Almonte Coming Into His Own; Martinez Mashing

Denny Almonte was having a huge night through six innings, but the rain cut things short for the Rattlers in Iowa. Elsewhere, Mario Martinez is tearing up the Appalachian League. Read on for all of Wednesday's action in the minors.

Tacoma and High Desert did not play on Wednesday night. The Rainiers start a four-game series with division-leading Salt Lake in Tacoma tonight. High Desert finally resumes play in Rancho Cucamonga tonight after four days off for the All-Star break.

Tennessee 6, West Tenn 3

The Smokies scored four runs in the first inning off of Jaxx starter Travis Chick and cruised to a 6-3 win in Jackson on Wednesday. Mike Wilson went deep twice for West Tenn, giving him 18 homers on the year and four in the last four games. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jaxx lineup only collected four hits. Chick allowed all six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Wisconsin's game with Cedar Rapids was suspended due to rain in the top of the sixth inning with the Rattlers leading 12-11. Because Wisconsin scored twice to take the lead in the inning, the game can not be considered official because Cedar Rapids did not get their opportunity to hit in the sixth. The game will be resumed tonight if the weather allows for it. Denny Almonte is 4-for-4 in the game with a homer and six RBI. Almonte was very highly thought of as a prospect last season when he was drafted by the Mariners out of Florida Christian School, and slowly but surely seems to be growing into his potential. He should be an exciting prospect to watch going forward.

Boise 4, Everett 3

The Hawks scored three times in the eighth inning to take the fourth game in a five-game set. The last run was an unearned run due to Nate Tenbrink's throwing error. Kevin Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI out of the leadoff spot for the AquaSox. Travis Howell also had two hits, but the five through nine hitters for Everett went 0-for-16 with six strikeouts. Bobby LaFromboise threw five scoreless innings and left with the lead, but Stephen Hensley and Eddy Fernandez couldn't hold the lead.

Pulaski 3, Burlington 1

Kalian Sams hit a two-run home run and Brooks Mohr threw five scoreless innings to lead the P-Mariners past Burlington on Wednesday. Sams' blast was much-needed, as he had started the year in a 2-for-26 slump, striking out 16 times in the process. One of a handful of Dutch players in the Mariner system, Sams hit 11 home runs last year with Everett and Wisconsin. Mario Martinez was 1-for-4 to extend his season-opening hitting streak to nine games. He's hitting .432 (16-for-37) on the young season. Mohr got the win, allowing just two hits over his five innings, walking three and striking out two. Nick Czyz and Brandon Pullen closed out the game. Pullen picked up his second save with two scoreless innings.

AZL Mariners 7, AZL Brewers 5

Ariel Alcantara struck out nine batters in five innings in his season debut as the Mariners rallied twice to down the Brewers on Wednesday. Robert Rodriguez doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the M's. Gabriel Noriega was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He has started 9-for-18 in his first four games. Alcantara gave up two runs on four hits through five. Bradley Reid picked up the win despite blowing the lead when he entered the game. He gave up two runs in the seventh to put the M's down 5-4, but then retired the side in order in the eighth after they had regained the lead. Kyle Brown pitched the ninth to pick up the save.

VSL Cardinals 10, VSL Mariners 5 (10)

The Cardinals scored six runs in the 10th inning to beat the Mariners on Wednesday. In a statistical oddity, Manuel Campos was charged with five earned runs in the inning without allowing a hit. He walked two batters, hit two more, and saw a fifth batter reach on an unsuccessful fielder's choice on a sacrifice attempt. Oberth Guanire then came on with the bases loaded and allowed all three inherited runners to score. Roberto Velasquez was the only Mariner with two hits. Jorge Agudelo had two RBI.

DSL Phillies 6, DSL Mariners 3

Mariner hitters struck out 16 times in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. The M's only came up with six hits in the game, all of them singles. Angel Zapata had two of them and drove in a run. Julio Antigua was the most effective of three Mariner pitchers, throwing four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.


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