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Posted: May 21, 2012, 11:44 PM Post
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Final: Chattanooga 3, Huntsville 2 (12 Innings)

Huntsville Box Score
Pardon my french but that was a pretty craptastic way to the end night with both the big club and the Stars losing in extras. After scoring in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie the game the Stars literally pissed it away in the 12th. Hiram Burgos pitched pretty well until the 6th when he gave up a double and single back to back, struck out the next batter, and was then lifted because he had already thrown 96 pitches with only 57 being strikes. Not his most efficient effort of the season, but solid none the less. He went the 5.1 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 walks but only 2 earned runs against 8 strike outs. Daniel Meadows went 1.2 with 2BB, 1WP, and 2SO. R.J. Seidel pitched a scoreless 8th and Jesus Sanchez pitched the next 3 scoreless innings allowing 3H, 1BB, but striking out 4. Sanchez has now extended his scoreless appearance streak to 13 or 14, I've actually lost count. Bradley Blanks gave up the run in the 12th without a base hit, I'll copy that inning later in the post.

The Stars only had only had 3 hits through the first 7 innings for good reason, opposing pitcher Ethan Martin has legitimate gas. He's been steadily falling on the Dodgers' prospect list debuting at #3 after he was drafted but coming in at #17 this year, however it's not for a lack of talent, here's the scouting report from over the winter:
When Martin's high school senior season began in 2008, some teams wanted him for his power and athleticism as a third baseman, while others were attracted to his big arm on the mound. By June, most clubs preferred him as a pitcher and the Dodgers made him the first prep arm taken. The 15th overall choice, he signed for $1.73 million. Martin was raw even by the standards of a high school draft pick and got shelled in high Class A for most of the last two years, but his potential still sticks out. He still throws a mid-90s fastball with life in the zone, and he has an extra gear to get it up to 98 mph. He has a curveball that shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch with good rotation, but it's inconsistent. Last season, he added an 82-84 mph slider that shows occasional tilt and grades as an average offering at times, though it also tends to break too early. He has shown some feel a fading 84-86 mph changeup, which has a chance to be average. Martin's lack of pitchability and command have been his downfall. He rushes his delivery and struggles to repeat it despite efforts to improve his direction and timing. Los Angeles wanted to get Martin out of the unforgiving California League and did so by sending him to Double-A as a reliever late last June. He had a 3.29 ERA in that role for Chattanooga, though he still had trouble finding the zone. Because he has an array of promising pitches, the Dodgers will return him to the rotation in Double-A this year. He maintains the ceiling of a No. 2 starter but has a long way to go.

Jay Gibbons led the way for the stars going 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 walks. Scooter Gennett and Hunter Morris each added doubles and Kentrail Davis smacked the huge game tying triple with 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Burgos picked off a base runner, whatever the Brewers have done with pickoff moves is certainly paying dividends up and down the entire system this year. Gibbons and Gennett each stole a base, Josh Prince stole 2, and Anderson De La Rosa ended a threat picking off a runner at 3rd to end the 7th. Domnit Boliver committed his 6th error (throwing) and R.J. Seidel his 2nd (pickoff).

Huntsville Play By Play
The Lookouts got 1 in the 3rd on back to back doubles and 1 in the 6th but wouldn't score again until the 12th.
Chattanooga Bottom of the 3rd
    Ethan Martin grounds out, second baseman Scooter Gennett to first baseman Hunter Morris.
    Nick Buss grounds out, second baseman Scooter Gennett to first baseman Hunter Morris.
    Luis Nunez doubles (7) on a line drive to left fielder Jay Gibbons.
    J. T. Wise doubles (15) on a fly ball to right fielder Kentrail Davis. Luis Nunez scores.
    Blake Smith strikes out swinging, catcher Anderson De La Rosa to first baseman Hunter Morris.

Chattanooga Bottom of the 6th
    Blake Smith doubles (8) on a fly ball to left fielder Jay Gibbons.
    Pedro Baez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Kentrail Davis. Blake Smith scores. Pedro Baez to 2nd on the throw.
    Travis Denker strikes out swinging.
    Pitcher Change: Daniel Meadows replaces Hiram Burgos, batting 9th.
    With Jake Lemmerman batting, wild pitch by Daniel Meadows, Pedro Baez to 3rd.
    Jake Lemmerman strikes out swinging.
    Angelo Ponte grounds out softly, second baseman Scooter Gennett to first baseman Hunter Morris.

