AAA -- Tacoma 11, Las Vegas 0 -- Box
Last year, when we were poking around to see if anyone had been referring to Erasmo Ramirez as "E-Ram," we stumbled upon the "e-RAM Electric Supercharger." For whatever reason, there was just something irresistible about it: an electric supercharger! an electric supercharger! More Air! More Fuel! More Power! It doesn't matter what a "supercharger" does, because who wouldn't want whatever they do to be "supercharged"?
Well, of course, we'd thought we'd retired the ol' supercharger, since e-RAM himself was "retired" from the minor leagues. But injury fortune did not smile on our young friend, and now he's back and working his way back up.
So we get to trot it out one more time (at least) to honor the way Ramirez supercharged the Rainiers: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.
That's gotta be at least "27 HP Gain" right?
And the offense was plenty supercharged as well, with five balls leaving Las Vegas. Two from the always homer-happy Carlos Peguero (Watch List) and one each from Abraham Almonte (26intheMix), Rich Poythress (26intheMix) and Nate Tenbrink (26intheMix).
AA -- Jackson 7, Birmingham 2 -- Box
Elias has certainly flown past my pre-season favorite Anthony Fernandez to become the most reliable non-Taijuan starter at Jackson.
High-A -- High Desert 10, Inland Empire 2 -- Box
Low-A -- Peoria 4, Clinton 0 -- Box
But the strong games didn't stretch all the way down to Low-A.
There were some good individual performances: Patrick Kivlehan (Talk40 #33) reaching base four times on two singles, a double and a walk; Gabriel Guerrero (Talk40 #16) with a double and a single. But nothing that made a dent on the scoreboard.
Opening night for the Everett AquaSox! They are in Spokane, and Rigoberto Garcia is slated to get the start. Will try to get a preview up.