First here's today's minor league report
I'm up at Safeco Field very early and thought I'd post a few notes about the minor leagues. I covered last night's Tacoma Rainiers' 3-2 loss to with Michael Pineda on the mound. Pineda gave up two homers and took the loss.
Here's my game story.
A few quick notes about Pineda last night.
He wasn't quite as sharp as I've seen him in the past. But even then, he was still darn good. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. He threw 86 pitches with 57 strikes. Unofficially, I had him throwing seven changeups, which were around 87 to 85 mph and a few had nasty downward movement. I had him throwing about 18 sliders, some were electric, others weren't quite as good, including one that hung and resulted in a two-run homer to Yunesky Sanchez.
Two things I liked to see were his abilities to get out of two early jams. Because, it's more important to see how a pitcher reacts to having runners on base and high leverage situations than when he's cruising.
In the third inning, he gave up a lead-off double to Drew Macias. But Pineda got a ground ball for an out that allowed Macias to advance to third. And then he get another groundball to third that didn't let the runner score. And with two outs, he struck out Chris Rahl, throwing a nasty 1-2 slider.
In the fourth inning, he gave up a one-out triple to Ben Allen. But again, he got a ground ball out and a fly-out to end the inning.
And in the sixth, after giving up the three runs in the fifth and knowing it would be his final inning of work, Pineda came out and looked stronger than he had all game getting a 1-2-3 inning with a fastball that touched 97 and throwing seven sliders in his 11 pitches, including three straight to strike out Ed Rogers.
Also of note, Mike Sweeney's rehab stint comes to an end today. So obviously there will be some sort of a roster move made with him. His last game was his best with the Rainiers in today's 9-3 afternoon win where he went 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers. Also Blake Beavan, the 6-7 right-hander, who was acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, made his Triple A debut, pitching six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Other notes ...
- RHP Shawn Kelley made his first rehab appearance with Tacoma, striking out 2 in 1.0 scoreless innings
- LHP Anthony Vasquez suffered the loss in his Diamond Jaxx debut, despite allowing only 3 runs on 7 hits in 6.1 innings while striking out six and walking one
- In Class A High Desert, Johermyn Chavez currently has a 22-game hit streak, batting .419 (36x86) with 22 runs scored, 2 doubles, 12 home runs and 31 RBI. Kyle Seager has hit safely in 36 of his last 37 games, batting .424 (67x158) with 40 runs scored, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs and 30 RBI. Rich Poythress has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .491 (27x55) with 15 runs, 8 doubles, 6 home runs and 21 RBI. He currently leads California League with 93 RBI.