Mariner Minors
Saturday, May 29, 2004
Tacoma 5, Las Vegas 14 (LA)
Knuckler wasn't really fooling anyone tonight, not that the defense helped, RHP Scott Maynard (12.60, L) went five innings today and gave up nine earned runs on eleven hits (4 HR!!!) and five walks, with no strikeouts to show for it. RHP Andrew Shibilo (5.40) did his thing for the rest of the game and went three innings giving up a run on three hits with two walks to two strikeouts. SS Jose Lopez (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 E, .267) hit a three-run bomb in the first, his ninth of the year. The only other things of note were DH Bucky Jacobsen's (2B, .309) two-bagger, LF Elpidio Guzman's (RBI, .317) mostly useless two-for, and C Ben Davis (.208) getting a hit AND walking AND raising his average above Mendoza. LHP Bobby Madritsch returns tomorrow.

San Antonio 7, Round Rock 9 (HOU)
The Missions are finding new ways to lose 'em, that's for certain, and a three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth did them in this time around. RHP Rich Dorman (2.40) started and didn't seem to have the same control he usually has, going full on a lot of hitters, throwing a wild pitch, and giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, though he did ring up seven. LHP Chris Key (4.78) followed and, remarkably, didn't give up a run despite a hit, a wild pitch, and two walks in his inning of work. The much-maligned (and with good cause) RHP Ben Christensen (4.50) gave up a run via a hit, a wild pitch. and three walks in the sixth and struck out one. RHP Rick Guttormson (4.56) went an inning and two-thirds and gave up a solo homer, plus two walks with two strikeouts, then LHP Jared Thomas (0.00) stepped in for a lone strikeout. When the ninth came around, RHP Renee Cortez (5.79, L) allowed four runs on three hits (HR, to end the game), two walks, and a wild pitch. The Missions have no distinct closer right now, and the rest of the pen is pretty much shambles. On the plus side, LF Shin-Soo Choo (2 R, RBI, .286) went 3-5, RF Cristian Guerrero (HR, .226) had a solo jack, and CF Dustin Delucchi (2B, R, .335), 2B/1B Hunter Brown (2B, R, .275), and SS/2B Rob Gandolfo (2B, 2 RBI, .245) all went two-for. RHP Elvis Perez on Monday?

high Desert 7 (MIL), Inland Empire 8
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (3.64) took over Dorman's spot and is doing fine with it. Today, he went four innings and gave up two runs on five hits and a hit batter with five strikeouts. RHP David Viane (5.79) went through a third of an inning from hell, as he gave up four hits and a walk and each of the baserunners came around to score, though LHP Cesar Jimenez (1.67, W), who allowed six hits of his own in three and two-thirds innings, only allowed one of those and went on to strike out two. RHP Darwin Soto (5.89, S) closed out the game with a hit and a walk. The Sixers were banging out doubles like there was no tomorrow, with SS Juan Gonzalez (2B, 2 R, RBI, .335) going three-for, 3B Jesus Guzman (2B, R, .320/.431/.456), LF Jon Nelson (2B, R, 3 RBI, .294), CF T.J. Bohn (2B, R, RBI, .300), and RF Vince Faison (2B, .320) going two-for, and C Rene Rivera (2B, 2 RBI, .279) going one-for. 2B Hyung Cho (.288) also picked up two hits on the night. RHP Juan Sandoval tomorrow.

Wisconsin 12, Peoria 9 (STL)
Despite what seemed like an attempt by LHP Thom Oldham (3.81) to give the Chiefs the game early on, the T-Rats rallied in a big way tonight. Oldham ended up going four and two-thirds and giving up four runs on five hits (HR) and three walks with five strikeouts. RHP Bryan Heaston (4.18) fared worse, allowing a run for every out he recorded in an inning and a third; four hits (HR), a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch, a balk, and a strikeout. RHP Juan Ovalles (5.33, W) wasn't effective either, but got the job done by allowing only a run on two hits and a walk. RHP Bryan Stitt (2.81, S) picked up his tenth save with only one hit in the final inning and a third. The top third of the order was pretty impressive tonight, LF/RF Josh Womack (3B, 3 R, RBI, .261), 2B Eric Blakeley (2 RBI, .216), and 3B Evel Bastida-Martinez (2 R, E, .279) all had two hits. CF/RF Chris Colton (HR, 3 RBI, .224) also hit out his fourth. LHP Jason Mackintosh tomorrow.

Aguirre 9, Tronconero #2 7 (NYM)
Strange, strange game for the Aguirre team. Stranger still that they pulled it out. RHP Carlos Figueroa (5.79) started, faced one batter, walked him, was pulled for RHP Daniel Yerovi (13.50, E), who faced three batters and allowed a hit and two walks. Keep in mind, Figueroa's run has scored, along with two of Yerovi's, and no out has yet been recorded. Then, RHP Ronald Uviedo (1.86, W), who REALLY deserves a spot in the rotation, goes four and two-thirds and only allows one run on a hit (triple) and two walks while striking out four. RHP Jorge Acosta (5.79, E) went an inning and a third after that and gave up two earned on a hit, a walk, a hit batter, and a wild pitch with two strikeouts. RHP Edgar Guaramato (12.27) stepped in after that for a third of an inning where he walked one and punched out one before giving way to LHP Hugo Castro (0.00) who had the same results in two-thirds of an inning. RHP Diomny Gaetano (0.00, S) picked up his first save by pitching the eighth and ninth giving up two hits and a walk, but nothing else. On offense, 2B Luis Valbuena (2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, CS, .229) came a homer short of the cycle. There were also lots of two-fors, collected by DH Juan Fuentes (2 R, .231), RF Jose Graterol (2 R, RBI, .333), and C Jair Fernandez (2B, 2 RBI, .462). 1B Gerardo Avila (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, .350) also hit his first homer of the season. RHP Marwin Vega on Monday?

Tacoma Rainiers: 26-18, .591, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-28, .440, 13 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 29-20, .592, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 21-27, .438, 7 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 6-4, .600 1.5 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 104-97, .517


Transaction Update:

To help out the thin Missions bullpen, the Mariners have called up LHP Jared Thomas from extended spring training and signed RHP Ben Christensen as a minor league free agent.

