I just got back from Safeco Field where I saw Jason Vargas shut out the Padres 6-0 with a six-hit shutout in a game where he never broke 88 mph according to the stadium gun. I guess that's appropriate, since it was 80s night that Vargas was in the 80s the entire game. But I got a "Mariners Vice" poster with Justin Smoak and Miguel Olivo as Crockett and Tubbs.
I had a great time and Safeco Field is a great place to watch a ballgame. I sat in the first row of the upper deck near first base and had a great view of downtown Seattle.
Just a reminder: I'm going to be travelling home all night tomorrow and won't get home until after midnight. So there probably won't be a Minor League Wrap tomorrow night. I probably won't get around to it until Sunday morning, which for you people in the Midwest might be slightly after noon.
The Iowa Cubs zapped the New Orleans Zephyrs, 5-2.
Ramon Ortiz was limited to four inning tonight amidst rumors that he's getting promoted to Chicago. Ortiz did not allow a run and gave up only two hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out two.
Marco Carrillo was the only I-Cub pitcher to allow a run tonight, but he was awarded the win because Ortiz did not pitch five innings. Carrilo gave up two runs on five hits over three innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.
Justin Berg was perfect over the final 1.1 innings to get his second save. He did not have a strikeout.
Brad Snyder had two doubles in a 2 for 4 effort. Snyder batted three runs in and scored once.
The Smokies were extinguished by the Carolina Mudcats, 6-3 in ten innings.
Starter Dallas Beeler went seven innings and he allowed three runs, all of which scored on a pair of home runs. Beeler gave up six hits total. He walked one and struck out two.
Rafael Dolis allowed a three-run home run in the top of the tenth to take the loss. In the one inning Dolis pitched, he allowed two hits and a walk. He struck out two.
Center fielder Brett Jackson lead off the bottom of the first inning with his eighth home run of the season. Jackson was 2 for 4 with a walk.
Shortstop Junior Lake was 3 for 5 with a triple and a stolen base. He scored once.
Angel Guzman started game 1 and pitched two innings without allowing a run. He gave up but one hit. Guzman walked nobody and struck out two.
Jeffry Antigua relieved Guzman and gave up one run on two hits over two innings to get the win. Antigua did not walk anyone and struck out two.
Casey Harman had two shutout innings to get his first save. Harman allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four.
Justin Bour hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 17th blast this season. Bour was 1 for 3 and had both RBI.
Evan Crawford was 2 for 2 with a double and a stolen base. He scored once. Crawford also went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk in game two.
In game two, Dae-Eun Rhee pitched a two-hit shutout in the seven-inning game. Rhee walked only one (although he did hit one batter too) and struck out six.
First baseman Michael Brenly went 2 for 3 and scored the only run of the game.
The Peoria Chiefs were blasted by the Burlington Bees, 18-4.
Hayden Simpson got hit hard for six runs on six hits over 1.2 innings. He walked two and did not strike anyone out.
Richard Jones went 3 for 4 with a double and his 14th home run of the season. Jones had three RBI and scored twice.
Rubi Silva went 3 for 5 and scored a run.
The Boise Hawks baited the Yakima Bears, 11-3.
Luis Liria threw five shutout innings and got the win. He gave up only two hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out six.
Catcher Rafael Lopez was 3 for 3 with a walk and his first professional home run. He hit it with a man on in the top of the first inning. Lopez scored three times and had three total RBI.
Left fielder Ben Klafczynski also hit a two-run homer in the top of the first that was his first pro homer. Klafczynski went 3 for 4 with a walk and four RBI. He also scored twice.
Second baseman Brad Zapenas had two doubles in a 2 for 5 game. Zapenas scored three times.
Right fielder Reggie Golden was 0 for 1 with four walks. He scored twice and walked in a run in the eighth inning.