Game Recaps (5/20/06)
Tacoma 4, Nashville 7 (MIL + 6)
LHP Bobby Livingston (2.88, PO, L) tossed five innings and gave up four runs after eight hits (2 HR!) and two walks. RHP Kevin Appier (3.60) followed him with thee innings of work and gave up three runs on five hits and a wild pitch while striking out two.
For the offense, 3B Greg Dobbs (2 R, .275) had three hits, and RF T.J. Bohn (RBI, .242) and 1B Todd Sears (HR, 3 RBI, .298) had two each, but Sears’ homer was the only hit for the Rainiers to go for more than a single. DH Chris Snelling (R, .318) was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Corpus Christi 5 (HOU + 11), San Antonio 6 (fourteen innings)
Marathon run here… RHP Brandon Moorhead (7.08) went five and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on four hits, a wild pitch, and two walks with two strikeouts. LHP Adam Pettyjohn (2.45, BS) had a rare blown save, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits against three Ks in an inning and a third after that. Things were mostly stable after that, with RHP Mike Flannery (5.89) and RHP Craig James (2.88) splitting six scoreless innings. Flannery gave up two hits and a walk while fanning two, and James gave out three free passes and struck out one. RHP Nate Mateo (6.48, W) gave up a run on two hits and a wild pitch in the fourteenth and struck out two. He was in line for the loss, but…
RF Wladimir Balentien (2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, E, .245) cracked the walk-off two-run shot in the bottom of the fourteenth, his second home run of the game, and went 3-for-6 with a walk in the game to bring his OPS back up to around .850. CF Sebastien Boucher (R, SB, CS, .203) and 1B Bryan Lahair (R, .322) also pulled off three-hit performances, with Boucher walking twice and Lahair once. Speaking of walks, SS Oswaldo Navarro (.254) had three of ‘em, but went 0-for-3. His OBP is about .150 points higher than his average.Rancho Cucamonga 2 (ANA + 2), Inland Empire 4
LHP Shawn Nottingham (4.86, W) earned his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing a couple runs to score on five hits, three wild pitches, a balk, a pair of hit batters, and three walks against six Ks. Rather wild there. RHP Mumba Rivera (1.76) had two hits, a walk, and a K to show for the next inning and a third, and then RHP Stephen Kahn (2.19, S) allowed one hit over the final inning two-thirds to get his sixth save.
There were four two-hit performances in the lineup tonight, with CF Brent Johnson (HR, 2 RBI, .264), SS Matt Tuiasosopo (RBI, .306), C Omar Falcon (R, RBI, .271), and LF Josh Womack (.315) all meeting that mark. 1B Reed Eastley (R, .278) walked three times, and DH Marshall Hubbard (2B, R, .257) had his ninth double of the season.Burlington 4 (KC - 2), Wisconsin 1
LHP Jose Escalona (2.95) turned in an interesting start, going six innings and one-hitting the Bees while striking out eight, but also handing out five free passes. RHP Joe Woerman (2.11) walked one and struck out one in two innings of work, but then RHP Edgar Guaramato (6.00, L) got himself in trouble again, giving up four runs after three hit batters, two hits, and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. I’m starting to think there might be something wrong with him. LHP David Asher (0.00) came in to get the final groundout with the bases loaded.
2B Jeff Dominguez (R, 2 SB, E, .304) had three hits batting leadoff, 3B Ron Garth (2B, .270) doubled, and RF Michael Saunders (.238) walked twice.VSL Tigers/Marlins Sox 8 (- 1), Aguirre 12
RHP Miguel Marquez (0.00) was dealing again, going five innings with three hits, two wild pitches, a hit batter, a walk, and eight strikeouts on his line. It’s just two starts, but his WHIP is 0.80 and he’s striking out 12.6 per nine. If he keeps this up, I’ll question the rationale in sending him down there. RHP Rhonny Acosta (16.88) was not so fortunate, going an inning and two-thirds and walking five and hitting two. Five of those would come around to score, though LHP Jose Jimenez (7.36) let three of those score and gave up three more of his own on four hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, a walk, and a K in an inning and a third+. RHP Alfredo Venegas (0.00) would let one of those score on a hit, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a K in his inning of work. Don’t worry about it, the VSL always has Sundays off so sometimes they let one of the next guys up in the rotation throw a little to stay fresh.
The offense was rather potent in this one, with fifteen hits and seven walks. 2B-3B Jorge Agudelo (2B, R, RBI, .562) led the team with four hits and a walk, and RF Mario Yepez (SB, 4 RBI, .278) had three and drove in the most of anyone in the lineup. Those two were hitting eighth and ninth as well. C Israel Nunez (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .250) and DH Jonathan Loaisiga (2 R, .333) both had three hits, and 1B Humberto Espinoza (3B, R, RBI, .294) and LF Rayon Lampe (2B, R, 2 RBI, .235) both had extra-base hits, with Espinoza walking twice and Lampe walking once.
