TOM O’SHEAS’ MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 7-01-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
The Raptors win, beating Orem 6-5 in 11 innings..
The Raptors got a very mediocre start from CONTRERES (5.63), who lasted just 3 innings and gave up 5 runs (4 earned), on 5 hits and 3 walks. WIBORN (3.00), AMES (1.42), RONDON (0.00), AND GUADI (W, 1-1, 10.13) all looked very impressive blanking the Orem squad the final 8 innings on 7 its, 0 walks and 110 Ks collectively. The Raptors might not have much in the way of starters, but their bullpen is looking stellar.
SANDS (.444) hit his 4th home run in the young season. CAVAZOS GALVEZ (.222), hit his second tater and SONGCO (.367) smacked his 3rd round tripper of the year.
SONGCO, YNOA (1.00), and SANDS all whacked doubles.
SANDS and SONGCO did most of the hitting for the Raptors as each went 3-5. Sand also drew a walk. MCGEE pitched in wht a 2 hit game going 2-5 with a walk.
SANDS and SONGCO look like they both belong on the fast track. The are already proving Rookie Ball can’t hold them. Only problem is, SANDS is being brought up to play left and SONGCO is their DH. Apparently their defensive skills are nothing to write home about.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
HAEGER WAS SELECTED TO THE AAA ALL STAR GAME. HIS 3.75 ERA and 8 WINS MAKE HIM A PERSON OF INTEREST TO WATCH ON ESPN 2 ON JULY16TH.
JASON SCHMIDT (W, 2-0, 3.38) took a step backwards in his two and a half year rehab assignment by giving up 4 earned runs in the 6 innings he pitched while also giving up 7 hits. The bright spots? 0 Walks and 5 Ks. CHOI (H, 3) pitched a shutout inning on 1 hit and 2 Ks. He should be about ready. A 38 year old rookie better be ready. Just throw him in the deep end and I bet he makes it as a set up man. WADE (9.00) and SCHLICTING (0.00), finished up with shut out innings of their own.
MAZA (.263), BROWN (.307), and ABREU(.235) all whacked round trippers.
CLOSSER (.333) went 4-4 on the evening. ABREU, 2-5; HOFFMAN (.261), 2-3 with a walk; REPKO (.253) also went 2-4.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS
The Lookouts stomp Carolina 9-3.
JAMES ADKINS (W, 3-6, 5.03), pitched another quality start going 6 innings and gave up 2 eared runs on 5 its, 1 walk, and 3 Ks. CORCORAN (4.86), followed with 2 shut out innings of relief. Guerra finished up getting the last 3 outs and giving up just 1earned run.
The Lookouts have more players with gap power than anyone else in tHe league. Seems like every game I’m reporting 6 or 7 total doubles. Yesterday was no exception as the Lookouts whacked a total of 7 doubles: NIVAR (.476), hit 3 all by himself! Keep an eye on this second baseman! GUITERREZ (.240), BECKER (.208), GILES (.287), and PEREZ (.263) all added doubles of their own.
NIVAR led all hitters going 3-5; PEREZ, went 2-4. No other Lookout ow multiple hit games.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
66ers beat Visalia 4-0.
The 66ers got some great pitching from WALL (W, 1-4, 5.66), who shutout Visalia for 7 innings on 6 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 3. SANFLIR (4.61), and PRADO were equally effective holding the Visalia squad to on runs over the last two innings.
There were no extra base hits. ROBINSON (.297), and VAN SLYKE (.310), both went 2-4.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS
The Loons were rained out!!!