Game Recaps (5/26/06)
Colorado Springs 2 (COL - 12), Tacoma 5
LHP Cesar Jimenez (5.91, W) pitched six innings and gave up a pair of runs on eight hits and a hit batter while he struck out three. RHP Emliano Fruto (2.92, S) gave up two hits over the final three and punched out six, to bring his K/9 up to over eleven.
2B Michael Garciaparra (2B, R, .300) had two hits out of the nine spot, and CF Adam Jones (3B, 3 RBI, .244) had a triple and a walk. DH Chris Snelling (.270) was 0-for-3 with a walk.
Weather permitting (I say as I listen rain drum down on the roof), I’ll be seeing some of you at Cheney for Lookout Landing Night
, where we’ll get to watch Mr. Excitement himself, Cha Seung Baek.Wichita 7 (KC - 10), San Antonio 6
LHP Travis Blackley (4.15, 2 PO, L) pitched five and two-thirds innings and gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks against four strikeouts, and RHP Chad Fillinger (2.79) scored two of those, with two hits, a wild pitch, three walks, and two Ks in the next two and a third. RHP Craig James (2.60, E) had an unearned run score against him with one hit and one walk in the ninth.
RF Wladimir Balentien (2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .269) had four hits for the Missions, and 2B Ismael Castro (2B, R, CS, .298), DH Erick Monzon (2B, R, .333) and C Luis Oliveros (RBI, PB, .160) each had two hits. Castro added two walks as well.
Former Mission closer RHP Rick Guttormson threw a no-hitter for Yakult in the NPB on Wednesday. The 72nd in NPB history, or something like that. Kudos to him, though I kind of wanted him back in our system this year.Inland Empire 20, High Desert 7 (KC )
The Sixers have won seven straight now. RHP Cibney Bello (5.36, PO) didn’t have the same magic left over from his last outing, and he gave up all seven of the Mavericks runs (six earned) on ten hits (2 HR!), two wild pitches, and three walks against just one strikeout in three and two-thirds innings. Of course with that offense, there was no point in the night when he was on the hook for a loss. RHP Jon Lockwood (3.22, W) allowed runners to reach via one hit and one walk in the next three and a third, while he struck out three, and RHP Jose de la Cruz (5.09) took over the final two, giving up two hits before the end.
A game like this raises the question: at what point in recapping the offense does it become too much? Twenty seven hits, five of them doubles and four of them home runs, plus five walks leads to twenty runs, and each batter had a bare minimum of six plate appearances, two hits, and a run scored. Well, I’m not inclined to be too picky about it, and they played the same nine throughout, so everyone’s getting mentioned tonight. DH Marshall Hubbard (2B, HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, .275) was the only batter with five hits, and RF Mike Wilson (2 2B, HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, .333) was the only one with four. Four batters in the lower half of the lineup, SS Matt Tuiasosopo (3 R, 2 RBI, 2 E, .315), 3B Ron Prettyman (2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, .313), C Omar Falcon (HR, 2 RBI, .274), and LF Josh Womack (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .305), had three hits apiece, which leaves the top three of CF Brent Johnson (2B, R, RBI, PO, A, .282), 2B Yung-chi Chen (R, 2 RBI, CS, .316), and 1B Reed Eastley (3 R, .271) had two each, with a pair of walks for both Johnson and Eastley. As of the writing of this, the stats haven’t rolled over yet, and the Sixers as a team are batting .278/.341/.389. Let’s see how those numbers when they update.Wisconsin 2, Kane County 5 (OAK + 11)
Kane County, on the other hand, has won their last nine. LHP Jose Escalona (3.65) gave up five runs on eight hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a couple of walks against three Ks in four and two-thirds innings. It’s not too bad, given that the Cougars are one of the better offensive teams in the league. RHP Edgar Guaramato (5.24) followed up and got some outs this time, stranding two of Escalona’s runners and going two and a third innings total, walking two and striking out two. RHP Joe Woerman (1.93) walked one in the eighth.
