Tacoma edged Portland, 6-5. Damian Moss was nothing to write home about, but let's get a standing O going for Jeff "I'm Looking Effective Again" Heaverlo. In the sixth, Heaverlo inherited a bases loaded jam, escaped, and then proceeded to go the next three innings with perfection. No walks, five strikeouts. That's really encouraging to see, as it seems Heaverlo is beginning to show improvement from his horrible start to the season. Chaves said it would take time and that he had faith, seems like he was right on. With the sticks, the Rainiers received multi-hit nights from Jamal Strong, Aaron Rifkin (two doubles) and Greg Jacobs. Jacobs especially needed a good game as his confidence must be slipping after starting the season with a .222/.259/.404 line. Miguel Olivo homered and no one here at Lookout Landing has any idea what that did for his confidence.
Damian Moss: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.
Jeff Heaverlo: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. (Hot damn!)
Jamal Strong: 2-5.
Yuniesky Betancourt: Overmatched and o'fer.
Scott Spiezio: 1-4, 1 3B.
Greg Jacobs: 3-4, 1 RBI.
Miguel Olivo: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Aaron Rifkin: 2-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Hunter Brown: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
San Antonio outlasted Wichita, 7-6 (11). All hail Nate Espy! Espy's solo blast in the top of the eleventh won it for the Missions after watching Cesar Jimenez blow it in the eighth. Bobby Livingston was the starter and kept the Missions in it and on top for his seven innings of work. Livingston finished giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits while walking no one and striking out three. Other than Espy's bomb, major offensive contributors included Ismael Castro and Eriberto Menchaca (Name of the Year nominee? You make the call, readers) who both had multi-hit nights and Jamie Bubela who knocked in three runs with a homerun.
Bobby Livingston: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
Jamie Bubela: 1-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI.
Jesus Guzman: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB.
T.J. Bohn: 0-5, 1 RBI.
Nate Espy: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
Ismael Castro: 2-5, 1 2B.
Eriberto Menchaca: 3-4, 1 2B.
Lake Elsinore handled Inland Empire, 6-4. Ryan Feierabend continues to search for a superb outing as this was just another of the "meh" variety. Feierabend went five innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking four and fanning two. He threw in a homerun for good measure. Still, he was topped by Aaron Looper (yes, that Aaron Looper) who gave up two bombs and three runs in just one inning of work. The 66'ers only collected five hits the whole night despite nailing down four runs. Adam Jones was the big bat as he drove in two and doubled.
Ryan Feierabend: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Aaron Looper: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR.
Michael Garciaparra: 0-3, 1 BB. (.300/.447/.433)
Adam Jones: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Bryan Lahair: 0-4.
Wladimir Balentien: 1-4, 1 2B.
B.J. Garbe: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Wisconsin had the day off.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Cha Seung Baek at Portland. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Off.
Inland Empire: Brandon Moorhead at Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
Wisconsin has a planned doubleheader at home versus Southwest Michigan. Game one will feature Aaron Jensen and should start at 11:05pm PDT. Game two should have Julio Santiago and will begin at 5:05pm PDT.