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7/24 Minor League Wrap-Up

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- Several media outlets have already reported on the drag-out MWL brawl between Dayton (20-13... Reds affiliate) and Peoria (21-12... Cubs affiliate). Both teams are MWL contenders.

Thanks to Bryan Smith at MLB.com for this thorough recap. For the uninitiated: this mess began when Peoria SS Nate Samson got plunked in the top 1st, then starter Julio Castillo (6 app, 3 GS, 2.86 ERA, 22 IP, 8/10 BB/K) plunked Dayton SS Zach Cozart (276/337/474... one of Dayton's better hitters) in the bottom 1st, knocking Cozart out of the game. A subsequent groundball led to a collision between Castillo and teammate Gian Guzman (202/258/326), breaking Guzman's leg. Then Castillo, later in the frame, plunked Dayton 2B Angel Cabrera (258/329/368). On the next ball in play, Cabrera slid into 2nd with a take-out slide. Peoria interim manager Carmelo Martinez (related to Edgar, and normal Peoria manager Ryne Sandberg... yet, THAT Ryne Sandberg... had left the team to attend some important events, including the Hall of Fame ceremonies) came out to raise hell about the slide and this whole passive-aggressive exchange. Dayton manager Donnie Scott came out, and the managers had themselves a heated argument. Martinez shoved Scott, and it was game on as the dugouts cleared. Castillo threw a ball at the Dayton dugout, and his pitch was a little high and outside because he ended up drilling a fan in the stands, right in the head.

The fan obviously required medical attention, and by the time umpires finally restored order, so many players were ejected that management for both teams had to phone the Midwest League president to reinstate enough players for both teams to finish the game. Julio Castillo was arrested for hitting the fan, faces criminal charges, and I bet his American baseball career is, for all intents and purposes, over.

Even better: Peoria is supposed to play a special game with the Kane County Cougars at Wrigley Field on July 29, this next Tuesday. The makeup of the team should be rather interesting for this one.

The Wisconsin T-Rats may be a young, struggling 7-25 MWL team, but at least they're not trying to kill anybody.

- Deybis Benitez helped pick the slumping Pulaski Mariners back up with 3 hits, as did starter Fabian Williamson with 10 Ks in 5 shutout frames in a 3-2 win.

- Boise's atomic offense isn't the only contributing factor to their destruction of the Aquasox in their series: Everett leads the league in runs allowed with 5.86, helped along by the Aquasox's league leading 169 batters walked, and league leading 330 hits allowed.

Bobby LaFromboise got run in the 2nd frame (LaFromboise took a beating FromBoise!), but Nolan Gallagher took a big step forward in his rehab, pitching the Aquasox through the 5th while not allowed his inherited runner to score in the 2nd, and only allowing one unearned run in 3 2/3 frames. In fact, with the Aquasox trailing 7-4 after 4, this game was in reach until Robbie Dominguez got blown up in the 8th for 4 runs without recording an out to turn it into a rout.

- Since his return to Wisconsin on July 10, Daniel Carroll... hasn't had a lot of good fortune. 6 for 37, no extra base hits, 2 walks and 11 K, including a Golden Sombrero. He hasn't lost his footspeed, though: 5 stolen bases since his return.

- Travis Mortimore deserves a better chance to start than to get thrown to the wolves in High Desert, and hopefully, whether or not the org moves High A ops to Florida, Mortimore will get that shot somewhere other than High Desert.

- With the Mavs trailing High Desert 7-5 in the 9th, Austin Gallagher (326/372/522) took Justin Souza deep with a man on and two out to make it 9-5. Steven Richard came in and immediately got taken deep by Andrew Locke (314/379/487) to make it 10-5 before Richard struck out the next batter.

But the first three Mavs in the bottom 9th loaded the bases before Jamie McOwen came up and belted a GRAND SLAM with one out to make it a 10-9 game, because NO LEAD IS SAFE IN THE CAL LEAGUE. Gavin Dickey singled after that, Kuo Hui Lo blooped one up and over SS Jamie Pedroza to allow Dickey to score and TIE THE BALLGAME, as Pedroza threw YIKES AND AWAY to give Luo 3rd base. This allowed Triunfel's flyout to left to cash in Luo on a walkoff sac fly!