C Curtis Ledbetter (HR, 2 RBI, PB, .222) had a two-run home run, but the offense as a whole struggled for the second day in a row. VSL Astros 0, Aguirre 5
RHP Miguel Marquez (0.00, W) mauled another opposing lineup, giving up just two hits, a wild pitch, and a walk while striking out five in six innings of work. Three starts is, well, enough to make Gil Meche look like a plus pitcher (ZING!), but in that span, Marquez has struck out ten and a half per nine and is running a WHIP of 0.69. We don’t often see midseason promotions from the summer leagues, but… LHP Jose Jimenez (4.76) walked one and struck out two in the next two innings, and then RHP Victor Duarte (0.00) gave up a hit while striking out the side in the ninth. Going back to the topic of absurd K totals, Duarte is just under fifteen per nine in a very small sample size, but did similar things last season as well. Marquez and Duarte: watch ‘em.
CF Dwight Britton (HR, .238) awoke from his sleep to collect three hits, one of which left the park, and 2B Jorge Agudelo (E, .469) and 3B Edilio Colina (R, .324) both had two hits, which is something they’ve done with some regularity to this point. DH Jetsy Extrano (HR, 2 R, .292) had his first home run in addition to a walk.
Tacoma: RHP Cha Seung Baek, in Tacoma, @ 6:05 pm PDT
San Antonio: RHP Nate Mateo, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Aaron Jensen, at High Desert, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: RHP Jason Snyder, at Kane County, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Mets’ affiliate, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 23-23, .500, 4.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 18-27, .400, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 29-19, .604, 1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-29, .383, 11 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 5-5-1, .500, 1.5 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 93-103-1, .475
Game Recaps (5/25/06)
Tacoma 1, Memphis 4 (STL - 15)
LHP Bobby Livingston (3.09, PO, L) got kicked around, though it could’ve been worse, as he only gave up three runs in seven innings despite ten hits (3 HR!!) and a walk against two Ks. Did weeks of rotting in the bullpen mess up his feel for his pitches? Stay tuned. RHP Mike Nannini (12.00) gave up a run on two hits in the eighth, and this lowered his ERA.
DH Chris Snelling (2B, R, .294) had a couple of hits in this one, and RF T.J. Bohn (2B, .250) and 3B Hunter Brown (2B, RBI, .265) both doubled.Wichita 0 (KC - 11), San Antonio 1
RHP Brandon Moorhead (6.02, W) pitched for six innings only giving up the five hits and two walks as he struck out four. LHP Adam Pettjohn (2.05) followed for two, giving up a hit and striking out one, and then RHP Jon Huber (3.92, S) struck out one in the ninth to help him pick up his ninth save.
The Missions got one-hit in this one, and won. How’d they manage that? Well, the eight walks by the Wichita starter didn’t hurt, in fact, the walk to SS Erick Monzon (R, .316) lead to the only run, as C Luis Oliveros (2B, RBI, .095) doubled and drove him in. 2B Ismael Castro (.273) and 1B Bryan Lahair (.335) both had two walks.
Some roster shuffling in San Antonio, as reported in the paper
. Bourgeois and Bazardo to the DL, with a new groin injury and an old elbow injury, respectively. Jack Arroyo and Justin Jordan up as replacements, Nate Mateo to the rotation.Lake Elsinore 3 (SD + 4), Inland Empire 5
LHP Shawn Nottingham (4.73, W) turned in a quality start, going five+ innings and allowing two runs to score on three hits, two wild pitches, and two walks as he punched out six. RHP Mike Hrynio (0.00) walked two and struck out one in the next two innings, and then LHP Eric O’Flaherty (3.45, S) allowed a run on a solo shot in the ninth and one other hit, but stuck out four and picked up his first save of the year. O’Flaherty is currently striking out ten per nine and running a K/BB of nearly five to one.
No extra-base hits for the Sixers, but they did enough with their nine hits and four walks. CF Brent Johnson (R, .278) and DH Mike Wilson (CS, .315) each had two hits, and 3B Ron Prettyman (RBI, SB, .306) had one and two of the walks.Wisconsin 3, Kane County 11 (OAK + 10)
LHP Harold Williams (2.45, L) lasted only three and a third innings, giving up five runs (two earned) after four hits (HR) and three walks against six Ks. He’s still maintaining those Ks but the walks are starting to terrify me as it’s getting dangerously close to one per inning. RHP Ruben Flores (6.75) scored two of those and four of his own, pitching into the bottom of the sixth, giving up seven hits, hitting two batters, and striking out four. I don’t know yet if he’s been yanked from the rotation or if they just decided not to use him as such with the off day. Edit: Chris Mehring, the Rattlers broadcaster, sent me an e-mail saying that it was just a temporary thing when the T-Rats were having all those doubleheaders, which makes more sense given that all the other guys are healthy
. LHP David Asher (0.00) struck out two in the seventh, and then LHP Rollie Gibson (6.04) gave up two runs on a hit (HR) and two walks against a K in the eighth. Gibson is another guy who’s getting into dangerous territory with those walks, but I kind of thought he might do as much when they signed him.
