A: Fort Wayne 6, Clinton 3
CLI: 10-8… FTW: 15-4
Aaron Pribanic: 5.2 IP, 5 H, (5 R) 4 ER, 2 walks, 5 K, 2 wild pitches
Cheyne Hann: 1.1 IP, 2 K
Greg Moviel: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K, balk
Ryan Moorer: two outs, 1 H
Maximo Mendez: 2-4, RBI, 2 K
Juan Fuentes: RBI single, lifted early after an apparent injury
Terry Serrano: 2-3, triple, 2 R, walk
Ogui Diaz: 2-4, RBI, K
Fort Wayne jumped on Aaron Pribanic early and the Lumberkings never quite recovered. The TinCaps (formerly the Wizards) scored three in the 1st and two more in the 4th. Despite this, Pribanic pitched into the 6th.
Groundballs: 7 (plus 1 bunt)
Line Drives: 3
Pop Ups: 2
Meanwhile, here’s a guy we haven’t heard from in forever: Greg Moviel. The 6’6” lefthanded Vanderbilt grad was last seen stinking up rookie ball in Peoria during 2007, allowing 17 runs in 6 innings before sitting out all of 2008 for what I gather was rehab from an injury. Here’s his Facebook profile if you’re into that sort of thing.
He replaced the recently released Keith Meyer. That’s right: Meyer, the M’s 15th round pick in 2007, was let go after 5 treacherous innings of his own, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits. Meyer had a subpar 2008 in Wisconsin and needed to show signs of improvement in Clinton to keep going, but instead he only looked worse. Godsped, Keith, and if you elect to stay in pro baseball, hopefully you catch on with anther org soon. At 23, you’ve certainly got upside ahead of you.
A+: High Desert 6, Inland Empire 3
Alfredo Venegas: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER (HR), walk, 6 K
Travis Mortimore: 1 IP
Edward Paredes: 1 IP, 1 H
Steven Richard: 1 IP, walk
Phillipe Aumont: 1 IP, 2 H, walk, K
Anthony Varvaro: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Tyson Gillies: 1-4, solo HR, K
Edilio Colina: 2-4, 2 R
Joe Dunigan: 2-4, solo HR, solo HR
Juan Diaz: 1-4, double, R
Alfredo Venegas got the start in lieu of the struggling Edward Paredes, and he missed plenty of bats, striking out six, but also got roughed up in a three run 3rd inning. Still, despite a limited pitch count, Venegas gave the Mavs four innings and left with a 3-3 tie.
Flyballs: 4 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 2
He got a solo HR from Joe Dunigan in the 2nd, Tyson Gillies’ 1st home run of the season in the 3rd and a gift run thanks to two Empire errors later in the 3rd.
Juan Diaz led off the 5th with a double, and came around to score on an Edilio Colina single. Colina himself eventually came around to score and made it 5-3. Joe Dunigan blasted off again in the 6th to make it 6-3, and thanks to a bullpen relay, Empire never threatened again.
Anthony Varvaro allowed a leadoff base hit in the 9th, but struck out the side after that to get the save. Save for two horrid outings (April 14 and April 22), Varvaro’s looked solid as the closer so far. I know the team has no shortage of bullpen power arms right now (speaking of which, Phillipe Aumont pitched a scoreless 8th), but count Varvaro in the mix.
AA: West Tenn’s game with Mississippi got rained out.
AAA: Tacoma had the night off.