Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mariners Minor League recap for 4/26/09

A: Burlington Bees 6, Clinton 2
CLI: 8-8… BUR: 6-10

Kenn Kasparek: 5.1 IP, 3 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, wild pitch, hit batter
Jose Jimenez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, K, wild pitch
Ryan Moorer: two outs, 4 H, (4 R) 1 ER, K, 2 wild pitches
Cheyne Hann: two outs, 1 H
Bobby LaFromboise: 1 IP
Scott Savastano: 1-4, double, RBI, K
Nate Tenbrink: 3-3, R
Rest of Lumberkings lineup: 1-20, 3 walks, 5 K

After trading runs in the first two frames, each side held the other scoreless until Ryan Moorer imploded (AGAIN) in the 8th to give the game away to Burlington.

This could have actually gotten away from the Lumberkings earlier: Kasparek got pelted with flyballs and line drives, but allowed only the two runs in the 1st and 2nd innings.

Groundballs: 3
Flyballs: 5
Line Drives: 5
Pop Ups: 2
Walks: 2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts: 2

A+: High Desert 11, San Jose 8
Mavs: 13-5… Little Giants: 12-6

Donnie Hume: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER (2 HR), 3 walks, 2 K
Alfredo Venegas: 1.2 IP, walk, 3 K, balk, hit batter
Juan Zapata: 1 IP
Steven Richard: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, walk, K
Anthony Varvaro: 1 IP, 2 walks, K
Philippe Aumont: 1 IP, 1 H, K
Edilio Colina: 2-4, 2 R, walk
Alex Liddi: 2-5, solo HR, 2 run HR
Ronald Garth: 1-3, double, R, 2 walks, K
Joe Dunigan: 3-5, solo HR, 3 run HR, 3 R
Kuo Hui Lo: 3-5, solo HR, 2 run HR
Carlos Peguero: 2-3, double, 2 walks, K
Juan Diaz: 4-5, solo HR
Wind: 20 mph left to right

Lonnie at Mariner Central actually contacted me during the 8th inning of this game to let me know that this one had gotten crazy and that I should catch the rest.

Once Donnie Hume got chased in the 4th after getting rocked in the first three frames, down 6-2, it looked like the game would get away from the Mavs once the Little Giants hammered away on the Mavs bullpen. Except two strange things happened: The Mavs bullpen did not allow another run until the 7th, and the Mavs lineup went the frick off on San Jose pitching, striking first in the 5th and scoring in every inning threafter.

- 5th inning: Kuo Hui Lo led off with a solo shot, and Juan Diaz of all people homered with two out to cut the lead to 6-4.

- 6th inning: Edilio Colina led off with a lined single, Ronald Garth one hopped a double over the CF wall, and Joe Dunigan crapped all over an Adam Cowart suck pitch to give the Mavs a 7-6 lead.

- Top 7th: Steven Richards got pounded for two runs on a two out Vladimir Frias double to make it 8-7 Little Giants. As Thomas Neal came home to try and make it 9-7, LF Kuo Hui Lo threw a perfect strike home that beat Neal to the plate. Neal put the shoulder down and plowed into catcher Jose Yepez, but Yepez held on for the 3rd out to save the run!

- Bottom 7th: Juan Diaz led off with a lined single, and with two out Alex Liddi went deep off Cowart to give the Mavs a 9-8 lead!

- 8th inning: Joe Dunigan led off with a lined single, and Kuo Hui Lo promptly homered off an erratic Wilkin Rodriguez (who later left with an injury) to stretch the Mavs lead to 11-8!

- 9th inning: Phillipe Aumont came on, put down Roger Kieschnick on strikes with what play by play man Alex Freedman called a ‘filthy’ slider, then shook off a two out single to finish off the Little Giants.

AA: Mississippi 6, West Tenn 4
WTN: 7-11… MIS: 10-8

Justin Souza: 5 IP, 4 H, walk, 3 K (66 pitches, 42 strikes)
Aaron Cotter: one out, 3 H, 1 ER, K (13-8)
Marwin Vega: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER (HR), walk, K (27-15)
Josh Newby: 2 IP, 0 H, (1 R) 0 ER, wild pitch (32-17)
Oswaldo Navarro: 2-3, solo HR, walk, K
Johan Limonta: 2-5, R
Greg Halman: 2-4, R, walk, K, SB
Brent Johnson: 1-5, RBI
Matt Mangini: 3-3, triple, RBI, walk

Justin Souza made what appeared to be a spot start, and it went as well as he could have hoped as he went the minimum in 66 pitches without allowing a run. He didn’t look great: He gave up a ton of flyballs and honestly threaded the needle to get those five innings, but that’s all you typically can ask of Souza when he starts, as his M.O. is middle inning relief.

Groundballs: 3 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs: 6
Line Drives: 3
Pop Ups: 2
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 3

There were eight errors in this game, five by West Tenn. Greg Halman threw two balls YIKES AND AWAY, Ezequiel Carrera dropped a flyball in LF, Mangini horked a grounder at 3B and Jeff Dominguez botched a grounder at 2B.

Believe it or not, Greg Halman’s stolen base today was his 1st of the season. He has yet to get untracked in 17 games this season, hitting 176/230/426 with 30 Ks in 68 AB, and it’s hard to steal bases when you’re already having a tough time just getting on base in the first place.

AAA: Colorado Springs 7, Tacoma 5
TAC: 9-9… COL: 12-5

Gaby Hernandez: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 walks, 3 K (87 pitches, 55 strikes)
Eric Hull: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER (HR), K (41-24)
Justin Thomas: 1 IP, walk, K (21-11)
Prentice Redman: 1-5, solo HR, 2 K
Jeff Clement: 2-4, double, triple
Mike Carp: 2-4, solo HR, 2 R, K
Chris Woodward: 2-4
Bryan LaHair: 1-4, solo HR
Guillermo Quiroz: 2-4, 2 run HR

Gaby Hernandez had another bleh performance, doing the one thing you do not want to do in mile high Colorado: keeping the ball up in the zone and producing flyballs. Once he left after the minimum, he had allowed four runs, strikingly low for the number of flyballs in play, and left a manageable 4-3 deficit.

Groundballs: 3 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs: 8
Line Drives: 3
Pop Ups: 2
Walks: 2
Strikeouts: 3

Mike Carp went deep with one out in the 6th to TIE THE BALLGAME at 4, but Matt Miller led off the bottom 6th with a triple off Eric Hull, and Kenny Perez cashed him in with a line drive single to make it 5-4 Sky Sox. They did get Perez to 3rd but could not cash him in.

The Sky Sox did their final damage in te next frame, as Dan Ortmeier took Hull deep with a man on and two out to make it 7-4 Sky Sox. Bryan LaHair did hit a one out solo shot off Steven Register in the top 9th to make it 7-5 and Freddy Guzman did get on after that with two out, but Prentice Redman struck out to end the game.

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