What a lovely night for some baseball, eh? I mean, MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL that is
Tacoma opened up a series with Anthony Vasquez, and the lefty reponded with a scintilating outting for a win. Jackson polished off a five game set with Birmingham by sending out Taijuan Walker for a nearly predictable result. High Desert opened up a series with those hated Giants of San Jose, and ran their record to 5-0 with a win. Clinton opened up a 6-1 lead on Cedar Rapids and watched it evaporate by the games end for a loss.
Tacoma: 3 - 2
Jackson: 4 - 1
High Desert: 5 - 0
Clinton: 1 - 3
Organization: 13 - 6
System Pitcher of the Day: Taijuan Walker
System Position Player of the Day: Steven Proscia
Let The Good Times Roll!
TACOMA RAINIERS 4, COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX 2
I just don't get it. Anthony Vasquez's effort tonight is pretty much like what I saw last year, but then when he was promoted up to the big club everything just went to shit on him. Tonight, Vasquez went seven strong innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit (HR), walked 1, and struckout 5 for the win.
Shawn Kelley took over in the eighth and tried to make the game more interesting as he struggled to complete his one inning of work. Kelley gave up 1 run on 3 hits, walked no one and struckout 1.
Chance Ruffin pitched the ninth inning facing the minimum striking out 2.
The Rainier offense collected 10 hits and 2 walks to plate their 4 runs. They were 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
SS Carlos Triunfel in the two-hole went 1/5 with a double and a run scored.
3B Vinnie Catricala in the three-hole finally had a good night at the plate going 3/4 with a run scored, 3 big ribbies, and a stolen base. Vinnie also committed his first error on the year (fielding).
DH Luis Jimenez in the four-hole went 1/3 with a ribbie and a walk.
LF Johan Limonta in the seven-hole went 2/3 with a double, a run scored, and a walk.
2B Luis Rodriguez in the nine-hole went 1/4 with a run scored.
JACKSON GENERALS 3, BIRMINGHAM BARONS 2
Teen phenom Taijuan Walker started for the Generals and had a typical TW type of game. Walker worked five innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, walked 1, struckout 8... EIGHT!, and uncorked a wild one for his first win at the AA level.
Carter Capps took over for Walker in the sixth inning and spread 4 hits across three innings, giving up nothing on those hits, walked no one, and struckout 2.
Stephen Pryor worked the ninth around a hit to pick up his 3rd save on the year.
The General offense got the most out of very little today as they collected just 7 hits and 2 walks to score their 3 runs. They were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 6.
This was purhaps the best team attack that we have seen so far. No one single performance stood out as several players played a part in the win.
SS Nick Franklin in the two-hole went 1/4 with a double, a run scored, and a strikeout.
3B Francisco Martinez in the three-hole went 1/4 with a double and a strikeout.
1B Rich Poythress in the four-hole went 1/2 with a ribbie and 2 walks.
RF Johermyn Chavez in the six-hole went 1/3 with a double, a run scored, and a walk.
2B Eric Campbell in the seven-hole went 1/3 with a run scored.
C Jesus Sucre in the eight-hole went 1/3 with a 2-out ribbie.
SS Gabby Noriega in the nine-hole went 1/3 with a 2-out ribbie.
HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS 6, SAN JOSE GIANTS 5
This was one of those interesting games that happen fairly frequently in the California League. Amazingly, this one only took a touch over 3 hours to complete.
An interesting little tid bit is that this game featured a Duck and a Beaver. Jack Marder from the University of Oregon was the catcher for the Mavericks, and Andrew Susac from Oregon State was the catcher for the Giants.
Maverick starter Roenis Elias... stunk. Elias went four innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, walked 4, struckout 3, committed a balk, and plunked a Giant.
Jandy Sena took over in the fifth and put in two solid innings of relief. Sena gave up nothing on 2 hits, walked 1, and struckout 1.
Carson Smith took over in the seventh for his second outting of the year, and for the second time he struggled. Smith worked just one inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits, walked 1, struckout 1, and plunked a Giant. How he gave up just one run is a freakin' miracle.
Jonathan Arias took over in the eighth and put in two innings of work giving up 1 run on 2 hits, walked no one, and struckout 3 for his 2nd save of the year.
The Maverick offense collected 13 hits and 4 walks to plate their 6 runs. The were 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.
C Jack Marder in the leadoff spot went 1/5 with a ribbie, got caught stealing once, and picked off a runner.
SS Brad Miller in the two-hole failed to hit a homerun in the game, but did go 2/5 with a stolen base. A potential suicide watch has been cancelled...
2B Stefen Romero in the three-hole went 1/5 with a run scored.
DH John Hicks in the four-hole went 1/5 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base.
LF Mike McGee in the five-hole went 1/4 with a ribbie, a walk, and a strikeout.
1B Steven Proscia in the six-hole went a perfect 3/3 with a double, a homerun, 2 runs scored, 3 ribbies (2 of which came with 2 outs), and a walk.
RF James Jones in the seven-hole went 1/4 with a double and a strikeout.
3B Mario Martinez in the eight-hole went 1/3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts.
CF Julio Morban in the nine-hole went 2/3 with a triple, a run scored, and a walk.
CLINTON LUMBERKINGS 6, CEDAR RAPIDS KERNALS 7
It's really hard to write about the pitching for the LumberKings in this game and do so with anything looking remotely like excitement...
Trevor Miller started for the LumberKings and stunk, but he had a lot of help from a poor defensive showing. Miller went five innings givingup 5 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits (HR), walked no one, struckout 3, and plunked a Kernal.
Brett Shankin took over in the sixth inning and went three innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (HR), walked no one, and struckout 3. For this he was handed a blown save and the loss.
The LumberKIng offense collected 8 hits, 4 walks, and a Jamal Austin plunking to score their 6 runs. They were 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 8.
CF Jamal Austin in the leadoff spot went 2/4 with a run scored, a stolen base, and those sore ribs.
DH Daniel Paolini in the two-hole went 1/5 with a run scored, a ribbie, and 3 freakin' strikeouts.
RF Jabari Blash in the three-hole went 1/5 with a double, a run scored, and 2 strikeouts.
Four-holer 3B Ramon Morla went 1/3 with a double, a run scored, 2 walks, and a strikeout.
LF Guillermo Pimentel in the five-hole went 1/5 with a run scored, a ribbie, and 2 strikeouts.
1B Jharmidy De Jesus in the six-hole went 1/4 with a run scored and a ribbie.
C Steven Baron in the seven-hole went 0/4 with a ribbie and a stolen base.
SS Anthony Phillips in the nine-hole went 1/3 with a double and a walk.
Piss on the fire and call in the dogs. I'm outta here!