The Day On The Farm: 4.09.06
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 9, 2006
The pitching trend continues with Tacoma shutting out the Colorado SkySox twice in two seven-inning contests. The Rainiers got nine total innings of shutout ball from starters Cha Seung Baek (5ip, 2BB, 5K) and Francisco Cruceta (4ip, 2BB, 4K).
Baek allowed just one hit and tossed 81 pitches (49 strikes) in the first game of the twinbill while Cruceta allowed four hits over 73 pitches (41 strikes), and posted a 6-1 G/F ratio.
Tacoma got offense from Greg Dobbs who went 5-for-6 with three homers in the double-header. Dobbs was the DH in the first game and lined up as the first baseman in game two. He drove in four runs total, three in the 9-0 win in game one.
Hunter Brown started at third for the Rainiers in both contests, and went 3-for-7 despite sitting for the first two games of the season and the rainout on Saturday. Brown hit his first home run of the year in game one and drove in another run in the nightcap.
T.J. Bohn hit his first home run of the season as well.
The Rainiers relief corps is still on top of their game and lefty Thomas Oldham got his first action of the year, tossing two shutout innings in relief of Baek in game one. Oldham struck out three and induced three ground ball outs. He walkjed just one and did not allow a hit in just his fifth relief appearance in 67 games as a pro.
RHP's Sean Green (2ip, 0H, BB, 2K) and Rich Dorman (1ip, H, BB, K) finished the game for Cruceta in the 6-0 victory. The Rainiers are 4-0 on the season.
The San Antonio Missions pounded the Corpus Christi Hooks 13-6 and the offense was led by the two hits apiece from Michael Garciaparra, Jeff Clement, Wladimir Balentien and Bryan Lahair.
LaHair hit his second home run of the season and now has six RBI to lead the Missions. Garciaparra smacked his first long ball of the year and also drew a walk, yay!. Clement, the DH for the day, tripled and drove in two and Balentien doubled and picked up his first three RBi of the year. Balentien is hitting .353 on the season but did fan three times and has six for the season.
Inland Empire's pitching staff took a beating Sunday, but timely hitting kept them in it. The 66ers fell 10-8 to High Desert and surrendered 17 hits. Lefthander Shawn Nottingham, 21, yielded nine hits in just three innings and was burned for six earned run. The Ohio native walked a batter and struck out a batter.
Jose De La Cruz, the righthander acquired from Tampa Bay in return for Marcos Carvajal, allowed two earned runs on four hits in his two innings of work. He didn't walk anyone, nor did he record a strike out.
Mark Lowe stayed efficient, striking out both batters he faced.
Yung-Chi Chen went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBI. Matt Tuiasosopo went 1-for-4 and struck out three times. Tui is hitting .273 after the first series of the year. Chen, by the way, is hitting .625 on the young season.
Wisconsin sent righthander Marwin Vega to the hill and he produced in his first start in full-season ball. Vega, 19, allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings. The Venezuelan struck out four and did not walk a batter.
But the Rattlers managed just two hits and Vega fell victim, receiving a no-decision for his efforts. Righthander Ruben Flores continued an early-season comeback from shoulder surgery tossing another 1.1 shutout innings with a walk and a strikeout.
Casey Craig led off for the T-Rats and went 1-for-4, driving in the clubs' lone run. Right fielder Eddy Hernandez garnered the other hit, a double, a scored on Craig's single in the sixth inning.
Peoria catcher Mark Reed, younger brother of Mariners' center fielder Jeremy Reed, went 1-for-3 and is hitting .571 after the first series of the season.
The M's farm system is 10-5 as an organization and 13-9 including the parent club. The combined ERA of the starting pitching, including the big club, is 3.24 on the season.