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6/7 Minor League Wrap-Up

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A slight adjustment to the wrap-ups: previously I had listed stats for opposing players in the game recaps.  I found this not just to be tedious, but distracting from the recaps themselves.  Therefore, instead I will now link the opposing team's Minor League Baseball Reference page if you wish to take a look at their stats.  These are kept remarkably current by B-R and provide an excellent reference for a variety of hitting, pitching and even defensive stats for every team in Minor League Baseball from A ball to AAA. I will still list the stats for the players in the Mariners org as before, and will leave it to you to click over to B-R if you have any interest in the opposition's lines.

Moving along, it looks like the org as a whole was also bushwhacked from Friday's hair-raising battles, as Saturday's games were far more tame.  Weather cut into the T-Rats and Rainiers games, but only one got to make up their games.  Rich Dorman's had a hot year in AA... that hit a wall last night, while the Mavs did get in on some late inning excitement, much to the bullpen's chagrin, while the Caribbean summer league squads went 1 for 2.

On to the wrap-up!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Pirates 3, VSL Mariners 2
VSLMs:  11-11... VSL Pirates:  14-8
(League:  262/349/363... 3.89 ERA)

Gerardo Esparza:  4 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 0 ER, walk, 4 K, hit batter (5 GS +1, 0.72 ERA, 25 IP, 5/18 BB/K)
Mayckol Guaipe:  two outs, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 walks (9 app, 2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP, 1 HR, 8/11 BB/K)
Nolan Diaz:  2.1 IP, 3 K (7 app, 1.69 ERA, 16 IP, 1/16 BB/K)
Isliexel Gonzalez:  1 IP
Rigoberto Rangel:  3-4, double (337/404/407)
Mario Yepez:  1-3, RBI (364/416/545)
Jetsy Extrano:  2-4, 2 K (259/333/333)

Both teams scored 2 runs in the 1st.  The VSLMs got two singles to leadoff, and a break when Michael Acevedo's grounder to short was misplayed, allowing a run.  Mario Yepez's lined single to left needed to help in cashing in Acevedo to make it 2-0.  But Gerardo Esparza allowed back to back one out singles, walked the next batter, and 1B Eduardo Garcia dropped the throw from a grounder to short to allow two runs that tied the ballgame.

After that, both sides remained quiet until the Pirates got two runners aboard in the 5th and one scored on a passed ball from catcher Larry Gonzalez to make it 3-2, and the Bucs did not allow a run after that.

Dominican:  DSL Mariners 6, DSL AthleticsDos 2
DSLMs:  5-1... DSLAs2:  2-4
(League:  233/339/330... 3.89 ERA)

Miguel Celestino:  4 IP, 3H, (2 R) 0 ER, walk, balk
Fello Yan:  2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 walks, K, wild pitch
Bruno Mercedes:  2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K
Ramon Morla:  3 PAs, 3 walks, 2 R
Hector Mercedes:  2-4, double, R, 2 RBI
Victor Ozuna:  1-4, RBI, 3 K

This game was knotted at 2 until the DSLMs blew it open in the 6th.  Ramon Morla walked, in a game where he reached safely in each PA without a hit.  Hector Mercedes smoked a grounder into RF, and a right fielder who probably isn't getting promoted anytime soon let it get by him, allowing Morla to score as Mercedes took 2nd.  Mario Flores bunted him over for one out, then Rudy van Heydoorn got plunked, and A2s catcher Diomedes Lopez passed a ball to alow Mercedes to score, 4-2, as van Heydoorn took 2nd.  Augusto Marte walked, and Janelfry Zorrilla's grounder was taken to 3rd to get the lead runner for two outs.  Victor Ozuna, however, singled up the middle to cash in Marte, 5-2.  Marbin Beltre came to the plate, and Ozuna stole 2nd base before the reliever uncorked a wild pitch to allow Zorrilla to score, 6-2.  Marbin took strike three to end the frame, but that was more than enough to finish off the struggling A2s.

