In part three of a series of midseason reports, publisher Scott Sepich looks at the High Desert…
The Rainiers actually had a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning last night, but the Bees went off to score 15 runs in the final five innings and run away with an easy victory. Things got off to a bad start right away when Rich Dorman was removed from the game after getting only two outs. Dorman was reportedly uncomfortable when warming up for the game and never could shake off the stiffness. With three other Tacoma starters on the DL, there will need to be at least one, and maybe two pitchers called up from elsewhere in the organization for the trip to Las Vegas this weekend (pitchers from High Desert seem to make the most sense, geographically). Perhaps Dorman was smart to get out of the way. He only gave up two runs in his 2/3 of an inning, while Scott Shoemaker and Jon Huber gave up seven and eight runs, respectively. Salt Lake starter Nick Adenhart gave up seven runs in five innings and picked up a win. Offensively, the Rainiers had a pretty good night, hitting three home runs and knocking out 14 total hits. Prentice Redman and Charlton Jimerson went back-to-back in the fourth inning, and Wladimir Balentien went deep an inning later. Bryan LaHair returned from a seven-game absence and was the DH. Michael Saunders is still being held out of the lineup.
Tennessee 5, West Tenn 2
The scoring woes continued last night for the Diamond Jaxx against their in-state rivals. West Tenn put up only five hits in losing a fifth-consecutive game. Mike Wilson accounted for the only runs, hitting a two-run shot in in the fourth inning, his 20th of the season. Wilson has been on fire over the last month. He put up a .314/.408/.647 line in June with nine homers and 32 RBI in 27 games, and it's carried over into July. Wilson has been in the organization since 2001, when he was a second-round pick of the M's, but is just now showing signs of being able to succeed at a higher level. Justin Thomas had a pretty solid outing for the Jaxx: 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Thomas has, on the whole, been very average. His ERA of 4.63 is almost exactly what would be expected given his rates. He seems the most ready to get a shot in Tacoma if they want to call up someone from AA.
Rancho Cucamonga 8, High Desert 6
The Mavs also lost their fifth straight game on Tuesday, this time at home to the Quakes. Carlos Triunfel hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his second of the season. James McOwen also homered for the Mavs. McOwen quietly put together some pretty good numbers in June: .326/.356/.465. The Mavs were, once again, victimized by mistakes. Two errors in the seventh inning led to four unearned runs. Jose Jimenez had pitched well enough to win, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings, and departing with a lead. Gavin Dickey was 1-for-3 with two runs scored in his debut with the Mavs.
Wisconsin and Everett were both off on Tuesday for travel. The Rattlers begin a three-game series tonight in Dayton, and the AquaSox kick off a five-game set in Pasco against Tri-City.
Pulaski's game in Johnson City was postponed due to weather. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, with each game now scheduled for seven innings.
AZL Cubs 6, AZL Mariners 3