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Friday, June 08, 2007

Minor League Recap - 6/08/07

Triple A - Las Vegas lost 8-5

James Loney - 0 for 4, BB, 2 K's
Delwyn Young - 3 for 5, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBI, R, K, SB
Andy LaRoche - 0 for 5, 2 K's

The 51's kept pace with the Grizzlies through the first 4 innings. Fresno scored once in the 3rd and Vegas answered with a run of their own. So Fresno scored 3 more in the 4th and again, Vegas tied it up. Then it was LV's turn to take the lead, scoring in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead and they held it into the 9th. But Dwayne Pollok, coming in for his first save of the season with Vegas, allowed a leadoff walk to score on a 2 out single to send the game into extra innings. Matt Riley wriggled out of a jam in the 10th, when a walk and a force out was followed by a double to put go ahead runs in scoring position. After intentionally walking the bases loaded, Riley struck out the next batter and got a groundout to end the inning. But Casey Hoorelbeke couldnt hold the lead in the 11th, allowing a 2 run double and an RBI single to put the 51's down by 3. Wilson Valdez was stranded after hitting a 2 out double in the bottom of the inning to end the game. Delwyn Young came a triple short of hitting for the cycle, clubbing his 21st double in the process and also stealing his 3rd base. Loney and LaRoche went hitless. Vegas looks to come back strong tomorrow at 7:11pm.

Double A - Jacksonville won 5-4

Chin Lung Hu - 0 for 2, 2 BB
Xavier Paul - 3 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Anthony Raglani - 0 for 1
Cory Dunlap - 1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K

Mike Megrew - 4.1 IP, 2 Hits, 4 ER, 6 BB, 3 K's
Jon Meloan - 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's

The Suns took an early lead, when Xavier Paul singled and scored on a wild pitch. But Mike Megrew, who had tossed 3 scoreless, gave up the lead on a solo HR in the 4th and fell apart in the 5th. After a walk, a force out and another walk, Megrew allowed a 2 run double and issued another free pass before being replaced. Cory Dunlap, who didnt start, came in for a double switch. Brian Akin, who came in for Megrew, allowed another run to score before getting out of the inning. The 4-1 lead held until the 7th, when AJ Ellis and David Nicholson drew a pair of 1 out walks and were cashed in by Dunlap's 8th double of the season, pulling the Suns within 1. Chin Lung Hu walked and Wilkin Ruan grounded into a force out to bring up Xavier Paul with the tying run on 3rd and the go ahead run on 2nd. And Paul came up huge, hitting a 2 run single to put Jacksonville up 5-4. Then the team handed the ball and the lead over to Jon Meloan, who flat out dominated tonight. After a pop up to Dunlap, Meloan struck out the next 5 batters to announce his presence with authority. Meloan recorded his 10th save of the season and now has a 2.32 ERA with 44 strikeouts to 11 walks in 31 innings. Paul's 3 for 4 night raised his average to .285 and gives him 10 doubles on the year. Chin Lung Hu is hitting .330, while Anthony Raglani continues to struggle hitting just .228. Jacksonville again hosts Chattanooga tomorrow at 4:05pm.

High A - Inland Empire won 6-2

Ivan De Jesus Jr - 0 for 3, BB, K, HBP, E
Blake DeWitt - 2 for 5, HR (6), 2 RBI, R
Russell Mitchell - 0 for 4, BB, K
Jamie Hoffman - 2 for 4
Travis Denker - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB, K, 2 SB's

Demon speed and a great start from Francisco Felix led to the 66ers win. Felix allowed just 1 unearned run over 7 innings for his 2nd High A victory of the season. James Tomlin stole 3 bases, while Travis Denker and Adam Godwin stole 2 a piece and Ryan Rogowski stole his team leading 17th. Godwin was caught attempting to steal home. Blake DeWitt is on fire in June, hitting .333/.438/.593. Jamie Hoffman is hitting .313 on the year, while Denker is batting .331 and has hit safely in 8 of his last 10. The Empire plays Modesto again tomorrow at 7:05pm.

Low A - Great Lakes lost 5-3

Josh Bell - 0 for 3, R, BB, 2 K's
Carlos Santana - 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Preston Mattingly - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Trayvon Robinson - 0 for 3, 2 K's

The Loons got out to an early lead, scoring on 2 out singles by Carlos Santana and Preston Mattingly. But starter Garrett White and third baseman Justin Fuller led the lead slip away, as White allowed 4 runs, 3 of which were earned and the other was a result of 1 of Fuller's 2 errors. Preston Mattingly is hitting .407 in June, raising his overall average to .259. Josh Bell, on the other hand, is hitting .115 in June and his average has dropped to .263. Clayton Kershaw toes the rubber for the Loons tomorrow at 4pm.


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