I wonder if anyone noticed that there wasn't a weekend update or a recap last night? I wonder if anyone noticed that there weren't any games last night? I wonder if anyone noticed the craptastic results from this past weekend and know about my reluctance to spend any time writing about...shit?
It was a short night in the system as there were but three games on the docket. Tacoma came from way behind late to win in dramatic style. Jackson dropped one in extra innings. High Desert did what High Desert does better than any other affiliate, and that is bludgeon an opponent.
High Desert: 15-11
Pitcher of the Day: Roenis Elias
Player of the Day: James Jones
Winning three out of three would have been nice, and winning one out of three would have been borderline depressing, just north of the suicidal squat out of three. It's not the best result, but..
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad.
Let's Opera Rock!
TACOMA RAINIERS 10, TUCSON PADRES 9
After spinning off three games of pure awesomeness, Anthony Vasquez suddently realized that he is Anthony Vasquez and recorded a steaming pile of epic proportions. Tonight, that count raises to two. Vasquez
went just four innings giving up 9 runs on 11 hits (2 HR's), walked 2, and struckout 3.
Sean Henn took over for Vasquez in the fifth after poor Anthony failed to record an out with a runner on base and no outs. Henn didn't do Vasquez any favors as he allowed that runner to score (BASTARD!). Other than that, Henn actually pitched well in relief going and and two-thirds innings giving up nothing on 2 hits, no walks, 2 strikeouts, and also uncorked a wild one.
Josh Kinney relieved Henn in the sixth with two outs and a runner on base. Unlike Henn, Kinney pitched like a hero as he stonewalled the runner. Kinney went on to throw an inning and a third of quality relief baseball. Kinney gave up nothing on one hit, walked no one, and struckout no one.
Shawn Kelley entered the game in the eighth with the score sitting at 5-9 in favor of those damn Padres. I guess he was in need of work... Anyway, Kelley entered the game and pitched the final two frames without a blemish. Kelley gave up nothing on nothing, walked no one, and struckout one. While he was the pitcher of record, the offense went nuclear to grab the win and Kelley made it stick in the ninth.
The Rainier offense collected....HOLY SHIT! 16 hits and 3 walks to score their 10 runs. They were a red-hot 7 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 7.
The Rainier offense just couldn't keep up with the crapfest that was in the body of Anthony Vasquez early in the game, but that doesn't mean that they were idle. The kids from Tacoma beat the living crap out of the Padre starting pitcher and run his ass out of the game after four innings. The two relievers who followed kind of owned the Rainiers while they were in the game, but the final two Padre relivers were treated badly by the R's. It goes something like this:
Tacoma Top of the 9th
- Luis Rodriguez singles on a ground ball to right fielder DaniE. Robertson.
- Trayvon Robinson strikes out swinging.
- Carlos Triunfel singles on a soft line drive to left fielder James Darnell. Luis Rodriguez to 2nd.
- Chih-Hsien Chiang singles on a ground ball to center fielder Sawyer Carroll. Luis Rodriguez scores. Carlos Triunfel to 3rd. Chih-Hsien Chiang to 2nd. Throwing error by center fielder Sawyer Carroll.
- Pitcher Change: Brad Brach replaces Cory Burns.
- Luis Antonio Jimenez walks.
- Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Mario Yepez replaces Luis Antonio Jimenez.
- Vinnie Catricala singles on a line drive to right fielder DaniE. Robertson. Carlos Triunfel scores. Chih-Hsien Chiang to 3rd. Mario Yepez to 2nd.
- Johan Limonta singles on a ground ball to right fielder DaniE. Robertson. Chih-Hsien Chiang scores. Mario Yepez to 3rd. Vinnie Catricala to 2nd.
- Guillermo Quiroz grounds out, second baseman Amadeo Zazueta to first baseman Vince Belnome. Mario Yepez scores. Vinnie Catricala to 3rd. Johan Limonta to 2nd.
- With Scott Savastano batting, wild pitch by Brad Brach, Vinnie Catricala scores. Johan Limonta to 3rd.
- Scott Savastano pops out to first baseman Vince Belnome in foul territory.
9 batters + 5 hits (all singles) + 1 walk + 1 Padre error = 9 runs, the lead, and the victory. Hot damn!
CF Trayvon Robinson in the leadoff spot went 2/5 with a double, a run scored, and a ribbie.
SS Carlos Triunfel had a good night at the plate hitting in the two-hole. Triunfel went 3/5 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and a ribbie.
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang appears to have acclimated to the AAA level fairly well. Hitting in the three-hole, Chiang went 2/5 with a run scored and a ribbie.