A:  The T-Rats were getting pistolwhipped by the Quad City Bandits 6-1 in the 3rd when severe weather hit the area and the game was suspended.  With the weather washing out today's game as well, it appears that this game will not be finished as the MWL's 1st half is slated to end soon.  I'm sure the T-Rats, especially Nathan Adcock (who got chased in the 1st inning), are especially crestfallen.

A+:  High Desert 5, Lake Elsinore 4
Mavs:  27-35... Lake:  30-32
(League: 266/337/398... 4.38 ERA)

Kyle Parker:  6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 4 K (13 GS, 3.79 ERA, 73.2 IP, 5 HR, 27/63 BB/K)
Michael Wagner:  two outs, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER (23 app, 4.50 ERA, 26 IP, 5/20 BB/K)
Bryan Harris:  two outs, 1 H, 1 ER (11 app, 8.53 ERA, 12.2 IP, 3 HR, 1/9 BB/K)
David Asher: no outs recorded, 2 H, 1 ER hit batter (25 app, 5.23 ERA, 20.2 IP, 1 HR, 9/16 BB/K)
Aaron Cotter:  1.2 IP, (intentional) walk (24 app, 3.64 ERA, 29.2 IP, 3 HR, 8/24 BB/K)
Leury Bonilla: 2-4, double, solo HR, K (288/373/424)
Chris Minaker:  1-4, double (283/323/451)
Greg Halman:  2-4, R, RBI, 2 K (278/327/570)
Gerardo Avila:  1-3, RBI, K
Erick Monzon:  1-4, double, R (174/224/217)
Jamie McOwen:  2-3, 2 RBI (236/302/320)

Leury Bonilla led off the bottom 1st with his 3rd HR of the season to make it 1-0 Mavs.  After that, Kyle Parker kept the Storm batters quiet... really quiet.  In fact, he retired the first 13 batters he faced, until Brian Joynt doubled to left in the 5th.  Parker then walked the next batter, but got a 4-6-3 GIDP to get out of the frame.

He walked the first batter in the 6th, Jodam Rivera, then saw Jesus Lopez smoke a grounder into RF to put runners at the corners.  After getting the next batter to pop out, Parker got Cedric Hunter to ground into the 6-4-3 inning ending- wait, no, umpire Scott Mahoney said Lopez slid into 2nd safely.  It ended up being a crucial call: Jodam Rivera scored and tied the ballgame at 1.  If the GIDP stands, Rivera's run doesn't count.  They did get Hunter at 1st, and Eric Sogard grounded out to short to end the frame, Parker's last in an effective outing.

Groundballs:  8
Flyballs:  3
Line Drives:  2
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  2
Strikeouts:  4

Michael Wagner relieved Parker and got the first two batters, then watched Kulbacki smoke a double down the LF line before getting the hook for Bryan Harris, who has struggled badly since his callup from Wisconsin.  He got Jeremy Hunt to ground to short... except Carlos Triunfel muffed the ball and Kulbacki scored to make it 2-1 Lake.  Bad break, but Jodam Rivera grounded to short and Triunfel got that grounder fine, forcing out Hunt at 2nd.

The Mavs jumped on reliever Chris Shaver in the bottom 7th.  Greg Halman smoked a grounder into right to lead off.  Travis Scott tapped back to the mound and Shaver threw YIKES AND AWAY to put runners at the corners.  Gerardo Avila flew out to left, allowing Halman to tag up and score to TIE THE BALLGAME.  Shaver got the hook for Michael DeMark, and Erick Monzon doubled to left to move Scott to 3rd before Jamie McOwen cashed them both in with a single to right to make it 4-2 Mavs!

Harris came back out for the 8th, got a groundout from Jesus Lopez, then watched Javis Diaz double to right before getting the hook for David Asher.  Cedric Hunter grounded to short and beat it out, putting runners at the corners, then Eric Sogard got plunked to load the bases.  Mitch Canham got a grounder up the middle into center to cash in Diaz, 4-3, and keep them loaded.  Asher got yanked from an incredibly unlucky outing, and Aaron Cotter got Brian Joynt to ground to second, but 2B Monzon only had the play at 1st for two outs, allowing Hunter to score and tie the ballgame.  Cotter gets a blown save or his trouble, and intentionally walked Kellen Kulbacki before getting Jeremy Hunt to ground to short for the frame ending force out.

