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Written by Jay Yencich | 31 July 2011

A trade happened today between the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners which sent away RHPs Doug Fister and David Pauley and brought in equally-humorously-named LHP Charlie Furbush, OF Casper Wells, 3B Francisco Martinez, and a PTBNL which is rumored to be one of the top four picks from last year's draft for the Tigers which isn't Castellanos. I didn't say anything at the time because I was on Bandera, hiking around (oblivious to the fact that the Seattle Times wrote it up earlier in the week and that roughly twice as many people would be there as the last time). News only happens when I'm out. When Victor Sanchez finally signed, I was on Tiger. Nothing I can really do about that.

So I now have the curious distinction of arriving half a day late to an eventful party trying to be someone who can contribute something insightful. It's kind of fun being around when these things break because you're basically tripping over each other to post the newest and most detailed report. Coming late, everyone has already parsed the scouting reports, and what is there left? Snark? I'm kind of tired, but okay.

Fister is a good pitcher, better than he seemed to have any right to be initially, and considering that it was he who took the reins on the #3 spot in the rotation while every other non-Felix, non-Pineda pitching prospect I can remember for ages did little of importance, the only analogy I can come up with is that Fister was the Little Engine That Could and everything else resulted in horrible crashes which I will not detail or re-live. Pauley does not have such mythic status, but he was some random #5/6 starter we brought into the organization expecting little of who became a significant trade piece. Now Zduriencik is pulling bullpens out of thin air like his predecessor used to and it's rather amusing.

The pieces we get back don’t really surprise me all that much. If you came to me yesterday through some kind of temporal distortion and said "the Mariners will trade with the Tigers tomorrow, name the five players involved," I would have grumbled, looked upset, banged my head on something maybe, and then recited all five of these names you see here. Maybe I've been paying too much attention to trade rumors this year. Maybe I have Premonitions. Furbush is kind of the same type of pitcher as French was when we acquired him, hopefully without the weirdly disastrous 2011. He's got decent velocity and a passable slider with a developing change. He throws strikes. He had a weirdly high strikeout rate last year and that's kind of interesting. Casper Wells is an outfielder from Michigan who was born in 1984 and not an aspiring goldpanner born at the beginning of the 19th century. He's a pretty good defender, but not quite a CF, and is reasonably competent with the bat. Everyone seems to think that he's going to platoon with whatever lefty bat arises from the pile in left field. Mike Wilson fans must be pissed. Martinez is the Tigers equivalent of Carlos Triunfel. He has good speed but not a lot of skill in using it and his bat is tuned more to doubles than home runs at this point. He doesn't have Triunfel's arm. His arrival probably means Catricala gets more time in left field, which means that Martinez is back to competing with Seager and Liddi and Proscia and maybe Tenbrink and who knows who else for the right to be called the third baseman of the future. Yeah, why not? The overall verdict: we came out pretty well even though some people are going to be a little miffed at losing Fister. Both the parts were probably replaceable, and we got back some stuff that has some value to us, probably more in the long-run than what the Tigers got. Let's talk games now.

Las Vegas 1 (TOR 0), Tacoma 5
LHP Chris Seddon (5.80, W) pitched five innings and let a run score on seven hits, three walks, and seven Ks. That's a lot of Ks, but a few too many baserunners for my tastes. RHP Shawn Kelley (0.00) pitched the sixth and struck out a pair, and then RHP Jarrett Grube (7.92, S) had a perfect final three innings with three strikeouts.
This game was probably more about offense than pitching. CF Michael Saunders (2 HR, 4 RBI, .297) continued his recent tear by going 5-for-5 with two home runs. That exploding noise you just heard was your delicate sensibilities. SS Kyle Seager (2B, 2 R, RBI, .415) and C Jose Yepez (2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, .301) both had three hits with Yepez drawing one of only three walks for the team this evening. DH Willy Mo Pena (HR, 3 RBI, .367) had one of the others and was 2-for-3 with a dinger. Perfect. RF Carlos Peguero (2B, R, RBI, .302), LF Matt Tuiasosopo (3B, R, .231), and 2B Sean Kazmar (2B, R, .255) all had extra-base hits with Tui adding the third walk.

Jackson 2, Chattanooga 3 (LA + 7)
The back and forth continues. RHP Andrew Carraway (3.35, L) let three (two earned) plate on four hits (HR) and four Ks. Can't pin this on the defense either as the Lookouts also gave up an unearned run. RHP Mosies Hernandez (6.49) struck out a pair in the final two innings.
LF Vinnie Catricala (2 2B, .273) and 3B Leury Bonilla (2 R, SB, E, .247) both had two hits.

Sunday's game was postponed and will be made up on August 16th. That's minor trouble for Future Jay.

Peoria 3 (CHC - 12), Clinton 1
Another set with our nemesis. RHP Taijuan Walker (3.12) was pretty good though, one-hitter through five innings with seven Ks. The downside: three walks and a wild pitch, and also you'd think that if he was dealing as such he could go on a bit longer. Whatever. RHP Matt Bischoff (4.50, BS) blew it by letting a run score on two hits and a K in the next inning and a third. The last two guys also had four-out stints, LHP Jonathan Hesketh (4.00) with a hit, a walk, and a K, RHP Tyler Burgoon (2.42, L) letting two score on two hits and two Ks.
2B Stefen Romero (HR, .270) had a home run and a walk and that's all I have to say about this offense.

Boise 7 (CHC - 1), Everett 8
Okay now I think we won for real. I forgot how long this series was. LHP Jordan Shipers (4.42, W) got his first pro win going five innings and letting five runs (one earned) score on six hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and two Ks. He's pitched better and lost, but baseball is silly. RHP Bryan Leigh (3.60) pitched the next two and two-thirds innings giving up two runs on three hits (2 HR) and five Ks. So I guess he was in the strikezone a lot. RHP Ben Versnik (1.42, S) notched his second save with a hit, a hit batter, and a K in the final frame and a third.
The team walked nine times. Neat. Rehabber SS Luis Rodriguez (2B, 2 R, RBI, E, .333) had two of those and two hits. Four of the remaining walks were split between CF Jarrett Burgess (R, PO, .262) and LF Mario Yepez (R, SB, A, .336), who both had a hit as well.

Pulaski was suspended in the first and they're starting the doubleheader tomorrow at 3:00 pm our time which means that Future Jay may be in a bit of a pickle. Good luck figuring out the rotation any time soon.

Peoria Mariners 5, AZL Dodgers 4
AZL Baseball! All the runs of the game scored against two pitchers. RHP Trevor Miller (3.51) allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings of mighty fine work. RHP Marcos Reyna (4.29, W) then struck out one in the next two innings. RHP Alex Sunderland (5.68) was the recipient of all the runs, with four scoring against him on three hits (HR), a couple wild pitches, a walk, and two Ks. RHP Yunior de Jesus (2.70, S) got the final out.
DH Phillips Castillo (2B, 3B, R, RBI, .339), C Travis Higgs (2B, RBI, .355), and LF Reginald Lampe (RBI, .200) all had two hits with Castillo adding a walk. A walk! So exciting! 2B Felipe Burin (2B, R, .279) and RF Reggie Lawson (2B, R, RBI, .250) both had two hits and 1B Chris Andreas (R, SB, .339) and CF Rigoberto Rangel (SB, .235) both had a hit, a walk, and a stolen base.

Aguirre Mariners 8, VSL Tigers 6 (- 14)
Oh, sure. RHP Kevin Quintanilla (2.08) lasted just three innings and let four runs (none earned) score on three hits (HR), a wild pitch, a walk, and a K. LHP Cruz Pereira (3.47) let two more score on six hits, a walk, and three Ks in the next three and two-thirds innings. RHP Eduardo Miliani (3.18, W) won it with an inning and a third of relief and RHP Maykel Ynfantes (2.89, S) had a hit and a K in the save.
Offense had thirteen walks which is even more weird than what happened for the Sox. DH Pedro Okuda (2 RBI, .252), 3B Yordi Calderon (CS, .281), C Ricardo Gonzalez (R, .151), and SS Gianfranco Wawoe (3 R, SB, RBI, E, .178) all had two walks, with Okuda and Wawoe adding a hit. RF Alexy Palma (3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .258) was a double short of cycling and walked, and 2B-3B Ramon Coronel (CS, E, .363) had two singles and a walk. LF Kenny Hart (2B, 2 RBI, .272) had a double and was not invited to the walk party.

DSL Athletics 4 (- 18), Yamasa Mariners 12 (eight innings)
RHP Gregorio Aquino (4.76, W) allowed an unearned run to score on two hits, three walks, and four Ks in the first five innings. RHP Junior Nunez (4.20) then gave the A's two more runs on five hits, a balk, and two Ks in three innings. RHP Oliver Garcia (5.06) had an unearned run score against him in the ninth on a hit, a hit batter, and a walk without recording any outs, but then the game was rained out. Could the A's have rallied back with eight runs to tie it? The answer is BASEBALL.
SS Ketel Marte (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, E, .273), CF Janelfry Zorilla (HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, .329), and DH Gabriel Guerrero (2B, R, .245) all had two hits with Zorilla walking. Second pro homer for Marte. 3B George Soto (R, 2 RBI, E, .255) and 2B Diego Mina (2B, R, 2 RBI, E, .185) both had a hit and a walk.

Sunday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 1:35 pm PDT
Jackson: LHP James Paxton, in Jackson, @ 4:05 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, at Lake Elsinore, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Tony Butler, in Clinton, @ 12:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Vicente Campos, in Everett, @ 1:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 3:00 pm PDT
Game Two: TBA
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 11:00 am PDT
Aguirre: Off day
Yamasa: Off day

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 53-55, .491, 10.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 14-21 (52-53), .400 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-22 (44-60), .353 (.423), 9 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 18-16 (42-62), .529 (.404), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 3-2 (19-24), .600 (.442), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 18-20, .474, 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: 313-337, .482

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Written by Jay Yencich | 30 July 2011

Sacramento 6 (OAK + 20), Tacoma 5
It seems like I've walked a lot about rallies not being fully realized and this was another one as the Rainiers scored four in the last three innings. LHP Mauricio Robles (9.58, L) let four runs score on three hits (2 HR!), a hit batter, four walks, and three Ks. RHP Forrest Snow (3.86) then had two plate on seven hits (HR), a walk, and seven Ks in the final five and two-thirds innings, scoring one of Robles runs. He can stay in triple-A, as far as I'm concerned.
SS Kyle Seager (2B, R, .409) and 2B Matt Tuiasosopo (2B, HR, 3 RBI, .231) both had two hits in the game. Interpret those positions however you will: I won't. 3B Alex Liddi (2B, RBI, .256) doubled and DH Luis Antonio Jimenez (.282) walked twice. Despite the fact that Langerhans was traded away earlier today to the team that Wily Mo Pena was released by, Wily Mo Pena did not play.