The comeback!
Huntsville Top of the 8th
    Pitcher Change: Luis Vasquez replaces Allen Webster, batting 9th.
    Kentrail Davis lines out sharply to third baseman Pedro Baez.
    Domnit Bolivar grounds out, second baseman Travis Denker to first baseman J. Wise.
    Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Lee Haydel replaces Daniel Meadows.
    Lee Haydel singles on a fly ball to left fielder Luis Nunez.
    Josh Prince walks. Lee Haydel to 2nd.
    Tommy Manzella singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder Nick Buss. Lee Haydel scores. Josh Prince advances to 3rd, on fielding error by center fielder Nick Buss.
    Scooter Gennett flies out sharply to center fielder Nick Buss.

Huntsville Top of the 9th
    Pitcher Change: Logan Bawcom replaces Luis Vasquez, batting 9th.
    Hunter Morris doubles (19) on a fly ball to center fielder Nick Buss.
    Jay Gibbons strikes out swinging.
    Anderson De La Rosa grounds out softly, second baseman Travis Denker to first baseman J. Wise. Hunter Morris to 3rd.
    Kentrail Davis triples (1) on a sharp line drive to center fielder Nick Buss. Hunter Morris scores.
    Domnit Bolivar strikes out swinging.

This is an extremely disappointing way to end.
Chattanooga Bottom of the 12th
    Pitcher Change: Bradley Blanks replaces Jesus Sanchez, batting 8th.
    Blake Smith flies out to center fielder Josh Prince.
    Pedro Baez walks.
    Travis Denker hit by pitch. Pedro Baez to 2nd.
    Jake Lemmerman flies out to right fielder Kentrail Davis. Pedro Baez to 3rd.
    Angelo Ponte walks. Wild pitch by pitcher Bradley Blanks. Pedro Baez scores. Travis Denker to 2nd.

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"Before we went out there I walked by his locker and asked him 'Are you nervous?' and he said, 'Yeah, a little bit.' And that's to be expected, that's a good thing because it means he cares a little bit," Erickson said. "He was a little elevated at first, and I think the elements helped him out a bit on some of his fly balls. But ultimately he got the job done. He left the game in the fifth, was up by a run and had a chance to win the ball game."

So it sounds like West might have gotten tagged pretty well a few times. The wind was blowing pretty strongly again today in Appleton.

Oh well though, there's no reason to try & focus on the negative from this start. I just wanted to point out that the wind was probably a fairly significant factor today. I'm going to be really interested to see how he progresses. The Brewers might have mined a diamond in the rough here.

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Las Vegas (Blue Jays) 10 Nashville 8

Box Score

In a bit of a back and forth game, the Sounds ended up falling short again. In a bit of good news, 2-hitter Caleb Gindl (2-2 3 BB) had one of those games that gives you hope. Logan Schafer (2-5 2B) continues to be solid. Brooks Conrad is the definition of AAAA as he homers promptly upon his return to AAA. Martin Maldonado (2-4 2B HR) went yard form the 9-hole.

Mark Rogers started, and although he was initially effective (2 IP 0 R), his final line ended up pretty ugly. 5 IP 10 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB 3 K 1 HR 4:4 GO:FO. The only Sounds pitcher to not allow a run was Rob Wooten and he allowed a hit and 2 BB in his lone inning.

Las Vegas is the AAA affiliate of the Blue Jays. There are many legit major league caliber bats in their lineup. Las Vegas scored in 6 of 8 innings tonight. This will be a stiff challenge for the Sounds pitchers.

Game Log

Nashville's 5-spot.

Nashville Top of the 5th

Martin Maldonado doubles (6) on a fly ball to center fielder Anthony Gose.
Logan Schafer doubles (11) on a line drive to center fielder Anthony Gose. Martin Maldonado scores.
Caleb Gindl walks.
Brooks Conrad homers (6) on a fly ball to left center field. Logan Schafer scores. Caleb Gindl scores.
Pitcher Change: Bobby Korecky replaces Scott Richmond.
Sean Halton grounds out, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to first baseman David Cooper.
Corey Patterson doubles (7) on a line drive to right fielder Danny Perales.
Andy Gonzalez reaches on fielding error by center fielder Anthony Gose. Corey Patterson scores. Andy Gonzalez to 3rd.
Eric Farris grounds out, third baseman Chris Woodward to first baseman David Cooper.
Hainley Statia called out on strikes.

