Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mariners Minor League Wrap-Up for May 9

A: Clinton 6, West Michigan 2, 15 innings
CLI: 18-10... WM: 19-9

Aaron Pribanic: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 6 K (3.38 FIP)
Chris Kirkland: 3.2 IP, (intentional) walk, 5 K (2.72 FIP)
Greg Moviel: 1.2 IP, 2 walks, K, hit batter (6.32 FIP)
Bobby LaFromboise: 2 IP, 4 K (3.15 FIP)
Ruben Flores: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K (3.03 FIP)
Maximo Mendez: 2-7, walk, 2 K
Denny Almonte: 2-8, 2 RBI, 5 K: Extra Inning Platinum Sombrero, SB
Scott Savastano: 0-8, 4 K: Extra inning Golden Sombrero
Kris Sanchez: 2-3, solo HR, 2 walks
Luis Nuñez: 2-2, R, SB
Nate Tenbrink: 2-3, double, 2 R, 2 walks, K
Israel Nuñez: 1-7, R, RBI, K
Mario Martinez: 1-7, RBI
Ogui Diaz: 1-6, sac fly RBI
Terry Serrano: 3-6, R, walk, K, 2 SB

Had a groundball down the RF line not blazed by Kris Sanchez for a two run double, this game may not have gone 15 innings. After the rocky 1st inning, Aaron Pribanic found a groove and pitched into the 7th inning without allowing another run.

Groundballs: 12
Flyballs: 1
Line Drives: 4
Pop Ups: 3
Walks: 2
Strikeouts: 6

The Lumberkings did knock in a run on a Mario Martinez single in the 6th, and TIED THE BALLGAME when Kris Sanchez took Erik Crichton (FIP: 4.78) deep to lead off the 8th. The Lumberkings almost got the go-ahead run move with help from a Whitecaps error, but the Whitecaps gunned down two runners at the plate to save the ballgame and get out of the inning.

Neither team pushed across a run for the next six innings. For Clinton, a big part of the scoreless run was Chris Kirkland's work. After relieving Pribanic and striking out Brent Wyatt to get out of the 7th, he did this:

8th: Strikeout, groundout, groundout
9th: Groundout, groundout, strikeout
10th: Strikeout, strikeout, groundout
11th: Groundball (error), sac bunt, intentional walk, lifted for Greg Moviel

Greg Moviel kindly loaded the bases with one out in the 11th. Joe Bowen grounded to 3rd and Mario Martimez threw home for two outs. Ben Guez's liner went right to SS Ogui Diaz to end the threat.

In the 12th, both teams got runners in scoring position, West Michigan even getting a runner to 3rd with two outs, but both sides came up empty.

The Lumberkings finally broke through in the 13th. The first three hitters scored base hits, two of them getting through the infield and the last one (Luis Nuñez) bringing in a run. Ogui Diaz's two out sac fly brought in another run, Terry Serrano's grounder up the middle got through for a base hit, Maximo Mendez walked and Denny Almonte's subsequent single brought in two more runs.

A recently overworked Ruben Flores allowed one baserunner and otherwise worked an easy 15th to end the ballgame.

A+: Lake Elsinore 4, High Desert 3
Mavs: 20-10... Lake: 17-13

Alfredo Venegas: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER (2 HR), 2 walks, 3 K, hit batter (5.88 FIP)
Edward Paredes: 2 IP, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, K (6.22 FIP)
Steven Richard: 1 IP, 2 K (4.16 FIP)
Tyson Gillies: 1-4, double
Joe Dunigan: 2-4, double
Carlos Peguero: 1-4, 2 run HR, 3 K
Ian Bladergroen: 2-4, 2 doubles
Juan Diaz: 2-4, double, RBI
Wind: 9 mph right to left

Not much to say here. The Mavs couldn't get much going against 22 year old Jeremy McBryde (FIP: 3.93) and Alfredo Venegas was what he is, a flyball pitcher who can only prevent so much damage over long stretches. Today he wasn't quite on his game and Lake hit the jackpot twice on him with two home runs. Andrew Parrino's home run in the 3rd was his 1st of the 2009 season (227/316/303).

Groundballs: 5
Flyballs: 9 (2 HR)
Line Drives: 1
Walks: 2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts: 3

AA: More rain ends West Tenn's Huntsville series with a washed out whimper. They're off tomorrow and take a trip to lovely Sevierville, TN to play a five game set with the Smokies (14-12).

AAA: Tacoma 6, Colorado Springs 5
TAC: 14-15... CSP: 18-10

Andrew Baldwin: 6 IP, 7 H, (4 R) 1 ER (2 HR), walk, 2 K (98 pitches, 63 strikes, 3.51 FIP)
Eric Hull: 2 IP, 3 H, (1 R) 0 ER, 4 K (34-23, 4.01 FIP)
Randy Messenger: 1 IP (12-8, 3.42 FIP)
Jerry Owens: 2-4
Mike Carp: 1-4, solo HR, K
Michael Saunders: 2-3, double, 2 R, walk
Jamie Burke: 2-3, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, K
Chris Woodward: 2-4, double, 2 RBI, 2 K

Chris Frey (282/364/385) hit his 1st home run of the year off PHAT ANDY 22, a liner over the RF wall, to lead off the top 3rd. Mike Carp evened the score by going yard himself off Franklin Nuñez (5.18 FIP) in the bottom 4th. However, Baldwin eventually got rolled in the top 5th. Frey struck again with a one out single through the middle and a gaffe by SS Chris Woodward put Eric Young's kid aboard. Jon Herrera's sac fly gave Colorado Springs the lead and Carlos Gonzalez (301/411/553) took PHAT ANDY deep to make it 4-1.

The Rainiers rallied to jam a run home in the bottom 5th. The Sky Sox would not score again while Baldwin was in the game.

Groundballs: 10
Flyballs: 7 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 4 (1 HR)
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 2

The Sky Sox manufactured a run in the top 7th to make it 5-2, but the Rainiers took advantage of bad control from an old friend, Damian Moss (4.60 FIP), to draw two walks (Saunders and Burke) before Chris Woodward doubled to center to make it 5-4. They may have gotten more, but Woodward tagged up at 3rd on Callix Crabbe's two out flyout to left and that damned Chris Frey threw him out at the plate for the 3rd out. If the Rockies really hated us, they would deal Chris Frey to the Angels because something tells me Frey's skillset would fit that team perfectly.

With two outs in the bottom 8th, however, Michael Saunders doubled Mike Morse to 3rd and Steven Register (4.29 FIP) intentionally walked Bryan LaHair to get to Jamie Burke, who made him pay with a two run double to give the Rainiers a 6-5 lead.

Randy Messenger worked a 1-2-3 9th for his 4th save.

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