A: Clinton 1, Burlington 0
Brett Lorin: 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K, 2 wild pitches
Steven Hensley: 2 IP, 2 K
Scott Savastano: 1-4, double, K
Denny Almonte: 1-4, double, K
Terry Serrano: 2-3, double, RBI, walk, K, SB
Another fine start for Brett Lorin, though this time tandem pitchers Manauris Baez and Blaine Hardy matched him zero for zero over his seven shutout innings:
Line Drives: 2
Pop Ups: 3
The Lumberkings finally got to Hardy in the bottom 9th. Denny Almonte led off with a double and Travis Howell bunted him over to 3rd for one out. Sadly, they got him at home on Mario Martinez’s grounder to short, but Terry Serrano roped a double past RF Nick Francis to cash in Martinez for the only run of the game in a 1-0 walkoff.
A+: Inland Empire 7, High Desert 5
Nathan Adcock: 5 IP, 7 H, (5 R) 4 ER, 2 walks, 7 K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters
Natividad Dilone: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, K, wild pitch
Juan Zapata: 1.1IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 K
Tyson Gillies: 1-4, RBI, K
Alex Liddi: 4-5, double, 2 R
Kuo Hui Lo: 2-4, double, R, 2 RBI, walk
Carlos Peguero: 0-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero
Juan Diaz: 1-3, triple, R, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K
It was a long one and Mavs pitching caved in late. A 6th inning rally caved in a halfway decent night for Adcock, who got a ton of groundballs and save for some wildness didn’t have as bad a night as the line score indicates. Wild pitches allowed the Mavs to attempt a rally in the 9th, but they came up short. Adcock:
Line Drives: 0
Walks: 2 (plus 2 hit batters)
AA: West Tenn 12, Mississippi 6
Luis Muñoz: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (HR), 7 K, hit batter (85 pitches, 57 strikes)
Nick Hill: one out, K (4-3)
Marwin Vega: two outs, 2 H, (3 R) 0 ER, K (16-9)
Mumba Rivera: one out, 1 H (5-3)
Jared Wells: 1 IP, 2 K (13-9)
Aaron Cotter: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K (13-11)
Ezequiel Carrera: 3-3, triple, 3 R, RBI, 2 walks, SB
Marshall Hubard: 2-3, double, 2 RBI, walk
Adam Moore: 0-1, R, 4 walks (!)
Greg Halman: 2-5, solo HR, GRAND SLAM
Matt Mangini: 1-5, 2 run HR, K
Jeff Dominguez: 2-3, R, K
The DIAMOND JAXX blew an interesting game open. First of all, manager Phil Plantier emptied the bullpen during the 6th and 7th innings. Military Man Nick Hill bailed Luis Muñoz out of the 6th, then it took Marwin Vega and Mumba Rivera both to escape the 7th. But the DIAMOND JAXX turned a 5-4 deficit into a 12-5 rout with an eight run 8th, powered by an Ezequiel Carrera two run triple and a grand slam by Greg Halman, later followed by Matt Mangini’s first home run of the season.
One of the three guys to come to the plate twice in that inning was a new guy named Mel Stocker. Stocker spent two years with the Brewers organization before being cut loose after last year. The undersized 28 year old switch hitting Stocker flatlined in his first serious AAA action last year while putting up respectable numbers in the A+ Florida State League. Prior to that, he was the Royals 16th round pick out of Arizona State in 2001 and spent five years with that org, never quite getting beyond AA (or doing particularly well at that level). He had a great year in the Independent Atlantic League before the Brewers picked him up. The DIAMOND JAXX went ahead and brought him in to help out.
Okay, here’s Muñoz’s night. Good night, but basically the same flyball-prone Luis Muñoz as always.
Flyballs: 5 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 2
Pop Ups: 2
Walks: 0 (but 1 hit batter)
AAA: Tacoma 6, Colorado Springs 3
Andy Baldwin: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 K, wild pitch, 2 hit batters (97 pitches, 59 strikes)
Brodie Downs: 1 IP, 1 H, hit batter (10-6)
Justin Thomas: 1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, K (15-9)
Randy Messenger: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (21-13)
Chris Woodward: 1-5, 2 run HR
Jeff Clement: 2-5, solo HR
Chris Shelton: 2-5, solo HR, K
Mike Carp: 2-5, R
Bryan LaHair: 2-4, double, R
Freddy Guzman: 2-4, double, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Eric Young Jr: [gets plunked]
Eric Young Jr: OWWW
Matt Miller: [gets plunked]
Matt Miller: OWWW
Young: What was that for?
PHAT ANDY 22: That’s for sucking, and hating on the Phatman.
Young: I don’t suck. I hit 313/353/406.
Miller: I hit 338/419/477!
PHAT ANDY 22: Save the slash stats. You play in Colorado. I could hit 30 bombs here. I’ll drop one right now.
Rocky Mountain High with the Phatman, he ain’t no Batman
Where are your bats, man? What was your battle plan?
Drink a dozen black and tans? Swing your bats like frying pans?
Your talent’s in the garbage can. Hope you got a pension plan.
Cause you won’t make no travel plans, except to AA again.
You got no attention span, it floats around like Peter Pan
The Phatman is your Captain Hook
Owned you like I got you booked
Strike three’s here, just take a look.
The Rainiers bats have overtook
Phat Andy leaves your gooses cooked
To let the bullpen close the book.
Word to your mother, Aaron Cook.
Groundballs: 5 (plus 1 bunt)
Line Drives: 2
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 0 (but 2 hit batters)