CALIFORNIA DREAMING …

… and now, so can I …

At High Desert (Mariners), the host Mavericks rallied but fell short in the end, falling to the Inland Empire 66ers (Dodgers), 9-7. Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann was 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a homer and three RBIs as well as a steal for Inland Empire. Hoffmann hit .252 with just five homers and 29 RBIs in 121 games at the Dodgers’ Advanced A Florida State League club last year. The 66ers received RBIs from six different players in the win.

The Modesto Nuts (Rockies) beat the Visalia Oaks (Diamondbacks) thanks to key hits from the top of the lineup. Leadoff man Eric Young Jr. (whose dad, one of my all-time favorite players, is now doing commentary on ESPN and to think I covered him when HE was in college at Rutgers!) drove in a pair of runs, while multi-talented Dexter Fowler drove in three from the No. 2 slot.

Speaking of sons of former Major Leaguers, it was definitely a family affair at Bakersfield as the Blaze (Rangers) edged the Lancaster Jethawks (Red Sox) 9-7, enjoying a four-run ninth inning. John Mayberry Jr. was 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs on the night including an early three-run homer. Freddie Thon was 3-for-5 with two doubles while Jake Blalock (no, he’s not Hank’s son, he’s his brother) was also 3-for-5 with two doubles. (I have to add that I am really REALLY looking forward to getting to see Mayberry play live and in person this season … and I’ll explain why when that day comes. Stay tuned).

Hey, the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) hitters just didn’t have a chance for the first four innings of their game against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels).  Not with rehabbing Bartolo Colon on the mound, throwing four innings of one-hit scoreless ball. However even when Colon departed, he was followed by the slightly less known but apparently equally effective Brok Butcher who got the win with four innings of two-hit ball in the 1-0 Quakes victory. Right fielder Jordan Lenz drove in the game’s lone run with a sac fly in the fourth.

And finally … here it is … my last blog of the night … or the morning here on the east coast … are you ready? Are you sure you’re ready?

The San Jose Giants shut out the Stockton Ports (Oakland), 7-0. David Maroul (who my husband picked up for his rotisserie team SOLELY BASED ON reading Jonathan Mayo’s item about Maroul in his Giants spring training camp notebook) made them both look good, going 3-for-4 witih two doubles. Joey Martinez got the win with five innings of two-hit ball, striking out six.

And. That. Is. All. She. Wrote.

I have only two words left … Hot. Bath.

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