- So much for no offense in Nashville: while Ryan Feierabend threw 6 shutout innings in his triumphant return to the Rainiers rotation, the Rainiers blasted off for four home runs in a 9-1 win over Nashville.

STATS below!

VENEZUELA~! VSL Rays 3, VSL Mariners 2
VSLMs: 37-23... VSL Rays: 27-31
(League: 253/335/342... 3.47 ERA)

Angel Raga: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter (10 app, 2 GS, 5.48 ERA, 21.1 IP, 19/13 BB/K)
Leonardo Rodriguez: 4 IP, 2 H, walk, hit batter (8 GS +2, 1.41 ERA, 44.2 IP, 17/30 BB/K)
Manuel Campos: 2 IP, 2 K (17 app, 4.30 ERA, 29.1 IP, 1 HR, 8/22 BB/K)
Jetsy Extrano: 2-4, RBI, walk, K (290/369/446)
rest of VSLMs lineup: 4-27, 6 walks, 2 K

Dominican: The DSLMs had Thursday off.

Rk-AZL: Rangers 8, Mariners 4
AZLMs: 9-17... AZL Rangers: 17-9
(League: 268/349/387... 4.56 ERA)

Kenta Suda: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 5 K (4 GS +2, 2.83 ERA, 28.2 IP, 1 HR, 17/22 BB/K)
Richard Ortiz: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER (HR), walk, K (9 app, 2.35 ERA, 15.1 IP, 1 HR, 11/14 BB/K)
Colin Buckborough: one out,. 3 H, 4 ER, 3 walks, wild pitch (8 app, 2 GS, 6.27 ERA, 18.2 IP, 1 HR, 14/16 BB/K)
Randy Castillo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, K
Cesar Fuentes: 0-2, 2 sac fly RBI (304/353/413)
Jharmidy De Jesus: 2-4, RBI (355/417/548)
Jarrett Burgess: 2-4, 2 R, K (202/268/247)

Rk+: Pulaski 3, Burlington Royals 2
PMs: 23-13... BUR: 12-24
(League: 259/331/386... 4.08 ERA)

Fabian Williamson: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 walks, 10 K, wild pitch (8 GS, 4.82 ERA, 37.1 IP, 6 HR, 19/48 BB/K)
Kyle Brown: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 walks, wild pitch
Andres Esquibel: 1.1 IP, 3 K, wild pitch (9 app, 2.65 ERA, 17 IP, 2 HR, 3/8 BB/K)
Philip Roy: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (11 app, 1.86 ERA, 19.1 IP, 5/21 BB/K)
Deybis Benitez: 3-4, 2 doubles, 2 R (340/379/528)
Juan Fuentes: 1-4, R, RBI (420/474/550)
Jose Rivero: 2-3, triple, RBI (310/387/457)

A-: Boise 12, Everett 4
EVE: 15-22... BOI: 24-13
(League: 255/345/368... 4.17 ERA)

Bobby LaFromboise: 1.1 IP, 4 H, (6 R) 3 ER, walk, K, 2 hit batters (6 GS, 4.43 ERA, 22.1 IP, 2 HR, 6/15 BB/K)
Nolan Gallagher: 3.2 IP, 3 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Doug Salinas: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 walks, K, wild pitch (11 app, 3 GS, 5.46 ERA, 29.2 IP, 2 HR, 17/27 BB/K)
Robbie Dominguez: no outs recorded, 3 H, 4 ER, walk (9 app, 10.80 ERA, 13.1 IP, 1 HR, 10/10 BB/K)
Bradley Reid: 1 IP, 2 H, K
Travis Howell: 2-4, double, R, RBI, K (330/461/418)
Welington Dotel: 1-4, triple, R, 2 RBI, K (277/333/386)
Tyson Gillies: 2-3, RBI, walk, SBs #10 and 11(306/378/403)

A: West Michigan 8, Wisconsin 5
WIS: 7-25... WM: 16-16
(League: 252/323/373... 3.70 ERA)