Tacoma: LHP Cesar Jimenez, at Nashville, @ 12:05 pm PDT
San Antonio: LHP Travis Blackley, in San Antonio, @ 2:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Cibney Bello (?), in San Bernardino, @ 2:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: RHP Jason Snyder, in Appleton, @ 11:05 am PDT
Aguirre: Off day
Tacoma Rainiers: 20-20, .500, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 15-24, .385, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 23-19, .548, 1.5 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 17-25, .405, 7 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 2-3-1, .417, 2 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 77-91-1, .459
Game Recaps (5/19/06)
Tacoma 3, Nashville 6 (MIL + 5)
RHP Francisco Cruceta (4.54) must’ve had a good split going, because he got through six and two-thirds innings and gave up a couple runs on five hits, two wild pitches, and two walks while he punched out eleven
. His K/9 is sitting around 12.5 for the season, and the only concern on his line is the crazy number of walks, which he seemed to avoid in this one. RHP Jesse Foppert (6.97) got a flyout on the final batter of the seventh, but walked four and threw a wild pitch to open the eighth and three of those four runs (three earned) came around to score after RHP Mike Nannini (13.50) stepped in, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out one. Not that Nannini could’ve done much, I guess. The save against the Rainiers was notched by former M’s ‘spect Allan Simpson.
For the offense, LF Mike Morse (HR, .227) homered, CF Adam Jones (2B, R, .248) doubled, and DH Chris Snelling (RBI, .368), C Rob Johnson (E, .290), and 2B Michael Garciaparra (R, SB, CS, .333) all had hits and walks. Garciaparra had a couple of walks, instead of the one each by the other two.Corpus Christi 3 (HOU + 12), San Antonio 5
I couldn’t tell you the last time I remember the Missions gaining a game in the standings, but it happened. LHP Ryan Feierabend (3.60, PO) gave up a run on four hits and a hit batter while punching out four in six innings of work. RHP Chad Fillinger (2.49, BS, W), however, would be credited with both a blown save and a win as he allowed two runs to score on four hits, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and a walk in an inning and two-thirds. RHP Jon Huber (3.86, S) struck out two of the final four batters he faced to pick up his eighth save.
Most of the baserunners in the game came out of the first, second, and ninth spots in the lineup, as CF Sebastien Boucher (SB, .186) was 0-for-1 with two walks, 2B Ismael Castro (3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, .375) had two hits and accounted for a lot of the run production, and SS Oswaldo Navarro (2 R, SB, .261) had the same basic performance as Boucher, plus a couple of runs. C Luis Oliveros (.000) was 0-for-4 in this year’s Missions debut, and he’ll be catching the bulk of the games there with Schweiger headed to Inland.Rancho Cucamonga 4 (ANA + 3), Inland Empire 3
Wacky game, with the Sixers outhitting the Quakes eleven to four, and still taking a loss. If you’re wondering how that could happen, then look no further than the pitching performance of one RHP Ivan Blanco (3.40, L), who gave up two hits in five and struck out four in five and two-thirds innings of work, but walked six and hit three. RHP Jon Lockwood (3.82) scored one of those runs, and one of his own, on a hit, a walk, two hit batters, and a K in an inning and a third. Surprisingly, there was absolutely no retaliation by the Quakes and no one was tossed. LHP Eric O’Flaherty (3.52) gave up a hit and struck out two in the final two innings.
1B Marshall Hubbard (2B, .258) had three hits in the game, DH Reed Eastley (R, .281) had a hit and walked three times, CF Brent Johnson (2B, R, RBI, .256) and 2B-3B Yung-chi Chen (SB, CS, .342) had two hits apiece, and SS Matt Tuiasosopo (2B, 2 RBI, .298) doubled. Wisconsin 1, Kane County 5 (OAK + 5)
RHP Ruben Flores (6.04) gave up five runs on three hits, a wild pitch, and three walks against three Ks through five innings. All of that offense came in the second inning, and Flores was perfect on either side of the rally, but I’d still like to know where Escalona is. RHP Nick Allen (4.09) struck out one in an inning’s worth of work, and then RHP Jeff Gilmore (4.57) had a hit, a walk, a wild pitch, and two strikeouts in the final two.
RF Eddy Hernandez (2B, PO, .210) had a double and a walk, but has otherwise been taking a dive for quite a while now. SS Jeff Dominguez (R, 2 E, .290) had a hit and two walks, but made his eleventh and twelfth errors on the field.VSL Orioles/White Sox 3, Aguirre 3 (eleven innings)
RHP Felix Correa (4.50), in his first outing in about a year and a half, showed some rust and gave up three runs (one earned) on a hit, two hit batters, a wild pitch, and three walks against three strikeouts over two frames of work. After that, it was rather uneventful as all of the pitchers held it scoreless the rest of the way, and one-hit the opposition for nine innings. RHP Yovanny Olivero (0.00) gave up that one hit, albeit in four and two-thirds innings of work, and had a wild pitch, two hit batters, two walks, and three Ks in that span. RHP Jesse Nava (0.00) struck out two in an inning and a third, LHP Jose Jimenez (0.00) walked two and struck out one in the same span after that, and RHP Victor Duarte (0.00) struck out batters for four of his five outs, and handed out a free pass to another.
As these games drag on to the point of everyone in the lineup getting five or so at-bats, it gets harder to nail down standouts. I think I’ll go with 3B Edilio Colina (.375) for going 2-for-3 and getting hit twice. 2B Jetsy Extrano (2B, .273) added the only extra-base hit of the game for Aguirre, so he gets some props too.
