Seattle Mariners Universe – August 16th

I would like to throw a thank you to the MLB Commish Office for #JediMindTricking the outcome of yesterday’s Mariner game when scheduling today’s day off prior to the season. Much needed after all the excitement. Used today to bring my expectations back into check.

Rookie League Pulaski took the day off while traveling to take on the Bristol WhiteSox in a 5-game series played over 3 days.

To the tabs!

RainiersThe Rainiers dropped their contest against Nashville 3-2 in extra innings on Thursday.

Should I start with the good or the bad…The impressive start or the 4 errors…

DJ Mitchell pitched a MLB quality game for the 4th time in 5 starts with Tacoma and I believe has pitched his way into the Seattle Mariners rotation at some time in September.

After losing his last start to Cardinals #1 prospect Shelby Miller; Mitchell looked just as impressive on Thursday.

  • Mitchell’s Line: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • 96 pitches thrown with 66 strikes (68%)

I have said it before and I will say it again; that is exactly where I want my starters. You do not want your guy going out there and throwing 75 to 80 percent of his stuff in the strike zone. Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez both threw 68% strikes in their Perfect Games in 2012 as I noted earlier today.

Mitchell is 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA since coming over at the trade deadline. He has allowed 2 ERs or less in 4 of his 5 outings.

Brian Moran, who has been knocking on Seattle’s door this season, threw a wild-pitch to a batter looking to lay down a sacrifice bunt that allowed the game-winning run to score in the bottom of the 10th inning. Enough said.

Darren Ford and Nick Franklin added multi-hit performances while Franklin and Luis Antonio Jimenez added the two RBIs for Tacoma.

Carlos Triunfel, another fringe September call-up candidate with 1-3 with a run scored.

Rainiers Mike Wilson, 0-4, ended the 4th inning GIDP with two RISP and struck out the end the 8th with runners on 1st and 2nd. #Boo

Tweet @RainiersLand to keep the boys sharp as the 40-man expansion roster date nears.

Generals Some big performances from a few players with Seattle careers ahead of them delivered for Jackson on Thursday as the Generals took victory over Mississippi 5-2.

If you watched the Generals reaction video, which is nearing 60,000 views, to Felix throwing his perfect game off YouTube that I linked before than you know that Felix has an older brother that plays within the organization for the Generals. Chris Harris, the Generals wonderful radio announcer, posted a video of Moises talking about the day that was for Felix and his family.

Back on topic; the Generals pick up their 70th victory of the season.

Brandon Maurer, the only AA player within the organization who has a shot at a September call-up, was stellar again today.

  • Maurer’s Line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2K
  • 69 pitches thrown with 44 strikes (63%)

Maurer moved to 9-2 on the season with a 3.20 ERA. Maurer is 4-0 in his last 8 starts with a 2.06 ERA with 16 walks and 49 Ks.

If the Mariners cannot make room for Maurer on their 40-man roster I sure would love to see him give the PCL a few starts to test his placement in 2013.

40-man roster spot-wasting Mauricio Robles allowed the only 2 runs that Mississippi would score while Forrest Snow threw a scoreless inning in direct relief of Maurer. 40-man roster spot deserving Yoervis Medina threw 1.2 scoreless frames for his fifth save allowing no hits. Medina has now allowed just 3 runs over his last 40 IP.

The Generals added three triples on top of 11 total base hits in their victory.

Tenbrink, who homered in the 9th yesterday, went 3-5 with a R, 3B, and an RBI from the lead-off spot while finishing two DPs in the field. Stefen Romero went 2-4 with a R, 3B, and an RBI and Leury Bonilla added Jackson’s 3rd triple of the night.

Mike Zunino, in his 2nd AA appearance, went 3-3 with a 2B, BB and an RBI. Zunino is now batting .500 in his two appearances with Jackson.

Brad Miller, who has created a lot of buzz with his performance this season, stole 2 bases in going 1-4 from the plate  with a walk and a run scored.

Tweet @jacksongenerals to congratulate Jackson on their mid-August 70-win season.

Mavericks The Leon Landry hit parade has finally come to a halt in High Desert as Landry recorded an 0-4 performance in the Mavs come from behind 4-3 victory on Thursday. Landry carried a 19-game hit streak into Thursdays contest hitting .462 (42/91) with 8 3Bs over that stretch. Four times during this streak Landry recorded 3 runs in one game.

Roenis Elias threw his 5th quality start in his last six outings; missing the other only because of innings pitched. He is 4-0 over this span with a 2.98 ERA striking out 45 and walking 11. The Maverick bats could not get going early enough to support Elias for the win as he exited to a 3-1 deficit.

