TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 6-24-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS
The Raptors lose 4-1.
After losing their season opener Tuesday night, the Raptors came back and lost their second game of the season against Orem 4-1.
PIMENTAL (0.00) pitched a masterful 6 innings earning a quality start by giving up only 1 unearned run on 3 hits, 2 walks and 3 Ks. AMES (0.00), followed with 2 shutout innings giving up 0 hits, 0 walks and striking out 4. GAUDI (L, 0-1, 40.50), screwed the pooch and took the loss. PAXON (0.00) got the last out without giving up a run.
SONGO (.333), followed Tuesday’s home run performance with his second round tripper in as many games. MCGEE (.125) whacked his first double.
No Raptors had multi-hit games.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
Nashville scored 5 runs in the 15th inning to beat the Isotopes 8-3.
13.076 people turned out to watch Manny rehab in Albuquerque. They are selling standing room only tickets to tonight’s game to accommodate fans who will be able to sit on a bern. Fans who buy these tickets will be so far away from the action they’ll need to rent Hubble type telescopes to see the action.
And when it comes to action, they better not expect to see much of Manny. For the second night in a row, Manny was left in the game just long enough to bat twice. He went 0-1 with a walk while players like BROWN (.304), and DEWITT (.254Z) got 7 plate appearances. You don’t think the Isotopes could have scored more than 3 runs in 15 innings if they’d have left MANNY (.000), in the game. These might be minor league games, but I want us to try and win them. It’s important for the character of the young players, And Manny needs his abs. Who ever’s responsible for sitting Manny after 2 abs should fired!
Knuckleballer HAEGER had yet another quality start going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and had 4 Ks. He was bitten by the gopher ball bug, surrendering 2 home runs over the course of the 6 innings he pitched. VARGAS (1.80), DEBARR (7.20), STRICKLAND, and CHOI (1.99), all pitched shut out ball in relief. POLLOCK (5.17), pitched batting practice ball to Nashville allowing the 5 run 15th inning to lolse a game that should have been won.
If Manny wasn’t hurt there is no excuse for this managing blunder.
Offensively, HOFFMAN (.354), hit his 5th double. HU (.254) is leaving the Mendoza line in his dust and went 3-6 last night. HOFFMAN also went 3-6 with a walk. JANSEN (.263), managed to go 2-5 with a walk. No other Isotopes had multi-hit games.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts beat Huntsville 8-5.
CASTILLO (W, 4-5, 4.29), pitched a quality start going 8 innings and gave up 3 runs, all earned, on 5 its, 1 walk and 3 Ks. DURBIN (1.75) was unimpressive pitching the ninth and gave up 2 earned runs while getting the last 3 outs.
2 Lookouts hit doubles: LAMBO (.262), hit his 22nd, and MITCHELL (.187), hit 2 for his 1oth and 11th.
TOMLIN (.306), has started to tear it up going 4-5. MITCHELL went 3-4 with a walk. 4 Lookout players had 2 hit games: ABREU (.306), BELL (.278), ROSE (.237) and the pitcher CASTILLO (.250).
All told, the Lookouts whacked 16 hits for the night. Only GOODWIN (,243) amongst the starters failed to get a knock.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Forgetting that “idle hands are the devil’s playground”, the 66ers did not play last night.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The lazy Loons didn’t play either last night. I’d call them on it, but they had 7 players at the A ball all-star game. Not a bad sign for the future, eh?