Rolando Valdez came in to pitch the 8th for Lake, and Chris Minaker greeted him by smacking his 22nd double of the year into center.  Tyson Gillies ran for Minaker, and Gillies deftly took 3rd on Carlos Peguero's groundout to short for one out.  Greg Halman then smoked a grounder into LF to cash in Gillies and give the Mavs a 5-4 lead.  Halman stole 2nd for his 22nd swipe of the year and Valdez intentionally walked Travis Scott... but Avila and Monzon both popped out to end the frame without further damage.

Cotter now was in line to collect a win for his trouble in the 9th.  He got Jodam Rivera to pop out, then pinch hitter Sam Cater grounded to short and reached when Carlos Triunfel muffed THAT.  TYPICAL TEENAGER.  Keoni Ruth pinch ran for Carter, then ran into the 2nd out on Javis Diaz's grounder to short.  Give Triunfel credit for converting outs on both runners he allowed to reach via error.  Cedric Huntre then flew out harmlessly to center to seal the deal.

AA:  Huntsville 7, West Tenn 2
WTN:  37-26... HUN:  38-25
(League:  264/342/400... 4.27 ERA)

Rich Dorman:  6 IP, 11 H, (7 R) 6 ER (HR), 4 walks, 8 K (13 GS, 2.70 ERA, 83.1 IP, 5 HR, 29/71 BB/K)
Brodie Downs:  2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, hit batter (21 app, 5.34 ERA, 32 IP, 3 HR, 15/24 BB/K)
Brent Johnson:  3-5, double, K, SB (333/388/564)
Mark Kiger:  2-4, R, walk (214/347/299)
Mike Wilson:  1-4, RBI (256/349/506)

The DIAMOND JAXX got two runs in the 1st with help from 2 errors by 3B Mat Gamel.  But with runners on 1st and 2nd with one out, Angel Salome struck out for the 2nd out, and catcher Luis Oliveros threw YIKES AND AWAY trying to get Mat Gamel, coincidentally, stealing 2nd.  Gamel was safe and Michael Brantley came in to score.

The Stars were getting to Dorman and they got him again in the 2nd. Mike Bell singled with one out, Carlos Corporan lined a single to put runners at the corners and Michael Brantley walked to load the bases with one out.  Alcides Escobar struck out, but GUESS WHO... Mat Gamel smoked a grounder up the middle to cash in two runners and give the Stars a 3-2 lead.

Dorman allowed two more baserunners in the 3rd but got out unscathed.  Two liners in the 4th found infielders to allow Dorman a 1-2-3 frame, but he was clearly getting hit by the division leading Stars hitters.  Dorman managed an easy 5th, but his offense was getting nothing against David Welch, who was pitching to contact, but the DIAMOND JAXX just couldn't get anything going.

Dorman finally ran into doom in the 6th.  Cole Gillespie lined a double to lead off.  Dorman looked okay after Mike Bell popped out and Corporan flew out to center (though Gilespie tagged up and took 3rd).  But Dorman intentionally passed Michael Brantley, then Alcides Escobar launched a gapper over Michael Saunders to the wall to cash in the runners, 5-2, as Escobar slid in with a triple.  Then Mat Gamel struck again, and I mean STRUCK a suck pitch over the LF wall to make it 7-2.  Dorman stayed in as manager Scott Steinmann was determined to get six innings out of the org retread, and Angel Salome ripped a shot over Mike Wilson to the RF wall for his 1st triple of the year.. but Matt LaPorta's liner mercifully found Mark Kiger at SS to end the disaster inning, and Dorman's crappy outing.

Groundballs:  5
Flyballs:  4 (1 HR)
Line Drives:  8
Pop Ups:  2
Walks:  4
Strikeouts:  8

Let's leave it at that.

