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7/12 Minor League Wrap-Up

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- The VSLMs won yesterday's game with Los Cardenales with some walkoff pain.  With the game tied at 3, two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom 9th after the dreaded double intentional walk, Rigoberto Rangel took one for the team, getting plunked and forcing in the winning run.

Now, I admit I'm no master strategist when it comes to pro baseball, but I just don't understand the double intentional pass to load the bases with two outs.  Seriously, while I can understand walking Mario Yepez, probably the best VSLMs hitter, why walk the capable but beatable Michael Acevedo to load the bases, especially to get to Rangel, who is probably the next best VSLMs hitter behind Yepez?  You have two outs, Cardenales, and all you need is a groundball, a pop up, a can o'corn, or of course, a strikeout, to finish the frame without damage and force extras.  Maybe it was a concession.  Just allow the walkoff run and get off the field.  They got their work in, it's hot  and humid outside, Los Cardenales were already using their 5th pitcher of the game, and extra frames helps no one.  The result of the game is almost irrelevant and no one outside of the coaches and scouts are watching these games, and only to see how the players generally perform in game conditions... so why not concede.  Their loss is the VSLMs' gain.

- The DSLMs could have used that advice, as they played and lost a 13 inning thriller against the lowly DSL Cards.  They had built leads of 7-2 and 9-5, only to blow an 11-7 lead in the top 9th with help from FOUR wild pitches by reliever Enrique Rosario.  A bad throw by catcher Hassiel Jimenez on a steal attempt allowed the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run to score in the 13th.

- Today in MiLB.com Errors, the DSL box scores list Jose Jimenez as the DSLMs catcher, rather than typical DSLMs catcher Hassiel Jimenez.  A look at the DSLMs roster shows 4 catchers listed, one named Hassiel Jimenez and one named Jose Jimenez, who has 2 games logged on the season: one on May 31 and this game last night, both with distinctly different birthdays.  Now, to the unintiated, this is entirely plausible since the names Jose and Jimenez are awfully common in Latino nations and the DSLMs could have picked up a catcher with such a name.

But a look at the MiLB.com page for Jose Jimenez shows a player from Caracas, Venezuela... which would match the current High Desert pitcher Jose Jimenez from the VSL... plus Caracas, Venezuela is not in the Dominican Republic.  Thus, it appears that one of the statheads at MiLB.com just fell asleep at the wheel and didn't notice that some other Jimenez with the DSLMs amed Hassiel had already logged 28 games at catcher for the team.  I sent in a dup-record correction notice for Tommy Johannesen-Ellis at the Baseball Cube and will do the same here.

- It took a comeback from 7-4 down for the Pulaski Mariners to win their game, thanks in part to a crappy 1st start by 20 year old Taylor Lewis, in which he surrendered 6 runs (3 earned) in failing to finish the 3rd. On the flip side, Philip Roy threw 3 perfect innings, striking out 4, to seal the victory, his 2008 being a complete flip from his crappy 2007 in Everett, where he ran a 6+ ERA and averaged over 4 walks per 9.  Granted, Advanced Rookie ball is a step down from Short Season A ball,but it was what the doctor ordere for Roy, and is a piece of evidence for how much coming to the Appalachian League has helped the Mariners with their player development, by giving them an additional sub-A level in which to develop their prospects.

- I'll reserve judgment on whether Dennis Freaking Raben is truly slowing down until the next series.  He went 1 for 4 with a double and an HBP, knocking in a run and scoring another, in the Aquasox's 8-5 win over Tri Cities.  Get him away from one of the most extreme pitchers parks in the league, and let's see how he performs in other environments.  Granted, Everett's park is somewhat hitter friendly, but other parks vary in their factors.

- Thanks again to PascoJoe for going to Aquasox games in the Tri Cities and dropping details on what he saw.  He's got more info on what he saw out of Raben, Luis Nuñez and others.

- The start of an outfield rotation in Wisconsin?  The T-Rats have a welcome dilemma, with three talented outfielders all capable of covering center field: Daniel Carroll, Maximo Mendez and Denny Almonte.  Yesterday, Almonte got the start in center, with Carroll back in left, and Maximo over in right.  Maximo had started in center the day before.  There is also Joe Dunigan, solid in RF, but he DH'd yesterday.

Also, Wisconsin FINALLY got off the schneid with their 4th win of the 2nd half, snapping an umpteen game losing streak.

- Last night's Mavs game in Adelanto was suspended due to rain.  Before this season, High Desert had gone six years without a home game postponement.  This is the 2nd postponement in the last 4 days.

Fun fact: due to the lack of rain in the obviously arid High Desert, the Mavs do not own a tarp to cover the infield.  Thus it only took a few minutes of rain to render the infield dirt unplayable.