Wooten's magic act.

Las Vegas Bottom of the 8th

Pitcher Change: Robert Wooten replaces Victor Garate.
Anthony Gose singles on a ground ball to left fielder Caleb Gindl.
Adeiny Hechavarria out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Martin Maldonado to first baseman Sean Halton. Anthony Gose to 2nd.
Robert Wooten intentionally walks David Cooper.
Travis d'Arnaud flies out to right fielder Corey Patterson.
Adam Lind walks. Anthony Gose to 3rd. David Cooper to 2nd.
Moises Sierra grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy Gonzalez to second baseman Eric Farris. Adam Lind out at 2nd.


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BA covers Martin's start against the Stars on Monday.

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fun little contest: T-Rats' Fang is in the Midwest bracket, BC's Manny the Manatee is the South Bracker, The Stars' homer didn't make the list, The Sounds' Ozzie is also in the south, it's a conspiracy!

Fans to vote on Minors' best mascot
'Mascot Mania' has fuzzy creatures battling for the crown
By Benjamin Hill /

Fans will vote in a 64-mascot bracket that offers facts and background on the unique creatures.

The players may get to take center stage every night, but anyone who's been to a Minor League ballgame knows that the mascot is the true star of the show. But which mascot is the star of stars, that shining example against which all other costumed characters should be judged?

Mascot Mania, a bracket-style tournament debuting today on, will, finally and definitively, answer this question once and for all. Voting for the first round of the tournament runs through May 29, and five more rounds will follow before the winner is declared on June 18.

Mascot Maina: Vote Now!

This winner (whomever he, she or it may be) will emerge from a talent-laden field of 64 contenders, one comprised of mascots representing all leagues, levels of play, regions of the country and Major League affiliations. This eminently furry squadron of three score and four have already gained elite status due to their mere presence in the tournament, and over the coming days and weeks they will engage in matchups without precedent in the annals of all recorded history.

For where else will you see a spicy Japanese condiment (Vancouver's Chef Wasabi) battle a dog dressed like a train engineer (Round Rock's Spike), or a party-loving sea cow (Brevard County's Manny the Manatee) take on a bug-eyed freshwater crustacean (Hickory's Conrad the Crawdad)?

Truly, we are in uncharted waters.

The teams involved will no doubt campaign vociferously on behalf of their mascot, and most fans will probably go to the virtual voting booth with a few favorites already in mind. But, like Thomas Jefferson, believes that an informed electorate is the bulwark of democracy. Go to the bracket and simply click on each mascot's name to read an accompanying informational blurb, one that sheds light on his, her or its core beliefs and reasons for being.

Ask the expert

Any competitive event worth its salt needs a color commentator to shine some light on the action taking place, and in this case who better to provide an opinion than an actual mascot performer? Dave Deas, aka "Phinley" of the Clearwater Threshers, took the time to break down some of the best first-round matches and give his picks. In doing so, he'll provides plenty of debate fodder for mascot enthusiasts.

Boomer (Trenton Thunder) vs. Boomer (Williamsport Crosscutters): "In this contest, you've got to go with the weird, but Boomer vs. Boomer is weird vs. weird. I'll go with the Crosscutters, because the team even made some fake leaves to put in his hair. He literally looks crazy ... someone who just stumbled in from the woods."

Thunder (Lake Elsinore Storm) vs. Tipper (Visalia Rawhide): "Thunder, he's green like the [Phillie] Phanatic, and he's got that same attitude. He's really popular with the fans, and not afraid to create some havoc. He recently had his four-wheeler stolen, and people actually cared. I don't know if any other mascot would get media coverage for something like that, but Thunder is a real well-known personality. In Visalia, with Tipper, I'm not sure that there's the same buzz."

Hornsby (Tulsa Drillers) vs. Fang (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers): "Hornsby, he's the kind of character who will create moments outside of the ballpark -- he'll even skydive! Fang, I think he might scare some kids. I thought I was scary as a shark [mascot], but a giant snake? It's like he's the devil's messenger, tempting you with the forbidden fruit."

Chopper (Gwinnett Braves) vs. Marty Marauder (Bradenton Mauraders): Chopper's a lot of fun for everybody. He's got a giant tooth in front and a head that can spin 360 degrees. Marty's good, too, but mascots that look like people are tough. Kids don't understand why they can't talk."

