The Bees got four early runs off of Joseph Woerman and cruised to a 9-5 win, the Rainiers' fourth straight loss. Woerman had been pitching much better as of late, with an ERA of 2.16 over his previous four starts. But on this day, he was charged with eight earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Justin Souza made his AAA debut and gave the rest of the bullpen a much-needed break, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings. Souza was fairly impressive, allowing just two hits and one earned run despite having only pitched at the A level for Wisconsin this year. Tug Hulett was 2-for-3 on the night with a two-run homer, two runs scored, and two walks. He's hitting .417 (15-for-36) in July, and has seven homers since June 1st. Hulett is making a strong case for a second-half call up (and, in fact, as I write this I see that he has been called up). Rob Johnson made it back-to-back homers for the Rainiers in the third inning, following Hulett's two-run shot with a solo jack. It was the second night in a row that Tacoma went back-to-back.
Tennessee 9, West Tenn 3
The Diamond Jaxx lost for the sixth consecutive time on Wednesday, falling behind 6-0 after three innings and never having a chance. Johan Limonta and Adam Moore hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, the only real highlight for West Tenn. Greg Halman went 0-for-4 and is hitting a bit of a wall for the Jaxx. He's only 2-for-22 in his last five games. Doug Fister took the loss, his eighth in a row after starting the season 5-2. Fister has given up 15 runs in eight innings in July after posting an 8.22 ERA in five June starts. Jason Mackintosh threw three innings out of the pen, and he's quietly put together a nice season. He has a low strikeout rate (4.5/9 IP), but carries a WHIP of 0.98, largely due to walking only eight batters in 40 innings. Mackintosh just turned 28 and is down this year after spending 2007 with Tacoma.
High Desert's home game with Rancho Cucamonga was postponed last night, which might seem odd since they play in, you know, the desert. But it wasn't weather that derailed the game. Instead, a leak in a sprinkler pipe under center field caused part of the outfield to flood. The ground crew did its best to get the flood under control, but the umpires decided that the issue could not be resolved and that the conditions would be unsafe. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday. The Quakes and Mavs will play their regularly-scheduled game tonight.
Dayton 9, Wisconsin 1
The Dragons handed the Timber Rattlers their 11th consecutive loss on Wednesday night. The Rattlers had only four hits and scored their only run on a groundout by Alex Liddi in the seventh inning. Jacob Wild gave up five runs on five hits in five innings to take the loss. Not much else to say about this one.
Tri-City 6, Everett 1
The AquaSox offense was quiet in a loss in Pasco on Wednesday. Dennis Raben came back to earth a little bit, going 1-for-4, but he did score the only run for the Frogs. Walter Suriel was touched up for five runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Pulaski 5, Johnson City 2 (game 1)
The P-Mariners took game one of a doubleheader with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kris Sanchez' bases-clearing double with the sacks loaded in the inning gave the M's the lead. Guy Welsh was 3-for-3 and Juan Fuentes was 2-for-3. Fabian Williamson gave up two earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, and Jeff Dunbar shut the door with 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the save.
Pulaski 8, Johnson City 5 (game 2)
The Mariners fell behind 5-2 but scored six runs in the fourth inning to earn the sweep over the Cardinals. Jose Rivero's two-out, three-run homer broke a 5-5 tie and capped the big inning. Rivero also had an RBI single in the first inning. Kyle Haas was roughed up early, giving up five runs (three earned) in three innings. But Jose Rios threw three innings of two-hit ball and Philip Roy pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save. Roy has not allowed an earned run in 12 1/3 innings this season, and has given up only five hits.
AZL Mariners 6, AZL Royals 4 (10)
In a sloppy affair, the Mariners got two in the eighth to tie and two more in the 10th to pick up the win. Royals catcher Jose Bonilla had an adventurous day, as the Mariners scored three runs off his mistakes. Bonilla had two passed balls with runners on third in the fifth inning, allowing both to score. Then , after a wild pitch scored the Mariners' third run in the eighth, Bonilla committed a throwing error that brought the tying-run home. Ryan Feierabend threw four innings in his second rehab start, allowing three hits and two unearned runs. Jharmidy De Jesus, Alfredo Mateo, Randy Molina, and Jarrett Burgess each had two hits for the M's.