Pineda Dominates Again; Rainiers Slug Out Win

Thursday on the farm was highlighted by Tacoma's 9-4 pounding of Salt Lake and Michael Pineda's strong performance in Wisconsin's win at Cedar Rapids. Read on for the details and recaps of a couple of wild finishes in the Mariner organization.

THE LOWDOWN

Tacoma 9, Salt Lake 4

Victor Diaz, Tug Hulett, and Wladimir Balentien all homered as the Rainiers beat the Buzz at Cheney Stadium on Thursday night. Robert Rohrbaugh threw 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win. He has won his last three starts, striking out 19 batters in 19 2/3 innings.

Tennessee 11, West Tenn 5

The Smokies scored seven times in the first two innings and sailed to a win in Jackson on Thursday. Anderson Garcia only made it through one inning, giving up four runs. Craig James didn't fare much better, giving up six more runs (four earned) in his three innings. On the plus side, Shawn Kelley did throw yet another scoreless inning for the Jaxx. He's now thrown 21 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Johan Limonta went 2-for-4 as he tries to break out of a small slump. Mark Kiger had three RBI for the Jaxx.

Rancho Cucamonga 7, High Desert 6 (10)

The Quakes rallied from three runs down in the ninth inning to tie the game then scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Mavs. Aaron Cotter, fresh off his All-Star appearance, blew the save in the ninth by allowing a two-run homer to P.J. Phillips and an RBI double to Abel Nieves. In the 10th, Steven Uhlmansiek gave up the game-winning single to Anthony Norman with one out in the inning. The Mavs had taken a 6-3 lead in the seventh on a fielding error by Phillips that scored two runs and a Chris Minaker fielder's choice. James McOwen had four hits and Minaker added three.

Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 14 (game 1)

The Kernels outslugged the Timber Rattlers as they completed Wednesday's suspended game last night in Cedar Rapids. In a wild, back-and-forth affair, the Rattlers came back from a 6-1 deficit, blew a 10-6 lead, and nearly tied the game in the top of the ninth. Trailing 15-12, the Rattlers got three straight hits to start the ninth to pull within 15-14, but tying runner Joe Dunigan was stranded on third when Alex Meneses struck out and Edilio Colina grounded out to end the game. Denny Almonte was 4-for-5 with a homer and six RBI to lead Wisconsin.

Wisconsin 5, Cedar Rapids 2

The Timber Rattlers scored four runs in the eighth inning to take down the Kernels in the regularly-scheduled game on Thursday. Israel Nunez was 3-for-4 for Wisconsin, and Maximo Mendez added two more hits. Michael Pineda threw eight innings, allowing two runs and picking up his fifth win of the season.

Boise 10, Everett 1

The AquaSox were held to two hits in a 10-1 beatdown administered by the Hawks on Thursday. Kenta Suda was lit up for four runs n the first inning, and three Everett relievers didn't do much better. Nate Tenbrink's solo homer in the fourth inning accounted for the only AquaSox run.

Kingsport 8, Pulaski 3

The Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break open a close game and drop the P-Mariners 8-3 on Thursday night. The M's had plenty of opportunities, banging out 12 hits and drawing six walks, but could never break through with a big inning. Guy Welsh and Fred Bello each had three hits for Pulaski, which continues the series tonight in Kingsport. Jose Rios took the loss for the Mariners.

THE NUMBERS

Tacoma (W 9-4)

Wladimir Balentien: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR (8), 3 RBI; Charlton Jimerson: 2-4, R, RBI; Tug Hulett: 1-4, 2 R, HR (5), RBI; Victor Diaz III: 1-4, R, HR (10), 2 RBI; Robert Rohrbaugh: W (7-5), 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

West Tenn (L 5-11)

Johan Limonta: 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B; Mark Kiger: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Anderson Garcia: L (0-1), IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, K; Craig James: 3 IP, 3 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, K; Nelson Payano: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K

High Desert (L 6-7)

James McOwen: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Chris Minaker: 3-5, 2 R, RBI; Alfredo Venegas: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K; Travis Mortimore: IP, 2 BB, K; Aaron Cotter: IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K

Wisconsin (L 14-15)

Denny Almonte: 4-5, 2 R, 3B, HR (4), 6 RBI; Ronald Garth: 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B; Alex Liddi: 3-5, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI; Joe Dunigan: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Nathan Adcock: 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 2 K; Joe Kantakevch: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Jose Escalona: L (2-1), IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K

Wisconsin (W 5-2)

Israel Nunez: 3-4, 2B, RBI; Maximo Mendez: 2-4, R, 3B, RBI; Michael Pineda: W (5-3), 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; Robbie Dominguez: SV (1), IP, H, K

Everett (L 1-10)

Nate Tenbrink: 1-4, R, HR (2), RBI; Kenta Suda: L (0-2), IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB; Matthew Renfree: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, K; Christian Staehely: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Pulaski (L 3-8)

Guy Welsh: 3-4, 2B; Fred Bello: 3-4, R, RBI; Juan Fuentes: 2-4, RBI; Kenn Kasparek: 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; Jose Rios: L (1-1), 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER; Jordan Alvis: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K

WHERE THEY STAND

Tacoma: 41-38, 3rd in PCL Pacific North, 7 GB
West Tenn: 3-6, T-4th in SOU North 2nd half, 4 GB
High Desert: 4-3, T-1st in CAL South 2nd half
Wisconsin: 3-5, T-6th in MID Western 2nd half, 4 GB
Everett: 4-6, T 2nd in NWL West, 1 GB
Pulaski: 6-4, 2nd in APP East, 2 GB


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