AAA Tacoma Rainiers (22-31, Pacific Coast League)
The Rainiers beat the dreaded Salt Lake Bees 5-2 on Thursday night behind a solid pitching performance from Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez went 6.0 innings and allowed just 2 earned runs on only 5 base hits en route to his first win in AAA Tacoma.
Second baseman Ty Kelly homered in the bottom of the first to give the Tacoma the early 2-0 lead, which ended up becoming a 5-0 lead before Erasmo Ramirez surrendered 2 runs to Salt Lake in the 6th inning. Mike MacDougal, Lucas Luetge and Carson Smith each pitched a scoreless inning and Smith picked up his 3rd save of the year.
Logan Morrison has been fantastic on his rehab assignment in Tacoma, and that continued Thursday with two more hits. LoMo has posted mulit-hit games in 4 of his last 6 starts and has looked very sharp doing so. If he can keep this up, he would obviously be a welcome addition whenever he returns to the Mariners.
Tacoma saw some great offensive production at the bottom of the lineup as well. The 6-9 hitters in the lineup --Leury Bonilla, Brock Hebert, Humberto Quintero and newly promoted Endy Chavez -- each registered two hits, with Bonilla, Quintero and Chavez each driving in a run. Oh yeah, Humberto Quintero also had a stolen base. I'm not even joking. I would never joke about that.
The Rainiers faced Salt Lake again last night with righty Matt Palmer getting the start. Josh Hamilton was in the leadoff spot for Salt Lake, going 2-4 and helping to guide the Bees to the 4-3 victory. Xavier Avery, who will always be Tacoma's original Xaiver, is on an absolute tear lately, even though he went 0-5 last night. Avery has hit safely in 7 out of his last 9 games and leads the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases (18).
AA Jackson Generals (22-32, Southern League)
The Generals split a doubleheader against the Mobile BayBears on Thursday, losing the first contest 1-2 but winning the second 4-1. Third Baseman Patrick Kivlehan had an RBI single in the first game and a 3-run homer in the second to extend his hitting streak to 8 games (9 games after going 1-4 last night). During the streak, Kivlehan is batting .364 with 12 base hits, 2 home runs, 1 triple, 4 runs batted in and 2 stolen bases.
Kivlehan isn't tho only General swinging a hot bat, though. Shortstop Ketel Marte is currently riding a 6-game hitting streak, while catcher Mike Dowd has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games with outfielder Leon Landry doing the same in 9 of his last 13.
The Generals wrapped up their series against the BayBears last night in an 8-2 loss. Starter Cam Hobson only lasted 1.2 innings, walking 5 batters and surrendering 4 runs (2 earned).
A High Desert Mavericks (30-26, California League)
The High Desert Mavericks were unable to hold on to the 3-0 lead they took on Thursday night in the top of the first and lost 7-10 to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. 6 of the Mavericks' 9 hits belonged to D.J. Peterson, Jabari Henry and Tyler Marlette, each of whom had 2 hits.
Peterson, the third baseman who was drafted by the Mariners with the 12th overall pick in last year's MLB Draft, went 2-5 with a double and a walk. Since May 8th, Peterson is batting .333 with 9 doubles, 8 home runs and 24 runs batted in.
Starting pitcher Min-Sih Chen allowed 8 runs in just 3.2 innings, recording his 3rd loss of the season. The Mavericks bounced back last night, edging the Bakersfield Blaze 9-8 in an offensive battle.
A Clinton LumberKings (27-26, Midwest League)
In an impressive pitching display, the Clinton LumberKings beat the Kane Country Cougars 5-0 on Thursday. Starter Jose Flores pitched 6.0 scoreless innings, allowing only six hits and walking just one batter. Right-hander Rafael Pineda contributed 3.0 scoreless innings and notched his 3rd save of the year.
Shortstop Zach Shank picked up an RBI double, extending his hitting streak to 5 games. The LumberKings only had 4 base hits on the night with one each from Shank, first baseman Jeff Zimmerman, third baseman Joe DeCarlo and catcher Christian Carmichael.
Lars Huijer got the nod for Clinton as they played the Kane Country Cougars yet again last night. A win would have helped the LumberKings gain some ground on the Cougars, who are currently in first place in the Midwest League Standings (37-18), but they could only muster up one run and ended up losing 4-1.