Thomas, 23, spent last year in and out of the bullpen in Inland Empire, but seems more likely to fit the reliever mold at this point, which is fine because he's struck out more than eleven per nine innings over his career.

Christensen, 26, is a former first-round pick and generally thought to be one of the worst human beings to ever play baseball. I can't rationalize his signing really by any other standards than desperate times calling for desperate measures.

Of course, this transaction is incomplete right now, because the Missions are on the road and have no good coverage when that happens, but rest assured, I'll get thigs thing pieced together when I see some actual news on it.


Transaction Update:

This is a really minor issue, but with LHP Bobby Madritsch coming off the DL, OF Michael Nesbit has been sent down to extended spring training in Peoria to make room.

Friday, May 28, 2004
Tacoma 11, Las Vegas 3 (LA)
LHP Travis Blackley (3.13, E, W) got a bumped up start in Nageotte's place and did all right for himself, going six innings and giving up three runs on six hits (HR) and three walks with another three strikeouts. RHP Jared Hoerman (3.38) pitched the seventh and eighth and did what could be expected from him, no runs, three hits, a walk, and a strikeout. LHP George Sherrill (1.73) closed out the game with an easy ninth. Lots of offense tonight, but not a lot of multi-hits. 1B A.J. Zapp (HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, .294) had three on the night, including his ninth jack, while CF Jamal Strong (2B, 2 RBI, .313), SS Jose Lopez (2B, R, .266), and LF Luis Ugueto (R, RBI, .296) had two each. RF Hiram Bocachica (2B, R, .308), DH Bucky Jacobsen (2B, R, RBI, .310), C Ben Davis (2B, R, RBI, .196) all hit doubles on the night. RHP Scott Maynard starts tomorrow, LHP Bobby Madritsch will make his triumphant return on Sunday.

San Antonio 2, Round Rock 3 (HOU)
Not much to say, other than the Missions lost their seventh straight and are mired in a slump the likes of which I've not recently seen... oh wait... RHP Gustavo Martinez (3.75, L) went five and a third and gave up three runs on four hits (HR), SIX walks, with only one strikeout to show for it. LHP Tim Rall (4.10) then pitched a third, before giving way to RHP Emiliano Fruto (6.51), whose switch is currently set to less erratic, as he went two and a third giving up a hit and walk, hitting two batters, and striking out another two. Lots of two-fors tonight, but not a lot to show for it; CF Dustin Delucchi (2B, RBI, .333), RF Shin-Soo Choo (2B, RBI, .273), C Brian Moon (2B, .273), and 2B Rob Gandolfo (2 R, .233). RHP Rich Dorman tomorrow!

High Desert 2 (MIL), Inland Empire 1
RHP T.A. Fulmer (4.24, L) pitched a hell of a game, but it just wasn't enough, as even RF T.J. Bohn's (.297) on-base streak was broken. Fulmer went six and two-thirds, allowing only two runs on six hits (HR) and a walk as he punched out five, which is good to see again. LHP Miguel Martinez (4.15) pitched the rest of the game and walked two and struck out three. Top part of the order did what they could tonight, 3B Jesus Guzman (R, .313/.424/.444) and CF Gary Harris (2B, RBI, .274) got hits, but any lower than that in the order and there was nothing. LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith tomorrow.

Wisconsin 0, Peoria 10 (STL)
What can I say, it was horrible game all around. LHP Eric O'Flaherty (5.84, L) got seriously knocked around, eight runs, twelve hits, three walks, a hit batter, two wild pitches, and just one strikeout in three and two-thirds innings. I'm starting to wonder if he won't be sent to Everett when their season starts, if only temporarily. RHP Kenly Chang (4.88) followed with two and a third where he gave up another two runs on three hits with two punchouts. RHP Mike Hrynio (5.21) had a surprising four strikeouts in his two innings. No T-Rat multi-hit or nailed one for extra-bases, so I don't see much point in doing an offense recap. LHP Thom Oldham tomorrow.

Universidad 4 (FLA/SD), Aguirre 5
Well, one of my guesses was right, as RHP Alfredo Venaga (2.16, E) got the start for Aguirre and went four and a third innings and allwing two runs on five hits with three punchouts. RHP Felix Correa (1.50) went the next three and two-thirds, giving up nothing earned on a couple of hits, a walk, and three strikeouts. LHP Hugo Castro (0.00, W) pitched an inning and got the eventual win, as the team rallied for three runs in their half of the ninth. SS Deybis Benitez (R, RBI, .200) and 1B Gerardo Avila (.353) had two hits each, but the only extra base hit came in a pinch by PH Juan Fuentes (3B, R, RBI, .174), who ended up being instrumental in the ninth inning rally. RHP Carlos Figueroa or RHP Esteban Bolivar will start tomorrow.

Tacoma Rainiers: 26-17, .605, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-27, .449, 12 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 28-20, .583, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 20-27, .426, 8 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 5-4, .556 1.5 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 101-95, .518


Transaction Update:

Big news of the night has been two-fold. The Mariners have called up RHP Clint Nageotte and have deisgnated OF Quinton McCracken for assignment, giving the club fifteen days to outright, trade, or release him.

Nageotte, 23, has been the subject of many recent articles and statements by the press and Mariners manager Bob Melvin, some of them curiously ill-informed. Today's suggestions that Nageotte was better off in Tacoma where he could continue to work on his off-speed pitches seem to have been overridden by another rough start by RHP Gil Meche. Would this move still have been made if LHP Bobby Madritsch been healthy? Hard to say. But let's focus on what we have to go with here. Nageotte had a 4.66 ERA in nine starts this year, a .229 average against, and an uncharacteristically low K/BB of 1.68. Under normal circumstances, such stats wouldn't get you promoted from AAA, even if you do have the best slider in the minor leagues, but desperate times call for desperate measures and the M's need youth. Nageotte will be ready to pitch at any time in the series and it's entirely possible that he could get the start over Meche on Tuesday, provided LHP Ron Villone pitches at some point in the meantime.

