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Link Report for Sat. 6/23 - Play Ball in Maryvale!

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Saturday's Daily Menu:


All times Central; pitchers subject to change --


Nashville: RHP Chris Oxspring at Round Rock (Astros), 6:50 PM pre-game; 7:05 gametime


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Huntsville: LHP Sam Narron at Tennessee (Cubs), 6:00 PM pre-game; 6:10 gametime


Audio link:



Brevard County: LHP David Welch at Lakeland (Tigers), 4:50 PM pre-game, 5:00 gametime


Audio link (game will also archive at this link):



West Virginia: RHP Alex Periard at home vs. Kannapolis (White Sox), 5:55 PM pre-game, 6:05 gametime


Audio link (game will also archive at this link):



Helena: Big (6'5", 220) RHP Brock Kjeldgaard, 21 years old, at home vs. Great Falls (White Sox), 7:50 PM pre-game, 8:05 gametime; Chicago's first round pick, LHP Aaron Poreda, brings his 95 MPH heat for Great Falls


Audio link (game will also archive at this link):



Arizona: TBD at home vs. the Oakland kids in Maryvale, 10:30 AM local time in Arizona, 11:30 Central; never any audio for Arizona Rookie League games

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For those new this year to the Link Reports:


Things to remember about the Arizona Rookie League --


The first-half season games are played in late-morning sun; the second-half games are played in the evenings. It's hot either way, most games will list starting temperatures of 95 degrees plus.


Expect some wild linescores -- some football-type stores, high walk totals, high error totals, general scratch-your-head numbers. (Obviously, this guarantees a clean 2-1 game Saturday morning.)


Pitcher won-loss records are meaningless. Since so few starting pitchers go five innings with limited pitch counts, it's almost impossible for a starter to get anything much in the way of wins.


Attendance totals, particularly in Maryvale, will average around 15. That's not a misprint. Most of these kids will easily have had more in the stands at their high school games.


The kids signed prior to this year's draft have already been in Maryvale for over three months, and unofficial games take place regularly, both intrasquad, and against other organizations, so the coaches already know quite a bit about those players.


Enjoy the box scores!

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Follow Saturday's action as it happens:

Here's what you do, right click on each of the links below and choose "Open in New Window". Open the Nashville Gameday. For the others, choose "Log". While you're listening to your minor league game of choice (or watching/listening to the big league Crew when they are playing), simply refresh your game log browsers every so often.










Brevard County:




West Virginia:











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These links will be included in each daily report when the Nashville Sounds and/or Huntsville Stars are scheduled to play. Normally they are updated an hour or two prior to gametime, with Nashville's usually earlier:


Nashville Media Notes (Adobe .pdf format):




Huntsville Media Notes (Adobe .pdf format):



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Standings through Friday's action:
 Pacific Coast League (AAA) - PCL American North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nashville 43 31 .581 - 26-12 17-19 L1 Iowa 42 31 .575 0.5 22-14 20-17 W1 Omaha 35 39 .473 8.0 24-12 11-27 W1 Memphis 34 41 .453 9.5 18-18 16-23 W2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Southern League (AA) - SOU North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chattanooga 4 1 .800 - 4-1 0-0 W1 Tennessee 3 2 .600 1.0 3-2 0-0 L1 Huntsville 2 3 .400 2.0 0-0 2-3 W1 West Tenn 2 3 .400 2.0 2-3 0-0 W2 Carolina 0 5 .000 4.0 0-0 0-5 L5 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Florida State League (A+) - FSL East Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brevard County 2 0 1.000 - 1-0 1-0 W2 Vero Beach 2 0 1.000 - 0-0 2-0 W2 Jupiter 1 1 .500 1.0 0-0 1-1 L1 Palm Beach 1 1 .500 1.0 1-1 0-0 W1 Daytona 0 2 .000 2.0 0-1 0-1 L2 St. Lucie 0 2 .000 2.0 0-2 0-0 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- South Atlantic League (A) - SAL Northern Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lake County 2 0 1.000 - 2-0 0-0 W2 Lakewood 2 0 1.000 - 2-0 0-0 W2 Hickory 1 1 .500 1.0 1-1 0-0 W1 West Virginia 1 1 .500 1.0 1-1 0-0 L1 Delmarva 0 2 .000 2.0 0-0 0-2 L2 Greensboro 0 2 .000 2.0 0-2 0-0 L2 Hagerstown 0 2 .000 2.0 0-0 0-2 L2 Lexington 0 2 .000 2.0 0-2 0-0 L2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pioneer League (R+) - PIO North Division Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Billings 2 2 .500 - 0-1 2-1 L1 Great Falls 2 2 .500 - 1-2 1-0 W1 Helena 2 2 .500 - 0-1 2-1 L1 Missoula 2 2 .500 - 1-2 1-0 W1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arizona League (R) - Arizona League Standings ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Team W L PCT GB HOME ROAD STREAK ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AZL Cubs 1 0 1.000 - 1-0 0-0 W1 AZL Giants 1 0 1.000 - 0-0 1-0 W1 AZL Mariners 1 0 1.000 - 1-0 0-0 W1 AZL Rangers 1 0 1.000 - 1-0 0-0 W1 AZL Brewers 0 0 - 0.5 0-0 0-0 - AZL Angels 0 1 .000 1.0 0-0 0-1 L1 AZL Athletics 0 1 .000 1.0 0-1 0-0 L1 AZL Padres 0 1 .000 1.0 0-0 0-1 L1 AZL Royals 0 1 .000 1.0 0-0 0-1 L1

