Tacoma downed Round Rock, 7-3. The streaking Express have run into some trouble in Cheney, where the Rainiers were able to pick up their second straight win against the third-best team in the PCL. Cha Baek, who has come out of nowhere to become a reasonably effective pitcher again, went six strong in the start, and every member of the starting lineup picked up at least one hit to supply the offense. Adam Jones and Rob Johnson each went deep, while Chris Snelling reached base all four times he came to the plate from the #3 slot. OBP: .778. Notables:
Baek: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Foppert: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Snelling: 1-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP
Jones: 1-4, 1 HR
Johnson: 2-4, 1 HR
Cabrera: 1-3, 1 BB
Inland Empire fell to Modesto, 7-4. Down 4-1 after one inning, the 66ers took advantage of some awful defense (errors and wild pitches, mostly) to tie it up, but a three-run Aaron Trolia meltdown in the eighth blew it back open, and IE was unable to get anything going in the final frame. Cibney Bello went five in the start and only sucked a little, while Yung-chi Chen raised his OBP to .380 by reaching base another three times. Erick Monzon also had two hits, and would've picked up a second RBI had Chen not been thrown out at home on a single in the third. Notables:
Bello: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR
Chen: 2-4, 1 BB
Colton: 1-3, 1 BB
On the docket:
Tacoma: Nageotte, 6:05pm
San Antonio: Bazardo, 5:05pm
Inland Empire: No idea, 7:05pm. I hate this rotation.
Wisconsin: Escalona, 4:35pm
Inland Empire's 2006 slogan: "Your town, your team."
Kansas City's 2006 slogan: "Your team, your town."
Weird. I suppose they could probably play a series against one another to fight for exclusivity rights, but IE might need to spot the Royals a few runs to make it even.