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Minor League Report, May 13th -- LaHair homers twice

Yesterday's Results, Standings, Winner/Loser/Save

Tacoma 9, at New Orleans 7 17-15, 3rd, -3.0 W-Steve Shell (1-0)/SV-R. Messenger (5)

West Tenn 1, at Tennessee 0 12-17, 3rd, -3.5 W-M. Rivera (3-2)

High Desert 6, at Rancho Cucamonga 4 22-10, 1st, +4.0 W-M. Pineda (4-1)/SV-P. Aumont (6)

Beloit 3, at Clinton 2 18-12, 2nd, -1.5 L-K. Kasparek (1-3)

AAA Tacoma Rainiers (Pacific Coast League)

Here's Mike Curto's game story


Tacoma 9 runs, 15 hits, 0 errors

New Orleans 7 runs, 15 hits, 0 errors

Pitching Lines:

RH Doug Fister 4.0,9,4,4,0,3

RH Steve Shell (W, 1-0) 2.0,2,1,1,0,2,HR

LH Justin Thomas 2.0,4,2,2,3,0

RH Randy Messenger (SV, 5) 1.0,0,0,0,0,0

With the Bats:

LF Bryan LaHair (pictured) 3x5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K

DH Jeff Clement 3x5, HR, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K

SS Mike Morse 2x4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K

RF Prentice Redman 2x6, 2 2B, R

Rainiers Notes: The Rainiers continued their hot streak, winning their season high 4th straight game and 6th over the last 7 days, with a 9-7 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs. DH Jeff Clement got the Rainiers started with a 2-run homer in the first inning. In the third, Mike Morse and Bryan LaHair hit back-to-back homers and

LaHair added another in the sixth; it was his 2nd multi-homer game of the season. LaHair is now tied for 4th in the PCL with 9 home runs. Starter Doug Fister made his 2nd start of the season and tossed a season high 4.0 innings, leaving the game with a lead. Reliever Steve Shell (1-0) earned his first win for the Rainiers with 2.0 innings. Randy Messenger recorded his 5th save of the season and has not allowed a run in his last 6 appearances (6.2 IP).

Today's probable starter:

LH Chris Seddon (1-2, 6.53) at New Orleans

AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)


West Tenn 1 run, 6 hits, 2 errors

Tennessee 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors

Pitching Lines:

RH Kyle Parker (pictured) 7.0,3,0,0,3,3

RH Mumba Rivera (W, 3-2) 2.0,0,0,0,2,1

With the Bats:

DH Johan Limonta 2x3, 2B, BB

2B Jeff Dominguez 1x4, RBI, K

Jaxx Notes: The Diamond Jaxx won their 2nd in a row after dropping 5-straight with a 1-0 win over the Tennessee Smokies. West Tenn. was held to only 6 hits but their pitching was even better, tossing a 3- hit shutout. Starter Kyle Parker tossed a season high 7.0 shutout innings and Mumba Rivera tossed 2.0 innings for the win, his 3rd straight appearance of at least 2.0 innings and 5th time in his last 7 games. The game was scoreless until the 9th when Matt Mangini and Johan Limonta started with single. Following a sacrifice by Leury Bonilla, Jeff Dominguez singled in the winning run. CF Ezequiel Carrera was 1-for-4 and has reached base in 27 of his last 28 games (.337, 35x104). Carrera currently ranks T8th in the Southern League batting race. Mangini has hit safely in 13 of his last 15, batting .351 (20x57) with 6 runs, 4 extra-base hits, 12 RBI. OF Greg Halman leads Southern league in home runs (10), RBI (28).

Today's probable starter:

LH Danny Christensen (0-1, 8.59) at Tennessee

A High Desert Mavericks (California League)


NOTES: Michael Pineda returns after a stint on the DL with a strong outing.

High Desert 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 error

Rancho 4 runs, 8 hits, 4 errors

Pitching Lines:

RH J.C. Ramirez 5.0,6,4,4,3,1

RH Michael Pineda (pictured)(W, 4-1) 2.0,1,0,0,0,0

LH Travis Mortimore 1.0,1,0,0,0,0

RH Phillippe Aumont (SV, 6) 1.0,0,0,0,0,1

With the Bats:

1B Ian Bladergroen 1x3, R, 2 RBI, BB

3B Alex Liddi 1x5, 2 RBI

2B Edilio Colina 2x4, R

Mavericks Notes: The Mavericks won in come-from-behind fashion over Rancho Cucamonga with 3 runs in the 7th on a leadoff triple by Carlos Peguero, an RBI single from James McOwen and a 2-run single from Alex Liddi. High Desert has not lost a series this season and leads the California League South Division by 4.0 games. SS Juan Diaz went 0x3 and had his career-high 11-game hitting streak snapped. OF Tyson Gillies currently has 13-game hit streak (.392/20x51). 3B Alex Liddi (.369/5th), Diaz (.362/7th) and OF Joe Dunigan (.359/8th) are ranked in the top 10 in the California League in batting. Dunigan, Seattle 5th round selection in 2007, leads the league in home runs (12), RBI (35) and slugging (.758). He leads all minor leaguers with 26 extra base hits. RH Phillippe Aumont is 0-1 with a 0.57 ERA (1 ER, 15.2 IP) in 15 relief appearances including 6- for-6 in save opportunities. Mavs lead league batting .309 overall with league-best 48 home runs.

Today's probable starter:

LH Donnie Hume (2-1, 6.00) at Rancho Cucamonga

A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest League)

Game story from Clinton Herald


Beloit 3 runs, 8 hits, 0 errors

Clinton 2 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

Pitching Lines:

RH Kenn Kasparek (L, 1-3) 5.2,4,3,1,2,4

LH Bobby LaFromboise 1.0,1,0,0,1,0

RH Blake Nation 2.1,3,0,0,1,4

With the Bats:

DH Mario Martinez 2x4, HR, RBI, R, 2K

3B Nate Tenbrink 2x3, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, K

CF Maximo Mendez 1x3, R, 3B, K

Lumberkings Notes: The LumberKings opened a 4-game series against Beloit with a loss. All of the scoring came in the first two innings as Maximo Mendez and Nate Tenbrink both tripled in the 1st and Mario Martinez homered in the 2nd. Starter Kenn Kasparek allowed only 1 ER in 5.2 IP and Bobby LaFromboise and Black Nation tossed 3.1 ShO innings in relief. OF Denny Almonte has hit safely in 24 of 28 games this season (.293) and ranks 2nd in the Midwest League with 7 home runs. OF Maximo Mendez is 2nd in the league with 14 stolen bases.

Today's probable starter:

TBA vs. Beloit