- Mark Kiger's struggles at SS were averted yesterday... sort of.  He got the start at 3B for West Tenn.  Erick Monzon started at SS.  Kiger made one meager assist, while Monzon had a putout and two assists, not much either, though to wit, Ketchner recorded 6 strikeouts and 5 airouts, versus only 4 groundouts.

- After yesterday's unwelcome bullpen bonanza, Daren Brown and the Rainiers had to be happy to send innings-eating Sean White to the hill... except Sean walked 5 batters and could only get through 6 innings in 113 pitches.  Fortunately, Justin Souza stepped up yet again, working a scoreless 7th and 8th, before Baek Bait came back from his sohrt vacation, coughed up a couple runs on 4 hits and made things mildly interesting before finishing the victory.

Stats below the jump!

VENEZUELA~!  VSL Mariners 4, VSL Cardinals 3
VSLMs:  33-18... VSL Cards:  24-24
(League:  255/338/345... 3.54 ERA)

Nolan Diaz:  8 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 K (12 app, 4 GS, 2.63 ERA, 48 IP, 3/34 BB/K)
Manuel Campos:  1 IP, 2 H (15 app, 3.42 ERA, 26.1 IP, 1 HR, 8/20 BB/K)
Carlos Ramirez:  2-4, double, 3 R, K (317/390/406)
Jetsy Extrano:  1-4, double, R, RBI, walk (255/339/366)
Cesar Del Rio:  2-3, 2 RBI, walk (275/344/384)

Dominican:  DSL Cardinals 12, DSL Mariners 11, 13 innings

DSLMs:  24-10... DSL Cards:  12-20
(League:  234/338/319... 3.72 ERA)

Ambioris Hidalgo:  4 IP, 3 H, (4 R) 3 ER, walk, K, wild pitch (6 GS +3, 6.00 ERA, 27 IP, 4 HR, 12/23 BB/K)
Jose Perdomo:  2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K (6 GS +3, 4.22 ERA, 32 IP, 1 HR, 5/21 BB/K)
Enrique Rosario:  2 IP, 2 H, (4 R) 3 ER, 3 K, 4 wild pitches (7 app, 3.50 ERA, 18 IP, 4/24 BB/K)
Nelson Germocen:  3.1 IP, 1 H, 2 walks, 5 K, wild pitch (14 app, 1.16 ERA, 23.1 IP, 11/36 BB/K)
Cristian Rijo:  1 IP, 2 H, (1 R) 0 ER, K
Efrain Nuñez:  2-3, double, R, 3 RBI, walk (286/396/558)
Hassiel Jimenez:  1-6, 3 run HR, some other RBI, walk, K, SB (313/439/429)
Bertin Sanon:  1-6, solo HR, 2 K (263/358/456)
Rey Lebron:  1-5, triple, 2 R, walk, 3 K (220/313/254)
Oliver Garcia:  1-1, 2 R, 3 walks
Ramon Morla:  1-5, double, 2 R, walk, K (200/391/329)
Axel Wel:  subbed in at 1B, double (250/347/317)

Rk-AZL:  Padres 5, Mariners 3
AZLMs:  7-9... Hated Rivals Rookies:  10-6
(League:  264/344/385... 4.53 ERA)

Nolan Gallagher:  3 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 1 ER (HR), walk, 3 K, hit batter
Fray Martinez:  4 IP, 5 H, (3 R) 0 ER, 3 walks, 4 K, 2 wild pitches (3 GS +2, 3.91 ERA, 23 IP, 4 HR, 13/22 BB/K)
Yao Wen Chang:  1 IP, 1 H, walk
Jeroen de Haas:  1 IP, 1 H
Jarrett Burgess:  0-5, R, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (203/266/254)
Cesar Fuentes:  2-3, RBI (344/382/438)
Jharmidy De Jesus:  2-3, RBI, K (328/357/448)
Alfredo Mateo:  1-4, double, RBI (262/359/400)
Robert Rodriguez:  2-4, K (257/270/357)

Rk+:  Pulaski 8, Kingsport 7
PMs:  16-8... KNG:  12-12
(League:  263/334/395... 4.36 ERA)

Taylor Lewis:  2.2 IP, 7 H, (6 R) 3 ER (HR), K, hit batter
Andres Esquibel:  3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 walks, K (6 app, 3.55 ERA, 12.2 IP, 2 HR, 3/4 BB/K)
Philip Roy:  3 IP, 4 K (8 app, 0 ER, 15.1 IP, 4/15 BB/K)
George Soto:  2-4, R, RBI, K
Blake Trinkler:  1-3, double, 2 R, K
Mario Martinez:  1-2, double, R, 2 RBI, walk (356/394/533)
Juan Fuentes:  2-4, double, R, 2 RBI (435/478/597)
Jose Rivero:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (325/411/500)
Dwight Britton:  2-4, double, 2 R, RBI (183/254/317)

