Tacoma lost to Portland, 3-2. Justin Germano, a name we've heard in connection with Bret Boone rumors, limited the Rainiers to one run in seven innings, courtesy of Ramon Santiago's sixth blast. Meanwhile, Damian Moss had a textbook Damian Moss start, going six and giving up three runs for the loss. Every member of the Tacoma starting lineup recorded one hit, as did Justin Leone, who came in for Yuniesky Betancourt after he was hit by a pitch. Ryan Christianson reached base three times to lead the team. Notables:
Moss: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Christianson: 1-2, 2 BB
Santiago: 1-4, 1 HR
San Antonio fell to Midland, 2-1. Despite the 96-degree weather, Juan Sandoval pitched a strong seven innings, allowing seven baserunners and two runs while striking out five. He got tagged with the loss, though, as the Missions couldn't get anything going after a TJ Bohn RBI double in the first. Not that they didn't have their chances:
-Top 1, 2nd and 3rd with one out, no runs.
-Top 3, runner thrown out at home on a double.
-Top 6, bases loaded with none out, no runs.
-Top 9, runners on the corners with one out, no runs.
Blown opportunities. Jesse Hoorelbeke earned himself a Sexson-esque Golden Sombrero, but Rene Rivera, TJ Bohn, and Nate Espy each had two hits apiece. Notables:
Sandoval: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Espy: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Bohn: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Inland Empire got drilled by High Desert, 9-1. Jason Mackintosh couldn't get out of the fifth inning, allowing six runs and 12 baserunners, and Aaron Trolia did the rest of the damage, allowing three more in 3.2. Not that Trolia's relief effort made much of a difference, as the 66ers didn't have a prayer against Billy Buckner. Erick Monzon and BJ Garbe had two-hit days - Monzon with a pair of doubles - but the rest of the lineup combined to go 4-24 with two walks and an RBI. Notables:
Mackintosh: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Monzon: 2-4, 2 2B
Cabrera: 1-4, 1 2B
Balentien: 1-3, 1 BB
Wisconsin beat Beloit, 5-3. This one was all bullpen - after Jason Snyder was lifted after two ineffective innings (Shoulder problems?), Stephen Grasley and the rest of the 'pen tossed seven shutout innings to let the T'Rats back into the game. An RBI double by Brent Johnson in the fourth inning proved to be the game winner, while a Matt Tuiasosopo sixth-inning blast provided a big insurance run. Johnson and Brandon Green led the way with three hits. Notables:
Snyder: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
Grasley: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Tuiasosopo: 2-3, 1 HR
Green: 3-4, 1 2B
B Johnson: 3-4, 1 2B
Falcon: 1-4, 1 2B
Everett smashed Boise, 16-9. After falling behind by three in the first, the Aquasox rallied with a run in the third and nine in the fourth, taking the lead for good. Check it out:
Jeffrey Flaig walks.
Ronald Prettyman singles on a bunt ground ball to third baseman Brandon Taylor. Jeffrey Flaig to 2nd.
J. B. Tucker walks. Jeffrey Flaig to 3rd. Ronald Prettyman to 2nd.
Alex Gary strikes out swinging.
Trevor Heid singles on a line drive to left fielder Alfred Joseph. Jeffrey Flaig scores. Ronald Prettyman scores. B. Tucker to 2nd.
David Hall singles on a line drive to left fielder Alfred Joseph. J. B. Tucker scores. Trevor Heid to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Jon Hunton replaces Darin Downs.
Bryan Sabatella singles on a line drive to center fielder Davy Gregg. Trevor Heid scores. David Hall to 2nd.
Luis Valbuena reaches on force attempt, fielding error by shortstop Jonathan Mota. David Hall to 3rd. Bryan Sabatella to 2nd.
Reed Eastley grounds into a force out, pitcher Jon Hunton to catcher Jake Muyco. David Hall out at home. Bryan Sabatella to 3rd. Luis Valbuena to 2nd. Reed Eastley to 1st.
Jeffrey Flaig doubles (4) on a line drive to center fielder Davy Gregg. Bryan Sabatella scores. Luis Valbuena scores. Reed Eastley scores.
Ronald Prettyman homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Jeffrey Flaig scores.
J. B. Tucker strikes out swinging.
That's a big inning, and a big error. Six of the runs ended up being unearned. Prettyman, outside of singing and homering in that fourth inning, led the way with four hits, helping wash away a pretty ugly day for the pitching staff. David Hall and Bryan Sabatella tossed in their own three hits, while Reed Eastley and Luis Valbuena each had two. Notables:
Rohrbaugh: 3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER
Prettyman: 4-6, 1 HR
Hall: 3-5, 1 2B
Valbuena: 2-5, 1 BB
Flaig: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Tucker: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 BB
Heid: 1-4, 1 BB
Coming up: Chris Buglovsky for Tacoma, Thomas Oldham for San Antonio, Mumba Rivera for Inland Empire, Casey Abrams (!) for Wisconsin, and Paul Fagan for Everett.