AAA Tacoma Rainiers (60-59, Pacific Coast League)
Michael Saunders made the first start of his rehab assignment last night, going 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and a strikeout. Hopefully Saunders can come back soon, because the Mariners could certainly use him in right field. It's early and he's still adjusting, but Chris Denorfia is struggling so far. And while Endy Chavez's home run last night was nice, you can't really can't count on him for consistent offensive production. Endy dingers are always encouraged, though.
Erasmo Ramirez only threw 32 pitches over 2.0 innings last night, which pretty much confirms any speculation that he'll be the pitcher called upon to fill the void in the rotation on Sunday. Ramirez was tagged with the loss, but he was only responsible for 1 of the 11 runs the Rainiers pitching staff allowed. The run came in the form of a solo shot from the first batter he faced, but after that he composed himself and didn't allow another hit in those 2.0 innings.
Forrest Snow hasn't pitched since the last Fun on the Farm, so no updates on his impressive season, but relievers Todd Coffey and Carson Smith have been pretty spectacular. In 26.1 innings over 26 relief appearances, Coffey is 4-1 with 6 saves, 24 strikeouts, 12 walks, a 1.37 ERA, and a .183 opponent batting average. Smith is 1-0 with 6 saves, 25 strikeouts, 7 walks, a 0.78 ERA and a .198 opponent batting average.