I spent last night covering the Rainiers at Cheney Stadium - just my second game this season. It was an ugly game highlighted by three errors that led to five unearned runs and pretty much submarined Luke French's start.
The Rainiers did fight back in the game and cut it to 6-5, but couldn't complete the comeback.
However, Dustin Ackley continue his torrid hitting of late. The Mariners top prospect singled three times and walked in five plate appearance. Ackley raised his average up to .266. He's reached base in all but one of the game he's played in this season.
Mariners closer David Aardsma made his second rehab appearance. After a shaky first outing, Aardsma looked more like the pitcher who has led Seattle in saves the past two seasons.
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After giving up a leadoff single on a 0-2 split-finger that stayed up, Aardsma retired the next three hitters with ease, including a strikeout on a nasty splitter. He threw 15 pitches, including 11 strikes.
The Double A Jackson Generals picked up a 2-1 win over the Montgomery Biscuits, despite stranding 17 runners. Pinch hitter Henriquez delivered the game winning hit, scoring Johermyn Chavez, who went 3-for-5 on the night.
Class A High Desert struck out 15 times in a 12-1 loss to Lake Elsinore.