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Written by Jay Yencich | 10 August 2011

Drafty news today, as the Mariners agreed to terms with three draft picks, 3rd-round RHP Carter Capps, 19th-round C Luke Guarnaccia, and 35th-round OF Cory Scammell. Let's review, shall we? Capps is a likely reliever, though I could easily see the org running with him as a starter in the short term. Former backstop, mid-90s heavy heater, kind of the Pryor of this draft. Since he was the comp pick, we would not have had anything if we failed to sign him. Guarnaccia is a switch hitter but is a little raw in the overall game. Another guy to add to the growing backstop corps, and his potential is far higher than his draft position. Scammell will probably draw some comparisons to Saunders because they're both tall, left-handed batting Canadian outfielders, but Scammell is probably more the power bat and less athletic. I'm happy with all of these signing, while at the same time being slightly nervous about the others and hoping that these particular acquisitions don't preclude us from getting the other important fellows aboard.

Tacoma 5, Round Rock 10 (TEX + 20)
D'oh? The Rainiers finally said, to heck with all the appearances, let's just run RHP Forrest Snow (7.25, L) out there as a starter, and he went five+ innings and let seven runs plate on five hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, a walk, and four Ks. You might think that I'm going to make some remarks about him being Snow and it being 104 degrees and sunny at game time. I'm above that. LHP Fabio Castro (3.67) let a run plate on three hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and two Ks in two frames of work, scoring three of Snow's runs along the way, and RHP Shawn Kelley (4.05) gave up two solo home runs in the eighth which displeases me.
We had a home run too. Good going, DH Wily Mo Pena (HR, 4 RBI, .362). You are doing what we expected you to do. He also had a single. C Jose Yepez (.319) had a couple of walks and CF Greg Halman (R, .295), 1B Johan Limonta (R, .326), and 3B Alex Liddi (2B< 2 R, .262) all had a hit and a walk.

Jackson 6, Birmingham 5 (CHW - 11) (thirteen innings)
Positive extra-innings affair! There were disappointing aspects to it though, like RHP Andrew Carrway (3.68) letting five runs plate on seven hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, and four Ks in four innings of work. LHP Brian Moran (5.59) had a hit, a walk, and a K in the next inning and a third and RHP Stephen Penney (5.15) had a similar span with a strikeout. LHP Edward Paredes (4.72) K'd one in the next inning, then RHP Daniel Cooper (0.00) played bullpen savior by going three and a third innings with a hit, two walks, and a K, throwing only forty pitches along the way. RHP Moises Hernandez (6.38, W) had a hit, a wild pitch, and a walk in the final two innings.
What do I say about this other than it went about one and a half times regulation and there wasn't a lot of offense that came of it? Let's do thirteenth inning and hope. With one out, PR-CF Brandon Haveman (2 R, 1-2, .278) singled and then Shaffer did as well, moving him to second. An out later, Noriega singled and that drove in the run. That's right, Noriega, in his first double-A game, drove in the winning run. That's because Triunfel got the call to triple-A. Pretend to be surprised now.

High Desert 2, Modesto 3 (COL + 9)
I feel bad about even having to write this one up. RHP Yoervis Medina (6.49, L) pitched a complete game, three runs on eight hits (HR), a wild pitch, three walks, and nine Ks. It was one of his best starts in a while against a tough team. He lost. It was his twelfth loss. He only has one win this year in the Cal League. Bullroar, is what it is.
RF James McOwen (.276) and 3B Steve Proscia (2B, R, .315) both had two hits and DH Joe Dunigan (2B, RBI, .222) and CF Denny Almonte (2B, RBI, .275) both doubled, with Dunigan drawing a walk. C Trevor Coleman (R, .266) walked twice. You may be wondering about the moves since I addressed it above, so Schlander is back, and Marcoe is also in as Marder hit the DL. Sadface.

Clinton 4, Burlington 5 (OAK - 14) (ten innings)
BEES. LHP Roenis Elias (3.00) had four runs score against him on five hits (2 HR), three walks, a wild pitch, and three Ks. I'm surprised, a bit. RHP Jessie Nava (3.52) had an uneventful two and a third innings, which is something, and RHP Jonathan Arias (2.90, L) pitched the final inning and a third and let a run score on three hits and a walk against three Ks. He was probably the best reliever to run out there, so I'm not opposed to it on principle.
3B Carlos Ramirez (R, SB, .235), CF Mike McGee (2B, .262), and C John Hicks (3 RBI, .247) all had two hits, 1B Tim Morris (2 R, 2 SB, CS, .255) and RF Kalian Sams (.233) both had two walks, with Morris adding a walk, and DH Mickey Wiswall (2B, R, RBI, .240) doubled. The infield domino stopped here because they just activated Browning.

Vancouver 2 (TOR - 4), Everett 12
RHP Jordan Pries (3.62, W) did pretty well with his start, going five and letting a run score on five hits (HR), a walk, and five Ks. RHP Max Krakowiak (1.98) had a hit and three Ks in the next two and RHP Cody Weiss (9.00) had an unearned run plate on three hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and three Ks in the final two innings.
3B Ramon Morla (2 HR, .312) went yard twice in the game. Maybe this is the week I get to speak glowingly of him, but on the other hand, we also have RF Jabari Balsh (HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, .287), who had three hits including a bomb, and C Mike Dowd (2B, 2 R, RBI, .217) who had a 4-for-4 game. That was the offense, I guess.

Pulaski 1, Kingsport 2 (NYM + 2)
I was worried for a while and that RHP Angel Raga (3.31, L) wasn't cut out for the starting thing, but this time out he went six innings with two runs plating on six hits, a walk, and six Ks, and that's good. So was RHP David Colvin (0.81), who had a hit, a wild pitch, a couple walks, and four Ks in the final two. He could handle Everett, at least. DH Frankie Christian (2B, R, .219) and SS Bryan Brito (3B, RBI, .221) both had extra-base hits, which is great for guys that have scuffled a bit this season. RF Alfredo Morales (.221) had two singles. He's only scuffled in the Appy League.

AZL Athletics 6, Peoria Mariners 7
RHP Richard White (6.00) got something resembling a start, going two innings and letting a run plate on two hits, a hit batter, a walk, and two Ks. RHP Charles Kaalekahi (5.85, E,) then took over and had four and two-thirds innings to work with, letting four runs plate on seven hits, two walks, a hit batter, and a strikeout. RHP Yunior de Jesus (3.71, BS, L) let an unearned run score on two hits, a walk, and two Ks in the final two and a third innings. I don't like unearned runs deciding things and that seems to happen in the AZL a bit more than is common.
I'll have LF Phillips Castillo (2 R, RBI, SB, .321) take point on this because he had two hits and two walks. 2B Felipe Burin (2B, R, .313), RF Rigoberto Rangel (R, E, .239), and 1B Jose Martinez (HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, .279) all had two hits as well with Rangel adding a walk. Martinez could use better peripherals, but he's pulling himself up to more respectable levels.

Yamasa Mariners 7, DSL Athletics 4 (- 19)
Yeah, it was a summer league Athletics double dip. RHP Ivan Julio (3.08, W) got the win, going five innings with it and letting four runs plate on nine hits, two wild pitches, a hit batter, a walk, and two Ks. Bullets were dodged. RHP Ronald Dominguez (1.47, S) had a hit, a hit batter, and two Ks in the last four.
Where to start with this one… let's go LF Estarlyn Morales (CS, .228) walking three times who does that in the summer leagues aside from Burin? DH Randy Perez (2 R, CS, .271) and 2B Diego Mina (2B, 2 R, SB, .218) both had two walks, with Mina adding the double, obviously. SS Noe Berro (2 RBI, .190), whom I have not mentioned much (or Mina, for that matter), and 1B Axel Wel (HR, 2 RBI. .245) both had two hits. The dinger by Wel probably deserves more fanfare because it was his fifth and we like roundish numbers, but this was just how I read the box.

Wednesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Round Rock, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Jackson: Off day
High Desert: Off day
Clinton: RHP Taijuan Walker, in Clinton, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: LHP Cameron Hobson, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Kingsport, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Giants, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: Season over, tied for third place
Yamasa: TBA, at Brewers

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 59-59, .500, 7.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals:20-25 (58-57), .444 (.504), 6.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 15-29 (47-67), .341 (.412), 10.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 23-21 (47-67), .523 (.412), 3.5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 9-5 (25-27), .643 (.481), 1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 22-26, .458, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 19-20, .487, 8.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 38-34, .528, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 39-18 .684, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 352-377, .483

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Written by Jay Yencich | 09 August 2011

James Paxton was Southern League Pitcher of the Week, Steve Kohlscheen was Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, and there was a wrap.