McCracken, 33, seems to be another curious victim of Melvin's difficulties in utilizing a bench player. To this point in the season, McCracken has logged only 20 at-bats and has hit for an empty .150 average. The removal of McCracken from the roster is not as interesting as what could potentially happen next. This will most likely open a roster spot on the 40-man, allowing a number of potential changes. If the M's conclude that they need another player who can play the outfield, Hiram Bocachica may be added and the Mariners would pick up a useful utility player, giving them a deeper, if not stronger, bench. If the M's decide to go back on previous suggestions that they don't really need another left-hander right now, George Sherrill could be added to the roster, and there would be much rejoicing by myself, Sidney, Jason, and any number of others. If they decide they'd really prefer more starting depth, then Travis Blackley, who will take over Nageotte's spot in the rotation, is their man, though I don't consider this as one of the more likely options (and won't discuss the possibility of Jose Lopez yet for that very reason).

In the continuing wave of Nageotte articles, and InsideThePark have stories up on the matter.


News Around the Minors...

This has become a near daily thing, so I'm trying to run with it now.

InsideThePark has a Rainiers notebook detailing "The Chaves Effect". Pitching coach Rafael Chaves moved up from San Antonio to Tacoma this season, along with most of the Missions rotation, and now the pitchers who have been under his tutelage for the past two seasons are creditting him for teaching them new approaches and techniques that are proving invaluable.

Both the P.I. and the Times have notebook details (scroll down) claiming that the notes about Nageotte going to the bullpen were premature. Melvin retracts some of his early statements and adds some additional "insight" to this change. For some reason, the way this has been handled unnerves me.

The Tacoma News Tribune compiled a list of players that could contribute in a trade or in the majors.

Sixers RHP Darwin Soto now has bragging rights versus his former team after he dominated them during the recent series. If only he could have had the same dominance against everyone, then he'd probably be more prominant on the M's radar, for all the talent he has.

Thursday, May 27, 2004
Tacoma was rained out yet again. RHP Clint Nageotte will still start tomorrow against Las Vegas.

San Antonio 7, Round Rock 8 (HOU)
The pitching staff saw the collapse of some formerly solid pieces as the Missions dropped their sixth straight. LHP Troy Cate (5.08, L) went five tonight and gave up four runs on eight hits (HR), a couple of walks, and a couple of strikeouts. RHP Renee Cortez (3.38) pitched the sixth and seventh and ended up giving up a run on three hits and a walk while ringing up two. It really seemed to fall apart when RHP Rick Guttormson (4.50) came in and gave up a hit and a walk in a third before giving way to LHP Tim Rall (4.15), who gave up a homer to allow both runs to score. The worst part of it? That homer came after a rain delay, and if it kept raining, this Missions would have won. 1B John Lindsey (2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, .319) went an impressive 4-4, while 3B Greg Dobbs (2B, 2 R, .324) and DH Ryan Balfe (2B, RBI, .198) both went two-for. Not to mention CF Dustin Delucchi (HR, .330) knocking out his second homer and RF Shin-Soo Choo (3B, .270) legging out his third triple. RHP Gustavo Martinez seems like a good bet to start tomorrow.

Inland Empire 2, Lake Elsinore 0 (SD)
Saeger was right and the 66ers were back on track tonight, and how can you go wrong with Kid K, RHP Felix Hernandez (3.19, E, W) starting? He went six innings, two-hitting the Storm with a walk, a hit batter, and eight punchouts. LHP Melvin Pizarro (3.10, S) looks like he might be getting back to form too, as he pickedu p the three-inning save, walking one batter and striking out three. Not much offense tonight, but it was enough. SS Juan Gonzalez (2B, .328) and 3B Jesus Guzman (.302/.412/.438) had two hits a piece, but 1B Matt Hagen (2B, 2 RBI, .214) did the damage to knock both runs in during the second inning. Also, while he didn't get a hit, RF T.J. Bohn (R, .303) did walk, which extends his streak of games where he reached base safely to fourteen, I think. He had a twenty-one gamer going earlier, like I said, the guy's a machine. RHP T.A. Fulmer tomorrow.

Wisconsin 0, Quad Cities 1 (MIN)
I'll come right out and say it, RHP Nibaldo Acosta (3.57, L) has the worst luck of any pitcher I've seen in a while. While he did hit three batters in his seven innings, he didn't walk a man and allowed only three hits while he struck out five. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a solo home run in the second. LHP Casey Abrams (9.00) went the eighth and walked two, but neither led to any damage. The T-Rats only managed five hits today, and two of those belonged to the suddenly hot-hitting LF Josh Womack (2B, .254), who also managed the only extra-baser. CF Wladimir Balentien (.260) had his short hitting streak come to an end, in addition to striking out thrice. LHP Eric O'Flaherty starts tomorrow against Peoria, who won't see a right-handed starter for the entire four-game series.

Aguirre 10, Ciudad Alianza 2 (BOS)
Well, I was wrong about the starter, but looking at the lines, that's all right, and i wanted to see LHP Jose Jimenez (6.00) start a game anyway. Jimenez went four innings and gave up a pair of runs on a pair of hits and a pair of walks (though he only hit one batter, threw one wild pitch, and struck out three). RHP Kelvin Alcaron (0.00, W) went the next three frames, walked two, and rung up two. RHP Irwin Rodriguez (0.00) pitched through the final two innings, allowing a hit and a walk agaisnt two strikeouts. There were eleven hits overall by Aguirre, but RF Jose Graterol (2B, SB, 2 R, 2 RBI, .308) seemed to have the biggest ones, going 3-4 overall. I'm starting to wonder if he'll see some time in the US; this is his third year in the VSL and he's already 20. Rookie C Jair Fernandez (2B, R, .400) also picked up an extra-baser in the game. It might be RHP Esteban Bolivar tomorrow, but it also could be someone like RHP Alfredo Venega. It's hard to tell in the Venezuelan League.

Tacoma Rainiers: 25-17, .595, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-26, .452, 11 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 28-19, .596, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 20-26, .435, 8 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 4-4, .429 2.5 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 99-92, .518

Hardball Times has an article on the Top 5 Minor Leaguers You've Never Heard Of. Bucky Jacobsen comes in as number five on the list, along with some interesting comparisons to former Mariner prospect David Ortiz. Check it out.

News around the minors...

