Tenbrink was tearing up the offensively-charged Cal League, hitting .379 (66-for-174) with nine homers, 49 RBI and an OPS of 1.101 (.452/.649) in 34 games for Class A High Desert. He was moved up to Double A West Tenn went Joe Dunigan went on the disabled list.
Rainiers broadcaster and frequent TNT contributor Mike Curto wrote about Tenbrink for his minor league notebook earlier this week. Also Jay Yencich of USS Mariner has an informative post about Tenbrink being called up.
After playing 27 games in 2008, hitting .275 with five homers and 14 RBI with an OBP of .411 and slugging .560, Raben missed all of last season recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee. The Mariners started him in Class A Clinton, and he was hitting just .221 (33-for-149) with eight homers and 23 RBI. Raben also struck out 49 times and had drawn just 15 walks.
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But in his first game with High Desert, he went 2 for 2 with two home runs, walked four times, scored four runs and drove in five runs.
In the next month or so we could see some player movement as well, perhaps a few players from Double A like Michael Pineda or Carlos Triunfel move up to Triple A.
Curto was on with Ian Furness talking about the Rainiers and that possibility today.
That is if there ever going to be another Rainiers game. Mother Nature has not been kind to the Rainiers as rain has limited games. Yesterday, they had a four-hour rain delay. Curto wrote about w hat the players did during that time for the TNT today.
In Double A West Tenn, lefty Mauricio Robles had his shortest outing of the season, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. Robles walked three batters, struck out five and allowed a homer.
Class A Clinton swept a doubleheader and is now two games out of first.
AAA Tacoma Rainiers (PCL)
Of Note: The first game of a scheduled doubleheader between Tacoma and Oklahoma yesterday was suspended due to rain. The 2nd game was cancelled, shortening the series between the two clubs from 4 games to 3. The suspended game will resume on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. beginning in the top of the fifth and will play out the remaining3 innings of the scheduled 7-inning game. The series finale between the Rainiers and the RedHawks will begin 25 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game and is set to last 7.0 innings. The Rainiers pitching staff is now leading the PCL with a 3.13 ERA through their first 23 games in the month of May and is 5th overall with a 3.55 ERA this season. The starting staff has put together a 2.95 ERA (49ER, 149.1 IP) over that span, while the bullpen has compiled a 3.65 ERA (22ER, 54.2IP). Mike Carp currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .428 (9x21) with 8 runs scored, 3 home runs and 6 RBI. Tommy Everidge has recorded 3 consecutive 2-hit games, batting .462 (6x13) with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 RBI. Brad Nelson has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games, batting .417 (10x24) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI. Greg Halman currently has a 7-game hit streak, batting .276 (8x29) with 6 runs scored, 3 home runs and 4 RBI. Ezequiel Carrera currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .533 (8x15) with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 4 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: LH Luke French (5-1, 1.61) vs. Oklahoma City
AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
at Carolina 6, West Tennessee 2
- West Tennessee 2 runs, 5 hits, 1 error
- Carolina 6 runs, 11 hits, 0 errors
- BOX SCORE
- LH Mauricio Robles (L, 3-2) 4.0,7,5,5,3,5,HR,BK
- LH Edward Paredes 1.0,1,0,0,1,0
- RH Luis Munoz 2.0,3,1,1,1,0
- RH Anthony Varvaro 1.0,0,0,0,0,1
- C Jose Yepez 2x5
- SS Carlos Triunfel 1x4, RBI
- CF Kuo Hui Lo 1x4, R, 2B, BB
- DH Scott Savastano 1x2, RBI, BB
After a rain out on Monday and a travel day on Tuesday the Diamond Jaxx offense produced only 5 hits in a 6-2 loss to Carolina. The Jaxx drew 9 walks from Carolina pitching, but stranded a season-high 14 runners on base. West Tenn was 2x12 with runners in scoring position. The loss drops the Jaxx to 4 ½ games behind Tennessee in the Southern League North Division.Mauricio Robles
suffered the loss for the Jaxx tying for his shortest outing of the season at 4.0 innings. Robles allowed 5 runs on 7 hits and struck out 5 while walking 3.Scott Savastano
