Seattle Mariners Universe – August 13th

Players of the Week announced by MiLB, Taijuan Walker is a teenage sensation, Carp to the DL and Smoak to the show…again, and Steve Delabar in a Blue Jays Uniform sets a new MLB record.

I had planned on adding this into their respective tabs but both Jackson and High Desert took travel days on Monday. Mike Zunino of Jackson (formerly Everett) and Leon Landry of High Desert were named Minor League Players of the Week by MiLB.com. For Zunino it was his third honor in just four full weeks of play.

Landry went (.560/.593/.960, 6 G, 14-for-25, 6 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 9 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB) for High Desert while Zunino went (.500/.611/.929, 7 G, 14-for-28, 3 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 7 R, 8 BB, 7 K, 1 SB) with Everett.

Also a Happy Birthday to Taijuan Walker (20) and Jay Buhner (48).

To the tabs!

Mariners Blake Beavan looked like the young RHP the Mariners asked for in their 2010 Cliff Lee trade as he pitched against Tampa Bay on Monday; that is unless you watched the 3rd inning. Beavan needed 43 pitches to escape a 4-run 3rd inning as the Mariners dropped their home opener to Tampa Bay 4-1. Beavan allowed 3 hits outside the 3rd inning while nearly missing a quality start as he pitched 6 innings and threw 63 of 97 pitches for strikes. Outside the 3rd inning Beavan was one batter over the minimum and looked like the pitcher who strung together three quality starts in his last 4 outings while lowering his ERA nearly a full run per nine innings. Though Beavan moved to 7-7 on the season with Monday’s loss there is nothing to fret about his recent performance. Beavan, speaking about his 7/22/2012 start against these Tampa Bay Rays:

“I had a bunch of good ones down in Tacoma (starts) because I was throwing my curveball. That’s pretty much what I did today and that was the result. That’s what happens when you mix pitches up.”

It should be noted that Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, and Blake Beavan combined to go 11-0 in 15 July starts. Such a stat hadn’t been posted by Mariner pitchers since the magical season of 2001 when Freddy, Sele, and Moyer went 10-0 in April to kick off their 116 win season.

For those of us who are Justin Smoak pessimists, which you really have little reason to NOT be, Beavan’s recent success is a welcome shot in the arm for the rotation, the bullpen, and a club looking to put the Cliff Lee trade to pasture.

As I mentioned before Top-10 MLB hitting prospect career hitting .215 Justin Smoak was pulled from Tacoma’s game against Memphis last night after going 2-3 with a double. Shortly before that Mike Carp would most likely be headed to the DL. Lots of buzz has surrounded Luis Antonio Jimenez since the Carp injury. Jimenez is batting .311 with 19 HRs and 73 RBIs for Tacoma this season. Jimenez is a big guy, 280 pounds, who carries a .982 fielding percentage in 442 minor league games played at 1B. He is not listed on the teams 40-man roster.

Alex Cobb allowed only six Seattle base runners in 7 innings of work as three of the hotter Mariner hitters in Jesus Montero, Trayvon Robinson, and John Jaso went 1-11 with 4 Ks.

Kyle Seager added two hits to run his average back to .249 and Eric Thames added the lone RBI for Seattle with an RBI single in the 5th.

Carter Capps, the second player from the 2011 draft to reach the majors, continued to struggle with his MLB command walking three of the first four hitters he faced. Capps did buckle down and get Upton swinging on a curve while picking off Ryan Roberts in the inning to allow no runs after loading the bases with free passes.

Luetge and Kelley finished off the contest for Seattle throwing two full frames.

Mariner Blue Jay RP Steve Delabar set a new MLB record becoming the first pitcher to K 4 batters in one inning in extra-innings. Read about it here.

Tweet @Mariners to get their bats going in Tuesday’s second game of their home stand.

Rainiers Hector Noesi picked up his first win of the season in Tacoma (1-4) and I would love to report that he was masterful in handling a very lackluster Memphis offense in the 6-4 win but masterful he was not.

Noesi allowed 4 runs, all earned, on seven base hits while throwing through six innings of work. Balls and strikes were a little below where Seattle would like to see them throwing 64/94 for strikes. He allowed no walks but also only fanned two batters.

Brian Moran and Ichiro trade piece Danny Farquhar allowed just 1 hit over three innings of relief to lock up Tacoma’s series tying victory.

Rainiers speedy lead-off man Darren Ford and Justin Smoak both added 2 hits and an RBI with Ford swiping his 24th base and crossing the plate in the 5th inning.

The night belonged to previously mentioned Luis Antonio Jimenez who went 3-4 with 2 HRs and 4 RBIs. Jimenez has spent 12 seasons in the Minor Leagues and Japan totaling 941 games played; what a treat it would be for the 280 pound first baseman to get a September call-up. He certainly deserves it.

