Faced with a depleted bullpen behind him, Andrew Baldwin threw a complete game for the Rainiers yesterday, surrendering eight runs on 14 hits. Oddly, all that only took 93 pitches. The Bees led 7-0 through five innings. Victor Diaz hit a two-run homer for the Rainiers in the eighth inning, and drove in another run with a double. Prentice Redman and Shawn Garrett also had two hits each for the Rainiers, who have lost five games in a row and start a four-game series tonight in Las Vegas.
Tennessee 11, West Tenn 6
The Diamond Jaxx jumped out to an early 4-0 lead but ended up being steamrolled yet again by the Smokies, this time 11-6. Tennessee scored five runs in the fifth inning, and five more in the sixth. Travis Chick was charged with seven runs in five innings, but only two were earned. Errors by Jeffrey Dominguez and Johan Limonta led to five unearned runs in the fifth. Shawn Kelley had another nice outing for the Jaxx, throwing 1 2/3 innings and striking out four. The Jaxx got 11 hits on the night. Jeffrey Dominguez doubled twice and drove in three runs. Jon Nelson and Marshall Hubbard were each 2-for-3, and Johan Limonta was 2-for-5 with two RBI. The Jaxx have now lost seven games in a row.
High Desert 11, Rancho Cucamonga 2
Finally, there's some good news to report. The Mavs knocked out a season-high 19 hits in their win over the Quakes last night. With the wind blowing out to left field at 25 miles per hour, balls were flying out of the yard. The Mavs hit five home runs on the night, including two by James McOwen, who is suddenly hot after putting up pedestrian numbers all year. In the last three games, McOwen is 7-for-11 with three homers and eight RBI. James was one of five Mavericks with three hits on the night. Carlos Triunfel and Ronnie Prettyman are members of that club, and they slugged back-to-back homers in the first inning. Just when this was starting to look like a lost season for Triunfel, he's gone deep in two consecutive games and is hitting .366 in his last 10 games. Chris Minaker had the other long ball for the Mavs, also in the first inning. James Davenport, a recent addition to the Mavs, was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Travis Mortimore bounced back from two awful starts to pick up his first win with the Mavs. On a day with the wind blowing hard, his line was impressive: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. His only mistake was a two-run homer he allowed in the fourth inning.
Dayton 5, Wisconsin 2
Dayton‘s Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam in the third inning off of Edward Paredes to help lift the Dragons to a 5-2 win. The loss runs Wisconsin's futility streak to 12 games. Denny Almonte had two doubles and a run scored for the Rattlers, who just can't get anything going with the bats. Ronald Garth had two hits, but the rest of the team combined for just two more. Paredes has now lost six straight decisions, and has allowed 18 runs in 18 1/3 innings in his last five appearances. Keith Meyer came on in relief and put together one of his best outings --- 2 1/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts.
Tri-City 8, Everett 3
The Dust Devils blew out the AquaSox for the second consecutive night on Thursday. Aaron Brown couldn't duplicate the success of his previous start, when he threw four scoreless innings against Yakima. Last night, Brown gave up six runs on five hits in three-plus innings. Six walks contributed to his downfall. Anthony Phillips homered for the Frogs. It was the first professional home run for the 18-year-old South African. Dennis Raben was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. His batting average fell to a pedestrian .667 after the performance.
Pulaski 7, Johnson City 3
While offense has been hard to come by elsewhere in the Mariner system, the P-Mariners have been killing the ball as of late. Catcher Juan Fuentes went 5-for-5 in Pulaski's win in Johnson City last night. Fuentes is batting .436 (24-for-55) in 15 games with the M's. Guy Welsh also pushed his batting average over .400 with a 3-for-4 performance. The P-Mariners are batting .286 as a team with a team OPS of .793. Both numbers are good for second in the Appy League. Nick Czyz picked up the win with a strong line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Being a college pitcher, Czyz should excel at this level due to his maturity, but it's nice to see him progressing. Nick has shown impressive command so far, with only five walks in 21+ innings.
AZL Mariners 6, AZL Giants 5
Terry Serrano hit a grand slam in the second inning and the M's held on for a 6-5 win over the Giants. Ariel Alcantara picked up his first win, throwing five innings and allowing three earned runs. Richard Ortiz threw a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.