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Friday, May 25, 2007

Minor League Recap - 5/25/07

Triple A - Las Vegas lost 7-6

James Loney - 2 for 4, 2 2B's, R, BB, 2 K's
Matt Kemp - 1 for 5, R, 2 K's, SB

Greg Miller - 0.0 IP, 0 Hits, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K's

How quickly momentum can change. The 51's took the lead with 3 in the 3rd and added another score in the 4th. Spike Lundberg pitched 5 strong frames, allowing a run in his final inning. But the bullpen let him down. Greg Miller, who's been struggling to find the strike zone of late, was as wild as ever tonight. He faced 3 batters, walked all of the on 13 pitches, of which 12 were balls. Miller was relieved by BJ LaMura who promptly allowed a grand slam to put Vegas down by 1. The 51's struck back, though, as Sergio Garcia homered to lead off the bottom of the 6th. The teams were held scoreless in the 7th before reliever Matt White walked to lead off the 8th. He was sacrificed to 2nd before Loney struck out. And with 2 outs, Kemp hit a ball into right field but White, the go-ahead run, was cut down at the plate. And as quickly as momentum looked to favor the 51's, it changed directions when Matt White allowed back to back HR to begin the 9th. Vegas tried to come back, as Mitch Jones homered to lead off the bottom of the 9th, but LV couldnt make it as they dropped the series opener. Kemp stole his 7th base while Loney raised his doubles total to 14. Sin City hosts another contest tomorrow at 7:11pm.

Double A - Jacksonville won 8-4

Chin Lung Hu - 1 for 5, HR (1), 2 RBI, R
Xavier Paul - 0 for 4, R, BB, K
Anthony Raglani - 2 for 3, 2B, R, 2 BB

Jon Meloan - 0.1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's

Jacksonville lead all the way and got a solid pitching performance from Guiseppe Norrito. Norrito, making just his 2nd start of the year, allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings. 2 of those runs came in the 7th, when he allowed a leadoff HR which was followed by a double, a single and a sac fly. Wesley Wright came in and induced 2 groundball outs to stop the bleeding. However, after cruising through the 8th, Wright ran into trouble in the 9th. He got the first out on a flyball, and after a single and a wild pitch, he struck the next man out for the 2nd out of the inning. But a walk and a single was followed by a wild pitch that scored a run and another walk to load the bases. So, due to the absurd save rule, Meloan came in with the tying run on deck and got a flyout to left to record his 6th save of the season. Hu muscled up for his 1st shtonk of the year. Paul drew a walk and Raglani drew a pair to go along with his 11th double. Raglani now has a ridiculous 34 walks in 46 games (149 at bats). Dunlap had the night off. The Suns' bats hope to stay hot in Tennessee tomorrow at 4:15pm.

High A - Inland Empire won 11-8

Jamie Hoffman - 2 for 4, 2 RBI, R, BB, CS
Blake DeWitt - 4 for 5, 2 2B's, K
Lucas May - 0 for 5, RBI, 2 K's
Russell Mitchell - 0 for 4, R, BB
Travis Denker - 1 for 5, R
Ivan De Jesus Jr - 4 for 5, RBI, 3 R

The 66ers got offense from some unlikely sources as both Ivan De Jesus Jr and Blake DeWitt had 4 hit efforts. Both raised their averages to over .250 while DeWitt added doubles #10 and #11. Hoffman raised his average to .318. May played his first game since the 22nd and showed some rust. He's 0 for his last 14. Denker has reached base in 7 of his last 8. Mitchell has reached base in his last 11. Starter Francisco Felix earned his first victory in High A, though he gave up 3 runs in 5 innings. Matthew Gomez de Segura allowed 5 runs while recording just 1 out. But Kyle Wilson tossed 3.2 scoreless for his 2nd save. The Empire plays the rubber game with Lancaster tomorrow at 5pm.

Low A - Great Lakes won 13-6

Trayvon Robinson - 1 for 4, RBI, R, BB, K
Josh Bell - 1 for 4, HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 K's, 3 E's
Preston Mattingly - 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, HR (2), 2 RBI, 3 R
Scott Van Slyke - 3 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 K's

It was a memorable night for Preston Mattingly, who fell a single short of hitting for the cycle. Mattingly hit his 5th double of the year in the 2nd, followed by his 2nd shtonk to leadoff the 4th and his 2nd triple in the 7th. He came up to lead off the 9th and hit a flare into short right field but the second baseman spoiled his chance to make history. Still, a great performance for Mattingly who got back on the good side of the Mendoza line. Josh Bell has been hot at the plate of late, and how has 3 HR in his last 5 games. His OPS from April to May has improved from .554 to .970. However, his play in the field has been a different story. Bell's 3 errors tonight raises his season total to 17. He needs to really work on his defense if he wants to avoid a move to 1B. Van Slyke stayed hot, smacking his 9th double and raising his average to .277. The Loons' brief series in Lansing ends tomorrow at 4:05pm.


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