Alex Liddi, who should be creating September call-up buzz, went 1-3 with 2 runs scored. Liddi has been powerless this season in Tacoma as he hit 30 HRs for Tacoma in 2011 but has only hit 6 out of the park in 2012 while batting 32 points under his career average at .242.

Tweet @RainiersLand to tell Luis Antonio Jimenez you look forward to seeing him play in Seattle this September!

Lumberkings Clinton lost their rubber match with Wisconsin, 7-4, despite Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson being run from the game early.

Seon Gi Kim allowed 10 base runners though he did enough to allow just 3 runs over 5 innings pitched while taking the losing decision. Joshua Corrales and the bullpen could not keep a lid on the game as four runs scored for Wisconsin in the 7th and 8th.

More of the same contributors for Clinton as Rivers, Dowd, and Paolini added 2 hit performances with Dowd and Rivers grabbing an RBI a piece. Pimentel went 1-4 picking up his 47th RBI of 2012.

Dillon Hazlett was caught stealing and committed his 9th error of the season but that could not overshine a 3-5 performance from the dish with his 5th HR. Hazlett’s Alma Mater Emporia State University in Emporia, KS has never produced a player to reach the majors. Read an article out of Emporia here talking about Hazlett’s journey to the MIAA from Division 1 North Carolina; great read.

Jabari Blash crossed the plate three times while doubling in two at-bats and walking once.

Tweet @LumberKings to keep the meat of Clinton’s young lineup producing.

AquaSox Life after Mike Zunino turned out to not be so bad, at least on Monday, as the AquaSox defeated Spokane 5-1.

Rusty Shellhorn threw a gem for Everett allowing 5 hits, walking no one, and striking out 7 in 6 innings pitched. He moved to 3-2 with Everett tossing a 2.76 ERA. The Mariners 31st round pick from the 2012 draft started the season with the AZL Mariners posting a 1.53 ERA before being moved up to Everett. Shellhorn who uses the twitter moniker @spokanesouthpaw grew up in Spokane and had this to say about being drafted by the his favorite baseball team:

“I don’t think it could be any more perfect, to be honest,” Shellhorn said. “When I got drafted, it was kind of surreal. I’ve been a Mariners fan my whole life – I’ve dreamt about playing for the Mariners my whole life. It really worked out perfectly for me.

All I can say is keep pitching like this and you will get a chance to pitch for the Mariners shortly!

Bordonaro and Vedo threw three innings of 1 run relief to close the ball game for Everett.

Marcus Littlewood and Michael Faulkner added 2 hits a piece driving in three runs as Taylor Ard, batting 4th, drove in 2 runs.

Everett’s defense was on their A-game Monday turning two double plays and registering an OF assist (A. Morales).

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to congratulate Washington native Rusty Shellhorn on his success with the Mariners in 2012.

Rookie Pulaski triumphed over Danville 8-7 on Monday as Pulaski closer David Holman allowed 2 runs in the 9th inning before shutting the door on Danville’s rally.

The AZL Mariners scored 11 runs in the first three frames against the AZL Rangers before the Mariners bullpen imploded and allowed 7 runs over 7 innings to drop the game 11-12. The loss moves the Mariners 2.0 games back of the Rangers in the standings.

Charles Kaalekahi struck out 7 in 5 innings while allowing 5 ER for Pulaski. Valenza and Huijer threw 2 innings of shutout relief before Holman entered to pick up his 7th save of the season.

Jabari Henry and Phillips Castillo both added 2 hits along with a HR in the contest as Martin Peguero also sounded off with 2 hits.

Dario Pizzano continued his hot hitting with a 3-5 performance that drove his hit-streak to 13 games batting .423 with 22 hits in 52 at-bats. During the streak Pizzano has added 8 RBIs and 7 2Bs.

Luis Pina for the AZL Mariners gave up 5 ER like Kaalekahi but only lasted through 2 innings of work. Cesar Jimenez, in a rehab appearance after a tough AAA season, struck out 2 in an inning pitched. Jimenez appeared for the Mariners in 2006, 2008, and 2011.

Isaiah Yates missed the cycle by a HR while posting a 5-6 performance with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The hit parade for AZL didn’t stop there as Gabriel Guerrero drove three hits and Franca, Lopes, Sanchez all added their second-straight multi hit game with 2 hits a piece.

Guerrero, the nephew of Vlad Guerrero, played his 5th game stateside on Monday. Guerrero is hitting .360 between the Dominican Summer League and Pulaski with 11 HRs and 58 RBIs in 55 games; batting .409 since coming to Pulaski.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to congratulate Pizzano on his hit-streak. Tweet @MinorLeagues to welcome Gabriel Guerrero to the states.



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