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Friday, May 26, 2006

Minor League Scorebook



2006-05-26: Salt Lake 5, Las Vegas 8 #
Willits, R: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Kendrick, H: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Gorneault: 1-4, 1 RBI
Mathis, J: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Eylward: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Budde: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Shell: (L, 1-2), 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 10 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 3.34 ERA
Jones: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 4.94 ERA
Shell got shelled (incidentally, what an awful last name for a pitcher), and the Bees took a loss as they found themselves unable to recover from the six runs Shell surrendered. Jeff Mathis got a solo homer, as did DH Ryan Budde. Howie Kendrick's multi-hit night brought his average up to .377, right where it's been... well, seems like forever now. Maybe if he got more than four at bats a week in the Show he could make some noise there, too.

The game featured three Bees errors, all three of which resulted in runs by the 51's. First, Jeff Mathis made a throwing error in the third when he failed to catch Wilson Valdez stealing second; instead, he threw the ball away. Valdez reached third safely, subsequently scoring on a Delwyn Young sac fly. In the sixth, Marcus Gwyn threw away a pickoff toss, which resulted in leadoff batter Tydus Meadows taking third and scoring on a squeeze bunt. Finally, in the seventh, Joel Guzman got aboard on an error by SS Abel Nieves; a steal, a wild pitch, and a GIDP later, Guzman scored.

Speaking of Joel Guzman, his positional merry-go-round continued as he manned the hot corner in today's game. And, for Angels fans curious about the defensive development of Howie Kendrick, he, too, played third base, while Abel Nieves got his second start at short for the Bees.

2006-05-26: Arkansas 3, Midland 0 #
Wood: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 K
Wilson: 0-3, 1 BB
Pali: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Rodriguez, R: (W, 1-3), 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 5 BB, 8.73 ERA
Edwards: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 3.90 ERA
The second win in a row for the Travs, who must feel like they've been underwater forever. Rafael Rodriguez had a fine seven-inning shutout game, perhaps regaining some of the glimmer he had at Rancho. Bobby Wilson didn't get a hit, but he did get a walk and scored a run. Chone Figgins, are you listening?

BTW, Brandon Wood's batting third, which I can understand, but why is .226-hitting Dwaine Bacon in the leadoff spot?

2006-05-26: Stockton 1, Rancho Cucamonga 4 #
Rodriguez, S: 1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Collins: 1-3
Toussaint: 1-4, 2 K
Arredondo: (W, 3-2), 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 9 K, 1 BB, 2.28 ERA
Jepsen: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 3.78 ERA
A real tour-de-force by Sean Rodriguez, who homered and walked; Jose Arredondo's near-complete game was just as praiseworthy, striking out one more batter than inning pitched. Clifton Remole provided half the Quakes' offense by driving in two on an RBI single to center in the bottom of the eighth.
2006-05-26: Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 2 #
Statia: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Coon: 1-1, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Trumbo: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Marek: (W, 5-1), 7.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 2.34 ERA
Aldridge: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 4.50 ERA
Revenge is a dish best served nightly, and the Kernels made up for the previous night's taut game by serving up another one. Stephen Marek pitched a fine game, caveats about hits and strikeouts aside.
2006-05-26: AZL Angels did not play
2006-05-26: Orem did not play
2006-05-26: Salt Lake 5, Las Vegas 8 #
Duncan: 3-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Valdez: 3-5, 1 RBI
Young, D: 1-3, 3 RBI
Guzman, J: 1-4
Loney: 0-3, 1 BB
Houlton: (W, 2-4), 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 5.93 ERA
Miller: (H, 1), 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 2 BB, 0.00 ERA
Carrara: (H, 1), 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0.82 ERA
Houlton's having a terrible season in Vegas, but he outlasted the Bees, whose offense is being hauled off to the Anaheim of Los Angeles at quite a clip. Greg Miller and Gio Carrara had excellent outings, and both look like serious callup candidates; this was Miller's fourth inning since being called up to Las Vegas. Eric Gagné retired the side in order in the ninth inning, striking out two.
2006-05-26: Jacksonville 6, Huntsville 4 #
Hu: 1-3, 1 BB
Kemp: 1-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
LaRoche: 0-3, 1 BB
Brazell: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ruggiano, J: 0-1, 2 BB
Abreu: 2-4
Raglani: 0-1
Ojeda: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 2 HR, 3.09 ERA
Thomas: (W, 2-1) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 4.26 ERA
Reliever Adam Thomas got the tying RBIs in the sixth in a crazy game against Brewers AA affiliate Huntsville Stars; his single scored both Tony Abreu and Justin Ruggiano, who executed a double steal of third and second, respectively. Matt Kemp's two-run blast decided the game.
2006-05-26: Vero Beach 9, Lakeland 8 #
Paul, X: 0-4, 3 BB, 1 K
Dewitt: 4-7, 1 RBI
Dunlap: 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB
Santana: 2-5, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K
Westervelt: 1-3, 2 BB
Russ: 2-5, 3 RBI, 2 K
Hoffmann: 0-1
Malone: 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 4.71 ERA
Akin: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 K, 2 BB, 1.80 ERA
Wright: 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 1.52 ERA
Hammes: (W, 3-2) (in relief), 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 4.65 ERA
Vero made up for yesterday's game today, and for some reason the MILB.com guys are going back to what they did last year on makeup games (i.e., showing them as rescheduled games the next day), which is far less confusing.

