The Big Three is much older than we expected coming into the season as Felix, Vargas, and Iwakuma are lighting up the second half of the baseball season.
Over the past 30 days in the American League all 3 pitchers are:
- Top-10 in ERA: Felix at 1.72, Vargas at 2.13, and Iwakuma at 2.15.
- 3rd in combined WAR between 3 SPs at 2.9 (behind Moore, Shields, and Price & Verlander, Scherzer, and Fister).
While Iwakuma falls off a little in finesse statistics Vargas and Felix are Top-10 in the AL in HR/9, BABIP, FIP, and AVG.
Noted here that Blake Beavan, who doesn’t receieve much press (even from me), is 2nd in the AL the past 30 days with 0.85 walks per 9 innings among qualifying SPs. Though I must admit at the same time that there is something to be said for the pitcher who throws an abundance of strikes and gives up hits in lieu of walking batters.
Hisashi Iwakuma jumped into the Top-10 in ERA, as we listed above, due to his performance in Wednesday’s game.
- Iwakuma’s line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K.
Iwakuma has posted 5 quality starts in his last 7 outings; missing the other two only on innings pitched (not runs allowed).
Over those 7 starts Iwakuma has struck out 42 and walked 14.
Michael Saunders went deep in the 1st inning for a solo HR to kick off the scoring. This was his 4th HR in the past 4 games hitting .421 (8-19) over the past 5 games with 7 RBIs.
Saunders hit only 4 HRs from June 12th to August 17th.
Casey Kotchman recorded the only RBI for the Indians singling in Choo in the 6th inning off Oliver Perez (Iwakuma’s runner) shortly after Iwakuma was yanked.
Capps, Furbush, and Pryor all threw pieces of an inning with Wilhelmsen picking up his 19th save allowing just 1 walk with a strikeout in the 9th.
How cool was it to see the ERAs in the box score of yesterdays game starting with Iwakuma: 3.64, 1.83, 3.86, 2.03, 2.08 and 2.37.
Kyle Seager and John Jaso scored on an Eric Thames double in the bottom of the 8th inning to break the tie and hand Wilhelmsen the save opportunity.
The man with the chops cannot be stopped!
Other than Thames other 3 at-bats where he struck out – but the game winner erases ALL!
More of the same from Jaso reaching three times and scoring with a 1-2 performance and two walks.
Kyle Seager went 2-4 with a run scored as he attempted to right the ship and bring his average back above .250 for the season.
Tweet @Mariners to keep the guys rolling; only 3 games below .500 and 7 out of the wildcard.
- Carraway’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
Carraway has been on a learning curve since arriving at Tacoma 18 starts ago on May 11th. Carraway was downright untouchable at Jackson earlier this season in 7 starts (4-0); receiving a promotion before Carter Capps, who is now with the Seattle Mariners, and Danny Hultzen.
In 9 of his 18 AAA starts Carraway has registered a quality start and has walked 1 or less batters in 12 of those 18.
Carraway has an ERA of 4.51 in Tacoma but his BABIP allowed is 0.44 points lower than his time in Jackson which tells me he just loses the handle sometimes; which is part of going through the minor leagues.
Bobby LaFromboise and Shawn Kelley were both tremendous in relief striking out 4 combined in 3 innings; LaFromboise has an ERA of 1.57 and Kelley a 1.04.
Carlos Peguero picked up the only RBI for Tacoma hitting a single that scored Luis Antonio Jimenez in the 4th inning.
Mike Curto, the Rainiers on-air announcer, tweeted after Jimenez’s triple:
Luis Jimenez just came two feet away from becoming the 3rd player in 53 years to homer over the giant wall in CF at Cheney. Settled for 3B.
So dude is batting .308 with 20 HRs and 77 RBIs and has the kind of power to hit the ball that far and he can’t find a Major League inning or at-bat anywhere around the league; baseball can be about the right timing and sometimes it never happens.
Carlos Triunfel got the other extra base hit for Tacoma going 1-3 with a run scored.
The Rainiers turned three double plays behind Carraway.
Tweet @RainiersLand to wish the Rainiers luck in their 9-game series with Las Vegas.
Steve Garrison struggled for the Generals allowing 14 base runners in 5 IP striking out none and allowing 7 runs (6 ER).
Yes I know I did not post his line like I usually do; but do you really want to see it all written out?
The only worthwhile pitching of the game for Jackson to speak of was Mauricio Robles throwing 2 innings perfect baseball with 2 Ks to round out the game.
Robles, a 40-man roster presence for the Mariners, strugled mightily through 6 appearances with Tacoma earlier this season before making the transition down to Jackson. He has allowed just 2 HRs in 45.1 innings with a 3.77 ERA. His BABIP allowed is .263 and he is stranding 72% of runners compared to 55% at Tacoma earlier this season.
Denny Almonte and Jesus Sucre recorded the only multi-hit performances for Jackson each totaling 2 hits.