The pressing question on everyone's mind: Is Nageotte relegated to bullpen duties or not? The current answer is, no, he is not. Both Jason of InsideThePark and Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune are reporting that neither Nageotte nor the Rainiers coaching staff have any knowledge of Nageotte being moved to the 'pen. He would have made his usual scheduled start today, but look outside and you can probably tell that there's a rainout in a effect. In addition, the News Tribune reports that LHP Bobby Madritsch should be ready to pitch when his next turn in the rotation comes around. No timetable yet on the return of C Wiki Gonzalez or RHP Cha Seung Baek.

Mike Saeger has dug up some interesting me concerning the Sixty-Sixers recent three game skid which has left them clinging to first place in the south division by only half a game...

Here's some ugly numbers for you in the last 3 games heading into Thurs game @ LKE.
Team has hit .152 with ROB in last 3, scoring 5 total runs. Team batting .045 with RISP last 3 games and 0 x 8 with RISP/less 2 outs. The 3-4-5 spot has 16 K's in 30 ab in last 3 games and the team BAV is .225 last 3 games (23 hits/29 K). Also, Sixers have lost 9 of the last 11 on the road (4 straight road series losses)--first time since '01 that a SBR team has lost 4 straight road series.. Team outscored 71-37 in those 11 road games and the starters have a 6.03 ERA in those 11 road games. OUCH!
Watch us play lights out tonight.

I know I'll be tuned into the game tonight at 7 PM PST, particularly with Tacoma cancelled and Felix pitching. This Sixers team is too good to not break out of a skid like this in a big way. Thanks again to Mike Saeger for keeping me, and you readers out there, informed.

The San Bernadino County Sun also has a story on Sixers OF Vince Faison and his experience playing against his former Cal League team following his trade from the Padres to the M's.

In even more Sixers news, Bobby Livingston is now leading Melky Cabrera in the Top Prospect Alert poll by five vote. Thanks to everyone from here, Mariners Wheelhouse (and Steve, for notifying his readers to begin with), and Top Mariners Forum for helping out with the voting. This one's going to the wire, that's for certain.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Well, a few nights ago, I said it was an ugly night for the system. This was grotesque; a collective 0-5 and, again, not by a large margin in most cases. But, on the plus side, just two more wins and the Optimist gets to come back.

Iowa 6 (CHC), Tacoma 4 (seven innings)
LHP Matt Thornton (5.84, L) had a start that, unfortunately, isn't too unusual for him, going four innings and giving up five runs on eight hits and four walks against four punchouts. RHP Scott Atchison (4.26) followed with two innings where he didn't give up an earned run on a hit and three walks with two batters rung up. RHP Jared Hoerman (4.15) closed out the game with a hit and two strikeouts. On offense, the Rainiers had some Uggy Mojo going, LF Luis Ugueto (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .277) went 3-3 and hit his second bomb of the season. Other than that, 1B A.J. Zapp (2B, RBI, .290) had a double, but nothing else was noteworthy.

Iowa 8 (CHC), Tacoma 6
LHP Craig Anderson (6.39, L) did his usual routine tonight, three and third, four earned on eight hits (HR) with surprisingly neither walk nor strikeout. LHP Randy Williams (1.71) stepped in after that and gave up an earned run on three hits and two walks with a punchout during his inning and two-thirds. RHP Andy Shibilo (6.75) did it yet again tonight, two innings, a run on three hits and two walks. DH Bucky Jacobsen (2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, .310) was raking again for the Rainiers with a 3-4, and he was backed up by RF Elpidio Guzman (R, E, .312) and LF Luis Ugueto (HR, .288) both going two-for. 3B Justin Leone (RBI, .262) was back in the lineup, moving SS Jose Lopez (E, .260) over again to his natural position, and both collected hits. I'd suggest RHP Clint Nageotte pitches tomorrow, but right now I'm confused by this whole ordeal and only hoping that it's just the Pineiro route to the rotation.

San Antonio 5, Round Rock 7 (HOU)
RHP Juan Done (5.40, L) wasn't bad, he just collapsed in the fifth innings. Overall, in four and two-thirds, he gave up five earned on nine hits and three walks. LHP Jared Thomas (3.86), making his 2004 debut, went two and third innings and gave a run on two hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts. RHP Ben Christensen (0.00), a former Cubbies pitcher, had two walks and strikeout in the eighth. Details on that as soon as I find out what happened. Every Mission had a hit tonight, but only one, the homer by 2B Hunter Brown (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, .279) was for extra-bases. In addition to those by Brown, 3B Greg Dobbs (RBI, SB, .321), C Luis Oliveros (.250), and SS Eddie Menchaca (R, E, .211) had two hits. LHP Troy Cate tomorrow.

Inland Empire 3, Lake Elsinore 5 (SD)
Unfortunately, LHP Bobby Livingston (2.14, L) picked up his second loss (first deserved loss), giving up five runs on eight hits (HR), a hit batter, and a walk in five innings, with six strikeouts to show for it. But he's tied in the TPA poll right now, so that's a good sign. RHP Tanner Watson (5.95) went the next inning and two-thirds giving up a lone hit and striking out three before he gave way to a curious one-out appearance by LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (3.51). RHP Darwin Sotto (6.23) struck out the side in the eighth, and that's great to see. The offense wasn't bad, but they had trouble driving the ball tonight. CF Gary Harris (2B, .275), RF T.J. Bohn (R, .309), and LF Carlos Arroyo (R, .314) all had two hits, while C Rene Rivera (HR, .292) knocked out his fourth home run. 1B Matt Rogelstad (.269) played his fifth position tonight, with the Sixers still easing in DH Jon Nelson (.293) and Pichi Balet out with bronchitis. RHP Felix Hernandez tomorrow.

Wisconsin 5, Quad Cities 6 (MIN)
LHP Ryan Feierabend (3.57, E), despite the stat line, seemed to have tremendous difficulty finding the strike zone at times tonight. He went six and a third giving up three earned on four hits, three walks, and a wild pitch with three punchouts, but there was a time when he threw around ten pitches without recording a strike. RHP Juan Ovalles (5.32, L) picked up his fourth loss, going an inning and two thirds and giving up two runs on three hits (HR) with a strikeout. LF Josh Womack (R, RBI, .249) broke out his bat tonight and went 3-4. Meanwhile, SS Adam Jones (R, .246) and 3B Evel Bastida-Martinez (.265) had two hits. DH Michael Cox (3B, R, RBI) managed to leg out his second double. CF Wladimir Balentien (RBI, .271) extended his hitting streak to six, but struck out twice. RHP Nibaldo Acosta tomorrow.

