Gaby Hernandez got his first win as a member of the Mariner organization in last night's 9-3 West Tenn shellacking of Mobile. Hernandez allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. Mike Wilson got things off to a good start for the Jaxx with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning, his 26th of the season. Johan Limonta continued his hot streak with two more hits, two RBI, and two runs scored. Limonta is hitting .368/.393/.632 in August.
High Desert finally broke a nine-game losing streak with a 7-2 home win over Visalia on Wednesday. Travis Scott got things going with a two-run homer in the first inning and the Mavs never looked back. James McOwen went 3-for-4 with two RBI out of the leadoff spot. Carlos Triunfel returned to the lineup after missing four games and went 1-for-4. James Davenport had two doubles and two runs scored to raise his average to .324 in 24 games with High Desert. Five Maverick pitchers combined to allow only seven hits. Rick Orta started and gave up two hits and a run in 3 1/3 innings. Michael Wagner picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Everett had just three hits in a 2-1, 10-inning loss to Salem-Keizer on Wednesday. The Frogs were stymied by Volcanoes starter Andrew Reichard, who struck out 11 in five innings. Kenn Kasparek tried to keep pace for Everett, striking out seven in three scoreless innings. Leo Nunez got the Frogs on the board with an RBI double in the fifth inning and Everett held the lead until the eighth, when Matt Renfree gave up a game-tying single to Conor Gillaspie. Phil Hann then got touched up for three hits in the 10th that led to the deciding run.
Just one night after being one-hit by Greenville, the P-Mariners beat the Astros 4-3 in Pulaski. Jacob Shaffer's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth scored the tying and winning runs. Shaffer was the offensive star out of the ninth slot in the lineup, going 3-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Jose Rios struck out eight in six innings, giving up one run on six hits. But the bullpen let him down, with Andres Esquibel and Blake Nation each allowing runs in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. The Mariners extended their lead in the Appy League's East Division to 6 ½ games over Danville and look likely to be heading to the league's championship series.