Sacramento got by Tacoma, 6-3. Felix Hernandez was pretty solid yet again despite taking the loss as he went six innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out eight. While still a bit wild, Hernandez's GB/FB ratio was 9:2, so it looks like he kept the ball down pretty well in this one. Chris Buglovsky came in late to try and keep it close and failed miserably. Buglovsky gave up four runs over the final two frames to put it out of reach. Yuniesky Betancourt collected two hits included a double to get his AAA hitter career off the ground. Shin-soo Choo and Chris Snelling also smacked two baseknocks to lead the Rainier offense.
Felix Hernandez: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
Jamal Strong: 1-4, 1 BB.
Shin-soo Choo: 2-4, 1 BB.
Chris Snelling: 2-5, 1 RBI.
Scott Spiezio: 1-4, 1 RBI.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 2-4, 1 2B.
San Antonio and Wichita were rained out. The game will be made up Saturday night as part of a doubleheader.
Lake Elsinore blew out Inland Empire, 10-2. Jason Mackintosh was smoked for nine runs on eleven hits in 4.2 innings. But hey, he only walked one. By the time the offense got rolling...well, let's be honest, the offense never really got going. Wladimir "The XBH Machine" Balentien was the lone standout with a double and a triple.
Jason Mackintosh: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Michael Garciaparra: 0-4, 1 BB.
Matt Rogelstad: 1-3, 1 2B.
Adam Jones: 0-4.
Wladimir Balentien: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI.
B.J. Garbe: 1-4, 1 2B.
Cedar Rapids shutout Wisconsin, 2-0. Jesse Smith was way too much for the T-Rats in this one, which is a shame because they wasted one of Casey Abrams best starts. Abrams went seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking a four and fanning two. Brent Johnson was the only T-Rat that really deserves much mention as he went 2-3 with a triple in the anemic performance.
Casey Abrams: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Sebastien Boucher: 0-3, 1 BB.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 1-4, 1 2B.
Matt Tuiasosopo: 1-4.
Brent Johnson: 2-3, 1 3B.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Jorge Campillo at Portland. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Ryan Rowland-Smith in Game 1 at Wichita. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.
Inland Empire: Mumba Rivera at Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Mark Lowe vs. Southwest Michigan. Game time is 5:05pm PDT.