Balentien Homers For Fourth Straight Day

Wladimir Balentien hit his fourth home run in four games as the Rainiers battered Tucson for a second straight day. But his isn't the hottest bat in the organization, as a rookie-level catcher is flirting with .500.

Tacoma 10, Tucson 6


Wladimir Balentien homered for the fourth consecutive game as the Rainiers hit double digits against the Sidewinders on Sunday. Balentien is 8-for-12 with eight runs scored in his last three games, and has 15 homers in 46 AAA games this year. Victor Diaz, Rob Johnson, and Prentice Redman also went deep for Tacoma. Scott Shoemaker started and gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jason Kershner let two inherited runners score, but picked up the win when the Rainiers scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Jacksonville 6, West Tenn 2


The Suns bounced back to take the fifth and final game of the series in Jackson. The Jaxx won the series, 3-2. Adam Moore was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI to lead West Tenn. Brent Johnson and Mike Wilson each had two hits. Ryan Ketchner was touched up for five early runs to take the loss. Craig James pitched well in relief, giving up no runs and two hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Lancaster 13, High Desert 1


The Mavs lost their fifth in a row on Sunday as the JetHawks wrapped up a sweep in Adelanto. Lancaster hit five home runs, four off Maverick starter Anthony Varvaro, who dropped to 2-6. Gavin Dickey was the lone bright spot for the Mavs, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Carlos Triunfel also had two hits.

Wisconsin 8, Beloit 4


Edilio Colina and Joe Dunigan led the charge with three hits each as the Rattlers notched a rare road win on Sunday. The Rattlers have won just six of 29 games overall in the second half of the season. Colina and Alex Liddi each scored three times as Wisconsin built a 7-1 lead through five innings. Jacob Wild allowed just two hits and an unearned run in six innings of work to earn his first victory as a starter this season. Jose Escalona picked up his first save in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Boise 9, Everett 6


Fresh off a three-game sweep in Salem-Keizer, the AquaSox moved on to Boise and dropped the first game of a series with the Hawks. Luis Nunez went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Frogs, and is 13-for-23 in his last five games. Kevin Reynolds and Bennett Billingsley had two hits each. The four-through-nine hitters for Everett went 0-for-19 in the game. Walter Suriel pitched a respectable five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Pulaski 5, Danville 2


The P-Mariners scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a close game and went on to defeat Danville 5-2 in the first game of a three-game series between the teams. The Mariners now stand at 22-10, 4 ½ games ahead of the Braves. Juan Fuentes continues to destroy the Appy League, as he went 3-for-5 last night to raise his average to a staggering .460. He leads the league in hitting by 72 points. Kalian Sams went hitless in last night's game, but he leads the league in homers with 10. Kyle Haas got the win last night with six scoreless innings. He now has thrown nine straight scoreless innings after giving up 20 earned runs in his first 14 innings of the season. Blake Nation pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

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