Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mariners Minor League Wrap-Up for May 15

A: Clinton 7, Beloit 2
CLI: 20-13... BEL: 13-20

Aaron Pribanic: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 walks, 5 K (3.22 FIP)
Jose Jimenez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, walk, 3 K (4.95 FIP)
Blake Nation: one out, K (5.07 FIP)
Ruben Flores: 1 IP, 2 walks (3.99 FIP)
Maximo Mendez: 2-4, 2 run HR, 2 R, walk, 2 K (275/392/433)
Nate Tenbrink: 1-4, double, R, 2 K (297/377/500)
Kris Sanchez: 1-3, RBI, walk (11-32, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 7 BB, 7 K)
Jacob Shaffer: 2-3, R, RBI, walk, K (8-27, 2 HR, 2 BB, 6 K)
Terry Serrano: 2-4, double, R, RBI (274/404/370)
Luis Nuñez: 2-4, RBI (322/362/356)

With help from some poor fielding, Clinton got four runs by the end of the 3rd on Michael Allen (3.67 FIP), making Aaron Pribanic's night fairly easy, and even though he allowed a couple runs, he put in an excellent performance where Beloit did not manage a flyball off him until the 5th inning. He only left in the 7th once he began looking too shaky to finish after a leadoff double, a seeing eye one out single and a walk. Both of Pribanic's runs allowed came in that final frame, and one was an inherited run that reliever Jose Jimenez allowed to score.

Groundballs: 14
Flyballs: 2
Line Drives: 0
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 2
Strikeouts: 5

The Lumberkings blew the game open in the 8th off the curiously named Shooter Hunt (7.90 FIP: this guy's not long for pro ball). Maximo Mendez dealt the death blow with a 2 run home run, his first of the 2009 season, to make it 7-2.

A+: Stockton 10, High Desert 3
Mavs: 23-12... Ports: 12-23

Alfredo Venegas: 4 IP, 4 H, (4 R) 1 ER, walk, 3 K (5.57 FIP)
Travis Mortimore: no outs recorded: 4 H, 5 ER, walk (3.14 FIP)
Edward Paredes: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, K (5.62 FIP)
Juan Zapata: 1 IP, 2 K (4.21 FIP)
Edilio Colina: 2-5 (257/318/346)
Joe Dunigan: 2-4, double, 2 run HR, walk (350/397/743)
Juan Diaz: 2-4 (350/387/479)

Joe Dunigan's 1st inning two run blast in the 1st gave promise to this game, but it quickly got away from the Mavs. The Ports snuck a run around in the 2nd, got three groundball singles off Alfredo Venegas and an error from Jamie McOwen in RF for 2 runs in the 3rd, took advantage of ANOTHER McOwen error in the 4th for another run, and then caved the roof in on Travis Mortimore and Edward Paredes in the 5th.

Mavs manager Jim Horner called into question the strike zone late in the top 5th and got run by home plate umpire Nick Bailey. While basically all the damage came off hits, it's possibly Bailey squeezed the Mavs pitchers and forced them to throw fat pitches in hitters counts... but I admit that's speculation.

Really, though, Horner should be mad at his infield for letting so many grounders get through for hits. Venegas in fact had a pretty good night on balls in play. His infield defense just let him down repeatedly.

Groundballs: 11
Flyballs: 3
Line Drives: 0
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 3

Mortimore himself went groundball, line drive, groundball, line drive, and while the line drives indicate suckage, both groundballs went for hits, and at the least Mortimore likely gets through the inning with minimal damage if those groundballs were snapped up.

At it stands, this game was basically over following that six run 5th inning. Stockton led 10-2 and cruised to a win.

Since Paredes went four innings in a pinch, let's look at how he did:

Groundballs: 8
Flyballs: 5
Line Drives: 1
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 1

No one unusual was patrolling the infield today. The suspect Alex Liddi was at 3B as always, Juan Diaz hasn't been bad at SS, Edilio Colina is typically fine at 2B and Ian Bladergroen is what he is at 1B. They just had a bad night.

AA: West Tenn 9, Tennessee 2
WTN: 13-19... TEN: 16-15

Justin Souza: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (HR), walk, 6 K (84 pitches, 58 strikes) (3.20 FIP)
Nick Hill: 2.2 IP, 1 H, K, hit batter (37-26) (2.68 FIP)
Marwin Vega: 1 IP, walk (14-7) (5.06 FIP)
Ezequiel Carrera: 2-5, R, walk, 2 K, 2 SB (333/471/396)
Marshall Hubbard: 1-5, double, 2 R, RBI, walk, K (261/400/391)
Greg Halman: 2-3, solo HR, 2 R (211/274/528)
Johan Limonta: 4-5, double, 2 R, 2 RBI (250/312/370)
Guillermo Quiroz: 2-4, RBI, walk
Matt Mangini: 0-2, 2 incidental RBI, 3 walks, K (261/340/348)
Oswaldo Navarro: 2-4, 2 R, K (274/398/342)

West Tenn trned the tables on Thursday's embarrassment with a reflexively fine performance. Justin Souza rebounded from a treacherous last start to pitch well through five. He fell apart in the 6th, but still, five good innings is a big improvement over one bad one.

Groundballs: 5
Flyballs: 6 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 3
Walks: 1
Strikeouts: 6

Notable as well is Ezequiel Carrera bunting himself on to lead off the 7th, stealing 2nd, taking 3rd on a wild pitch then STEALING HOME. We have ourselves a speedy talent in Ezequiel Carrera.

AAA: Tacoma 12, New Orleans 4
TAC: 18-17... NOR: 14-21

Josh Hall: 5 IP, 5 H, (4 R) 2 ER (HR), 4 walks, 3 K, 2 wild pitches (96 pitches, 58 strikes)
Jared Wells: 2 IP, K (20-15)
Eric Hull: 1 IP (7-5)
Steven Shell: 1 IP, 1 H, K (16-11)
Jerry Owens: 2-3, 2 R, 2 walks (298/389/298)
Prentice Redman: 3-6, R, RBI, K (321/397/612)
Jeff Clement: 2-5, double, 2 R, walk, K (248/346/486)
Chris Shelton: 3-6, solo HR, 3 run HR, 3 R, 2 K (293/355/488)
Mike Morse: 3-5, double, RBI (277/349/438)
Bryan LaHair: 1-3, solo HR, 2 walks (258/340/565)
Adam Moore: 1-4, R, RBI, walk

Debuting in this blowout win was Adam Moore, FINALLY getting the call from AA yesterday to test his wares in AAA while the fumbling Guillermo Quiroz was sent to AA.

Apparently, this wasn't a reward callup so much as a replacement callup, as Jeff Clement's knees apparently are bothering him to where he can't catch. Bad news for Clement's prospects as a catch, though since migrating to 1B/DH he's hit far better. Maybe the catching wasn't affecting his hitting mentally and focus-wise as much as the stress on his ailing knees affected him physically.

Either way, Josh Hall looked like your typical waiver wire AAA tomato can, except that the offense blew up for seven runs in the first two frames and gave Hall and the bullpen more than enough cushion to put this game away.

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