It was night of strong returns for the Tacoma Rainiers in a 6-5 win over Tucson. Outfielder Carlso Peguero returned to the team after being sent down and hit a three-run homer, meanwhile lefty Mauricio Robles returned to the Rainiers on the slow road to recovery from arm surgery during spring training. He had a solid outing, pitching shutout innings and allowing three hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
“I thought he was good,” Tacoma manager Daren Brown said. “He was around the zone with most of his pitches and never really got in any trouble. It was a solid outing and something to build on.”Double A Jackson and starter Steven Hensley got roughed up by Carolina, 12-3.
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Hensley made it 2/3 of an inning giving up seven runs on eight hits. Carlos Triunfel did have two hits and has hit in 12 of his last 13 games to raise his batting average to .276.
Class A High Desert also struggled, losing 12-6 to Bakersfield. Starter Forrest Snow gave up eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Taijuan Walker couldn't quite replicate his previous start where he pitched a complete game, he pitched five innings and gave up four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. But he didn't take a loss since his teammates exploded for nine runs in the seventh inning in a 11-5 win over Lansing.
Class A Everett got another homer from Marcus Littlewood - his second in two games - but the Aqua Sox still lost to Salem-Keizer, 9-4.