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May 31, 2009 – Tom O’Shea’s Minor League Report

May 31, 2009 – Tom O’Shea’s Minor League Report

Albuquerque Isotopes  AAA  5-30-09

Albuquerque beat Oklahoma City  2-1 last night as Erick Threets, (1-0, 2.16) pitched 2 innings of hitless, no run baseball with some help from Scott Strickland, (SV:8),  who pitched a scoreless  seventh, striking out all three batters he faced for his 8th save.  Threets, who walked two and struck out two, came into the game in relief of Randolph who started and went 4 innings of 1 hit ball, giving up the one earned run, walking 3 and striking out 5 in hnis 4 innings of work.  Vaughan (2-2, 4.15) was the loser for Oklahoma City.


tomsheaOklahoma City struck for their only run in the bottom of the first on two walks (Borbon and German), two steals and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Boggs.   Oklahoma City maintained that one run lead until the top of the seventh inning when the Isotopes struck for 2 runs.


With two outs in the seventh and the bases empty, Mitch Jones came up to pinch hit for Kenley Jansen and promptly hit his 16th home run of the season to left to tie the score at 1-1.  Thereafter, Jovanny Rosario singled and moved to second on  a fielding error by Oklahoma center fielder Julio Burbon.  Rosario then scored on Luis Maza’s solid single to center giving the Isotopes all the runs they needed and a 2-1 lead.  Scott Strickland slammed the door in the bottom of the seventh with three consecutive strikeouts.  Strickland’s era is now a “robust” 4.60.


Over the 7 innning game the Isotopes collected 7 hits, 2 each from Maza(.250), and Roisario (who is now hitting .350); and one each from S. Garcia, the catcher Jansen and the homer from Jones.  Maza and Jones had the only rbis.  Jones’ homer was the only extra base hit.


 Chattanooga Lookouts  AA  5-30-09

 Not much to say that’s pretty about the Lookouts game yesterday against West Tennessee as they fell 11-1 in 9 innings.  The team was probably rusty as several games this week were rained out  Souza got the win for West Tenn to go 4-3, 3.16 and pitched two outs deep into the 7th inning giving up 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and struck out 9.  Renfree, (.000)  went the last 2.1 innings giving up 2 hits and striking out 1.


Chick, (3-2, 5.70), started for the Lookouts and drew the loss going only 2.2 innings and giving up 6 runs on 6 hits, walking two and striking out 2. Felix, (2.43), followed and pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, one run walking none and striking out 3.  J. Rodriguez , (3.38), pitched one third of an inning and got bombed for 4 runs on 5 hits.  Sartor, (2.93), finished pitching 1.2 innings of no hit ball and struck out 1, walked none.


The Lookouts managed 1 double and 5 singles, scoring their only run in the seventh with two outs when  Mitchell doubled home third baseman Bell.  Bell (.293) had two singles in the game and outfielders Tomlin (.298), Lambo (.266) each singled as well.  Offensively, West Tenn was an unstoppable juggernaut managing 11 runs on 13 hits including 3 home runs (Prettyman, Mangini and Limonta), 1 triple (Limonta),  and 3 doubles (Hubbard, Johnson and Mangini).  Mangini went 4-4, Limonta 3-4 and Johnson 2-4.


Inland Empire 66ers  A Advanced  5-30-09

The 66ers came up a dollar short and a day late against the Modesto tea when they lost in 10 innings 5-4.   Freiderich (2.57) started for Modesto and went 7 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, 2 walks and had 7 strikeouts.  He was followed by Escalona (1.88) who pitched through the 9th giving up no runs and had one strikeout to get the win (4-1, 0.88)  Baker (S, 16, 3.16) pitched the tenth giving up one run, earned on 2 hits and a strikeout.


The 66ers Wall (5.50) pitched the first 6 innings giving up 4 hits and one run, earned, striking out 4 while walking none.