As for the VSL team, I goofed. Apparently, in addition to getting Sundays off no matter what, there are periodic off days scheduled. Which makes some sense, considering the heat there and the fact that most of the players on the roster are 17-20. RHP Esteban Bolivar starts tomorrow.

Tacoma Rainiers: 25-17, .595, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-25, .468, 10 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-19, .587, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 20-25, .444, 7 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 3-4, .429 3 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 97-90, .519


No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

This idea is wrong on any number of levels, and I'm just not going to be satisfied if it's true. Bring Sherrill up, by all means, but don't take ANOTHER promising starter and resign him to a bullpen role where he'll have less opportunities to work and fewer chances to improve his command.

Maybe it's just poor writing, but things like this just irk me. Now, if there was a clear indicator in the article that Nageotte might be taking the Pineiro route to the rotation, or that this was only until Soriano got back, then I'd be fine with it. But to just come out and say that, and the whole "better suited for relief" crap...

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
New Prospect Hot Sheet at BA, and after getting PCL Pitcher of the Week honors, LHP Travis Blackley makes his mark on the list.

19. Travis Blackley, lhp, Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners)
Last season's Texas League pitcher of the year went 0-2, 9.31 in his first two starts of the year -- he has a 1.38 ERA since

Gotta love those interesting stats people dig up. LHP Bobby Livingston is still on the list in honorable mention, but with a great start tomorrow, he could be back. Also, if Balentien continues tearing things up, he might creep onto the list as well, though it'd be a longshot.

Ahem, also...

The Top Prospect Alert poll has been extended to May 30th. Bobby Livingston currently trails Yankees prospect Melky Cabrera by 27 votes. Go fix that.

Tacoma's game tonight was rained out. It's been rescheduled as a doubleheader tomorrow starting at six. LHP Matt Thornton and LHP Craig Anderson are probable starters.

San Antonio 5, Midland 9 (OAK)
Some late-inning clutch hits couldn't save the Missions from the dreadful pitching of RHP Elvis Perez (7.56, L), as they lost their fourth straight. Perez, whose release I'd advocate, went four and a third giving up six earned on five hits (HR) and four walks against seven strikeouts. RHP Brad Rose (4.50) followed in his Double-A debut, going two and giving up a run on two hits and FOUR walks against two strikeouts. RHP Emiliano Fruto (7.11) continued his struggles by going an inning and two-thirds and allowing a run on two hits and two wild pitches with a lone strikeout to show for it. Despite appearances, the Missions offense was paltry, lacking a single extra-base hit. Still, CF Dustin Delucchi (R, RBI, .333), returning from a minor injury, RF Shin-Soo Choo (R, RBI, E, .272), 3B Greg Dobbs (RBI, .313), and RF Cristian Guerrero (R, .224) all went two-for. 2B Hunter Brown (.274) logged his first no-hit game in a while, but overall, the weaker batters on the team have really started to pick things up. RHP Juan Done tomorrow.

Inland Empire 0, Lake Elsinore 1 (SD)
I'm hard pressed to fault RHP Juan Sandoval (4.59, L) on this one; he went five strong innings giving up only a run on two hits and four walks as he punched out five. LHP Cesar Jimenez (1.93), who is rapidly returning to form, allowed a single hit and struck out four in the next three frames. Provided a starter moves up to San Antonio, and trust me, it will happen, I'd say Jimenez is a good candidate to take a rotation spot. I just hope he's learned how to throw a decent breaking ball. No multi-hits for the Sixers either, but 3B Jesus Guzman (2B, .295) knocked out his tenth double of the season, which has him tied for sixteenth in the league amidst guys who have 20-80 more at-bats than he does. DH Jon Nelson (.297) also made a return to the fold with a single, though he probably could have legged a double on that one, they just didn't want to rush him. RF T.J. Bohn (.301) is taking the 2003 Justin Leone approach to getting on base, he went 0-2 but had two walks along the way, bringing his OBP to .431. LHP Bobby Livingston tomorrow!

Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 6 (MIN) (ten innings)
LHP Jason Mackintosh (2.67) has not been doing bad at all as a spot starter. The southpaw went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits (HR) with two walks and six strikeouts. RHP Kenly Chang (4.62) got into a little trouble in the next inning and two-thirds, allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout. RHP Mike Hrynio (5.82) continues to struggle, a run on two hits in just a third of an inning, though he rung up the batter he did get out. RHP Bryan Stitt (2.96, W) got the blown save and the eventual win, allowing two runs on five hits over the next three innings as he struck out four. SS Adam Jones (HR, 4 RBI, E, .241) is getting the nod from me tonight for hitting Wisconsin's first grand slam of the season in the sixth to put the Rattlers on top, but CF Wladimir "Hammer" Balentien (2B, 3 R, RBI, .275) gets my endorsement as well for extending his hitting streak to five games, plus he's only struck out once in his last twenty at-bats, bringing his K rate down to a little under 30%. Wlad, by the way, was one of the players of the week at ITP. LF Josh Womack (SB, .236) and C Justin Ruchti (2B, 2 RBI, .204) also had two hits a piece, Ruchti breaking a long skid, something like 0-17, where he hadn't logged a hit. LHP Ryan Feierabend tomorrow.

Aguirre 3, Tronconero #1 8 (PHI)
Not that the results are good, but this could probably be expected when facing the top team in the VSL. Can't expect too much when your team makes five errors either. LHP Jose Escalona (6.43, L) got his second start and went four innings, giving up three earned on seven hits, a balk, and a walk with three punchouts. Escalona is tied for 7th in the league in strikeouts. RHP Edgar Guaramato (13.50, E) followed with two frames where he gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. RHP Alejandro Guiterrez (0.00) pitched the seventh and gave up noting but a walk, while RHP Diomny Gaetano (0.00) gave up nothing earned on a hit and two walks in the eighth. The team was hiting extra-bases like mad today, though they had little to show for it. RF Jose Graterol (2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .238) was leading the way by going 2-4. SS Deybis Benitez (2B, E, .174), 1B Antonio Marcano (2B, RBI, E, .182), and C Freddy Alvarez (2B, .286) picked up the other doubles. The team walked a season-high seven times today, but again, not much to show for it. RHP Esteban Bolivar tomorrow.