Tacoma: LHP Bobby Livingston, at Nashville, @ 4:05 PDT
San Antonio: RHP Brandon Moorhead, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: LHP Shawn Nottingham (?), in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Jose Escalona, in Appleton, @ 4:35 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 20-19, .513, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 14-24, .368, 11 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 22-19, .537, 1.5 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 17-24, .415, 6 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 1-3-1, .300, 2 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 74-89-1, .454
Game Recaps (5/18/06)
Tacoma 4, Nashville 1 (MIL + 4)
RHP Clint Nageotte (4.24, W) ran a no-hitter through four complete and ended up with one hit, four walks, and four punchouts in five innings of work. He also ran a 8/3 G/F ratio for the game. RHP Justin Huisman (7.02) gave up three hits and two walks while striking out two in the next two frames, and then RHP Renee Cortez (3.12) gave up a run on three hits and a K in the final two.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .286) and 2B Michael Garciaparra (2B, RBI, .300) both had two hits in the game, and 3B Mike Morse (2B, R, .227) and 1B Greg Dobbs (HR, .262) had extra-base hits. That was the second home run of the year for Drubie, and the sixth for The Dobber. He’s one behind Adam Jones for the team lead. Corpus Christi 4 (HOU + 13), San Antonio 3
LHP Jason Mackintosh (5.04, PO) turned in a decent start, going six+ innings and giving up three runs on five hits (HR) and three walks with two strikeouts. RHP Craig James (3.27, L) gave up the winning run on two hits against a K in his two innings of work. RHP Mike Flannery (7.04) got through the ninth unscathed.
3B Jesus Guzman (2B, 2 R, .274) led the offense with three hits. He’s no major prospect, but he has been turning into one of the better hitters in the lineup. RF Wladimir Balentien (2B, R, RBI, A, .233) had a double in the game. Even if his batting average is dangerously low, he’s still running an OPS around .800. He just needs to figure out how to hit in the Wolff, as his OPS is .500 lower there than on the road.Rancho Cucamonga 3 (ANA ), Inland Empire 5
The Sixers had two promising pitching performances that should given them some hope for their battered rotation, as RHP Aaron Jensen (0.00) got through one inning of work, walking one batter, and LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (1.80, W) followed him for four innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. RHP Mumba Rivera (1.84) hit a batter and fanned two, and seems to be back to his Wisconsin form now. The Sixers pitching staff might’ve earned another shutout, but RHP Jose de la Cruz (5.40) gave up a three-run home run after a hit and a walk in the ninth. De la Cruz also had a strikeout in his two innings of work.
SS Matt Tuiasosopo (.299) had three more hits, and while I like that, they were all singles again, so I have to give the gameball to RF Mike Wilson (HR, 2 RBI, A, .290) for hitting a two-run home run in the fifth, his fifth bomb of the season. C Omar Falcon (R, .244) had a hit and walked twice.Wisconsin 7, Kane County 8 (OAK + 4)
So close, and yet… LHP Harold Williams (2.12, E) gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, a wild pitch, and five walks against four strikeouts in five innings of work. It got worse after he left, as RHP Jeff Gilmore (5.03, BS) gave up three runs on three hits (2 HR!) in a third of an inning, though LHP Rollie Gibson (4.66) let one of those score and one more of his own, with a hit, two wild pitches, a walk, and a strikeout on his line before the inning was through. RHP Edgar Guaramato (4.15) would ultimately get the loss as he gave up a solo home run, walked one, and struck out one in the seventh. LHP David Asher (0.00) would allow a hit and two walks while punching out one in the ninth.
The offense did their part in keeping up, for the most part, as 3B Ron Garth (2B, R, 2 RBI, .272) reached base all five times he was up, via three hits, a walk, and getting hit himself. DH Luis Valbuena (3B, 2 R, RBI, .223) added two hits, and CF Michael Saunders (R, .242) had a hit and two walks. Saunders has been striking out every four at-bats, but his OBP is over .100 higher than his average right now. LF Casey Craig (2 A, .271) had a hit and a walk, and made throws to nail two runners, one at third and one at second.Aguirre 7, VSL Pirates 11 (0)
A bad day for pitching, as LHP Edlando Seco (5.40, E) lasted just an inning and two-thirds, giving up four runs (one earned) on three hits, four wild pitches, and four walks. Surprisingly, he didn’t even get a K out of this performance, where he would’ve managed at least one last year while doing the same basic things. Interesting pitcher is he ever manages to get things under control. RHP Carlos Sanchez (8.10) went the next three and one-third innings and gave up three more runs on three hits, two wild pitches, two hit batters, two walks and two Ks. RHP Leonardo Rodriguez (18.00) continued the trend by allowing four runs to score after four hits (HR), a wild pitch, three walks and a strikeout, but RHP Victor Duarte (0.00) managed to pull out of it and got through the ninth without letting anyone reach.
It’s early on in the season, I know, but CF Dwight Britton (HR, 3 RBI, .357) may be establishing himself as the top hitter on the roster, with another three hits tonight. I had heard a few things here and there about him before, so maybe he’s putting it together. Additionally, DH Edilio Colina (2B, 2 R, .308), LF Rayon Lampe (HR, 2 RBI, .300), and RF Mario Yepez (2B, 2 RBI, .200) all had extra-base hits. The outfield managed to drive in all the runs for Aguirre, so kudos to them. 2B Carlos Ramirez (R, .000) went 0-for-3, but had two walks while batting leadoff.
