Normally, this feature has three guys, but there were only two players who really deserve to be mentioned from last night's play:
1. Gavin Dickey, LF, Wisconsin
Dickey hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning last night as the Rattlers stayed hot, beating Quad Cities 4-3. He also had an RBI double in the eighth inning that tied the game. The homer was Dickey's first of the year, after hitting seven last year for Wisconsin. Dickey has improved in nearly every offensive category this season, and is batting .297 with a .349 OBP.
2. Travis Mortimore, P, Wisconsin
Travis threw three scoreless innings last night, and didn't surrender a hit. Mortimore has a 0.81 ERA this season in 22 1/3 innings, and has allowed just 11 hits. Right-handed hitters are batting just .151 off of the lefty reliever. The 21st-round pick in 2007 hasn't allowed a hit in nine of his last 10 appearances.
Fresno 6, Tacoma 2
The Rainiers has 10 hits on Thursday night, but only one for extra bases as they lost to the Grizzlies in Tacoma. That lone extra base hit came from Matt Tuiasosopo, who hit his first home run of the year. Sean White was touched up for 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, but only gave up four runs. Shawn Garrett, Rob Johnson, and Tuiasosopo each had two hits. The game was delayed an hour and 38 minutes by rain.
Huntsville 3, West Tenn 1
The Jaxx offense was silenced after scoring 20 runs over the previous two days. Matt Mangini was the only West Tenn player with two hits, and they were held to just five total hits on the night. Luis Valbuena had the only RBI on a sac fly. Ryan Ketchner took the loss for the Jaxx, giving up two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Ketchner has allowed two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.
High Desert got a much-needed day off on Thursday after being swept in a four-game series by Modesto. The Mavs now have seven straight at home, including a four-game set with Lake Elsinore that kicks off tonight. Anderson Garcia is getting the start tonight.
Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 3 (10)
Gavin Dickey's home run leading off the bottom of the 10th inning won the game for the Rattlers (see above). Maximo Mendez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Calvin Beamon was 3-for-5 and scored the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Juan Ramirez started for the Rattlers and went six innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, striking out six. Jacob Wild earned the win by throwing a scoreless 10th inning.