Blake DeWitt's RBI single in the 12th gave the Dodgers the lead and the win. Normally this would have qualified as a seven-inning game, but Vero tied it in the seventh.

2006-05-26: Vero Beach 12, Lakeland 9 #
Paul, X: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Hoffmann: 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dewitt: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Dunlap: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Denker, T: 2-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Nicholson: 2-4, 1 K
Elbert: (W, 3-4), 5.0 IP, 6 ER, 11 H, 6 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 3.23 ERA
Pimentel: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 3.88 ERA
Now this one was played in seven innings, with Vero pounding on Lakeland Tigers pitching for twelve runs, all but one of them earned; two Vero errors left the Dodgers with a pair of unearned runs, which did not affect the outcome.

Both Xavier Paul and Travis Denker hit two-run homers; Blake DeWitt and David Nicholson had multi-hit games. Vero's run totals included a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch on Carlos Santana and a bases-loaded walk to Chris Westervelt.

Scott Elbert picked up a win despite a terrible line that included a grand slam to Lakeland CF Victor Mendez, but Julio Pimentel held on to the lead for the Dodgers.

2006-05-26: Charleston 6, Columbus 8 #
De Jesus: 2-5
Mitchell: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Locke: 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB
Sutherland: 2-4
Harper: 2-4, 1 RBI
Alvarez: (W, 2-5), 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 5.10 ERA
Reading those numbers, you'd be inclined to conclude that somebody in the bullpen sure screwed up. You'd be right; the culprit was David Horlacher, who's barely pitched this year for the Catfish and whom I suspect is a recent callup from extended spring training. With the Fish leading the RiverDogs 8-3 going into the top of the ninth, Horlacher walked leadoff man Irwil Rojas, and then CF Adam Godwin screwed up fielding a J.T. Lafountain single, moving both baserunners over a base. But here's the play I don't get:
Austin Jackson walks. Wild pitch by pitcher David Horlacher. Tony Roth scores.
Whoa — either it's ball four, or it's a wild pitch strikeout. Which is it? Whatever the case may be, Francisco Felix came in and restored order, though not before uncorking a wild pitch of his own that let Austin Jackson to take second. Sheesh.
2006-05-26: GCL Dodgers did not play
2006-05-26: Ogden did not play

Cool to see the excerpt of Jon Mayo's article. We spent many late nights toiling together to get the sports section of our college paper ready for the printer, back in the days when you actually had to physically put the newspaper together before sending it off to the printer.

On an unrelated note, it looks like Jose Arredondo was interested this time out.

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