Seattle Mariners Universe – August 12th

Mike Zunino is a Jackson General and the Mariners take the series from the Angels, 2-1; the only loss coming during an outing where King Felix sported a 5-run lead. #LovePositiveSundays

To the Tabs!

Mariners The Mariners performed a feat on August 12th that only one other team in the Major Leagues has been able to carry out this season; saddle Jared Weaver with a loss. The LA Ace moved to 15-2 on the season after taking the losing decision on Sunday in the teams 4-1 against Seattle.

Jason Vargas out-dueled Weaver all day as he moved to 13-8 on the season with a 3.56 ERA. His final line at 8.1 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks keeping Pujols and Trout off the bases altogether. Many thought the Mariners were over reaching as the season began with Jason Vargas pitching from #2 spot behind Felix Hernandez. Sundays performance alongside his past eight starts have yielded a record of 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA. Vargas took the honors of July Pitcher of the Month for the AL going 5-0 in the month with a 1.64 ERA.

Jesus Montero went deep twice off Jared Weaver; a solo shot in the 2nd inning and a 2-run shot in the 6th inning scoring Jaso who reached on a two-out single.

Mike Carp left the game in the 5th inning after injuring his hip while stretching to gather a throw from 3B Kyle Seager.

“I felt something pop,” he said. “We’ll know more tomorrow when I see the docs in Seattle. I felt something coming out of that stretch. I just didn’t feel like I could run after that, so it was best to come out.”

Carp is set to be evaluated on Monday when the Mariners return to Seattle to face Tampa Bay.

Chone Figgins replaced Carp going 2-2 from the plate with the Mariners other RBI of the night on a 9th inning triple that scored Jaso. Figgins single in his 1st at bat in the 6th inning represented his first base hit in an MLB game since July 2nd. YIKES.

Jaso finished the 3-game set with the Angels batting for a .583 OBP and crossing the plate 4 times.

Tweet @Mariners to keep the Mojo going into Monday’s series opener vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rainiers The Tacoma Rainiers clung to a possible series split with the Memphis Redbirds winning the third of four contests between the two teams on Sunday by the score of 4-2.

Andrew Carraway, the first Generals starter to get the promotion nod to Tacoma this season pitched a gem on Sunday. Carraway picked up his 8th quality start with Tacoma allowing 5 baserunners over 7 innings pitched striking out 3.

Luis Rodriguez, who spent 44 games with the big league Mariners in 2011, added his 12th HR of the season. Rodriguez has posted an impressive line of .300/.395/.461 in 94 games with Tacoma in 2012 as he continues to work towards returning to the Majors.

Luis Antonio Jimenez moved into a tie for 8th place in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) for HRs and RBIs with his 17th HR and 69 RBIs.

Bobby LaFromboise and David Pauley finished off the quality start from Carraway with 2 innings of 1 run relief with LaFromboise picking up his 3rd save. Pauley, a Mariners reliever in 2011 (traded in the Fister deal), returned to the Mariners organization July 12th after being dismissed from a number of ballclubs in 2012.

LaFromboise, the Mariners 8th round pick in 2008, has pitched above expectations between Jackson and Tacoma this season. In 56.2 IP he has recorded 59Ks while posting an ERA of 1.27 and a WHIP of 0.971.

Previously mentioned Luis Rodriguez and Scott Savastano posted multi-hit games for the Rainiers.

Tweet @RainiersLand to root Tacoma on in their series finale against Memphis.

Generals The Generals dropped their series finale with Montgomery on Sunday by the score of 5-2. Jackson lost four of the five contests during their set going an abysmal 4-39 with RISP. The Generals have Monday off to regroup before taking on Mississippi in a double-header on Tuesday.

Taijuan Walker allowed a career high 12 hits on 5 runs in 5.2 innings thrown the day before his 20th birthday. Walker threw 67 of 101 pitches (66%) for strikes but could not keep Montgomery off the base paths.

Sena, Snow, and Robles finished out the ballgame with a strong bullpen showing allowing just 1 hit over 2.1 innings striking out 3.

The Generals were kept off the scoreboard after the 1st inning as Rich Poythress delivered a 2-run single. Stefen Romero went 3-4 from the plate for the Generals to raise his Southern League Batting Average to .346.

The Generals added another plate presence on Sunday as Mike Zunino reportedly was called up from Everett and will be available to play on Tuesday vs. Mississippi in the teams double-header. Zunino tweeted:

Just got the news Im heading to Jackson tmrw to play 4 the @jacksongenerals!Can’t thank my teammates and coaches at Everett enough #blessed

Zunino hit .373/.474/.736 in 29 games with a sky-high 1.210 OPS so far in 2012. You will remember that Zunino was the Mariners 3rd overall pick in the MLB Draft this past June. Listen/Watch here to Tom McNamara speak about why the Mariners picked Zunino with their selection.

Tweet @jacksongenerals to express your excitement as Zunino joins a talented Jackson cast for Paxton’s start on Tuesday.