Tacoma: RHP Francisco Cruceta, at Nashville, @ 5:05 PDT
San Antonio: LHP Ryan Feierabend, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Ivan Blanco, in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Jose Escalona, at Kane County, @ 4:35 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 20-18, .526, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 13-24, .351, 12 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 22-18, .550, 0.5 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 17-23, .425, 5.5 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 1-3, .250, 2.5 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 73-86, .459
I'm not intending to be the bearer of any sort of news here, but I'm listening to the Rainiers feed at home right now and Curto is saying that Snelling was a late scratch from the lineup. He accompanied the team on the flight, and Curto saw him in the airport, but hasn't seen him since. Hmmmm....
It could be nothing.
Game Recaps (5/17/06)
Corpus Christi 7 (HOU + 12), San Antonio 4
Well, this certainly isn’t last year’s Hooks versus Missions match-up. In fact, the Hooks are riding a nine-game winning streak, so this could get ugly. RHP Yorman Bazardo (3.40, E, L) went six and a third and allowed six runs (five earned) to score on ten hits (2 HR) and a hit batter while he struck out five. RHP Chad Fillinger (1.80) let one of those cross the plate, but was otherwise perfect in an inning and two-thirds and struck out one. Fillinger didn’t seem to lose much in the transition to double-A, as he’s running a WHIP under one and striking out just under seven per nine in twenty innings pitched. RHP Nate Mateo (6.32) allowed an unearned run to score on a hit in the ninth.
SS Jason Bourgeois (3B, R, RBI, E, .228), 3B Jesus Guzman (2B, R, .258), and 2B Ismael Castro (RBI, CS, .375) all had two hits in the game. DH Wladimir Balentien (R, .233) had seen his average steadily drop, but had another walk, and another strikeout, in this one.Inland Empire 2, Lake Elsinore 4 (SD + 5)
I cannot abide by repeated losses to the affiliates of our hated interleague rivals, the Padres. They make me furious. RHP Justin Jordan (4.40, E) pitched well enough through five and two-thirds, giving up one unearned run on five hits and a walk while fanning three. RHP Aaron Trolia (6.45, BS, L) would take the loss as he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits, a walk, and a K in an inning and a third+. RHP Stephen Kahn (2.35) let both of the unearned runs score after a wild pitch, a walk, and a strikeout in the eighth, but there really wasn’t much he could do about it with the error.
The six hits in the Sixers lineup were spread evenly between CF Brent Johnson (RBI, .250), 3B Ron Prettyman (2B, R, .307), and C Luis Oliveros (RBI, .288), who returned to the lineup this evening. Jair Fernandez might’ve been shipped back to Peoria, but there’s some talk in the papers about Oliveros potentially becoming the Missions’ everyday catcher, so it’s hard to tell just yet. That might sent Schweiger down to Inland.Wisconsin 0, Kane County 2 (OAK + 3) (six innings)
LHP Paul Fagan (5.31, L) went five and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on five hits, a wild pitch, and a walk while he struck out five. Pretty nice performance, but it’s a shame about that offense.
The only hits in the lineup went to 2B Luis Valbuena (.216), 3B Ron Garth (CS, .252), and 1B Bryan Sabatella (.155).VSL Mets 6 (- 1), Aguirre 2
Not exactly the kind of start I expected out of LHP Kervin Montbrum (6.00, L), who lasted only three innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits, two wild pitches, and five walks. RHP Yoervis Medina (3.60, E) followed for the next five innings, giving up three runs (two earned as well) on four hits (HR), a hit batter, a wild pitch, and a walk while he struck out three. RHP Rhonny Acosta (0.00) gave up a hit in the ninth.
CF Dwight Britton (3B, 2 R, SB, .300) was involved in all of the run scoring and had three hits in the game, though 3B Edilio Colina (E, .375) and DH Jetsy Extrano (.333) didn’t manage to do quite as much with their two hits. 2B Jorge Aguedelo (RBI, .667) and 1B Humberto Espinoza (RBI, .375) both had one hit, one walk, and one RBI.
Tacoma: RHP Clint Nageotte, at Nashville, @ 5:05 PDT
San Antonio: LHP Jason Mackintosh, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Aaron Jensen, in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Harold Williams, at Kane County, @ 4:05 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Pittsburgh’s affiliate, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 19-18, .514, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 13-23, .361, 11 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 21-18, .538, 1 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 17-22, .436, 4.5 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 1-2, .333, 2 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 71-83, .461
Game Recaps (5/16/06)
Albuquerque 7 (FLA + 12), Tacoma 5
Swept away. RHP Cha Seung Baek (3.61, PO, L) let seven runs (four earned) score on nine hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, a walk, and three strikeouts over five and a third innings. RHP Aaron Looper (4.26) let one of those score, and gave up two hits while striking out one in his two and two-thirds innings. RHP Renee Cortez (3.04) came out of the ninth with a hit and a strikeout.