AAA:  They played two in Tacoma!

Game 1:  Tacoma 12, Fresno 3, 7 innings

Chris Jakubauskas: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, walk, 4 K, balk (7 GS, 2.93 ERA, 43 IP, 4 HR, 11/31 BB/K)
Tracy Thorpe:  1.2 IP, 1 H, walk, K (6 app, 8.10 ERA, 6.2 IP, 1 HR, 5/5 BB/K)
Tug Hulett:  3-4, 2 run HR, 2 R (275/353/425)
Jeff Clement:  2-4, 3 run HR, K (366/489/725)
Shawn Garrett:  1-3, double, 2 R, walk (276/309/440)
Bryan LaHair:  2-3, 2 run HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, walk (269/350/481)
Yung Chi Chen:  2-4, double, R, RBI (255/314/335)
Prentice Redman:  1-3, 2 run HR (306/382/469)

Easy game for Jakubauskas, as the Rainiers jumped all over Brad Hennessey for 5 runs in the 1st.  The Not Good Enough For The Giants did claw to within 6-3, but the Rainiers got a 2 run bomb from Prentice Redman of Scott Munter to stretch it back out, and then they beat up on the aptly misnamed Bartolome Fortunato, as both Tug Hulett and Jeff Clement took him deep with a man on- actually, yeah, if Tug Hulett takes you deep in Cheney Stadium, you probably fail at pitching.  If there was any doubt the game was over before the 6th, it was gone once the Rainiers had a 12-3 lead.

Jakubauskas has had better games, ran into trouble in the 1st, and ran into trouble again in the 4th when he gave up four consecutive line drive singles, but after a cut-the-crap talk from pitching coach Dwight Bernard (who BTW looks like Terry Funk: check out the Rainiers coaches page), he got out of that frame with only a run allowed.  Still, he got hit pretty hard and was fortunate that he a) only surrendered 3 runs and b) had a metric ton of offense behind him today.

Groundballs:  7
Flyballs:  5
Line Drives:  7
Pop Ups:  1
Walks:  1
Strikeouts:  4

Game 2:  Tacoma 2, Fresno 1, 7 innings

TAC:  30-31... FRE:  29-32
(League:  272/345/431... 4.71 ERA)

Scott Shoemaker:  4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), 4 K (14 app, 1 GS, 3.90 ERA, 27.2 IP, 5 HR, 11/24 BB/K)
Jake Woods:  1 IP, 1 H, K (18 app, 4.05 ERA, 33.1 IP, 5 HR, 12/26 BB/K)
Roy Corcoran:  1 IP (15 app, 5.02 ERA, 14.1 IP, 1 HR, 13/11 BB/K)
Jared Baek Bait Wells:  1 IP, walk, K, wild pitch (23 app, 4.88 ERA, 24 IP, 1 HR, 13/20 BB/K)
Victor Diaz:  double, 2 RBI, walk (286/378/482)
rest of Rainiers lineup: 1-18, 2 R, 6 walks, 6 K (this includes Clement, who DH'd)

With Mystic Tan having recently worked out of the pen and Joe Woerman still exhibiting slingshot-like control of his pitches... Scott Shoemaker got his 6th career AAA start, and gave the Rainiers a solid effort, only allowing a run on a solo shot from Dayton Buller.  Victor Diaz had doubled home a run in the 1st, so the solo shot tied the game, but the Rainiers broke the tie in the 5th. Tug Hulett drew a one out walk, Yung Chi Chen singled to put runners at the corners, Jeff Clement walked to load the bases, and Victor Diaz's flyout to right allowed Tuglett to tag up and score the go-ahead run.

With Mystic Tan having worked the 5th and now in line for the win, Roy Corco got three groundouts in the 6th, and Jared Wells immediately got himself into trouble in the 7th. Nate Schierholtz walked to leadoff, then took 2nd on a wild pitch.  With the tying run at 2nd, Baek Bait struck out Scott McClain, got Brett Harper to ground out, and got Julio Cordido to ground out to end the ballgame.