A: West Michigan 9, Clinton 8, 13 innings
CLI: 18-11... WMI: 20-9
Adam Harben: 7 IP, 6 H, (5 R) 3 ER, 2 walks, 4 K
Ryan Moorer: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER (HR), walk
Cheyne Hann: 1 IP, 2 H
Jose Jimenez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 walks, K
Maximo Mendez: 1-6, 2 R, walk, 4 K: Extra Inning Golden Sombrero, SB #14
Nate Tenbrink: 2-6, double, triple, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K
Kris Sanchez: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 walks, K
Israel Nuñez: 2-6, RBI
Jacob Shaffer: 2-5, R
The Lumberkings had this game in the bag, with an 8-0 lead by the middle 4th. But the Whitecaps slowly chipped away at a tiring Adam Harben, left out there due to the bullpen getting worn out in yesterday's 15 inning marathon. It ironically helped West Michigan tie the ballgame and send us into another extra inning thriller, one that this time the Lumberkings came out on the short end of.
The team had tomorrow off, and Scott Steinmann maybe could have extended a couple guys a little farther than he otherwise would in the middle to later innings, knowing they'd get at least a full day to rest. Perhaps Steinmann could have even used another starter out of the bullpen for an out or two if it came to that. Instead, Harben, typically a 5 inning guy, gave up five runs between the 4th and 6th innings, which allowed Buen Guez's three run homer in the bottom 9th to tie things up and send this game to extras.
Groundballs: 11 (plus 1 bunt)
Line Drives: 5
Pop Ups: 1
A+: High Desert 14, Lake Elsinore 6
Mavs: 21-10... Lake: 17-14
Jake Wild: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 walks, 2 K, hit batter
Stephen Penney: 2 IP, walk
Natividad Dilone: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, walk, 2 K
Aaron Jensen: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, K
Tyson Gillies: 3-3, 3 R, RBI, SB
Kuo Hui Lo: 1-2, R, RBI
Ian Bladergroen: 3-5, 2 doubles, R, 3 RBI, walk, K
Joe Dunigan: 2-6, double, R, 4 RBI
Jamie McOwen: 1-5, triple, RBI
Carlos Peguero: 2-5, double, 2 R, 2 K
Ronald Garth: 1-4, double, 2 R, RBI, K
Juan Diaz: 3-5, 2 R, K
Wind: 8 mph right to left
The Mavs poured on most of their damage in the 6th and 7th frames. The 6th inning rally had already scored a couple runs when Joe Dunigan doubled home two runs with two out and Jamie McOwel tripled in Dunigan for another. In the 7th, back to back doubles by Carlos Peguero and Ronald Garth led to flyball singles from Juan Diaz and Kuo Hui Lo. Ian Bladergroen also lined a single, a fielder's choice from Joe Dunigan's grounder produced another run and Lake committed an error on a Jamie McOwen grounder that brought in another run. By then it was 14-3 and the game was essentially over.
Jake Wild didn't have a great game despite a good job getting groundballs, and he left after the Mavs took a 4-3 lead, but ultimately he didn't need a great game.
Line Drives: 2
Walks: 2 (plus 1 hit batter)
AA: West Tenn actually had today off. That bullpen should be very rested.
AAA: Tacoma 9, Colorado Springs 7
TAC: 15-15... CSP: 18-11
Josh Hall: 4.1 IP, 8 H, (3 R) 2 ER, 4 walks, 2 K (90 pitches, 48 strikes)
Brodie Downs: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER (HR), walk, 3 K (25-17)
Chris Seddon: 1 IP, K (9-7)
Justin Thomas: two outs, 4 H, 2 ER, K, wild pitch (27-18)
Steven Shell: one out, wild pitch (4-2)
Prentice Redman: 1-5, double, R, K
Jeff Clement: 0-2, R, 3 walks
Mike Carp: 2-4, solo HR, 2 RBI, walk, K
Chris Shelton: 2-5, double, 3 run HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Bryan LaHair: 2-4, 2 run HR, 2 R
Chris Woodward: 2-5, K
Guillermo Quiroz: 2-5, K
Erick Monzon: 3-4, 2 doubles, RBI
Chris Shelton's 3 run blast in the 1st powered a four run 1st inning for the Rainiers. However, the Sky Sox chipped away at the lead and tied the game at 5 in the 7th, but the Rainiers took the lead for good in the bottom half off a two out RBI double by Erick Monzon. Chris Shelton's RBI double and Bryan LaHair's subsequent two run shot gave the Rainiers a 9-5 cushion, more than enough to finish this ballgame off.
Oh, the Sky Sox got within 9-7 and had two men aboard with two out in the top 9th, but Kenny Perez flew out to left to give Steven Shell his 1st save as a Rainier.
Josh Hall was some random 28 year old arm they picked up off the scrap heap to fill in a tapped rotation. In 75.1 innings between AA and AAA in 2008, he looked awful. He's just here to try and smoke/mirrors his way through 4-6 useful innings until they get some people back or promoted. I'd offer ball in play data, but I doubt it'll show us much; Maybe later.
Chris Seddon threw an inning after coming off the 7 Day DL but still needs time to get his chops back before being asked to pitch every five days. Right now the rotation is Andy Baldwin, Gaby Hernandez, Luis Muñoz, Hall and... uh....
It'll be interesting to see if someone from the Mariners DL (like Ryan Rowland-Smith) comes off and makes a start or two, or if they test drive someone in the bullpen who used to start (like Cesar Jimenez, Justin Thomas or Doug FISTER). No one in AA is healthy and ready to try and step into a AAA rotation (maybe Justin Souza, and he has a hard time going 4 innings in AA without getting into trouble), and they're not going to throw someone from High Desert into the fire.