CF Michael Saunders (HR, 3 RBI, .224) was the only one to make a significant dent in the lead, with a three-run shot in the ninth, his second home run of the season. He also took a walk. The Rattlers’ resident walking machine, 2B Luis Valbuena (.235), also had two of those in addition to his hit. I don’t know why I hadn’t checked to this point, but sure enough, Valbuena’s in the league’s top five for walks. Aguirre 2, Cagua Reds 9 (- 2)
RHP Yovanny Olivero (3.12) pitched four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and a hit batter. After that, RHP Rhonny Acosta (17.36) got himself into trouble again with five runs allowed, four of them earned, on eight hits and two wild pitches in two frames of work. RHP Jessie Nava (0.00) gave up a hit and struck out two in the final two innings.
Not many hits in this one, though it’s a little hard to figure out what was going on as they made six substitutions. 1B-C Humberto Espinoza (2B, .269) and PH-DH Cesar del Rio (2B, 2 RBI, .200) each had a double. I can’t quite figure out what they’re doing with Espinoza this year, because he was mostly a middle infielder last season and they’re playing him at first a lot.
Tacoma: LHP Cesar Jimenez, in Tacoma, @ 6:05 pm PDT
San Antonio: LHP Travis Blackley, in San Antonio, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Cibney Bello, at High Desert, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Jose Escalona, at Kane County, @ 4:30 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 22-23, .489, 5.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 18-26, .409, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 28-19, .596, 1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-28, .391, 10 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 4-5-1, .450, 2 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 90-101-1, .471
Game Recaps (5/24/06)
Tacoma 6, Memphis 5 (STL - 16)
RHP Francisco Cruceta (4.22, W) was not dominating, but got by and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits, a wild pitch, and three walks against five strikeouts. RHP Kevin Appier (3.38) followed him with a two-inning stint and had a hit, a wild pitch, two walks, and three strikeouts in that span. RHP Aaron Looper (5.32) struggled again, giving up three runs on two hits and two walks in an inning and a third, though RHP Rich Dorman (3.13, S) let two of those score on a hit and a walk, but still managed to pick up the save after striking out one. And the other out? Bohn managed to nail the tying run at home plate as he tried to score on a single. That’s one hell of a way to win a game.
C Guillermo Quiroz (R, RBI, .292) had three hits in the game, and LF Greg Dobbs (HR, 2 R, RBI, .286) and 3B Scott Youngbauer (.198) both had two. CF Adam Jones (3B, RBI, .242) and SS Asdrubal Cabrera (2B, R, RBI, .253) both had extra-base hits.San Antonio 2, Tulsa 17 (COL + 6)
One of those “do I really have to recap this?” performances. LHP Ryan Feierabend (5.10, PO, L) stayed in for two and two-thirds innings, which was long enough for him to give up nine runs on nine hits, four of those home runs, and three walks. RHP Justin Jordan (10.48) was then “welcomed” to double-A ball by getting thrown in front of the cannons as he gave up five runs on ten hits (2 HR!) while he struck out one in four and a third innings of work. RHP Mike Flannery (6.98) got the eighth inning when it rolled around and gave up three more runs after three hits, a wild pitch, and two walks.
