Things aren't going very well for Sean White right now. He lost for the seventh consecutive time on Wednesday, a 9-2 pasting by the Sky Sox. White gave up three home runs in the first four innings, by which time he was down 9-1. The Rainiers left him in the game, though, and he actually made it through three more innings before being removed. His line for the night: 7 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 HR. Chris Jakubauskas and Mumba Rivera each threw a scoreless inning. Offensively, there wasn't much to crow about. Michael Saunders was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Prentice Redman and Wladimir Balentien had two hits and a double each.
Chattanooga 11, West Tenn 5
Just like Sean White, Ryan Ketchner was lit up early on Wednesday night, giving up a six-spot to the Lookouts in the third inning. Ketchner, a Southern League All-Star, has seen things go horribly wrong his last three starts. Over 15 1/3 innings in those three starts, he's allowed 30 hits and 18 earned runs. This after allowing only seven earned runs in his previous seven starts. One consistent thing with Ketchner is that he gives up a lot of hits (113 in 90.2 IP). His hit rate is the highest among the team's starters and his strikeout rate is the lowest (this isn't surprising, as "contact" pitchers tend to give up a lot of hits), but it's hard to maintain excellent run averages with those numbers. Johan Limonta celebrated a return to first base with a home run. Jon Nelson also went deep for the Jaxx. Brent Johnson had two hits.
High Desert 7, Lancaster 6
The Mavs blew a 6-1 lead but got a run in the bottom of the eighth to hold off the JetHawks 7-6. James McOwen led off the eighth with a double and was moved over on Ogui Diaz' ground out. Leury Bonilla then dropped a fly ball into left field for a base hit that drove in the winning run. Bonilla had three hits for the Mavs, who knocked out 16 hits overall. Ronnie Prettyman hit his first home run in the desert in the fourth inning, and was 3-for-4 on the night. Carlos Peguero doubled and tripled, and Carlos Triunfel had his third straight multi-hit game. Triunfel needs to start making something out of this season. He's had inconsistent playing time due to injury and suspension, but hasn't performed well when he's played.
Peoria 8, Wisconsin 4
The Timber Rattlers lost their sixth straight game on Wednesday afternoon. Alex Meneses got a shot in the leadoff spot and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Denny Almonte had a two-run triple in the ninth when the game was already out of reach. Juan Ramirez had an uneven night on the mound. He labored through four innings, giving up six hits and six runs. Five of the runs scored via the long ball.
Vancouver 7, Everett 4
Kevin Reynolds had four hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning for the AquaSox, but the Canadians answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning en route to a 7-4 win. Wellington Dotel and George Soto committed consecutive errors that allowed two unearned runs to score, putting the game further out of reach for the Frogs. Phil Hann was hung with the loss. Brett Lorin started, going five decent innings, allowing two runs on six hits.
Pulaski 8, Bristol 7
Kalian Sams broke a 7-7 tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning to give the P-Mariners a win. Tommy Johnson was 3-for-4 wth a double and two RBI. Jose Rivero had two hits and three runs scored. Fabian Williamson started and put up this frustrating line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Blake Nation struck out two in a scoreless ninth to get the save.
AZL Cubs 7, AZL Mariners 6
Jharmidy De Jesus: 3-4, 2B; Fray Martinez: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
VSL Mariners 5, VSL Mets 0
DSL Cardinals 11, DSL Mariners 3