Monster-masher DH Luis Jimenez in the four-hole went 1/2 with 3 walks (yep, all three of the teams walks).
3B Vinnie Catricala can use a lot more nights like tonight. The Cat hit in the five-hole and went 2/5 with a double, a run scored, and a ribbie.
LF Johan Limonta in the six-hole went 1/5 with a ribbie.
C Guillermo Quiroz in the seven-hole went 1/5 with a run scored and a ribbie. I wonder if he is having MLB dreams?
1B Scott Savastano in the eight-hole went 2/5 with 2 doubles, scored 2 runs, and drove in a run.
2B Luis Rodriguez in the nine-hole went 2/4 with a run scored and a ribbie.
The Rainier defense committed no errors tonight and twisted up 2 double plays.
JACKSON GENERALS 4, PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS 5 (10 INNINGS)
Andrew Carraway got the start for the Generals tonight and had mixed results. Carraway went five innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 2, struckout 4, and plunked a Blue Wahoo. The ASPCA has been alerted...
Moises Hernandez took over in the sixth and made one bad pitch in his two inning outting. Hernandez gave up 1 run on 2 hits (HR), walked 1, and struckout 1 for a blown save on his permanent record.
Steven Hensley took over in the eighth and threw two innings of pretty good relief. Hensley gave up nothing on nothing, walked 2, and struckout 1.
Brian Moran, he of the sparkling 0.00 ERA over 11+ innings of work gave up his first run of the year. The funny thing is, that run was unearned, and the guy that committed the error to make it unearned was none other than Brian Moran. Nothing like an errant pickoff throw to put a runner on third... Moran got two quick outs in the tenth inning with the game all knotted up at 4, and then gave up a single. Then came the errant throw and that was followed by another single for the walk-off loss.
The General offense collected 11 hits and 3 walks to score their 4 runs. They were 4 for 16 with runners in scoring position and stranded Indonisia (9).
Leadoff hitter 3B Francisco Martinez went 2/5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base (his league leading 9th).
SS Nick Franklin in the two-hole went 1/4 with a double, a ribbie, and a walk.
DH Joseph Dunigan in the three-hole went 2/4 with a walk and a stolen base.
1B Rich Poythress in the four-hole went 1/5 with a double and a ribbie.
CD Denny Almonte in the five-hole went 1/5 with a run scored and a stolen base.
LF Chris Pettit in the six-hole went 2/5 with a double and a ribbie.
RF Johermyn Chavez in the seven-hole went 0/4 with a run scored and a walk.
C Jesus Sucre in the eight-hole went 2/4 with... nothing.
The General defense committed one error (Moran, pickoff) and twisted up 2 double plays.
HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS 7, LAKE ELSINORE STORM 2
I think that I may have mislead some of you with that opening paragraph. High Desert did beat Lake Elsinore by the score of 7-2, but that was hardly a bludgeoning. Maybe a Cal League lite bludgeoning, but not a full-frontal, "Mommy they are hurting me!", "somebody please make the bad men go away!", type of bludgeoning...
In fact, the story of the game wasn't the offense flexing it's muscle and banging out some longballs. Nope, the story of the night was Maverick's starter Roenis Elias. I've been waiting for an outting like this from him because he seems to have the kind of "stuff" that would play well in the thin air of High Desert. Tonight, Elias worked eight strong innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits (HR), walked no one, and struckout 8. This was the longest outting of any Mariner farmhand so far this season. Elias is sporting a nifty 3-1 record with a sweet 2.30 ERA.
Tyler Burgoon entered the game in the ninth and made one bad pitch. The Goon worked the entire ining giving up 1 run on 1 damn hit (HR), walked and struckout no one.
The Maverick offense collected 12 hits, 1 walk, and a Mario Martinez plunking to score their 7 runs. They were 3 for 8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 6.
SS Brad Miller in the two-hole went 1/3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base.
Four-holer 1B Mickey Wiswall did all sorts of damage tonight as he went 3/4 with a solo-homerun, scored 2 runs, and drove in a ribbie.
RF Kevin Rivers in the six-hole went 1/3 with a run scored.
C John Hicks in the seven-hole went a perfect 4/4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 2 ribbies, and a stolen base.
CF James Jones in the nine-hole hasn't had his name called out much so far this year. Maybe that is why he's hitting in the nine-hole? Tonight, Jones had his best day at the plate this year as he went 3/4 with a triple and a homerun, scored 2 runs, and drove in 3 ribbies. Imagine how hard it was to do all of that while wearing that damn 400lb gorilla suit!
The Maverick defense committed one error (Elias, missed catch). John Hicks gunned down the only runner to attempt a stolen base.
Piss on the dog 'cause he's on fire. I'm outta here!