Wes Alsup picked up the win (0.1 IP, 1K) while Carson Smith picked up his 14th save. Carson’s 2Ks on Thursday moved him ahead of Seth Rosin and Kevin Quackenbush for most Ks from a closer in the CAL League this season. In related Carson Smith news I came across a pre-season assessment of what the Mariners 2014 bullpen might entail; take a look:

Potential 2014 Bullpen
Closer: Carter Capps
Setup: Tom Wilhelmsen
Setup: Stephen Pryor
Setup: Carson Smith
Middle: Chance Ruffin
Middle: Shawn Kelley
Lefty: Charlie Furbush

Capps is on his way with a little more work on his control at the MLB level though Wilhelmson certainly earned his 2013 nod to go out there and get it done; it’s his to lose.

Tyler Burgoon and Tim Griffin also added 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Mickey Wiswall got the scoring started for the Mavs in the 5th with an RBI single and notched the game at 3-3 in the 7th with a 2-run HR scoring Mario Martinez.

Mario Martinez picked up the game winning RBI on a sac-fly that scored Steven Proscia in the top of the 9th inning. Martinez has hit safely in 24 of his last 29 games with 13 multi-hit games.

Wiswall picked up the only multi-hit game going 3-4 with a HR, R, 3 RBI.

John Hicks Watch:

Hicks threw out the second fastest MiLB player of the 2012 season (Delino Deshields Jr, 86 steals) to increase his CS% to 52% with 47 of 91 runners gunned down.

Tweet @HDMavs to congratulate Mario Martinez on his game winner and Wiswall and The ‘Pen for keeping the Mavs alive.

Lumberkings The problem with playing the Kane County Cougars in August, at least for the Lumberkings, is that 1st round selection Kyle Zimmer doesn’t want to allow any earned runs. For the second in a week Zimmer blanked the Lumberkings as Clinton drops their Thursday contest 5-3.

Zimmer, who allowed 2 unearned runs, has now thrown 13.2 innings of shutout baseball against Clinton in August.

Bobby Shore, who has been outstanding for Clinton, took the loss allowing 4 runs (2 ER) over 6 innings of work for his fifth straight quality start. Shore joined the rotation seven starts ago and has registed a 1.06 ERA in that time with 37Ks and 9BBs.

Shore was mentioned as one of the hottest pitchers in Low A baseball recently; alongside Kyle Zimmer.

David Colvin finished out the contest going 2 innings and allowing Kane County’s final run of the game in the 8th inning.

At the plate Jamal Austin, Kevin Rivers, and Jabari Blash added 2 hits a piece with Austin and Ramon Morla adding the only 2 RBIs for Clinton.

Daniel ‘D-Pao’ Paolini and Rivers provided the extra base hits both hitting a double in the contest.

Tweet @LumberKings to congratulate Bobby Shore on his recent success.

AquaSox Everett threw out four of their best pitchers on Thursday but ultimately the bats and arms couldn’t get going as the Aquasox drop this one 5-0; shutout fashion.

Dylan Unsworth took his first loss of the season to move to 6-1 striking out 7 over 5 innings of work but allowing 4 runs.

Blake Hauser, Dominic Leone, and Mario De Jesus threw in their best relief efforts throwing 3 innings of 1 run ball. Leone surrendered the lone run from the bullpen to raise his 2012 ERA to 1.32.

Coming into Thursday’s matchup Javier Avendano, the 21-year-old starter for Vancouver, had a career 1.85 ERA over 45 starts (81 appearances) with 286 Ks recorded. Avendano moved his WHIP below 1.000 since his promotion 12 starts ago with his performance against Everett. So, really, we shouldn’t feel that bad. Avendano treats everyone that way.

Click here to watch a video of Avendano warming up before a game stateside in 2012. Plus movement for a 21-year-old kid.

The 1, 2, 3, and 4 hitters for Everett 0-14 with 7 Ks while the bottom five batters in the lineup all recorded one hit with Marcus Littlewood recording the only extra base hit with a double. You know you got handled when your Box Score reads 1-4 with RISP and only 3 runners left on base at wrap.

Tweet @EverettAquaSox to wish them luck as they look to even the series against Vancouver tomorrow.

Rookie The AZL Mariners fell behind 0-7 in the 3rd inning to the AZL Dodgers before losing 8-3.

Jose Flores struggled in the start for the Mariners allowing 3 runs over 3 innings before the bullpen entered allowing 5 runs over 6 innings. Ex-Seattle Mariner Cesar Jimenez added a scoreless frame striking out 1.

Joseph DeCarlo added the only RBI for the Mariners while Franca, DeCarlo, and Lopes added 2 hits a piece.

Lopes added his sixth multi-hit game in the past 7 contests batting .413 during the streak. Lopes, just 18-years-old, was the Mariners 6th round pick in the 2012 draft. Click here to see draft day footage of Lopes from Edison High School in Huntington Beach, CA.

OF prospect Nathan Melendres, who the Mariners wish could stay healthy, added a 3B for the Mariners.

Tweet @MinorLeagues to keep Lopes hitting and get him a call-up to Everett.

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