TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 7-25-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
Raptors out–slug Idaho Falls 12-8.
VASQUEZ (L, 0-3, 5.14), was ineffective and got bombed. He pitch4d just 3.1 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks and 4 Ks. MILLER (W, 1-0, 1.93) went 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and 2 Ks. PAXSON (H, 1, 5.73), was ineffective, allowing 2 earned runs, 3 hits and 1 walk in 1.1 inning. He did fan 2. SUITER (3.38), pitched a perfect inning. RONDON (2.63) pitched 1 inning of shutout ball to finish, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk and striking out 1.
SANDS (.383), blasted his 11th home run of the young season. ORR (.242), hit his second round tripper. ERICKSON (.333), and GUERRERO (.242) both added doubles. RUGGIANO (.379), and HERNANDEZ (.286), both had 3 hit games. SANDS, ERICKSON, (.333), WISE (.383), and GUERRERO all had 2 hit games. All told, our Raptors had 16 hits.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
Iowa stomps our hapless Isotopes 11-2.
Despite the constant screams and cries of “uncle” from the Isotope bench, Iowa showed the Albuquerque Nine no mercy as they beat the stuffing out of them, 11-2, before an embarrassed crowd of 9,150.
DURBIN (L, 0-2, 4.50), gave our team a quality start giving up 3 earned runs in 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and 6 walks while fanning 2. BONILLA (5.19), followed and must have forgot he was pitching in a game where the team tries to actually win instead of just throwing batting practice to the opposition. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 6 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. He had 0 Ks. The rumor was he was seen after the game running for his life as he was chased by an angry mob bearing knives, pitchforks and squirrel guns down the main streets of town. Luckily, it is believed that if the rumor is true, he proved to be much faster than the average beer drinking AAA baseball fan and was not harmed. FELIX (6.75), finished by tossing the last 1.1 inning giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 K.
JONES (.290), whacked a double, his 15th of the season. JONES and HARPER (.286), managed 2 hit games. Just to prove how totally inept a team can be, the “Topes banged out a total of 10 hits and were only able to score 2 runs.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts whack Mobile 12-3.
It was a good day for the Lookouts, both offensively and with their pitching. It wasn’t reported whether or not the grounds were damp again, but for one night it didn’t matter. BASTARDO (W, 3-2, 4.65), managed a quality start with nuthin’ stuff as he went 6 innings and gave up 3 earned runs on 9 hits, 2 walks and struck out 3. (He’s got to change that name if he ever expects to pitch before a Latino crowd.) SCHREIBER (0.00), followed with a perfect inning and struck out 1. GARATE (1.86) was next and pitched a shutout inning giving up just 1 hit while fanning 2. CORCORAN (5.63), pitched a perfect inning to finish. He struck out 1 batter.
BELL (.297), and GILES (.281) smacked home runs. The Lookouts managed 6 doubles from 6 different players! MARTINEZ (.291), GUTIERREZ (.304), GODWIN (.256), TOMLIN (.314), BELL (.297), and SELLERS (.298) all participated in the 2-bagger parade. This team has a lot of good gap hitters!
TOMLIN went 4-5 with a walk. MITCHELL (.224), went 3-5. LAMBO (.268), BELL (.297), GUTIERREZ, and SELLERS all had 2 hit games. Altogether, the Lookouts whacked 18 base knocks for the game!
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Visalia beat the 66ers 4-2.
In what can only be described as a parade of short relief pitchers, the 66ers managed to put miles on 5 young arms in a game which was way to close to warrant such action. The rumor had it that Joe Torre had put in a “guest appearance” and managed the 66er team which would have explained the management of the bullpen, but this rumor proved to be false as Torre was back in LA managing the Dogs against the Fish and it was quite unlikely that he could be in two places at once.
WITHROW (4.75), began the “soft parade” going 3 innings and giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits, walking 0 and fanning 2. That wasn’t good enough for the manager who replaced him with TORRES (0.00), in the 4th. TORRES went 2 shut out innings allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while fanning 3. But TORRES shutout performance was lacking in something because he got his butt removed after just the 2 innings pitched and he was replaced by BRANNON (L, 0-2, 5.12). Finally, our coach had found someone who was ineffective and BRANNON only got 2 outs before being lifted. In that time he gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk.
At this point we were behind for good, but just to show that he has “patience” for lesser pitching efforts, our manager left the next pitcher PFEIFFER (4.33), in the game for 2.1 innings during which he gave up an earned run on 2 hits, 0 walks and 2 Ks. PRADO (4.28), was finally ushered in to “mop up” the last inning and he pitched an inning of perfection giving up no runs, no hits, no walks and striking out 1 batter.
It was also rumored that Management had to scotch yet another rumor after the game and announce to the grumbling home crowd of 2,408 that there really was a manager and pitching coach in attendance at the game and it was not an inebriated impostor managing the bullpen despite all appearances. There was no immediate explanation as to why the effective pitchers got the early hook and the ineffective ones were left in longer to do some real damage to the team’s prospects for a win. Might have something to do with the fact that Jupiter is in retrograde…
HERRERA (.314) and GARCIA (.267) both had 2 hit games for the 66ers.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
Quad Cities edges the Loons 5-4 in 11 innings.
BLEVINS (3.94) pitched yet another quality start for the Loons going 7 innings and giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits, 1 walk and 6 Ks. PRATT (H, 2, 5.54), followed and pitched one inning of shut out ball allowing 2 hits, no walks and struck out 1. GARCIA (BS, 1, L, 5-2, 2.56), finished going 2.2 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits and 2 walks.
RUSSELL (.272), hit his 23rd tater in the 5th (a 2-run shot). GORDON (.297), hit his 10th triple! This kid is not only a great ss and hitter, but he’s becoming a triples machine! PEDROZA (.260), and SILVERIO (.277) added doubles. PEDROZA, WALLACH (.244), and SILVERIO all had 2 hit games.
SONGCO (.143), continued to struggle, going 0-5 with 2 strikeouts after tearing up the rookie league earning a promotion to A just a few days ago. It’s hard to figure how a player can be so far above the competition at the Rookie League level and suddenly find himself over matched like this once promoted to A ball. I’m going to keep watching this kid and root for his success.