The story most nights is whatever RF Chris Snelling (.375) is up to, and he made his first outfield appearance today, playing until the top of the sixth (stop panicking, they weren’t going to put him out there for a full game), and going 0-for-1 with two walks at the plate. No one wants to throw anything to him. LF Shin-soo Choo (R, .299), CF Adam Jones (2B, 2 RBI, .258), and 3B Mike Morse (2B, R, .226) all had two hits apiece, and DH Hunter Brown (2B, R, 2 RBI, .265) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (2B, .274) both doubled.Frisco 3 (TEX + 1), San Antonio 2
LHP Travis Blackley (3.35, 2 PO) turned in another good start, going seven innings and allowing five hits, a wild pitch, two hit batters, and two walks while fanning five. RHP Craig James (3.15) held on in the next inning, striking out one and hitting one, but RHP Jon Huber (4.15, BS, L), who had otherwise been solid lately, gave up three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in the ninth.
The Missions didn’t get too many hits in this one, which made the deficit all the more difficult to overcome. The big one was the two-run shot by DH Jason Bourgeois (HR, 2 RBI, .213), but other than that, I can only note LF Jon Nelson (R, .260) going 1-for-2 with a walk and scoring on the HR.Inland Empire 0, Lake Elsinore 2 (SD + 4)
RHP Cibney Bello (5.30, PO, L) went four innings this time around, giving up one run on three hits, a wild pitch, and six walks against six strikeouts. In his defense, coming into the game he’d cut his BB/9 down by two from last season, and he does seem to have a decent move for a righty, but he has been giving up more hits. LHP Eric O’Flaherty (3.86) went the next two innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk while punching out two, and then RHP Jon Lockwood (3.72) fanned three and was perfect through the final two.
RF Mike Wilson (2B, .306) had a double, and CF Brent Johnson (CS, .241) and 2B Yung-chi Chen (.351) both contributed a hit and a walk. DH Matt Tuiasosopo (.294) was back in the lineup tonight, but went 0-for-4.
There’s an article in the SBSun
that covers some of the burning questions we’ve been asking about the Sixers. Aaron Jensen is now pitching crisply and without pain, Tui was out with a busted elbow (fell in the kitchen, or something), Mark Lowe is on the DL but should return Sunday or Monday, Julio Santiago’s going in for a MRI, and Chen’s hitting streak lasted eighteen games.Wisconsin 4, Kane County 0 (OAK + 2)
Sticking it to the A’s affiliates again… LHP Justin Thomas (1.86) went six innings this time out, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out five. His WHIP is currently sitting at 1.18, and he’s striking out over seven and a half per nine. He could be in the Cal League before long. RHP Nick Allen (4.29) went the next two innings, giving up a couple of hits and striking out one, and then RHP Joe Woerman (2.33) hit a batter and struck out three in the ninth. He’s striking out an absurd 15.8 per nine innings and probably deserved a bigger challenge as well.
For the offense, DH Curtis Ledbetter (.500), C J.B. Tucker (3B, R, .290), and LF Jairo Hernandez (2 2B, 2 RBI, .200) all had two hits apiece. Ledbetter is taking over the role of the third (or second) catcher, while Julian Henson has been sent back to extended spring training. Aguirre Mariners 3, VSL Astros 6 (0)
I kind of expected RHP Alfredo Venegas (0.00, L) as the number two starter as well, though the results weren’t quite as nice as one would hope for him. No earned runs, but he did allow three unearned runs through five innings on three hits and a walk while he struck out two. Also ran a 9/4 G/F, but through the first two games, I’ve noticed that there have been quite a few more groundball outs than fly outs, and that could be the climate or some other odd factor. RHP Karlin Taylor (0.00) got a similar treatment in his two innings, with three runners reaching via two hits and a walk and all of them scoring as unearned runs. LHP Jose Jimenez (0.00) struck out one in the ninth.
The Aguirre lineup had two hitters reach three times, with Jorge Agudelo (E, .750) logging three hits batting eighth in the lineup, and DH Dwight Britton (2 R, SB, .000) with three walks batting second. C Larry Gonzalez (2B, .500) had two hits, and LF Rayon Lampe (2B, R, RBI, .200) doubled and walked.
Tacoma: Off day
San Antonio: RHP Yorman Bazardo, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: Guess the Scrub! (could be LHP Lance Beus), at Lake Elsinore, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Paul Fagan, at Kane County, @ 10:05 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 19-18, .514, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 13-22, .371, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 21-17, .553, T-1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 17-21, .447, 3.5 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 1-1, .500, 1 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 71-79, .473
Game Recaps (5/15/06)
Albuquerque 1 (FLA + 11), Tacoma 0
It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll give LHP Cesar Jimenez (5.40, L) some props for holding the ‘Topes to only one run on seven hits, a wild pitch, and a walk against five Ks through six innings. Kudos to the M’s as well for sticking with him in the rotation, even in Tacoma. LHP Bobby Livingston (1.80) gave up two hits and struck out three in the final three. Whatever gets him regular time.
There were four hits total from the lineup, none of them multiple, none of them going for extra-bases, so it’s a bit of a reach, but I’ll give RF T.J. Bohn (SB, .243) some points for taking an extra base on the paths when he did get his hit.Frisco 5 (TEX 0), San Antonio 3
RHP Brandon Moorhead (7.85, L) lasted only four and a third innings, giving up four runs on nine hits (HR) and two walks against three Ks. Guess it could’ve been worse. LHP Adam Pettyjohn (2.22) went the rest of the distance and gave up a run on a solo shot, but only had two others reach via a hit and a walk and managed to punch out six. Again, he seems to be the most likely candidate to slide into the rotation if the need arises, and thus far has appeared to be a solid and alert pick-up by the M’s.
