Las Vegas, NV - After playing a five game series in Tacoma, the two teams took their feud to Vegas for the opener of another five game set. The Mariners scored all seven runs against 51s starter Sean O'Sullivan (14-7) over his five innings. Three of the runs were unearned after a Yan Gomes error. An Alex Liddi homer was among the 10 hits O'Sullivan gave up. He struck out a pair, did not walk anyone and produced eight outs that did not leave the infield. Jim Hoey worked around a hit and a walk over two shutout innings. Jerry Gil had two Ks in a perfect eighth inning and David Carpenter allowed just one hit while striking out a batter over a scoreless ninth.
The 51s chipped away at a 7-0 deficit with five runs in the fifth. Anthony Gose singled home the first two runs before Gomes hit a three-run homer, his 12th of the year. Gomes drew a walk and Tuffy Gosewich was the other 51 with a hit and a walk. Las Vegas had just five hits on the night.
Manchester, NH - A Brad Glenn RBI groundout in the first inning was the only run of the game for the first five frames before the Red Sox affiliate tied things up in the sixth. In the bottom half of the frame, a two-run double by Ryan Schimpf gave the Fisher Cats the lead for good and he would score on a Brian Van Kirk single. New Hampshire racked up four more runs in the seventh on a Ryan Goins two-run homer, his seventh, and a Gabe Jacobo two-run double. Jacobo was 4-for-4 while Goins, Jake Marisnick and Brad McElroy had two-hit games. Schimpf was hit by a pitch to reach base twice and added a stolen base.
Fernando Hernandez (5-7) managed to hang around long enough for the win by pitching six innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits and three walks while striking out four. He also got eight outs on the green. Ronald Uviedo punched out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect frame to pick up a hold. Chorye Spoone walked two but struck out three in a scoreless frame and Matt Daly allowed a hit but punched out two in a shutout ninth.
Tampa @ Dunedin - Postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Lansing, MI - Kevin Patterson drove in four of the five Lugnuts runs. He belted a three-run homer in the first, his 18th of the year, and tacked on an RBI double in the third. The other run scored after Aaron Munoz grounded into a second inning double play. Andy Fermin had a 3-for-4 night and Nick Baligod hit a pair of doubles and stole a base. Chris Hawkins and K.C. Hobson each had a single and a base on balls.
Southpaw Justin Nicolino (10-4) held the Padres affiliate to an unearned run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He had two strikeouts and eight groundouts. Tim Brechbuehler's Lugnut debut was a good one after spinning a pair of shutout innings. He allowed two hits but struck out a batter. Aleson Escalante and Ajay Meyer closed things out with a shutout frame apiece.
Vancouver - Scheduled day off. The C's begin a five game series in Yakima Tuesday with a half-game lead over Eugene for top spot in the West Division of the Northwest League, thanks to Eugene's 6-1 loss to Spokane Monday night. The C's have announced that playoff tickets go on sale Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
Greeneville, TN - Bluefield used a trio of triples to score runs in the second, fifth and seventh innings. Matt Dean was cashed in by an Emilio Guerrero sacrifice fly, Dalton Pompey was brought home by a Seth Conner single and Pompey was brought in by a Christian Frias safety. A wild pitch and a Dean double resulted in two more runs in the seventh. The wild pitch was uncorked by former Jays farmhand Joe Musgrove, who was promptly ejected by the home plate umpire. Pompey finished a homer short of the cycle and Dean drew a walk to go along with his two hits. Conner added to his single with a base on balls and a hit by a pitch. Justin Atkinson was 1-for-1 with a hit by pitch and was replaced by Frias at second base. Jacob Anderson was 1-for-4.
Alberto Tirado (2-0) permitted just four Astros to reach base over five innings in the form of a hit, a hit by pitch and two walks. He struck out three and induced six outs on the ground. Les Williams earned a hold but could not keep the shutout going as he surrendered two runs on three hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings. Lefty Joe Spano stranded a runner for Williams and worked around a couple of walks over 1 1/3 scoreless frames. He struck out a batter to pick up his fifth save.
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3. Kevin Patterson, Lansing. Patterson has 41 extra base hits this season and an OPS of .802.
2. Justin Nicolino, Lansing. Nicolino has won three of his five decisions in August with a 2.10 earned run average and has struck out 114 batters in 119.1 innings.
1. Alberto Tirado, Bluefield. The 17 year-old Dominican is 2-0 with a 2.45 earned run average over 11 innings with Bluefield.
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