TACOMA 13, LAS VEGAS 12: Zack Wheeler surrendered five earned runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter in five-plus innings. He struck out seven in a 102-pitch effort (62
Wheeler strikes). After allowing consecutive doubles to open the game, Wheeler retired 12 of the next 13 batters before his outing unraveled in the fifth. Staked to a 7-1 lead, Wheeler surrendered a leadoff homer in the fifth to Carlos Triunfel. Tacoma eventually loaded the bases with two outs on two walks and an infield single. Alex Liddi then delivered a two-run double on a first-pitch fastball. An inning later, Wheeler again allowed a leadoff homer, this time to Stefen Romero. After hitting the next batter, Triunfel, with an 0-2 pitch, Wheeler was lifted by Wally Backman. Kirk Nieuwenhuis started in center in his 51s debut. Nieuwenhuis had an RBI single but also had four strikeouts in five at-bats.
With Las Vegas leading 10-6, Justin Hampson allowed a pair of batters to reach to open the ninth. Bidding for his first professional save, Greg Peavey entered, loaded the bases, then issued three consecutive walks to force in runs with none out. Armando Rodriguez then entered a bases-loaded, no-out jam with the 51s clinging to a 10-9 lead. Rodriguez coaxed a pop-out to shortstop before surrendering a game-tying single. He then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Tacoma to take the lead in what became a seven-run frame. A throwing error allowed two Las Vegas runs to score in the bottom of the ninth, but Jamie Hoffmann flied out to deep left-center to end it. Andrew Brown (.351) and Omar Quintanilla drove in three runs apiece. Josh Satin went 3-for-5 to up his average to .362. The 51s were playing their first game since Sunday. Frigid weather had interrupted their attempts to play in Colorado Springs. Box
BRADENTON 9, ST. LUCIE 1: The Marauders broke a 1-all tie in the top of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Dan Gamache against St. Lucie reliever Wanel Mesa. Mesa had inherited a runner on third with two outs from starter Domingo Tapia. Tapia was charged with two earned runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two in 5 2/3 innings. Bradenton blew open the game with a six-run seventh. Two runs were charged to Mesa and four to Chasen Bradford. Matt Reynolds (2-for-3) drove in St. Lucie's lone run with a fifth-inning single that plated T.J. Rivera. Box
Boyd SAVANNAH 7, DELMARVA 2: Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki each went 3-for-4 with a homer. Boyd upped his average to .429. Plawecki is now hitting .392. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 to slip to .367. Stefan Sabol also drove in two runs. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa (2-2) limited Delmarva to one run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in 6 1/3 innings. Hunter Carnevale tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box
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