Seattle Mariners Universe – August 15th

If you live under a rock or in a really, really, really deep cave and missed the news that Felix threw the 23rd Perfect Game in MLB history than you need to tune into Root Sports NW at 3pm on Thursday to watch his historic outing in full.

To the tabs!

Mariners I will be writing this tab as a separate piece later today. Lets not kid ourselves; outside Felix there wasn’t much else to write about as the offense provided one run to work with for the King; 1-0.

Rainiers There was some excitement in Tacoma as Carlos Peguero delivered an 8th inning 2-run HR to push the rainiers over the Nashville Sounds 8-7.

Erasmo Ramirez struggled with his pitch control throughout the contest failing to strike out a batter over 5 innings of work while allowing 8 hits and 6 ER. This marks the second outing in a little over half a month where Ramirez surrendered at least 6 ER (7 ER 7/30/2012).

Ramirez performance is sure to push the Mariners towards promoting one or two of a handful of Tacoma and Jackson starters to the big leagues in September as they prepare to shore up their rotations longevity and performance in 2013. Among that group is touted rookie Danny Hultzen, who remains the long shot given his pitch count concerns, DJ Mitchell, Brandon Maurer, and Andrew Carraway.

Tacoma took a 5-0 lead early thanks to a 3rd inning solo shot by Carlos Triunfel who followed up in the 4th inning with an RBI single. Carlos Peguero doubled in Jimenez also in 4th frame before Quillermo Quiroz blasted a 2-run HR to finish off the early scoring.

Nashville used seven singles, two sac-flys, and two costly errors by Nick Franklin and Quillermo Qurioz to storm back scoring 6 runs in the 4th and 5th.

The bullpen for Tacoma was outstanding allowing 4 base runners over 4 shutout innings in relief of Ramirez with Sweeney picking up the win, Ruffin with a hold, and Farquhar recording the save finishing out the 9th inning. They needed just 49 pitches to seal the game throwing 35 for strikes.

The strong performance from the bullpen was all Peguero needed as he sent a Juan Perez pitch over the fences to deliver a game winning 2-run HR of his own in the 8th.

Alex Liddi quietly went 2-3 from the plate with a 2B and run scored as he remains an option to receive a September call-up.

Tweet @RainiersLand to encourage Ramirez to keep working to be a part of Seattle’s 2013 rotation.

Generals The Generals were taking batting practice 2,000 miles away while Felix Hernandez put the final strikeout on the 23rd Perfect Game in MLB history. The Generals reaction, including that of Moises Hernandez (his brother), has garnered 16,000+ views on YouTube as of Thursday morning. The video of Jackson players reacting, as they watch live on their jumbo tron, can be seen here.

The Generals played a pitchers duel of their own as they fell 2-1 to Mississippi against tough Braves prospect David Hale. Hale allowed just 2 hits over 5 innings of work before handing the game over to the Braves bullpen.

James Gillheeny was tough as well but Mississippi only needed the 2 runs allowed to nip Jackson on Wednesday. Gillheeny allowed 8 hits over 5.2 innings, walking none, and striking out 3. Gillheeny is 1-1 with a 3.39 ERA while striking out 20 and walking 1 over his past 3 starts.

Jandy Sena and Jose Jimenez threw 3.1 innings of relief allowing just 1 hit and striking out 3.

Nate Tenbrink hit his 7th HR of the season in the 9th inning as Jackson scored their only run in the loss.

New Jackson General Mike Zunino recorded his first base hit above Everett and was all smiles throughout going 1-3.

Tenbrink’s HR was the only extra base hit of the night for Jackson who continued to struggle with RISP going 1-7 in this contest.

Tweet @jacksongenerals to jump-start Jackson into scoring with RISP situations.

Mavericks Trevor Miller, in his second start for High Desert, threw another impressive start taking the loss on Wednesday as High Desert recorded a rare lapse of offense in dropping the contest 2-1.

Miller, who we earlier pointed out has allowed a walk every 7.1 innings in 2012, continued to show his pitch control in this game. Miller threw 5 strong innings allowing just 2 runs (1 ER), 6 hits, walking one, and striking out 3. Miller now has struck out 94 batters in 130.1 innings while walking just 19 in 2012.

The Mavericks recorded 4 out of the ordinary outs in the field as Miller and Hicks both picked off a runner while Jones and Morban recorded outfield assists.

Mickey Wiswall and Steven Proscia recorded extra base hits in the contest, both hitting a 2B, with Proscia hitting 2-4 from the plate.