Jackson 4, Chattanooga 3 (LA + 6)
RHP Steve Hensley (5.72) pitched four innings this time out with limited command, giving up three runs on four hits, two hit batters, four walks, and five Ks. LHP Edward Paredes (5.52) pitched the next three with a hit, a walk, and two Ks, and then RHP Stephen Pryor (2.16, W) had a hit, a walk, and a strikeout through the final two innings. My, he's been good.
C Jesus Sucre (HR, 2 RBI, E, .233) going 2-for-3 with a home run is a bit more interesting than SS Carlos Triunfel (.282) hitting three singles, in isolation at least. Triunfel still has him beat on prospect status. 2B Scott Savastano (2B, E, .289) doubled and 1B Rich Poythress (CS, .259) had a single and a walk. The winning run scored in the ninth when, with two outs, Chavez and Lo had back-to-back singles and a wild pitch with Bonilla at the plate ended up scoring Chavez. It was the successful ninth inning rally.

High Desert 3, Inland Empire 4 (ANA + 2)
RHP Yoervis Medina (6.86) pitched five and a third innings with four runs scoring on seven hits, a hit batter, five walks, and two Ks. A bad night for him, seeing as how it's usually a good park to pitch in. The Sixers starter also had an interesting night: five-inning no-hitter, but two hit batters and four walks to go with his eight Ks. RHP Daniel Cooper (5.21) had a hit and a walk in the next inning and two-thirds. Over the final inning, LHP Jason Markovitz (6.10) struck out one.
Failed rallies don't just happen for the Rainiers. The Mavs got three in the ninth. RF Matt Cerione (2B, R, 1-4, .262)and LF/2B Jake Schlander (2B, R, RBI, 1-3, .275) had back-to-back doubles, then two outs later, C Trevor Coleman (2B, R, RBI, 1-3, BB, .275) doubled Schlander home and CF Daniel Carroll (A, 1-3, BB, .290) and DH Jack Marder (RBI, 2-4, .389) had back-to-back singles to score Coleman. Then Almonte struck out. Earlier, 3B Steve Proscia (2B, .232) doubled.

Wisconsin 3 (MIL - 7), Clinton 5
LHP Anthony Fernandez (3.27, PO, W) had a mixed start because on one hand, he went seven innings, only allowed six hits and one earned runs, and struck out four, and on the other, he walked three, had three total runs score, and threw a couple of wild pitches. B? B+? LHP Ryan Kiel (3.12) had a hit and two strikeouts over the course of the eighth before giving way to RHP Jonathan Arias (3.32, S), who struck out one.
RF Kevin Rivers (2 R, .264) had two hits and a walk and LF Robbie Anston (2B, .250) and 3B Matt Browning (R, .231) both had a hit and a walk.

Boise 0 (CHC 0), Everett 2
Home series win! RHP Steve Kohlscheen (3.16, W) pitched a dandy, going seven frames and allowing two hits while striking out six. RHP Tim Griffin (2.18, S) then had a hit and two Ks in the final two innings.
SS Marcus Littlewood (HR, .239) walked and hit his third home run of the season, which is the big deal. 3B Ramon Morla (.283) and 2B Patrick Brady (2B, R, .261) both had two hits in the game. Rodriguez was also still around and went 1-for-4 with a RBI and a caught stealing.

Pulaski 4, Princeton 3 (TB + 4)
The M's decided to give LHP Roenis Elias (0.82) the start this time and he pitched five frames allowing a run to score on four hits, a hit batter, two walks, and four Ks. RHP Angel Raga (1.17, BS, W) then piggybacked and let two score on two hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks. RHP John Taylor (0.00, S) saved it with a pair of strikeouts.
3B Michael Acevedo (2B, R, RBI, .266), RF Alfredo Morales (RBI, .258), 2B Dan Paolini (CS, .269) and DH Jose Hernandez (2B, RBI, .206) all had two hits, Acevedo adding a walk, and LF Efrain Nunez (2B, R, .247) and 1B Jordy Lara (2B, R, .261) both doubled.

Peoria Mariners 1, AZL Rangers 9
RHP Min-sih Chen (6.98, L) had eight runs (four earned) score against him on six hits (2 HR!), four walks, a hit batter, and two Ks, all in four and a third innings. I'd claim that he's been below expectations, but for one, it's AZL ball, what are our expectations?, and for another, he's an outfielder trying to pitch after coming off arm issues, again, what are our expectations? LHP Scott Ronnenbergh (5.40) scored two of those and one of his own on two hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and a K in an inning and two-thirds. RHP Maxx Catapano (5.51) walked one and struck out three in the final two innings.
SS Estelion Peguero (2B, RBI, E, .277) had a double and CF James Zamarripa (.339) had a single and a walk.

Aguirre Mariners 1, VSL Rays 5 (+ 4)
And then this happened. RHP Daniel Mata (4.18, L) pitched four and a third innings with five runs scoring on six hits (2 HR!), two walks, two wild pitches, and four Ks. RHP Rafael Carrera (3.86) allowed two hits and struck out three over the next two and two-thirds innings and then RHP Jose Mendoza (7.15) allowed a couple of hits, threw a wild pitch, and hit one in the eighth.
SS Rafael Fernandez (SB, .261) walked three times in the game, which is part of what makes him interesting. 2B Pedro Okuda (E, .252) had two walks, C Franklin Diaz (E, PB, .220) had two hits, and 1B Arturo Nieto (2B, RBI, .200) had two bases via a double.

Yamasa Mariners 7, DSL Dodgers 8 (+ 4)
RHP Noel de la Cruz (4.44, PO, E) pitched four innings and let four runs (two earned) score on two hits (HR), two wild pitches, a hit batter, two walks, and five Ks. This seems to be one of those archetypal summer league pitching lines. RHP George Drullard (4.82) walked four in two-thirds of an inning and all of them came around to score as RHP Ronald Dominguez (1.88) came in with the bases juiced and couldn't immediately get an out. All told, Dominguez pitcher three and a third innings with four hits, a walk, and two Ks to his line.
LF Randy Perez (2B, 2 R, .310) had three hits from the leadoff spot. CF Janelfry Zorilla (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .325), 3B George Soto (R, 2 RBI, .256), and 2B Diego Mina (2 RBI, .176) all had two hits. Zorilla seems like he really could be playing stateside. DH Axel Wel (.246) and RF Wilton Martinez (R, .179) both had a hit and a walk.

Saturday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Andrew Carraway, at Chattanooga, @ 4:15 pm PDT
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP Taijuan Walker, in Clinton, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Everett: LHP Jordan Shipers, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Royals, @ 11:00 am
Aguirre: TBA, at Tigers
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 52-54, .491, 11.5 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 14-20 (52-52), .412 (.500), 6 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-22 (44-60), .353 (.423), 9 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 18-15 (42-61), .545 (.408), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 2-2 (18-24), .500 (.429), 1.5 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 18-20, .474, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 15-15, .500, 7 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 33-31, .516, 3 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 36-16 .692, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 308-335, .479

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Written by Jay Yencich | 29 July 2011

Sacramento 5 (OAK + 19), Tacoma 4
This was another one where a late rally fell short. They have fight though. Perhaps as much fight as our Fightin' Mariners. LHP Nate Robertson (7.50, E, L) lasted four and two-thirds innings having given up four runs (three earned) on nine hits, a wild pitch, five walks, and four Ks. RHP Chaz Roe (6.32) pitched the next three innings and had a run score against him on a hit, two walks, and a K. RHP Josh Fields (6.23, E) scored that run, as he had two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts to his line through an inning and a third.
CF Michael Saunders (R, .277) walked three times. So that's something! DH Johan Limonta (3 RBI, .332) and C Ralph Henriquez (PB, .357) both managed two singles and RF Mike Wilson (R, .335) and 1B Matt Tuiasosopo (R, .227) both had a hit and a walk. No Wily Mo yet.

Jackson 0, Chattanooga 10 (LA + 7)
Among the most depressing games in minor league baseball, shutouts by double digits. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (5.49, L) got kicked out after two innings having given up eight runs (four earned) on six hits (3 HR!!), two walks, and two Ks. The next three went to LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.79), who let a run score on four hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks, and then LHP Brian Moran (6.31) came on for two and had a run score on three hits, a walk, and three Ks. RHP Taylor Stanton (3.65) struck out one in the ninth.
LF Vinnie Catricala (2B, .382) and RF James McOwen (.264) both had two hits, with McOwen drawing a walk, and 1B Rich Poythress (2B, .258) doubled.

High Desert 2, Inland Empire 5 (ANA + 1)
RHP Jandy Sena (5.96, L) took the loss as he got through six innings and allowed three runs to score on eight hits, a wild pitch, four walks, and three Ks. LHP Jose Jimenez (7.10) hit one, then was replaced by RHP Stephen Kahn (7.81), who let two unearned runs score on a hit, an intentional walk, and a hit batter.
C Jack Marder (RBI, SB, PB, .357), leadoff man, 2B Shaver Hansen (2B, RBI, .344), and LF Daniel Carroll (R, SB, CS, .290) all had two hits while RF Matt Cerione (CS, .262) had a single and two walks. That was Carroll's fiftieth stolen base of the year!