There were basically two offensive performers that weren’t utterly flattened by Danks, and those were 3B Jesus Guzman (HR, 2 R, .257), who worked him for a home run and a walk, and LF Jon Nelson (HR, 2 RBI, .256), who had a home run, a single, and a walk. RF Wladimir Balentien (.246) K’d four times, but against Danks, I can’t complain too much.Inland Empire 7, Lake Elsinore 8 (SD + 3)
LHP Shawn Nottingham (5.13) didn’t do that well in this outing, going six innings and giving up five runs on nine hits (HR) and two walks against three Ks. RHP Mumba Rivera (1.98) ended up getting the loss, as he gave up three unearned runs on two hits and a walk in the final two frames.
It wasn’t for lack of hitting that the Sixers lost this one, as three batters, CF Josh Womack (HR, 2 R, RBI, SB, CS, .316), 2B Yung-chi Chen (2 R, RBI, .351), and DH Marshall Hubbard (2 RBI, .256) all had three hits apiece and RF Mike Wilson (2B, R, RBI, .309) had two. C Omar Falcon (2B, RBI, .233) doubled in his only at-bat and was replaced by Fernandez soon after. 1B Reed Eastley (R, E, .282) and SS Erick Monzon (R, .281) both had hits and walks.Dayton 7 (CIN + 1), Wisconsin 2 (seven innings)
Eh, not a pretty game. In fact, I fear that for the next few games we may see the effects of rust on everyone involved, as the pitching schedules adjust and whatnot. LHP Jose Escalona (3.48, E, L) gave up three runs on seven hits, a wild pitch, and a walk against five Ks in three and two-thirds. He also had four grounders to two flies, and I like those with the Ks, just not the hits. LHP David Asher (0.00, E) has turned up in Appleton and gave up an unearned run on three hits and a walk against one K. Not sure who he’s replacing, but they might’ve finally placed Vega on the DL, or something. RHP Edgar Guaramato (3.86) had his second consecutive bad outing after that. He got two grounders, four overall, to strand both of Asher’s runners, but in the seventh, he gave up three runs on three hits, a hit batter, a walk and a K. He hadn’t pitched since the 10th, so it may not be a big deal.
The offense for the T-Rats was limited to three hits, but the big one came off the bat of OF Jairo Hernandez (HR, .140), who hit a solo home run in the third. 2B Luis Valbuena (SB, E, .226) and CF Michael Saunders (.261) had the other two hits, and DH Robby Hudson (R, .292) walked and scored batting ninth.Dayton 6 (CIN + 2), Wisconsin 0 (seven innings)
Mehring commented at the beginning of the game that the eastern division may be much stronger than the western division this year, and with another game like this, I may be inclined to agree. RHP Jason Snyder (5.05, L) had another mixed outing, on one hand, he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk while throwing two more wild pitches, but on the other, he lasted five innings, struck out seven, and hadn’t pitched since the 8th. He’s steadily improving the K/BB and getting closer to striking out a batter per inning, but those hits… those wild pitches… RHP Jeff Gilmore (3.72) pitched the final two and gave up two more runs on three hits and a balk while he fanned three.
DH Casey Craig (.279), 3B Robby Hudson (E, .304), and LF Jairo Hernandez (.174) had two hits apiece. And the rest of the lineup? One walk from RF Eddy Hernandez (.214), who is otherwise being exposed for his large strikezone, or so I hear. Jairo seems to be coming out of the slump though, and he’s nearly doubled his BA since the 10th.Cagua Reds 0, Aguirre Mariners 3
I may be one of the few people in the States that actually cares about the VSL season starting. Eh, no matter, RHP Miguel Marquez (0.00, W) earned his first W of the season, going five innings and giving up four hits and hitting a batter while striking out six and inducing three times as many groundballs as flies. I kind of had the feeling that he’d be their opening day starter. RHP Juan Ramirez (0.00) went the next three after that, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning one, and then RHP Victor Duarte (0.00, S) came on in the ninth to earn his first save, giving up one hit, grounding out two batters, and striking out a third.
PH-1B Humberto Espinoza (3B, R, RBI, 1.000) was the star of the game, coming in as a pinch-hitter and getting a hit in both of his plate appearances. DH Terry Serrano (2 SB, .333) went 1-for-3 with a walk out of the leadoff spot. 2B Jetsy Extrano (R, .000), who still has my favorite name in the system, and 3B Edilio Colina (R, .000) both reached twice by getting hit and drawing walks, and came around to score as well.
Tacoma: RHP Cha Seung Baek, in Tacoma, @ 11:35 am PDT
San Antonio: LHP Travis Blackley, in San Antonio, @ 9:05 am PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Cibney Bello, at Lake Elsinore, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Justin Thomas, at Kane County, @ 4:05 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Houston’s affiliate, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 19-17, .528, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 13-21, .382, 9 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 21-16, .568, T-1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 16-21, .432, 4.5 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 1-0, 1.000, T-1st in VSL
Organizational Record: 70-75, .483
Game Recaps (5/14/06)
Albuquerque 3 (FLA + 10), Tacoma 0
Eh, the ‘Topes are a tough team this year, though I thought the Rainiers would ride the energy from the Round Rock victories a little longer. RHP Kevin Appier (3.00, E, L) gave up a run on eight hits and two walks against four Ks through five innings of work. After that, RHP Jesse Foppert (4.50) got another relief outing in, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with two Ks in an inning and a third. RHP Justin Huisman (7.98), who has done time on the triple-A roster of both the Royals and the Astros this season, filled in as a warm body and made the most of it, walking one and striking out three in an inning and two-thirds. RHP Rich Dorman (3.26) walked one and struck out two in the ninth, but it was all over by then.
