I was at Cheney Stadium last night and watched an ugly game with the Rainiers losing to Las Vegas 14-3. The 51s pounded out 16 hits and gave up four home runs.
Perhaps the ugliest outing belonged to lefty reliever Edward Paredes, who lasted 2/3 of an inning and giving up five runs on two hits with a walk, a strikeout and three hit batters. He gave up a grand slam to Jonathan Diaz, a player who had hit just six homers in six years. Paredes threw just 14 strikes in 34 pitches.
If you are looking for a candidate to be designated for assignment in the future if the Mariners try to add a player not on the 40-man roster like Royce Ring or Josh Bard, Paredes has pitched himself into a likely candidate. He is 2-1 with a 10.80 ERA in 10 appearances.
There was a few positives last night. Dustin Ackley hit a home run last night - his fourth of the season. Franklin Gutierrez went 0-for-4 with a walk as the DH. He was scheduled to play in the outfield, but the field was so wet, they moved him to the DH.
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Double A Jackson won its fourth straight game thanks to an inside-the-park grand slam from Jake Shaffer. It was the first inside-the-park grand slam in Pringles Park history. Kyle Seager had a hit to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Class A High Desert snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Rancho Cucamonga, 4-1. Chris Sorce improved to 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA (tops in the Cal League) by pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing one run on four hits.
Class A Clinton picked up a 5-4 win as Steven Baron drew a bases-loaded walk for the game winning run in the 14th inning. Shaver Hansen sent the game to extra innings with a two-run homer in the ninth.