Wisconsin 4 (MIL - 6), Clinton 8
RHP George Mieses (5.02) couldn't keep the great pitching going, giving up three runs on eight hits (HR) and a walk against two Ks in five+ innings. RHP Matt Bischoff (4.34, BS, W) ended up with the win despite blowing the lead with a run scoring on a hit, two wild pitches, and a K in two innings of work. RHP Tyler Blandford (9.74) and RHP Tyler Burgoon (2.11) split the last two innings and both struck out two, but 'Goon walked one.
CF Mike McGee (2 R, .303), LF Julio Morban (R, 2 RBI, A, .247), and 3B Matt Browning (2B, R, CS, .229) all had two hits and a walk. 2B Stefen Romero (2B, R, 2 RBI, .269) and 1B Mickey Wiswall (2B, RBI, .247) both doubled.

Boise 4 (CHC + 1), Everett 5 (ten innings)
Considering we were down 3-0 at one point, hooray! RHP Steve Landazuri (5.08, PO) got through five and two-thirds and let all four runs score on nine hits (HR), a walk, a hit batter, and three Ks. RHP Jordan Pries (3.12, W) pitched the rest of the game and walked three while striking out six. That's some pretty impressive relief work.
Tenth inning! Blash came in as a pinch hitter and walked, then Melendres pinch ran. Two outs later, which failed to advance Melendres, 2B Marcus Littlewood (R, 1-4, BB, .237) walked and CF Mario Yepez (R, RBI, 2-3, 2 BB, .339) singled to drive Melendres home. The rest of the offense was just the right hits at the right times. Luis Rodriguez rehabbed for all of two at-bats.

Pulaski 5, Princeton 7 (TB + 5)
RHP Luke Taylor (9.43) pitched four innings and let four runs score on four hits (2 HR!), a balk and two walks. No strikeouts. It's been a rough start to the career for the Woodinville native. RHP Seon Gim Kim (7.84) had a hit, a walk, and a K in the next two innings and then RHP Reynaldo Sabala (3.32, L) let three (two earned) score on three hits (HR), three walks (one intentional), and a K in the final two innings.
C David Villasuso (HR, .180) hit his first pro home run, which was the highlight. Otherwise, 2B Dan Paolini (R, SB, .261) had two walks, 1B Dillon Hazlett (2 R, 2 SB, E, .261) and SS Bryan Brito (.219) both had a hit and a walk, and DH Efrain Nunez (R, 2 RBI, .250) had two singles.

Aguirre Mariners 5, VSL Pirates 3 (+ 9)
It's one thing to beat the worst team in the league and quite another to beat the best. RHP Ricardo Pereira (4.13, W) got his first win, finally, after allowing three runs to score on six hits, a hit batter, and three Ks in seven innings. RHP Maykel Ynfantes (2.95, S) had two uneventful innings to close it out.
LF Jesus Ugueto (2 RBI, A, .262), SS Rafael Fernandez (RBI, .264), DH Yordi Calderon (R, 2 SB, .287), and CF Rashynol Michel (R, .210) all had two hits with Uggy adding a walk, but the only extra base hit went to 1B Franklin Diaz (2B, R, RBI, .208), who had a hit and a walk, as did 3B Ramon Coronel (PO, .362) and RF Alexy Palma (2 R, 2 SB, .250)

Yamasa Mariners 6, DSL Brewers 7
This is a wrap-up of the game on the nineteenth. I'd say "whatever", but we scored three runs in the ninth and they scored four, so it's really more of a "COME ON, NOW!" LHP Leoncio Munoz (3.57) pitched a third of an inning with a hit, a wild pitch, and a K. I'm pretty sure that was the rain delay. Following that, RHP Domingo Brazoban (1.55) pitched eight innings with three runs scoring on six hits, a hit batter, four walks, and four Ks. RHP Oliver Garcia (5.06, L) then let three runs score on a hit batter, a walk, and a hit (HR), which was a grand slam. He struck out one. Both relievers let an inherited runner score.
SS Ketel Marte (2 R, RBI, .277) had three hits in the game and CF Janelfry Zorilla (.336) and RF Wilton Martinez (2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI, .170) both had two. C Miguel Sanchez (.216) had a couple of singles.

Yamasa Mariners 1, DSL Brewers 3 (+ 13) (seven innings)
Standard procedure, second game, seven innings. RHP Ivan Julio (2.45, L) got a six-inning, complete game loss after allowing three to score on seven hits (HR), a couple of wild pitches, two hit batters, a walk, and four Ks.
DH Randy Perez (HR, .284) had a home run and 1B Axel Wel (2B, .244) doubled.

Friday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Andrew Carraway, at Chattanooga, @ 4:15 pm PDT
High Desert: RHP Yoervis Medina, at Inland Empire, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Anthony Fernandez, in Clinton, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Kohlscheen, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Princeton, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Rangers, @ 11:00 am
Aguirre: TBA, at Rays (tied for second place)
Yamasa: TBA, at Dodgers

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 52-54, .495, 11 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 13-20 (51-51), .394 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-21 (44-59), .364 (.427), 8 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 17-15 (41-61), .531 (.402), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 1-2 (17-24), .333 (.415), 2 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 17-20, .459, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 15-14, .517, 5.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 33-30, .524, 3 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 36-15 .706, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 304-330, .479

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Written by Jay Yencich | 28 July 2011

Not only did the Mariners win today, they have one more Wily Mo Pena in the system than they did this morning and we're above 300 wins in the minor league system.

Sacramento 1 (OAK + 18), Tacoma 3
I had forgotten that Wednesdays can often be day games. LHP Anthony Vasquez (3.24, W) added another win to his case for being a near-term contributor, going six innings and letting a run score on five hits (HR) and a walk while striking out six. RHP Shawn Kelley (0.00) struck out two in the next inning. Be still, my heart. RHP Scott Patterson (3.73, S) then allowed a hit and struck out four in the final two innings. All in all, a clean well-played game that may even signal some future improvements to our bullpen.
1B Matt Mangini (2B, 2 R, .345) had two hits in the game, and was the only one to pull that off. The three through six hitters, the heart of the lineup so to speak, didn't even reach safely. Instead, you had doubles from one, two, and eight in 3B Kyle Seager (2B, RBI, .423), CF Michael Saunders (2B, .279), and C Ralph Henriquez (2B, R, RBI, .343) and a hit and a walk from 2B Sean Kazmar (RBI, CS, .257), who has been useful this month, hitting .268/.333/.390, which is still better than any of the previous marks this year.

Jackson 7, Chattanooga 5 (LA + 6)
Jackson is apparently not the only Southern League team with Wednesday matinees. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4.73) gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, a walk, and seven Ks in six innings. Half the hits he allowed went for extras, so that was kind of a problem. RHP Moises Hernandez (6.75) then picked up the win with a walk and a K in the sevenths. RHP Steve Delabar (2.22, S) allowed a hit and walked one while striking out three in the final two innings.
The Generals had fifteen hits to Chattanooga's nine. 3B Vinnie Catricala (2 R, 2 RBI, SB, E, .378) and 1B Rich Poythress (2B, R, RBI, .259) both had three hits with Poythress drawing a walk. Poythress still had just under a .900 OPS and an even eye ratio for the second half. 2B Scott Savastano (2B, R, RBI, .295), SS Carlos Triunfel (HR, 2 R, .277), and CF-LF James McOwen (A, .259) all had two hits with Savastano and Triunfel drawing walks. That was Triunfel's sixth home run. LF Jake Shaffer (2B, R, .296) doubled and walked.

High Desert 6, Inland Empire 8 (ANA 0)
One doesn't usually expect to see games with his much scoring in San Bernardino. RHP Chris Sorce (4.71, E) let eight runs plate on eleven hits, two walks, and five Ks. The sad part is that he had a 10/1 G/F, only half those runs were earned, and one of the errors was his own. RHP Keli'i Zablan (7.36) had a walk, a hit batter, and a K in the next frame. Word always auto-capitalizes the i following the apostrophe in Zablan's first name and I hate that. RHP Austin Hudson (5.66) allowed two hits in the ninth.
SS Gabriel Noriega (R, SB, E, .268) continued his offensive contributions with a couple of hits and two walks. There's nearly a three hundred point difference between his first half OPS and his second half OPS. C Jack Marder (HR, .300) also got his first pro home run rather quickly, and a home run at that park is worth like three in Adelanto. LF Daniel Carroll (R, RBI, SB, A, .286), 3B Steve Proscia (RBI, .255), 1B TIm Morris (.333), and CF Denny Almonte (2B, R, 2 RBI, SB, .284) all had two hits and 2B Shaver Hansen (2B, R, .337) doubled.

Wisconsin 3 (MIL - 5), Clinton 5
LHP Nate Reed (3.64, W) pitched five innings and allowed a run to score on four hits, three walks, and two Ks. Decent start for him. RHP Jessie Nava (3.13) gave up an unearned run over the next three frames on two hits, a walk, and three Ks, and then LHP Jonathan Hesketh (3.52, S) had another unearned run plate on a hit, a walk, and a K in the ninth. The opposing starter was Maverick Lasker and following him in relief, Stosh Wawrzasek, who really looks like he could be called Stache instead .
Home runs were the defining characteristic of the offense. LF Julio Morban (HR, .242), 2B Stefen Romero (HR, 2 RBI, .270), and RF Kalian Sams (HR, A, 2 E, .246) all had one dinger and one free pass. CF Mike McGee (2B, R, .295) and DH Kevin Rivers (2B, R, RBI, .258) both had doubles as well, with Rivers adding a walk. Only one of the six hits by Clinton didn't go for extra bases. That's unusual.

Boise 8 (CHC + 2), Everett 6
It seems dumb to me that the second half officially started yesterday, in the final game of a series. Whatever. LHP Bennett Whitmore (5.23, L) had a rough outing, with six runs allowed through five innings on eleven hits (HR) and five Ks. RHP Joe DiRocco (4.58) then gave up two solo shots in the next two innings. The wind wasn't blowing out that hard and the Aquasox didn't have too many home runs, so I don't get it. RHP Nolan Diaz(7.36) had two hits and three Ks over the final two innings.
The offense managed a run in the ninth, but it was one of those too little too late things, so I'll just note that de Jesus had a pinch-hit single to drive in the run. CF Mario Yepez (2B, R, 2 RBI, .330) had three hits and DH James Woo (HR, 2 RBI, .264) and LF Jabari Blash (R, .295) both reached three times as well, Wood with two hits and a walk, Blash with a hit and two walks, though he did manage to strike out twice. 3B Ramon Morla (.261) also walked twice and 1B Ethan Paquette (R, .241) had a hit and a walk.

