Seattle Mariners Universe – August 10th

Thought of the day: I wish my name rhymed with something descriptive so I could create a twitter moniker at the level that Leon Landry is on @NeonLeon6.

It’s been about 2 hours since the Mariners game ended on a wild pitch from Josh Kinney. This means that the alcohol I consumed post game has officially taken care of the disappointment and I am ready to type.

To the tabs!

Mariners I told my wife, who really did not care at all, that the Mariners had finally locked down a win once Jaso slammed Ervin’s 3-0 fastball over Torii Hunter and half the LA fans out in center field. I was thinking about Felix sporting a 1.41 ERA in his past 10 starts and avenging his earlier loss to LA; well I was wrong. My wife snickered at me somewhere around my cursing Josh Kinney and uttered the line I have heard so many times from her this year,

“How can anyone sit there and be so involved in a losing team like this; it’s actually painful to watch you react.”

My response went something like, well, what does the opening of a beer sound like? Anyways…let’s take a look at the positives.

Jesus Montero threw together his 5th multi-hit in the past 6 contests (4 seattle losses, #wastedmiddleoftheorderoffense) to raise his average to .270. The last time Montero sported an average this high was June 13.

Dustin Ackley kicked the scoring off with a 2-run shot off Santana in the third. Dustin was adamant in the local media that he was going to find his swing in the second half. His pedestrian .222 average is lower than it was at any point in the first half but he has nearly tripled his power out in the second half. Ackley averaged a HR every 70.8 PA in the first half while averaging a HR in every 29 PA in the 2nd half.

John Jaso continued his excellence against the Angels in Los Angeles as he went 1-3 on the night with 3 RBIs and a BIG HR. Ervin Santana had to throw Jaso a 3-0 fastball with two runners on in a jam in the third inning. #Crushed – Torii Hunter didn’t even give a thought into chasing it. Jaso has established himself as one of the most patient hitters in the AL against RHP and was a career .485 hitter in Angel Stadium prior to Friday’s contest.

Felix was ‘king like’ on 103 of 104 pitches on Friday – allowing a three-run home run to Mike Trout in the 3rd inning. The Angels tied the ballgame on a silly combination of non-heads up play from Eric Thames and Brendan Ryan allowing two runs to score on a singular sacrifice fly to right field as Thames half hearted relay to second base was deflected by Ryan as Erick Aybar advanced from 2nd base to score.

Josh Kinney loaded the bases in the 9th inning with 1 out before throwing a wild pitch that allowed the Angels to clinch the victory.

This really was a new way to lose a game from a club that has managed to complete such a task a number of ways the past few seasons.

Tweet @Mariners to tell John Jaso he is the reason you tune into games started by a RHP.

Rainiers This will be quick. The Rainiers dropped to 20 games below .500 (50-70) with their loss against Memphis on Friday; 3-1.

Erasmo Ramirez got the ball for Tacoma as he continues to throw for his spot in Seattle’s floundering rotation. He pitched solidly allowing 1 ER over 5 innings of work while walking 4.

Vinnie Catricala channeled his inner Russ Davis in committing two errors that led to two unearned runs for Memphis.

Alex Liddi added the only RBI of the night for Tacoma as Guillermo Quiroz attempted, albeit solely, to keep Tacoma in the game with a 2-4 performance.

Ex-Mariner ‘slugger’ Justin Smoak is now batting under the Mendoza line in both the Majors and Minors this season. Two years after the Cliff Lee trade Lueke and Lawson are gone while Beavan and Smoak can’t pin down how to stay in Seattle.

Tweet @RainiersLand to encourage Erasmo to continue climbing.

Generals The Generals snapped their two game skid against Montgomery on Friday with a 4-2 victory. Lots of helping hands on this victory including Jandy Sena throwing 2 innings of perfect baseball on 23rd birthday.

Brandon Maurer struggled through 83 pitches in 3.2 innings from the mound while allowing just 1 run before the bullpen strung together 5.1 innings of 1 run baseball themselves. Two points to gather from this sentence:

1. Maurer got the outs he needed to get even after getting himself into trouble; which is something you like to see in a young pitcher.
2. Jimenez, Sena, Bawcom, and Medina reacted as a bullpen should after their starter was chased from the game early. All four relivers sport sub 3.40 ERAs on the season in AA.

Brad Miller, Rich Poythress, and Jesus Sucre added multi-hit games while Stefen Romero and Johermyn Chavez went yard in the victory. Brad Miller now has 50 multi-hit games on the season; the most of any Mariners farmhand.

Romero, the Mariners 12th round selection in the 2010 draft now has 90 RBIs and 20 HRs between AA-Jackson and A+-High Desert in 2012 while batting .351 from the plate. Romero did not play for the Mariners post-draft in 2010 but put up a solid 2011 campaign with Clinton hitting 16 HRs, 22 2Bs, and driving in 65 runners. Romero might be the lowest key hitter in MiLB to reach 90 RBIs this season. Listen here for an interview with Stefen Romero from 6.29.11 explaining his first walk-off winner in the major leagues.

Though the Generals did grab the victory over Montgomery today they put up their second consecutive goose egg with RISP while going 1-22 so far in the series; ouch.

Tweet @jacksongenerals to cheer them on as they look to take the 4th game of their 5 game set with Montgomery and leave themselves an opportunity on Sunday to win the series.

Mavericks Roenis Elias pitched for the Mavericks like he was in Seattle and needed to throw little outside a perfect outing to keep his team in the game. It turns out that Elias received more support than he needed in an 11-2 Mavericks win over Bakersfield on Friday.

