Jeff mentioned it in the day two draft thread, but if you're looking for any information on the M's draft picks in day two, go check out Jay at Marinor Minors, who always makes a day of tracking the draft and does a ton of research to find out what he can on the more obscure players the Mariners draft. At last check, he had gotten as far as writing up info all the way down to the M's 25th round pick, and will likely continue digging for info on later picks in the coming days. He does a ton of work on tracking the M's farm system in general, far more than I do, and Mariner Minors is always worth a good read anyway, so go read up on the M's later selections.
Thursday, meanwhile, was a good day for the lower ranks of the Mariners org, while the high end, like the Mariners, has seen better days. The DIAMOND JAXX are in a divisional race with the Huntsville Stars, who they ended up meeting for this current series. Juan Ramirez had a shaky but effective outing, though the outcome of the T-Rats' contest ultimately came down to extra innings. And since I'm sure the question will come up once you see his name in the line scores... no, I'm not certain whether or not the DSL Mariners' Marbin Beltre is related to King Awesome, as Google research has turned up no information. A picture of the guy would offer a clue, but I can't even manage that.
Meanwhile, on to the wrap-up!
VENEZUELA~! VSL Mariners 3, VSL Tigers 2
(League: 261/349/364... 3.84 ERA)
Erasmo Ramirez: 6 IP, 10 H, (2 R) 1 ER, 5 K (4 GS +2, 2.01 ERA, 22.1 IP, 6/15 BB/K)
Johalbi Chourio: 3 IP, 2 K (5 app, 5.23 ERA, 10.1 IP, 5/3 BB/K)
Rafael Torrealba: 2-4, triple, R, RBI
Michael Acevedo: 2-3, 2 RBI (274/384/435)
Larry Gonzalez: 1-3, triple
Despite 5 hits as a team (and the hitters you see listed above were the only ones responsible for them), the VSLMs squeaked out a win. Erasmo Ramirez scattered 10 hits for only two runs against a crappy Tigres lineup, and the VSLMs stormed ahead for good in the 6th when Michael Acevedo's single up the middle cashed in two runs to make it 3-2. With no outs and a man on in the 7th, Johalbi Chourio came in and did not allow a baserunner the rest of the way.
Dominican: DSL Mariners 8, DSL Phillies 5
(League: 234/342/335... 3.99 ERA)
Ambioris Hidalgo: 2.2 IP, 5 H, (3 R) 1 ER (HR), 3 walks, 2 K, hit batter
Henry Perez: 4.1 IP, 4 H, walk, 8 K
Bruno Mercedes: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, walk, K
Nelson Germocen: 1 IP, 2 K
Marbin Beltre: 1-4, double, RBI
Ramon Morla: 1-5, double, 2 K
Hector Mercedes: 1-3, double, 2 R, walk, K
Hassiel Jimenez: 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, walk, K
Efrain Nuñez: 1-3, 2 run HR, walk, 2 K
Bertin Sanon: 1-3, triple, R, RBI
The DSLMs took advnatage of Sergio Mendez's walks and wild pitches to put up 2 runs in the 2nd, and Hassiel Jimenez singled in two runs in the 3rd to make it 4-3 DSLMs, undoing some bleh pitching from Ambioris Hidalgo, who also struggled to hit his spots and got hit a bit before his early 3rd inning exit.
A middle innings lull set the table for a DSLMs run. Bertin Sanon's 6th inning triple set up a run on a DSL Phils error to make it 5-3. And after Hassiel Jimenez knocked in a run on a single, Efrain Nuñez went deep for his 1st HR of the season to make it 8-3 DSLMs, more than enough to finish the job.
A: Wisconsin 4, Quad Cities 3, 10 innings
WIS: 26-30... QC: 30-28
(League: 246/319/366... 3.54 ERA)
Juan Ramirez: 6 IP, 4 H, (3 R) 2 ER, walk, 6 K, hit batter (11 GS, 3.69 ERA, 61 IP, 18/58 BB/K)
Travis Mortimore: 3 IP, 2 walks, 2 K (18 app, 0.81 ERA, 22.1 IP, 9/16 BB/K)
Jake Wild: 1 IP, K (14 app, 3.46 ERA, 26 IP, 2 HR, 8/25 BB/K)
Maximo Mendez: 1-3, double, 2 walks, K (271/371/382)
Juan Diaz: 2-5, RBI (251/291/314)
Ronald Garth: 1-5, double, R, 2 K (215/272/289)
Calvin Beamon: 3-5, R, RBI (241/310/331)
Gavin Dickey: 3-5, double, solo HR, 2 RBI (308/357/427)
Juan Ramirez allowed a bleeder into RF and a walk to start the game, a groundout moved those runners over, and a lined single from Francisco Rivera cashed them in to make it 2-0 off the bat.