Well, I should say that, RF Shin-soo Choo (.296), who had a hit and two walks, and 2B Michael Garciaparra (CS, .500), who had a hit and two walks in the game, both reached in the ninth, but nothing was done with it. 1B Todd Sears (.299) had two hits, CF Adam Jones (E, .260) had a hit and a walk, and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (SB, .284) had a hit and two walks, but there weren’t any extra-base hit and little was done with the eight singles and seven walks. DH Chris Snelling (.400) actually made some outs, going 1-for-5 in the game. LF T.J. Bohn (.242) wore the Golden Sombrero, though he avoided the fifth K.Frisco 4 (TEX - 1), San Antonio 5
A day later, LHP Ryan Feierabend (3.92, PO, W) picks up his first win of the season, though he wasn’t pitching that well, giving up four runs (three earned) on ten hits and a walk with just three strikeouts in five and one-third innings. RHP Chad Fillinger (1.96) let two of those score on two hits, a hit batter, and a K in his inning and two-thirds, and then RHP Jon Huber (2.76, S) picked up another save, allowing four hits over the last two frames.
RF Wladimir Balentien (2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .254) gets another gold star for getting two extra-base hits and not striking out, but SS Oswaldo Navarro (2B, 2 R, RBI, .279), 1B Bryan Lahair (.347), and 2B Ismael Castro (R, SB, .500) also deserve mention for getting two hits apiece. Navarro and Lahair both walked once.Inland Empire 10, Stockton 9 (OAK - 5)
I like it when we beat down Oakland farm teams, for some odd reason. Is that wrong? Well, if that’s not wrong, I’m worried something might be with LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (2.45), because he was supposed to be on a 40-50 pitch count according to Jason
, but only got through an inning and a third, walking one, hitting one, and striking out one. RHP Ivan Blanco (3.41, W) jumped in after that and went the next three and two-thirds, giving up three runs on four hits (HR), a wild pitch, a balk, and four walks against five Ks. It wasn’t really a strong day for the bullpen, as RHP Aaron Trolia (6.43) let four more score on six hits (HR), two hit batters, and a walk with two strikeouts in the next two-and two-thirds. RHP Mike Hrynio (0.00) walked two and couldn’t get an out for Trolia in the eighth, but RHP Jose de la Cruz (4.50, S) stranded three runners with the final out. Unfortunately, in the ninth, he gave up a couple of runs on two hits, a wild pitch, and a walk, which made for some nervousness with that slim lead.
The three through six hitters, DH Reed Eastley (R, .283), RF Mike Wilson (3 R, RBI, .299), 1B Marshall Hubbard (2B, 2 R, RBI, .239), and 3B Ron Prettyman (HR, 4 RBI, .315), did most of the damage with two hits apiece. There were also five walks between them, with Wilson and Hubbard picking up two each and Prettyman getting one. There was also some decent hitting from the one and nine spots, as CF Brent Johnson (2B, R, RBI, .238) was 1-for-4 with a walk, and LF Jack Arroyo (R, SB, .333) was 1-for-3 with two walks. 2B Yung-chi Chen (2 RBI, .341), surprisingly, did not have a single hit, but did manage two RBI.
Yes, Wisconsin was rained out, how ever did you guess? Doubleheader tomorrow, early.
The VSL season starts up tomorrow, and yes, I've been looking over the roster
and found a few things that interest me about it.
There are few new guys who weren't listed in the media guide who have turned up on the team, RHP Leonardo Rodriguez, C Cesar del Rio, and IF Jorge Agudelo. Of those, I have a little bit of info on Agudelo, who was reported as being solid with the bat and having good footwork at second (as if those phrases don't apply to a lot of players out there). Notice that there are six catchers listed on the roster. Fuentes has been used as corner IF, but something has to give there (even if the rules state that about five of the 35 listed players will technically be on the DL at any given time).
There are a few guys moving in who weren't around last year, like RHPs Miguel Marquez, who was in Peoria last season, and RHP Felix Correa, who might've burned up his eligibility had he not been out all of last season with elbow surgery.
There are even more guys who seem to have moved on, and possibly up, as 1B Gerardo Avila, IF Deybis Benitez, OF Greysom Berroteran, RHP Bruno Mercedes, RHP Douglas Salinas, and RHP Ronald Uviedo are all unlisted. There's no possibility of any of them moving on to the DSL either, as they're all Venezuelans. Berroteran and Benitez were the most surprising as they weren't too impressive last season, though Berroteran had nice peripherals, but Avila might be one to watch as he walked at a good clip and hit a few home runs as a left-handed batter in a tough league for hitters. Uviedo was the staff IP leader and didn't have a bad year last season Edit: But it looks like he's on the VSL Pirates roster
. Mercedes and Salinas are the two new signings being thrown into the fire in the U.S. (presumably, any one of these MIA guys could really be on the DL), but I've heard more about Salinas as potentially adding several MPH and turning into a serious power pitcher. Their new pet project, I guess. I'm a bit disappointed that Venegas isn't getting the call to the U.S., but I'll trust their judgement on this one.