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Ladies and Gentlemen, your undefeated Arizona Brewers! Atta boy SS Miguel Vasques. BFN better run out and get a profile on Miguel in a hurry, so we can place him in directly into (knee jerk reaction) prospect status. http://forum.brewerfan.net/images/smilies/wink.gif
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Hmm... it's only one game obviously, but no Carlos Hereaud sighting yet.


I'm drooling to see this kid in action after two years of waiting. It was a treat to see him in the spring box scores.


Perhaps, an injury? Good luck on finding out from the AZL, though, huh?


It's always fun learning who these kids are, though, especially the Latin American signees who we heard nothing about (which seems to be getting less and less each year, due to the diligent work of MassHaas).

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Final: Arizona Brewers 8, Arizona Athletics 5


Arizona Box Score:

21 walks and seven wild pitches in the 97 degree Arizona sun today, including seven walks and an HBP by still 18-year-old RHP Shane Hill, the Brewers 8th round pick last season; much more respectable lines for the Dominican trio that followed, including converted shortstop Harold Mejia; Miguel Vazquez is the Brewers 32nd round pick this season out of a Florida community college -- he was drafted in the 17th round in 2005 out of a New York City high school, but did not sign with Kansas City -- he reaches three times, homers, and drives in four in this game...




Arizona Game Log:

Brewers were down 4-0 after three innings, so a nice come-from-behind win...



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Milb.com apparently still hasn't realized Mejia has been converted to a pitcher more than a year after the fact.


And we'll just say Shane Hill had an off day. 7 BB's? Ouch.


Edit: The first few AZL box scores of the year make my head spin. I remembered Jovanny Felix's first name from last year. Is that bad?

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Wow what an overall ugly pitching day for the Minor League teams... I'm definately not used to lines like these this year.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

- Plato

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."

- Plato

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Final: Tennessee (Cubs) 2, Huntsville 1


Huntsville Site Game Summary:

Link, text follows --




Stars Suffer Disappointing Loss to Finish Series with Smokies


Huntsville committed two costly errors and Tennessee?s bullpen tossed four scoreless innings to preserve a 2-1 win in the final of a six-game set Saturday night at Smokies Park. The Smokies took four out of six to begin the second half to improve to 40-34 overall, while the Stars dropped to 39-35 overall.


Steve Moss led off the game with a single, moved to second base on a ground ball out and scored on a single by Lou Palmisano to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. Huntsville scored in the first inning in four of the six games in the series but wound up losing three of those games. Sam Fuld and Issmael Salas started the home first with singles before Jake Fox hit a potential double play grounder to third base. Adam Heether fielded and threw to Hernan Iribarren for the force at second base but first baseman Steve Sollmann could not handle the relay throw, allowing Fox to reach safely and Fuld to score from third to tie the game.


