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8/5 Minor League Wrap-Up

On this Mariners off day, we take a look at another good day throughout the org, as most of the M's affiliates brought the offense.

On to the wrap-up.

Dominican:  Mariners 5, Cardinals 2
DSLM's:  31-20... DSL Cards:  23-28

Walter Suriel:  5 IP, 5 H, walk, 4 K
Juan Franco:  2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Nelson Germocen:  1 IP, 1 H, (1 R) 0 ER, walk, 2 K, wild pitch
Victor Duarte:  1 IP, 2 K
George Soto:  2-4, triple, 3 R (.281/.354/.425)
Hector Mercedes:  4-4, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBI (.290/.371/.411)
Emmanuel Familia:  2-4, 2 RBI, K (.256/.338/.388)
Cristian Rijo:  2-4, double (.211/.256/.325)

The DSLM's built a 4-0 lead behind the steady pitching of Walter Suriel, and the best rally the Cards could manage was a run in the 6th and another in the 8th.  LAAAAAAME.  The DSLM's even tacked on a run when Hector Mercedes went deep in the bottom 8th to illustrate the futility of these efforts.

Arizona:  The AZLM's took Sunday off.  They play the AZL Royals (6-1) tonight at 7 pm.

a:  Everett 9, Tri City 3
EVE:  21-25... 3C:  18-28

Edward Paredes:  5 IP, 5 H, (3 R) 2 ER, 4 walks, 3 K, hit batter
Keith Meyer:  2 IP, 1 H
Mark Pettis:  1 IP
Craig Deaver:  1 IP
Ogui Diaz:  2-5, 2 doubles, 2 R, K (.261/.287/.382)
Edilio Colina:  2-3, R, RBI, K (.271/.310/.402)
Kris Sanchez:  1-4, double, 2 R, RBI, walk, K (.228/.317/.326)
Craig Hurba:  2-3, double, R, 2 RBI, 2 walks
Kalian Sams:  2-4, triple, R, 2 RBI, walk, K (.200/.292/.368)
Deybis Benitez:  1-4, solo HR, 3 K (.170/.297/.223)

Pitchers Edward Paredes and Sheng-An Kuo took turns getting hit in a wild first 3 innings, but when the dust cleared, the Aquasox led 8-3 after 3 and Paredes settled down to get through 5.  The Dustdevils never threatened after that, and the Aquasox even got another run in the 8th when Tri City reliever Riquy Peña walked in a run with the bases loaded.

A:  Wisconsin 19, Fort Wayne 10
WIS:  15-26... FTW:  15-26

Tony Butler:  3 IP, 7 H, 9 ER (2 HR), 3 walks, 2 K, hit batter
Justin Souza:  3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Family Warrior Harold Williams:  2 IP, 2 H, 2 K, wild pitch
Steven Richard:  1 IP, K
Calvin Beamon:  1-6, 2 R, RBI, walk, K (.248/.345/.317)
Ronald Garth:  4-5, solo HR, 3 R (.232/.308/.378)
Alex Liddi:  1-5, R, RBI, walk, K (.224/.296/.361)
Kuo Hui Lo:  2-3, 2 doubles, 2 R, 2 walks (.283.353/.385)
Joe White:  3-5, GRAND SLAM, 3 R, walk, K (.310/.402/.460)
James McOwen:  2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, walk, 2 K (.265/.285/.299)
Leury Bonilla:  3-6, 3 run HR, 2 R, 6 RBI, K (.262/.288/.365)
Blake Ochoa:  3-6, 2 doubles, 2 R, 2 RBI

Both teams traded touchdowns on the first 3 drives of the game, but Fort Wayne's Steve Delabar was sacked in his own end zone for a safety and the T-Rats played ground-game keep away the rest of the way.

Seriously, though, the first four innings were a missile war, and despite a 1st inning grand slam by Joe White, a 2nd inning HR by Ronald Garth and a 3 run Leury Bonilla blast in the 3rd, Fort Wayne actually had the 10-9 lead after 4, thanks to Tony Butler returning to Earth and getting shelled in 3 innings of work, as some of that chronic wildness came back (3 walks and a hit batter) and the Wizards pounded his every mistake.

But the T-Rats tied it in the 5th on a 2-out Alex Liddi single, then brought 8 batters to the plate in the 6th and cashed in 4 runs before recording an out to take a 14-10 lead.  Then, in the 8th, the T-Rats used a leadoff double, five singles and a walk to cash in 5 more runs to make your final.