Michael Pineda: 4.2 IP, 7 H, (4 R) 3 ER, 2 walks, 4 K, wild pitch (14 GS +5. 2.35 ERA, 92 IP, 5 HR, 31/73 BB/K)
Ryan Moorer: 2 IP, 5 H, (4 R) 2 ER, walk, 2 K (32 app, 4.19 ERA, 43 IP, 2 HR, 18/30 BB/K)
Jeff Dunbar: two outs, walk, K
Jose Escalona: two outs (25 app, 5.34 ERA, 28.2 IP, 5 HR, 17/29 BB/K)
Daniel Carroll: 1-5, RBI, 2 K (269/352/323)
Edilio Colina: 2-5, R, RBI, K (282/342/376)
Denny Almonte: 2-5, double, R, K, SB #10 (263/307/429)
Joe White: 2-5, 2 RBI, K (259/358/259)
Joe Dunigan: 2-5, double, K, SB #20 (227/286/388)
Israel Nuñez: 1-3, R, RBI, walk (182/238/223)

A+: High Desert 11, Inland Empire 10
Mavs: 14-20... Empire: 18-16
(League: 273/342/412... 4.57 ERA)

Travis Mortimore: 4.1 IP, 7 H, (6 R) 5 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 3 K (5 GS +2, 6.41 ERA, 26.2 IP, 7 HR, 17/20 BB/K)
Bryan Harris: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, K (27 app, 7.36 ERA, 33 IP, 9 HR, 6/23 BB/K)
Justin Souza: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (HR), walk, 6 K
Steven Richard: one out, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), K (17 app, 3.91 ERA, 25.1 IP, 1 HR, 15/26 BB/K)
Kuo Hui Lo: 4-5, 2 doubles, solo HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, walk, K, SB #17 (261/322/430)
Carlos Triunfel: 0-4, R, sac fly RBI, walk (270/320/373)
Chris Minaker: 2-4, R, walk, K (294/324/442)
Ronnie Prettyman: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, K (318/352/506)
Jamie McOwen: 2-4, double, GRAND SLAM, 3 R, walk, K, SB #15 (259/317/398)
Gavin Dickey: 2-5, R, K (319/353/383)

AA: LOOK OUT! They played two in Chattanooga!

Game 1: West Tenn 3, Chattanooga 2, 7 innings

Brodie Downs: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, walk, 6 K (32 app, 5 GS, 3.67 ERA, 73.2 IP, 3 HR, 33/50 BB/K)
Jason Kershner: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, K
Shawn Kelley: 1 IP, 2 K (18 app, 0.72 ERA, 25 IP, 10/23 BB/K)
Greg Halman: 2-4, double, R (283/321/512)
Marshall Hubbard: 2-4, double, 2 run HR, 2 R, K (323/449/542)
Johan Limonta: 1-2, double, RBI, 2 walks (300/381/523)
Adam Moore: 2-3, double, walk (313/384/488)

Game 2: Chattanooga 3, West Tenn 1, 7 innings
WTN: 13-20... CNG: 14-19
(League: 263/340/397... 4.18 ERA)

Doug FISTER: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), 8 K (21 GS, 5.07 ERA, 113.2 IP, 12 HR, 38/87 BB/K)
Nelson Payano: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (HR) (9 app, 4.70 ERA, 15.1 IP, 2 HR, 14/17 BB/K with West Tenn)
DIAMOND JAXX lineup: 2-24, walk, 11 K

AAA: Tacoma 9, Nashville 1
TAC: 52-53... NSH: 41-64
(League: 275/346/440... 4.79 ERA)

Ryan Feierabend: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 K (9 GS, 1.90 ERA, 52 IP, 3 HR, 10/37 BB/K)
Oscar Villarreal: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, K, wild pitch
Jon Huber: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (38 app, 7.40 ERA, 3 HR, 19/35 BB/K)
Tug Hulett: 2-3, solo HR, sac fly RBI, 2 R, walk, K, SB (304/381/514)
Victor Diaz: 3-5, 3 run HR, solo HR (288/370/527)
Craig Wilson: 2-4, double, solo HR