TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGE REPORT 7-17-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
A box score was not available after yesterdays game on the Raptor website. Jake Keleman provided a summary which should keep all you Raptor fans out there happy as clams.
A late come-back from the Ogden Raptors came up just short Thursday night, as the Great Falls Voyagers held on the ninth inning to win 3-2 at Centene Stadium. Trailing the entire night after Great Falls scored in the first, Ogden trimmed a two-run deficit to one on shortstop Bryant Hernandez’s RBI double with two outs in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Kyle Orr popped out to end the game. The teams have now split the first two games of their three-game series.
Raptors’ starter Elisaul Pimentel (2-1) allowed a run in the first, but it could have been worse. A double-play ball helped Pimentel limit the damage of a four-hit inning. He settled down over the next three, but the Raptors could not muster anything against Voyagers’ 6’10” left-hander Garrett Johnson. Johnson kept Ogden off-balance with his high-release, working four shut-out frames.
The Voyagers added to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when catcher Chase Blackwood lifted a mile-high drive just over the left-field wall for a two-run homer off of Pimentel. It was Blackwood’s second homer of the season, extending the Great Falls lead to 3-0.
Matt Hopps (1-1), who had pitched a shutout top of the fifth, allowed a solo shot to left to Raptors’ designated hitter Brian Ruggiano in the sixth to make it 3-1, but that would be the Raptors only run until the ninth. Ogden threatened in the seventh, but Ruggiano popped out against reliever Dan Albritton to leave the bases loaded. Albritton worked the final 2.1 innings to pick up his third save, stranding Hernandez at second to end it. >>
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The Isotopes beat New Orleans 12-3.
STULTS (W, 2-1, 4.80) gave he Isotopes a quality start going 6 innings and giving up 3 earned runs, walking 1 and fanning 5.CHOI (H, 6, 211), pitched 2 perfert` innings while striking out 1. BONILLA (4.43), finished pitching one inning of of shut out ball, giving up 1 hit, walking 0 and strking ot 1.
CLOSSER (.365) whacked his 3rd homerun of year. MAZA (.280), socked his 3rd triple. ABBREA (.279) and MAZA. both went 3-5. JONES (.279), CLOSSER , HU (.228) and ELLIS (.297) , all managed to get 2 his on the night,
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts were rained out.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
The 66ers beat Lake Elsinor.
WALL (5.29) was wild and got no help from his fielders as he started and could make it through just 6 innings, giving up 10 hits, 4 runs (only 1 earned), he walked 4 and struck out the same number of batters as he walked. Very mediocre! SANFLER (W, 1-0, 4.59), picked up the win going 1.2 innings of shut out, 1 hit ball, although he did give up a free pass to go with his strike out. SCHREIBER (H, m1) got 2 outs while givig up “zippo bang” when it comes tho his, runs ans walks. He also failed to strke out anybody.
ROBINSON (.314), and VAN SLYKE (.308), went yard.. Both men have been “en fuego” of late as they also added a doubles. Our beloved batting instructor’s son MATTINGLY (.250), whacked to hits for the night, on of which was his 15th double of the season. ROBINSON actuall manager 3 hits on the night as did CASERES (.299).
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loons defeat Wisconsin 7-5.
WALTER (3.30) turned in a sterling performance last night allthough it felt short a “quality start” because he only went 5 innings and allowed 1 run (earned), 6 hits, 2 walks and 7Ks. AGUASVIVA (W, 4-1, 1.57),was totally ineffective going 2.1 and giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. THERE IS NO JUSTICE! GARCIA(H, 2.61) ,and ST. CLAIR (S, 6,2.79), slammed to door the
each allowing a hit. ST. CLAIR struck out 2.