Tacoma 8, Round Rock 7 (TEX + 19)
LHP Nate Robertson (7.19, W) was roughed up to the tune of seven runs (five earned) on eleven hits (HR), a walk, and five Ks in six and a third innings. RHP Steve Delabar (0.00) scored two of those, walking two and recording a K while wrapping up the seventh. RHP Shawn Kelley (1.59) had a hit and a K in the eighth. I think he's okay now. RHP Scott Patterson (3.44, S) had a walk and two Ks in the ninth.
Home runs have been a thing lately haven't they? 1B Johan Limonta (HR, 3 RBI, E, .327) and RF Carlos Peguero (HR, 2 RBI, .330) both had them, though they didn't have anything else. LF Mike Wilson (2 R, 2 SB, .322) and C Jose Yepez (2B, RBI, .321) both had a hit and two walks, while DH Wily Mo Pena (R, .361) had a hit and one walk. CF Greg Halman (2 2B, 2 R, .298) had two doubles. The rule of prospecting this year is that if you send them down they will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. This is not necessarily valid for return trips to the MLB, however.

Jackson 6, Birmingham 4 (CHW - 10)
RHP Steve Hensley (5.52, W) gave up three runs in five and two-thirds innings of work on eight hits (HR), a wild pitch, two walks, and six Ks. That's almost a quality start. Almost. LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.60) pitched the next inning and a third+ with a run scoring on three hits, that run being scored by RHP Stephen Pryor (1.29, S), who allowed two hits and struck out three in the final two innings.
LF Vinnie Catricala (2 R, SB, .362) walked three times and stole a base. Neat! DH Luis Antonio Jimenez (R, RBI, .319) also reached three times with two hits and a walk. 1B Rich Poythress (2B, R, RBI, .265) had two hits and 2B Scott Savastano (2B, RBI, .294), 3B Francisco Martinez (2B, 2 RBI, .219), and CF Johermyn Chavez (2B, R, RBI, .216) all had doubles with Martinez adding a walk. That was both the first double and the first walk for Martinez in the Mariners org.

High Desert 3, Modesto 4 (COL + 8)
Aw Nuts? Too easy. RHP Jandy Sena (5.20, L) had all four of the runs score against him on five hits (HR), a hit batter, a walk, and four Ks. LHP Jonathan Hesketh (9.16) had a hit and two Ks in the next two innings and then RHP Stephen Kahn (7.18) had a hit and a K in the eighth.
1B Steve Proscia (2B, R, .303) and 2B Shaver Hansen (2B, R, .333) both had three hits in the game, LF Denny Almonte (2B, R, .275) had two, and DH Joe Dunigan (RBI, .208) had a hit and a walk.

Clinton 5, Burlington 2 (OAK - 15)
LHP Anthony Fernandez (3.01) had two runs (one earned) score against him on six hits, a couple walks, and four Ks in six innings of work. RHP Matt Bischoff (3.55, W) won it with two hits and two Ks in three frames.
2B Stefen Romero (HR, 2 R, .276) kept doing the power hitting thing with a home run and a single, that home run being his fifteenth of the season. DH Mickey Wiswall (R, RBI, .240) and SS Anthony Phillips (SB, CS, .177) both had two hits of a lesser distance. CF Mike McGee (2 R, .257) had three walks.

Vancouver 1 (TOR - 3), Everett 5
Now we're in first! LHP Bennett Whitmore (4.78, PO, W) pitched six frames with a run scoring on a solo shot. There were three other hits, two walks, and five Ks. RHP Joe DiRocco (3.28, S) had a hit, a wild pitch, a walk, and two Ks.
Offense? Offense! CF Jarrett Burgess (2B, R, .237) and RF Mario Yepez (2B, .333) both doubled and DH Jabari Blash (R, 2 RBI, SB, .273) and 1B Jharmidy de Jesus (RBI, SB, .325) both had a hit and a walk and LF Nathan Melendres (2 R, SB, .314) had two singles and I guess that will suffice.

Elizabethton 3 (MIN + 3), Pulaski 6
RHP Luke Taylor (9.08, W) had a surprising outing, a good surprise as he allowed a run to score on five innings on five hits, two walks, and five Ks. I hope that he does well in his second start of the week because I'd like to think he's turning a corner. RHP Seon Gi Kim (6.06) also did well, but not as well as he let a run score on five hits and four Ks in three frames. RHP Bo Reeder (4.96) had a run score on two hits and two Ks in the ninth.
C David Villasuso (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .183) hit a home run and walked. He seems sort of like Coleman was at first in that when he hits, he does a lot for an offense, but it's a lot of 0-fors beyond that and so the overall line always ends up lower than one expects. 2B Dan Paolini (R, RBI, PO, .295) added three singles, DH Efrain Nunez (R, .257) had two, and RF Alfedo Morales (.203) had one of those plus a walk.

Peoria Mariners 3, AZL Padres 4
One can't really call it a "bullpen day" at this level because the roles are not so settled. RHP Lars Huijer (6.00) pitched two innings and let two runs plate on two hits (HR), a walk, and a couple of Ks. RHP Brandon Plotz (6.43) then let an unearned run score on a hit, a walk, and two Ks in the third. RHP Maxx Catapano (6.23) had the longest outing of the day at three innings with three hits, a walk, and four Ks. RHP Marcos Reyna (3.86) then pitched two and had two hits and two strikeouts to his line. RHP Alex Sunderland (5.40, L) lost the game when he gave up a home run with one out in the ninth.
The walks were more prominent than the hitting for this one. 2B Felipe Burin (.308) had three of them, RF Rigoberto Rangel (R, .221) had two, and C Ivan Ramirez (RBI, .167) had a single and a walk. For hitting, there was a triple by DH Reggie Lawson (3B, .240) and two hits by SS Roberto Velasquez (R, RBI, .256).

DSL Red Sox 8 (+ 10), Yamasa Mariners 6
One of those weird outside division games. RHP Gregorio Aquino (5.81, L) let all eight runs (seven earned) score on seven hits (HR), a couple wild pitches, a hit batter, three walks, and two Ks in two and two-thirds innings. LHP Leoncio Munoz (4.09) struck out one, then gave way to RHP Albert Tamarez (15.88), who hadn't pitched in a month, and went three innings and had a hit, a walk, and two Ks. RHP Noel de la Cruz (3.95) had the same totals in the final three minus a K.
The big offensive contributor was CF Janelfry Zorilla (3B, HR, 2 R, .324), who had three hits including his tenth dinger. DINGERS! 3B George Soto (HR, .242) had one of those too. DH Randy Perez (2 R, 3 SB, .280) walked three times and SS Ketel Marte (CS, E, .261) also reached three times with a hit and two walks. LF Estarlyn Morales (2B, .230) doubled.

Tuesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Round Rock, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Andrew Carraway, at Birmingham, @ 5:00 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Modesto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Roenis Elias, at Burlington, @ 4:30 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Jordan Pries, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Kingsport, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria
Aguirre: Season over, tied for third place
Yamasa: TBA, at Athletics

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 59-58, .504, 7.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 19-25 (57-57), .432 (.500), 7.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 15-28 (47-66), .349 (.416), 10.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 23-20 (47-66), .535 (.416), 3.5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 8-5 (24-27), .615 (.471), 1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 22-25, .468, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 18-20, .474, 8.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 38-34, .528, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-18 .679, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 348-373, .483

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Written by Jay Yencich | 08 August 2011

Tacoma 12, Round Rock 7 (TEX + 20)
The triple-A team will be suffering with the major league team. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4.91) went five innings in his second triple-A start and got another win with six runs scoring on nine hits (HR), a walk, and a K. LHP Cesar Jimenez (3.96) had one score against him on two hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks in the next three innings and RHP Scott Patterson (3.53) had an uneventful ninth.
Offense! 3B Alex Liddi (2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, .265) and RF Carlos Peguero (2B, R, 3 RBI, SB, .333) both had three hits in the game and 1B Johan Limonta (2 R, 2 RBI, .329), DH Wily Mo Pena (R, .363), and C Jose Yepez (2 R, .318) all reached three times as well, Limonta and Pena with a hit and two walks, Yepez with a couple of hits and a walk.

Jackson 2, Birmingham 5 (CHW - 9)
LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (7.00, PO) had an easier time with the second start, going six innings and letting two score on four hits, a wild pitch, three walks, and three Ks. RHP Mosies Hernandez (6.60, L) took his second loss after letting three plate on four hits (HR), two walks, and two Ks in the final two innings.
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (2B, A, .333) and 1B Rich Poythress (.263) both had two hits, CF (yes, CF) Johermyn Chavez (.215) had a single and a walk, and 2B Scott Savastano (2B, E, .296) doubled.

High Desert 3, Modesto 6 (COL + 7)
RHP Chris Sorce (4.57) had an outing where he lasted six and two-thirds innings with six runs (five earned) scoring on eleven hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and five Ks. RHP Jason Buursma (4.05) recorded the last four outs.
CF Daniel Carroll (2B, HR, 2 RBI, E, .294) was the star for the offense with three hits on the night. DH Jack Marder (2B, .340), RF James McOwen (3B, R, .238), and 1B Mario Martinez (2B, .288) all had extra-base hits.

Clinton 4, Burlington 1 (OAK - 14)
RHP Steve Kohlscheen (5.52, W) made his return to the league and managed to pick up his second win, going six frames with three hits, two walk, and six Ks. RHP John Taylor (4.91) was up next, pitching two and a third innings with a run scoring on a hit and a walk and RHP Tyler Burgoon (2.29) scored that run with a hit and a K in the final two-thirds.
LF-RF Julio Morban (2B, 2 R, CS, .253) had two hits and two walks in the game. Like I said yesterday, when healthy, he's good. CF Mike McGee (HR, 2 R, .261) hit his second pro home run and drew a walk, and the three and four hitters in the order in DH Kevin Rivers (.258) and 2B Stefen Romero (3 RBI, .273) both reached three times, Rivers with three walks and Romero with two hits and a walk. 3B Carlos Ramirez (SB, .237) had a single and a walk.

