Another Big Night For Clement

In the newly-formatted minor league roundup, Jeff Clement goes deep again as his OPS continues to rise through the stratosphere and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers get a welcome offensive explosion.


1. Jeff Clement, Tacoma

Clement went 2-for-4 with a home run in a 10-5 loss to Salt Lake. Clement has an OPS of 1.226 in 36 games with the Rainiers this season. Clement's .398 EqA (equivalent average) is by far and away the best in the PCL this season.

2. Nick Hill, High Desert

Hill had one of his best efforts of the year, but still came up on the short end of a 1-0 decision. Hill's line for the night: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Oddly, lefty batters are hitting the southpaw Hill much better than righties. He's holding right-handers to a .247 average but lefties are batting .326.

3. Calvin Beamon, Wisconsin

Beamon was 2-for-4 with a double in the Rattlers' 9-6 win over Peoria. His two-out double in the fifth inning helped spark a rally from a 5-2 deficit. Beamon has 18 RBI in 43 games this season with Wisconsin.


Salt Lake 10, Tacoma 5

Prentice Redman was 3-for-3 for the Rainiers, who dropped to 1-2 in a four-game set with the PCL-leading Buzz. Yung Chi Chen homered for Tacoma, his third of the season. Tug Hulett was 2-for-4. Andrew Baldwin started and allowed 10 hits and six earned runs in five innings. Eric O'Flaherty gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief. O'Flaherty unfortunately is having trouble finding his rhythm back in AAA. He did have a stretch of six consecutive appearances without allowing a run, but is still allowing nearly 18 baserunners per nine innings (a WHIP of 1.96). Those numbers will lead to trouble, despit his high strikeout rate (10.5 K/9).

Tennessee 5, West Tenn 4

The Diamond Jaxx dropped a third consecutive game to the Smokies on Monday. The Jaxx came back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but West Tenn closer Mumba Rivera got himself into trouble in the ninth. Rivera walked two and committed an error, which led to a questionable call at home plate that gave Tennesse the winning run. Travis Chick started and gave up three runs on four hits in five innings. Manelik Pimentel had a pinch-hit single in the seventh that tied the game.

Modesto 1, High Desert 0

The Mavericks were held to just two hits in a loss to Modesto. Tyson Gillies had the only two hits for the Mavs. Bryan Harris had his third consecutive scorelss outing in relief.

Wisconsin 9, Peoria 6

The Rattlers rallied from 5-2 down to beat Peoria on Monday. Nathan Adcock was the starter for Wisconsin and was touched up for eight hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings. But the bullpen settled things down. Jacob Wild gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings, striking out four. Walter Suriel and Robert Harmon each worked a scoreless inning to seal the deal. Edilio Colina was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and Denny Almonte had two hits and two RBI. Gavin Dickey had a hit, was hit by a pitch twice, and scored twice.

Where They Stand

Tacoma: 27-30, T-3rd in PCL Pacific North, 11.5 GB
West Tenn: 34-24, 2nd in SOU North, 1 GB
High Desert: 26-32, 3rd in CAL South, 2.5 GB
Wisconsin: 23-30, 5th in MID Western, 16 GB

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