Pulaski Starts Strong; AquaSox Lose Opener

The Mariners welcomed a new franchise to the organization on Tuesday night, and the Everett AquaSox took a beating in their season opener. Meanwhile, Carlos Peguero and the HD Mavericks won yet another road game. Read on for the complete minor league roundup.

Minor League roundup for games of June 17, 2008


Las Vegas 5, Tacoma 2

The 51s got three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and beat the Rainiers on Tuesday night. Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the top of the inning to tie the game. Jared Wells came on in the bottom of the inning and allowed four hits and a sacrifice fly, which amounted to three runs. Charlton Jimerson had a solo home run in the third inning to account for the other Tacoma run on a 100-degree night in Vegas. Rich Dorman pitched well in his debut with the Rainiers after being promoted from AA West Tenn, throwing five innings and giving up two runs on a homer by the rehabbing Nomar Garciaparra.

West Tenn 5, Huntsville 1

The Diamond Jaxx won the Southern League's Northern Division first-half championship by beating the Stars on Tuesday night. See this article for the details.

High Desert 9, Lancaster 8

Carlos Peguero ignited the Mavs on Tuesday, helping them to a fifth-straight road victory. The Mavs scored four runs in the top of the first, but the JetHawks rallied for six runs in the bottom of the inning off of Kyle Parker. However, a crew of five relievers settled the game down for the Mavs and the offense provided enough punch to get the win. Peguero had four hits, three of them doubles, and drove in three runs. Jose Yepez and Travis Scott homered for High Desert.

Wisconsin is off until Thursday. In the Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday, the West beat the East 5-4. Three Timber Rattlers played for the West team. Edilio Colina started at second base and was 1-for-5 with an RBI. Juan Diaz was 0-for-2, and Travis Mortimore pitched one scoreless inning.

Spokane 15, Everett 3

It was a rough opening night for the AquaSox in Spokane. Everett was hanging tough heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, closing a 4-1 gap to 4-3. But Spokane scored six in the fourth and three more in the fifth to break it wide open. The Sox had just five hits on the night --- two by Wellington Dotel. Doug Salinas labored through three innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and three walks. Eddy Fernandez gave up another six runs in his inning of work. Fernandez and Matthew Renfree each allowed all three of their inherited baserunners to score. In a statistical oddity that perhaps emphasized the circus atmosphere of opening night, Spokane starting pitcher Neil Ramirez was called for four balks in three innings of work. Reliever Wilfredo Boscan picked up another balk for the Indians. Unfortunately for the AquaSox, they could muster only five hits. The teams continue a five-game series tonight.

Pulaski 6, Princeton 5 (13)

Pulaski came out on top in a 4 hour, 37 minute marathon to kick off their new affiliation with the Mariners. In a game that featured 39 strikeouts (19 by Pulaski pitchers, 20 by Princeton), the Mariners were able to string consecutive hits together in the 13th to push across the winning run. Jose Rivero tripled to lead off the inning and was singled home by Juan Fuentes. The game went to extra innings when Princeton scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning without a hit. Pulaski pitcher Philip Roy walked D. J. Jones, then threw a wild pitch. Catcher Juan Fuentes then threw wild down to second base, allowing Jones to advance the third. Then second-baseman Blake Trinkler booted a ground ball, allowing Jones to score the tying run. The Mariners scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead, then scored the tying run on a bases loaded walk by Anthony Phillips in the eighth. Nick Czyz got the win in his professional debut.


Tacoma (L 2-5)

Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4, R, HR (4), RBI; Charlton Jimerson: 2-3, R, HR (10), RBI; Bryan LaHair: 1-3, 2B, BB; Rich Dorman: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 K, HR; Cesar Jimenez: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K; Jared Wells: L (1-2), IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, K

West Tenn (W 5-1)

Johan Limonta: 2-4, R; Mike Wilson: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Jose Valbuena: 1-4, 2 RBI; Michael Saunders: 1-4, R, 2B; Ryan Ketchner: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K; Shawn Kelley: SV (1), 1.2 IP, BB, 2 K

High Desert (W 9-8)

Carlos Peguero: 4-5, R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, SB; Daniel Carroll; 2-5, 2 R, SB; Kuo Hui Lo, 2-5, 2 R, 3B, RBI; Travis Scott: 1-4, R, HR (6), RBI; Jose Yepez: 1-3, R, HR (3), 2 RBI; Kyle Parker: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, K; Nick Hill: 2.1 IP, H, 2K; Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 1.1 IP, BB, 2 K; Michael Wagner: W (3-2), 1.1 IP, H; Aaron Cotter: SV (6), IP: Everett (L 3-15)

Wellington Dotel: 2-3, R; Tyson Gillies: 1-3; Doug Salinas: L (0-1): 3 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Eddy Fernandez: IP, 6 H, 6 ER, BB, HR; Michael Renfree: 2 IP, H, 2 K; Marquis Pettis: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 2 K

Pulaski (W 6-5)

Jose Rivero: 3-6, 2 R, 2B, 3B; Juan Fuentes: 2-5, R, RBI; Fabian Williamson: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; Jeff Dunbar: 2.2 IP, 0 H, BB, 3 K; Nick Czyz: W (1-0), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

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