Vancouver 2 (TOR - 2), Everett 7
RHP Vicente Campos (2.82, W) went six innings en route to the win, with two runs scoring on five hits (HR) against eight Ks. No walks! Be excited! RHP Nolan Diaz (6.64) had a hit, a walk, a wild pitch, and two Ks in the seventh, LHP Kyle Hunter (0.00) struck out one in the eighth, and RHP Jeroen de Haas (6.57) had an uneventful ninth.
Dingers were a feature of the game, as 2B Jorge Agudelo (2 HR, 3-4, .204) had two of them and SS Marcus Littlewood (HR, 2 RBI, 1-3, BB, .229) had one. Otherwise, 3B Ramon Morla (2B, R, .306) had three hits and CF Nathan Melendres (R, .306) had two hits.

Elizabethton 11 (MIN + 4), Pulaski 3
I hope that all of the games in this series don't end up being decided by margins of this size. I would be okay with it if one of them we won. RHP Mayckol Guaipe (4.60, L) got out after three+ innings having given up six runs (three earned) on five hits, a wild pitch, a couple hit batters, a walk, and three Ks. RHP Bobby Shore (1.74) gave up a solo shot and struck out three in the next three innings and in the final three, RHP Reynaldo Sabala (3.90) let four score on four hits (2 HR), a walk, a hit batter, and four Ks.
LF Guillermo Pimentel (RBI, .282) had three hits and a walk, which is kind of interesting. 2B Michael Acevedo (2B, R, E, .288), C Hassiel Jimenez (RBI, .172), and SS Bryan Brito (2B, RBI, E, .217) all had two hits and CF Jamal Austin (3B, R, E, .386) tripled and oh no, he's under .400!

Monday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Round Rock, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Steve Hensley, at Birmingham, @ 4:00 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Modesto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Anthony Fernandez, at Burlington, @ 4:30 pm PDT
Everett: LHP Bennett Whitmore, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: Off day
Aguirre: Season over, tied for third place
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 58-58, .500, 8.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 18-25 (56-57), .419 (.496), 7.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 15-27 (47-65), .357 (.420), 10.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 22-20 (46-66), .524 (.411), 4.5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 7-5 (23-27), .583 (.460), T-1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 21-25, .457, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 18-19, .486, 7 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 38-34, .528, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-17 .691, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 343-370, .481

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Written by Jay Yencich | 07 August 2011

This is something that I think has made its rounds already and I neglected it last night, but you may remember that Michael Saunders left the Rainiers mid-game a few days ago and it was reported on Friday that his mother passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Cancer seems to have hit the Mariners family especially hard this season. My thoughts are with Saunders and his family at this time.

Tacoma 7, Albuquerque 20 (LA + 4)
Turnabout or something. LHP Chris Seddon (6.53, PO, L) gave up eleven runs on nine hits (HR), a wild pitch, three walks, and two Ks. He faced seven batters in the third without recording an out. I don't think he's getting called up this year. RHP Chaz Roe (6.83) scored three of those and nine of his own on eight hits (5 HR!!!!!!!!), two walks, and three Ks. I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen a pitching give up five home runs in a game in my eight or so years of covering the system. I probably haven't. LHP Fabio Castro (3.65) had a hit and a walk in the next two innings and RHP Steve Delabar (0.00) had a walk and a K.
There were home runs from LF Carlos Peguero (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3-5, .326) and 1B Johan Limonta (HR, 4 RBI, 2-4, .330) in this one. Dingers will probably be a feature of the offensive recaps this week. SS Luis Rodriguez (CS, .290), 3B Alex Liddi (.261), and CF Greg Halman (R, RBI, PO, .283) all had two hits, with Halman adding a walk, and DH Wily Mo Pena (2B, 2 R, .363) and RF Mike Wilson (R, E, .328) both had a hit and a walk.

Jackson 2, Birmingham 0 (CHW - 10)
LHP James Paxton (1.97, W) had two hits, a hit batter, and two walks to his line through six and two-thirds innings and struck out ten. Birmingham is also one of the worst offenses in the league. You know what I hate? Knowing stuff. GOD. LHP Brian Moran (5.76) allowed a hit in the next inning and a third and LHP Edward Paredes (4.86, S) walked twice.
LF Vinnie Catricala (HR, .362) had hit fifth home run at the level and walked twice. 1B Rich Poythress (.260) and C Brandon Bantz (2B, R, .234) both had two hits and the top three of 2B Scott Savastano (2B, .297), SS Carlos Triunfel (2B, RBI, .288), and RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (2B, .300) all had doubles, with Savastano adding a walk.

San Jose 3 (SF+ 4) , High Desert 2
LHP Nate Reed (5.91) had a heck of a start, pitching six innings and allowing a run to score on six hits, a hit batter, a walk, and seven Ks. After weeks of having little if anything positive to say about the pitching staff, stuff like that has happened a few times this week. LHP Jason Markovitz (6.03, BS, L), however, will do without any kind of kudos or accolades as he let two score on two hits (HR), a walk, and a K in two and a third innings. RHP Keli'i Zablan (11.25) had a hit and a K in the final two-thirds.
C Jack Marder (2B, R, RBI, SB, .341) and 1B Steve Proscia (.293) had two hits apiece and DH Trevor Coleman (.271) walked twice.

Clinton 4, Burlington 8 (OAK - 13)
BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES. LHP Tony Butler (3.26, PO, 3 E, L) let six (five earned) plate on five hits (HR), two wild pitches, three walks, and six Ks in five innings of work. LHP Ryan Kiel (3.95) then had a hit and three Ks in the next two and RHP Ben Versnik (18.00) had two plate on two hits and a walk in the eighth.
LF Julio Morban (HR, 2 R, .248) managed four hits in the game including his third home run. When healthy, he is capable of hitting. CF Mike McGee (2B, R, .262), 2B Stefem Romero (3B, RBI, .271), and C John Hicks (2B, R, .246) all had extra-base hits and RF Kalian Sams (A, .232) had a single and a walk.

Everett 3, Yakima 5 (ARI - 2)
LHP Jordan Shipers (4.43) did not have disastrous command this time out and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Cody Weiss (11.25, L) had two plate against him on three hits and a walk in a third of an inning and RHP Max Krakowiak (2.31) took it the rest of the way, striking out two.
3B Ramon Morla (R, .284) and LF Jabari Blash (2 3B, R, 2 RBI, .276) both had two hits with Blash adding a walk. Two triples happens not that often. DH James Wood (2B, R, .269) doubled.

Elizabethton 7 (MIN + 3), Pulaski 0
Bleh. RHP Dylan Unsworth (5.18, L) let two score on six hits (HR), a walk, and four Ks in four innings, which wasn't the worst of it. RHP Brett Shankin (6.75) then let three plate on a hit (HR), a plunked batter, and two walks in two innings. RHP Benjamin Cornwell (4.63) followed up with three hits and a K in the next two innings and then LHP Jeremy Dobbs (5.74) had two unearned runs score against him on two hits, a walk, and two Ks in the ninth.
3B Michael Acevedo (2 CS, .283) had three singles, two of which he got erased on. It was a sad, sad night.

Peoria Mariners 0, AZL Indians 9
This game was probably sadder but results-based analysis is unsuited to AZL play. LHP Nick Valenza (7.90, E, L) let eight (seven earned) cross on six hits and three walks in an inning and two-thirds. RHP Gabe Saquilon (6.59) took it through the fourth, scoring three of Valenza's runs with four hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and three Ks total. RHP David Holman (7.08) had a hit and a K in the next two innings and LHP Scott Ronnenbergh (5.24) and RHP Richard White (9.00) split the last two, both allowing two hits, Ronnenbergh striking out one and White letting a run score on those same hits plus a walk. It was White's debut.
DH CHarles Jimenez (.158) had three walks from the leadoff spot and CF James Zamarripa (A, .301) had two walks batting after him. 2B Felipe Burin (.315) had two hits and a walk and LF Phillips Castillo (.325) had a single and a walk.

VSL Tigers, 3 (- 15), Aguirre Mariners 7
So long, VSL ball. Since the Rays lost today, the Mariners finished a half game out of second and tied for third with the Reds. Lame. RHP Isliexel Gonzalez (2.51, PO, W), whom we'll probably see stateside next season, let three score on seven hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and four Ks in six innings. RHP Neritzon Osorio (2.72, S), who probably won't get promoted despite his sweet name, had a hit, a walk, and two Ks in the final three.
LF Jesus Ugueto (2B, R, PO, .262) went out with four hits in the game. SS Rafael Fernandez (R, RBI, .250) had a hit and two walks and considering he ran a 9/21 K/BB for the season, I'd kind of like to see him in the AZL this season but have no expectations of it, because holy crap, he was born in April of 1994. 3B Ramon Coronel (2 R, RBI, SB, E, .352) and 2B Pedro Okuda (RBI, CS, .275) both had two hits and RF Alexy Palma (2B, R, RBI, 2 E, .263) had a double. We could see Palma in the states next year and we could not.

