Sacramento edged Tacoma, 5-4. After a shaky first inning in which he allowed two runs, Cha Seung Baek really settled down and pitched a pretty good albeit short game. Baek was pulled after the minimum and gave up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four. With the Rainiers clinging to a 4-3 lead in the eighth, Tacoma did the sensible thing and brought in...Masao Kida, who of course promptly gave it right back to the RiverCats. Chris Snelling had another great day at the plate as he collected three hits including a double, Ryan Christianson and Jamal Strong each poked three hits each and Aaron Rifkin slashed two doubles.
Cha Seung Baek: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Jamal Strong: 3-5, 1 2B.
Chris Snelling: 3-4, 1 2B.
Ryan Christianson: 3-5, 1 RBI.
Aaron Rifkin: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Miguel Olivo: 0-4, 2 K.
San Antonio got by Tulsa, 4-2. Juan Sandoval will always get hit, but this time he limited the run damage to just two unearned runs in 5.1 inning. Sandoval also walked a batter, struck out two, balked and hit a guy. As the bullpen kept it close, the Mission offense finally sprang into action in the sixth with a Jesse Hoorelbeke three-run shot that gave San Antonio the lead for good.
Juan Sandoval: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K and a balk.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-5.
T.J. Bohn: 2-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Nate Espy: 2-4, 1 2B.
Jesus Guzman: 2-4.
Gary Harris: 2-4, 1 3B.
Jesse Hoorelbeke: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Inland Empire disposed of Rancho Cucamonga, 7-4. Brandon Moorhead put together a nice little start in this one as he 5.2 innings and gave up just one run on three hits while not issuing a free pass and striking out seven. With a 4-1 lead in the sixth, the 66'ers gave the ball to Oliver Arias would couldn't record an out and ended up it all back to the Quakes. Arias gave up three runs on two hits with THREE WALKS all without getting anyone retired. Yeesh. IE redeemed themselves in the eighth by scoring another three runs behind Justin Ruchti two-run homer and B.J. Garbe's run scoring double.
Brandon Moorhead: 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Michael Garciaparra: 0-3, 1 BB.
Matt Rogelstad: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Adam Jones: 1-4, 1 BB.
B.J. Garbe: 3-3, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Justin Ruchti: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Chris Colton: 2-3, 2 2B, 1 BB.
Cedar Rapids squeeked by Wisconsin, 4-3 (10). Give it up for Julio Santiago who was just fine in his T-Rat debut. Santiago worked the minimum and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits while walking one and fanning two. The normally lights-out Craig James worked the bottom of the tenth for the Rattlers and quickly gave up two singles before striking out the next two and then finally giving up the game-winning single to Michael Collins. 1-5 hitters: 1-20, 1 HR, 1 BB. 6-9 hitters: 6-14, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB. Thank God for the bottom of the lineup in this one.
Julio Santiago: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
Oswaldo Navarro: 0-4.
Josh Womack: 0-5.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-3, 1 BB.
Sebastien Boucher: 2-4.
Yung Chi Chen: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Andrew Lorraine at Sacramento. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Thomas Oldham at Tulsa. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Nibaldo Acosta vs. Rancho Cucamonga. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: TBA at Cedar Rapids. Game time is 10:00am PDT.