Tacoma Rainiers: 25-15, .625, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-24, .478, 9 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-18, .600, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 20-24, .455, 7 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 3-4, .429 3 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 97-85, .533

Wisconsin CF Wladimir Balentien is not only the reigning Midwest League Player of the Week, he's also the Mariners Minor League Player of the Week. Despite that, there were a few minor errors, for one, he's from Curacao, for another, his batting average did and still does lead the team at this time. But it's some good insight as to why he wasn't playing up to his usual levels in the first month of the season. Well done, Wlad.

Ah, Tuesday's minor league articles from the local papers...

Kaiser writes a report on the rise of Sherrill and Madritsch from indy leaguers in Winnipeg to top pitching prospects, and the role of Rafael Chaves (pitching coach, 2003 Missions, 2004 Rainiers) in teaching them how to become pitchers as opposed to throwers. Also, therein, you can find a blurb on Balentien (blurbentien) and his return to action, with shorter notes on Oldham and Gonzalez.

In the times they give the same basic thing, though less the Chaves quotes, more quotes by indy league scout Charley Kerfeld, who also managed in the indy leagues, and a few notes on Williams as well. In separate articles, they have the complete farm review and their own top ten.


Transaction Update:

I have a few things I'd like to make note of.

One is RHP Scott Maynard coming up to Tacoma from extended spring training. Maynard moves to the mound after spending his entire minor league career as a catcher. Under normal circumstances, he probably would have been in San Antonio to start this season, but the trade that brought Wiki Gonzalez over from the Padres seemed to have left him as the odd man out. Now he's back, and trying to master a tough pitch while he fills in for RHP Cha Seung Baek in the rotation. Of course, if a pitcher has to be moved up from Tacoma, Maynard may become a fixture on the Tacoma staff.

The Missions, meanwhile, have added RHP Brad Rose from extended spring training. Rose started the season with Tacoma and faced three batters, walking two of them and getting an out on the last. This isn't too surprising, since Rose, 20, spent last season in Everett. He pitched mostly in relief threre and had a 5.11 ERA with 44 IP. Considering last year's performance, it's quite a compliment to have him up filling in a high-minors bullpen, so hopefully he's been showing some improvement.

Monday, May 24, 2004
Ugly night for the system. For the first time since the minor league season opener, every affiliate dropped their game, and most of them by the smallest of margins.

Iowa 6 (CHC), Tacoma 3
Former catcher turned knuckler RHP Scott Maynard (9.00, L) got the start and displayed the sort of ability one could expect from a guy who hasn't pitched much in his pro career and is trying to learn the most difficult one of all. He went five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with two punchouts. Wonder if they'll have him stick with it. RHP Andy Shibilo (8.10) followed and gave what can be expected from him this season, two innings, run on three hits and a walk, one punchout. RHP Jared Hoerman (4.70) threw a nothing eighth before giving way RHP Greg Wear (4.32) who gave up a hit and struck out a batter in the ninth. On offense, it was a mix of the good and the painful, as the Rainiers couldn't get it done with the bases loaded in the eighth. RF Hiram Bocachica (3B, R, .342) had a fine three-hit night and looks to be back to form. 2B Mickey Lopez (2B, HR, .287) picked up two hits of his own, and I groaned upon realizing which Lopez had hit the homer. Otherwise, the Rainiers had very little to show for the night. LHP Matt Thornton tomorrow.

San Antonio 6, Midland 7 (OAK)
This one was the real heartbreaker; the Missions led 6-1 going into the bottom of the seventh. LHP Chris Key (4.91) got his second start and went six and a third, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with five punchouts. RHP Renee Cortez (3.18) then stepped in for two innings where he gave up a total of three runs on three hits (HR), two walks, and a hit batter. Not a good sign from a guy I thought would solve the Missions' bullpen problems. LHP Tim Rall (3.91, L) stepped in, walked a batter, and gave up a hit to score him, and just like that, the game is over without him recording an out. The offense was fairly promising though, 1B Hunter Brown (2 R, .286), who has been on a tear of late, went 3-5. DH John Lindsey (HR, 2 RBI, .303) picked up two hits of his own, including his ninth homer. Speaking of homers, 3B Greg Dobbs (HR, 2 RBI, .309) cranked out his fourth. I have the Missions rotation all confused right now, so don't ask me who is starting tomorrow because I have no idea. It might be RHP Juan Done or RHP Emiliano Fruto.

Wisconsin 1, Quad Cities 2 (MIN)
LHP Thom Oldham (3.42, L) deserved this one, but the T-Rats offense just couldn't put it together to give it to him. Oldham went six and a third, giving up two runs on five hits (solo HR) and two walks with a pair of strikeouts along the way. RHP Bryan Heaston (3.04) followed with an inning and two-thirds that saw nothing but a strikeout. The offense only mustered five hits on the night, 3B Evel Bastida-Martinez (RBI, .252), RF Josh Womack (2B, .231), 1B Michael Cox (2B, .229), DH Jeremy Dutton (.200), and CF Wladimir Balentien (.267) managed those. LF Josh Ellison (.242), once the rising star of the Wisconsin offense, hasn't hit in his last 24 at-bats, near as I can figure. Brandon Moorhead was scratched again, so LHP Jason Mackintosh makes his second start tomorrow.

Venoco #1 5 (HOU), Aguirre 4
The ace of the Aguirre staff, RHP Marwin Vega (1.50) got the start and went three and two-thirds innings giving up three hits, three walks, a wild pitch, and three punchouts. RHP Ronald Uviedo (1.80) followed with three and a third of his own, where he gave up four hits, walked a batter, hit another, and threw a wild pitch which led to an earned run, with two strikeouts along the way. It wouldn't really surprise me if Uviedo got some starts over the course of the year. Things started falling apart when RHP Daniel Yerovi (4.50) came in and gave up a walk, which RHP Jorge Acosta (2.70, W) would allow to score after a third of an inning that saw him walk a batter and throw yet another wild pitch. LHP Hugo Castro (0.00) stepped in for the rest of the way, allowing Acosta's run to score, but only a hit and a walk with two strikeouts for the final inning and two-thirds. From the offense end of things, it was LF Dwight Britton (2B, RBI, .462) who was again leading things with his two hits, which C Jair Fernandez (2B, R, E, .375) also matched. Otherwise, only SS/3B Deybis Benitez (R, E, .158) and RF Nicomede Gomez (2B, R, 2 RBI, .250), making his debut, got hits. LHP Jose Escalona tomorrow.