DSL Athletics 9, Yamasa Mariners 0
Meh, DSL ball. RHP Rigoberto Garcia (3.38, 2 E, L) let three unearned runs score on two hits, two walks, and a K in three innings and took the loss as a result. RHP Jose Torres (2.27) had six runs (three earned) score on six hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and three Ks in the final six innings.
SS Ketel Marte (2B, SB, E, .260) and CF Janelfry Zorilla (2B, .314) both had doubles, with Marte adding a walk. I just realized that if Marte ever makes it, people will be using his first name as a substitute for Kettle instead of making vodka references. Lame.

Sunday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Round Rock, @ 4:05 pm PDT
Jackson: LHP Jimmy Gillheeney, at Birmingham, @ 3:00 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Modesto, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP Steve Kohlscheen, at Burlington, @ 12:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Vicente Campos?, in Everett, @ 4:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: Off day
Aguirre: Season over, tied for third place
Yamasa: Off day

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 57-58, .496, 9 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 18-24 (56-56), .429 (.500), 7.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 15-26 (47-64), .366 (.423), 10 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 21-20 (45-66), .512 (.405), 5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 6-5 (22-27), .545 (.449), T-1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 21-24, .467, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 18-19, .486, 7 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 38-34, .528, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-17 .691, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 340-367, .481

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Written by Jay Yencich | 06 August 2011

Tacoma 13, Albuquerque 9 (LA + 3)
LHP Luke French (5.81) pitched four innings and let seven runs plate on six hits (2 HR!), a hit batter, five walks, and three Ks. I thought of making smart remarks, but context is important here. RHP Jarrett Grube (7.71, W) had a hit and a K in the next two innings and then RHP Shawn Kelley (1.93) gave up a run on three hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks in an inning and two-thirds. RHP Scott Patterson (3.63) had one more run score against him on two hits and a K in the final inning and a third.
Today, home runs were hit by guys that did not hit home runs yesterday. Kudos to 2B Matt Tuiasosopo (HR, 1-5, .231), LF Carlos Peguero (2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2-5, .365), RF Mike Wilson (HR, 2 RBI, 1-5, .327), and C Jose Yepez (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2-3, BB, .313). 3B Alex Liddi (3 R, RBI, .260) had a hit and two walks, CF Greg Halman (2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB, .256) had a double and a walk, and SS Luis Rodriguez (R, E, .269) had a single and a walk.

Jackson 1, Birmingham 7 (CHW - 9)
If anyone was worried about the line score, you can calm down a little because RHP Kenn Kasparek (4.46, L) was the starter and the one who gave up all seven runs (six earned) on ten hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks in five innings of work. RHP Daniel Cooper (0.00) made his double-A debut with two innings of work where he walked one and struck out two. RHP Stephen Penney (5.35) struck out one in the eighth.
RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (RBI, .313) and CF Brandon Haveman (2B, R, .276) both had two hits.

San Jose 2 (SF+ 3) , High Desert 4
RHP Taylor Stanton (6.85) got the start and went five innings with it, allowing a run to score on three hits (HR) and four Ks. RHP Stephen Kahn (7.42) had two hits and a strikeout in the next two innings and RHP Willy Kesler (4.00, BS, W) let a run score on three hits (HR) and two Ks in the final two, getting the win.
The walk-off was simple as walkoffs go: with one out, C Jack Marder (R, 2-5, .325) singled, and with two outs, CF James McOwen (HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2-4, BB, .308) homered. At other times in the game, you had two hits apiece from 1B Steve Proscia (CS, .282) and RF Joe Dunigan (2B, .235), with Dunigan adding a walk, and a double by SS Gabriel Noriega (2B, E, .269).

Clinton 6, Wisconsin 1 (MIL - 8)
Sorry, Chris. I’m sorry that the Rattlers had to face RHP Taijuan Walker (3.04, W). Walker had five innings pitched and a run allowed on three hits, three walks, and six Ks, which by his standards is a subpar outing. RHP John Taylor (6.75) struck out two in the sixth and RHP Jonathan Arias (2.79, S) had a hit, a walk, and six Ks in the final three innings. Here’s something interesting pointed out to me via e-mail the other day: April and May Arias, 14.0 IP, 20 H, 10 R, 17/12 K/BB, June on Arias: 34.1 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 62/22 K/BB.
SS Anthony Phillips (2 R, 3 SB, CS, .172) had three hits and three stolen bases out of the nine spot. DH Stefen Romero (HR, .271) and C John Hicks (HR, 2 RBI, .246) both had home runs, that being the first of Hicks’ career. 2B Carlos Ramirez (R, RBI, 2 SB, .235) had two hits.

Everett 6, Yakima 2 (ARI - 3)
Stupid Aquasox pitching rotation. I know it feels lazy, but TBAs for you too until further notice. RHP Steve Landazuri (4.50) had five and two-thirds innings pitched with two runs, both unearned, scoring on nine hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and three Ks. RHP Joe DiRocco (4.74, W) had a perfect two and a third innings to follow that and then RHP Bryan Leigh (3.71) had a hit and a walk in the ninth.
SS Danny Lopez (2B, R, 2 RBI, CS, E, .266) had four hits in the game. It’s been a while since he’d done something like that. Unfortunately, he made one of three baserunning miscues and one of four errors. A sloppy game won. LF Nathan Melendres (2 R, .298), RF Mario Yepez (2 2B, R, RBI, .345), and DH Ethan Paquette (RBI, .253) all had two hits with Paquette adding a walk. CF Jarrett Burgess (CS, .244)

Pulaski 7, Burlington 4 (KC - 10)
RHP Ambioris Hidalgo (3.71) got another start and went three innings with it, two runs scoring on three hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, three walks, and three Ks. RHP Jose Valdivia (4.42) consequently drew the short straw with only two and two-thirds innings in the books and a run on two hits, two walks, two Ks. RHP David Colvin (0.89, W) let another unearned run score on five hits, a walk, and three Ks in two and a third innings and then RHP Joshua Corrales (0.00, S) had two hits and a K in the ninth.
CF Jamal Austin (2 R, .397), who is not on the DL, and 1B Dillon Hazlett (.248) both had two hits and a walk. DH Alfredo Morales (R, RBI, .208) went the other way with it and had a hit and two walks. RF Efrain Nunez (3B, R, 2 RBI, .258) had two hits including his first triple of the year and LF Guillermo Pimentel (2B, R, RBI, .270) doubled.

Peoria Mariners 2, AZL Athletics 4
Good ol' AZL ball, where a walk-off grand slam does not generate much more than rolled eyes and a shrug. RHP Trevor Miller (2.97) pitched six innings this time out and allowed five hits while striking out two. I'm not hot on the strikeout numbers, but considering that he's pitched 5+ innings in six of his last seven outings, I think he may as well be promoted to Pulaski or Everett just to see what happens. RHP Marcos Reyna (4.18) had a hit and three Ks in the next two innings. That was all well and good, but then RHP Yunior de Jesus (4.30) had two outs in the ninth and gave up the grand slam, with three hits (HR) and a walk total.
CF James Zamarripa (3B, R, .313) had two hits and two walks in the game. I'm not one to go crazy over AZL stats, but for a sixth-round pick, he isn't half-bad. A lot of his value is tied up in his hitting for average though, 20% xbh rate and a 23/7 K/BB in 60 ABs. 3B Roberto Velasquez (SB, CS, .257) had a single and two walks. Those guys had the only four walks the team drew, and they struck out twelve times.

Aguirre Mariners 5, VSL Phillies 3 (- 5)
The Rays swept their doubleheader, so we're out of it. Season finale tomorrow. RHP Kevin Quintanilla (2.00) pitched five frames and let a run score on six hits, a walk, and a K. All told, our guys struck out two and their guys struck out nine and we won. LHP Erick Gomez (7.79, BS) let two score on two hits, two walks, and a K in the next inning and RHP Eduardo Miliani (2.81, W) had two hits and a walk to his line over the final three innings.
For offense, you had two hits apiece from 1B Franklin Diaz (2B, R, .216), RF Alexy Palma (R, .263), and LF Jesus Ugueto (2 2B, RBI, 2 E, .249), with Uggy adding a walk. PH-SS Gianfranco Wawoe (2B, R, RBI, .179) had a double. That may be my last opportunity to type Gianfranco Wawoe this season.

Only one game was played in the DSL on Friday and it wasn't one that we'd care about. It did make it a full nine innings though.

Saturday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Albuquerque, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: LHP James Paxton, at Birmingham, @ 4:30 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Tony Butler, at Burlington, @ 4:30 pm PDT
Everett: TBA, at Yakima, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Indians, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 57-57, .500, 8.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 17-24 (55-56), .415 (.495), 7.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 15-25 (47-63), .375 (.427), 9.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 21-19 (45-65), .525 (.409), 4 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 6-4 (22-26), .600 (.458), T-1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 21-23, .477, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 18-18, .500, 6.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 37-34, .521, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-17 .691, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 338-360, .484

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Written by Jay Yencich | 05 August 2011

The Mariners decided to call up CF Trayvon Robinson after the off day, at least that's what the twitter people say, and OF Greg Halman has been optioned. I find this move interesting insofar as Robinson's greatest value is as a CF, so it doesn't make sense to call him up now even with Guti sickly considering that Guti has two more years on the contract and is not exactly a hot commodity trade-wise. He'll probably spell Wells in LF now and then and get some games in center here and there, but I'm struggling to see the playing time rationale for it. It seems like Halman could stay with fewer issues.