DH Ismael Castro (2B, R, .286), 3B Jesus Guzman (RBI, E, .261), LF Gary Harris (2 SB, .235) and C Justin Ruchti (RBI, .271) all had two hits, and the Missions had ten hits total, but that was still less than half of what the Drillers had, and without anywhere near the same amount of power.Lake Elsinore 6 (SD + 5), Inland Empire 12
RHP Ivan Blanco (3.80, W) gave up four runs on six hits, a wild pitch, and three walks against two Ks in five innings of work, but by the time he left, the Sixers’ batters had already put the game pretty much out of reach. RHP Aaron Trolia (6.66) gave up two runs, one earned, on a hit, a wild pitch, a walk, and a strikeout in the sixth. RHP Mark Lowe (1.78) turned in two perfect innings after that and struck out three, and then RHP Stephen Kahn (1.95) had a hit, a walk, and two Ks to show for the ninth. Good to see both of those guys get back on track, at least with the Ks.
The choice for offensive star is a tough one, so I might as well split it between RF Mike Wilson (3 2B, 4 R, SB, .308), who was 3-for-3 with a walk, and 3B Ron Prettyman (2 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB, .304) who was 3-for-4. CF Brent Johnson (R, SB, .271) had another two hits out of the leadoff spot, and as of the 21st, he was hitting .347 in May. 1B Matt Rogelstad (2B, R, 3 RBI, .182) and LF Josh Womack (HR, 2 RBI, E, .301) both had extra-base hits, and that was Womack’s fourth HR this season.VSL Cardinals 3 (0), Aguirre 5
RHP Felix Correa (8.10) got another sort of rehab start, going an inning and a third and giving up two runs on three hits (HR) and four walks. LHP Edlando Seco (2.08) went two and two-thirds innings after that, walking two and striking out six, which is more in line with what he was doing last year. RHP Yoervis Medina (2.00, W) had just two hits, a wild pitch, and a walk to show for the next four innings, and picked up the win when RHP Victor Duarte (0.00, S) saved it with a hit and a K in the ninth.
LF Rayon Lampe (2B, R, RBI, .222) turned in the only notable performance in the Aguirre lineup, with two hits and the only double.
Tacoma: LHP Bobby Livingston, at Memphis, @ 5:10 pm 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 Harold Williams, at Kane County, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Cagua, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 22-22, .500, 4.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 17-26, .395, 11 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 27-19, .587, 1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-27, .400, 9 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 4-4-1, .500, 1.5 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 88-98-1, .473
Game Recaps (5/23/06)
Tacoma 5, Memphis 2 (STL - 15)
A late rally pulled RHP Clint Nageotte (4.08) off the hook for the loss after he gave up two runs on three hits, four walks, and two Ks in six innings of work. RHP Renee Cortez (2.93, W) picked up the W in the next two innings as he held the Redbirds to two hits and struck out three. RHP Emiliano Fruto (3.32, S) gave up a hit and struck out two in the ninth to pick up his fifth save.
RF-LF Shin-soo Choo (.287), CF-RF T.J. Bohn (R, .248), LF-3B Greg Dobbs (RBI, .280), and 2B Michael Garciaparra (R, 2 RBI, .287) each had two hits, and DH Chris Snelling (2B, RBI, .267) had a double. That’s his first extra-base hit of the season. May we see many more.San Antonio 7, Tulsa 3 (COL + 5)
LHP Jason Mackintosh (4.54, W) kept his team in it, going seven and one-third innings and giving up two runs on eight hits (HR) and a walk while striking out three. RHP Craig James (2.70) finished the game off and gave up one more unearned run on two hits while he struck out three.
1B Bryan Lahair (3 RBI, .342) led the team in this one with four hits, but none of them went for extra bases, which strikes me as odd. DH Jason Bourgeois (2B, 3 R, .231), 2B Erick Monzon (2B, R, .357), and LF Gary Harris (2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .224) added two hits, and SS Oswaldo Navarro (2B, RBI, .266) had a double and a walk, so there was that kind of production elsewhere in the lineup. CF Sebastien Boucher (CS, A, .211) had one hit in addition to his two walks today, and I guess that’s a start. Lake Elsinore 1 (SD + 6), Inland Empire 2
LHP Robert Rohrbaugh (1.35) had another good outing, going five innings and giving up just four hits and a walk while striking out three. The only complaint there is the lack of Ks since his return, but he’s done quite well in spire of that. RHP Mumba Rivera (1.87) pitched the next three and gave up a run on a solo home run while walking one and striking out five. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but Mumba is running a WHIP under one right now and is running a K/9 of 7.5, so you have to wonder how long they’ll keep him in this role or at this level. He and Lockwood are battling it out for the most IP of any non-starter. RHP Stephen Kahn (2.02, S) walked one and struck out one in the ninth to pick up his eighth save.
