You want action? You'll get it in this wrap-up: every single game was decided by a single run, three of them needed extra frames to decide the outcome, and two of those were a result of 9th inning rallies.
That is all.
On to the wrap-up! I hope you have a drink and some time.
VENEZUELA~! VSL Mariners 5, VSL Mets 4
VSLMs: 11-10... VSL Mets: 13-9
(League: 261/348/363... 3.85 ERA)
Reynaldo Sabala: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 K, hit batter (3 GS +3, 7.71 ERA, 16.1 IP, 1 HR, 7/12 BB/K)
Oberth Guanire: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, 5 K
Yidid Batista: 3-4, 2 R, walk, SB (282/330/329)
Michael Acevedo: 2-4, double, 2 R, RBI, walk, 2 K (288/397/455)
Mario Yepez: 3-4, double, 2 RBI (365/412/554)
Larry Gonzalez: 2-3, R
Michael Acevedo doubled home a run in the 1st, and later scored on a Mario Yepez single to make it 2-0. But Reynaldo Sabala got lit up for two doubles, plunked a batter and suffered at the hands of a fielding error in a 3 run Metropolitanos 2nd.
The VSLMs tied the game in the 4th after three straight singles set up a score on a wild pitch. Had Rafael Torrealba and Michael Acevedo not struck out, the damage could have been greater.
Los Metropolitanos retook the lead in the 6th, 4-3, but in the 7th, Michael Acevedo led off with a single, took 2nd on a balk, took 3rd on a sac bunt from Rigoberto Rangel, then scored on a wild pitch. That's a curious way to circle the bases, but Michael won't complain, and the score is tied at 4.
Still tied at 4, Yidid Batista led off by beating out a grounder to short, taking 2nd on a Rafael Torrealba sac bunt. Michael Acevedo was intentionally walked... but Rigoberto Rangel's walk was unintentional, loading the bases for Mario Yepez, who flew out far enough to center for Yidid Batista to tag up and bring home the winning run.
Dominican: DSL Mariners 7, DSL Cardinals 6, 11 innings
DSLMs: 4-1... DSL Cards: 0-4
(League: 232/340/329... 3.87 ERA)
Anthony Fernandez: 5.2 IP, 3 H, (3 R) 1 ER, 3 walks, 5 K
Francisco Garcia: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, K
Gregorio Aquino: one out, 2 walks, hit batter
Felix Bautista: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, (intentional) walk, 4 K, balk, hit batter
Nelson Germocen: 1 IP, K
Ameilis Carvajal: 1-4, double, R, 2 RBI, 3 walks
Mario Flores: 1-4, double R, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 2 K
Hassiel Jimenez: 4-5, walk, SB
Rey Lebron: 3-5, R, walk, K
Axel Wel: 1-2, double, R, sac fly RBI, 2 walks
Efrain Nuñez: 1-5, R, RBI, walk, 2 K
This extra innings romp actually started out quiet, even staying so after the DSL Cards got a run in the 4th. The DSLMs did tie the game up in the 6th, after Mario Flores led off with a walk and a throwing error by the Cards allowed Flores to take 3rd. With one out, Axel Wel, who killed a rally in his last AB by flying into a double play, sac flied a runner home to tie it at 1.
But the DSL Cards got to starter Anthony Fernandez, scoring twice to make it 3-1 in chasing Frenandez from the game. The DSLMs almost went quietly in the top 7th, as Efrain Nuñez lined into an unassisted double play at 1B... but Ameilis Carvajal walked, Ramon Morla walked, and pitcher Angel De Jesus uncorked a wild pitch to move them to 2nd and 3rd before Mario Flores doubled them both in to TIE THE BALLGAME at 3. Hassiel Jimenez piled on with a single up the middle, but Mario Flores got gunned down at home for the 3rd out.
But reliever Francisco Garcia loaded the bases for the DSL Cards in the bottom 7th, who cashed two of them in with a single to make it 5-3.
The DSLMs continued pounding away in the 8th, though. Rey Lebron led off with a lined single to center, then took 2nd on a wild pitch before Axel Wel walked. With one out, Hector Mercedes pinch hit for the punchles Janelfry Zorrilla, and lined a single to left to load the bases. Efrain Nuñez worked the count, drew a walk and forced in a run to cut the lead to 5-4. Then Ameilis Carvajal drew a walk to force in another run and TIE THE BALLGAME at 5. Cards reliever Walter Santos got the hook for Eddy Rivera... who then walked Ramon Morla to give the DSLMs a 6-5 lead! Mario Flores did it wrong by striking out to end the rally.