Tacoma 12, Albuquerque 4 (LA + 4)
LHP Anthony Vasquez (3.43, W) gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits (2 HR!), three walks, and a K in six innings. I'll justify that as it being a bad park for left-handers and him having a few more days off than needed. LHP Cesar Jimenez (4.01) allowed two hits and struck out three in the next two innings and then LHP Fabio Castro (3.76) made his first appearance in a month and a half, walking one and striking out one.
I'm going to preface this part of the recap by pointing out that Albuquerque has a 153/100 factor for home runs by right-handers. 3B Alex Liddi (3 HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, .259) took advantage of that by going 4-for-6 with three home runs and DH Wily Mo Pena (2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, .364) did as well, seeing as how he had two of his three hits leave the park. As it is not as friendly to left-handed bats, you may regard the four hits by LF Carlos Peguero (2B, R, SB, A, E, .317) as more legitimate. SS Luis Rodriguez (R, .286) had three hits, 1B Johan Limonta (2B, RBI, .333) had two, and 2B Matt Tuiasosopo (2 R, .232), CF Greg Halman (2B, R, .256), and RF Mike Wilson (2B, R, 2 RBI, .330) all had a hit and a walk.

Mississippi 3 (ATL - 3), Jackson 5
This happened again. RHP Andrew Carraway (3.41, W) gave up three runs on six hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and six Ks in six and a third innings. All those runs plated in the seventh, but none under the watch of LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.50), who allowed one hit while wrapping up that inning. RHP Stephen Pryor (1.50, S) had a hit, a walk, and four Ks in the final two innings and somehow this is his first save at this level.
RF Johermyn Chavez (R, .215) had a hit and two walks. WALKS! 2B Scott Savastano (R, RBI, .303), SS Carlos Triunfel (2 RBI, E, .290), and CF Brandon Haveman (CS, E, .268) all had two hits. DH Vinnie Catricala (2B, .369) and C Brandon Bantz (R, .228) both had a hit and a walk.

San Jose 6 (SF+ 4) , High Desert 3
RHP Austin Hudson (6.02, L) got a start, which I think is nice, except that he let three score on five hits, a walk, and a K. RHP Yoervis Medina (6.78) pitched the next five and let three plate on four hits (HR), four walks, and five Ks. LHP Jose Jimenez (6.71) had a hit and a K in the final two frames.
2B Leury Bonilla (2B, .474) had three hits in the game. What I said yesterday. 1B Mario Martinez (2 R, .291) and C Trevor Coleman (2B, RBI, .273) both had two hits and RF Daniel Carroll (2B, CS, .290), DH Joe Dunigan (2B, .143), and CF Denny Almonte (2B, R, .274) all had a double and Carroll added a walk.

Clinton 3, Wisconsin 2 (MIL - 7)
LHP Roenis Elias (0.00, PO, E, W) didn't have too many issues with his first MWL start, going six and a third innings and letting an unearned run score on five hits, a couple of walks, and four Ks. RHP Jessie Nava (3.75) had an unearned run score on a hit and a K in the next inning and a third and in the last inning and a third, RHP Matt Bischoff (4.03, S) allowed a hit and struck out three.
RF Kevin Rivers (2B, R, A, .264) had two hits and DH Robbie Anston (2B, 2 R, SB, .254) doubled and walked. It was only the top four in the order that was hitting tonight.

Everett 7, Yakima 3 (ARI - 2) (twelve innings)
RHP Steve Kohlscheen (3.03) only pitched an inning with a hit allowed. LHP Cameron Hobson (2.45) then took over and was just dandy, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out six in five innings. I like it. RHP Tim Griffin (3.04, BS) had an outing I wasn't so fond of seeing as how he let three plate on five hits, a plunked batter, and three Ks in three innings of work. LHP Kyle Hunter (0.00, W) was the pitcher of record with four hits, a walk, and two Ks in the final three.
Let's talk twelfth inning. It opened with RF Mario Yepez (2 R, 5-7, .340) singling with one out, then 3B Jharmidy de Jesus (R, 2-4, 3 BB, .327) singled and Morla walked to load the bases. That brought up PR-LF Nathan Melendres (3B, R, 3 RBI, 1-3, .289), who then tripled to clear it and C Larry Gonzalez (2 RBI, 2-6, .235) singled to score him after a pitching change. That was it though. 1B Ethan Paquette (R, E, .239) and 2B Marcus Littlewood (2B, R, RBI, .232) both had two hits, Paquette adding one walk and Littlewood adding two. LF Jabari Blash (E, .265), whom Melendres replaced(a little odd, but whatever), had a single and two walks. CF Jarrett Burgess (2B, RBI, .250) doubled and walked.

Pulaski 7, Burlington 10 (KC - 9)
Weirdly familiar, but, like a mirror image. RHP Angel Raga (3.38, L) now had an ERA that looks like a normal pitcher's ERA because he gave up seven runs through three and two-thirds innings after ten hits (2 HR!), a walk, a wild pitch, and four Ks. RHP Bo Reeder (4.70) then had two unearned runs score against him on three hits, a walk, and three Ks in two and a third innings. RHP Bobby Shore (1.23) had an unearned run score on two hits, a walk, and two Ks in the final two innings. So there were some defensive issues, which I suppose is better than outright bad pitching.
LF Guillermo Pimentel (R, RBI, .268), 2B Dan Paolini (R, 2 RBI, .292), and CF Frankie Christian (RBI, .222) all had two hits. This two-game sample is leading me to believe that Austin is on the DL. DH Jordy Lara (3B, R, RBI, .248) tripled and SS Bryan Brito (2B, R, E, .213) doubled.

AZL Rangers 2, Peoria Mariners 6
RHP Min-sih Chen (6.23, W) had a not-half-bad outing, going five innings with two runs (one earned) scoring on five hits, two hit batters, and two Ks. RHP Alex Sunderland (4.91) took over for the next two innings and had a hit and a K to show for it and then RHP Yunior de Jesus (1.93, S) had two hits and a K in the final two innings.
CF-RF Rigoberto Rangel (HR, 2 RBI, E, .242) hit a home run. It's almost as though he's forcing me to remember him. SS Esteilon Peguero (R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 2 E, .293) had three hits in the game and CF James Zamarripa (R, SB, .299) and 2B Felipe Burin (R, RBI, SB, .317) both had two hits and Burin walked.

VSL Pirates 2, Aguirre Mariners 8
This is the completion of the game on the 23rd of July. Since it had some playoff implications, they opted to make it up early. RHP Daniel Mata (4.17) let two score on two hits and a walk in an inning of work. RHP Maykel Ynfantes (2.89, W) then had a hit and three Ks over the next three innings and RHP Ricardo Pereira (3.86, S), who came in after the rain, got an unusual five-inning save with four hits, a walk, and four Ks.
3B Yordi Calderon (R, RBI, 2 SB, .292) had a hit and three walks and we haven't seen that kind of eye (or speed) out of him terribly often. SS Ramon Coronel (R, RBI, SB, .361) had three hits and LF Kenny Hart (2 R, .281) had a hit and two walks. C Arturo Nieto (RBI, .250) had two hits coming in after the rain and 2B Pedro Okuda (2 R, SB, .270) and RF Alexy Palma (RBI, SB, .259) had a hit and a walk.

VSL Pirates 3, Aguirre Mariners 2 (seven innings)
We're not entirely out of it, but we may as well be. RHP Daniel Mara (4.60, L) let three plate on eight hits (HR), two walks, and four Ks in three and two-thirds innings. LHP Cruz Pereira (.318) had a hit, a walk, and three Ks in three and a third innings.
CF Rashynol Michel (R, A, .214) and DH Yordi Calderon (.274) had two walks apiece and 3B Ramon Coronel (.353) and C Arturo Nieto (PB, .224) both had a hit and a walk.

The DSL was shut down today due to Tropical Storm Emily.

Frisday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Albuquerque, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: LHP James Paxton, at Birmingham, @ 5:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP Taijuan Walker, at Wisconsin, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: TBA, at Yakima, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Burlington, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Athletics, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, at Brewers

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 56-57, .496, 9 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 16-23 (54-55), .410 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 14-25 (46-63), .359 (.422), 10 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 20-19 (44-65), .513 (.404), 4.5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 5-4 (21-26), .500 (.447), T-1st in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 20-23, .465, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 18-17, .514, 5.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 36-34, .514, 3 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-17 .691, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 332-358, .481

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Written by Jay Yencich | 04 August 2011

Tacoma 3, Albuquerque 6 (LA + 4)
LHP Mauricio Robles (8.74) walked two and balked in an inning of work and then got the hook. From there, RHP Forrest Snow (5.60, L) pitched five innings and let six runs score on eight hits (HR), a wild pitch, a couple of walks, and five Ks. It's like when a new character enters your favorite TV show and carries a semi-prominent role in one episode, then keeps showing up thereafter, interacting with established characters more and more until he's a part of the cast. RHP Chaz Roe (6.09) had a hit and two Ks in the eighth.
3B Alex Liddi (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .254) hit a home run and walked. It's been a while since he's done something like that. DH Wily Mo Pena (.360) and RF Mike Wilson (.332) both had a single and a walk, LF Carlos Peguero (RBI, PO, .303) had two singles, and CF Trayvon Robinson (.289) had two walks.