Leon Landry, the CAL League Player of the Week, continued his hot hitting even in Wednesdays loss joining Proscia in going 2-4 with his 25th stolen base. With litter to cheer about from High Desert today enjoy this video of Leon Landry laying down the defense with LSU prior to starting his MLB career.

James Jones added the Mavericks 6th hit scoring the only run of the game.

Tweet @HDMavs to get the Mavericks outstanding season back on track.

Lumberkings Back to winning baseball as the Lumberkings crushed Kane County 10-4 on Wednesday.

It was a great game if you are a Lumberkings fan. All nine batters recorded a hit, six players recorded an RBI, six players recorded an extra base hit, and all three pitchers pitched well.

Jordan Pries, from Stanford University out of the 2011 draft, continued to impress after his promotion four starts ago from the AZL Mariners. Pries allowed 6 runners and 3 runs over 5 innings pitched while striking out 4. Pries supports a 4.1 SO/BB ratio over his two years in minor league baseball. Shackleford threw two innings of scoreless relief while Dobbs finished off the game throwing 2 innings of his own allowing 1 run.

Shackleford who has been unbelievable as of late has recorded a 1.12 ERA in his last 13 outings lasting 24.1 innings and striking out 23. Shackleford, who was drafted out Savannah College of Art and Design, that was my reaction as well, was released by the San Francisco Giants organization earlier in 2012 before the Mariners jumped on him. His former coach had this to say of his character;

“Stephen is a tremendous competitor,” said SCAD baseball coach Doug Wollenburg. “As a player, he had an uncanny ability to motivate his teammates to be the best. The single-most compliment I could give Stephen is that he made his teammates better.”

Daniel ‘D-Pao’ Paolini led the hit parade going 3-6 from the plate with a HR, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs. Ramon Morla added 2 RBIs as well as two hits while the seven other Clinton hitters all added 1 hit.

Kevin Rivers, batting fifth, reached base 4 times with a 2B and three walks.

Kane County allowed 5 unearned runs in the contest; including 4 off starter Angel Baez.

Tweet @LumberKings to congratulate Clinton on their football score sized victory Wednesday.

AquaSox Everett took their series with Spokane four games to one with an 8-3 victory on Wednesday despite three fielding errors.

Steve Ewing, Ambioris Hidalgo, and Oliver Garcia combined to throw 9 innings of 3 run ball (1ER) as Everett’s bats once again went to work on Spokane.

Patrick Kivlehan set the stage with a 2-run BOMB in the 1st inning off Spokane starter Eric Brooks.

Christian Carmichael, in his first game with Everett after being called up from the AZL Mariners, went 3-5 from the plate with a 2B and a run scored. Carmichael enjoyed great success with AZL going .331/.423/.496 in 32 games at just 20 years of age.

Kivlehan tied former teammate Mike Zunino at the top of the Northwest League (NWL) with 10 HRs while Marcus Littlewood added his 8th HR, a 3-run shot in the 5th, to move into third place in the NWL.

The AquaSox 2, 3, and 4 hitters (Hebert, Kivlehan, and Ard) went 6-11 reaching base 9 times and ended with 5 RBIs.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to congratulate the AquaSox on leading the Northwest League in HRs.

Rookie Pulaski provided just 6 hits of offense in being shut down and shutout by Danville starter Lucas Sims; 4-0.

Wander Marte moved to 1-6 after taking the loss on 2 runs over 4.1 innings. Zaragoza and Huijer each added a run in relief of Marte.

David Jones and Jordy Lara both singled for Pulaski while Pizzano continued his hot hitting with a 2-4 night. Pizzano is now carrying a 15-game hit streak while batting .450/.507/.600 during that span. Jabari Henry added two doubles batting fifth for Pulaski.

The AZL Mariners continued to ride their young arms to victory as Gabe Saquilon picked up his third win Wednesday throwing 5 innings of 1 run ball; final score of 5-1.

This was Saquilon’s most impressive start of 2012 as he made 6 appearances in relief prior to joining the rotation. Saquilon has a 2.79 ERA on the season after allowing just 1 run on no walks through 5 innings. Luke Taylor provided 4 shut out innings of long relief striking out 4 to secure the victory for the Mariners and Saquilon.

Isaiah Yates added his third straight multi-hit game going 2-4 with a run scored while Cory Scammell added 3 of the Mariners 4 RBIs while tallying 3 hits in 4 at-bats. The other RBI belonged to Charles Jimenez.

The AZL defense turned three double plays.

Tweet @PulaskiMariners to root Pizzano and the rest of the Mariners on as they look to finish the season strong. Tweet @MinorLeagues to congratulate Saquilon on his Rookie League success and tell him we look forward to getting a look at him next season in Everett.

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