Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mariners Minor League Wrap-Up for May 13

A: Beloit 5, Clinton 2
CLI: 18-12... BEL: 12-18
League: 253/331/380, 4.18 ERA

Walter Suriel: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 walks, 4 K (5.11 FIP)
Chris Kirkland: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K (5.45 FIP)
Maximo Mendez: 2-4, double, triple, R, K (261/374/387)
Denny Almonte: 1-4, solo HR (292/351/617)
rest of Lumberkings lineup: 3-23, 2 walks, 5 K

Walter Suriel was too hittable, and the Lumberkings couldn't get much going against Bobby Lanigan (3.99 FIP) and the Beloit bullpen. Suriel left with a 3-2 deficit:

Groundballs: 4 (plus 2 bunts)
Flyballs: 7
Line Drives: 2
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 3
Strikeouts: 4

Chris Kirkland went ahead and finished the game himself to get some work in while resting the Lumberkings bullpen.

6th: Walk, pop out, home run, strikeout, walk, flyout
7th: Groundout, groundout, flyout
8th: Lined single, flyout, lined single, strikeout, groundout
9th: Flyout, flyout, line out

Not spectacular, but better than he's looked so far in his young season after his recent activation.

A+: High Desert 7, Rancho Cucamonga 3
Mavs: 23-10... Quakes: 12-21
League: 271/346/417, 4.79 ERA

Donnie Hume: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 walks, 2 K (5.68 FIP)
Edward Paredes: 2 IP, 1 H (6.47 FIP)
Juan Zapata: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, balk (5.05 FIP)
Steven Richard: 1 IP, 3 K (4.05 FIP)
Joe Dunigan: 1-4, R, RBI, K (356/397/742)
Travis Scott: 1-4, solo HR, K (325/413/688)
Alex Liddi: 2-4, 2 doubles, R, 2 RBI (373/401/675)
Carlos Peguero: 2-4, solo HR, 2 run HR (238/322/514)

Donnie Hume actually had one of his lesser games, but the defense (save for Travis Scott dropping a foul pop up) had his back, Alex Liddi's two run double in the 4th powered a three run rally and Hume left with a 3-1 lead.

Groundballs: 8 (plus 1 bunt)
Flyballs: 6 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 3
Pop Ups: 2
Walks: 2
Strikeouts: 2

Carlos Peguero hit a solo HR in the 7th to make it 4-1, and after the Quakes got within 4-3 off an erratic Juan Zapata in the 8th, Peguero hit a 2 run blast as part of a four run 9th to give the Mavs suitable cushion.

AA: Tennessee 3, West Tenn 2
WTN: 12-18... TEN: 15-14
League: 257/337/384... 4.05 ERA

Dan Christensen: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 3 K, wild pitch, hit batter (89 pitches, 55 strikes) (4.18 FIP)
Steve Bray: 1.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 walks, 3 K (32-18) (3.08 FIP)
Nick Hill: one out, 1 H (6-5) (2.50 FIP)
Ezequiel Carrera: 0-2, R, 3 walks, 2 K (330/470/396)
Marshall Hubbard: 1-3, RBI, walk (253/400/386)
Brent Johnson: 2-3, double, RBI (247/360/397)

The Smokies pounded in a couple runs off Dan Christensen in the 2nd, but Marshall Hubbard lined home an RBI single with two outs in the 3rd, and Brent Johnson doubled him home to TIE THE BALLGAME.

Dan Christensen gave the DIAMOND JAXX six strong innings, though he hung a few pitches too many and struggled a bit with the strike zone. He still got a lot of groundballs, however, and minimized the bullpen's workload late.

Groundballs: 10
Flyballs: 3
Line Drives: 4
Pop Ups: 3
Walks: 2 (plus 1 hit batter)
Strikeouts: 3

Christensen's 4.18 FIP indicates he isn't as bad as his actual 6.08 ERA. He's still not a prospect, but he certainly warrants a spot in a AA rotation, albeit not a good one.

The tide turned in the 8th. In the top half, West Tenn failed to score despite drawing three walks. Only one of the six batters in that inning put the ball in play, and that was a sac bunt by Brent Johnson. Oswaldo Navarro (nice to see him back) walked, Marshall Hubbard walked, Brent bunted for one out, Matt Mangini struck out, Johan Limonta walked and Yamid Haad struck out.

Steve Bray himself walked two batters in the bottom 8th before getting lifted for Military Man Nick Hill. James Adduci's suicide squeeze brought home the go-ahead run, and Matt Mangini piled on by throwing YIKES AND AWAY to give baserunner Ty Wright 3rd base. The DIAMOND JAXX got out without further damage, but it was all the damage Tennessee's Smokies would need. Jeff Dominguez got a grounder into RF with one out and Ezequiel Carrera walked, but Mel Stocker, shortly after stealing his team leading 6th base of the season, grounded into the game ending 4-3 double play.

AAA: New Orleans 4, Tacoma 3
TAC: 17-16... NOR: 13-20
League: 270/343/417, 4.69 ERA

Chris Seddon: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, walk, K, hit batter (55 pitches, 34 strikes) (6.81 FIP)
Luis Muñoz: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, walk, 3 K, wild pitch (81 pitches, 50 strikes) (9.44 FIP)
Jeff Clement: 1-4, solo HR, K (230/328/480)
Chris Shelton: 2-4, 2 run HR, K (274/339/434)
rest of Rainiers lineup: 2-25, 2 walks, 4 K

Either Jeff Clement is heating up or we need to hurry up and trade him to the Zephyrs' parent club (the Marlins) while his hitting's hot in New Orleans. They could use a bat at catcher and 1st base, after all.

Chris Seddon, a few days removed from a DL stint, went as far as he could in a start not just to stretch out, but to limit the necessary work for the bullpen. He might have gone four if not for a rocky 1st and 3rd inning.

1st: Ground single, ground single, groundout, groundout, (stolen base) groundout
2nd: Lined single, strikeout, groundout, flyout
3rd: Ground single, hit batter, flyout, fly single, walk, flyout, groundout

Like Chris Kirkland, displaced starter Luis Muñoz came in and worked the rest of the way:

4th: Lined single, (stolen base) strikeout, (wild pitch) groundout, flyout
5th: Lined single, groundout (DP), flyout
6th: Bunt groundout, walk, (caught stealing) strikeout
7th: Ground single, sac bunt, flyout, groundout
8th: Lined single, bunt groundout, strikeout, lined single, groundout

Notice how four of the five innings worked began with a base hit. Muñoz, who ran a 4.62 FIP in West Tenn but sported a 3.74 ERA when he was called up, is showing how un-ready he is for AAA.

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