Mississippi 3 (ATL - 3), Jackson 5
Back to normalish? RHP Steven Hensley (5.59, W) picked up his second win of the year, pitching six innings with three runs scoring on six hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, two walks, and four Ks. LHP Brian Moran (5.93) had a hit and a K in the next inning and two-thirds and then RHP Steve Delabar (2.05, S) had two hits and a K in the final frame and a third.
2B Scott Savastano (2 R, .301) had four singles leading off. I don't get it either, which is to say I guess I'm always expecting more power than he manages for some reason. He doesn't seem like a leadoff man and that's the very role he's filling. SS Carlos Triunfel (R, RBI, .288), LF Vinnie Catricala (RBI, .370), 3B Francisco Martinez (R, RBI, .308), and C Brandon Bantz (2B, .227) all had two hits with Bantz adding a walk.

San Jose 2 (SF+ 3) , High Desert 8
Sorce has competition. I mean, it's impressive and all to throw seven innings in Lake Elsinore, but it is a pitcher's park. RHP Jandy Sena (4.88, W) throwing eight and two-thirds innings in Adelanto and letting two runs score on seven hits and a walk while striking out four, that's kind of a thing. I wish he had gotten that final out instead of RHP Willy Kesler (3.96) having to come in for a K, but it's still a thing.
1B Steve Proscia (HR, 3 RBI, .286) had another impressive night with three hits and a couple of walks. Home park and all though. 2B Leury Bonilla (3 R, RBI, SB, .429) had four hits as though to prove that he wasn't really supposed to be in the Cal League. SS Gabriel Noriega (2B, R, SB, .270) also had three hits, LF James McOwen (HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, .333) and RF Daniel Carroll (SB, .291) both had two hits and 3B Mario Martinez (RBI, .289) managed a hit and a walk.

 Clinton 1, Wisconsin 2 (MIL - 6) (twelve innings)
It seemed shorter the last time we did this. LHP Anthony Fernandez (3.11) pitched seven and a third innings and allowed a run to score on six hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and four Ks. RHP Jonathan Arias (2.98) then had a walk and four Ks in the next inning and two-thirds and RHP Tyler Burgoon (2.32) walked two and struck out three over the next two innings. And then in the eleventh, newbie RHP John Taylor (27.00, L) let a run score on two hits in a third of an inning.
3B Stefen Romero (2B, E, .270) and SS Anthony Phillips (2B, R, .164) both had doubled and Romero added a walk. LF Robbie Anston (.252) had the other two walks for the team. Yes, the team.

Everett 3, Yakima 4 (ARI - 2)
Closer! RHP Jordan Pries (4.03, L) started and went five innings with four runs scoring on six hits (HR), a wild pitch, and a K. RHP Nolan Diaz (6.98) had a hit, a wild pitch, and two walks in the sixth and RHP Max Krakowiak (2.70) walked one in the two innings he worked.
C Larry Gonzalez (R, RBI, .226) had two singles. So it goes.

Pulaski 10, Burlington 7 (KC - 10)
It was all three inning stints for this one. RHP Luke Taylor (10.27, E) let six plate on three hits (2 HR!) and four walks. RHP Seon Gi Kim (6.75, E, W) scored none of those, but did plate one of his own on two hits, two walks, and four Ks. RHP Reynaldo Sabala (2.92, S) struck out a pair.
1B Patrick Brady (2 R, .429), who's here now for some reason, 2B Dan Paolini (2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, .288), and 3B Michael Acevedo (2 R, 3 RBI, .271) all had three hits, Brady adding a walk. LF Guillermo Pimentel (2 R, SB, .262) and DH Frankie Christian (2B, R, RBI, .174) both had two hits and a walk. Christian hasn't been playing much.

AZL Royals 14, Peoria Mariners 11
RHP Lars Huijer (0.00) debuted and had an uneventful first inning of work. So what do we know about this Huijer fellow? He signed about the same time as Elias did, was the youngest player ever to get invited to the European Academy when he got the call at the age of 14, played on various Dutch National Teams and did well, and made his debut for Honkbal Hoofdklasse last year as a seventeen-year-old and began this season as a starting pitcher for the Hoofddorp Pioniers. I found some footage of him which I took a quick, casual glance at. He's all legs and arms, over the top, doesn't always finish well, and has some unrefined mechanics. No Idea what he throws though. But hey! New Dutch pitcher! RHP Charles Kaalekahi (5.60) pitched the next five and had three score on six hits (HR), a couple of hit batters, a wild pitch, a walk, and three Ks. RHP Marcos Reyna (4.57, L) ended up with the loss as seven runs (one earned) scored against him on four hits (HR), a wild pitch, a couple of walks, and a K. RHP Maxx Catapano (7.23) let four more plate on six hits (HR) and a walk in the final two and a third innings, which is upsetting because the M's scored three runs in the ninth.
So, offense. 1B Reginald Lampe (2 2B, 3B, 5 RBI, PO, .259) managed four hits in the game and 3B Jose Martinez (2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, .279) had three. SS Esteilon Peguero (2B, R, .281), C Billy Marcoe (2B, 2 R, RBI, E, .333), and 2B Roberto Velasquez (E, .254) all had two hits, with Marcoe adding a walk. RF Rigoberto Rangel (2 R, RBI, SB, A, .237), whom I somehow forgot was in the organization for a while, and LF Phillips Castillo (2 R, RBI, .328) both had a hit and a walk.

Aguirre Mariners 3, VSL Reds 4 (+ 1)
RHP Jose Flores (2.61) pitched six frames and let a run score on three hits and two walks while striking out three. It was RHP Maykel Ynfantes (2.76, BS, L) who took the loss as three unearned runs scored on four hits and a hit batter with one K in two innings of work.
DH Pedro Okuda (2B, 2 RBI, SB, .279) had four hits. He hit .299/.466/.373 in July. After hitting .088/.256/.088 in June.

Yamasa Mariners 5, DSL Rays 4 (- 4)
RHP Ivan Julio (2.64) had two score against him on five hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks in three and two-thirds innings. RHP Enrique Rosario (1.40) followed and took it through the sixth with two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and a K. RHP Domingo Brazoban (2.90, BS, W) went to 8-1 with two runs scoring against him on four hits and two Ks. He can't be win vulturing all the time, can he?
1B Westlonder Marcelino (2B, 3B, 3 R, RBI, .231) had three hits in the game. That's another name I like typing out but don't get to as often as I'd like. LF-CF Estarlyn Morales (R, .230) had a single and a walk.

Thursday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Albuquerque, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Andrew Carraway, in Jackson, @ 5:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Roenis Elias (no, really), at Wisconsin, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Landazuri, at Yakima, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Burlington, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, at Brewers

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 55-57, .491, 9.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 16-23 (54-55), .410 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 14-24 (46-62), .368 (.426), 9.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 19-19 (43-65), .500 (.398), 5 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 4-4 (20-26), .500 (.435), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 20-22, .476, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 17-17, .500, 6.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 35-33, .515, 3 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 38-17 .691, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 326-355, .479 no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 03 August 2011

Tom Wilhelmsen was called up today and I don't have too much to say about that because he's really struggled with his command. Kyle Seager was also recalled to take the spot when Chone Figgins went on the DL with the hip flexor thing, and that's good because Seager has had no issues with the PCL.

Las Vegas 6 (TOR - 1), Tacoma 2
Whoopsidaisy. LHP Nate Robertson (7.20, L) pitched seven innings but gave up four runs on six hits (HR), two walks, a wild pitch, and five Ks. RHP Shawn Kelley (0.00) had a perfect eighth, which was about as positive as the news got. RHP Jarrett Grube (8.31) then let two score on four hits and a walk in the ninth.
2B Luis Rodriguez (HR, .300) hit himself a dinger, so that's something. C Jose Yepez (.304) had a hit and two walks and DH Wily Mo Pena (.360) had a single and a walk. SS Sean Kazmar (2B, RBI, .258) doubled. Saunder had to abruptly leave the game due to personal matters, which is terrible news. My thoughts are with him. It's been a rough year.

Mississippi 6 (ATL - 2), Jackson 0
Since Wilhelmsen was scheduled to take this one and he obviously couldn't, RHP Moises Hernandez (6.35, L) got the spot and went four innings with it with two runs scoring on four hits, a couple of walks, and four Ks, which isn't inherently bad. RHP Stephen Penney (5.50) then let two more plate on three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, a walk, and two Ks. He's struggled way more with the double-A transition than I thought he would. LHP Edward Paredes (5.01) had two unearned runs score in the final three on three hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and four Ks.
LF Vinnie Catricala (SB, A, .369) had a hit and a walk but I find the stolen base and the assist more interesting.