Tacoma Rainiers: 25-15, .625, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-23, .489, 7 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-17, .614, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 19-24, .442, 8 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 3-3, .500 2 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 96-82, .539

I'll note right now, I've switched around some things in the sidebar. The Safe is no longer on there, due to their departure from the blogosphere. Mariner Optimist remains, partially because he'll be back next year if not this. Rosters are now coming via The Sports Network, because it's one of the few things they're good at. Whoever does the rosters at is still MIA. Also added the Venezuelan Summer League links to the sidebar, but I'm not sure how much interest I'm drawing with that. No big deal, I like it.

Hmm, a litle premature. OnDeckBaseball has also updated the California League rankings when I wasn't looking. The last ranking was here, but to detail what's happening, Felix is still a starter on the first team; LHSP Bobby Livingston 2B Ismael Castro are still on the second team and are joined by SS Juan Gonzalez (up from third team), C Rene Rivera, and LHRP Cesar Jimenez (both up from fourth team); 3B Jesus Guzman is still on the third team and LHRP Miguel Martinez (down from second) joins him; 3B Matt Rogelstad (up from fifth), LHRP Ryan Rowland-Smith (up from sixth), and RHSP T.A. Fulmer (down from third) represent on the fourth team; and OF T.J. Bohn stays on the sixth team. OF Carlos Arroyo dropped off the rankings.

Overall, Felix is still #1, Guzman moves up (18-->17), Livingston moves up to his original position (21-->19), Juan Gonzalez moves up (29-->24), Rivera moves up quite a bit (34-->28), but Fulmer and Rogelstad dropped off the list.

OnDeckBaseball has (finally) put up the rankings for the Midwest League. Given the fact that the T-Rats have been struggling so far this season, it should come as no real surprise that there aren't many of them on the list. But hey, look at Balentien's numbers with the other guys who have more at-bats than he does.

Anyway, OF Wladimir Balentien made the first team, SS Adam Jones and LHSP Ryan Feierabend were on the third team, and that was it. This might not be the case if the pitching staff hasn't been so inconsistant of late, or if Ellison was still tearing it up, but what can you do? Overall, Wlad was 15th, Jones was 18th, and Feierabend came in at 35th.

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The News Tribune (and Sid) are reporting that former catcher Scott Maynard has been moved up to Tacoma to take RHP Cha Seung Baek's spot in the rotation. Maynard apparently pitched a bit in high school, but this time he's going in as a knuckleballer. I'm all for it, whatever extends your career and gives you a better shot, plus I have a strange personal admiration for the knuckleball. He is starting TONIGHT. Hell of a 2004 debut. Sid also notes that there were some of the Mariners brass at the Rainiers games this weekend to watch Sherrill pitch. By the way, that homer to Pickering was a hung slider and wind-aided, though it's only the third hit by left-handed batter against him.

In other Rainiers news, LHP Travis Blackley received PCL Pitcher of the Week kudos after winning both his starts and posting a 0.69 ERA. Opponents only batted .122 off of him for the week and his ERA is plummeting down to 2.96, good for tenth in the PCL.

John Sickels' new mailbag answers some questions on Missions OF Shin-Soo Choo. The basic analysis is he's a tweener right now; not enough power to hit in the middle of the order, and not displaying speed to play at the top of the order. Choo has been a bit of an enigma the past two years, at first he was hitting for no power and now he's raking, but not enough to make a significant impact. Hard to say, but he's still developing and will hopefully balance his game out a bit in the next year or so.

The San Bernadino County Sun has another Sixer notebook. There isn't a lot of interesting content this time around, notes on how the Sixers will be playing at home a lot in the coming weeks and how they've dominated there, Rene Rivera's gloves, and a note suggesting that OF Vince Faison will soon be moved to San Antonio. I'm not too keen on the idea, granted, he needs to go somewhere, but if they were to promote someone, I'd rather see what T.J. Bohn could do in Double-A. I know, not likely, but my opinion stands. There are a few options when it comes to promoting someone to San Antonio. One suggested possibility has been to move struggling OF Cristian Guerrero down. The other might be to move Greg Jacobs up.

The Appleton Post-Crescent has a few things I've been meaning to post. One is a story on how, while the T-Rats have tremendous talent, they've yet to put it all together. The article suggests that the T-Rats could easily catch fire over the second half of the season once they finally adjust, and I tend to agree with that. One key factor in that turnaround will likely be CF Wladimir Balentien, who won Midwest League Player of the Week honors after going 8-16, and leading the league in homers (3), RBI (10) and slugging (1.188) for the week. It seems like he's been taking in the advice from hitting coach Dana Williams, who has some advice for young hitters trying to improve.

Sunday, May 23, 2004
Back with recaps...

Omaha 0 (KC), Tacoma 4
LHP Travis Blackley (2.96, W) is back in business. The Aussie went seven innings allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out nine. RHP Scott Atchison (4.55) followed with two-thirds of a frame where he gave up a hit and struck out two. LHP Randy Williams (1.46, S) came through for the rest, giving up a walk and punching out a batter. Oddly enough, each pitcher gave up a wild pitch as well. 1B A.J. Zapp (.289, RBI) had two hits on the night, meanwhile, 3B Jose Lopez (HR, 2 R, .271) belted his eighth. C Ben Davis (2B, .179) and LF Luis Ugueto (2B, R, .255) both had hits. Scary, I know. LHP Matt Thornton tomorrow.