Pulaski 6, Princeton 5 (TB + 4) (ten innings)
Considering how talented the Rays are this year, this is pretty impressive. RHP Mayckol Guaipe (4.89) let three runs (two earned) score on seven hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and four Ks. It was pretty much back and forth for a while, Pulaski scoring runs in the first, third, and fourth, and Princeton scoring one in the third and two in the fifth. RHP Benjamin Cornwell (5.19) hit one, threw a wild pitch, and struck out a pair in the next two and a third innings, and then LHP Jeremy Dobbs (5.93) struggled again, giving up two runs on two hits, an intentional walk, and four Ks in the next two innings. RHP John Taylor (0.00, W) pitched the final inning and two-thirds with a hit and three Ks to show for it.
The tenth inning saw Morales single and then, a sac bunt later, 2B Dan Paolini (2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, E, 3-5, .265) double him home. In addition to Paolini, 3B Michael Acevedo (R, 2 RBI, E, .261) also reached three times [and made an error] after two hits and a walk. CF Jamal Austin (R, CS, .397), LF Guillermo Pimentel (.278), and SS Bryan Brito (R, .216) all had two hits and 1B Dillon Hazlett (3B, R, RBI, .261), who just plays all over the place, tripled.

Peoria Mariners 14, AZL D'Backs 8 (ten innings)
We're also entering the day game portion of the AZL season. From here out, all games are at 11 am. RHP Charles Kaalekahi (5.64) pitched four and a third innings with six runs (three earned) scoring on nine hits (HR) and three Ks. RHP Marcos Reyna (4.74) scored three of those and two of his own after three hits and two Ks in two and two-thirds innings. RHP David Holman (7.53) had an eventful eighth, which is a nice change, and then RHP Yunior de Jesus (2.79, W) pitched the final two innings with a hit, a walk, and two Ks to show for it.
As you might have gathered, the M's scored six runs in the top half of the tenth. LF Phillips Castillo (3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1-4, 2 BB, .343) walked, then Batista put down a sac bunt, then C Travis Higgs (2B, 2 R, 1-1, BB, .308) walked, then Martinez struck out swinging. One would think that would end it, but then CF James Zamarippa (2 R, RBI, 2-6, .339) had a two-RBI single and reached third on an error, SS Esteilon Peguero (2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3-6, .278) drove him home, DH Felipe Burin (2 R, 3 RBI, 3-4, BB, .300) was hit and he and Peguero advanced on a wild pitch, RF Reggie Lawson (R, 2 RBI, 2-6, .257) singled home two runs and got to second on the throw, 1B Chris Andreas (R, 2-6, .349) singled to put runners at the corners, and a walk to Castillo which ended in a wild pitch scored Lawson. And then Batista grounded out.

VSL Tigers 4 (- 15), Aguirre Mariners 5
Hey, it's like they realized they were still mathematically alive or something. Actually they scored four runs on four hits and three walks (and three errors and a passed ball) while we took eight hits and five walks (and an error and two passed balls) and turned those into five runs. There's something not wholly satisfying about that. Anyway, RHP Jose Flores (2.71) had five innings pitched and let an unearned run score on two walks and a K. RHP Neritzon Osorio (2.59, W) then pitched three innings with three runs (two earned) scoring on four hits, a couple of wild pitches, a walk, and three strikeouts. LHP Cruz Periera (3.31, S) had an uneventful ninth aside from a save which meant that we won.
RF Alex Palma (HR, 3 RBI, .250) hit a home run and walked and those are two of the important things one can do at this level. C Franklin Diaz (R, PB, .206) had two walks, DH Pedro Okuda (2B, R, .256) doubled, and 2B Ramon Coronel (R, .365) and LF Jesus Ugueto (PO, .257) both had two hits. Calderon had another two-error game.

Yamasa Mariners 4, DSL Athletics 0 (- 17)
All-star LHP Wander Marte (0.94, W) pitched seven innings and allowed four hits, two wild pitches, and two walks while striking out four. RHP Junior Nunez (4.00, E) then came on for two innings and allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch.
2B Diego Mina (2B, 2 R, .163) had a double and two walks, which from what I gather would be the most he's done in a while. DH Randy Perez (R, .277) had two singles and 3B George Soto (RBI, CS, .260) had a single and a walk.

Thursday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, at Chattanooga, @ 4:15 pm PDT
High Desert: RHP Jandy Sena, at Inland Empire, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP George Mieses, in Clinton, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Landazuri, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Princeton, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: Off day
Aguirre: TBA, at Pirates
Yamasa: TBA, at Brewers

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 52-53, .495, 11 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 13-19 (51-51), .406 (.500), 6 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-20 (44-58), .387 (.431), 8 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 16-15 (40-61), .516 (.396), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 0-2 (16-24), .000 (.400), 2 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 17-19, .472, 3 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 15-14, .517, 5.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 32-30, .516, 4 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 36-13 .735, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 301-324, .482

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Written by Jay Yencich | 27 July 2011

A Kirby Arnold piece, which mentions Paxton, Franklin's health, and Alex Liddi as viewed by the org also mentions that Marcus Littlewood may be transitioning to catcher. To re-post what I said at Lookout Landing, "Good hands, inadequate range/footspeed, the kind of bat that would play well up the middle but not so well at the corners. It makes sense, kind of." That's the gist of it at the moment: from a tools standpoint, I get it. From the standpoint of all the previous experiments I remember with trying to get guys to catch when they either never have or have not in a long time, coupled with Littlewood's earlier offensive struggles playing his natural position, this seems crazy. Anyway, the system got swept today, which I didn't even notice until the final tallying because the Mariners losing streak has made me numb to such things.

Sacramento 6 (OAK + 19), Tacoma 4
This was the game I was waiting for before I could finish wrapping everything else up, and I kept staring at a line score that was 6-0, so this turned out to be more interesting than expected. LHP Luke French (5.57, PO, L) is now at 7-7 because he let all six runs score on six hits (2 HR!), three walks, a hit batter, and two Ks in five and two-thirds innings. LHP Cesar Jimenez (4.25) had a hit and six strikeouts over the next two and a third innings, which is also unexpected. RHP Dan Cortes (5.35) walked two and punched out one in the ninth. Par.
3B Kyle Seager (E, .432) had two singles and two walks. That was his first error at this level. LF Mike Wilson (R, .340) added two singles and CF Michael Saunders (R, .280) walked another two times because that's just what he's been doing lately.

Jackson 2, Chattanooga 4 (LA + 7)
LHP James Paxton (2.84) pitched five and a third innings and let two runs score on three hits, two walks, and eight Ks. This is interesting and all, but what is more interesting, to me at least, is that he threw little over half of his pitches for strikes, forty-eight of ninety. RHP Taylor Stanton (3.72, L) scored one of those and two of his own on a hit (HR) and a walk against a K in two-thirds of an inning. LHP Edward Paredes (6.15) had a hit and a K in the seventh and RHP Stephen Pryor (2.84) struck out one in the eighth.
2B Scott Savastano (2B, RBI, E, .290) and 1B Rich Poythress (.253) both had three hits in the game and LF Vinnie Catricala (2B, RBI, .336) had two hits plus a walk.

Everett 2, Eugene 6 (SD + 11)
RHP Jose Campos (2.98, 2 PO, L) pitched five innings and let four runs (three earned) score on seven hits (HR) and a walk against six Ks. The end result doesn't matter so much to me as the fact that he only walked one versus the team with the most walks in the league. RHP Jeroen de Haas (7.15) let an unearned run score on two Ks in the next two innings (I know), and RHP Max Krakowiak (3.86) let an unearned run score on a slightly more sensible walk, wild pitch, and K in the eighth.
LF Patrick Brady (R, .260) had a single and a walk and RF-CF Jabari Blash (2B, E, .294) doubled.

Pulaski 1, Danville 4 (ATL + 1)
For whatever reason, RHP Ambioris Hidalgo (3.74, L) pitched one inning and got the hook, having allowed one run to score on a hit and a couple of Ks. He hadn't pitched in twenty days though, so whatever. RHP Jose Valdivia (4.78) let a run score on two hits, two walks, and five Ks in the next four and a third innings. LHP Kyle Hunter (1.69) then took over for a frame and two-thirds with two runs (one earned) scoring on three hits and two Ks. RHP David Colvin (1.20) had a hit and a strikeout in the eighth.
C David Villasuso (2B, .172) doubled and CF Jamal Austin (CS, .393) and 2B Dan Paolini (SB, E, .250) both had a hit and a walk. Like the other games that weren't Jackson, offense wasn't particularly a thing here.

AZL Angels 5, Peoria Mariners 3 (eleven innings)
LHP Nick Valenza (3.00) walked three, threw a wild pitch, and struck out two in three innings of work. I guess that's all right. RHP Gabe Saquilon (10.80) then had his best outing in a while with a hit, two walks, and four Ks in the next three innings. Can't say the same for RHP Maxx Catapano (6.28), who let three score on three hits (HR), a wild pitch, a walk, and two Ks in two innings of work. RHP Joshua Corrales (0.00) had an unearned run score against him in two+ frames after two walks and a wild pitch and RHP Alex Sunderland (3.00) scored that run and another unearned of his own after a hit and a K in the eleventh.
SS Roberto Velasquez (R, .275), 2B Felipe Burin (R, CS, .268), RF Reggie Lawson (3B, R, 2 RBI, SB, CS, .253), and LF Phillips Castillo (3B, RBI, .347) all had two hits with Castillo drawing a walk. CF James Zamarripa (SB, .340) and 1B Chris Andreas (.350) both had a single and a walk.

VSL Reds 5 (0), Aguirre Mariners 2
Yeah, I think we're missing the playoffs. RHP Isliexel Gonzalez (2.26) pitched eight innings though, with two runs scoring on seven hits (HR) and five Ks. That doesn't happen often at this level. RHP Eduardo Miliani (3.38, L) let three runs (one earned) score on two hits, a hit batter, and a walk in the ninth.
3B Ramon Coronel (RBI, SB, CS, 2 E, .359) had two hits and LF Kenny Hart (.274) had two walks.

