Tacoma lost - LOST! - to Las Vegas, 6-3. Fittingly, it was Andrew Lorraine who got tagged with the loss to end the big win streak, as he allowed four runs in six innings of work. The Rainiers rallied back to cut the deficit to one with a three-run sixth, courtesy of an Abraham Nunez homer and Miguel Olivo RBI single, but Michael Bumstead allowed two in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Jamal Strong struck out as the tying run to end the game. He and Yuniesky Betancourt were the only Rainiers with two-hit days, although Shin-soo Choo drew three walks. Notables:
Lorraine: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Strong: 2-5, 1 2B
Betancourt: 2-3, 1 BB
Leone: 0-3, 1 BB
Nunez: 1-4, 1 HR
Christianson: 1-4, 1 2B
Choo: 0-1, 3 BB
San Antonio needed seventeen innings to beat Midland, 2-1. Cesar Jimenez gave away a narrow one-run lead in the top of the eighth, setting the stage for what would turn into an incredible marathon of a game. Thomas Oldham got the start, but nobody remembered about that by the end, when Jesus Guzman delivered a walk-off homer with one down in the seventeenth. The real story, though, was the relief effort of Tim Rall, who struck out seven in five perfect innings in picking up his second win of the year. San Antonio's bullpen in sum: 12 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 15 K. Absolutely amazing. Guzman picked up four hits to lead the lineup, while Brian Moon added three and Jaime Bubela reached base three times. Notables:
Oldham: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 8 K
Rall: 5 IP, 7 K
Guzman: 4-7, 1 HR
Bohn: 1-6, 1 BB
Bubela: 1-6, 2 BB
Inland Empire was shut out by Lake Elsinore, 2-0. The 66ers actually out-hit their opponents 9-5, but they got three baserunners caught stealing, letting a run-scoring sac fly and double in the top of the third hold up for the whole game. Carlos Arroyo drilled three hits, while Mike Garciaparra had two and a walk from the leadoff slot. Make no mistake - bad baserunner cost IE this game. It certainly wasn't Jason Mackintosh's fault, as he went seven strong, allowing eight baserunners while fanning five. Notables:
Mackintosh: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Garciaparra: 2-3, 1 BB
Jones: 1-4, 1 2B
Rogelstad: 1-3, 1 BB
Wisconsin fell to Beloit, 2-1. Total runs scored by Mariner affiliates on the day: Six. In 43.1 innings. Here, Jason Snyder allowed two early solo shots, and the T'Rats just couldn't rally back to tie it up. Not that they didn't have a chance:
Joshua Womack singles on a ground ball to second baseman Luke Hughes.
Pitcher Change: Jonathan Martinez replaces Joshua Hill.
Sebastien Boucher doubles (14) on a fly ball to center fielder Deacon Burns. Joshua Womack scores.
With Yung Chi Chen batting, wild pitch by Jonathan Martinez, Sebastien Boucher to 3rd.
Yung Chi Chen lines out to shortstop Trevor Plouffe.
Asdrubal Cabrera walks.
Michael Wilson pops out to third baseman David Winfree in foul territory.
Matt Tuiasosopo pops out to first baseman Mark Zamojc in foul territory.
How's that for frustrating? At least Sebastien Boucher kept up his hot hitting, picking up a single and a double to lead the lineup. Notables:
Snyder: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Boucher: 2-4, 1 2B
Cabrera: 1-2, 1 3B, 2 BB
Womack: 1-2, 1 BB
Coming up: Jeff Harris for Tacoma, Ryan Rowland-Smith for San Antonio, Brandon Moorhead for Inland Empire, and Casey Abrams!!! for Wisconsin.