 14/50 BB/K)
Ryan Moorer:  two outs, 1 H, 3 ER, walk, hit batter (16 app, 2.89 ERA, 18.2 IP, 1 HR, 8/16 BB/K)
Keith Meyer:  2 IP, 1 H, walk, 2 K, 2 wild pitches (13 app, 3.05 ERA, 20.2 IP, 2 HR, 9/22 BB/K)
Jose Escalona:  1.2 IP, 2 K (7 app, 1.42 ERA, 6.1 IP, 3/7 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez:  3-5, double, triple, 2 R, 2 RBI, K (254/345/377)
Juan Diaz:  3-4, double, 2 RBI, K (253/299/327)
Joe Dunigan:  2-4, double (242/326/442)
Israel Nuñez:  1-4, double, R, 2 K (194/275/250)

Juan Ramirez's shaky outing included him loading the bases with two out in the 2nd, but getting out of trouble.  A Ronald Garth YIKES AND AWAY throw led off the 3rd to put Michael Richard (263/383/316) on, but after Richard stole 2nd, Ramirez retired 3 of the next 4 batters to get out of trouble.

He did not get out of trouble in the 4th.  He did get a run in the top 3rd from a Juan Diaz two out double.  But Larry Cobb (330/380/464) led off with a bloop single, Justin Frash walked and Dusty Napoleon got plunked to immediately load the bases.  (222/391/250) Adam Klein's flyout for one out did not cash in a run, but Michael Richard's tapback to the mound did cash in Cobb to make it 1-1.  And (299/398/343) Shane Keough's lined double to right left no doublt, cashing in both remaining runners to make it 3-1 and chase Ramirez two outs into the 4th.

Groundballs:  7
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  2
Walks:  3 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  2

Ryan Moorer got a Greg Dowling (278/336/407) flyout to end the rally, and Maximo Mendez's two out triple cashed in Calvin Beamon to cut the lead to 3-2.  But Moorer led off the 5th by walking Danny Hamblin, then plunked Corey Brown (269/357/489).  He got Larry Cobb to ground into a 6-4 fielder's choice for one out to leave runners at the corners, but gave up a single to Justin Frash to cash in Hamblin, 4-2, before taking a seat for Keith Meyer.  But Meyer uncorked a wild pitch to bring in Cobb, 5-2, and Dusty Napoleon drew a walk to put runners at 1st and 2nd, one out.  Adam Klein grounded out to move over the runners with two out, but Meyer uncorked ANOTHER wild pitch to cash in Frash and make it 6-2.

The T-Rats, who had had trouble scoring on Kane County pitching all series, got a couple extra runs in the top 7th off back to back doubles from Israel Nuñez and Maximo Mendez plus a Juan Diaz single... but Diaz killed the rally by getting greedy and getting thrown out at 2nd on the play.  But they could not get any closer.

A+:  Stockton 4, High Desert 0

Mavs:  26-30... Ports:  32-23

Kyle Parker:  4.2 IP, 5 H, (3 R) 1 ER, 3 walks, 5 K, 2 wild pitches (12 GS, 3.99 ERA, 67.2 IP, 5 HR, 25/59 BB/K)
Steve Uhlmansiek:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (7 app, 0.93 ERA, 9.2 IP, 1 HR, 6/11 BB/K)
Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  two outs, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, (intentional) walk (16 app, 6.10 ERA, 20.2 IP, 3 HR, 9/17 BB/K)
Bryan Harris:  1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K (8 app, 10.61 ERA, 9.1 IP, 3 HR, 1/8 BB/K)
Carlos Peguero:  2-4, K (292/311/454)
No other Mavs batter had more than a single.

With the bats unable to get any rallies going, Kyle Parker really had no chance anyway, but he had shaky control all night anyway and it finally snowballed into doom in the 4th inning.  Back to back singles put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out before Jermaine Mitchell's tapback grounder to the mound hot-potatoed through Parker's hands to load the bases.  Then Raul Padron lined a single to right to cash in a run and leave them loaded.  Chris Carter struck out, but Matt Sulentic's grounder got through into RF to cash in a run, and another run came in when Leury Bonilla botched the incoming wormburner.

It was 3-0 after 4, and Parker only ran into more trouble in the 5th.  Josh Horton beat out a grounder to short and Sean Doolittle walked.  Darryl Lawhorn flew out, but a Parker wild pitch moved Horton 3rd, and after Mike Affronti struck out, manager Jim Horner figured he'd go get Parker while the game was still in reach.

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

Steve Uhlmansiek got the Mavs out of the jam and finished the 6th without much trouble, but Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up a one out double to Horton, Travis Scott passed a ball and, after intentionally putting on Sean Doolittle, saw Horton come in on a sac fly to make it 4-0 before getting lifted.  This was more than enough for the Ports.

