Holiday action featured a lot of guys crossing the plate on their way to the cookout. Also a fair amount of news that we'll cover in a separate post.
AAA -- Tacoma 11, Reno 10 -- Box
Scheduled starter Hector Noesi was a surprise callup to Seattle, so the Rainiers put Jonathan Arias (Watch List) on the spot. Arias has been pretty effective in relief (10.7 K/9) but the spot start, especially in a hitter's park like Reno, apparently wasn't his thing (2.2 IP, 5 ER). He was followed by Forrest Snow (Watch List), who'd just gotten recalled from Jackson, and he wasn't much better (2.2 IP, 3 ER).
But the offense stayed with it, and ... well, you know, "Liddi" is Italian for Slugger! Alessandro went 4-for-5, with a home run, a double and two singles.
It was the double that was the key to the big 9th-inning comback rally. Entering down 10-6, the Rainiers led off the inning with a Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1) single, followed by a Franklin Gutierrez double. After Brad Miller (Talk40 #6) walked, Liddi's double plated two (making it 10-9). The final blow was delivered by Stefen Romero (Talk40 #11), whose double brought in the two winning runs.
Liddi's home run was his ninth, and he also had a stolen base.
AA -- Jackson 9, Montgomery 3 -- Box
Matching Liddi blow for blow (though they are no longer teammates) was Rich Poythress (26intheMix). "The Mayor" was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two walks. OK, no stolen base. But Liddi didn't have any walks ... so they're even.
High-A -- High Desert 7, Lake Elsinore 6 [11 innings] -- Box
This game started in a predictable way in the 1st inning:
The game was knotted at five going into extras, and the Storm took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th before Blash reached on an error, which set up Ramon Morla for the walk-off two-run homer to end it.
Low-A -- Quad Cities 11, Clinton 4 -- Box
Nothing went too well for the LumberKings, as the River Bandits scored early and often, paced by three hits and four RBI from 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick Carlos Correa.
Dustin Ackley is slated to join the Rainiers in Colorado Springs, where Jeremy Bonderman is on tap to return to the mound. Reportedly, his opt-out date is June 1, so it could be the last time. Or not. We'll see.