Thursday, May 19, 2011

5/18 Mariners Minor League Recap

Well, I had written this for the Mariner Central website, as Lonnie had asked me to cover his beat for the week, but I didn't realize until finished that had in fact written the recap for this night! Whoops! Not wanting the work to go to waste, I decided to go ahead and post it here. To see more of the same from Lonnie or myself, check out Mariner Central.

Don't expect regular posts on this subject. I just didn't want this to go to waste.


A: Clinton 4, Burlington 3
CLI: 11-29... BUR: 28-10

Edlando Seco: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, wild pitch
Nathan Reed: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jandy Sena: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, balk
Tyler Burgoon: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Wind: 12 mph in from CF

Kevin Rivers: 1-4, double, RBI, walk, K
Mickey Wiswall: 1-3, double, RBI
Jake Schlander: 1-4, 2 run HR, 2 K

A bullpen relay led by Edlando Seco's first start of the season kept the Midwest League's best team in check, holding them to three runs while managing four runs against the league's best pitching and defense (3.03 runs/game).

Burlington's Tyler Vail, who had four walks on the season coming into this game, walked four batters in his 4.1 innings including two in the first. Bees manager Aaron Nieckula suspected foul umpiring and got himself tossed in the 2nd after Jake Schlander's 2 run bomb made it 3-0 (Schlander BTW really needed that after opening his Clinton tenure with a 2 for 16 skid following demotion from High Desert).

The Bees did claw their way back in against Seco and Nathan Reed to tie it at 3 in the 6th. But Clinton got a break on a leadoff error in the 7th to put Tim Morris aboard. After Morris stole a base and took 3rd on a bad pickoff throw, Mickey Wiswall sac flied him in to give Clinton the 4-3 lead, which Jandy Sena and closer Tyler Burgoon did not relinquish.

Morris now leads the Lumber Kings with 7 stolen bags, while Wiswall's sac fly gives him a team-leading 16 RBI.

A+: High Desert 10, Lancaster 8
Mavs: 18-22... Jethawks: 17-23

Anthony Fernandez: 4.0 IP, 11 H, (6 R), 1 BB, 4 K
Jason Markovitz: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Willy Kesler: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Wind: 30 mph L to R

Nick Franklin: 1-6, double, 2 K
Matthew Cerrione: 2-5, R, 2 K
Vincent Catricala: 2-5, solo HR, 2 R
Dennis Raben: 2-3, solo HR, solo HR, sac fly, walk, K
Mario Martinez: 2-5, triple, R, RBI, K
Denny Almonte: 2-5, 2 run HR, 2 K
Gabriel Noriega: 2-5, triple, RBI, K

The gusting wind likely turned damn near everything hit to RF a home run. The Mavs didn't help themselves with a 1st inning Vinnie Catricala error: The wind likely was a factor in screwing up the routine 1-3 putout that led instead to three Lancaster runs.

The wind was probably a factor all around. The Jethawks had a passed ball in the 1st themselves, and James Jones scored in the 2nd on a wild pitch. Jones himself had a heck of a time in RF, as several flyballs dropped around him, including two that helped score a Lancaster run to make it 4-1.

But the Mavs took advantage of the conditions in the 3rd, squeezing out four hits in five plate appearances, including Mario Martinez's swirling RBI triple to LF, followed by Denny Almonte riding the wind to a two run bomb to ultimately produce a 5-4 lead. But Lancaster themselves responded in the bottom 3rd as they and the wind further abused James Jones in RF with a two run triple to make it 6-5 Jethawks.

Miraculously (given these conditions) in the 4th, both teams got runners on 2nd and 3rd, and neither scored.

Dennis FREAKING Raben put a stop to that by leading off the 5th with a solo bomb to tie the ballgame at 5. The wind helped out on two throwing errors by Lancaster, James Jones stole another base, and Gabriel Noriega's triple all contributed to chasing Lancaster starter Bobby Doran as the Mavs took a 8-6 lead.

But having chased beleaguered Mavs starter Anthony Fernandez, Lancaster themselves responded in the bottom 5th off Jason Markovitz with three singles, a walk and a sac fly to tie the ballgame at 8.

But back to back jacks in the 6th by Catricala and Raben made it 10-8... and the scoring magically stopped. Even after loading the bases in that frame the Mavs did not get another run across. Willy Kesler stepped in during the 6th did not allow another airborne ball in play until the 9th inning, and even then Kesler went 1-2-3 as the Mavs held on.

AA: Jackson 6, Huntsville 4
JG's: 23-15... HUN: 19-20

Taylor Stanton: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Stephen Penney: 0.1 IP, 2 H, (3 R), 1 BB, 1 K
Edward Paredes: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Josh Fields: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Wind: 3 mph with varied direction

Carols Triunfel: 2-4, RBI
Kuo Hui Lo: 2-3, double, 3 run HR, 2 R, walk, K
rest of Generals: 3-21, 6 walks, 4 K

You know... I don't miss the moniker "West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx" at all. Yeah, the JG's redubbed themselves to celebrate a nostalgic anniversary, but I say they ought to keep the revised name. I even like the old school logo.

Whatever Taylor Stanton's doing, he ought to keep doing it. The M's wisely ignored his artificially inflated 8.20 ERA from High Desert and have seen him handle his first two AA starts just fine. Taylor followed an abbreviated 4.2 inning start with 6 shutout innings as the Generals built a 3-0 lead.

But leave it to the bullpen to hit the reset button in the 7th. Stephen Penney walked the leadoff batter and let Huntsville's Chuck Caufield go yard to make it 3-2. An unfortunate pair of groundballs (one of which led to Carlos Triunfel's 11th error of the season) put two men aboard before Penney got the hook for recently demoted Edward Paredes, and Lee Haydel blooped a pitch off Paredes into LF to tie the ballgame before a not so timely double play got the JGs out.

Paredes did strike out the side in the 8th, however, and Kuo Hui Lo became the hero with a two out three run bomb in the bottom half to give the Generals the lead for good. Huntsville eked out a two out run in the 9th off Josh Fields but could not get any more.

AAA: ORG SWEEP! The Rainiers had Wednesday off!

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