Sunday, September 07, 2008
Minor League Scorebook
- The Bees are expected to bring back manager Bobby Mitchell next year.
- More on the Dodgers possibly leaving Las Vegas next year from Tony Jackson.
One source with knowledge of the situation, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the club is seeking a Triple-A facility superior to Las Vegas' Cashman Field, which is 25 years old and lacks many of what are now considered basic amenities at the Triple-A level. For example, the ballpark has tiny clubhouses, and the batting cage is outdoors in a city where summer temperatures routinely reach triple digits.
Another market that might open up and might appeal to the Dodgers is Fresno, presently affiliated with San Francisco.
There are whispers the Giants might be looking at Tucson, Ariz., which is being vacated by the Arizona Diamondbacks in favor of Reno, Nev.
Reno will become a new Triple-A market, meaning some other market - for now, Tucson - will lose that designation.
The Dodgers also are said to be seeking alternatives to their present Double-A affiliation in Jacksonville, Fla., which is about 3,000 miles from Los Angeles. But there isn't a Double-A market west of Midland, Texas, which presently is affiliated with the Oakland A's.
Wilson: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Adenhart: (L, 0-1), 5.2 IP, 7 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 6 K, 0 BB, 3 HR, 7.94 ERA
Bootcheck: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2.45 ERA
The Bees' season ended on a blowout against Nick Adenhart, who gave up three homers. It was the third straight year that Sacramento has downed the Bees in the postseason.
Bobby Wilson homered, and Freddy Sandoval and Adam Pavkovich each knocked in a run.
Trumbo: 1-5, 1 K
Conger: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Pettit: 1-5, 1 K
Austen: 9.0 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 1 BB, 2 HR, 3.00 ERA
Brandt: (W, 1-0) (in relief), 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
Rodriguez, R: (S, 3), 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA
The Travs clinched the Texas North Division pennant with a 6-3 win over the North Arkansas Naturals. The Travs got out to an early 2-0 lead in the second on Hank Conger's RBI double and a Ryan Leahy RBI single, but the Naturals matched it in the bottom of the frame. The Travs again scored in the fourth on Conger's solo homer only to find themselves tied again after starter David Austen gave up a solo homer to Mario Lisson.
Austen went nine innings and gave up only three runs; the bullpen gave up none after him despite Fernando Rodriguez getting into a first-and-second jam with one out in the tenth.
The Travs finally won it in the eleventh, rallying against reliever Kyle Crist in a two-out rally highlighted by Ben Johnson's bases-loaded double, and Hank Conger's RBI single, putting him only a triple shy of the cycle.
This is the tenth Texas League division title for the Travs, and their third since starting their affiliation with the Halos in 2001. They have two days off before starting the best-of-five Texas League Championship Series on Tuesday night against the Frisco RoughRiders. More at Travelerocity.
Estrella: 3-5, 1 2B
Fuller: 0-4, 2 K
Fish: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 8 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 1.29 ERA
McKiernan: (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) (in relief), 3.0 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 4.50 ERA
The Burlington Bees took the first game of the best-of-three first round Midwest League Division Finals in 11 innings, with Eddie McKiernan giving up the losing RBI triple in the top of the frame.
Robert Fish pitched seven innings of one-run ball, striking out eight. Gabe Jacobo doubled in one run and was 1-for-5, while Hector Estrella went 3-for-5 and drove in the team's only other run.
The Kernels must now sweep on the road to advance.
Giovanatto: 3-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Auer: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Miller: (W, 1-0), 7.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 9 K, 0 BB, 1.29 ERA
Pioneer League Pitcher of the Year Jayson Miller led the way to a 5-1 victory over Ogden, pitching seven strong innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts. The Owlz got their first lead of the game on Roberto Lopez's leadoff homer in the fourth off Ogden starter Jon Michael Redding, who lasted only four and a third innings. The Owlz never looked back, adding to their lead in a wild fifth that included two errors and two wild pitches.
Donato Giovanatto and league MVP Roberto Lopez each hit solo homers.
Ogden scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth on Kyle Russell's RBI double.
The Pioneer League Divisional Series now moves to Orem for the second of the best-of-three set.
Caseres: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 K
Baez: 2-4, 1 2B
Redding: (L, 0-1), 4.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2.08 ERA
Rondon: 2.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB, 1 HR, 3.86 ERA