The Cards got help help from a wild Gregorio Aquino. Aquino plunked the first batter and walked the 2nd, but the Cards inexplicably helped him with a sac bunt for one out, though they got the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Aquino hammered the point home by intentionally walking the next batter before getting yanked for Felix Bautista, who got a grounder to 3rd which 3B Ramon Morla astutely threw home to get the lead runner and prevent the run! Bautista got a flyout from the next batter to end the threat.
In the bottom 9th, Bautista gave up a leadoff lined single to Audris Perez, but struck out the next batter for one out. Perez got rung up trying to steal 2nd, and this looked to be in the bag... except Jorge Lopez singled up the middle, and pinch runner Michael Avila stole 2nd before coming home on Alex Castellano's single to tie the ballgame at 6. SAVE BLOWN for Felix Bautista, who then balked to give Castellano 2nd before striking out the next batter to send us to extras.
The DSLMs could have took the lead in the 10th. Carvajal led of with a walk and took 2nd on a Mario Flores groundout. With two outs, Hassiel Jimenez lined a single to left, but Carvajal could only get to 3rd. Jimenez stole 2nd, and Rey Lebron walked to load the bases... but Angel Zapata tapped back to the mound to end the threat.
Likewise, the DSL Cards could have ended it in the bottom 10th. Jeudis Polance led off with a lined single, and with one out, Juan B Cabrera got plunked, plus catcher Hassiel Jimenez passed a ball to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Felix Bautista struck out, intentionally passed and struck out the subsequent batters to escape the threat and send us to the 11th.
With one out, Marbin Beltre singled, and Efrain Nuñez grounded to 2nd, but the ball struck Marbin Beltre en route to 2nd and he was called out. What? It's a rule, sure, but you hardly ever see it. Needs more awareness. Meanwhile, Nuñez stole 2nd, then came around to score on Ameilis Carvajal's lined double to right to give the DSLMs the lead!
With three outs to doom, the DSL Cards... went quietly against reliever Nelson Germocen to seal the deal.
A: Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 5, 11 innings
WIS: 27-30... QC: 30-29
(League: 247/320/367... 3.56 ERA)
Edward Paredes: 6 IP, 8 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 3 walks, 6 K (11 GS, 4.07 ERA, 55.1 IP, 6 HR, 23/42 BB/K)
Walter Suriel: 1 IP, walk, 3 K (9 app, 6.23 ERA, 13 IP, 2 HR, 13/13 BB/K)
Keith Meyer: two outs, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), 2 walks, K (16 app, 3.70 ERA, 24.1 IP, 3 HR, 12/27 BB/K)
Ryan Moorer: one out, K (19 app, 4.35 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR, 9/17 BB/K)
Robert Harmon: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 walks, 4 K (15 app, 3 GS, 9.30 ERA, 20.1 IP, 2 HR, 16/21 BB/K)
Justin Souza: 1 IP, 3 K (20 app, 3.51 ERA, 25.2 IP, 2 HR, 7/25 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez: 0-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (271/371/382)
Gavin Dickey: 3-5, double, 3 R, RBI, 2 K (308/357/427)
Denny Almonte: 2-4, double, R, RBI, walk (250/295/417)
Calvin Beamon: 1-3, triple, RBI, 2 walks, K (241/310/331)
Blake Ochoa: subbed in at C, RBI single (278/352/329)
Neither team got going until Juan Diaz led off the 4th with a lined single, then stole his 1st base of the season, prompting Bandits catcher Paul Vazquez to throw YIKES AND AWAY, giving Diaz 3rd as well. Edilio Colina struck out and Ronald Garth grounded to 3rd and Juan Diaz got home safely to make it 1-0 as Garth was safe at 1st... and didn't. 1-0 T-Rats as Garth was safe at 1st. Joe Dunigan struck out but Gavin Dickey doubled home Garth to make it 2-0. Denny Almonte lined a single to center to cash Dickey and make it 3-0. Calvin Beamon ripped his 5th triple of the season (!) to cash in Almonte and make it 4-0 T-Rats. This rally finished off Bandits starter Mark Diapoules (10 app, 6 GS, 1.66 ERA, 43.1 IP, 1 HR, 12/45 BB/K), an impressive feat.