Maximo Mendez led off the 1st with a double... but got thrown out trying for 3rd, and the rally died quickly. Ronald Garth led off the 2nd with a double, and an error in CF gave him 3rd base. Garth soon scored on a Calvin Beamon groundout and it was 2-1 Bandits.
Ramirez locked the Bandits down, and the T-Rats tied the game in the 5th on a Juan Diaz single up the middle. Brian Broderick had helped out with some wildness on the mound.
In the 6th, Ramirez got two quick outs, but plunked Francisco Rivera, then fielded a tapbacker from Nick Peoples and threw it YIKES AND AWAY, allowing Rivera to score and make it 3-2 Bandits. Bad form from the tiring Ramirez, and though he got the next batter, he called it a night after that.
Line Drives: 3
Walks: 1 (plus 1 hit batter)
The T-Rats kept plugging. In the 8th, Beamon led off with a single, and Gavin Dickey popped up into foul territory, but catcher Luis De La Cruz dropped an easy out. Dickey made him pay by lining a double into left that scored Beamon to TIE THE BALLGAME at 3.
Maximo Mendez led off the bottom 9th with a walk. Juan Diaz bunted, but reliever Matt Spade threw to 2nd and got Maximo for one out. Edilio Colina walked to put runners at 1st and 2nd, Wayne Daman relieved Spade and uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. But Ronald Garth struck out and Beamon grounded out to 1st to kill the threat and send us to extras.
Jake Wild got the side 1-2-3 in the top half, and Gavin Dickey immediately ended the ballgame with a leadoff walkoff shot to right. Since returning from his injury, Gavin Dickey has been making a strong case for promotion, showing power and consistency in the pitching-friendly MWL.
A+: The Mavs had the day off and are home for another series with Lake Elsinore.
AA: Huntsville 3, West Tenn 1
WTN: 36-25... HUN: 37-24
(League: 263/341/398... 4.21 ERA)
Ryan Ketchner: 5.2IP, 8 H, 2 ER (HR), 4 walks, 5 K, hit batter (12 GS, 3.73 ERA, 62.2 IP, 3 HR, 22/47 BB/K)
Craig James: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 K (20 app, 4.30 ERA, 23 IP, 1 HR, 11/28 BB/K)
Brent Johnson: 1-4, double (279/338/515)
Matt Mangini: 2-4, R, K
Luis Valbuena: 0-2, sac fly RBI, K (294/371/467)
The two division rivals, and leaders, kicked off their series Thursday. An Angel Salome double in the 1st got Huntsville's 1st run on the board, but the DIAMOND JAXX got it back in the 2nd when Adam Moore and Matt Mangini reached on infield errors and Mangini later scored on a Luis Valbuena sac fly. Ryan Ketchner held the fort until the 6th, when Mike Bell homered with one out for his 5th shot of the season, putting Huntsville ahead 2-1. After walking Michael Brantley with two outs, Ketchner got the hook to finish a somewhat erratic outing.
Flyballs: 4 (1 HR)
Line Drives: 5
Pop Ups: 1
Walks: 4 (plus 1 hit batter)
Craig James got out of the 6th, but the DIAMOND JAXX could not get another run, and the Stars added a run in the 8th for good measure.
AAA: Fresno 6, Tacoma 2
TAC: 28-31... FRE: 29-30
(League: 272/344/430... 4.68 ERA)
Sean White: 6.2 IP, 11 H, (4 R) 3 ER, walk, 3 K (12 GS, 4.86 ERA, 70.1 IP, 5 HR, 18/27 BB/K)
Cesar Jimenez: one out (21 app, 4.67 ERA, 27 IP, 3 HR, 7/31 BB/K)
Jon Huber: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER (HR), 2 K (20 app, 6.75 ERA, 24 IP, 1 HR, 9/19 BB/K)
Matt Tuiasosopo: 2-5, solo HR, K (231/307/325)
Victor Diaz: 1-5, 4 K: The Golden Sombrero (284/378/481)
Shawn Garrett: 2-4, K (271/295/439)
Prentice Redman: 1-3, RBI, walk, K (302/375/419)
Rob Johnson: 2-4, K (231/298/295)
Fresno only had a 2-1 lead after the 2nd, but this game eventually got away from Sean White and the bullpen... or, namely, Jon Huber. Another busy, hard-hit day on the hill for Sean White:
Line Drives: 8
Pop Ups: 2
Tui did go deep for a change, and Prentice Redman is making good on his 2nd extended look with the Rainiers.