The big hit was the solo home run by DH Reed Eastley (HR, .268), but RF Mike Wilson (2B, R, .288) and SS Matt Tuiasosopo (.311) both had two hits as well.Burlington 10 (KC - 1), Wisconsin 3
LHP Paul Fagan (5.48) was roughed up again in five and a third innings of work, giving up seven runs (four earned) on six hits, a wild pitch, and five walks with only one K. RHP Nick Allen (3.96) contributed to two of those runs scoring, along with two unearned of his own after he allowed three hits (HR) while trying to finish up the inning. RHP Edgar Guaramato (5.85) came on after that for two innings of work, giving up another run on two hits while striking out two. RHP Jeff Gilmore (5.47) allowed two hits and hit a batter in the ninth, but none of those runners scored and he struck out one.
The offense had 2B Luis Valbuena (2B, .231) and SS Robbie Hudson (2B, R, .291) both doubling, but little else. C Nick Prosise (E, .190) came off the DL to make his first start in quite some time, but went 0-for-4 at the plate.Aguirre 0, VSL Phillies 3 (+ 2)
RHP Alfredo Venegas (2.38, L) doesn’t quite seem to be in form yet, as he gave up all three runs on five hits and two walks against three Ks in five and one-third inning’s worth of work. RHP Leonardo Rodriguez (9.82) pitched through the bottom half of the seventh, walking two, throwing a wild pitch, and striking out one, and then RHP Victor Duarte (0.00) gave up a hit and struck out one in the eighth.
There were only four hits by Aguirre in this one, but 3B Edilio Colina (2B, .320) doubled and RF Mario Yepez (3B, .250) tripled.
Tacoma: RHP Francisco Cruceta, at Memphis, @ 11:10 am PDT
San Antonio: LHP Ryan Feierabend, at Tulsa, @ 10:35 am PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Ivan Blanco (?), in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: Off day
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 21-22, .488, 5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 17-25, .405, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 26-19, .578, 1st in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-27, .400, 9 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 3-4-1, .438, 1 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 85-97-1, .467
Game Recaps (5/22/06)
Tacoma 1, Memphis 3 (STL - 14)
RHP Cha Seung Baek (3.52, L) pitched seven innings and gave up a couple of runs on five hits (2 HR) against three Ks. RHP Emiliano Fruto (3.48) followed him and gave up a run on two hits and a wild pitch and struck out one in the eighth. Former M’s prospect Brian Falkenborg got the save.
The Rainiers lineup only managed four hits in the game, and LF Shin-soo Choo (2B, .283) had the only double. DH Chris Snelling (.280) was 0-for-3 with a walk.San Antonio 5, Tulsa 6 (COL + 6) (twelve innings)
RHP Yorman Bazardo (3.51) left after one inning of work, having given up a run on a hit, a hit batter, two walks, and a strikeout. The word is he has a sore elbow, but there’s been no results reported yet from the follow-up exam. RHP Chad Fillinger (3.04) pitched the next four innings and gave up three runs on three hits (2 HR!), a walk, and four strikeouts. After that, RHP Nate Mateo (4.98) took over and was unusually dominant, giving up just an unearned run on three hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings of work. Not really the guy I had pegged to make such a long outing. RHP Jon Huber (4.12, L) gave up a run on three hits and a walk in an inning+ of work after that, and that was the end of it.
Offensively, RF Wladimir Balentien (2B, 2R, RBI, .263) starred again with three hits and a walk. His OPS is now just under .900, and he did enough last week to make mention in Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet as being in the team photo. DH Erick Monzon (2B, RBI, .333) had a double and LF Jason Bourgeois (2 RBI, .222) had two hits batting behind Balentien. CF Sebastien Boucher (A, .208) had another 0-for-3 night, but walked three times and his OBP is .317. If only he’d start hitting…Lake Elsinore 3 (SD + 7), Inland Empire 5
Hmm, well, RHP Aaron Jensen (2.25) had another short outing, going two innings and giving up two runs on two hits (HR) and two walks. RHP Jon Lockwood (3.55) followed him for two and a third innings and gave up two hits, two wild pitches, and three walks, but managed to avoid getting stung by the BBs. He has to this point, despite having 22 walks to 28 Ks. Though he did give up a run, the three and a third stint by LHP Eric O’Flaherty (3.38) looked pretty good, with three hits given up and five strikeouts. RHP Jose de la Cruz (5.14, S) got a save in the ninth, giving up one hit.