DSL Cardinals 4 (- 15), Yamasa Mariners 2
RHP Jose Torres (1.60, PO) pitched six frames this time out and let a run score on five hits, two walks, and three Ks. RHP Ronald Dominguez (2.45) allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out three in the next two, and then RHP Domingo Brazoban (2.56, BS, L) took his first loss of the year by letting three runs score in the ninth on three hits and a wild pitch. I was not expecting that part.
1B Luis Matias (.252) had a single and a walk, SS Ketel Marte (R, .273) and DH Axel Wel (.250) both had a couple of hits and LF Wilton Martinez (2B, .165) doubled.

Wednesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Erasmo Ramirez, at Chattanooga, @ 4:15 pm PDT
High Desert: RHP Chris Sorce, at Inland Empire, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Nate Reed, in Clinton, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Everett: LHP Bennett Whitmore, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Princeton, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at D'Backs, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, at Athletics

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 51-53, .490, 12 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 12-19 (50-51), .387 (.495), 7 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-19 (44-57), .387 (.436), 8 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 15-15 (39-61), .500 (.390), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 0-1 (16-23), .000 (.410), 1 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 16-19, .457, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 14-14, .500, 6 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-30, .508, 4 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 35-13 .729, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 294-322, .477

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Written by Jay Yencich | 26 July 2011

The league offices named OF Kevin Rivers the Midwest League Hitter of the Week, and I agreed.

Tacoma 2, Salt Lake 9 (ANA - 13)
BEES by a smaller margin. RHP Jarrett Grube (9.00, L) had five runs score against him on seven hits (3 HR!!) and a walk against five Ks. Thus ends the all lefty rotation. Also we drop under .500. COINCIDENCE? RHP Chaz Roe (6.45) let four runs (three earned) score on six hits and a K in the final three innings.
LF Ryan Langerhans (HR, 2 R, .319) hit a home run and walked, which seems familiar. CF Michael Saunders (E, .285) and 1B Matt Mangini (.342) both had a single and a walk and SS Sean Kazmar (2B, .258) doubled.

Modesto 9 (COL - 3), High Desert 6
LHP Jimmy Gillheeney (5.35, PO, L) had some issues with balls in play this outing, meaning there were a lot of them. He only struck out one in six and two-thirds innings and let five (three earned) score on nine hits (2 HR!) and a wild pitch. RHP Keli'i Zablan (8.53) let three more (two earned) plate on three hits, a walk, and three Ks over the next inning and a third. RHP Jason Buursma (9.00) pitched the ninth and let a run score on two hits (HR).
SS Gabriel Noriega (2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI, .261) had three hits and was a home run shy of the cycle, which is funny only because he did hit two home runs last week. DH Tim Morris (R, .300), CF Denny Almonte (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .280), and C Trevor Coleman (2B, RBI, PB, .279) all had two hits. Almonte's next dinger will be his twentieth. 1B Steve Proscia (2B, 2 RBI, .238) doubled and RF Matt Cerione (.261) had a single and a walk. Marder was playing second today and made an error. I wonder if they're grooming him for some crazy part-time catching utility role.

Clinton 4, West Michigan 3 (DET + 2)
LHP Tony Butler (3.04, PO) got six innings this time out and let three score on nine hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and four Ks, sort of a mixed bag outing. RHP Jonathan Arias (3.40, W) walked a pair, hit one, and struck out one in an eventful seventh, and RHP Tyler Burgoon (2.15, S) had three hits and three Ks in the final two innings.
DH Stefen Romero (.269) and CF Michael McGee (2B, R, .297) both had two hits and 1B Matt Browning (2B, R, SB, .221) and 3B Jetsy Extrano (3B, R, .183) contributed extra-base knocks.

Everett 4, Eugene 2 (SD + 10)
We are winning against the division leader. LHP Jordan Shipers (4.81) came back to face the team that walks the most in the league and gave out eight free passes in three and a third innings, which somehow only turned into one run with two hits and two Ks. RHP Bryan Leigh (2.92, PO) walked two and struck out three over the next two and two-thirds and then LHP Cameron Hobson (3.97) gave up an unearned run on two hits and a K in the following two innings. RHP Ben Versnik (1.80, S) also walked one in the ninth.
CF Jarrett Burgess (R, .260) and RF Mario Yepez (3B, 2 RBI, SB, .321) both had a couple of hits and 3B Ramon Morla (R, SB, .282) walked twice which is sort of unexpected but okay.

Pulaski 3, Danville 7 (ATL 0)
RHP Dylan Unsworth (5.25, PO, L) got knocked around a bit, with six runs scoring on twelve hits and five Ks. At least he's still got the low walk rate, though not nearly as low as last year. RHP Bobby Shore (1.93) had an unearned run score against him on a hit, two walks, and a K in the next inning and a third and RHP Leonardo Rodriguez (6.75) walked one and struck out one in the eighth.
CF Jamal Austin (R, SB, .394) and LF Guillermo Pimentel (2B, RBI, .282) both had a couple of hits and RF Alfredo Morales (R, .385) and DH Dan Paolini (2B, RBI, .248) both had a hit and a walk. I have some hopes of Morales getting hitter of the week next time around, but he didn't have the games played to count this past week.

Peoria Mariners 11, AZL Angels 8
It's the AZL, but they're still the Angels. RHP Trevor Miller (4.28, W) got the win by going five frames with a run scoring on four hits, a walk, and four Ks. LHP Scott Ronnenbergh (5.40) allowed a hit and struck out a pair over the next two innings. RHP David Holman (8.10) then had a lot of issues with the eighth, seven runs (three earned) scoring on six hits (HR), a hit batter, and two Ks. RHP Yunior de Jesus (3.52, S) struck out a pair in the ninth for the save.
1B Chris Andreas (2B, 3 R, RBI, .354) and LF Phillips Castillo (3B, HR, 5 RBI, .340) both had three hits and hey, that's the first pro home run for Castillo! Fantastic. CF James Zamarripa (2 R, SB, .348), 3B Reginald Lampe (2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .194), and 2B Felipe Burin (2B, 2 RBI, .255) all had two hits with Zamarripa adding a walk. I will type out Zamarripa again in the hopes that soon enough I will stop having to look at it each time trying to figure out how many rs and ps there are.

Aguirre Mariners 3, VSL Phillies 4 (- 2)
The season ends on the seventh of August, so it's high time that we start winning some winnable games here. LHP Luis Pina (3.62, L) gave the Phillies all four of their runs, three earned, on six hits, a balk, a hit batter, two walks, and a K in six innings, which is a bummer. RHP Daniel Mata (3.66, PO) had two hits, two hit batters, and two walks in the final three.
3B Yordi Calderon (HR, .289) hit his seventh home run and made no errors. Progress! C Franklin Diaz (2B, R, SB, .210) doubled and walked, but he was the only one with a double or a hit and a walk.

DSL Brewers 14 (+ 11), Yamasa Mariners 9
RHP Gregorio Aquino (5.36. E) let four runs (three earned) score on four hits (HR), a hit batter, four walks, and a K in three and a third innings. RHP Noel de la Cruz (4.43, L) pitched the next two and two-thirds innings with four runs (three earned) scoring on six hits, two walks, and a K, scoring one of Aquino's runs along the way. RHP Ramire Cleto (4.50) let a run score on two hits and a walk in a third of an inning and then RHP Enrique Rosario (1.54) took over for the remainder of the game. It was Rosario who scored Cleto's run, and five (two earned) of his own came on two hits (HR), two hit batters, a walk, and two Ks.
SS Ketel Marte (2B, 4 R, .268) had three hits and a walk in the game. I'm not sure if I'm more intrigued by him or Fernandezi n the VSL, but I'm leaning Fernandez because I have less questions about the competition in the VSL. CF Janelfry Zorilla (HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, E, .336) had two hits and a walk, as did 3B George Soto (2B, RBI, SB, .265). Zorilla played in the all-star game recently along with lefty Wander Marte. C Alexander Capriata (R, E, .344) had a single and a walk.

Tuesday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, in Tacoma, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Jackson: LHP James Paxton, at Chattanooga, @ 4:15 pm PDT
High Desert: Off day
Clinton: Off day
Everett: RHP Jose Campos, at Eugene, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Danville, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 51-52, .495, 11 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 12-18 (50-50), .400 (.500), 5.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-19 (44-57), .387 (.436), 8 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 15-15 (39-61), .500 (.390), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 16-22, .421, 8 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 16-18, .471, 3.5 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 14-13, .519, 6 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-29, .517, 3.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 35-12 .745, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 294-315, .483

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Written by Jay Yencich | 25 July 2011

Tacoma 2, Salt Lake 10 (ANA - 14)
BEES. LHP Mauricio Robles (9.00) pitched an inning+ and let seven runs score on a hit (HR), seven walks, a wild pitch, and a K. In the same sense that a pitcher has to be rather talented in some way to be given the opportunity to lose twenty games in the big league, one has to be worthwhile in some way to give up five runs in the first inning and be left in long enough to get seven total without recording another out. RHP Forrest Snow (4.50) came in next and scored two of Robles' runs and three of his own on seven hits (HR), a walk, and nine Ks in six innings. That's kind of cool. RHP Scott Patterson (3.99) had a hit and a K in the eighth.
C Joes Yepez (3B, 2 R, .287) tripled and walked, which was the only extra-base hit managed by the team. RF Mike Wilson (.337) and DH Johan Limonta (.335) both had two hits with Limonta adding a walk, SS Sean Kazmar (.257) walked twice, and 2B Kyle Seager (RBI, .441) had a single and a walk.

Modesto 13 (COL - 2), High Desert 9
RHP Kenn Kasparek (7.71, PO, L) appeared at the level and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits (2 HR!), a hit batter, and four Ks. As far as immediate assignments following a rehab stint go, this is not a good one. RHP Daniel Cooper (5.37) pitched the next two and a third innings with three runs scoring on three hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks. LHP Jose Jimenez (7.10) recorded four outs and along the way let four runs score on four hits (3 HR!!) and two Ks. RHP Stephen Kahn (8.42) gave up another home run, scoring one of Jimenez' runs, and struck out one in the final two-thirds. So that was seven home runs allowed in the game against two hits. Ugh.
RF Daniel Carroll (2B, R, 2 RBI, .286), SS Gabriel Noriega (2B, R, 3 RBI, .256), CF Denny Almonte (HR, 2 R, .278), LF Mario Martinez (2B, 2 R, RBI, .286), and C Jack Marder (2B, R, .667) all had two hits in the game with Carroll adding one of the few walks. 3B Steve Proscia (HR, .243) contributed his second pro home run.

