Tacoma exploded to beat Portland, 7-3. Jeff Harris was ace-like in his time as he went six scoreless innings surrendering three hits while walking two and striking out five. Felix Hernandez took over in the seventh and didn't have much trouble until he took the mound in the eighth:
With Josh Barfield batting, Dustin Delucchi steals (7) 2nd base.
Josh Barfield singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jamal Strong. Dustin Delucchi scores. Josh Barfield advances to 2nd, on fielding error by center fielder Jamal Strong.
Adam Hyzdu walks.
Greg Sain singles on a fly ball to right fielder Abraham Nunez. Josh Barfield scores. Adam Hyzdu to 3rd.
Pitcher Change: Masao Kida replaces Felix Hernandez.
Oops. Hey, even the best get roughed up once in a while.
With Tacoma now down three runs late, the offense decided it would be a good time to kick things into gear. The Rainiers scored seven in the bottom half off Brian Falkenborg to take the commanding lead. Falkenborg gave up two walks (one to Ramontiago!) hit a batter, was the victim of an error and was pelted by four hits. All in one out.
Jeff Harris: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
Felix Hernandez: 1.0 IP+, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.
Jamal Strong: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Greg Dobbs: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
Justin Leone: 0-4, 1 BB.
Aaron Rifkin: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Shin-soo Choo: 1-4.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
San Antonio got by Springfield, 6-2. Thomas Oldham took the hill in this one and was pretty solid for his seven innings. Oldham finished up his night allowing two runs on seven hits while walking no one and fanning eight. Oldham gave up two solo shots, the only demons he had all night. Gary Harris undoubtedly led the offense with his 4-4 night that included three doubles. Adam Jones also chipped in with a couple baseknocks and a few RBI. Scott Atchison made a perfect appearance in the eighth and looks like he's being fast-tracked right back to AAA.
Thomas Oldham: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 2 HR.
Scott Atchison: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Jamie Bubela: 1-4.
Jesus Guzman: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI.
Nate Espy: 1-4, 1 2B.
Gary Harris: 4-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI.
Adam Jones: 2-3, 2 RBI.
Rene Rivera: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Modesto handled Inland Empire, 7-4. Jason Mackintosh fell victim to the Gil Meche Inning of Doom® in the fifth as he got pasted for five runs after an ominous wild pitch. What's interesting is that he not only finished the fifth, he was allowed to take the hill in the sixth and finish the inning. Mackintosh finished going those six innings giving up six runs on ten hits while walking one, striking out five and giving up a homer. The 66'er offense had a nice three-run fourth inning, but beyond that, didn't get much else done. Asdrubal Cabrera, Carlos Arroyo and Matt Hagan all had multi-hit evenings and Erick Monzon and B.J. Garbe both homered to help lead Inland Empire.
Jason Mackintosh: 6.0 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 2-4.
Carlos Arroyo: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI.
Erick Monzon: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
B.J. Garbe: 1-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Matt Hagan: 2-4, 1 3B.
Kane County hammered Wisconsin, 12-6. I think Ivan Blanco would like a mulligan. For the season. Blanco's struggles continued as he lasted only 2.1 innings and didn't waste any time giving up ten runs (seven earned) on six hits in the short stint. Blanco also walked three, didn't strike anyone out and allowed two homers. He was nailed to a cross, plain and simple. By the time Wisconsin offense seriously got rolling, it was much too late but at least it made the score look a bit less one-sided.
Ivan Blanco: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 HR.
Mike Wilson: 2-5.
Thomas Hubbard: 2-4, 1 2B.
Luis Soto: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Omar Falcon: 1-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Oswaldo Navarro: 1-3.
Everett pounded Spokane, 13-5. The Everett linescore was a lot of fun for this one as Everett managed at least one run in six of the eight times the team came to the plate. Robert Rohrbaugh got the start and while he wasn't throwing his best stuff, he managed to get through without the loss. Rohrbaugh finished going four innings giving up three runs on seven hits, he walked two, fanned three and served up a bomb. Unless your name was Robert Hudson, you had a hit. How often is it you see two people in the lineup finish with four hits? Hell, how often is it that SIX people in the lineup have multi-hit efforts? How about eightteen hits, eleven of which go for extra bases? It was a fun offensive night for the Aquasox.
Robert Rohrbaugh: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.
Casey Craig: 2-6, 1 2B.
Luis Valbuena: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI.
Jeff Flaig: 4-6, 2 2B, 1 RBI.
Daniel Santin: 4-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI.
J.B. Tucker: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI.
Bryan Sabatella: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
On the docket:
Tacoma: Andrew Lorraine vs. Tucson. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.
San Antonio: Off.
Inland Empire: Mumba Rivera vs. Lake Elsinore. Game time is 7:11pm PDT.
Wisconsin: Mark Lowe at Kane County. Game time is 10:00am PDT.
Everett: Nick Allen vs. Spokane. Game time is 7:05pm PDT.