Rattlers Win Wild One; Rainiers Blow Lead

Wisconsin wiggled out of multiple jams in extra innings and scored an odd winning run in Cedar Rapids on Monday. Read on for the details and the complete minor league roundup, including a blown lead in Tacoma.

Portland 8, Tacoma 5 The Rainiers let a 5-3 lead get away on Monday night and dropped an 8-5 decision to the Beavers at Cheney Stadium. Tracy Thorpe gave up three ninth-inning runs to take the loss, including a two-run homer to Chip Ambres. As the outfield shuffle continues, it was Wladimir Balentien who got the start in center field on Monday with Michael Saunders and Charlton Jimerson manning right and left fields, respectively. Prentice Redman was the DH and homered for the second consecutive game. Tug Hulett went deep to lead off the game, and Rob Johnson added a long ball in the second inning. Joe Woerman gave up four runs in six innings, but only one was earned as the Rainiers committed four errors. Saunders attempted to make up for it a bit by gunning down a runner at home in the fourth inning, which preserved a 3-3 tie at the time. The teams play again tonight in Tacoma.

West Tenn had the night off after a six-game marathon series in Huntsville. The Jaxx start yet another six-game series with Tennessee at home tonight. West Tenn has taken six of ten from the Smokies so far this season, but are just 2-4 since winning the first four meetings.

High Desert will resume play on Thursday. The California-Carolina All-Star Game is tonight in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and features the Mavs' Aaron Cotter.

Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 2 (15)

The Rattlers dodged bullet after bullet on Monday night and outlasted Cedar Rapids 4-2 on Monday night. Denny Almonte threw out the potential game-winning run at the plate in the 11th and 14th innings, and Robert Harmon struck out three consecutive Kernels in the 13th after a runner reached third base with nobody out. The Rattlers got the go-ahead run in the 15th when the fourth intentional ball to Ronald Garth was misplayed by Kernels catcher Anel De Los Santos, allowing Juan Diaz to score from third. Almonte's RBI single with two outs provided an insurance run. Four Wisconsin relievers combined to throw nine shutout innings after starter Jacob Wild left the game. Travis Mortimore lowered his ERA to 0.53 by throwing four scoreless innings.

Boise 7, Everett 4

Boise's Andrew Rundle hit a grand slam off of AquaSox starter Walter Suriel in the fifth inning that broke a 3-3 tie and led the Hawks to a win in Everett. The Frogs had fought back from an early 3-0 deficit with runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, but Rundle's bomb in the fifth was too much to overcome. Travis Howell scored three of the four runs for Everett, which dropped to 3-4 on the young season.

Burlington 6, Pulaski 1

The P-Mariners fell apart in the fourth inning, as the Royals put up a five-spot en route to a 6-1 win in Burlington, N.C. The game was delayed over 90 minutes by rain, and the Mariners could never get anything going. Their lone run was scored on Dwight Britton's home run in the seventh inning. Kyle Haas took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Tacoma (L 5-8)

Prentice Redman: 2-4, 2 R, 3B, HR (5), 2 RBI; Tug Hulett 1-4, R, HR (4), RBI, SB; Rob Johnson: 1-4, R, HR (4), 2 RBI; Joe Woerman: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; Jon Huber: 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K; Tracy Thorpe: L (1-2), 1.1 P, 3 H, 3 ER, K, HR

Wisconsin (W 4-2)

Juan Diaz: 3-7, R, SB; Alex Liddi: 3-6, RBI, BB; Denny Almonte: 2-6, RBI, BB, 3 outfield assists; Jacob Wild: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; Travis Mortimore: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K; Robert Harmon: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K; Jose Escalona: W (2-0), 1.2 IP, H, 3 K; Justin Souza: SV (4), 0.1 IP, K

Everett (L 4-7)

Travis Howell: 2-3, 3 R, BB; Tyson Gillies: 2-5, R, 3B; George Soto: 1-2, 2 BB; Walter Suriel: L (1-1), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K; Aaron Brown: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K; Christian Staehely: 2 IP, 5 BB, K

Pulaski (L 1-6)

Dwight Britton: 1-4, R, HR (1), RBI; Tommy Johnson: 1-3, 2B; Kyle Haas: L (0-1), 3.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; Andres Esquibel: 3.2 IP, 2 H, BB, K; Philip Roy: IP, 2 H, 2 K

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