Clinton 4, West Michigan 6 (DET + 3)
RHP Taijuan Walker (3.31, L) had a bumpy outing, giving up six runs on eight hits, a wild pitch, a walk, and three Ks in five and two-thirds innings. RHP Matt Bischoff (4.32) had three hits and a K in the final two and a third innings and scored one of Walker's runs. These things happen.
There were three hits in the day game by C John Hicks (2 2B, 2 R, RBI, .265), which is fantastic. LF Kevin Rivers (HR, .262) had a home run, DH Robbie Anston (.252) had a couple of hits, and 3B Jetsy Extrano (2B, R, .179) and SS Anthony Phillips (2B, 2 RBI, .165) both doubled.

Everett 3, Eugene 0 (SD + 11)
Unexpected. RHP Steve Kohlscheen (3.90, W) had six innings of work and allowed four hits, a wild pitch, and a walk while striking out three. RHP Tim Griffin (2.41, S) had a hit, a couple of walks, and four Ks in the final three innings.
1B Jharmidy de Jesus (2B, 2 R, .364) and 3B Ramon Morla (HR, 2 RBI, E, .297) both had two hits, LF Jabari Blash (2B, .299) doubled, and C Larry Gonzalez (.180) and 2B Danny Lopez (.254) both had a hit and a walk. Sufficient offense!

Pulaski 9, Danville 2 (ATL - 1)
Bullpen day? Not exactly. RHP Angel Raga (0.45) started and allowed a run, his first earned of the season, on two hits and two walks against four Ks in four innings. LHP Roenis Elias (0.00, W) had three hits, a hit batter, and a K in four innings of work. RHP Bo Reeder (4.50) let a run score on a hit, a wild pitch, a walk, and a K in the ninth.
RF Alfredo Morales (2B, 2 R, RBI, .400) had a double and two walks. Neat! CF Jamal Austin (R, .394), LF Guillermo Pimentel (R, .277), 1B Jordy Lara (2 R, RBI, .272), and 3B Dillon Hazlett (2B, R, 2 RBI, .262) all had two hits. 2B Dan Paolini (R, 2 RBI, .245) and C Hassiel Jimenez (2 RBI, PB, .100) both had a hit and a walk.

The AZL game tonight was suspended with the game tied-5-5 in the ninth. I'm not going to bother until it's a full game.

Monday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Salt Lake City, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: Off days
High Desert: TBA, in Adelanto, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Tony Butler, at West Michigan, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Jose Campos, at Eugene, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Danville, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Angels, @ 5:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Phillies
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 51-51, .500, 11 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 12-18 (50-50), .400 (.500), 5.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-18 (44-55), .400 (.440), 7 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 14-15 (38-61), .483 (.388), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 15-22, .405, 9 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 16-17, .485, 3 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 13-13, .500, 5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-28, .525, 2.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 35-11 .761, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 291-310, .484

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Written by Jay Yencich | 24 July 2011

I don't know that I've seen this reported anywhere else, but hey, 16th-round pick C/IF Jack Marder signed with us. Cool beans. Even though I can no longer process any kind of draft news without baseless panicking over the remainder of the top ten taking so long to sign, the addition of Marder is certainly a positive for us and not one that I expected.

Tacoma 9, Salt Lake 18 (ANA - 15)
No sir, I don't like it. Except for the part where Ryan Ketchner won the game. I'm okay losing to him. LHP Nate Robertson (7.68, L) took a beating with ten runs (six earned) allowed in two-thirds of an inning on eight hits (2 HR!), a walk, and a K. LHP Chris Seddon (5.97) pitched next and let four plate on seven hits, a hit batter, two walks, and three Ks because it was that kind of day. RHP Josh Fields (6.94) continued the trend with four runs scoring on three hits (2 HR!), three walks, and two Ks in the next three innings, and then RHP Dan Cortes (5.50) broke the trend by just allowing a hit in the ninth.
Are nine runs on a night like this cheapened by the fact that the other team did twice that? Whatever. LF Carlos Peguero (HR, .331) and CF Michael Saunders (3B, R, .296) both had three hits and a walk and 3B Matt Mangini (2 R, 2 RBI, .343) and C Ralph Henriquez (2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, .361) both had two hits. 1B Ryan Langerhans (.319), 3B-2B Kyle Seager (HR, .453), SS Alex Liddi (2B, RBI, E, .263), and RF Mike Wilson (R, .333) all had a hit and a walk.

Montgomery 4 (TB + 1), Jackson 2 (seven innings)
Swept doubleheaders take something out of you. RHP Andrew Carraway (3.38, L) took just his second loss of the year, with four urns scoring on seven hits, a walk, and two Ks in six innings. LHP Brian Moran (6.41) struck out one in the seventh.
The top three of LF Jake Shaffer (R, .297), SS Carlos Triunfel (.278), and 3B Vinnie Catricala (2B, R, .360) all had two hits and DH Joe Dunigan (RBI, .228) had a single and two walks as the #4. The rest of the lineup managed a single and two walks.

Montgomery 3 (+ 2), Jackson 1 (seven innings)
RHP Steven Henlsey (5.63, PO, L) pitched five and a third innings with three runs allowed on five hits (HR), a balk, three walks, and three Ks. LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.86) had a hit and a walk while recording one out, scoring two of Hensley's runs, and RHP Taylor Stanton (3.40) allowed one hit in the final inning and a third.
1B Rich Poythress (2 2B, RBI, .247) had a couple of doubles in the game and DH Jake Shaffer (3B, .298) had a triple and a walk. Maybe Shaffer is coming around. CF Kuo-hui Lo (.276) drew two walks.

Modesto 8 (COL - 1), High Desert 7
We scored five runs in the ninth. So close. RHP Yoervis Medina (6.87, E, L) let six runs (five earned) score on thirteen hits (2 HR!), a wild pitch, and three Ks in five and a third innings. RHP Austin Hudson (5.76) let two more plate on four hits, a walk, and four Ks in two and two-thirds innings. RHP Jason Buursma (9.00) had an eventful ninth, though the same cannot be said for the hitting.
I'm not going to cover that specifically though because it's rather heartbreaking and not in the stupid "the Mariners have loaded the bases with no outs and will now fail to score" way. There were no multi-hit games on the night, which is part of the problem, but everyone reached safely and RF Daniel Carroll (2B, R, SB, CS, .284), SS Gabriel Noriega (HR, 2 RBI, .254), and CF Denny Almonte (2B, R, RBI, .277) all had a hit and a walk while 1B Rudy van Heydoorn (HR, 2 RBI, .250) provided some unexpected power.

Clinton 1, West Michigan 2 (DET + 2)
Well, shoot. LHP Anthony Fernandez (3.45, E) came close again, throwing seven and two-thirds innings with a run scoring on three hits, a wild pitch, three walks, and six Ks. LHP Ryan Kiel (3.52, PO, L) let the decisive run score on a hit and two walks in the final two-thirds.
SS Anthony Phillips (HR, .163) hit another home run. He's up to three now? LF Kevin Rivers (.262), RF Kalian Sams (.250), and 3B Jetsy Extrano (.170) all had a hit and a walk. The team was blanked with runners in scoring position.

Salem-Keizer 3 (SF - 6), Everett 14
Today, in a shocking instance of role reversal, Everett blew up against the Volcanoes. RHP Steve Landazuri (4.89, W) let a run score on five hits (HR), a walk, and five Ks in the same number of innings. The final four frames were split between RHP Cody Weiss (9.39), who let two score on four hits (HR), a couple of wild pitches, a walk, and two Ks, and RHP Jordan Pries (4.15), who struck out a pair.
CF Jarrett Burgess (2B, 3B, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI, .264) came up a single shy of the cycle and tried to make up for it with a walk, but there's only so much that counts for. LF Jabari Blash (2 HR, 3 RBI, .301) added two home runs and walked, which is good on both accounts. As for the rest, you had three hits from SS Marcus Littlewood (2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, .250), two apiece from RF Mario Yepez (2B , R, 2 RBI, .330), 1B Jharmidy de Jesus (R, RBI, .351), and 3B Ramon Morla (2 R, SB, .273), with de Jesus adding a walk, and 2B Jorge Agudelo (2 R, .181) walked twice.

Bluefield 2 (TOR + 4), Pulaski 3 (ten innings)
We just took two of three from the division leader. Maybe we still have a chance to do interesting things. RHP Luke Taylor (9.51) got his ERA back down to single digits with two runs scoring on four hits (HR), a wild pitch, two walks, and four Ks in six innings. RHP Seon Gi Kim (9.72) had a hit, a wild pithc, and two Ks in the seventh, and perhaps did the same. LHP Jeremy Dobbs (5.40) walked one, threw a wild pitch, and struck out three in two innings. RHP John Taylor (0.00, W) struck out one in the tenth.
Walk it off, M's, walk it off. In the tenth, 3B Dillon Hazlett (2 2B, R, 2-4, .255) doubled and after a grounder that did not advanced the runner, Pimentel was intentionally walked to set up a DP and Brito punched right through that with a single to right. Hazlett wasn't the only one to play off position, as you also had SS Michael Acevedo (2B, .264) representing early in the game. 2B Dan Paolini (HR, 2 RBI, .245) and 1B Jordy Lara (.265) both had two hits, Paolini cracking his third home run.

The VSL game was suspended, M's leading the Pirates 6-2 in the fourth. Couldn't they have played one more inning and made it official? Honestly…

Sunday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Salt Lake City, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: Off days
High Desert: RHP Forrest Snow, in Adelanto, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP Taijuan Walker, at West Michigan, @ 10:00 am PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Kohlscheen?, at Eugene, @ 5:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, at Danville, @ 1:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, in Peoria, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: Off days? All-star break?

