I think we can call him Dennis "Rakin" Raben because that's what he's doing. The High Desert 1B/DH blasted three homers in yesterday's 13-7 win over Lake Elisnore.
Over the last seven days he has 18 RBI! 18!
The news of the day might have been the fact that Rainiers second baseman Dustin Ackley was not in the lineup on Sunday against the Sacramento River Cats. Normally it would have fueled plenty of speculation that he was being called up for today's series with the Los Angeles Angels.
Here's some quotes from Mike Curto's game story ...
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“It’s just routine – obviously, he’s played quite a bit,” said Brown. “This is a kid who’s put in a lot of early work, taking BP and putting in a lot of work at second base.”
Brown knows that there will be speculation that Ackley is on the verge of a call-up, but he insisted it was simply a day off.
“People are going to speculate what they’re going to speculate, but at this time it’s just routine,” Brown said.As far as I know, that isn't happening. Ackley is in Fresno with the Rainiers right now. If I had to speculate, they would likely call him up for the Washington Nationals series next week.
Lost in the Ackley speculation was an outstanding outing from starter Blake Beavan. The big right-hander threw eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out six and walking three while throwing a season high 112 pitches
Double A Jackson picked up a win 3-1, ending a three-game losing streak against Hunstville. Right-hander Tom Wilhelmson had his best start since joining the Generals, pitching five innings and allowing one run on four hits.
Class A Clinton was swept by Bowling Green, losing 4-2 in 10 innings.
Top pick Taijuan Walker bounced back after having his last start cut short with a sore back to have a solid outing, pitching six innings and allowing one run on five hits, while striking out six.