Mavericks The High Desert Mavericks moved to 22-5 in their last 27 contests with Sunday’s victory over Bakersfield; 13-6.

The Mavericks put up 8 runs in the first 3 frames to give starter Brett Shankin an insurmountable lead to pitch from. Shankin left after 5 innings allowing 4 ERs on 6 base hits. Raga, Kittredge, and Burgoon combined to go 4 innings allowing 1 run as High Desert added 5 more runs for the blowout victory.

Burgoon has posted a 1.42 ERA since the beginning of July allowing just 3 ERs over 19 innings striking out 19 allowing just 1 HR.

7 different Mavericks posted multi-hit games while James Jones was the only hitter not to record a hit in the victory. Leon Landry, going 3-4 from the plate, led the hit parade for High Desert adding his MiLB leading 18th triple. Julio Morban and Dennis Raben added HRs alongside multi-hit performances while Proscia, Noriega, Tanabe, and Wiswall also recorded 2 hits a piece.

Mario Martinez has 9 RBIs over his last 4 contests with 2 RBIs at the plate on Sunday.

Read here for an article from Baseball America that explains how valuable Mike Zunino and Leon Landry were over the weekend (Aug 10-12).

Tweet @HDMavs to congratulate the Mavericks organization, coaches, and players on their recent HOT streak.

Lumberkings Jordan Shipers, who earlier this year tossed a no-hitter for Clinton (their first since 2003), left after 2 innings of work in Clinton’s 9-4 victory on Sunday.

It was not immediately available why Shipers exited from the game, tossing 12 of 19 pitches for strikes, but I will update this column as I find out.

Kyle Hunter was superb in relief of Shipers allowing 3 base runners over 4 innings of work. Hunter, a 31st round pick of the Mariners, has posted a 2.63 ERA in the minors over 119.2 IP while striking out 123.

Jeremy Dobbs finished out the contest for Clinton allowing 2 runs over 3 innings worked.

Morla, ‘D-Pow’ Paolini, and Blash combined to hit 5-13 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs while batting 4th, 5th, and 6th with the HRs coming off the bats of Morla and Blash.

Anthony Phillips added the other RBI for Clinton while Hazlett, Brady, and Austin posted multi-hit games alongside Blash and Paolini. This was Paolini’s third straight multi-hit game while Brady, Austin, and Blash made it four Lumberkings with consecutive multi-hit games.

Tweet @LumberKings to wish them luck in their rubber match on Monday against Wisconsin!

AquaSox Mike Zunino blasted a 3-run HR in his possible final appearance of 2012 for Everett to help carry Scott DeCecco and the Aquasox to victory 7-6 in extra innings. Zunino was called up to Jackson after the game and will report on Monday for the Generals double-header against Mississippi.

Tweet @Mike_Zunino to wish him luck on his trek to the Major Leagues.

Zunino, Kivlehan, and Ard went back-to-back-to-back for HRs in the 5th inning to put the AquaSox up 6-1.

DeCecco struggled for Everett allowing 10 base runners in 5 innings while allowing 4 runs (3 ER). Blake Hauser allowed two runs on a Patrick Cantwell single in the bottom of the 7th to notch the game at 6 and send the contest to extra innings.

It was a wild Top of the 12th as Marcus Littlewood walked to start the inning and advanced to third on two wild pitches before scoring the game-winning run on a Patrick Kivlehan bunt.

Mario De Jesus threw an inning of scoreless baseball for Everett while Brandon Plotz picked up the victory throwing 4 innings of solid relief striking out 4 and allowing just 2 hits. Plotz has a 2.16 ERA on the season for Everett after being a 47th round pick of the Mariners in 2011.

Jamodrick McGruder swiped his 23rd and 24th bases of the season leading the Northwest League.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox as they continue to their division in the Northwest League!

Rookie Pulaski used 19 hits to overcome Johnson City on Sunday as Pulaski tallied 11 runs in the 7th and 8th innings; winning 14-9.

Jochi Ogando and the Pulaski pitching staff has little success keeping Johnson City off the base paths as Ogando exited after 2.2 innings allowing 7 base runners and 3 runs. David Holman, the son of former Mariner SP Brian Holman, allowed 2 ERs to settle his 2012 ERA at 2.52 in relief.

Peguero, Pizzano, and Lara batting 2nd, 3rd, and 4th went 7-15 with 8 RBIs. David Jones and Franklin Diaz both went 4-4 from the plate adding 3 RBIs while Keith Werman, making his Mariners organization debut, went 3-5 batting 9th. Werman at 5’7″ 150lbs is smaller in stature than former MLB player David Eckstein. Welcome to the club Keith; read here for an article about Werman and his pursuit of a baseball career.

The AZL Mariners had the day off and return to the field on Monday to take on the AZL Rangers.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to welcome Keith Werman to the organization! Tweet @MinorLeagues to root the AZL Mariners on against AL West rival Texas Rangers AZL team.

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