He was followed by Sanfler, (4.28),  who pitched 2/3 of an inning in the seventh and gave up 2 runs on no hits and a walk.  He didn’t have a strikeout.  Meque (5.59) relieved  Sanfler and couldn’t get anybody out giving up a hit and walking two for his second blown save.  Arias (1-1, 3.78),  pitched the 9th and 10th giving up 2 unearned runs on 1 hit and 1 walk while notching 4 strikeouts and taking the loss.  Modesto scored first in the top of the first with Charles Blackmon singling to left and stealing second.  He went to third on a passed ball by Jessie Mier and scored on Lars Davis’ triple to center.


The 66ers came back in the bottom of the first on Trayon Robinson’s home run to left, his 6th, with two down.  The 66ers scored another run in the bottom of the second.  Jaime Ortiz opened with a single to left, advanced to second on a passed ball by Lars Davis.  Advanced to third on a fly by Casares and scored on a single to right by Christian Lara.


The 66ers again scored a run in the 6th on Scott Van Slyke’s sixth homer of the year, a solo shot to left with one out, giving the 66ers a 3-1 lead.  Modesto came back in the 7th.  Jeff Cunningham was hit by a pitch with two out.  M. Gonzales then walked.  Blackmon followed with a single to right to score one.  M. Gonzales then stole home to tie the game at 3 runs apiece. 


The game came to a dramatic end thereafter in the tenth inning.  In the top half, Repec singled and Mitchell walked with one out.  Then while Nazario was striking out for the second out, Repec and Michael pulled a double steal and both scored on the throwing error by Jessie M ier.  This gave the squad a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the tenth.   The 66ers rallied for one run when C. Lara and J. Mier singled to open the inning.  Lara then stole third and came home to score the last run on a sacrifice bunt by Elian Herrerra.


Great Lakes Loons   A   5-30-09

The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Loons 7-5 in what turned out to be the longest game in Loons history.  The 14 inning epic was finally decided on a two run home run by Josh Vitters.   The loss was a bitter one for the Loons who led 5-1 going into the 8th inning behind what can only be called a brillant performance by Loon starter Justin Miller.  Miller, (4.45) , was pulled in the 8th after giving up three runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.  Miller has now pitched 4 consecutive quality starts making him a possible candidate for a promotion in the near future .


Guerra, (1.61),  blew his second save in relief of Miller giving up 4 hits and 2 runs while walking 2 and striking out 4. Boothe, (3.76),  pitched two stirling innings of one hit no run ball striking out 2 and walking none. Smith, (0-1, 3.57),  was then ultimately the loser after going 3 innings, on 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk and 2 strike outs.  The Loons jumped in front in the first with two runs–keyed by Kyle Russelll’s sacrifice fly and Tony Delmonico’s two out rbi single .


Peoria drew close by picking up an unearned run in the second to close the gap to 2-1.  Anthony Hatch then blasted a two run homer in the bottom of the 3rd giving the Loons a 4-1 lead.  Alfredo Silveria tripled and scored on Vetters’ sacrifice fly in the 4th which gave the Loons a 5-1 lead which held into the 8th.


In the 8th inning, Guerra gave up a two run double allowing the Chiefs to move to 5-3 going into the 9th. In the 9th Peoria  picked up 2 more runs on three consecutive singles to  send the game into extra innings and the dramatic finish in the 14th when Vitters hit his 2 run shot to end the scoring and win the game for the Chiefs.

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3 Responses to “May 31, 2009 – Tom O’Shea’s Minor League Report”

  1. lawdog says:

    Hey mover! Putting all those summaries together was a bit of work. Would it be possible to give me credit for writing these reports?

  2. lawdog says:

    Thanks! You can go ahead and delete the post above if you'd like.

  3. lawdog says:

    The one I sent yesterday on May 29ths games too late to put up as archival history? As I get familiar with the prospects it should be possible to follow them on a daily basis over weeks and months if one chooses. We had some decent production from the kids on the 29th as I recall.


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