Limonta Tearing It Up At West Tenn

While others have garnered more publicity, Johan Limonta is quietly having a fine season and hasn't slowed down since moving up to AA. And the Wisconsin offense is finally starting to heat up.

Three Up

1. Johan Limonta, West Tenn

Limonta has been spectacular since being moved up from High Desert about a month ago. He was 2-for-3 last night with a double, a triple, and four RBI. The 24-year-old is batting .316 with a .415 OBP and .595 SLG since his call up. He had very similar numbers in High Desert.

2. Carlos Peguero, High Desert

Peguero was 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI for the Mavs last night in a 6-5 loss. Carlos leads the Mavs in batting average (.293) and RBI (47). The left-handed 21-year-old is hitting a respectable .269 (14-for-52) off of lefty pitching with three home runs.

3. Denny Almonte, Wisconsin

Almonte was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI in the Rattlers' 6-1 win over Peoria. The switch-hitting Almonte is struggling with contact, but has only played 21 games this season and seems to be improving. He has five hits and four RBI in his last three games.

The Lowdown

Tacoma had the night off. They start a four-game series with Fresno on Thursday night. Robert Rohrbaugh's most recent outing is an encouraging sign. He had gone through a stretch of six starts without pitching particularly well, but his two-run, no-walk, eight-strikeout performance on Tuesday was his finest of the season. He picked up the win to move to 4-4 on the year.

West Tenn 10, Tennessee 6

The Diamond Jaxx hit double digits for a second straight night. Mark Kiger was 3-for-5 with four RBI, and Michael Wilson hit his team-leading 11th homer of the season. Brent Johnson was 2-for-3 and scored three times. Starter Denny Stark only made it through 3 1/3 innings as the Jaxx were in an early 5-1 hole. Jason Mackintosh settled things down, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

Modesto 6, High Desert 5

The Mavericks led 4-0 and 5-1, but couldn't put the Nuts away and lost yet another road game. Leury Bonilla, Gregory Halman, and Gerardo Avila all had two hits for the Mavs. Anthony Varvaro struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings but allowed six hits and five runs (three earned). Shawn Kelley threw two more scoreless innings to run his streak to 11 innings since joining High Desert.

Wisconsin 6, Peoria 1

The Timber Rattler offense has woken up over the past few days. Donald Hume put together a solid start, giving up no earned runs in five innings of work to move to 5-1 on the year. Michael Pineda returned to the Rattler staff and threw two scoreless innings. Jose Escalona ran his scoreless-innings streak to 8 1/3 by throwing a scoreless sixth. Maximo Mendez and Blake Ochoa had two hits each.


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