TOM O’SHEA’S MINOR LEAGUE REPORT 8-4-09
Breaking News: BELLISARIO pitches his first rehab assignment and pitched a strong inning! He allowed no runs on 1 hit, 0 walks and fanned a batter. Looks like he’s about ready to come back.
THE OGDEN RAPTORS ROOKIE
Casper beats the Raptors 9-8.
The friendly ghost outlasted our Raptors despite Ogden’s rally which saw them score 7 of their 8 runs in the last 2 innings. VASQUEZ (L, 2-2, 4.82) and WILBORN (5.25) stunk to high heaven. QUINTERO (1.17), and ROBERTS (7.20), pitched shutout relief in sharp contrast to the other two.
McGEE (.244), SMITH (.192), YNOA (.173), ERICKSON (.355), and JACOBS (.309) all whacked doubles. McGEE went 4-5, while RUGGIANO (.343), ERICKSON, and JACOBS (.309) all had 2 hit games.
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
The Isotopes fall to Nashville 6-5.
DURBIN (6.00), went 6 innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits, 3 walks and 5 Ks. GARCIA (27.00), was absolute garbage and got the loss after blowing the save all in .2 inning. He managed to give up 2 earned runs on 2 hits and a walk without getting more than 2 outs. FELIX (1.69), was the only Isotope hurler to pitch well, going 1.1 innings of one hit, one walk, shut out ball. He struck out 1.
ABREU (.345), hit his 8th home run while going 2-5. GARCIA (.228) hit his 9th double while going 3-3 with a walk. HOFFMANN (.290), whacked 2 doubles and went 2-5. CLOSSER (.316), added a double.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts lost both ends of a doubleheader to West Tennessee, 10-5 and 6-3.
CHRIS WITHROW pitched his first game since being promoted from A ball (16.20), and CORCORAN (5.48) were both pitching so poorly that the locals are wondering if the putrid smell left behind will clear before the winter rains in Game 1. NIVAR (.358), and LAMBO (.264), both cracked doubles. MARTINEZ (.308), went 3-4. PEREZ (.274), and ROTTINO (.254), each had a 2 hit game.
In the nightcap, BATISTA (2.43) and GUERRA (4.50), both stunk to high heaven as well. Only GARATE (2.05), was able to make an appearance without allowing a run–but he only pitched two thirds of an inning so he was unable to “quench the stench” in the end. PEREZ (.275), hit his 9th dinger. MITCHELL (.224), went 2-3.
So much for the low lights of a miserable day’s performance for the Choo Choos.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
Rancho Cucamunga edged our beloved 66ers 5-3.
Leaving the ugly and arriving at the merely disagreeable, the 66ers stayed close in their effort against Cucamunga. BELISARIO (0.00), started and went 1 beautiful inning of 1 hit shut out ball, walking 0 and striking out 1. MCCARTER (4.29) finished the game with 1 inning of perfection with no Ks. In between, SEXTON (3.19) went 7 innings and lost his 10th game giving up 3 earned runs on 12 hits, 2 walks and 2 Ks.
ROBINSON (.308), hit his 8th triple. There were no multi-hit games for any 66er.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
Dayton clubbed our Loonies while they napped 7-2.
WALTER (3.48), pitched 5 bad innings in which he gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits, 3 walks and 8 Ks. He suffered his 4th loss against 7 wins. DUTTON (4.35), went 2 innings and allowed 0 earned runs, 3 hits, 0 walks and struck out a batter. BOOTHE (5.57), pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits, 1 walk and fanned 2.
SILVERIO (.273), whacked his 24th double and went 2-3 with a walk. WALLACH (.249), added a 2 bagger of his own.
That’s all folks! All in all, it was a very forgettable day down on the farms.