I understand these wrap-ups are going up extremely late in the day, but this will be the last instance of that. Promise.
Tacoma came back in grand fashion to beat Portland, 7-5. There's no doubt about it now, Chris Snelling is every pitchers' daddy. Snelling came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and the Rainiers trailing 5-1 and neatly parked a Brad Baker pitch onto the hill behind right field. That was his second hit of the game and his fifth RBI. After nearly 200 ABs, Snelling is sitting pretty with a .375/.457/.574 line. Yeah, he may be coming off of several devestating injuries, but man, wouldn't it be fun to see him at the Safe? In anycase, Abraham Nunez sealed the deal for the Rainiers in the bottom of the 14th with a walk-off blast that propelled Tacoma to their eighth staight victory. Damian Moss had gotten the start four hours previous to all this action and was unsurprisingly mediocre. Moss lasted five innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out three. Justin Leone got his first hit since coming back and Yuniesky Betancourt pushed his average (and with it, his OBP...50 AB, 0 BB) to .300 with a three hit performance.
Damian Moss: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Jamal Strong: 1-4, 2 BB.
Chris Snelling: 2-6, 1 GS, 1 BB, 5 RBI.
Jose Lopez: 0-6, 1 BB.
Ryan Christianson: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Miguel Olivo: 0-5, 2 BB.
Abraham Nunez: 4-5, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI.
Justin Leone: 1-5, 1 BB.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 3-6.
San Antonio disposed of Corpus Christi, 9-2. Not a bad start from Jon Huber and production from the offense. Put them together and what do you get? A nice, easy victory. Huber wasn't fantastic, but effective enough to leave in for six innings. Huber finished his night having given up two runs on six hits while walking only one against six strikeouts. Both Nate Espy and Gary Harris had three hit nights to help lead the Mission offense and Ismael Castro chipped in with a homer of his own.
Jon Huber: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
Jamie Bubela: 1-5, 1 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 0-3.
Nate Espy: 3-4.
Gary Harris: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Ismael Castro: 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Luis Oliveros: 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI.
Lake Elsinore edged Inland Empire, 6-5. A solid effort by Ryan Feierabend wasted. Greg Wear and Michael Steele made sure the fans saw an interesting game and in the end they blew a 5-2 lead over the last three frames. Wear only lasted and out before giving up two runs on four hits and Steele sealed the 66'ers fate by giving up a run in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth. As for Feierabend, he went six innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and fanning three. B.J. Garbe was the only IE player with anything notable as he homered.
Ryan Feierabend: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Little Garciaparra: 0-4, 1 BB.
Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 BB.
Wladimir Balentien: 1-3, 1 3B, 1 BB. (.568 SLG)
B.J. Garbe: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Chris Colton: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB.
Matt Hagan: 1-4, 1 2B.
Wisconsin annihilated Clinton, 17-5. Wisconsin starter Randy Frye was as wild as hell but it didn't really matter as the T-Rats were up 11-0 by the end of the second. Eight Timber Rattlers had multi-hit nights including Matt Tuiasosopo and Thomas Hubbard who both went long. Asdrubal Cabrera aslo went deep in the first with a three-run shot.
Randy Frye: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Yung Chi Chen: 2-5, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI.
Robert Johnson: 3-6, 2 2B, 3 RBI.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Thomas Hubbard: 3-3, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Chris Buglovsky vs. Portland. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Bobby Livingston vs Midland. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Brandon Moorhead vs. Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Aaron Jensen at Beloit. Game time is 5:00pm PDT.