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Monday, May 21, 2007

Minor League Recap - 5/21/07

Triple A - Las Vegas lost 8-3

Tony Abreu - 1 for 5, HR (2), RBI, R
James Loney - 1 for 4, 2 K's
Matt Kemp - 1 for 3, RBI, R, K

Greg Miller - 1 IP, 1 Hit, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, K

William Juarez was roughed up in his Vegas debut, allowing 6 ER in 3.1 innings. Juarez, acquired from the D Backs in the Shawn Green trade, had posted a 4.79 ERA in Jacksonville before his promotion. He was relieved by BJ LaMura, who allowed a run in his 1.2 innings of relief, before Miller came in. Miller induced a leadoff flyout and then allowed a single. He had the runner picked off but Tomas Perez missed the catch and was safe at 2nd. Following a popup, Miller walked the next 3 batters, forcing in a run. He struck out Jeff Clement to end the inning. After allowing 1 walk over 2 innings in his last appearance, Miller again took a step backward tonight. It's getting frustrating watching him implode again and again. Abreu hit his 2nd HR of the season, but his average dropped to a mere .347. Loney is at .255 while Kemp is hitting .265. The 51's play an abrupt day game tomorrow at 11:35am.

Double A - Jacksonville won 4-3

Xavier Paul - 0 for 3, R, BB, K, SB, OF Assist
Anthony Raglani - 1 for 4, R, K
Cory Dunlap - 1 for 3, RBI, BB

Zach Hammes - 3 IP, 5 Hits, ER, BB, 3 K's
Jon Meloan - 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's

A pair of firsts occured today as Zach Hammes made his first start of the season and Ramon Troncoso made his Double A debut. Hammes was good but not great, only working 3 innings. I believe it may have had something to do with Juarez's promotion. Carolina struck first in the first but the Suns struck back in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at 1-1. Jacksonville took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd but Troncoso struggled in his first taste of Southern League action, surrendering the lead after giving up 2 ER in 2 innings. After 2 perfect innings from Wesley Wright, Jon Meloan came in for the 8th and hit the first batter he faced, though he was caught stealing. Meloan struck out the next 2 and the Suns went to the bottom of the 8th trailing 3-2. Juan Gonzalez walked to lead it off and Raglani popped out to 2nd. Dunlap walked and was replaced by Chin Lung Hu. Marshall McDougall followed with a fly ball single to right field which plated the tying run in Gonzalez and sent Hu to 3rd. AJ Ellis followed with a sac fly that put Jacksonville in the lead 4-3. David Nicholson walked but Jimmy Rohan struck out to end the inning. Meloan returned for the bottom of the 9th, striking out the first 2 batters. He struggled to put the game away, walking the next 2 batters, but got a fly ball to left field that ended the Suns' comeback win. Dunlap is 10 for 26 with a pair of doubles, a pair of HR and 7 walks since returning from his suspension. Hu hasnt started the last 2 games, but he was healthy enough to pinch run and will hopefully return to the starting lineup tomorrow. The Suns take a travel day tomorrow to head off for a 10 game road trip, starting in Tennessee on Wednesday at 4:15pm.

High A - Inland Empire was off and will play Lancaster Tuesday at 6:30pm

Low A - Great Lakes won 7-4

Trayvon Robinson - 2 for 4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB
Preston Mattingly - 0 for 5
Scott Van Slyke - 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K's

The Loons led all the way and ran wild on the way to their series opening win. Starter Arismendy Castillo was strong in his 2nd start of the year, allowing just a single run over 6 innings. Reliever Jesus Rodriguez struggled, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings. And Miguel Ramirez picked up his 2nd save. On offense, the Loons stole 6 bases: 3 from Eduardo Perez (Who went 2 for 3 with 2 walks), 2 from Robinson and 1 from Adolfo Gonzalez. Robinson is now successful in 10 of his 11 stolen base attempts. Mattingly and Van Slyke went hitless, though Van Slyke picked up a pair of walks, giving him 6 in his last 7 games. Mattingly is hitting .179 and is hitting just .150 over his last 10 games. Great Lakes stays in Burlington for 3 more, playing again tomorrow night at 4pm.


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