A-:  Everett 8, Tri City 5
EVE:  10-15... 3C:  16-9
(League:  253/342/361... 4.08 ERA)

Steven Hensley:  5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, walk, 9 K, hit batter (3 GS +2, 5.65 ERA, 14.1 IP, 1 HR, 6/19 BB/K)
Christian Staehely:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, hit batter (7 app, 3.00 ERA, 15 IP, 1 HR, 12/10 BB/K)
Matt Renfree:  2 IP, walk, K, wild pitch (10 app, 3.00 ERA, 18 IP, 1 HR, 6/20 BB/K)
Javier Martinez:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K, wild pitch
Kevin Reynolds:  3-4, 2 doubles, 2 R, RBI (402/441/540)
Dennis Freaking Raben:  1-4, double, R, RBI, 2 K
Manny Pimentel:  3-5, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, K (189/318/284)
Bennett Billingsley:  1-3, double, R, 2 walks, K (196/296/261)
Luis Nuñez:  3-5, R, K, 2 SB (293/299/360)

A:  Wisconsin 5, Fort Wayne 4
WIS:  4-19... FTW:  9-15
(League:  250/322/370... 3.64 ERA)

Michael Pineda:  6.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), 3 walks, 5 K, wild pitch (12 GS +5, 2.22 ERA, 81 IP, 5 HR, 28/65 BB/K)
Natividad Dilone:  1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, K (10 app, 6.35 ERA, 11.1 IP, 2 HR, 7/10 BB/K)
Ryan Moorer:  1.1 IP, 3 K (28 app, 3.82 ERA, 35.1 IP, 2 HR, 12/25 BB/K)
Daniel Carroll:  0-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (304/377/377)
Denny Almonte:  1-4, double, 2 K (269/315/453)
Ronald Garth:  2-4, double, R, RBI, SB (275/333/426)
Joe Dunigan:  2-4, solo HR, 2 run HR (201/264/371)
Juan Diaz:  1-4, solo HR, K (239/283/305)
Maximo Mendez:  2-4, K, SBs #16, 17 and 18 (247/328/355)

A+:  High Desert's series opener with Modesto was suspended due to rain.  They will try to play the full nine innings today, and immediately try to play a 7 inning game afterward.

AA:  West Tenn 10, Tennessee 2
WTN:  8-17... TEN:  16-9
(League:  262/340/396... 4.18 ERA)

Denny Stark:  1 IP, K (8 GS, 5.12 ERA, 31.2 IP, 2 HR, 18/16 BB/K)
Ryan Ketchner:  5 IP, 4 H, walk, 6 K, hit batter (18 GS +1, 4.22 ERA, 102.1 IP, 8 HR, 31/64 BB/K)
Jason Mackintosh:  1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (30 app, 2.85 ERA, 41 IP, 1 HR, 8/22 BB/K)
Marwin Vega:  1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, walk, 3 K (32 app, 5.48 ERA, 47.2 IP, 3 HR, 34/33 BB/K)
Shawn Kelley:  1 IP, K (14 app, 0.48 ERA, 18.2 IP, 9/19 BB/K)
Brent Johnson:  2-3, double, RBI, 2 walks (314/395/448)
Greg Halman:  2-5, double, R, RBI (250/287/469)
Johan Limonta:  1-5, solo HR, 3 K (300/387/512)
Mike Wilson:  2-4, double, 3 R, RBI (275/373/551)
Jon Nelson:  2-5, 2 R, RBI (284/329/428)
Jose Yepez:  2-5, R, RBI, 2 K
Jeff Dominguez:  1-4, double, 3 RBI (217/280/278)

AAA:  Tacoma 6, Las Vegas 3
TAC:  47-49... LVG:  50-47
(League:  275/347/439... 4.77 ERA)

Sean White:  6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 walks, 2 K, hit batter (19 GS, 5.21 ERA, 114 IP, 9 HR, 37/46 BB/K)
Justin Souza:  2 IP, 2 H, K
Jared Baek Bait Wells:  1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K (36 app, 5.54 ERA, 37.1 IP, 1 HR, 21/36 BB/K)
Prentice Redman:  3-5, 2 R, RBI, K (333/383/593)
Victor Diaz:  1-4, R, RBI, 2 K (285/367/505)
Bryan LaHair:  1-4, double, RBI, walk, 2 K (258/355/461)
WLAD:  1-3, R, sac fly RBI, SB (240/339/533)
Luis Valbuena:  2-5, R, RBI (184/286/245)
Luis Oliveros:  1-4, double, RBI