Minor League Roundup

The Roundup today is exclusively a minor-league edition, and looks at a slugger on a tear down at High Desert as well as the longest outing of Phillippe Aumont's young career.

Tacoma (22-20, 9.0 GB in PCL North) dropped a 4-2 decision to Tucson on Sunday afternoon, and lost three out of four to the Sidewinders over the weekend. Bryan LaHair had two of the Rainiers' five hits. R.A. Dickey dropped to 2-5 with the loss, though he allowed a respectable three earned runs in seven innings. Dickey has pitched at least 6 1/3 innings in each of his seven starts and has allowed no more than four runs in any start. He has surrendered just two home runs in 49 2/3 innings.

West Tenn (27-16, 2.5 GB in SOU North) held on for dear life to earn a fourth-consecutive win, 7-6 over Mobile. The Jaxx led 7-0 through eight innings but nearly let the game get away. Denny Stark pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Marwin Vega successfully navigated the eighth inning without any trouble but then lost his way. Vega allowed a leadoff triple then hit the following batter with a pitch. He retired the next two hitters on fly balls (one of which scored a run), then things started to really fall apart. With two outs, Vega allowed two doubles and two walks to make it 7-4. The defense then did its part to contribute to the collapse, as consecutive errors by Mark Kiger and Ronald Prettyman made it 7-6. Brodie Downs finally got the last out on ground ball to second baseman Jeffrey Dominguez. Mike Wilson broke out of a 1-for-16 slump and bashed two home runs to lead the Jaxx offense. The right-handed Wilson has hit all seven of his homers off of righties. Johan Limonta had two double to raise his average to .321 in nine games since being called up from High Desert.

Gregory Halman continued his recent homer binge for High Desert (19-25, 1.0 GB in CAL South) on Sunday. Halman hit his fifth bomb in six games but a late rally by the Mavs came up just short in Rancho Cucamonga, as the Quakes held on for a 6-5 win. Halman's two-run shot in the top of the seventh was High Desert's first hit of the game, and closed the Mavs within 5-2. After the Quakes added an insurance run, Leury Bonilla's two-run double pulled the Mavs within 6-4. Halman doubled and scored to make it 6-5 in the ninth, but pinch hitter Travis Scott struck out to end the game. Keith Renaud took the loss and dropped to 0-7 on the season. Renaud's record and 7.11 ERA puts him in a precarious position in the Mavs' rotation. His downfall has been 36 walks in 44 1/3 innings.

Wisconsin (19-20, 10.0 GB in MID Western) was on the wrong end of a 4-0 result against Kane County, ending a five-game winning streak. Phillippe Aumont was given the ball for only his second start of the year. He threw a career-high 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, edging his ERA up over 1 for the first time this season. Both runs allowed by Aumont scored on wild pitches. It was a hard-luck loss for Aumont as his teammates gave him no support. Rattler hitters could muster only four hits on the afternoon and struck out 12 times.


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