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 51-50, .505, 11 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 12-18 (50-50), .400 (.500), 5.5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-17 (44-55), .414 (.444), 6 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 14-14 (38-60), .500 (.388), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 14-22, .389, 10 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 15-17, .469, 3 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 13-13, .500, 5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-28, .525, 2.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 35-11 .761, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 289-307, .485 no comments

Written by Jay Yencich | 23 July 2011

Tacoma 7, Salt Lake 2 (ANA - 16)
LHP Anthony Vasquez (3.62, W) pitched seven and two-thirds innings and let two runs (one earned) score on four hits, two walks, and seven Ks, which is probably one of the best starts we’ve seen out of him at this level. LHP Cesar Jimenez (4.44, S) walked one and struck out one closing things out.
3B Kyle Seager (R, SB, .467), LF Carlos Peguero (2B, 2 R, RBI, .317), and DH Luis Antonio Jimenez (R, RBI, .291) all had three hits in the game. So Seager is hitting again. Everyone is hitting except those who are currently Mariners, with the exclusion of Ackley, I think. SS Alex Liddi (2 R, .263), CF Michael Saunders (3B, R, 2 RBI, .279), and C Ralph Henriquez (2B, RBI, .357) all had two hits, the first two adding walks. RF Ryan Langerhans (2B, PO, .322) had a double and a walk.

Montgomery 6 (TB 0), Jackson 10
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (5.06, W) pitched five and two-thirds innings this time out and allowed four runs (three earned) to score on six hits (HR), a balk, two walks, and four Ks. RHP Moises Hernandez (6.89) then pitched the next two and a third innings with two runs scoring on three hits (HR), a walk, and two Ks. RHP Steve Delabar (2.39) walked one in the ninth.
A few different guys reached three times, including LF Jake Shaffer (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, PO, .295) on a hit and two walks, 3B Vinnie Catricala (2B, R, RBI, E, .353) on three hits, and 2B Leury Bonilla (3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, .250) on two hits and a walk. 1B Scott Savastano (HR, E, .289) and DH Joe Dunigan (HR, 2 RBI, .225) both had home runs, but Savastano also had a single and a walk. Three home runs in a game. That doesn’t happen terribly often for this team!

High Desert 15, Lancaster 10 (HOU - 8)
This was merely a “We hate pitching” game. RHP Jandy Sena (6.48, W) won in spite of giving up seven runs (five earned) on twelve hits (HR), four walks, and four Ks. It was his first win at the level. Ha! RHP Stephen Kahn (8.28) let two more runs score on two walks and two Ks in an inning and a third+, then RHP Keli’i Zablan (7.20) scored those two runs and one of his own on three hits (HR) and three Ks in the final two innings.
3B Steve Proscia (2 2B, R, 5 RBI, .276) and C Trevor Coleman (2 R, .275) both had three hits in the game, RF James Jones (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, .247) had two hits and a walk, and DH Jake Schlander (2B, R, .290) had a double and two walks. For the two-hit club, we had SS Gabriel Noriega (2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 E, .254), now leading off, 2B Shaver Hansen (3B, 3 R, RBI, .359), and LF Mario Martinez (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, .285), a position switch we don’t often see. I’m not mentioning everyone, but everyone had a hit.

Clinton 6, South Bend 1 (ARI - 5)
Today, RHP George Mieses (5.00, W) pitched seven innings letting just an unearned run score on five hits and a walk while striking out five. He also ran a 10/3 ground/fly. Just because I don’t understand something doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it. RHP Jonathan Arias (3.49) walked one and struck out three in the next frame and RHP Tyler Blandford (10.24) walked two and struck out one in the ninth.
LF Kevin Rivers (HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, A, .261) moved down to third in the order and continued to be the dominant force for the offense, recording three hits, including his seventh home run, and a walk. RF Kalian Sams (HR, .249) hit his twelfth bomb, 1B Tim Morris (2B, 2 RBI, E, .259) doubled, and DH Robbie Anston (R, .245) and CF Mike McGee (R, .313) both had a hit and a walk.

Salem-Keizer 5 (SF - 5), Everett 3
This continues to happen. It’s the seventh straight loss to the Volcanoes. LHP Bennett Whitmore (4.95, L) let four runs score on eleven hits (HR), a hit batter, and a K in six innings. RHP Max Krakowiak (4.50) then let a run score on three hits in the final three innings.
2B Jorge Agudelo (HR, 2 RBI, SB, .188) hit his fourth home run and had a single to go with. DH James Wood (2B, RBI, .271) and 3B Ramon Morla (3B, R, .250) both had extra-base hits. No one walked. That’s usually a bad sign.

Bluefield 10 (TOR + 5), Pulaski 3
They do lead the division after all. RHP Mayckol Guaipe (4.94, L) let five runs score on five hits, a wild pitch, two hit batters, two walks, and two Ks in four and a third innings. RHP Benjamin Cornwell (7.11) scored two of those and three of his own after three hits, three wild pitches, and two walks against two Ks. RHP Reynaldo Sabala (2.75) had a run score against him too on three hits and two Ks in two and two-thirds innings, while RHPP Brett Shankin (6.69) had a run score against him in the final inning after a wild pitch and a K because it was just that kind of night.
CF Jamal Austin (R, 2 SB, .404) and RF Alfredo Morales (RBI, .500) both continued hitting with two each in the game, Austin adding a walk, but people may be more drawn to DH Efrain Nunez (HR, 2 RBI, .262) hitting his fifth home run. That’s fine too. The team also made four errors. That’s not so cool.

Peoria Mariners 1, AZL Athletics 13
Arizona League ball, everyone. RHP Min-sih Chen (6.75, L) let six runs (four earned) score on seven hits, a wild pitch, a hit batter, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Gabe Saquilon (16.88) let four more runs plate on seven hits, a couple of wild pitches, and two walks in three innings. RHP David Holman (6.57) let three more plate on two hits (HR), two walks, and three Ks. After that, RHP Maxx Catapano (5.11) had an eighth inning where nothing but groundball and flyball outs occurred, which was the weirdest thing in this game.
2B Felipe Burin (.238) walked twice. Hooray!

Aguirre Mariners 2, VSL Reds 6 (+ 1)
RHP Ricardo Pereira (4.16, L) hasn’t won a game this season. Seems a little odd, but it’s true. He pitched six innings this time out with three runs (one earned) scoring on seven hits, a hit batter, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Rafael Carrera (4.20) then had two runs score on three hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and a K, which was pretty eventful for one inning of work. RHP Thyago Vieira (4.00) had a final run score on three hits and a K in the eighth.
3B Ramon Coronel (R, RBI, .354), DH Pedro Okuda (2 CS, .271), and SS Gianfranco Wawoe (SB, E, .179) all had two hits. No walks. I do enjoy typing out Gianfranco Wawoe though.

DSL Brewers 11, Yamasa Mariners 12
These kinds of one-run games always feel quite different. RHP Ivan Julio (2.13, E) had six runs (five earned) score against him in four+ innings after ten hits, two walks, and a K. RHP Ronald Dominguez (3.00), who couldn’t get an out, scored two of those and one of his own on two hits and a walk. Over the final five innings, RHP Domingo Brazoban (1.91, W) went to 7-0 while letting four runs plate on five hits (HR), a wild pitch, a hit batter, and four Ks. It’s like he’s their good luck charm or something.
SS Ketel Marte (2 R, E, .255) walked for times. Walk on, Marte, walk on. LF Randy Perez (2 R, RBI, SB, .302) led off and had a hit and two walks, 2B-3B George Soto (3 RBI, .257), RF Estarlyn Morales (2B, R, .252), and C Miguel Sanchez (2 2B, R, RBI, .259) all had two hits, and CF Janelfry Zorilla (R, RBI, A, .331) and 1B Westlonder Marcelino (HR, 2 R, .261) both had a hit and a walk. Marcelino got his second home run pretty quickly.

Saturday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Salt Lake City, @ 6:05 pm PDT
Jackson: TBA, in Jackson, @ 2:05 pm PDT
Game Two: TBA
High Desert: RHP Yoervis Medina, in Adelanto, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Clinton: LHP Anthony Fernandez, at West Michigan, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Everett: RHP Steve Landazuri?, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: Off day
Aguirre: TBA, in Aguirre
Yamasa: Off days? All-star break?

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers: 51-49, .510, 10 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 12-16 (50-48), .429 (.510), 4 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 12-16 (44-54), .429 (.449), 5.5 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 14-13 (38-59), .519 (.392), 2 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 13-22, .371, 10 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 14-17, .452, 4 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 13-13, .500, 5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-28, .525, 2.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 35-11 .761, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 287-302, .487

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Written by Jay Yencich | 22 July 2011

Tacoma 9, Tucson 2 (SD - 3)
Fun! LHP Nate Robertson (6.54) walked two before the rain, and one came around to score under the watch of RHP Jarrett Grube (9.00, W), who let a run of his own score on three hits, three walks, and five Ks in five and two-thirds innings. RHP Chaz Roe (6.35, S) had two hits, a wild pitch, two walks, and six KS in the final three and two-thirds. That's pretty good!
LF Carlos Peguero (2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, .308) was a home run short of the cycle, though he did strike out in his other two at-bats. CF Michael Saunders (2B, R, RBI, SB, CS, .267) added a double and three walks, RF Mike Wilson (R, RBI, .335) had a couple of hits and a walk, DH Johan Limonta (2 R, .331) had three walks, and C Jose Yepez (R, .286) had a hit and two walks. That takes care of the threes. 1B Matt Mangini (R, .341) also had a hit and a walk.

Tacoma 8, Tucson 1 (SD - 4) (seven innings)
More lopsidedness! I'm pleased that Word recognizes that. LHP Luke French (5.37, W), whom I wouldn't expect to do too well in Tucson, let a run score on seven hits, a wild pitch, and two walks against five Ks in six innings. Nicely done. RHP Josh Fields (5.19) had two Ks in the final frame.
DH Luis Antonio Jimenez (HR, 2 RBI, .284) and SS Sean Kazmar (2 2B, 2 R, .261) both had three hits in the game. Kazmar sure has been hitting a lot lately. CF Michael Saunders (R, RBI, .271), who has also been hitting, or walking, or both, had a single and two walks. RF Ryan Langerhans (HR, 2 R, .323) went yard and drew a walk, LF Carlos Peguero (2B, 3 RBI, .306) doubled, and C Ralph Henriquez (R, .346) had two singles.

