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5/8: Minor League Wrap-Up

Tacoma escaped humiliation but still lost to Salt Lake, 9-7. Not Francisco Cruceta's best night, as he faced 12 batters, putting nine of them on base and eventually seeing each and every one of them come around to score. Trailing 9-3 after two innings, the Rainiers attempted to rally against the Salt Lake bullpen, but despite scoring a few runs to make the game respectable Todd Sears grounded out as the tying run in the ninth to end it. Lost in the mix is that the Tacoma relievers were able to string together seven scoreless innings, racking up eight strikeouts in the process, but the early deficit was just too big to overcome. Mike Morse led everyone with three hits, while Guillermo Quiroz hit his first homer of the season. Notables:

Cruceta: 1 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
Morse: 3-4, 2 2B
Choo: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 BB
Brown: 1-2, 2 BB, 1 ejection
Johnson: 1-4, 1 3B
Quiroz: 1-4, 1 HR, 1 BB

San Antonio fell to Springfield, 4-2. Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, the Missions picked up a tying home run from Wlad Balentien, but Adam Pettyjohn - who was interesting, once - allowed a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to break the tie and eventually lose the game. San Antonio went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Bryan LaHair was the only Mission to pick up two hits, while Gary Harris and Oswaldo Navarro each reached base twice. Brandon Moorhead lasted just 4.2 in the start, walking four. Notables:

Moorhead: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
LaHair: 2-4
Harris: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
Navarro: 1-2, 1 BB
Balentien: 1-3, 1 HR

Wisconsin was smoked by Quad Cities, 7-2. Jason Snyder had a forgetting start, allowing 13 baserunners and four runs in six innings of work, but the T'Rat lineup wasn't able to pick him up as they didn't so much as score a run until the sixth. Nick Allen blew any shot at a comeback by surrendering another three runs in 2.2. Cheers for JB Tucker, who accounted for three of Wisconsin's seven hits; jeers for Jairo Hernandez, who went 0-4 to drop his season BA to .094. Ron Garth and Michael Saunders each had doubles. Notables:

Snyder: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Tucker: 3-4
Saunders: 1-4, 1 2B
Garth: 1-4, 1 2B
Craig: 1-3, 1 BB

On the docket:

Tacoma: Appier, 6:05pm
San Antonio: Blackley, 5:10pm
Inland Empire: Jordan, 7:05pm
Wisconsin: Thomas, 4:35pm