Tacoma 7, Portland 4 (SD - 18)
I guess since he was due up, LHP Luke French (2.21, W) took the start, giving up four runs on seven hits (HR), a wild pitch, and a walk against three Ks in six and two-thirds innings, which is more realistic but still not something I enjoy seeing. RHP Levale Speigner (6.26, S) walked one and struck out one in the final two and a third innings for the save.
C Guillermo Quiroz (HR, .329) had three hits in the game, including his second home run as a Rainier this season. More had two hits, including LF Chris Woodward (.242), 2B Jack Hannahan (2B, R, .218), 1B Brad Nelson (R, RBI, .291), CF Gregory Halman (2 2B, R, RBI, .237), and 3B Matt Mangini (HR, 2 R, .311). It was the ninth home run for Mangini. RF Mike Wilson (HR, 2 RBI, .281) also hit out hits ninth. Rehabber SS Jack Wilson (RBI, CS, .303) had a single and a walk. He must be feeling okay if he’s trying to steal.

Chattanooga 5 (LA - 4) West Tenn 0 (seven innings)
Yeah, no playoffs for the first half. RHP Steve Hensley (2.54, L) took the loss after he gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, two walks, and four Ks in five and two-thirds innings. May he make use of his rest to find some command. LHP Nick Hill (11.25) allowed a hit and struck out one in the last inning and a third.
2B Dustin Ackley (2B, E, .253) had two hits leading off. He is so good, you guys.

Chattanooga 3 (- 3), West Tenn 2 (seven innings)
RHP Dan Cortes (5.37) could have had the win, allowing two unearned runs on six hits, a wild pitch, and seven Ks in five innings. No walks! I hope he’s really improving his command! Speaking of command, RHP Anthony Varvaro (2.73, L) let the decisive run score on a hit, and three walks, and a K in the final two innings.
DH Carlos Peguero (HR, 2 RBI, .301) hit his fifteenth home run and that’s all I have for the offense.

Lancaster 8 (HOU - 24), High Desert 16
Might as well leave the first half with a bang. RHP Jake Wild (5.45) certainly did, getting lit up with eight runs on eight hits (4 HR!!!), a wild pitch, and a walk against one K in the two and tow-thirds innings he pitched. RHP Cheyne Hann (5.03) allowed a hit in the next inning and a third, but all the runs that were charged to Wild were his alone. RHP Stephen Penney (3.30, W) allowed two hits and struck out three in the next two frames, RHP Blake Nation (5.26) was perfect in the two that followed, and RHP Wes Littleton (0.00) had a hit, a walk, and a K in the ninth.
Not everyone is going to get listed here, but everyone in the lineup had a hit tonight, and all told, there were twenty of those, with four home runs and seven doubles. 3B Kyle Seager (2 2B, HR, 3 R, .302), RF Johermyn Chavez (2B, HR, 2 R, .293), and C Blake Ochoa (HR, 4 RBI, .600) all had three hits in the game, while all but one of the rest, including 2B Edilio Colina (2 R, .303), 1B Rich Poythress (2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, .298), DH Eddy Martinez-Esteve (2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, .333), CF Denny Almonte (2B, R, 2 RBI, .299), and SS Juan Diaz (2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, E, .301) all had two hits, with Diaz and Martinez-Esteve adding walks.

Clinton 2, Beloit 0 (MIN + 3) (eight innings)
So I think LHP Jonathan Hesketh (4.12) is in the swing of things now because he pitched six innings this time out with just two hits, three walks, and eight Ks in the game. I’d like better command, but have no complaints otherwise. RHP Brandon Josselyn (3.67, S) had two hits and two Ks in the last two innings.
C Brandon Bantz (R, .288) and LF Kalian Sams (2B, .184) both had two hits in the game, with Sams drawing a walk, and SS Nick Franklin (RBI, .304) and 3B Vinnie Catricala (.293) both drew towo walks. The eighth-inning runs were a little silly. First Bantz singled, then Dotel got in on a botched force attempt that got Bantz to second. The next two batters struck out, and it seemed like the Snappers were going to get out of it, except Noreiga reached on an error that scored Bantz and moved Dotel to third, and Carroll and Franklin were both hit by pitches to first load the bases and then force in the run.