And, finally, Deas compares his Phinley character to opponent Bolt of the Winston-Salem Dash. A biased opinion, surely, but expressed diplomatically:

"I really like how the Dash went outside the box with Bolt ... because what is a "Dash," and how do you embody speed? He looks like [superhero] the Flash and has lightning bolt ears -- he's really a cool character. But Phinley? He's the most well-known mascot in the Florida State League and is always out doing crazy stuff like para-sailing and jet-skiing. And the look! There aren't many sharks or fish out there that look cool, but Phinley pulls it off. Phinley will prevail."

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Sounds Outslugged By 51s In Series-Opening 10-8 Loss
Conrad, Maldonado Homer As Nashville Suffers Another Close Defeat
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - David Cooper legged out a go-ahead, three-run, inside-the-park homer and former Sound Chris Woodward contributed four RBIs to lead the Las Vegas 51s to a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over Nashville on Monday evening at Cashman Field in the opener of a four-game series.

The teams combined for 18 runs and 27 hits on the evening in a three hour and thirty-seven minute slugfest, marking the most runs and hits recorded in a game involving the Sounds this season.

Las Vegas failed to score in the first inning then plated runs in each of the following six frames en route to victory.

Nashville (16-27) suffered its 15th loss of the year by two runs or less and fell to 0-7 in road series openers.

The Sounds took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the second inning against 51s starter Scott Richmond. Corey Patterson, who paced Nashville with a 3-for-5 evening, led off the frame with a single and came all the way around to score from first when Andy Gonzalez followed with a single to right, which was misplayed by Danny Perales. The single by Gonzalez extended the infielder's season-best hit streak to six games.

Las Vegas evened the contest at 1-1 in the bottom of the second with a two-out rally against Mark Rogers. After the first two batters were retired, Perales doubled to left and scored the tying run when Woodward (3-for-4) ripped a run-scoring two-bagger off the left field wall that was nearly gloved by Caleb Gindl.

The 51s grabbed the lead in the third when Adeiny Hechavarria singled off Rogers with one out, stole second, and later pushed the home team in front by a 2-1 margin when he raced home on Travis d'Arnaud's two-out single to left.

Las Vegas upped the lead to 5-1 in the fourth with a three-run frame against Rogers, keyed by a two-run double off the bat of Woodward.

The Sounds rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth inning, batting around to pull back in front by a 6-5 margin.

Martin Maldonado and Logan Schafer opened the frame with consecutive doubles to make it a 5-2 contest. After Gindl drew a walk, Brooks Conrad knotted the game at 5-5 when he crushed an opposite-field, three-run homer to left (audio). The infielder's team-leading sixth longball of the season chased Richmond from the contest and extended Conrad's hitting streak to 11 games, dating back to his first stint with the Sounds.

The Nashville rally continued as Bobby Korecky took over on the Vegas hill. After the right-hander retired Sean Halton on a groundout for the inning's first out, Patterson doubled off the right-center wall. Gonzalez followed by lifting a fly ball to center, which was dropped by Anthony Gose for a three-base error which allowed Patterson to easily score the go-ahead run (audio).

Once again, the 51s had an immediate answer for a Nashville score with one of their own in the home half of the frame, tying the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the sixth on Adam Lind's two-out solo homer to right off Rogers. The roundtripper was the first Triple-A blast of the year for Lind, who was sent down by Toronto over the weekend.

Rogers did not factor in the decision for Nashville after allowing season highs of six runs and 10 hits over five innings of work for the Sounds. He tossed a season-high 99 pitches in his fifth consecutive no-decision.

Las Vegas pulled back in front in the sixth against Sounds reliever Amaury Rivas on a three-run, inside-the-park home run off the bat of David Cooper. After Mike McCoy and Hechavarria drew walks from Rivas during the inning, Cooper lifted a fly ball to deep right-center that was nearly caught by Logan Schafer at the fence. However, Schafer was unable to corral the baseball and landed awkwardly as the ball bounded away, allowing Cooper to race home without a play at the plate.

Cooper's three-run roundtripper, which staked the 51s to a 9-6 lead, was the first baseman's sixth big fly of the year and the first inside-the-park homer against the Sounds since Albuquerque's Robert Stratton accomplished the feat during the 2003 PCL playoffs at Isotopes Park.