got his 1st Diamond Jaxx RBI in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Kuo Hui Lo from second base.Jose Yepez
currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .368 (7x19) with 2 runs scored, 3 doubles and 2 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: RH Michael Pineda (3-1, 2.23) at Carolina
A High Desert (California League)
at High Desert 18, Modesto 3
- Modesto 3 runs, 11 hits, 1 error
- High Desert 18 runs, 21 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
RH Maikel Cleto 3.0,5,1,1,1,4
LH Bobby LaFromboise (W, 4-2) 6.0,6,2,1,2,6
With the Bats:
- 3B Edilio Colina 3x4, 3 R
- 1B Rich Poythress 3x5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI
- RF Johermyn Chavez 3x5, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
- LF Jake Shaffer 3x5, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- 2B/3B Kyle Seager 2x6, 2 R
- DH Dennis Raben 2x4, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB
- CF Denny Almonte 2x5 R, HR, RBI
- SS Juan Diaz 2x5, R
- C Travis Scott 1x5, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
High Desert scored 5 runs in 1st inning and kept on rolling en route to an 18-3 win over Modesto on Wednesday night. The 18 runs and 21 hits were both season highs, as were the six home runs the Mavs crushed.Dennis Raben
led the Mavs with 4 runs scored, 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks in his 1st game with the club since being called up from Class-A Clinton. He reached base safely in all 6 plate appearances.Jake Shaffer
recorded his first career-multi home run game, while also setting a career-high with 4 Birch Poythress
has hit safely in his last 5 consecutive games, batting .455 (10x22) with 8 runs scored, 1 double, 4 home runs and 10 RBI.Kyle Seager
has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .357 (20x56) with 12 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI.Edilio Colina
currently has a 5-game hit streak (.364/8x22) and has also hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games.
Since May 14, Colina has hit .364 (16x44) with 11 runs scored, 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Johermyn Chavez has hit safely in his last 5 starts, batting .588 (10x17) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 4 RBI. Denny Almonte has hit safely in 4 straight games, including backto- back multi-hit games. During this stretch he is batting .388 (7x18) with 4 runs scored, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Since May 5 Almonte is batting .377 (29x77) with 16 runs scored, 6 doubles, 3 triple, 4 home runs and 12 RBI, raising his season average from .236 to .301.
Today’s probable starter: LF Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 0.00) vs. Modesto
A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest Lg.)
at Clinton 6, Burlington 1
- Burlington 1 run, 5 hits, 1 error
- Clinton 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- LH Jimmy Gillheeney (W, 3-3) 6.2,5,1,1,2,4
- LH Jose Jimenez 0.1,0,0,0,0,0
- 1B Vinnie Catricala 2x4, R, 2B, 2 RBI
- 3B Mario Martinez 2x2, R, HR, RBI, BB
- CF Daniel Carroll 1x4, R
- DH Kalian Sams 1x1, R, RBI, BB
- LF Welington Dotel 1x2, RBI
at Clinton 7, Burlington 1
- Burlington 1 run, 5 hits, 0 errors
- Clinton 7 runs, 9 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- RH Tyler Blandford 2.0,0,0,0,0,4
- LH Brian Moran (W, 2-1) 2.2,4,1,1,1,3
- RH John Housey 1.1,0,0,0,0,0
- RH Daniel Cooper 1.0,1,0,0,0,1
- 1B Vinnie Catricala 2x3, 2 R, 2B, RBI
- 3B Mario Martinez 2x2, 2 R, 2B, BB
- 2B Gabriel Noriega 2x3, R, RBI, BB
- CF Matt Cerione 1x4, RBI
- RF James Jones 1x3, BB
- DH Tim Morris 1x3, 2 RBI, BB
: Clinton vaulted into 3rd place in the West with a doubleheader sweep of Burlington on Wednesday night. The LumberKings won 6-1 and 7-1 to extend their winning streak to 6 games. Clinton has won 10 of their last 11 games and 15 over their last 19. The team is now 6 games over .500 for the 1st time this year.Vinnie Catricala
went a combined 4x7 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. He has recorded 3 multi-hit games in his last 4 starts, raising his average from .257 to .276.Dan Carroll
has hit safely in his last 4 straight games, batting .538 (7x13) with 5 runs scored, 1 triple and 2 RBI. Clinton starting pitchers are now 15-8 with an ERA of 2.11 (46 ER, 196.2 IP) over the last 35 games. No LumberKings’ starter has allowed more than 1 earned run over the last 8 games dating back to the last start of reigning ERA leader Anthony Vasquez.
Today’s probable starter: RH Taylor Lewis (2-0, 0.90) vs. Burlington