Andrew Baldwin allowed one run in eight innings to earn his second consecutive win. Wladimir Balentien hit a solo home run, and Rob Johnson doubled twice for the Rainiers. For the second straight night, things got dicey late for Tacoma. Taking a 4-0 lead through seven innings, Baldwin allowed a home run to Brett Dowdy to lead off the eighth. In the ninth, the Beavers scored again and had the bases loaded with two outs but Jared Wells got Matt Antonelli to fly out to end the game.
Tennessee 12, West Tenn 5
The Smokies knocked out 21 hits and throttled the Diamond Jaxx 12-5 on Tuesday night in Jackson, Tenn. Doug Fister was touched up for 11 hits in his 4 1/3 innings of work, resulting in seven runs. Fister has lost five consecutive decisions and has a 7.04 ERA in his last six starts after being very effective early in the year. His ERA was 2.10 in April, but has ballooned to 9.72 in June. Nick Hill also struggled for the Jaxx in his AA debut, allowing four runs in 1 1/3 innings. On the plus side, Greg Halman hit his second home run with the Jaxx (his 21st of the season overall) and Mike Wilson hit his 16th long ball.
High Desert is off until Thursday. Aaron Cotter pitched in the California-Carolina All-Star Game last night, throwing one scoreless inning, striking out two. Carolina won the game, 3-1.
Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 2
Kernels starter Trevor Bell gave up two first-inning runs to the Rattlers, then shut the door in a complete game victory. Edilio Colina and Ronald Garth drove in runs with doubles in that first inning, but the Rattlers mustered only three hits the rest of the day. Edward Paredes didn't pitch poorly, giving up just two earned runs in five innings, but he dropped to 0-4 in June.
Everett 5, Boise 4
Kevin Reynolds singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the AquaSox beat the Hawks in Everett on Tuesday. The Frogs loaded the bases in the inning on a single by Luis Nunez and consecutive sacrifice bunts that the Hawks defense failed to turn into outs. After Travis Howell grounded into a 6-2-3 double play, Reynolds' ground ball found a hole and scored Nate Tenbrink with the winning run. Everett built a 4-1 lead through five innings but Boise scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings to tie the game. Three AquaSox errors led to two unearned runs. Doug Salinas rebounded from a disastrous first start and gave up just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.
Pulaski 4, Burlington 3
Kris Sanchez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to complete a three-run comeback as the Mariners won in Burlington, N.C. Before Sanchez' homer, Mario Martinez singled home Dwight Britton to cut Burlington's lead to 3-2. Stephen Penney and Jeff Dunbar each threw a scoreless inning in the eighth and ninth to squash any chance of a Royals rally.
Tacoma (W 4-2)
Rob Johnson: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI; Bryan LaHair: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB; Wladimir Balentien: 1-3, R, HR (7), RBI; Shawn Garrett: 2-4, R, 2B; Andrew Baldwin: W (4-4), 8 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; Jared Wells: SV (14), 0.1 IP, H, BB
West Tenn (L 5-12)
Greg Halman: 2-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI; Mike Wilson: 1-3, R, HR (16), 2 RBI; Adam Moore: 1-3, 2 R, BB; Doug Fister: L (5-7), 4.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 K; Brodie Downs: 3 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 K; Nick Hill: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB, K
Wisconsin (L 2-6)
Ronald Garth: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Edilio Colina: 1-4, R, 2B, RBI; Brendan O'Donnell: 1-2, BB; Edward Paredes: L (4-8), 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Johnny DuRocher: 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K
Everett (W 5-4)
Manelik Pimentel: 2-4, 2 R, HR (1), RBI; Kevin Reynolds: 2-4, 2 RBI; Travis Howell: 2-4, 2 2B; Nate Tenbrink: 1-4, 2 R, RBI; Doug Salinas: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; Philip Hann: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 K; Eddy Fernandez: W (2-0), IP, 2 K
Pulaski (W 4-3)