The offense was pretty evenly spread throughout the lineup in this one, with everyone reaching base at least once. 2B Jack Arroyo (R, RBI, SB, .500) had three hits, CF Brent Johnson (2B, 2 RBI, .273) had two and a walk, C Omar Falcon (2B, R, PB, .269) doubled, and DH Yung-chi Chen (RBI, .321) walked twice. Brent has really turned himself around lately, and is currently batting .273/.377/.341 after ending April with a .164/.292/.182 average.Burlington 12 (KC - 2), Wisconsin 5
LHP Justin Thomas (2.53, L) had a rough time out there, giving up five runs on ten hits (HR) and three walks with on strikeout in five innings of work. The relief behind him also got pounded a bit, with RHP Jeff Gilmore (5.70) giving up four runs on five hits and a walk, and LHP Rollie Gibson (5.48) giving up three runs on three hits, a walk, and a K, as the two split the final four innings. The T-Rats ‘pen recently has been a bit of a disappointment for me, especially considering that a number of the guys have college-level experience already.
With the bats, 2B Luis Valbuena (R, RBI, .229), DH Curtis Ledbetter (RBI, .231), RF Eddy Hernandez (2B, R, RBI, .212), and LF Casey Craig (2B, RBI, .273) each had two hits.VSL Twins/Blue Jays 1 ( - 1), Aguirre 7
I think it might just work better to stick to the TBA format, because it is rather difficult to tell who will start in the VSL on any given day. That said, RHP Juan Ramirez (1.12, W) went five innings in the start and gave up a run on four hits, a hit batter, and four walks against three Ks. RHP Carlos Sanchez (3.68, E, S) pitched the final four, giving up two hits, hitting a batter, and punching out two.
For the offense, CF Dwight Britton (3B, R, .250) and DH Jorge Agudelo (2B, 2 R, SB, .550) were both at it again, with two hits apiece. C Larry Gonzalez (2B, R, RBI, .375) added a double.
Tacoma: RHP Clint Nageotte, at Memphis, @ 5:10 pm PDT
San Antonio: LHP Jason Mackintosh, at Tulsa, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: Already done, LHP Robert Rohrbaugh with the win
Wisconsin: LHP Paul Fagan, in Appleton, @ 4:35 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Phillies’ affiliate, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 20-22, .476, 5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 16-25, .390, 10 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 25-19, .568, 0.5 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-26, .409, 8.5 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 3-3-1, .500, 1 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 82-95-1, .463
Game Recaps (5/21/06)
Tacoma 1, Nashville 10 (MIL + 7)
LHP Cesar Jimenez (6.21, PO, L) was left to hang out there for a while before they cut him down, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits (HR), a balk, a hit batter, and five walks against one K through two and a third innings. RHP Rich Dorman (3.22, E) followed him and gave up three runs (just one earned) through three innings on three hits (HR) and two walks against four Ks. Seems like he’s back on track after a bad start to his season. RHP Aaron Looper (4.35) scored one of those runs and one more of his own through an inning and two-thirds on two hits and a wild pitch. RHP Mike Nannini (12.60) gave up one more run on two hits (HR) and a walk.
3B Greg Dobbs (.282) had two hits, and that’s about all I can say for the offense. 1B Todd Sears (3 E, .287) managed to make three errors in the game.Corpus Christi 3 (HOU + 10), San Antonio 11
Perhaps we have shifted back to last year’s version of Hooks vs. Missions beatdowns. LHP Travis Blackley (3.55, W) was all right, going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits (HR) and two walks. RHP Chad Fillinger (2.38) had a perfect sixth, but seems to have been ejected to start the seventh, so LHP Adam Pettyjohn (2.20, S) came in and redeemed himself by pitching three innings allowing just two hits and striking out three to get the save.
