BREAKING NEWS: KUO pitches yet another perfect inning striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced. Bring him up Joe! Without his monster left arm throwing gas and curves in the proverbial dixie cup our pen will continue to blowTOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 7-24-09
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
The Raptors beat Casper 5-3.
When it was all said and done yesterday, our Raptors ripped the Friendly Ghost 5-3. CONTRERAS (W, 3-0, 2.73), went 5 innings and gave up 1 earned run on 4 hits, 4 walks and 2 Ks. THOMPSON (9.00), was totally ineffective and got his ass handed to him, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits while getting just 2 men out before our manager drop kicked him into the showers. SOLANO (3.38) and AMES (1.42) saved our bacon and the game by pitching 3.1 shutout innings between them to earn a Hold and Save respectively. AMES was particularly effective going 2 innings and allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 4. SOLANO gave up 2 hits over his 1.1 inning.
YOUNT (.293), and ERICKSON (.329), whacked doubles. Both men also had 2 hit games.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The ‘Topes won 16-8 over the Iowa Cubs.
HU (.270) was 2-6 with a HR and ABREU (.327) got a pinch hit and RBI. 5 Isotopes has 3 or more hits.
SCOTT ELBERT gave up 8 hits and 3 ER in 3 innings. JOSH LINDBLOM pitched a scoreless inning and CHOI got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings where he K’ed 3. Choi is now 4-1 and has a 2.10 ERA with 47 K’s in 34 innings.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Out Looking’s game was not summarized with a box score on their website. They apparently lost to Mobile in 11 innings. The following recap should provide the hardcore Chattanooga fan with sufficient information to carry on until tomorrow. (The web site does not credit the author of this summary):
Chattanooga and Mobile played cat-and-mouse throughout Friday night’s match-up at AT&T Field, but it would be the BayBears who would find themselves with a 7-4 victory after a three-run eleventh inning.
Chattanooga got off to an early 1-0 lead in the first on a Josh BELL RBI single, which was prefaced by a James TOMLIN double.
Mobile quickly countered in the second with three runs. Cyle Hankerd doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a subsequent Yunesky Sanchez RBI single. After a Matt Tupman fly out, Mark Hallberg singled to push Sanchez to third. An Evan Frey double cleared the bases and gave the BayBears a 3-1 edge.
The BayBears tacked on another run in the seventh, but the Lookouts added a run of their own in the bottom portion of the inning. Russ MITCHELL singled to lead off and advanced to second on a Tommy GILES walk. Justin SELLERS successfully executed a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Eddy PEREZ then followed with a single to drive home Mitchell to put the score at 4-2.
Despite being down two runs, the relentless Lookouts came roaring back in the ninth. Lucas MAY led off with a solo shot off of the AT&T Field scoreboard to put the Lookouts within one run. Walks to MITCHELL and Gabriel GUTIERREZ put ducks on the pond for the Lookouts. Justin SELLERS then laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line, and pitcher Jordan Norberto threw to third for the force out, but a sliding MITCHELL arrived at the base in just the nick of time. After pinch hitter Gaby MARTINEZ grounded out into a force out at home, James TOMLIN came to the plate with one out and the bases still loaded. The speedy contact hitter then hit the ball sharply to center, dropping in for a hit. GUTIERREZ scored from third with ease, and Justin SELLERS rounded third and looked primed to cross home with the winning run, but a laser throw from center fielder Evan Frey and a great tag applied by catcher Matt Tupman resulted in a sliding SELLERS being called out on a very close play at home. With two outs and runners on second and third, Ramon NIVAR failed to drive home the winning run by hitting a ground out to shortstop Mark Hallberg.
Mobile ended the stalemate in the eleventh inning. With runners on first and second, Pedro Ciriaco broke the tie on a slow dribbler towards second baseman Ramon NIVAR, who made an errant throw to first in his haste. Bryan Byrne followed with a single off of Matt SARTOR (1-4) that ended up scoring two runs after Nivar bobbled the throw-in on the cutoff. The BayBears now held a 7-4 lead, which the Lookouts would not be able to surmount in the bottom portion of the eleventh off of Leyson Septimo, who picked up his first save of the season in the process.
Scott Maine (3-3) was credited with the win for throwing two innings of shutout ball in relief.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
The 66ers beat Rancho Cucamonga 4-3.
TIMOTHY SEXTON (W, 6-9, 3.29), pitched a quality start going 6 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 0 walks. He fanned 3. KUO (H, 2, 0.00), followed with a perfect inning striking out 2 of the 3 batters he faced in his 1 inning of work. KUO has been pitching a scoreless inning in almost every game the 66ers played over the last week. Call him up and put him in Torre! Me thinks he’s ready to play! (And Heaven knows we need another sound left handed arm in the pen!) MCCARTER (H, 3, 3.69), put up identical numbers with 2 Ks in a perfect inning worked after KUO finished his inning. SCHREIBER (S,2,3.18), finished up giving up 1 run (earned) on 1 hit in his 1 inning of work.
SCOTT VAN SLYKE (.303), and MIER (.224), homered for the 66ers. ROBINSON (.307), and MATTINGLY (.254) hit doubles. VAN SLYKE and GARCIA (.231) had 3 hit games. HERRERA (.312) went 2-5.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loonies beat Burlington 11-3.
The Loons stomped the life out of Burlington last night. WALTER got the win (6-3, 3.33), going 5 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and fanned 6. SMITH (2.90) got his first Hold going 3 innings and giving up 0 runs, 0 walks, and 1 hit while striking out 3. BOOTHE went the last inning and shut out Burlington on 2 hits, 0 walks and 1 K. It was a pretty good night for Loonie pitchers.
But the offense was literally lights out.
KYLE RUSSELL (.273), hit 22nd home run; DELMONICO and HATCH also went yard as the Loons logged 3 hoe runs for the night. RUSSELL also hit his 5th triple. SILVERIO (.275), DELMONICO (.279), and SONGCO (.167), all hit 2 baggers. SONGCO was just called up a couple odf days ago from the Raptors.
SILVERIO went 3-5. HATCH (.280), RUSSELL, and DELMONICO all had 2 hit nights.
FREE KUO! BRING HIM UP JOE! WITH HIM ON THE SQUAD OUR PEN WON”T BLOW!