AAA -- Sacramento 14, Tacoma 3 [Box]
Nowhere near the drama in Tacoma on Thursday night compared to the Wednesday night/Thursday morning 18-inning extravaganza ended by utility guy Scott Savastano's "Employee of the Month" moment. Larry Stone has more on Savastano, with video of the game-winning shot and ensuing semi-dogpile, plus audio from Rainier broadcaster Mike Curto, who called the whole game solo. Curto has more on the game as well, including the tidbit that, even though the Sacto pitcher in the 18th was an outfielder, he'd pitched in college and was throwing 91 (and struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches). Both their excellent blogs are linked over on the left column.
Hultzen had his best outing as a member of the Rainiers, going six innings and allowing two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. He gave up one run, on a solo home run to Jermaine Mitchell to lead off the sixth inning.
Hultzen had tremendous command of all of his pitches for the first five innings. Both of his walks came in the sixth inning, after an error put a man on with one out.
Oh, yeah, there was a game on Thursday, too. It was Oakland's minor leaguers teeing off on Hector Noesi (if you're dying to know the damage, it was 5.0 IP, 10 R, 9 ER), so maybe it's better to just keep the focus on Savastano and Hultzen.