High Desert 8, Lake Elsinore 6 (SD + 8)
RHP Chris Sorce (4.45) pitched seven scoreless innings with three hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, six walks, and three Ks. I don't get it. RHP Keli'i Zablan (12.27) then faced four batters and had a hit and three walks, all of which scored, three of them under the watch of RHP Austin Hudson (5.75), who had a run score on two hits and two hit batters in two-thirds of an inning. RHP Daniel Cooper (5.25 S) saved it with a run scoring on a hit in the final inning and a third.
DH Jack Marder (2B, 2 R, RBI, .367), LF-1B Mario Martinez (PO, .289), 3B Steve Proscia (HR, 2 R, .254), and CF Denny Almonte (R, RBI, .277) all had two hits and Mar Mar and Proscia even added walks. Proscia's average isn't so hot, but nearly half his hits have gone for extras and he's hitting better in away games. I'm pleased. 2B Leury Bonilla (HR, 3 RBI, .222) had a home run, though I'd rather he be playing at a higher level, and feel the same ways about RF James McOwen (E, .000) who is now back in the Cal League and walked twice. C Trevor Coleman (R, E, .270) had a single and a walk. He could also be in double-A.

Clinton 1, Wisconsin 2 (MIL - 7)
RHP George Mieses (4.87, L) pitched seven innings with two runs scoring on five hits (HR) and a walk and if you think I'm omitting something there, I'm not, because he didn't strike out anyone and has gone back to doing that again it seems. RHP Matt Bischoff (4.29, PO) had a walk and a K in the eighth.
2B Stefen Romero (.271) had two singles and 3B Jake Schlander (2B, .140) doubled.

Everett 3, Yakima 5 (ARI - 3)
They made one error and we made five. That pretty well covers it. LHP Bennett Whitmore (5.21, E, L) let four runs (three earned) plate on seven hits (HR), a wild pitch, a walk, and two Ks. RHP Joe DiRocco (4.19, E) then had a hit through the next inning and two-thirds, and RHP Bryan Leigh (3.94) had a solo shot, one other hit, and a K in the eighth. Leigh and Whitmore both gave up home runs to the same guy, whom I am prepared to hate going forward but not as much as if he played for an organization that was in any way relevant to us.
3B Ramon Morla (2B, 2 RBI, E, .328) had two hits, which is neat. LF Mario Yepez (2B, R, .331) and 1B Jharmidy de Jesus (2B, R, E, .324) both had doubles and DH James Wood (RBI, .270) had a hit and a walk.

VSL Phillies 2 (- 2), Aguirre Mariners 9
LHP Luis Pina (3.69) gave up two runs on three hits and two Ks in four innings and then RHP Rafael Carrera (3.35, W) took the rest and went to 4-0 on the season, two hits, two Ks.
RF Alexy Palma (2 R, RBI, .258) and 2B Pedro Okuda (R, 2 RBI, SB, .258) both had a hit and three walks and ended up at an equal average. Stuff like that happens all the time. Also my pants seem to be on fire. CF Rashynol Michel (R, RBI, SB, .216) had three hits, which happens a little more often. 3B Ramon Coronel (R, .354) had two walks, DH Yordi Calderon (RBI, .278) had a single and a walk, and C Ricardo Gonzalez (R, RBI, .167) and 1B Jose Kalbakgi (R, .195) both had a couple of hits.

The DSL game was postponed and will be made up when you least expect it.

Wednesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Albuquerque, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Stephen Hensley, in Jackson, @ 5:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Anthony Fernandez, at Wisconsin, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Landazuri, at Yakima, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: RHP Luke Taylor, at Burlington, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Reds
Yamasa: TBA, at Rays

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 55-56, .495, 8.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 15-22 (53-54), .405 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 13-24 (45-62), .351 (.421), 9.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 19-18 (43-64), .514 (.402), 4 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 4-3 (20-25), .571 (.444), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 19-22, .463, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 17-16, .515, 6 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 35-32, .522, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 37-17 .685, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 322-350, .479

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Written by Jay Yencich | 02 August 2011

Anthony Vasquez was moved out of his usual rotation and saw multiple minor leaguers promoted to make spot starts so that he could sit by and hear that Charlie Furbush will be starting on Wednesday.

Las Vegas 2 (TOR - 2), Tacoma 4
RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0.00, W) pitched six innings in his first triple-A start and allowed an unearned run to score after eight hits, a plunked batter, three walks, and three Ks. Yes, that sounds like a thing that would have happened. RHP Chaz Roe (6.16) had an unearned run plate on two hits and two Ks in the next two innings, and RHP Scott Patterson (3.51, S) just struck out two in the ninth.
2B Kyle Seager (2B, 2 R, SB, .406), CF Trayvon Robinson (R, SB, .294), 1B Matt Tuiasosopo (2B, R, .232), and SS Luis Rodriguez (2B, 2 RBI, E, .333) all had a hit and a walk and DH Wily Mo Pena (2B, RBI, .360) doubled.

Mississippi 10 (ATL - 3), Jackson 7
This turned into a slugfest, which is sad because we got our wish and LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (15.00, L) was called up, but he gave up five runs in three innings on eight hits and three walks. RHP Taylor Stanton (4.35) also had five runs score against him, this time in two and a third innings of work and coming on four hits, three walks, and a K. LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.56) scored two of those, but none of his own as he had four hits, a walk, and five Ks to his name in the next two and two-thirds. LHP Brian Moran (6.17) struck out the side in the ninth.
SS Carlos Triunfel (R, .286) and C Jesus Sucre (3 2B, 3 RBI, .241) both had three hits in the game and 2B Scott Savastano (RBI, .296), LF Vinnie Catricala (2B, R, RBI, .370), RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (2 R, .400), and 1B Rich Poythress (2 R, .262) all had two hits, with Poythress adding a walk. DH Luis Antonio Jimenez (.343) added a single and a walk. The other new guy, Francisco Martinez, had a hit too. Good to get these things out of the way.

High Desert 1, Lake Elsinore 7 (SD + 9)
LHP Nate Reed (11.57, PO, L) was the guy moved to Adelanto and he gave up six runs on seven hits (2 HR!), two walks, two hit batters, and four Ks in four and two-thirds innings. RHP Jason Buursma (5.06) scored one of those and an unearned of his own after three hits and a K in the next two and a third innings. LHP Jason Markovitz (5.91) had the same totals, but only one IP.
3B Mairo Martinez (RBI, .287) had three hits in the game. Good on him. There were no extra-base hits.

Peoria 8 (CHC - 12), Clinton 6
HATED NEMESES. RHP Jessie Nava (3.89, 3 PO, L) had a spot start and let four plate on ten hits, a walk, and two Ks in three+ innings of work. Yes, he picked off three. And then LHP Ryan Kiel (4.63) pitched three innings, scoring one of Nava's runs and three of his own on four hits (HR), two walks, and two Ks. And then LHP Jonathan Hesketh (3.00) had the last three innings of work with an unearned run scoring on a hit, three walks, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a K. I like the threes, kind of, but the result, no.
The Lumberkings scored two in the ninth, but no more. CF Julio Morban (2B, 2 R, .248) and LF Kevin Rivers (HR, 3 RBI, E, .264) both had two hits and two walks. DH Robbie Anston (2B, R, .258) had two hits and a walk and 1B Mickey Wiswall (HR, 2 RBI, E, .246) had just the two hits. If it didn't come in twos, it wasn't working for the offense. Maybe that explains it all. If only they had threes!

Burlington 5 (KC - 9), Pulaski 0
Oh. RHP Mayckol Guaipe (4.28, L) let two unearned runs score on three hits, a walk, and six Ks in five innings. LHP Jeremy Dobbs (6.14) then had two runs (one earned) score against him on two hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and a K in the sixth. RHP Benjamin Cornwell (5.59) also had a run score against him on a couple of hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and two Ks in the seventh. RHP Leonardo Rodriguez (5.68) had a pair of walks, a wild pitch, and three Ks in the final two frames.
The offense was one-hit so I'm not doing this.

AZL D'Backs 4 ,Peoria Mariners 5
RHP Gabe Saquilon (7.94) pitched three frames with two hits, a wild pitch, and two Ks to show for it. LHP Nick Valenza (3.75) then pitched three more and had two score against him on three hits (HR), three walks, and four Ks. His command has been off. RHP Maxx Catapano (6.06, BS) let a run score on two hits without recording an out, and then RHP Yunior de Jesus (2.25, W) pitched two and had an unearned run score against him on a hit, a wild pitch, and three walks. RHP Joshua Corrales (0.00, S) had a walk and a K in the ninth.
DH Felipe Burin (2B, SB, 2 RBI, .320) was the big contributor for the offense with two hits and a walk in the game. He seems to have settled in.

VSL Rays 7 (+ 6), Aguirre Mariners 0
(high-pitched whistle growing fainter and fainter followed by a loud, mock explosion) RHP Isliexel Gonzalez (2.36, L) pitched four and two-thirds innings with five runs (two earned) scoring on six hits, a couple of wild pitches, two hit batters, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Neritzon Osorio (2.97) pitched the next two and had two runs plate on a couple of hits, a wild pitch, four walks, and a pair of Ks. He also scored two of Isliexel's runs. RHP Jose Mendoza (6.48) pitched the final two and a third innings and struck out one.
SS Rafael Fernandez (.264) had a single and a walk. That's good!

