Seattle Mariners Universe – August 11th

A special happy birthday to Jackson 1B Rich Poythress (25), Clinton SP Mayckol Guaipe (22), and Clinton Pitching Coach Andrew Lorraine (The Big 40).

Interesting Fact of the Day: Andrew Lorraine, Clinton LumberKings Pitching Coach, was traded twice during his MLB career. The first trade was in 1995 as the California Angels sent Lorraine and other farmhands to the White Sox for Jim Abbott. The following season Lorraine was sent to the Oakland Athletics with Charles Poe in exchange for Danny Tartabull. That is some good company to be in. Happy Birthday Andrew.

To the tabs!

[tab:Mariners] The Mariners make up for Friday’s blown five-run lead going up 7-0 in the 3rd inning against the Angels and holding on to clinch the 7-4 Victory.

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven strong innings in the fashion expected of a #3/#4 starter. Iwakuma is 3-3 with a 3.73 ERA since joining the rotation seven starts ago with an ERA of 4.84. His ERA is now a slimmer 4.16. Over his past four starts Iwakuma has registered an ERA of 2.88 with all four starts coming against Top-5 AL HR hitting teams (NYY x2, LAA, TOR). In his last three outings, including his start in New York, Iwakuma has struck out 21 while allowing 6 walks and mark his two longest outings of the season going 8 innings against the Blue Jays and 7 innings against the Angels.

“This is my style,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Daisuke Sekiba. “Making a lot of ground balls, keeping the ball low and getting strikes. That’s like I used to be, so I was glad to see that.”

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning as Trayvon Robinson singled in Mike Carp with two outs. Two batters later Dustin Ackley added a 2-RBI single off Dan Haren, who took all 7 runs (5 ER) in 3.1 innings of work on the night.

John Jaso added a HR in the 3rd inning as he finished the night 19-40 lifetime at Angels stadium; the most hits of any MLB player with over 30+ at-bats coming at Angel stadium since 2010.

Dustin Ackley and John Jaso picked up an additional RBI each in a 3-run 4th inning as the Mariners took their largest lead of the night at 7-0. Brendan Ryan also contributed a sac-fly scoring Miguel Olivo.

The Mariners posted four multi-hit games on the night with Olivo, Ackley, Jaso, and Robinson adding 2-hits each.

Trayvon Robinson, who became a near consensus piece of the Mariners 2013 25-man roster after the Mariners swapped OFs at the deadline without adding significant depth, went 2-3 on the night with 2 RBIs, 2 Runs, 1 BB, and a SB. Robinson has posted a .333 OBP since being called up from Tacoma eight games ago.

Tweet @Mariners to wish them luck in their rubber match against the Angels and Jared Weaver on Sunday!

[tab:Rainiers] The Rainiers put up a solid offensive performance against struggling Cardinals #1 prospect Shelby Miller, who struck out 10, and the Memphis RedBirds but fell 7-5 on Saturday.

DJ Mitchell struggled for Tacoma allowing 6 earned runs and 8 hits over 4.1 innings pitched. In his previous three starts for Tacoma since the Ichiro swap Mitchell allowed 3 earned runs over 18 innings of work while allowing just 1 HR. Mitchell could get a shot in Seattle this season once the rosters expand; possibly sooner if Ramirez and Noesi cannot earn their trips back to Seattle.

Justin Smoak put on his best baseball performance of this ‘rehab assignment’ masquerading as a baseball player while going 2-3 from the dish with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored. Both doubles lined off the wall and I was informed that his swing throughout the night was fluid and of where it used to be when he was a Top-10 MLB prospect. Smoak should see himself back in a Seattle uniform in September if he can continue to improve his swing timing.

Luis Antonio Jimenez, flying under the radar this season, batted 3-4 with 4 RBIs and a HR on the night. Jimenez who signed with the Seattle Mariners out of Japan, opting to try foreign baseball, after played alongside Yu Darvish for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in 2009 and has progressed solidly through the organization. In seven minor league seasons since 2004 Jimenez has averaged 17.5 HRs and 70.7 RBIs. With a line of .307/.384/.492 in Tacoma this season he has surely hit his way onto the Mariners in September.

Alex Liddi added the third multi-hit game of the night for Tacoma and added the Rainiers fifth RBI.

Charlie Furbush threw his 1st clean outing of his AAA rehab assignment throwing 12 strikes in 17 pitches while recovering from a strained bicep.

Tweet @RainiersLand to encourage Charlie Furbush in rehabbing towards Seattle.

[tab:Generals] Poythress, 0-4 with a run scored, was not able to cash in for his third straight birthday with a HR. Jackson could have benefited greatly from a HR from anyone as Montgomery walks-off in the 9th on a fielder’s choice by Generals second baseman Stefen Romero 4-3.

Jackson was able to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the 8th on a Leury Bonilla sac-fly before ultimately dropping the contest in the bottom of the 9th in walk-ff style. Francisco Martinez added the other 2 RBIs for the Generals from the lead-off spot with a 2-run double in the 7th inning.

Steve Garrison pitched a strong 7 innings of baseball allowing 7 base-runners while striking out 5 in his return to Jackson. Garrison could be an option to move up to Tacoma in September once the Major League rosters expand.

Joe Dunigan added the only multi-hit performance for Jackson on Saturday and added his 22nd double of the season.

Despite Jackson hitting 2-33 with RISP in the series Saturday’s loss to the Biscuits tied the five game set at 2-2. The rubber match takes place at 6:05 PDT with Taijuan Walker taking the mound for Jackson the day before his birthday. That is right, Taijuan ‘Sky’ Walker will no longer be a teenage phenom on Monday; instead he will just be a phenom.