Clinton 5, Beloit 6 (+ 4) (seven innings)
Game two went to the Snappers. RHP John Housey (4.04, L) only lasted an inning and a third, with six runs (five earned) scoring on six hits and two walks against one K. I don’t think he should be starting again, unless he perhaps has a case of Emiliano Fruto Syndrome. RHP Taylor Lewis (5.40) scored one of those and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out a pair in three and two-thirds innings. LHP Jose Jimenez (2.45) hit one and struck out one in the seventh.
The Lumberkings lost in spite of the fourteenth home run by SS Nick Franklin (HR, 2 R, 1-3, BB, .304) and the thirteenth by DH Kalian Sams (HR, 2 RBI, 1-3, .186), who was due I think. 3B Vinnie Catricala (2B, R, RBI, E, .294) and 2B Hawkins Gebbers (2B, E, .245) both doubled, with Catricala adding a walk.

Everett 5, Salem-Keizer 3 (SF - 2)
Hey, two in a row against last year’s champs. LHP Anthony Fernandez (0.00, W) got the win with five shutout innings where he allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four. RHP Ogui Diaz (13.50) had a rough go of the next two, letting three cross after two hits (HR), a couple hit batters, and a walk against two Ks. RHP Fray Martinez (0.00, S) allowed a hit, hit a batter, walked one, and struck out two in the final two frames.
2B Terry Serrano (3B, R, 3 SB, CS, .750) had three hits and a walk batting second in the order, which is certainly something, and LF Kevin Rivers (3B, R, .250) added a triple and a walk.

Aguirre Mariners 7, VSL Cardinals 9
RHP Isliexel Gonzalez (2.66,E, L) took his second loss after giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits (HR), a walk, and five Ks in four innings of work. LHP Cruz Pereira (7.00) allowed two hits and three walks while recording only one out, all of which would come around to score, three under the charge of RHP Maikel Ynfantes (3.97), who allowed three hits and struck out one in an inning and two-htirds. LHP Oscar Bravo (0.00) had a hit, a walk, and a K in the final two innings.
2B-RF Michael Acevedo (HR, 3 RBI, SB, .313) had his fourth home run and a walk, and that’s probably four more home runs than most batters have in this league. C Franklin Diaz (2 2B, 2 R, .292) and LF Reginald Lampe (2 2B, RBI, CS, .240) both had two doubles and a walk, SS-3B Felipe Burin (R, RBI, 2 E, .327) had a single and two walks leading off, and 1B Ivan Ramirez (2B, R, .341) had the team’s other double.

DSL Athletics 4, Yamasa Mariners 5
RHP Joan Vizcaino (2.81, W) picked up his second win by going six innings and allowing a run to score on three hits, a couple of wild pitches, and a walk against three Ks. RHP Junior Nunez (0.00, E) walked one and hit one in the next two-thirds, and then RHP Noel de la Cruz (4.50) took over for a similar span, through he let two score on a home run, a hit batter, and a walk. RHP Yunior de Jesus (1.08, S) pitched the final inning and two-thirds and an unearned run scored against him on two hits, a wild pitch, and a walk against three Ks. It always seems like both Junior and Yunior pitch on the same day.
CF Randy Perez (R, SB, CS, .265), on a bit of a hot streak, had a couple of hits and awalk from the second spot in the order. C Rudy van Heydoorn (R, .381), not one to miss out, walked twice and DH Axel Wel (2B, .208) doubled.

Sunday’s Games:
Tacoma: RHP Jarrett Grube, at Portland, @ 2:05 pm PDT
West Tenn: Off days
High Desert: All-star Break
Clinton: RHP Taylor Stanton, at Beloit, @ 12:05 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Eric Thomas, at Salem-Keizer, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Reds
Yamasa: Off day

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 35-32, .522, 1st in PCL Pacific Northern
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx: 39-30, .565, 2.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 37-33, .529, 9 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 37-31, .544, 5.5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 2-0, 1.000, 1st in NWL West
Aguirre Mariners: 15-11, .577, 0.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 9-9, .500, 2.5 GB in DSL Santo Domingo North
Overall Record: 174-146 .544