DSL Brewers 8 (+ 13), Yamasa Mariners 3
RHP Jose Torres (2.04, L) got roughed up a bit this time around with four runs scoring against him on seven hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks in six and two-thirds innings. LHP Leoncio Munoz (4.50) pitched the next frame and a third, scoring one of Torres' runs and four of his own on four hits (2 HR!), two walks, and two Ks. RHP Ramire Cleto (4.26) had a hit and a K in the final inning.
SS Ketel Marte (R, SB, .274) had a hit and a walk, 3B George Soto (SB, .252) walked twice, and LF Wilton Martinez (2B, 2 RBI, PO, .183) doubled.

Tuesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 11:35 am PDT
Jackson: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, in Jackson, @ 5:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Lake Elsinore, @ 11:05 am PDT
Clinton: RHP George Mieses, at Wisconsin, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: LHP Bennett Whitmore, at Yakima, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: Off day
Peoria: Off day
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 55-55, .500, 8.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 15-22 (53-54), .405 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-24 (44-62), .333 (.415), 10.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 19-17 (43-63), .528 (.406), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 3-2 (19-24), .600 (.442), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 19-22, .463, 5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 17-16, .515, 6 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 34-32, .515, 3 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 37-17 .685, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 320-346, .480

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Written by Jay Yencich | 01 August 2011

I did a more standard, dry but not dry humor post on the Bedard deal at USSM. I probably don't seem like I like it as much as I do but that's because years of Fontaine drafts made me somewhat suspicious of picking up guys in the midst of a breakout season. It doesn't seem to work out as well as we hope it does. But Chiangs' breakout could be health-related as he's figuring out how to deal with diabetes, so he could turn into something special for us if we're lucky. I think another factor influencing my present bearish attitude is that we have like eight hundred corner outfield prospects and a lot of money which is tied up in Franklin Gutierrez regardless of whether or not he's healthy. If our outfield depth was just normal, I'd be stoked. As it stands, this is harder for me to conceptualize. Anyway, let's get on with this as it will be another Sunday in which I don't get to go to bed until after 3 am.

Las Vegas 3 (TOR - 1), Tacoma 4
LHP Luke French (5.49, W) now has more winds than losses, pitching six and two-thirds innings this time out and allowing three runs to score on five hits, three walks, and two Ks. WILL HE BE OUR NEW #5 STARTER? I'm not betting on it, but he is on the 40-man. LHP Cesar Jimenez (4.15) pitched the next inning and a third and allowed two hits and two walks while striking out one. Divish says that Liddi saved his bacon by "making a ridiculous over his shoulder catch in foul territory". RHP Scott Patterson (3.62, S) saved it with a couple of Ks in the ninth.
RF Carlos Peguero (HR, 3 RBI, .301) hit a home run, his seventh of the year. He has to assert his position somehow. SS Kyle Seager (3B, R, .408) tripled, CF Michael Saunders (R, .298) singled and walked, and 2B Sean Kazmar (.258) had a pair of singles.

Mississippi 1 (ATL - 4), Jackson 2
LHP James Paxton (2.49) pretty much killed it tonight, going six and a third innings with a run scoring on a solo shot. He only allowed four other hits and no walks, striking out eight. No win for him though, as the Braves starter pretty much matched him pitch for pitch. RHP Steve Delabar (2.15) had three hits and three walks against one K in an inning of work. The joys of coming in mid-inning. RHP Stephen Pryor (1.80, W) left the bases juiced for him and walked one while striking out five, which was all the outs he recorded. I don't know that he deserved the win more than Pax, but I am in no way dissatisfied by this outcome.
2B Scott Savastano (2B, R, .293) had two hits and a walk from the leadoff spot. That position seems weird to me. 3B Vinnie Catricala (3B, R, .368) tripled and played the hot corner because Martinez still isn't in yet. DH Luis Antoino Jimenez (.348) walked twice and 1B Rich Poythress (RBI, .260) had a single and a walk.

High Desert 2, Lake Elsinore 3 (SD + 8)
At least it wasn't a doubleheader. RHP Kenn Kasparek (4.63), who is still here for some reason, pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits, a hit batter, and seven Ks. LHP Jose Jimenez (6.96) walked one and hit one in the eighth and RHP Stephen Kahn (7.94, L) lost it when a run score on three hits and a hit batter with two outs in the ninth.
RF Matt Cerione (RBI, SB, A, .269) had two singles. That's as much as I have to work with.

Peoria 1 (CHC - 13), Clinton 2 (eleven innings)
Tee hee. So LHP Tony Butler (2.41, 2 PO, E) went seven strong with four hits and a walk allowed against four Ks. RHP Jonathan Arias (3.09) then took over in relief and was pretty great, with one hit, one walk, and five Ks in three innings as the game was scoreless into extras. RHP Tyler Blandford (9.70, W) was in line for the loss because he let a run score on three hits and a K in the top half of the eleventh, but then we got some runs.
With two outs, Wiswall singled, and then so did 3B Matt Browning (R, 2-5, .237). Something seemed to be afoot, so Anston came in to run for Wiswall. Phillips was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and 2B Carlos Ramirez (2 RBI, E, 2-4, .232) shot one through the hole to right field to score two runs. DH Stefen Romero (2B, .269) also had a double in the game.

Boise 4 (CHC - 2), Everett 9
RHP Vicente Campos (2.79, W) had another good and interesting start, this time pitching six+ innings and allowing two runs (one earned) to score on four hits and six Ks. LHP Cameron Hobson (3.38) had a hit, a walk, and a K in the next two innings and then RHP Max Krakowiak (3.38) had two unearned runs score on two hits in the ninth. Some defensive issues were afoot tonight.
Fortunately, the offense did enough to try to compensate for that. The five through seven hitters of DH James Wood (2B, 2 R, .269), 3B Ramon Morla (2 R, .311), and LF Patrick Brady (2B, R, RBI, CS, .284) all had three hits in the game. C Larry Gonzalez (2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI, .203) and 2B Jorge Agudelo (R, 2 RBI, SB, .202), the two batters that followed that pack, had two hits apiece. CF Jarrett Burgess (2B, R, E, .261) doubled and walked and 1B Jharmidy de Jesus (HR ,2 RBI, 2 E, .327) had a home run, his third.

Burlington 2 (KC - 11), Pulaski 4
I don't know how the pitching worked out with the rain so this just looks like bullpen day to me. LHP Kyle Hunter (1.61) struck out two in the first and then RHP Brett Shankin (5.94) took over for three innings and had a run score against him on three hits, a balk, a hit batter, a walk, and three Ks. RHP David Colvin (1.00, W) had similar totals, minus the balk, hit batter, and walk, plus he had an extra K and his run was unearned. RHP Bobby Shore (1.69, PO) had a hit and a walk in the next two-thirds and RHP John Taylor (0.00, S) had two hits, a hit batter, a walk, and a K in the final inning and a third.
CF Jamal Austin (2B, CS, .403) got back over .400 with three hits. 2B Dan Paolini (3B, R, 2 RBI, .279) added two hits and a walk.

Burlington 4 (KC - 10), Pulaski 3 (seven innings)
Now, this. RHP Ambioris Hidalgo (3.42) made an all-too-rare appearance and hat a hit, a hit batter, and a strikeout to his name through two innings. RHP Jose Valdivia (4.50) pitched the next four and had two runs (one earned) plate on four hits (HR), a wild pitch, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Bo Reeder (5.54, L) struck out the side and let two score on two hits (HR) in the seventh. So we lost it.
CF Jamal Austin (R, SB, .406) and RF Efrain Nunez (.262) both had two hits which means that Austin remains over .400 for another day. 2B Dan Paolini (R, SB, .266) had two walks and LF Guillermo Pimentel (R, RBI, SB, .264) had a single and a walk.

AZL Giants 8 ,Peoria Mariners 4
RHP Jochi Ogando (5.63) had yet another rough outing, this time letting two score on two hits, a walk, and two Ks. RHP David Holman (7.85) had it worse, with four runs in four innings on six hits, two hit batters, a walk, and a K. LHP Scott Ronnenbergh(5.48) pitched the final three innings and let two score on three hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks.
2B Felipe Burin (2B, R, 2 E, .306) and 3B Jose Martinez (2B, 2 RBI, CS, .275) both had three hits in the game. PH-C Travis Higgs (2B, RBI, .353), 1B Reginald Lampe (2B, .204), and SS Roberto Velasquez (2B, R, .250) all doubled. PH-DH Yidid Batista (R, .324) walked twice.

Monday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Erasmo Ramirez, in Jackson, @ 5:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Lake Elsinore, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Nate Reed, in Clinton, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: Off day
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 54-55, .495, 9.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 15-21 (53-53), .417 (.500), 6 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-23 (44-61), .343 (.419), 9.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 19-16 (43-62), .543 (.410), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 3-2 (19-24), .600 (.442), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 19-21, .475, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 16-15, .516, 6.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 34-31, .523, 2 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 37-16 .698, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 318-340, .483

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