Tacoma Downed In Extras; Jaxx Win Big

Tacoma lost a tough extra-inning affair in Portland, but things went better for West Tenn and High Desert on Wednesday. The Jaxx got a solid effort from Gaby Hernandez and a big Mike Wilson home run, and the Mavs ended a long losing streak with a collaborative pitching effort. Read on for the details of Wednesday in the minors.

Jon Huber allowed a three-run homer to Paul McAnulty in the bottom of the 13th inning as Portland defeated Tacoma 8-5 on Wednesday night at PGE Park in Portland. Prentice Redman was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and his second homer in two days for the Rainiers. Victor Diaz had three hits and an RBI. The Beavers got four runs in the second inning off of Andrew Baldwin but the Rainiers rallied for three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Portland then tied it with another run off Baldwin in the bottom of the seventh.

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.


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