Edward Paredes had little trouble until the 5th, where back to back doubles from Jose Garcia (185/279/242) and Thomas Pham (216/303/485) cashed in a run, and Peter Kozma (279/370/397) cashed in another run with a single up the middle. But Paredes struck out the next batter and got a 4-6-3 GIDP to get out of trouble. It was the only trouble he got into over 6 innings.
Line Drives: 3
Pop Ups: 1
The T-Rats had the bullpen relay working with the 4-2 lead... until the 8th, when the normally reliable Keith Meyer came in, struck out his first batter, then gave up a single to Matt Arburr (222/279/405), walked Nick Peoples, then served a suck pitch to Domnit Bolivar (223/284/324), which Domnit blasted for his 1st home run of the season to make it 5-4. Meyer got a groundout, walked Jose Garcia, then saw Thomas Pham ground a ball into RF before getting the hook for Ryan Moorer, who allowed a Pham steal of 2nd but got out of trouble with a strikeout.
Still, the T-Rats went from the driver's seat to needing a run. 2B Jose Garcia killed a potential 8th inning rally when he unexpectedly snagged a Ronald Garth pop up and quickly threw to 1st to double off Edilio Colina. Not exactly Kenny Lofton but still a rally killer.
Robert Harmon pitched the 9th and ran into trouble, loading the bases wth two outs, but getting out of trouble. Pete Parise (15 app, 1.86 ERA, 19.1 IP, 3 HR, 2/10 BB/K) came on to close it down for the Bandits. Joe Dunigan popped up for the 1st out, but Gavin Dickey lined a single to right, Denny Almonte walked (?!?!?!), then Calvin Beamon came up and catcher Paul Vazquez passed a ball to gift 2nd and 3rd to the runners with one out. Parise had to intentionally pass Beamon to replace the force at any base, then struck out Scott Robinson. Maximo Mendez then struck out to end the- NO WAIT, Parise's pitch got past Vazquez, clearly a wild pitch, Vazquez could not recover in time to get anybody and Dickey came home for the miracle run to TIE THE BALLGAME! Juan Diaz grounded out, but the big break sent this game to extras!
Peter Kozma singled with two out in the top 10th, and catcher Blake Ochoa returned the favor with a passed ball of his own to give Kozma 2nd, but Harmon struck out the next batter to escape. The T-Rats went down in order in the bottom half. Justin Souza came on for the 11th: would we see Bad Souza or Good Souza?
The answer was obvious, as Souza struck out the side in the top 11th!
Matt Spade (16 app, 1.93 ERA, 18.2 IP, 1 HR, 13/18 BB/K) relieved Parise, and Gavin Dickey led off with a lined single to center. Denny Almonte ripped a double down the LF line, but LF Adron Chambers got it in in time to hold Dickey at 3rd. But it was only a matter of time with no outs, as Spade intentionally walked Calvin Beamon a 2nd time, and Blake Ochoa smoked a grounder into LF to bring in Dickey and win the ballgame!
Too many thrillers! Needs more boredom.
A+: Lake Elsinore 5, High Desert 4
Mavs: 26-35... Lake: 30-31
(League: 265/337/397... 4.36 ERA)
Anderson Garcia: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 2 K (7 GS, 10.54 ERA, 13.2 IP, 2 HR, 6/9 BB/K)
Alfredo Venegas: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, hit batter (10 app, 3 GS, 4.50 ERA, 40 IP, 3 HR, 10/42 BB/K)
Shawn Kelley: 1 IP (12 app, 0.00 ERA, 12 IP, 3/12 BB/K)
Leury Bonilla: 2-4, 2 R, walk (281/370/393)
Carlos Triunfel: 1-4, double, R (260/311/337)
Chris Minaker: 3-4, 2 doubles, R, 2 RBI, K (284/324/450)
Greg Halman: 1-4, RBI, 2 K (274/324/571)
Anderson Garcia took another step forward in his rehab, pitching 4 innings and actually not looking terrible. Oh, he didn't look good, but this is better than he's looked. Also, it appears that they're tandeming him with Alfredo Venegas, treating his relief appearances as de facto starts, which certainly helps the bullpen if Garcia's able to get any real distance into the game at all. Meanwhile, Venegas hasn't looked too good himself: he gave up 3 runs in the 5th to put the Mavs in a 5-0 hole.