Jorge Cortes singled with one out in the home fourth and advanced to second base with two outs when Iribarren mishandled a ground ball hit by Smokies? starter Paul Schappert. The inning continued and Sam Fuld made the Stars pay with a single to left field that plated Cortes with what turned out to be the winning run. Stars? starter Sam Narron suffered the hard-luck loss to fall to 3-6 after giving up two unearned runs in six innings. He gave up seven hits, walked two and fanned three. Bo Hall and Robert Hinton each tossed a scoreless inning in relief.


Billy Petrick worked 2 1/3 scoreless innings behind Schappert and was followed to the hill by Jerry Blevins, who retired both batters he faced. Jim Henderson took over in the ninth and retired the first two batters he faced before giving up singles to Brendan Katin and Hernan Iribarren. However, the right-hander squelched the threat by striking out Alcides Escobar to end the game and record his second save of the series and sixth of the season. The Stars have been held to three runs or fewer in 11 of their last 12 games.


The Stars return home on Sunday to begin a six-game series with Chattanooga, as right-hander Mark DiFelice will take the mound for Huntsville against Lookouts? left-hander Camilo Vazquez. DiFelice gets a spot start due to the doubleheader the Stars played earlier this week. Coverage of the game begins at 5:50 p.m. central time and can be heard locally on SportsRadio 730 WUMP and through the internet at www.huntsvillestars.com.


Huntsville Box Score:




Huntsville Game Log:

As noted above, the lead runner in the Smokies' first inning scored from second base on Steve Sollmann's drop of the double-play relay throw at first base. Otherwise, you can't assume the double play and no error would have been charged. That's why the first-inning run was unearned...



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Final: Lakeland (Tigers) 13, Brevard County 5


Brevard County Box Score:

LHP Rafael Lluberes was your starter, not LHP David Welch; the Brewers invested quite a bit in RHP Vince Perkins, carrying him on the major league disabled list for all of 2006, but he's struggled more often than not this season; how many people would list Mike Bell as the Manatees' RBI leader? He is...




Brevard County Game Log:



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Final: West Virginia 9, Kannapolis (White Sox) 8, 13 innings

Brad Miller walk-off base hit! Power score three in the 9th to tie it, then score two in the 13th after the Intimidators scored in the top of the inning...


West Virginia Box Score:

Over four hours for this one, Power never led until the final base hit; 19 hits for the boys, seven Power with multi-hit nights; the Kannapolis shortstop was HBP by three different Power pitchers -- ouch; Taylor Green, no longer tucked in the 9-spot, on base four of five times; ten innings of work from the pen, only two earned runs allowed...




West Virginia Game Log:

Not a stellar defensive night for this usually solid squad; five straight singles with one out in the 9th extended the game; it was an error on a tough play that allowed the Power to tie things in the 13th, setting up Brad Miller's clutch game-winner...



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Final: Round Rock (Astros) 6, Nashville 1


Nashville Site Game Summary:

Link for Tony Gwynn photo, text follows --




Sounds Drop Road Trip Opener To Express, 6-1


ROUND ROCK, Texas ? The Nashville Sounds suffered a 6-1 loss to the Round Rock Express on Saturday evening at The Dell Diamond in the opener of a four-game series.


With the defeat, the Sounds (43-32) suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since late May and fell out of first place in the PCL American Conference Northern Division, dropping a half-game behind Iowa in the standings.


Round Rock starter Philip Barzilla (7-5) worked a complete game to earn the victory. The southpaw allowed one run on six hits over his nine innings of work.


The Sounds grabbed an early lead against the Express, plating the game?s first run in the top of the first inning. Tony Gwynn led off with a triple and scored two batters later on Laynce Nix?s RBI single off Barzilla.


AUDIO: Laynce Nix RBI Single --




Round Rock rallied for three runs against Sounds starter Chris Oxspring in the bottom of the second inning to grab a 3-1 lead. Former Brewer farmhand Danny Klassen (1993 - 1997) walked to open the frame and moved to second on a Cody Ransom single. Mark Saccamanno tied the contest with an RBI double to center that left runners on second and third. Two batters later, Danny Ardoin ripped an RBI double to left that scored Ransom with the go-ahead run. Nix gunned down Saccamanno at the plate as he attempted to score a second run on the play. Barzilla helped his own cause by driving in the third run of the inning when he followed with an RBI single off Jackson.


