For Monday's paper, I wrote a little feature on reliever Josh Lueke, who is back with the Rainiers. After making the Mariners out of spring training, Lueke struggled in the big leagues. His command was off and he found himself pitching like a different person.
“Every pitch, it was like I was pitching scared,” he said. “I wasn’t pitching like, ‘This is my plate, this is my mound, you’re stepping into my batter’s box in my game.’ I was basically letting the hitter make me throw pitches he wanted instead of throwing the pitches I wanted.”
He couldn’t command his split-finger fastball. His grip adjustment on his slider didn’t work and it started making his fastball cut.
“I was just thinking way too much about everything – velocity, pitch selection, hitters’ weaknesses, stuff like that,” he said. “Instead of doing what I did last year – just throwing.”It was a rough day for the minor league teams in the Mariners organization as every team lost. The Rainiers were basically missing the entire starting outfield with Mike Wilson and Carlos Peguero called up and Greg Halman still on the disabled list, and lost 6-4 to Las Vegas.
A big thanks to Todd Milles for stepping and covering the game at the last minute when all the news broke.
Class Double A Jackson came up short in its comeback bid and lost 7-6 .
Class A High Desert had the day off, but left-hander Nick Czyz was named the Cal League pitcher of the week. From the release ...
CZYZ NAMED CAL LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
LHP Nick Czyz was named California League Pitcher of the Week, May 2-8. Prior to his last start, Nick Czyz had allowed 13 runs on 19 hits and two walks over 6.1 innings. But that all changed on Wednesday vs. Modesto. He then took a no-hitter into the 6th, and after allowing a double, retired the next 2 batters, exiting in position to walk away with a victory. The Nuts canceled that hope with a 5-run 7th. 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 3 K Class A Clinton fell to Burlington 4-2. Forrest Snow took the loss. Heralded pitching prospect Taijuan Walker will be making his second start of the season for the LumberKings.