Just to show how much the Mavs are struggling... in the power friendly Cal League, the Mavs only have two active hitters with an OPS over .800: Greg Halman (267/322/563) and Matt Mangini (266/378/429).  Only three batters have an OBP better than .330: Travis Scott (280/333/424), Leury "Latin Campaneris" Bonilla (277/363/403) and Mangini.

AA:  Tennessee 5, West Tenn 3

WTN:  34-22... TEN:  23-33

Doug FISTER:  6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER (HR), 2 walks, 4 K (11 GS, 3.03 ERA, 65.1 IP, 5 HR, 24/49 BB/K)
Jason Mackintosh:  two outs, 2 H, 1 ER, wild pitch (18 app, 3.38 ERA, 21.1 IP, 5/13 BB/K)
Marwin Vega:  1 IP, 1 H (15 app, 6.21 ERA, 29 IP, 2 HR, 24/16 BB/K)
Craig James:  1 IP, K (16 app, 3.78 ERA, 16.2 IP, 8/21 BB/K)
Michael Saunders:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (295/363/487)
Johan Limonta:  1-3, double, R, walk, K (300/398/529)
Mark Kiger:  1-3, 2 RBI, walk, K (194/332/276)

Sam Fuld led off the game with a double off THE FIST and eventually came around on a Matt Craig lined single to make it 1-0 Smokies.

As FISTER tiptoed through shutout frames from there, the DIAMOND JAXX got it back in the 3rd thanks to a break.  Ronnie Prettyman grounded to 2nd but 2B Joe Simonkatis muffed it to put him on.  Prettyman stole 2nd before Luis Valbuena drew a walk.  Brent Johnson grounded out to 2nd for one out but moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Michael Saunders beat out a grounder to 3rd, allowing Prettyman to score and tie the ballgame.

FISTER was erratic but got away with it until the 6th.  Tyler Colvin led off the 6th with a walk, then took 3rd on a dubious play: Matt Craig grounded to 1st and 1B Johan Limonta took the easy out at 1st for one out, but thought he could get Colvin at 2nd, so he threw YIKES AND AWAY and Colvin not only got 2nd but 3rd as well.

Then Doug Deeds hit his 5th home run of the season to make it 3-1 Smokies.  Not sure how having Colvin on 3rd would have changed FISTER's approach to Deeds compared to having him on 2nd, but I'm not sure it made a huge difference.  A tiring FISTER threw Deeds a suck pitch and Deeds dropped it into the picnic area.

FISTER gave the 7th inning a go, got a flyout, saw Chris Robinson bunt and beat it out, then got the hook.  It wasn't a terrible outing by any means, but he certainly got hit some, and all it took was some bad breaks to leave him with what eventually became a loss.

Groundballs:  8 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs:  9 (1 HR)
Line Drives:  1
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  4

Yes, Jason Mackintosh uncorked a wild pitch, Adam Moore passed his 15th ball of the season, and the Smokies eventually cashed in two runs to make it 5-1.  The DIAMOND JAXX made a rally in the 9th.  Adam Moore and Johan Limonta drew back to back one out walks and Mark Kiger cashed both of them in with a two out hit to make it 5-3, but Ronnie Prettyman struck out to end the ballgame.

AAA:  Tacoma 9, Salt Lake 3

TAC:  27-28... SLK:  36-18

Chris Jakubauskas:  6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER (HR), walk, 8 K, hit batter (6 GS, 2.63 ERA, 37.2 IP, 4 HR, 10/27 BB/K)
Cesar Jimenez:  1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (20 app, 4.73 ERA, 26.2 IP, 3 HR, 7/31 BB/K)
Jon Huber:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K (19 app, 6.55 ERA, 22 IP, 9/17 BB/K)
Tug Hulett:  2-3, double, R, 2 walks (252/329/394)
Jeff Clement:  2-5, double, 2 run HR, K (359/486/709)
Victor Diaz:  3-5, double, solo HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (288/388/479)
Shawn Garrett:  2-5, double, R (289/316/478)
Bryan LaHair:  2-4, double, R, RBI, walk (262/344/471)
Yung Chi Chen:  2-4, 3 R (236/297/299)
Rob Johnson (LF!):  1-3, double, 2 RBI, walk, K, SB (239/303/302)

Take that, Anaheim!

... actually, Jakubauskas was very fortunate this went as well as it did. Tons of flyballs and line drives with those K's indicates a lot of pitches up in the zone.

Groundballs:  4
Flyballs:  8
Line Drives:  3 (1 HR)
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  1 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts:  8

The Rainiers had a 5-1 lead after 4, and a 3 run 6th left them comfortably ahead 8-2.