Tacoma had a much-needed day off.
San Antonio was killed by Corpus Christi, 8-1. Cesar Jimenez lasted three innings in his start, allowing three runs (all in the first) on five hits, then was relieved by Ryan Rowland-Smith, who gave up another five to put the game well out of reach. He also uncorked a trifecta of wild pitches, as Brian Moon was helpless to block whatever it was Ryan was tossing up there. Jesse Hoorelbeke led the lineup with a pair of hits, including a double and the team's lone RBI. TJ Bohn and Ismael Castro also picked up two-baggers. Notables:
Jimenez: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 1 HR
Rowland-Smith: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Flannery: 1 IP
Hoorelbeke: 2-3, 1 2B
Bohn: 1-4, 1 2B
Castro: 1-3, 1 2B
Inland Empire destroyed Lancaster, 18-2. This was a 14-1 game after four innings of play. Mumba Rivera has never had a more relaxed start (seven innings, one run). If you can believe it, the 66ers actually beat up on Russ Ortiz - he of the $33m/4yr contract with Arizona - for 11 runs in just 2.1 innings before he was mercifully lifted from the game. It didn't get much easier for Jesus Silva afterwards, though, as he allowed two homers and six hits while recording five outs. Every Inland Empire position player recorded a hit, while Erick Monzon and Michael Garciaparra each went 5-6 with a pair of homers. EACH. Asdrubal Cabrera homered as well, and...yeah, it was that kind of game. Garciaparra has gone 10-15 with three doubles, two homers, and two walks in this series. Notables:
Rivera: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Garciaparra: 5-6, 2 2B, 2 HR
Monzon: 5-6, 1 2B, 2 HR
Cabrera: 2-6, 1 2B, 1 HR
Balentien: 3-6, 1 2B
Boucher: 4-6, 1 2B
Lahair: 3-6, 1 3B
Wisconsin beat South Bend, 12-9. It was a 7-5 Silver Hawks lead entering the bottom of the sixth, when all this happened:
Chris Colton singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jereme Milons.
Yung Chi Chen singles on a ground ball to right fielder Carlos Gonzales. Chris Colton to 3rd.
Michael Wilson walks. Yung Chi Chen to 2nd.
Pitcher Change: Mark Rosen replaces Ross Ohlendorf.
Thomas Hubbard singles on a ground ball to right fielder Carlos Gonzales. Chris Colton scores. Yung Chi Chen scores. Michael Wilson to 3rd. Thomas Hubbard to 2nd on the throw.
Brandon Green walks. Wild pitch by pitcher Mark Rosen. Michael Wilson scores. Thomas Hubbard to 3rd.
Jeffrey Clement flies into double play, center fielder Jereme Milons to catcher Wilkin Castillo to shortstop Alberto Gonzales. Brandon Green out at 2nd on the throw.
Pitcher Change: Ryan Coffin replaces Mark Rosen.
Omar Falcon walks.
Josh Womack walks. Omar Falcon to 2nd.
Oswaldo Navarro hits a grand slam (7) to left field. Thomas Hubbard scores. Omar Falcon scores. Josh Womack scores.
Chris Colton lines out to second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.
That's a seven-run inning, my friends, more than enough to give the T'Rats a reasonably comfortable victory. Ivan Blanco got messed up in his start, allowing seven runs in 5.1, but the offense got him off the hook while Adam Brandt swooped in to pick up his first win of the year. Notables:
Blanco: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Navarro: 2-5, 1 HR
Falcon: 2-4, 1 BB
Colton: 3-4, 1 BB
Chen: 3-4, 1 BB
Everett shut out Yakima, 9-0. A run in the top of the first proved to be all Paul Fagan needed, as he went eight shutout innings while allowing six baserunners and fanning five. Reed Eastley and Jeff Flaig each had three hits on the day, while Ron Prettyman, Daniel Santin, and Michael Saunders had two. Notables:
Fagan: 8 IP, 6 H, 5 K
Eastley: 3-5, 1 2B, 1 3B
Flaig: 3-5, 1 2B
Prettyman: 2-5, 1 2B
Saunders: 2-5, 2 2B
Coming up: Damian Moss for Tacoma, Yorman Bazardo? Maybe this time? for San Antonio, Ryan Feierabend for Inland Empire, Mark Lowe for Wisconsin, and Nick Allen for Everett.