Montgomery 11 (TB + 1), Jackson 9 (ten innings)
Jackson scored six unanswered runs between the seventh and the eighth. This was the comeback that wasn't. RHP Erasmo Ramirez (4.66) gave up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks. I thought of making some kind of commentary, but the four unearned runs seem to discourage that. LHP Edward Paredes (6.39) let two more runs score on two hits (HR), a walk, and three Ks. He's just worse than we hoped he would be based on the run he had from 2006 to 2010. LHP Brian Moran (6.57) struck out two in the eight, and then RHP Stephen Pryor (3.38) let two score on two walks and three Ks in an inning and a third, LHP Bobby LaFromboise (3.89) allowing a triple that scored both while recording the final two outs.
2B Scott Savastano (3 2B, 3 RBI, .285) had four hits and a walk and was leading off. Weird. After him, the runners-up were DH Joe Dunigan (2 2B, R, 2 RBI, .224) and CF Kuo-hui Lo (2 R, RBI, SB, E, .287), who both had three hits. Edge goes to Dunigan for distance and no on-field mistakes. RF Johermyn Chavez (CS, E, .224) had a hit and two walks. Yay. C Brandon Bantz (2 R, .224) just had two walks. Also nice. SS Carlos Triunfel (2 RBI, .277) and LF Vinnie Catricala (2B, 2 R, .333) both had two hits with Triunfel drawing a walk.

High Desert 2, Lancaster 14 (HOU - 7)
Revenge is a dish best served several times over followed by some vigorous earth-salting. RHP Chris Sorce (4.64, L) got knocked out after three and two-thirds innings having given up ten runs (eight earned) on ten hits (2 HR!) and a walk. No Ks. LHP Jose Jimenez (6.57) came out next for his beating and let three score on three hits, a hit batter, and two walks in a third+. Jimenez faced four batters in the fifth before getting the hook in favor of LHP Jason Markovitz (6.30), who was actually pretty good, letting one run score on four hits and two Ks in four innings.
The offense struck out fourteen times. Not much going on, which is bizarre considering that the starter left the game with a 6.48 ERA. SS Gabriel Noriega (HR, CS, E, .252) had a home run, which is silly, and 3B Steve Proscia (2B, R, .208) doubled.

Clinton 6, South Bend 8 (ARI - 4)
When I last checked on this, we had hit two home runs already and were leading 3-0. Baseball. LHP Nate Reed (3.86, L) eventually gave up seven (four earned) of the eight runs on five hits, a couple hit batters, a walk, and three Ks in five innings. It's weak sauce that he had to lose it. RHP Jessie Nava (3.45) then let a run score on a wild pitch and a hit (which was a double) against one K in the next two innings. LHP Jonathan Hesketh (4.05) struck out one in the eighth.
LF Kevin Rivers (2 HR, .250) hit two home runs and I think he really wants to be hitter of the week. CF Mike McGee (HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, .312) also had a home run as one of two hits to go with a walk, and DH Stefen Romero (HR, .270) hit another, his eleventh. 1B Mickey Wiswall (2B, .255) doubled and walked and SS Anthony Phillips (R, .158) and C Carlton Tanabe (CS, .225) both had two singles.

Salem-Keizer 7 (SF - 6), Everett 4
The Volcanoes have the Aquasox number. They call it in the middle of the night and then immediately hang up, a few different times, at random hours. Soon, the Aquasox not sleep. It's not the calls so much as the anticipation of them that keeps the Aquasox awake. The calls stop. Surely, this too is some kind of trick. That's how they get inside your head. RHP Joe DiRocco (4.02) started for some odd reason and he let a run score on three hits, two walks, and two Ks. RHP Nolan Diaz (8.27, L) then let five runs score in two innings on six hits (HR) and a walk against one K. RHP Ben Versnik (2.25) gave them one last run for good measure in the next two innings after three hits and two Ks and then RHP Jeroen de Haas (8.68) walked one in the ninth.
CF Jarrett Burgess (HR, .256) hit a solo home run, RF Mario Yepez (.330), 1B Ethan Paquette (2 RBI, .219), and SS Danny Lopez (.262) all had two hits, with Yepez adding a walk, LF Patrick Brady (R, RBI, .246) walked two times, and 2B Marcus Littlewood (R, PO, .234), 3B Jharmidy de Jesus (R, .343), and C Mike Dowd (.225) all had a hit and a walk. It's a lot of offense, but a lot of little offense.

Bluefield 4 (TOR + 4), Pulaski 5
Bluefield Blue Jays. It just markets itself, doesn't it? RHP Jose Valdivia (5.20) let four runs (two earned) score on five hits (HR), a walk, and six Ks in five and a third innings. LHP Kyle Hunter (1.37) then allowed a hit, a wild pitch, and a walk while striking out four in the next three innings. RHP John Taylor (0.00) had a hit and a K in the final two-thirds.
This was a walkoff for the Pulaski M's. With two outs, SS Bryan Brito (2B, R, E, 1-4, .202) doubled and then CF Jamal Austin (2 2B, R, RBI, CS, .400) doubled him home. Pretty straightforward. Otherwise, the big contributor for me probably would have been RF Alfredo Morales (HR, A, .500), who had a home run, two walks, and some fine defensive play. LF Guillermo Pimentel (.292) had a hit and a WALK, and 2B Dan Paolini (2B, RBI, .234) had the team's other double.

AZL Rangers 5, Peoria Mariners 3
RHP Charles Kaalekahi (5.54, E, L) did some interesting things in this start. While he did give up four runs (two earned) on five hits, two walks, and a wild pitch in five innings, but he also struck out eleven. Raise your hand if you thought Kaalekahi was going to strike out double-digits at this level based off his earlier performances. Okay, those of you who know him personally, hands down. Better. Shame he got the loss. LHP Nick Valenza (4.50) had three walks and a wild pitch against one K in the next two innings and LHP Scott Ronnenbergh (6.14) had a run score against him on two hits, a walk, and a K in the final two innings.
RF Reggie Lawson (HR, 2 R, E, .256) and C Travis Higgs (2B, HR, 2 RBI, .353) both had two hits which included a first pro home run. SS Esteilon Peguero (CS, E, .277) had three singles.

VSL Phillies 4 (- 4), Aguirre Mariners 3
The Phillies got three runs in the ninth. Things such as this seem to happen continuously. RHP Kevin Quintanilla (2.70) had a run score against him after six hits, a walk, and two Ks in four innings. The next four+ innings went to LHP Cruz Pereira (3.41), who let a run score on a hit, two walks, and a K. RHP Maykel Ynfantes (3.10, BS, L) scored Pereira's run and two of his own after three hits, a wild pitch, and a K in the ninth. So it went.
SS-2B Rafael Fernandez (CS, .276) had a hit and three walks. Again, the kid has a weird amount of plate discipline for someone so young. CF-LF Kenny Hart (.286) had two singles and RF Alexy Palma (2B, .258) doubled.

Yamasa Mariners 5, DSL Cardinals 4 (ten innings)
This was Wednesday night's game. RHP Jose Torres (1.61) pitched six frames this time out and let a run score on four hits, three wild pitches, a hit batter, two walks, and four Ks. Some good in that and some bad, obviously. RHP Ramire Cleto (4.08, BS) then had two score against him on two hits and a wild pitch, and RHP Noel de la Cruz (3.57, E, BS) followed with a run scoring on a hit, a wild pitch, a hit batter, and a walk in just a third of an inning. From there, RHP Erique Rosario (0.87, W) took over, and he was nails, with three Ks in the final inning and two-thirds.
3B-2B GeorgE soto (2B, 3B, R, RBI, .248) had three hits in the game, C Miguel Sanchez (HR, 2 RBI, .245) and LF Wilton Martinez (.168) both had two, and 1B Axel Wel (HR, .243) hit a dinger. It was Wel's dinger that accounted for the difference in the game, and it was his fourth of the season. For Sanchez, it was his second.

DSL Athletics 2 (- 17), Yamasa Mariners 3
LHP Wander Marte (1.15) had a somewhat mixed start with two runs scoring on two hits (HR) and two walks, but six KS over four innings. RHP George Drullard (1.04) then walked three in the next two innings and LHP Leoncio Munoz (2.66, W) had to close it out with two hits and three Ks in the final three innings.
In the bottom of the ninth, RF Gabriel Guerrero (R, 2-4, .231) singled, was sacrificed over, then a wild pitch moved him to third and they opted to just walk Westlonder Marcelino (HR, 2 R, 2-3, BB, .262) to set up the DP, so C Alexander Capriata (2B, 2 RBI, 3-4, .344) had to come up with a RBI single. It was the right time for that part of the lineup to come up, because the rest weren't doing much. 3B George Soto (2B, CS, 1-3, BB, .250) had a double and a walk earlier in the game.

Friday's Games:
Tacoma: TBA, at Salt Lake City, @ 6:00 pm PDT
Jackson: RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, in Jackson, @ 5:00 pm PDT
High Desert: RHP Jandy Sena, at Lancaster, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Clinton: RHP George Mieses, at South Bend, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Everett: TBA, in Everett, @ 7:05 pm PDT
Pulaski: TBA, in Pulaski, @ 4:00 pm PDT
Peoria: TBA, at Athletics, @ 7:00 pm PDT
Aguirre: TBA, at Reds
Yamasa: TBA, in Yamasa

Organization Record:
Tacoma Rainiers:50-49, .505, 12 GB in PCL Pacific Northern
Jackson Generals: 11-16 (49-48), .407 (.505), 5 GB in SL North
High Desert Mavericks: 11-16 (43-54), .407 (.443), 6 GB in CAL South
Clinton Lumberkings: 13-13 (37-59), .500 (.385), 3 GB in MWL Western
Everett Aquasox: 13-21, .382, 10 GB in NWL West
Pulaski Mariners: 14-16, .467, 3 GB in APL East
Peoria Mariners: 13-12, .520, 4.5 GB in AZL West
Aguirre Mariners: 31-27, .534, 1.5 GB in VSL
Yamasa Mariners: 34-11 .756, 1st in Santo Domingo Norte
Overall Record: 282-298, .486

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