Blogging The Night In Baseball
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 24, 2006
As things occur, I'll note them here.
The M's called up LHP Bobby Livingston, as Prospect Insider reported a day ahead of everyone else. He's expected to get some relief work and then find his way into the rotation.
Jeff Clement hit his first home run of the season for San Antonio, a 2-run shot off Midland lefty Ray Aguilar in the fifth inning.
Clement is 2-for-4 on the night and is hitting .281 for the year.
Cesar Jimenez made the start for Tacoma tonight after being called up yesterday to replace Livingston on the roster. As of 7pm, Jimenez has gone three shutout innings against Fresno with two strikeouts.
Wisconsin shortstop Jeffrey Dominguez continues to swing a hot bat in the Midwest League. The 19-year-old had three more hits today, drew a walk and is now hitting .364 on the year.
Jimenez loses the shutout, walking two batters and surrendering two earned runs before recording the second out of the fourth. He also made a key throwing error on a pikc-off move.
Jimenez was given a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Mike Morse hit his third home run of the year, Choo doubled, Bohn Sac-fly'd home Scott Youngbauer and Greg Dobbs singled home Choo.
Jimenez has still given up just the one hit.
Clement threw out Midland's Jason Perry trying to steal second base in fifth down in Texas.
Michael Garciaparra has a hit and three RBI in the game and is hitting .278 on the year.
Ichiro swings at the first pitch again. Moron.
Then Jose Lopez shows Ichiro how ya do it. He works the count, gets into a fastball situation and hits it 400 feet to dead center.
Way to go Celestino!
Jimenez serves it up in Tacoma and it's now 6-4 Fresno after Tomas de la Rosa hit a bases loaded big fly, better known as a four-run shot, better known as a GRAAAAAAAND SLAAAAAM!
Tacoma will come back and win this game, though. That's what they do.
The Missions are wrapping up their win over Midland, leading 7-4. One other note in that game is how well Oswaldo Navarro is handling himself offensively.
Nothing mind-numbing but the kid is hitting .283 as a 21-year-old in the Texas League. He drew his 11th walk of the year tonight against 11 strikeouts and he's starting to hit the ball with some authority after starting the year without an extra-base hit for 15 straight games.
Apparently Kenji Johjima's thumb is sore enough that Mike Hargrove wanted to get him a second day of rest. It's already hurt the M's with Rivera's miscues in the second costing them a run.
San Antonio hangs on and ends their losing streak at nine… between the Missions and the Mariners, it's getting ugly.
Rainiers 3B Hunter Brown hits his second home run of the year to bring Tacoma within a run of Fresno…
In relief of Jimenez, Julio Zapata serves up another run… 7-5 Fresno in the 7th and the Grizzlies are threatening.
After the Grizzlies took the lead 10-5, Todd Sears hit a solo shot and then Adam Jones doubled and was driven in by Hunter Brown to make it 10-7.
Jones is slowly turning into an extra-base hit machine. He has 17 hits this season, nine are for extra bases.
Ichiro comes through in the clutch and then pulls a boneheaded move getting caught in the rundown.
Seriously folks, shouldn't your best player be a smart base runner?
Ichiro is not.
Shin-soo Choo hits a solo bomb in the ninth, an opposite field shot off Giants prospect Merkin Valdez to lead off the inning.
Choo has three hits on the night and is hitting .371.
Choo is turning a corner.
Rafael Soriano looking better and better. Velo up to 94-96.
Eddie is already better tonight. 87-89 on the heater and his location is perfect.
Maybe he can gather himself enough to create some trade value.
Or maybe not.