There were a lot of hits for the offense, but the three through five hitters of 3B Jesus Guzman (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .261), 1B Bryan Lahair (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, .331), and RF Wladimir Balentien (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .252) all cracked home runs and scored twice. Individually, Guzman was 2-for-5, Lahair was 3-for-5, and Balentien was 2-for-4 with a walk. Fun note from the paper, this season, Balentien is 4-for-5 with ten RBI with bases juiced. The other hitters in the lineup who had two hits were CF Sebastien Boucher (R, RBI, .213), DH Erick Monzon (2B, 2 R, RBI, .500), and SS Oswaldo Navarro (RBI, .262). Monzon is up as the M’s decided to shuffle around the NDFAs a bit and sent Rogelstad to the Cal League.Rancho Cucamonga 2 (ANA + 1), Inland Empire 4
Around 2:30 this afternoon, I looked up the scoreboard for the Cal League and saw two things: a three-spot for the Quakes in the first inning and a starting pitcher I’ve railed on a bit this season listed as the current pitcher. I figured I could pass on this one and check back in later to see exactly what level of damage had been done. How wrong I was. As it turns out, RHP Mark Lowe (1.93) started and walked the first three batters before being pulled, and while all of them did come around to score, RHP Cibney Bello (4.54) only allowed a hit, a walk, and a hit batter to reach over six innings of work, struck out ten
, and had retired fifteen in a row by the time he was pulled
. If you had told me he was going to do this prior to the start of the season, in the Cal League particularly, I probably would’ve laughed so hard that I pulled an oblique and went on the DL. He’s still about as extreme a flyball pitcher as you’re ever going to find, but if he ever turns that corner, I’ll back off and start rooting for him. The final three innings had rather similar lines from RHP Mike Hrynio (0.00), RHP Aaron Trolia (6.56), and RHP Stephen Kahn (2.10, S), as all of the above pitched one inning and gave up a hit while striking out two, though Hrynio and Trolia both walked one and Trolia had a run score against him.
C Brian Schweiger (2B, R, RBI, PB, .500) had three hits in the game and DH Marshall Hubbard (2B, 2 R, RBI, .264) had two.Burlington 3 (KC - 3), Wisconsin 4 (eleven innings)
RHP Jason Snyder (4.79) threw four six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, two wild pitches, four walks, and four Ks. We’re still waiting for that wildness to clean up a bit. RHP Nick Allen (4.07) followed for two and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits, two walks, and a K, and then LHP David Asher (0.00) gave up two hits in the next inning and a third. RHP Joe Woerman (2.01, W) walked one and struck out one in the eleventh to pick up the win.
PH-DH Ron Garth (HR, .276) had the pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the eleventh, so there’s no way I can’t pass the gameball to him. Aside from that, SS Jeff Dominguez (RBI, .319) had four hits (and no errors!), 1B Bryan Sabatella (R, .170) had three, DH Curtis Ledbetter (CS, .182) and LF Jairo Hernandez (.210) had two each, and C J.B. Tucker (2B, R, RBI, .286) and 3B Robby Hudson (2B, RBI, .290) both doubled. You’d think that with sixteen hits total, they’d manage more than four runs, but Burlington needed twelve to get their three runs. On the topic of the Burlington lineup, one of my old favorites from the Sixers roster the past two season, Carlos Arroyo, whose value is almost entirely average reliant, has signed on with the Royals org and went 1-for-3 with a walk today for the Bees.
RHP Miguel Marquez is your pitcher of the week for the VSL. Woohoo.
Tacoma: RHP Cha Seung Baek, at Memphis, @ 5:10 pm PDT
San Antonio: RHP Yorman Bazardo, at Tulsa, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Inland Empire: RHP Justin Jordan, in San Bernardino, @ 7:11 pm PDT
Wisconsin: LHP Justin Thomas, in Appleton, @ 9:35 am PDT
Aguirre: RHP Alfredo Venegas (?), in Aguirre, @ 8:00 am PDT
Tacoma Rainiers: 20-21, .488, 4.5 GB in PCL Pacific North
San Antonio Missions: 16-24, .400, 9 GB in TL South
Inland Empire 66ers: 24-19, .558, 1 GB in CAL South
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: 18-25, .419, 7 GB in MWL Western
Aguirre Mariners: 2-3-1, .417, 2 GB in VSL
Organizational Record: 80-92-1, .465