The Mavs did squeeze home a run in the 6th, and rallied at length for 3 runs in the 8th to get within 5-4... but they went down in order in the 9th and that was that.
Some optimism: Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect 9th to run his scoreless innings tally to 12 since joining High Desert.
AA: West Tenn 13, Huntsville 12, 10 innings
WTN: 37-25... HUN: 37-25
(League: 264/342/400... 4.25 ERA)
Doug FISTER: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER (2 HR), 3 walks, 5 K, hit batter (13 GS, 3.84 ERA, 75 IP, 8 HR, 29/58 BB/K)
Travis Chick: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 walks, 2 K (16 app, 3.66 ERA, 39.1 IP, 2 HR, 20/31 BB/K)
Marwin Vega: 1 IP, 2 H, (3 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, K wild pitch (19 app, 5.73 ERA, 33 IP, 2 HR, 28/19 BB/K)
Roman Martinez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, hit batter (17 app, 5.66 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR, 12/17 BB/K)
Mumba Rivera: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (23 app, 2.81 ERA, 25.2 IP, 1 HR, 8/27 BB/K)
Brent Johnson: 4-5, double, 2 R, 3 RBI, walk, K (315/375/548)
Michael Saunders: 1-4, double, 3 R, 2 walks (290/373/495)
Mike Wilson: 2-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, K (256/351/513)
Adam Moore: 4-5, 3 run HR, solo HR, 6 RBI, walk (299/382/458)
Johan Limonta: 2-4, double, RBI, walk (310/408/575)
Jeff Dominguez: 1-4, double, K (225/282/295)
Kevin Reynolds: 2-4, triple, 2 R, walk, K
YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME. I'm only hitting the highlights here:
Huntsville just steadily piled on a struggling Doug FISTER, and it took a two run double by Brent Johnson in the 3rd, with a Mike Wilson RBI double, to keep pace after 3, score tied at 3.
And then the Stars exploded for four runs in the 4th, chasing FISTER and giving themselves a 7-3 lead.
The DIAMOND JAXX would have none of it, as Kevin Reynolds led off the 5th with a triple, Brent Johnson singled him in, Michael Saunders doubled, and Mike Wilson singled in Brent with one out, before Adam Moore crapped on a suck pitch for a 3 run bomb to make it 8-7 JAXX.
Johan Limonta, who BTW is kicking ass in AA, singled in the 7th to drive in a run and make it 9-7. But the Stars blew up on Marwin Vega once he came in, aided by a rare Limonta fielding error, to cash in 3 runs and give themselves a 10-9 lead. They got another run in the bottom 8th against Roman Martinez to make it 11-9.
Down to their final outs in the 9th, the DIAMOND JAXX struck. Adam Moore took Omar Aguilar deep to lead off, cutting the lead to 11-10. Johan Limonta doubled, then got lifted for Luis Valbuena (yes, the JAXX scored 10 runs and Valbuena wasn't in the lineup), who took 3rd on a Jeff Dominguez sac bunt, then scored after Aguilar uncorked a wild pitch to TIE THE BALLGAME at 11.
Roman tried to give it away in the bottom 9th, walking a batter with one down and plunking the next, but he got lifted for closer Mumba Rivera, who got two harmless flyouts to send this crazy game to extras.
Brent Johnson led off the 10th by beating out a grounder to 2nd. Michael Saunders tapped back to the mound, and Aguilar (yes, he was still in the game after that meltdown) threw YIKES AND AWAY into center field to leave everybody safe at 1st and 2nd. Mark Kiger walked to load em, and though Mike Wilson flew to center for one out, Adam Moore smoked a grounder into left field to cap his hot evening by cashing in two runs to make it 13-11! Luis Valbuena then, in uncanny fashion, grounded into the 3-6-3 inning ending double play.
Rivera came back out to shut it down, and the Stars had other ideas. Michael Brantley singled with one out, took 2nd on defensive indifference, then scored on an Alcides Escobar single. Escobar, at this point the tying run, swiped 2nd as Adam Moore threw YIKES AND AWAY to give him 3rd as well... but Mat Gamel grounded to 2nd to end the ballgame.
AAA: THANK YOU, Tacoma. Your Friday game with Fresno got rained out. Whew. I'm not sure how much more of this craziness I could have taken recapping today.