More of the same
The Rainiers had been shut out once all year coming into yesterday's game. Now they've been shut out twice in a row. Hey, maybe the low minors picked 'em up, though, right? Um, no. Not really. I can tell you this: the Mariners *did not lose* today, as they flew up north to Oakland.
Tacoma lost 1-0 to a phenomenal performance from Albuquerque's quirky-named Nic Ungs, who went all 9, giving up 4H, no walks and 4Ks. He spoiled a great team effort from Tacoma's Cesar Jimenez, who went 6IP 1R 7H 1BB 5Ks. Bobby Livingston reacquainted himself to the PCL by going 3 scoreless innings, giving up 2H, no walks and 3Ks. Welcome back, Bobby.
San Antonio's offense was blitzkrieged by Texas' farm-team Frisco, as John Danks and two relievers combined to rack up *17 Ks* against our valiant Missions. Wlad Balentien, as you might suspect, led the parade with a Golden sombrero. But Bryan Lahair had a hat-trick for his 0-4, and Justin Ruchti matched that in only three ABs.
Wisconsin was swept in a double-header (nobody did anything), including another shut-out, so we're down to the offensive insanity that is the Cal League to bail out a rather anemic system today... well, it's still going on, and the Sixty-Sixers are tied at 5. Yung-Chi Chen keeps hitting... seriously, why is he still down there? SA has a number of middle-infielders? Then have him play third, or SS. And hey, there's a certain brother of a famous MLB SS/1B who's unaccountably taken over the starting 2b job in Tacoma....
Tomorrow: Felix the Cat goes up against Joe Blanton the Fat at 7pm. You should watch, because Felix is really quite good, and the A's offense, save for Moneyballer Nick Swisher, has been terrible. Couple that with a lot of foul territory, a great IF defense and this is probably your best chance to see a no-hitter until....well, until Felix pitches again.