Saunders And Halman Make Their Mark

Greg Halman's first hit in AA was a game-winning homer, and Michael Saunders also went deep for the first time at his new level. Will Adam Moore be the next farmhand to earn a promotion? Read on for all the details from last night's action.

THE LOWDOWN

Tacoma 8, Las Vegas 1

In his second AAA game, Michael Saunders had three hits and homered to lead the Rainiers to an 8-1 win in the desert. Tacoma had 17 hits on the night, and six different Rainiers had at least two hits. Andrew Baldwin scattered seven hits over six innings, allowing just one run to pick up the win. The 51s left 12 men on base. Saunders, batting seventh, took former major leaguer Tanyon Sturtze out of the yard in the top of the ninth inning.

West Tenn 4, Huntsville 3 (11)

Just as Saunders hit his first homer at the AAA level, Greg Halman cracked his first at the AA level since replacing Saunders in the West Tenn outfield. In Halman's case, it was a game-winning solo shot in the top of the 11th inning --- his first hit in nine at bats with the Jaxx. Adam Moore continued to make his case for a promotion, going 4-for-5 with a home run of his own. Moore is hitting .311 with an .856 OPS this season. Craig James made his first start of the year for the Jaxx after 22 relief appearances. He went 5 innings, giving up six hits and two runs. Mumba Rivera earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Stockton 19, High Desert 7

The Mavs returned home after a 6-0 road trip, and wish they could've stayed away from Adelanto a little longer. Archie Gilbert hit for the cycle for Stockton in a 19-7 clubbing of High Desert. The Ports cranked out 23 hits and scored in seven of nine innings. The game was actually tied, 6-6, through three innings, but the Ports scored four more times in the fourth inning and pulled away. Erick Monzon had a bases-clearing triple with the sacks loaded in the second inning as the Mavs attempted to outslug the Ports. But the High Desert pitching couldn't get the job done. Keith Renaud dropped to 3-9 with the loss, giving up nine earned runs (10 overall) in four innings of work. Julio Santiago and Austin Bibens-Dirkx didn't fare much better in their attempts to put out the fire.

Burlington 9, Wisconsin 3

From the Timber Rattlers' Chris Mehring:

The Burlington Bees beat the Timber Rattlers 9-3 in the second half opener for both teams. Burlington scored four times in the first inning and one time in the second for a 5-0 lead. Mike Moustakas and Clint Robinson each had two RBI and Alex Caldera, who is 5-5 overall this season, is now 2-0 in three starts against the Rattlers. The Bees have beaten the Rattlers five straight times this season. In the first inning of those five wins, Burlington has outscored the Rattlers 18-0 in the first inning. Rattler starter Edward Paredes was knocked out of the game without retiring any of the three batters he faced in the second inning. Paredes was charged with five runs on four hits and four walks in one inning. He has lost four straight decisions.

Everett 7, Spokane 6

The AquaSox got off to leads of 4-0 and 7-3 but had to hold on for a second straight win over the Indians. George Soto led the way with two hits and two RBI, while James Davenport was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Davenport stole home in the eighth inning on a double steal with Nate Tenbrink. In the bottom half of the eighth, the Sox stymied a similar attempt by the Indians that preserved the one-run edge. Eddy Fernandez rebounded from a horrible season debut on Tuesday to pick up the win in relief, throwing three scoreless innings.

Pulaski 2, Princeton 1

The P-Mariners earned a sweep in their season-opening series at Princeton with a win last night. Jose Jimenez pitched five shutout innings to earn the win, striking out eight. Pulaski took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a single by Juan Fuentes, and extended the lead the next inning with Kalian Sams' ground ball was booted by the Princeton first baseman, allowing Jose Rivero to score from second base. Pulaski's home opener is tonight against Elizabethton.

THE NUMBERS

Tacoma (W 8-1)

Michael Saunders: 3-5, 3 R, HR (1), 2 RBI; Victor Diaz III: 2-5, R, 2B, 3 RBI; Oswaldo Navarro: 4-5, 2B; Tug Hulett: 2-5, R, BB, SB, .320 BA since May 1; Andrew Baldwin: W (3-4), 6 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 3 K; Jon Huber: 2 IP, 2 H, K

West Tenn (W 4-3)

Adam Moore: 4-5, R, HR (5), RBI; Greg Halman: 1-4, R, GW HR (1), RBI; Mike Wilson: 2-4, RBI, BB; Jeffrey Dominguez: 2-5, SB; Craig James: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K; Shawn Kelley: 1.1 IP, H, 3 K, 19-inning scoreless streak; Mumba Rivera: W (5-1), 2 IP, H, 4 K; Marwin Vega: SV (2), IP, K

High Desert (L 7-19)

Carlos Peguero: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, .429 (18-42) last 10 games; Chris Minaker: 2-3, R, 2B; Erick Monzon: 1-3, R, 3B, 3 RBI; Keith Renaud: L (3-9), 4 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 HR, HBP; Julio Santiago: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB; Austin Biben-Dirkx: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, HR; Michael Wagner: IP, 4 H, ER, BB

Wisconsin (L 3-9)

Maximo Mendez: 2-4, R, 2B, RBI; Juan Diaz: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Alex Liddi: 2-3, R, .351 (13-37) last 10 games; Edward Paredes: L (4-7), IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB; Natividad Dilone: 3 IP, BB, 3 K; Jacob Wild: IP, 2 H, 3 K

Everett (W 7-6)

James Davenport: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, SB (home); Kevin Reynolds: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 SB; George Soto: 2-4, 2 RBI; Wellington Dotel: 2-4, R, 2B, RBI; Luis Nunez: 2-4, R, 2B; Brett Lorin: 2 IP, 2 K; Eddy Fernandez: W (1-0), 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K; Javier Martinez: SV (1), 1.1 IP, 2 H, K

Pulaski (W 2-1)

Juan Fuentes: 1-4, RBI; Jose Rivero: 1-4, R, SB; Mario Martinez: 1-4, R, SB; Jose Jimenez: W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K; Andres Esquibel: SV (1), IP, BB; Blake Nation: 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

VSL Mariners (L 0-6)

Roberto Velasquez: 2-3, BB; Jorge Agudelo: 2-4; Larry Gonzalez: 2-4; Reynaldo Sabala: L (1-4), 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB

DSL Mariners (W 6-1)

Rudy van Heydoorn: 1-3, R, HR (2), 3 RBI; Hassiel Jimenez: 2-4, 2 R, 2B; Mario Flores: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB; Anthony Fernandez: W (1-1), 6 IP, H, 6 K; Bruno Mercedes: 2 IP, K


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