San Antonio 5, Midland 7 (OAK)
RHP Rich Dorman (0.82, E) got his second Double-A start and was fairly good at keeping damage to a minimum, allowing one run on three hits, SIX walks, with four strikeouts over four innings. RHP Emiliano Fruto (7.23) went the next two innings, giving a run on a hit and two walks with a punchout. LHP Tim Rall (3.55) finally faltered: one inning, three runs, four hits, strikeout. The bullpen woes continued when RHP Rick Guttormson (3.80, L) took over in the eighth and gave up two runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. 1B Hunter Brown (.271, R, RBI) had a pretty good night at the plate, notching three hits to his credit. RF Shin-Soo Choo (R, .268), 3B Greg Dobbs (3B, RBI, .311), C Luis Oliveros (2B, R, .247), and CF Cristian Guerrero (2B, HR, .213) all had two hits a piece. Dustin Delucchi sat out today, apparently he's been playing through something. I have no clue who might be pitching tomorrow, but LHP Chris Key is a possibility.

Lancaster 7 (ARI), Inland Empire 2
the up-and-down struggles of the previously dominant RHP T.A. Fulmer (4.44, 2 E, L) continue. He went five innings tonight, but gave up five runs on a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and nine hits while ringing up only three. LHP Melvin Pizarro (3.63) followed and struck out a batter in two innings. RHP David Viane (2.63) pitched the eighth and ninth giving up a run on a homer, while allowing an additional hit, walk, and strikeout. CF Gary Harris (E, .272) had a relatively meaningless 2-4, but it's good to see him hitting again. LF Vince Faison (HR, .417) had a jack in the second. I'd suggest that he's on fire, but for one thing, it's only three games, and for another, he should be raking at this level. DH Pichi Balet (2B, R, .283) went 1-2, walking twice. 2B Hyung Cho (E, .306), 1B Matt Hagen (RBI, .216), and C Rene Rivera (.293) were among those hitless. Jesus Guzman (.298/.416/.440) sits out after being hit by a pitch last night. RHP Juan Sandoval tomorrow.

The Wisconsin game tonight against West Michigan was cancelled.

Tacoma Rainiers: 25-14, .641, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-22, .500, 7 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-17, .614, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 19-23, .439, 7 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 3-2, .600 1.5 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 96-78, .552

I was off doing community service over the weekend, for those curious. No, I didn't commit a crime (that charges have been pressed for). Oh yeah, on Saturday night I played gloveball, which would work on a similar principle as baseball, except there were few distinct positions, the ball was a glove that had a rubber band wrapped around it, and the bat was a long wooden stake. Also, for most people, there were about six strikes.

LHP/C/2B J: 3-3 (swinging at the first pitch, no less), 2B, 3 R, several RBI

I also slid into home whether there was play or not, just for kicks.

On defense, I made a couple of tags at the plate and fielded a nice groundout to first (while playing second).

Sign this kid to contract!... I mean...


Transaction Update:

According to your paper of choice (News Tribune or Express-News), C Jim Horner has been moved up to Tacoma and C Brian Moon has been moved down to San Antonio to replace him.

Horner, 30, was part of the last Rainiers championship team in 2001. He's up to provide veteran help for the pitching staff, and most of the players there are probably already familiar with him. He was putting up a .284/.347/.418 line for the Missions this season.

Moon, 26, was signed out of the independant leagues last year, though he played seven years in the Brewers system prior to his brief stint there. The switch-hitting catcher was batting an even .300 in limitted time with the Rainiers this season.

Overall, this move may not be so much for the sake of either afformentioned player so much as San Antonio's C Luis Oliveros. Oliveros, 20, has been struggling a bit, hitting .237/.260/.441 overall. He is tied for second on triples, but his average is third-to-last, a far cry from last year. He's only gotten about 58% of the at-bats from the catcher position with the Missions, so maybe the additional playing time will help heat up his bat.

Saturday's Lines:

Omaha 3 (KC), Tacoma 5
RHP Clint Nageotte (W): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
LHP George Sherrill (S): 2.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K, HR
DH Bucky Jacobsen: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
2B Mickey Lopez: 2-4, R
LF Luis Ugueto: 1-2, 2B, RBI, SB

San Antonio 9, Midland 5 (OAK) (seven innings)
LHP Troy Cate: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, E
RHP Renee Cortez (W): 2.0 IP, 3 K
RHP Rick Guttormson: 1.0 IP, K
LF Greg Jacobs: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
DH John Lindsey: 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
2B Rob Gandolfo: 2-4
C Luis Olveros: 1-4, HR
1B Hunter Brown: 1-3, 2B, RBI

San Antonio 2, Midland 4 (OAK) (seven innings)
RHP Gustavo Martinez (L): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
RHP Elvis Perez: 0.2 IP
SS Eddie Menchaca: 2-3, 2B, R
CF Dustin Delucchi: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI
RF Shin-Soo Choo: 1-4, 2B, RBI
LF Greg Jacobs: 1-2, 3B

Lancaster 7 (ARI), Inland Empire 8
LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith: 5.0 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K
RHP Tanner Watson: 0.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, K, HR
RHP Darwin Soto: 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K
LHP Miguel Martinez (W): 1.0 IP, K
2B Matt Rogelstad: 4-5, 2 2B, R, RBI
SS Juan Gonzalez: 3-5, R, RBI
CF Gary Harris: 2-5, 2 R
LF Vince Faison: 2-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI
1B Matt Hagen: 2-4, R
RF T.J. Bohn: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI

West Michigan 3 (DET), Wisconsin 7
LHP Eric O`Flaherty (W): 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HB, WP
RHP Juan Ovalles: 2.0 IP, 3 K
RHP Brian Stitt (S): 0.2 IP, K
3B Evel Bastida-Martinez: 2-4, R, SB
RF/LF Josh Womack: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
CF Wladimir Balentien: 2-3, HR, R, 4 RBI, SB

Aguirre 2, Universidad 3 (FLA/SD)
RHP Carlos Figueroa: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, HB
RHP Felix Correa: 2.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB
RHP Alejandro Gutierrez: 0.1 IP, H, HB
LHP Hugo Castro: 0.1 IP
RHP Edgar Guaramato: 0.1 IP
3B Luis Valbuena: 2-3, 2 2B, SB

Tacoma Rainiers: 24-14, .632, 1st in PCL North
San Antonio Missions: 22-21, .512, 5.5 GB in TL West
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-16, .628, 1st CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 19-23, .439, 7 GB MWL Western
Seattle Mariners (VSL Aguirre): 3-2, .600 1.5 GB in VSL Valencia
Organizational Record: 95-76, .556

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Wait Til Next Year's Top 50 Prospects
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