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Tug Hulett has a 12-game hitting streak for Tacoma

All four of the M's minor-league affiliates lost on Monday, unfortunately mirroring the struggles of their major-league counterpart.

Tacoma wasted a 17-hit evening by blowing two late leads and losing to Colorado Springs, 10-9. The Sky Sox scored five runs in the eighth inning to erase an 8-3 deficit, and after the Rainiers regained the lead on a Charlton Jimerson double in the top of the ninth, the Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the victory. Roy Corcoran hit Colorado Springs batter Sean Barker with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. Timothy Hulett was 3-for-6 for Tacoma, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He's hitting .385 over his last 10 games. Jimerson and Jeff Clement each homered for the Rainiers. Seven different players had at least two hits on the night for Tacoma. Starter Chris Jakubauskas had another strong outing, lasting seven innings and departing with an 8-3 lead. Jon Huber allowed all five runs the Sky Sox scored in the eighth inning, and Cesar Jimenez was charged with both runs in the ninth and the loss.

West Tenn got off to an early lead in Mississippi but the bats went quiet and the Jaxx lost 2-1 in brutal 95-degree heat. Brent Johnson scored when Adam Moore grounded into a double play in the first inning, but that was the end of the scoring for West Tenn. Doug Fister was able to fend off the Braves until the sixth inning, when a two-run, two-out double by Jason Perry gave Mississippi the 2-1 lead they would not surrender. Fister made it through 7 2/3 innings for his seventh quality start of the season in 11 appearances.

High Desert brought a five-game winning streak into Monday's game with Rancho Cucamonga, but the Quakes came away with the 9-6 victory. Kyle Parker was roughed up for the first time this season, allowing seven earned runs in five innings to take his first loss. The Mavs attempted to rally, pulling within 9-6 in the eighth on a three-run homer by Carlos Peguero, but couldn't threaten any further. Gregory Halman hit his 14th homer for the Mavs, which leads the entire Mariners system. Halman also has a team-leading 19 stolen bases.

Wisconsin got three errors from the Peoria Chiefs on Monday, but couldn't take advantage of any of them, dropping a 5-2 decision. Maximo Mendez hit his first home run of the season to lead the otherwise anemic Wisconsin offense. Alex Liddi drove in the other Rattler run with a two-out double in the first. After three hits that inning, the offense provided just two more hits over the remainder of the game. Edward Paredes got off to a tough start on the mound, allowing the first six batters to reach base (on five hits and a walk). By the time Paredes recorded an out he had given up four runs. But he did settle down after that, pitching four scoreless innings subsequently.

Standings

Tacoma: 24-26, 4th in PCL Pacific North, 9.5 GB
West Tenn: 32-19, 1st in SOU North, 1.0 GA
High Desert: 24-27, T-1st in CAL South, 1.0 GA
Wisconsin: 21-26, 5th in MID Western, 14.0 GB

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