The Express added single runs in the fourth and sixth to increase the advantage to 5-1 before capping off the evening?s scoring on Josh Anderson?s two-out RBI triple in the eighth against Greg Aquino.


After the first inning, Nashville failed to advance another runner to second base until the ninth as Barzilla allowed only two hits from the second through eighth frames to keep the Sounds at bay.


Oxspring (6-4) had a four-game winning streak snapped as he suffered the loss for the Sounds. The right-hander surrendered four runs on seven hits over six innings, walking two batters while striking out six.


The teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. CT on Sunday evening. Left-hander Zach Jackson (8-3, 4.61) will take the hill for the Sounds to face Round Rock southpaw Mark McLemore (0-1, 3.05).


Nashville Box Score:

Tony Gwynn in left field, Charles Thomas in center; Drew Anderson losing playing time since Gwynn's arrival...




Nashville Game Log:



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Final: Great Falls (White Sox) 4, Helena 2


Helena Box Score:

Some of these young men are digging themselves early-season batting average holes, 18-year-old Caleb Gindl with three more hits, now 8-for-18 with three walks and only one K; Glendale, Wisconsin's Anthony Wycklendt with two hits and an outfield assist at home plate...




Helena Game Log:

GIDP hurt in the 8th; this squad certainly gets the occasional baserunner, but where are the extended rallies? Non-existant...



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Flying Tigers thrash Manatees


William Rhymes and Ryan Roberson drove in three runs apiece to propel Lakeland over Brevard County, 13-5, on Saturday at Space Coast Stadium.


Rhymes reached base four times as the leadoff man, going 2-for-4 with two walks and a run scored. He hit a two-run single in the sixth inning and drove in Justin Justice with a groundout in the eighth.


Roberson's ground-rule double plated Cameron Maybin in the fifth. He added a two-run single in Lakeland's six-run sixth.


Wilkin Ramirez led off the fourth with his ninth homer as part of a two-hit night for the Flying Tigers (1-1).


Lakeland starter Angel Castro (1-0) got the win in his Florida State League debut, despite giving up five runs on 10 hits and three walks while punching out two in six innings.


Mat Gamel extended his league season-high hitting streak to 21 games with an RBI double as the Manatees (2-1) plated all their runs in the second.


Brevard County reliever Vince Perkins (1-2) surrendered six runs on three hits and three walks while retiring two batters. -- Michael Echan/MLB.com

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West Virginia Site Game Summary:




In a game that took four hours, ten minutes and 13 innings to complete, the West Virginia Power came from behind to beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 9-8 on Saturday night at Appalachian Power Park.


Kannapolis took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. John Anderson doubled in two, Andrew Lefave?s errant throw plated another and Archie Gilbert?s base hit accounted for the other run. West Virginia cut the lead in half on RBI doubles from Brad Miller and Lefave in the third. Kenny Holmberg doubled in a run in the fifth inning to make it a one run game but the Intimidators added to their lead on a solo home run from Mike Grace in the sixth.


Steve Chapman singled in a run in the eighth inning to make it a one-run game again, before a pair of West Virginia errors allowed Kannapolis to scored twice in the ninth inning. The Power hit five straight singles in the ninth inning and scored three times to tie the game. Lefave, Taylor Green and Jimmy Mojica all ripped RBI singles. Nobody scored again until Archie Gilbert singled in a run for Kannapolis in the 13th inning. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Mike Grace?s throwing error allowed Chuckie Caufield to score the tying run and Brad Miller?s base hit plated Charlie Fermaint to win it for the Power.


Omar Aguilar (6-1) got the victory, and Joe Winn (0-1) was tagged with the loss. West Virginia committed five errors, a season high.


The Power improved to 50-21 overall and 2-1 in the second half, and the Intimidators fell to 33-40 overall and 1-2 in the second half with the loss. Chuckie Caufield and Steve Chapman paced the Power with three hits while seven Power players had multi-hit games.


The Power will finish the four game series against the Intimidators Sunday evening. Left hander Mike Ramlow (3-2, 7.78) will start for the Power and Kannapolis will counter with right hander Faustino De Los Santos (4-2, 2.54). The first pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM (4:05 Central).

