Tacoma edged Portland, 2-1. It was close, but a complete yawner. Still, Andrew Lorraine looked great (for a guy like Andrew Lorraine) as he went six solid innings giving up a single run on five hits while walking two and striking out two. Jeff Heaverlo continues to make strides in his game as he pitched another two scorless innings giving up only one weak hit. Everyone in the lineup except Ryan Christianson and Ramontiago collected at least one base hit with Jamal Strong and Aaron Rifkin grabbing two. Speaking of Ramontiago, he was manning the hot corner last night and didn't appear to be an adaquate third baseman, Justin Leone can't get back soon enough.
Andrew Lorraine: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Jamal Strong: 2-3, 1 BB.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-4.
Chris Snelling: 1-4.
Jose Lopez: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Miguel Olivo: 1-3. (Left early after mouthing off to the ump. Don't think he was ejected, however.)
Aaron Rifkin: 2-3.
San Antonio battered away at Corpus Christi, 5-3. Fourteen hits, three walks and an error later, the Missions score five runs. Not the most efficent offense in the world, but a win is a win, right? In anycase, Thomas Oldham took the hill and was effective enough for his six innings to earn the W. Oldham gave up two runs on four hits while walking two and fanning six. Both Jamie Bubela and T.J. Bohn had three hits apiece and Gary Harris and Ismael Castro also had multi-hit nights to lead the San Antonio offense.
Thomas Oldham: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Jamie Bubela: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 0-4.
T.J. Bohn: 3-5.
Nate Espy: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Gary Harris: 2-5.
Ismael Castro: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Lake Elsinore broke Inland Empire's collective heart, 4-3. Headed into the ninth, the 66'ers and Storm we're tied 2-2. With two outs in the top half, Chris Colton singled to drive home B.J. Garbe and give IE the slim 3-2 lead. In the bottom half...disaster:
Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner Adam Bourassa replaces George Kottaras.
Steve Baker grounds out, third baseman Matt Rogelstad to first baseman Bryan Lahair.
Fernando Valenzuela Jr. grounds out, second baseman Michael Garciaparra to first baseman Bryan Lahair. Adam Bourassa to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Brett Bonvechio replaces Jordan Pickens.
Brett Bonvechio walks.
Skip Adams doubles (5) on a fly ball to right fielder B. J. Garbe. Adam Bourassa scores. Brett Bonvechio scores.
That was with Nibaldo Acosta pitching, by the way.
Regardless of the outcome, no knocks on Jason Mackintosh who was pretty solid for his seven innings of work giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking one and striking out five. Chris Colton led the charge with three hits including a homer and Matt Rogelstad and Little Garciaparra also had two hits.
Jason Mackintosh: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Little Garciaparra: 2-4, 1 2B.
Matt Rogelstad: 2-4.
Carlos Arroyo: 0-4. (.395/.446/.462. Hoo-wee!)
Wladimir Balentien: 0-4.
Chris Colton: 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Wisconin topped Clinton, 4-3. Like the San Antonio game, lots of hits (14) and not a whole lot of runs. Everyone in the lineup not named Oswaldo Navarro had at least one hit with Yung Chi Chen, Sebastien Boucher, Asdrubal Cabrera and Robert Johnson all having multi-hit efforts. Chen homered and is beginning to pull his line out of the abyss (.286/.322/.424). Jason Snyder turned in an effective effort as he went eight strong innings giving up three runs on five hits while issuing only one free pass and striking out eight. Snyder did give up two bombs, but that is where a bulk of the damage came from. If he can limit the homers, he can be a mighty good pitcher.
Brian Snyder: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-5.
Yung Chi Chen: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 3-5, 1 3B, 2 RBI.
Robert Johnson: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4.
Thomas Hubbard: 1-2, 2 BB.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Felix Hernandez vs. Portland. Game time is 12:35pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Rowland-Smith vs. Corpus Christi. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Mumba Rivera at Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Casey Abrams at Clinton. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.