The Sky Sox got to Rich Dorman in the fifth inning with five runs. Dorman struck out eight in his five innings, but gave up nine hits. The Rainiers only had six hits --- three of which came from Charlton Jimerson, who scored on Victor Diaz' home run in the fourth inning. Wladimir Balentien walked and scored in the ninth.
West Tenn 7, Chattanooga 6
Greg Halman hit a two-run homer to break a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning as the Jaxx beat the Lookouts on Thursday night. Johan Limonta and Jon Nelson each homered for the second consecutive game. Halman seems to be adjusting well so far to AA ball. The worry was that his power from the desert wouldn't translate to a tougher park at a tougher level, but he's passing the test so far (not that 53 at-bats is much of a sample). I'd like to see him walk more, but that should come with time. Justin Thomas threw five innings and allowed five runs. Thomas continues to have his high strikeout rate somewhat canceled out by allowing a hit per inning and about four walks per nine. And his home run total of 10 is a bit high for a guy with a 63% GB ratio. He's been better than last year, but is still a below-average pitcher for the league. Shawn Kelley went 2 2/3 last night for the save. For those of you scoring at home, that's now 26 consecutive innings without an earned run --- 14 coming after his promotion from High Desert.
High Desert 5, Lancaster 4
Ronnie Prettyman scored the winning run on a throwing error to cap a four-run ninth-inning comeback before a capacity crowd on fireworks night in Adelanto. The JetHawks had just scored two presumed insurance runs in the top half of the inning to make it 4-1, but Lancaster closer Richard Lentz didn't record an out in the ninth. Carlos Triunfel led off with a walk, and advanced to third on Carlos Peguero's single. Chris Minaker doubled to score two runs, then Ronnie Prettyman followed with a double of his own to tie the game. Travis Scott that put down a sacrifice bunt near the plate, but Lancaster catcher Jon Still's throw to first was wild and Prettyman came around to score the game-winner. Donnie Hume gave up a two-run homer in the second inning, but those were the only blemishes in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Bryan Harris did a nice job in relief, giving up just one hit in 2 1/3 innings.
Peoria 5, Wisconsin 4
The Timber Rattlers lost for the seventh straight time on Thursday night. Jacob Wild took the loss, and he's now given up 20 hits in his last two starts. Joe Dunigan had perhaps his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a home run. Denny Almonte also went deep for the Rattlers, his fifth of the year. Wisconsin tries to avoid a sweep tonight.
Yakima 5, Everett 4
Yakima's Colin Cowgill hit his incredible 11th home run in 16 games off of Doug Salinas in the eighth inning to complete a Yakima rally and give the Bears a 5-4 win over the AquaSox. Walter Suriel started for Everett, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks in seven innings, striking out seven. Kevin Reynolds had a triple and two RBI for the Frogs, who had seven hits overall.
Bristol 11, Pulaski 9
Jose Rivero and Kalian Sams each hit homers for the P-Mariners, but they fell short at home against Bristol. The M's fell behind early when the White Sox got six runs off of Pulaski starter Kyle Haas in the second inning. But the M's rallied from 6-1 down to take an 8-6 lead in the fifth. But Jose Rios, who had thrown three hitless innings, gave up three consecutive hits to start the sixth inning, all of which would score and put Bristol ahead for good. Anthony Phillips was 2-for-5 with three runs scored out of the leadoff spot for the Mariners.
AZL Mariners 2, AZL Rangers 1 (10)