A+:  High Desert 6, Inland Empire 3
Mavs:  15-29... Empire:  21-23

Nathan Adcock:  6 IP, 6 H, (3 R) 0 ER, 3 walks, K
Nick Allen:  2 IP, K
Aaron Cotter:  1 IP
Casey Craig:  1-3, double, R, 2 walks (.353/.441/.509)
Jesus Guzman:  0-2, R, sac fly RBI, walk, K (.292/.362/.517)
Adam Moore:  1-3, R, sac fly RBI (.304/.369/.546)
Johan Limonta:  1-3, double, R, 2 RBI, walk, K (.294/.369/.462)
Jeff Flaig:  1-3, double (.252/.298/.345)
Hargrove's kid:  1-4, RBI, 2 K (.195/.290/.287)

The Mavs jumped out of the gate for 3 runs in the 1st and ad a 4-0 lead before Empire tacked on 3 of their own in the 5th.  However, the Mavs responded ith a 2 run 6th and Nick Allen combined with Aaron Cotter to shut down Empire the rest of the way.

AA:  West Tenn 11, Carolina 5
WTN:  17-26... CAR:  21-22

Justin Thomas:  5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER (2 HR), 4 walks, 7 K
Craig James:  3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, walk, 2 K, hit batter
Chris Jakubauskas:  1 IP, K, hit batter
Luis Valbuena:  0-2, 2 R, 4 walks (.249/.321/.385)
Charlton Jimerson:  4-6, double, 2 run HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 K (.280/.346/.569)
Marshall Hubbard:  2-4, R, 2 RBI, walk, K (.249/.344/.389)
Matt Tuiasosopo:  2-4, 2 doubles, 2 R, RBI, walk (.277/.389/.423)
Prentice Redman:  1-5, double, 2 RBI, 2 K (.252/.358/.427)
Jesus Merchan:  2-4, R, RBI (.333/.406/.492)
Rene Rivera: 1-5, double, R, K (.194/.259/.284)

The DIAMOND JAXX erupted for 4 runs in the 1st and by the time the Mudcats got around to staging anything resembling a significant rally, it was already 9-1 DIAMOND JAXX.  Justin Thomas got lit up for 3 runs in his 5th and final frame of work, but the game was still well out of reach.  Craig James looked relatively useful in 3 innings of middle relief work, which is probably the best place for him at this point so long as he is still a useful reliever, and Chris Jakubauskas mopped up the final inning, not really impressing anyone these days.

AAA:  Tacoma 9, Nashville 8, 10 innings
TAC:  53-63... NSH:  69-46

Jake Woods:  5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 5 walks, 7 K
Juan Doñe:  3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER (HR), 2 K
Cesar Jimenez:  2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, walk, 3 K
Jeremy Reed: 2-5, RBI, walk, K, SB #10 (.294/.348/.440)
Mike Morse: 2-4, double, 2 R, K (.321/.385/.478)
Brant Ust:  subbed in, 2 run single (.259/.313/.371)
WLAD:  0-5, 2 K (.302/.375/.547)
Jeff Clement:  2-4, double, R, RBI, walk, K (.261/.357/.486)
Ronnie Prettyman:  2-5, GRAND SLAM, 2 R, 2 K (.277/.307/.388)
Oswaldo Navarro:  2-5, R (.242/.305/.326)
Sebastien Boucher:  2-4, double, R, RBI, walk (.312/.384/.403)

Nashville jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after 3, thanks to Jake Woods being Jake Woods, but with the help of an unlikely grand slam from Ronnie Prettyman, the Rainiers tied it in the 4th with 5 runs, then took the lead in the 5th when Jeff Clement singled in Mike Morse with two outs.  But Gabe Gross took Juan Doñe deep with two outs in the 6th to tie it, and so it remained tied until the 10th, when Brad Nelson doubled in two runs to give Nashville an 8-6 lead.

Luther Hackman, a great name if we've ever seen one, came in to close the bottom 10th for Nashville.  Ronnie Prettyman led off with a single, and took 2nd when Oswaldo Navarro grounded out to 3rd.  Sebastien Boucher walked, and Nick Green singled to load the bases.  Jeremy Reed drew the bases loaded walk to cash in a run, and Brant Ust singled to right to cash in Boucher and Green to win the ballgame!

ALSO: Per Mike Curto, Tomo Ohka's sorry arse got released, after four terrible outings, while the M's signed failed Astros reliever Rick White and assigned him to Tacoma to thicken up their bullpen. This is the second Astros scrap-heap pickup the M's have made this season, with Charlton Jimerson being the 1st.

Mike Morse was hit on the hand by a pitch, per the comment below, and left the game. No word on the severity of the injury or if he'll miss time.