Finally, we have a few guys moving in from the DSL, RHP Victor Duarte, OF Dwight Britton, and C Israel Nunez, none of whom are Dominicans, of course. Duarte might be the most exciting of the bunch as he put up some sick numbers in the DSL last year, absurd number of Ks combined with rather few baserunners reaching.
Tacoma: LHP Cesar Jimenez, in Tacoma, @ 6:05 pm PDT
San Antonio: RHP Brandon Moorhead (?), in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: LHP Shawn Nottingham, at Lake Elsinore, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Jose Escalona, in Appleton, @ 9:35 am PDT
Second Game: TBA, 30 minutes after the completion of the first
Tacoma Rainiers: 19-16, .543, 3.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 13-20, .394, 8 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 21-15, .583, T-1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 16-19, .457, 3.5 GB in MWL Western
Organizational Record: 69-70, .496
I didn't actually expect him to do so well in his ML debut, but he was efficient with his pitches and seemed to be throwing nothing but strikes until the ninth.
Another interesting note... I cross-checked it with Baseball Cube and Baseball-Reference and it seems as if Fruto is the first Colombian pitcher in major league history. Not only that, but we got to see the first Colombian pitcher vs Colombian hitter match-up against Cabrera, and the first ML save. It may seem a little trivial now, as soccer is still the big thing down there as far as I know, but you never can tell when something like this will get an entire country going.
2005 DFE Update (5/14/06)
OF Brian Contreras, 11th round, S/R, 6'2", 175, 08/10/1987
31 games, 82 at-bats, 20 hits, 2 3B, 2 HR, ? runs, 15 RBI, 4 SB, .244/.???/.366
RHP John Holdzkom, 15th round, R/R. 6'7", 225, 10/19/1987
3-2, 10 G (9 GS), 4.26 ERA in 31.2 IP, 18 hits, 20 runs (15 ER), 44K/40BB, 1.83 WHIP
C Travis Scott, 20th round, L/R, 6'3", 220, 04/24/1985
44 games, 134 at-bats, 49 hits, 11 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 32 runs, 41 RBI, .366/.449/.701
RHP Ryan Lindgren, 23rd round, R/R, 6'2", 170, 08/09/1986
?-?, 5 G (? GS), 4.50 ERA in 28.0 IP, 21 hits, 17 runs (14 ER), 30K/13BB, 1.21 WHIP
LHP Will Brown, 25th round, L/L, 6'4", 215, 10/09/1987
6-1, 11 G (10 GS), 1 save, 2.40 ERA in 56.1 IP, 37 hits, 22 runs (15 ER), 54K/23BB, 1.07 WHIP
RHP Jeremy Hill, 27th round, R/R, 6'7", 240, 08/12/1986
3-2, 10 G (7 GS), 2.83 ERA in 41.1 IP, 27 hits, 26 runs (13 ER), 44K/31BB, 1.40 WHIP
RHP Andrew Schneider, 34th round, R/R, 6'2", 185, 04/06/1987
1-1, 5 G (2 GS), 5.85 ERA in 20.0 IP, 20 hits, 13 runs (13 ER), 16K/6BB, 1.30 WHIP
CF Blake Amador, 35th round, L/L, 6'1", 175, 02/26/1986
34 games, 101 at-bats, 25 hits, 5 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 19 runs, 15 RBI, 3 SB, .248/.339/.416
RHP Jesse Costa, 37th round, R/R, 6'1", 210, 04/02/1987
0-2, 9 G (3 GS), 6.26 ERA in 23.0 IP, 34 hits, 23 runs (16 ER), 13K/19BB, 2.30 WHIP
1B/LHP Joe Agreste, 38th round, L/L, 6'2", 175, 04/10/1987
45 games, 160 at-bats, 56 hits, 8 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 43 runs, 44 RBI, 11 SB, .350/.???/.500
?-?, ? G (? GS), 8.60 ERA in 7.1 IP, 11 hits, 7 runs (7 ER), 6K/2BB, 1.77 WHIP
RHP Duke Welker, 39th round, R/R, 6'5", 195, 02/10/1986
?-?, 7 G (? GS), 3.60 ERA in 25.0 IP, 22 hits, 13 runs (10 ER), 23K/14BB, 1.44 WHIP
RHP Phillip Roy, 43rd round, R/R, 6'4", 175, 07/29/1987
?-?, 23 G (? GS), 7 saves, 1.50 ERA in 30.0 IP, 31 hits, 9 runs (5 ER), 28K/4BB, 1.17 WHIP
Finally tracked down the stats on Scott (and aren't you glad I did? Wow), it seems like they had shifted the site to a different domain and didn't leave forwarding link. I don't actually have data on 1B/RHP Joe White, as the numbers I dug up were actually from last season. I don't even know if he's still at a JC, as a result.
The JC/CC baseball season is winding down, so some of these numbers haven't changed a bit. Since the last update, a few of the pitchers have seen their ERA climb while their WHIP dropped, so keep that in mind. If there are any significant changes, I'll do another update in a couple of weeks, just before the draft, but I don't expect too much.