Tweet @jacksongenerals to wish them luck in their series finale with Montgomery on Sunday!

[tab:Mavericks] Cameron Hobson, Mariners 11th round pick in 2011, carried the Mavericks to another victory on Saturday night; 4-3.

Hobson who was impressive in Everett last season posting a 6.38 SO/BB walk ratio (51Ks/8BBs) has struggled through 2012 splitting time between Clinton and High Desert. His 6.38 SO/BB ratio has become 2.07 on the season but the lefty from Dayton University has posted a 3.84 ERA over his past 10 starts. Click here to watch Cameron Hobson explain why he chose Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO as his walkout song.

Stephen Kohlscheen and Carson Smith continued the Mavericks strong bullpen showing in 2012 throwing 3 innings of shutout baseball as Smith picked up his 13th save of the season carrying a 3.31 ERA.

Five different players added 1 hit, four different players crossed the plate, and two different players drove in runs as the Mavericks won a true team outing against the Bakersfield Blaze.

John Hicks and Leon Landry, batting 3 and 4 in the lineup, added the 3 RBIs the Mavericks drove in with 2 and 1 respectively. Landry continued his hot play reaching base 3 times with a 1-2, 2B, 2 BB, R, RBI performance.

James Jones, who I strongly believe will be a Top-50-60 MLB prospect before reaching Seattle, has been on an absolute tear since being placed in the lead-off spot on July 4th. In 29 games James his hit .390 stealing 14 bases and crossing the plate 36 times. he’s hitting .390/.462/.618, 14 SB, 36 runs.

Tweet @HDMavs to keep the hits and wins coming!

[tab:Lumberkings] Birthday boy Mayckol Guaipe couldn’t deliver himself a birthday present victory as he allowed 5 ER in 5.1 innings of work while striking out 6. Guillermo Pimentel mishandled a fly-ball in the bottom of the 13th as the Timber Rattlers scored the winning run in walk-off fashion three batters later winning 9-8.

Ramon Morla picked up where Vinnie Catricala left off yesterday in channeling Russ Davis committing his 28th and 29th errors of the season.

The Lumberkings totaled 13 hits among five multi-hit games while managing six extra base hits in the tough loss. Brady, Blash, Dowd, Paolini and Austin each totaled two hits. Brady also totaled a HR in the contest.

2012 draftee Matt Brazis and Stephen Shackelford totaled 4.2 innings of 1 run baseball (0 ER) to close out the game with Shackelford picking up the loss after the fielding error came back to bite the Lumberkings. Brazis has given up 1 ER in 2012 over 17.1 IP while striking out 36 allowing only 2 walks (18 SO/BB). Shackleford has posted a 1.93 ERA for Clinton this season in 32.2 innings allowing just 1 HR. Click here for an interview with Matt Brazis from his time in the Cape Cod League.

Mariners OF prospect Guillermo Pimentel grounded into a double play, committed a game changing error, and went 0-6 with 4Ks. Golden Sombrero performance in the field and at the plate.

Tweet @LumberKings to welcome Matt Brazis to the Mariners Universe!

[tab:AquaSox] The Aquasox may need to think of renaming Everett Memorial Stadium after Mike Zunino if he continues to hit the Northwest League at the current pace he is on. Zunino went 4-5 from the plate with 4 RBIs and a HR in Everett’s 9-8 win on Saturday over Spokane.

Dylan Unsworth, a 19-year-old righty from Durban in South Africa of all places, moved to 6-0 on the season; albeit after allowing 5 runs over 6 innings in Saturday’s contest. Unsworth has been strong this season tallying a 3.66 ERA and a 1.161 WHIP for Everett. Unsworth in 2010 with the AZL Mariners pitched 50.1 innings allowing just 1 walk and striking out 44!

Dominic Leone and Oliver Garcia threw three innings of relief allowing no runs and three baserunners while striking out four to close out the ballgame for Everett. Leone has an ERA of 1.03 on the season with 4 saves while Garcia sports a 3.94 ERA in 2012. Here is a great article reflecting Leone’s attitude on the field in an elimination game at Clemson shortly after his 14-year old cousin lost his battle to Brain Cancer.

Kivlehan, batting from the 5th spot, completed his second multi-hit game in as many nights while James Zamarripa also added a 2-hit performance.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to tell Zunino what you think of his performance in 2012.

[tab:Rookie] Pulaski never got anything going on the mound or from the plate in a 10-2 loss at Johnson City.

The AZL Mariners picked up a win with RBIs in the 8th and 9th on a Lopes sac-fly and Sanchez single to back Daniel Mata, who picked up the decision, in an 8-7 win on Saturday. The Mariners were down 6-0 in the 7th inning before mounting an 8-run hit parade to close the game.

Dario Pizzano, who we featured in yesterdays Mariners Universe post, posted the only multi-hit game while picking up the only RBI for Pulaski.

Blake Holovach got the start for Pulaski allowing 3 ER over 5 IP. Holovach, drafted out of the University of Missouri at Columbia in the 27th round of this years first year player draft, shares an Alma Mater with current MLB stars Ian Kinsler and Max Scherzer.

The AZL Mariners posted 6 runs in the 7th inning to the tie game, after being down 0-6, before taking the lead for the first time in the 8th inning.

Miguel Sanchez led the hit parade going 4-5 from the plate while Scammell and Franca added 3 hits a piece. Lopes and Guerrero added multi-hit games while Guerrero doubled twice in the contest.

Daniel Mata picked up the win after blowing the save in the 8th and Aaron Brooks picked up his 9th win of this young season for AZL.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to wish them better luck on Sunday. Tweet @MinorLeagues to congratulate Miguel Sanchez on his 4 hit performance on Saturday!

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