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Helena Site Game Summary:


Helena Loses Second in a Row


HELENA?Despite bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning the Helena Brewers fell to the Great Falls White Sox for the second night in a row. With two outs and one runner on Brewer pinch-hitter Eric Newton came to the plate with a chance to tie things up. Instead White Sox pitcher Ronald Morales got a big strikeout to end the game.


The Brewers fell behind in the second inning 1-0 and later tied the game in the fourth inning, but the White Sox outscored Helena the rest of the way for a 4-2 Great Falls win.


Three consecutive singles from Brewers Jonathan Lucroy, Caleb Gindl, and Steffan Wilson tied the game at one apiece, but Helena failed to take a lead. During their ensuing at-bat the White Sox added a run in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 advantage.


Great Falls later added two more runs in the eighth inning. The Brewers tried to get things going in their half of the eighth and ninth innings, but could score only more run. Eric Farris hit a one-out triple to the right-centerfield alley during the eighth and Lucroy drove him in to cut the lead to 4-2. Helena advanced runners to second and third with one out, but an inning-ending double play quelled the threat.


With the loss Helena falls to 2-3 while Great Falls improves to 3-2. The Brewers will try to salvage the series with the White Sox when they take the field 4:05 PM Sunday (5:05 Central) against Great Falls.

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nd move up the non-prospect Errecart so Brantley can move back down to where he belongs.


It's only been 40 at bats, and he has 8 walks in those 40 at bats.


Besides, talk about a small sample size.


Leave him where he is - I trust the Brewer's scouting individuals along with his extraordinary plate discipline to dictate that he's just fine at AA for now.

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Sox silence Brewers bats

By TOM COTTON, Helena Independent Record Sports Editor


Five games into the season, the Helena Brewers? pitching and defense is definitely ahead of its offense.


The Brewers? bats once again went into hibernation Saturday night as they fell 4-2 to the Great Falls White Sox.


Helena has scored just two runs in each of its last three games and they have won just one of those contests.


Great Falls had Aaron Poreda on the mound in Saturday?s game. Poreda, a 6-foot-6 left hander, was Chicago?s first-round pick earlier this month in the First Year Player Draft.


His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s and he went to that pitch early and often against Helena.


The University of San Francisco product struck out five in his professional debut and didn?t give up a hit until the fourth inning.


?I was nervous,? Poreda said. ?There was a lot of hype and pressure on me so I wanted to turn up the heat. I do better when the pressure is on.?


The Brewers went down meekly in the first three innings, but finally broke through in the fourth.


A single by Jonathan Lucroy started a run of three straight singles.


The final hit in that string was a soft liner by Helena?s Steffan Wilson, which brought Lucroy home.


That tied the contest at 1-1.


The White Sox scored first when Christian Marerro hit an RBI double in the second.


Great Falls took the lead for good in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Greg Paiml.


After that score, both teams? bullpens settled down until the last two innings.


The White Sox extended their lead in the eighth thanks to an RBI ground out by Josh Morgan and an RBI double by Marerro.


Great Falls, however, had to endure some nervous moments before closing out the win.


?We got better at bats later in the game,? said Helena manager Jeff Isom. ?No question, we have to get our bats going and we feel like we have the personnel to do that.?


In the eighth inning, Helena trailed 4-1 but looked like they could rally past the White Sox.


Eric Farris got the fans on their feet with one out, when he smacked a triple that landed at the base of the right-field wall.


He was brought home on a single by Lucroy, which was followed by a single by Caleb Gindl.


Gindl continued his hot start by going 3-for-4 in the contest and is hitting .444 after five games.


The 18-year-old from Pace, Fla., was in the cleanup spot for the Brewers on Saturday.


?That guy can swing the bat,? Isom said. ?He has made the adjustment to pro ball and he is an exciting kid to see play.?


The eighth-inning rally died, however, when the White Sox turned a double play to end the threat.


Helena also had the tying run at the plate with two outs in the ninth, but Great Falls reliever Ronnie Morales registered a strikeout to get the save.


Isom was pleased with the way his team pitched.


Brock Kjeldgaard got the start and went five solid innings before Donovan Hand and Nick Tyson came in for the last four innings.


The two teams will meet again today at 4:05 PM (5:05 Central) at Kindrick Legion Field.


Roque Mercedes is the probable starter for Helena.


Jonathan Lucroy photo - Helena Independent Record



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