Las Vegas stretched its lead to 10-6 in the seventh on Woodward's third run-scoring knock of the evening, a two-out infield single off Victor Garate.

Maldonado crushed a 2-1 Jerry Gil fastball well over the wall in left field with two outs in the eighth inning to pull the Sounds back within 10-7 (audio). The blast was the backstop's fourth of the season.

Nashville didn't go down without a fight in the ninth, pulling within a pair of runs at 10-8 and getting the potential tying run to the plate against 51s reliever Ryota Igarashi before falling short in their comeback attempt.

Gindl led off the Sounds' ninth with a single, moved to second on a groundout and to third on a Halton single, and score on a Patterson groundout. With Halton on second and two outs, Gonzalez came to the dish representing the tying run but was struck out on an Igarashi curveball as the Japanese right-hander nailed down his fourth save of the year by squelching out the Nashville rally.

Gil (4-0) was awarded the victory for Las Vegas after allowing one run in his 2 1/3 innings of relief work. Rivas (2-2) drew the loss after giving up three runs in his lone frame of action.

The teams continue the series with another 9:05 p.m. CT contest on Tuesday night. Right-hander Wily Peralta (1-4, 5.36) will man the bump for the Sounds to face Las Vegas right-hander Jesse Chavez (5-2, 3.74).

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Stars Drop 12-Inning Marathon to Lookouts

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – It was a wild pitch that would end a wild game between the Huntsville Stars and Chattanooga Lookouts early Tuesday morning at AT&T Field. After five and a half hours and 12 innings of play, Stars reliever Bradley Blanks threw a wild pitch to score Pedro Baez and give the Lookouts a 3-2 victory.

The Stars had their chances early in the game, but just couldn’t capitalize. They put a runner in scoring position in the first inning thanks to a double from Scooter Gennett. First baseman Hunter Morris grounded out to end the inning and strand Gennett. In the second, Huntsville again had a chance to get on the board with a lead-off double from Jay Gibbons. He advanced to third on a groundout from catcher Anderson De La Rosa. Unfortunately, a fly out and ground out would strand Gibbons and leave the Stars scoreless.

Chattanooga left fielder Luis Nunez recorded the first Lookouts’ hit of the game, a double, in the third inning. J.T. Wise followed up with a double of his own on the next at bat to score Nunez and put the first run up for Chattanooga.

Outfielder Josh Prince was hot on the base paths in the fifth after drawing a walk. With Gennett at the plate, Prince swiped second. Gennett drew a walk to set the stage for Morris. The double steal was on as both Prince and Gennett stole third and second, respectively. For Prince, those were his 12th and 13th steals on the season, putting him third in the Southern League for stolen bases. Morris grounded out to again end the Stars chances at putting up a run.

Lookouts starter Javier Solano replaced starter Ethan Martin in the sixth. Martin went five innings, allowing just two hits. He walked four and struck out five in the no-decision.

Gibbons welcomed Solano to the game with his second double of the night, but was again left on base after a ground out from Kentrail Davis and a strikeout by starting pitcher Hiram Burgos.

Chattanooga tacked on a second run in the sixth inning thanks to a lead-off double and a RBI-single. For Burgos, his night ended after that second run and an hour rain delay in the bottom of the sixth. He went five and a third innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out eight before being replaced by Dan Meadows.

With two outs in the eighth, the Stars brought in pinch hitter Lee Haydel to hit for reliever Meadows. Haydel singled to center and came around to score on a Tommy Manzella single to finally put the Stars on the board. Never a team to give up on a good comeback, Morris hit his Southern League-leading 19 th double to start things off. De La Rosa grounded out to advance Morris. Davis hit a triple to right-center to score Morris and tie the game up. Domnit Bolivar struck out to leave another runner stranded in scoring position.

The bats remained quiet on both sides of the field, even in the bottom of the 12th. The Lookouts’ Baez drew a one-out walk off Stars reliever Blanks. Travis Denker was hit by a pitch to advance Baez to second. A fly out put runners on the corners followed by a walk to load up the bases. It was the wild pitch by Blanks, however, that would allow Baez to score and the Lookouts to walk away with the victory.

With this loss, the Stars have lost four of their last five games and seven of the last ten.

The Stars return home to open a five-game series against the Birmingham Barons starting Tuesday night at 6:43 p.m.

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