Hulett And Clement Lead Rainiers Past Grizz

Justin Thomas delivers one of the organization's best pitching performances of the season, and the Rainiers and Mavericks have nice offensive days in the minor league roundup.

Three Up

1. Justin Thomas, P, West Tenn

Thomas threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout on Sunday as West Tenn beat Hunstville 2-0. He struck out 10 batters and walked none. Thomas has been the least consistent of the Diamond Jaxx starters this year, but has shown flashes of brilliance. He now has 68 strikeouts in 70 innings and an ERA of 4.50.

2. Tug Hulett, 2B, Tacoma

Hulett got off a dreadful start this season, but has been blazing hot over the last three weeks for the Rainiers. He was 3-for-4 with four RBI in Sunday's 10-7 win over Fresno, Tacoma's third straight win. Batting in the leadoff spot, Hulett is hitting .407 in June.

3. Jeff Clement, C, Tacoma

Clement continued his dominance of the PCL with yet another home run on Sunday, his second in two days. Clement also doubled and drove in three runs in the Rainiers' 10-7 win over Fresno. He's now hitting .370 with 13 home runs. He has reached base in nearly half of his plate appearances (.492 OBP). Translated out to a 162-game season, Clement is on pace to hit 50+ homers and 60+ doubles, while drawing more than 120 walks.

The Lowdown

Tacoma 10, Fresno 7

The Rainiers won their third consecutive game over the Grizzlies at Cheney Stadium. In addition to Clement and Hulett's big games, Tacoma also got nice efforts from Matt Tuiasosopo, who went 2-for-3 with two walks, and Rob Johnson, who double twice and scored three runs. Joe Woerman struck out six batters in 4 2/3 innings, but gave up nine hits and three earned runs. Cesar Jimenez struck out five in two scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief.

West Tenn 2, Hunstville 0

Mike Wilson's solo home run in the top of the sixth inning put the Diamond Jaxx ahead for good as they blanked Huntsville 2-0. Michael Saunders drove in the other run with a single in the seventh. Johan Limonta had two doubles for the Jaxx, and Luis Valbuena had a double and a run scored.

Lake Elsinore 13, High Desert 9 (10)

The Mavericks allowed six runs in the top of the 10th inning and lost 13-9 to Lake Elsinore on Sunday. Greg Halman and Carlos Peguero each hit home runs for the Mavs, and both drove in three runs. Leury Bonilla was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Nick Hill started and allowed five runs on six hits in four innings. Michael Wagner took the loss, allowing all six runs in the extra frame.

Wisconsin has been mired in bad weather all weekend. The Rattlers played three innings on Saturday night against Quad Cities, but the game was suspended after a storm rolled through the area. The plan to resume the suspended game on Sunday and play the regularly-scheduled game was foiled by even more rain. Both games have been canceled. The Rattlers have had eight home games rained or snowed out this year. Phillippe Aumont takes the mound at Burlington tonight.


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