Rainiers outfielder Franklin Gutierrez went 0 for 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ending his 20-game hitting streak Friday.
The streak fell six games short of Tacoma’s franchise record 26 games, set in 1965 by Tacoma Giants outfielder Rex Johnston and tied in 1999 by Rainiers utilityman Chad Akers.
The last player to approach the franchise record was Mike Carp, who hit safely in 22 consecutive games in 2011 before his streak ended in unusual circumstances.
During that season on June 7 at Tucson, Arizona, Carp flied out in the first inning. When his turn came to bat again in the third, Rainiers manager Daren Brown sent up a pinch-hitter, ending Carp’s streak with an 0 for 1.
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It turns out Brown had received a phone call in the dugout, Carp was needed in the major leagues, and was to be removed from the game immediately.
Kentlake’s Cowan Opens In Everett
Jordan Cowan has returned to the Everett AquaSox to open the short-season Northwest League, which started Thursday.
Cowan, who was the Mariners’ 37th-round draft pick in 2013 out of Kentlake High School, batted .231 for Everett last year as a 19-year-old facing mostly college-aged competition.
This year at a more league-appropriate age of 20, Cowan started the first two games at second base. He was 3 for 5 with three RBIs on Friday against Eugene.
Cowan had a brief cameo for Double-A Jackson earlier this month, filling in for an injured player. He went 4 for 21 in eight games.
Gets Unexpected Lift
Right-hander Zack Littell, 19, has opened some eyes with his performance at Single-A Clinton this season.
After pitching to a 5-5 record, 4.52 earned-run average in 13 starts for short-season Pulaski in 2014, a promotion to Everett for this season appeared to be in the cards.
But the full-season Clinton club needed a temporary starter in mid-May, and Littell received the assignment from extended spring training. It hasn’t taken him long to remove “temporary” from the job description.
The right-handed Littell has become the most reliable member of the Clinton rotation. In seven starts, he’s 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA for a team that is languishing with a 25-42 record. In 36 1/3 innings pitched, he has struck out 34 and walked 11.
Littell was the Mariners’ 11th-round pick in 2013, when he was draft-eligible as a 17-year-old graduate of Eastern Alamance High School in Mebane, North Carolina.