Elias, who defected from Cuba, went 7 innings striking out 7 and allowing 2 ERs. Kyle Glasler, who covers the Mavericks, added that the conditions were less than perfect to pitch in as the game time temperature was 100 degrees and there were winds reported up to 15 MPH. In his last five outings he is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA and I would imagine is a candidate to move up to Jackson as Walker, Paxton, and Maurer get their feet wet up in the Northwest with Tacoma.

Pedro Grifol, the Mavericks outstanding manager, who himself is a cuban-american had this to say about the mental toughness of defectors like Elias.

“The one common denominator is if you ask (Cuban players) about pressure, this is not pressure for them,” “Once you go through that experience in life, knowing that you’re leaving and you’re risking your life out in the ocean or you’re risking getting caught and having to face whoever you have to face back home, once you go through that experience, this isn’t pressure.”

All nine offensive starters for High Desert recorded at least one hit while six players managed multi-hit games. Martinez, who ended the night with 4 RBIs, Morban, McGee, Hicks, and Jones managed two hits while Leon Landry continued his scorching play in High Desert going 4-5 from the plate. Landry added two doubles and his MiLB leading 17th triple of the season.

Theo Bowe, doing his best impression of fellow Cincinnati farmhand Billy Hamilton with 57 steals, found himself caught stealing by John Hicks. It should also be noted that Hicks, a full-time catcher, is 19 of 24 on the base paths himself.

Proscia, Wiswall, Landry, and Morban also added RBIs to the Mavericks night to go alongside Martinez 4 RBIs to complete the Mavericks 17-38 (.445) performance from the dish.

Tweet @HDMavs to keep the runs coming!

Lumberkings The Lumberkings could not manage a run let alone get anything going against Kyle Zimmer from Kane County on Friday. The Lumberkings lost the contest 5-0 while committing three errors from the field (one less than the baserunners they accomplished).

As good as Kyle Zimmer looked on the mound for Kane County; Robert Shore was his equal on the night. Zimmer and Shore both allowed no earned runs while pitching their teams into the 7th inning both registering 10Ks and 0BBs. Shore has an ERA of 1.45 for Clinton in 2012 with back-to-back 10K starts. Shore was once asked to describe three words that described himself to which he answered, “Determination, calm and competitive”. I would imagine all three of these traits come into play when speaking about back-to-back 10K outings.

The 3, 4, 6, 7 hitters for Clinton (Rivers, Morla, Pimentel, Blash) went a combined 0-14 with 13Ks on the night.

In attempting to keep with a positive spin on a very rough box score I did notice that Mike Dowd picked a speedy Jack Lopez off first base from the behind the plate. Dowd also delivered a single while Daniel Paolini laid down the only extra base hit of the night with his 20th double for Clinton in 2012.

Tweet @LumberKings to help improve the eye of this ballclub in tomorrow’s action as they begin a series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

AquaSox The Aquasox dropped a tough hitters duel 11-8 Friday though they out hit the opposition 15-14 and posted a sky-high .510 OBP.

Pitching on both sides of the ball was shaky at best as Grady Wood and Matthew Vedo pitched the last 4.1 innings of the contest allowing just 1 run (0 ER) after inheriting a 10-7 deficit in the 5th inning after Ambioris Hidalgo and Marcos Reyna could not find a handle on the baseball.

Wood, who attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR, the alma mater of former Mariners 2009 draft pick Blake Keitzman has been very strong for Everett in 2012 striking out 26 in 27 innings of work and posting a 2.33 ERA.

Everett joined High Desert with all 9 batters recording at least one hit. Zunino posted his 4th straight multi-hit game and reached base five times while Kivlehan, Morales, Marte, and Hebert also posted multi-hit games.

Littlewood and Zorrilla reached base four times as the AquaSox drew 10BBs from the Boise pitching staff.

Boise took four of five games in this series from Everett even with Zunino battering the Hawks in the series with a .473 AVG, .600 OBP, and 10 RBIs.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to encourage these youngsters to keep developing.

Rookie Pulaski cooled off in a big way after their hit parade and walk-off victory on Thursday to drop their contest 10-3.

The AZL Mariners pick up a victory despite going 3-14 with RISP; 7-4 over AZL Padres.

Wander Marte, a talented LHP, continued his struggles for Pulaski in 2012 in his first season of baseball stateside. After Fridays loss Marte is 1-5 with an ERA of 5.06. Marte earned his call-up after spending 2011 in the Dominican Summer League posting an ERA of 0.94 with 49ks in 38.1IP. Marte’s SO/9 ratio is identical to where he was at in the DSL which is a positive that his velocity translated well in making the jump over to the states. His control is what he needs to focus on as he has allowed 18BBs in 26.2IP.

Jordy Lara added his third straight multi-hit game including a HR for Pulaski while Jabari Henry, Martin Peguero, and Dario Pizzano all added multi-hit games as well.

If you are anything like me, which you probably are if you are reading this, and you enjoy getting to know the farmhands that inhabit Mariners Universe but had not heard the name Dario Pizzano before today than please enjoy the following two links:

Pizzano has strong LLWS ties in Massachusetts
Pizzano goes 6-6 against Harvard

Ernesto Zaragoza closed the ballgame out for Pulaski throwing 2 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 4.

AZL Mariners starter Jose Flores struggled through 5 innings allowing 4 ERs while Luke Taylor and Alex Roy pitched 4 innings of shutout relief to wrap-up the victory.

Joseph DeCarlo added his second straight multi-hit game while Timothy Lopes, Gabriel Guerrero, and Cody Scammell boasted multi-hit peformances of their own. Isaiah Yates and Lopes added 2 RBIs each while Scammel, Guerrero, and Carmichael each added an RBI.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to welcome Dario Pizzano to the club. Tweet @MinorLeagues to congratulate AZL Mariner Joseph DeCarlo on back-to-back multi-hit games.

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