Chavez and Chiang each recorded an RBI.
Brad Miller recorded the 3rd RBI for Jackson in reaching base three times going 1-3 with 2 walks.
The Generals recorded a double play, an outfield assist, and a pickoff in the game.
Francisco Martinez, listed on the Mariners 40-man roster, went 1-4 with two runs scored and a walk.
Tweet @JacksonGenerals to keep these kids chugging along till the end of the season and their play-off run!
Cameron Hobson pitched well for the Mavericks a day after we featured him in our #Mariners Minors for the Fans article.
Hobson’s line; 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
Hobson picked up his 9th win since making the jump to High Desert; he is now 9-3 on the season for the Mavericks.
Tyler Burgoon and Tyler Blandford delivered the only thing we see now days from the Maverick’s bullpen; zeroes.
Blandford threw 1 inning of perfect work while Burgoon allowed 4 hits over 2 innings striking out 4.
Kyle Glaser, a sports reporter who covers the Mavericks, recently tweeted me:
Tyler Burgoon told me the staff’s motto is “No runs, no excuses”. Pitchers have done a fine job recently.
They have thrown tremendously down in the bullpen lately with Burgoon, Kohlscheen, Blandford, and Smith all working on possible late-season promotions.
Click here for an article from Kyle released last night highlighting the city’s agreement to host the Mavericks for an additional three seasons!
The 3, 4, and 5 hole hitters (Landry, Raben, Proscia) went 7-11 with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, and 6 RBIs in the rout.
Proscia led the group at 3-3 with two doubles, a run scored, 2 stolen bases and 2 RBIs.
Hicks and Noriega added the other RBIs for High Desert with 1 a piece.
James Jones, Maverick’s lead-off hitter, reached base twice scoring twice while going 1-4 with a walk.
Mickey Wiswall failed to reach base for the first time in nearly a month with an 0-4 performance being the only Maverick not to reach.
Tweet @HDMavs to tell them how excited you are to see them playing there for another 3 years!
- Guaipe’s line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6K.
Since July 21st over 7 starts Guaipe is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA allowing just 3 HRs. He has struck out 24 and walked 9 in that time.
Guaipe started the season with Everett but received a promotion after just 2 outings with the AquaSox.
David Colvin, who seems like the only reliever we see in Clinton anymore, threw 3 innings of 2 runner baseball with 3 Ks. Colvin has 10 appearances of at least 3.0 innings pitched on the season with a 3.32 ERA.
Clinton used 3 HRs from Paolini, Dowd, and Blash to score all 5 of their runs.
Paolini and Dowd both hit 2-run shots while Blash added a solo shot to cap the scoring at 5-1 in the 6th inning.
Blash, Dowd, and Paolini all recorded multi-hit games to go with their HRs while Ji-Man Choi added 2 hits of his own scoring once in a 2-5 performance.
The 2 hits bumped Dowd’s average back up to .300 as he joins Kevin Rivers in qualifying for league statistics (at-bats/g) while batting over .300 for Clinton.
Tweet @LumberKings to congratulate the boys on their day of long-balls!
Scott DeCecco got the ball for Everett and threw a quality start and then some.
- DeCecco’s line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K, and 2 HR allowed.
DeCecco needed a quality start after allowing 9 ERs in his last outing on August 17th.
This is the 3rd time this season that DeCecco has struck out 7+ batters with Everett.
Grady Wood and Matthew Vedo allowed just 1 walk and no hits over 2 innings of work striking out 3 to close the contest for Everett.
Marcus Littlewood and Brock Hebert both added 2 RBIs for the AquaSox as Littlewood hit 2-4 from the plate with a double.
Hebert went 1-4 scoring twice with a triple.
Taylor Ard and Patrick Kivlehan, the 3 and 4 hitters for Everett, added the other 2 RBIs as Ard went 2-5 reaching base 3 times with a walk.
Michael Faulkner went 3-4 from the plate with 2 runs scored swiping his 13th base of the season from the 9 spot.
Tweet @EverettAquaSox to root Everett through the remainder of the season as they prepare for the playoffs at the beginning of September.
Blake Holovach got the start for Pulaski and though he got into some trouble it was Domingo Brazoban in relief that gave up the game.
- Holovach’s line: 3.1 IP, 4 H , 3 R, 3 BB, and 1 K.
- Brazoban’s line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, and 4 K.
Either way you look it wasn’t pretty. Holovach takes loss to move 1-5 on the season with a respectable 3.86 ERA.
Reginald Lawson was the big swinger for Pulaski tallying a 3-4 performance with a run scored, RBI, and a SB.
Felipe Burin added 2 RBIs pinch-hitting for Jordy Lara and going 1-2.
Dario Pizzano added an RBI going 1-4 with a walk.
Gilmer Lampe, batting lead-off, went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, SB, and a walk.
AZL Mariners had the day off.
Tweet @PulaskiMariners to congratulate Reginald Lawson on his 3 hit performance.