On The Farm: Great Falls Fires Blanke At Orem

On The Farm: Great Falls Fires Blanke At Orem
August 26, 2010, 1:58 pm
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Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
WHITE SOXGreat Falls Rookie
Michael Blankes RBI double in the 10th inning gave Great Falls a 3-2 victory over visiting Orem on Wednesday night. Michael Earley had led the inning off with a single and came around to score on Blankes shot to left.

Blanke, a 14th-round pick out of the University of Tampa in the June draft, extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the double. Hes batting .364 16-for-44 during the streak with eight RBIs. Andy Wilkins, a fifth=round pick out of Arkansas, also had a hit, extending his streak to 12 games, during which he is hitting .353 18-for-51.

Orem had tied the score at 2-2 after the Voyagers went ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Rene Garcia won for his second consecutive appearance to improve to 2-0.
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Elliot Sotos RBI single in the top of the ninth was the difference as Boise squealed by Tri-City, 7-6.

Peirre LePage reached on an error to lead off the inning by reaching on an error. He then stole second and came around to score on Sotos single. LePage finished with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Latham picked up his first win of the year with a scoreless eighth while Steven Grife earned his first save by matching the feat in the ninth.
In other action, Scott Thormans homer in the bottom of the 10th was only Omahas fourth hit but it was the biggest as the Royals edged visiting Iowa, 1-0. The I-Cubs managed 10 hits but couldnt push across any runs against a trio of Omaha pitchers. Mitch Atkins, who was one of one of five Iowa pitchers, started and went six innings. Jeff Stevens 0-2 took the loss.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.