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Mariners Minor League Report, May 4th

Here's the daily minor league report from Kelly Munro of the M's. Also you can check out Jay Yencich's weekly report from the USS Mariner.

AAA Tacoma Rainiers (PCL)

Here's Mike Curto's game story from the paper. Luis Munoz got rocked in his Rainiers' debut.

Fresno 11 runs, 17 hits, 0 errors

Tacoma 6 runs, 8 hits, 1 error

Box score

Pitching Lines:

RH Luis Muñoz (L, 0-1) 3.2,10,9,9,2,3,5HR

RH Doug Fister 2.1,2,0,0,0,2

RH Brodie Downs 1.0,2,1,1,0,1,WP

RH Jared Wells 1.0,2,1,1,0,0

RH Jesus Delgado 1.0,1,0,0,0,3

With the Bats:

CF Mike Saunders (right) 3x3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB

RF Prentice Redman 2x4, 2 R, BB

3B Mike Morse 1x4, 2 RBI

PH/SS Erick Monzon 1x4

2B Callix Crabbe 1x3, 2 R, BB

Of Note: In the final game of the series, Tacoma lost to Fresno 11-6 on Sunday. Fresno jumped on Tacoma starter Luis Muñoz when Kevin Frandsen, Adam Witter and Jesus Guzman hit back-to-back-to-back homers in the first inning. Eight of the 10 hits Muñoz allowed went for extra bases. Mike Carp went 0x3 yesterday, ending his hitting streak at 7 games. During the streak he hit .448 (13x29) with 9 runs scored, 5 extra-base hits and 6 RBI during his current 7 game hit streak. Prentice Redman has hit safely 18 of 21 games this season with an at-bat, batting .345 (30x87) with 22 runs scored, 5 doubles, 7 home runs and 13 RBI. Since returning from the DL, Mike Saunders has hit safely in 2 of 3 games, batting .364 (4x11) with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs and 6 RBI. Tacoma shortstop Chris Woodward left the game after being hit in the chest by a Billy Sadler pitch in the bottom of the second inning.

Today's probable starter:

RH Andy Baldwin (2-1, 1.66 ERA) at Salt Lake

AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)

West Tennessee RAINED OUT


Of Note: Yesterday's game between the Diamond Jaxx and Barons was rained out. Tornadoes and severe weather in and around the Birmingham area forced the postponement. There will be a double-header played tonight beginning at 5:05 with the 2nd game to follow, 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 1. It will be 2 7.0-inning games. RHP Steven Hensley will make his Double-A debut in game 1 and in game 2, RHP Kyle Parker (1-1, 4.91) will get the start. Greg Halman has knocked in 21 RBI in his last 11 games. During this stretch he is batting .302 (13x43) with 10 runs scored, 2 doubles, 7 home runs and 21 RBI. Ezequiel Carrera extended his on-base streak to 21 games. He is currently batting .359 (28x78) with 23 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases.

Today's probable starter:

Game 1: RH Steven Hensley (4-0, 0.00 w/Clinton) at


Game 2: RH Kyle Parker (1-1, 4.91) at Birmingham

A High Desert (California League)

High Desert 2 runs, 6 hits, 2 errors

Rancho Cucamonga 6 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors


Pitching Lines:

RH Nathan Adcock 3.0,2,2,0,3,3,HB

LH Edward Paredes (L, 2-2) 3.0,1,1,1,2,1

RH Juan Zapata 0.1,2,3,2,1,0

RH Travis Mortimore 1.0,0,0,0,0,0

RH Steven Richard 0.2,0,0,0,1,0

With the Bats:

C Jose Yepez 2x3, R, HR, RBI

1B Ian Bladergroen 1x3, RBI, SF

Of Note: After hitting .326 in their first 5 games against the Quakes, the Mavs could never get anything consistently going at the plate on Sunday afternoon, falling 6-2 in Rancho Cucamonga. The pitching staff walked 7 batters, while striking out 4. Of those 7 walks, 4 came around to score. They also committed 2 errors and had 2 runners thrown out on the bases. Edward Paredes, who allowed just 1 run on 1 hit in 3.0 innings of relief, was credited with the loss. Joe Dunigan has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .397 (23x58) with 15 runs scored, 4 doubles, 7 home runs and 15 RBI. Alex Liddi hit safely in 19 of 23 games this season, batting .376 (35x93) with 11 multi-hit games, 16 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 19 RBI. Tyson Gillies currently has a 6-game hit streak, batting .333 (7x21) with 5 runs scored, 3 extra-base hits and 2 RBI. Kuo Hui Lo has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games with an at-bat, hitting .370 (17x46) with 10 runs scored, 1 double, 5 triples, 4 home runs and 18 RBI.

Today's probable starter:

RH Alfredo Venegas (1-0, 5.93) at Rancho Cucamonga

A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest Lg.)

Quad Cities 3 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors

Clinton 4 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors


Pitching Lines:

RH Brett Lorin 5.0,3,3,2,2,4

LH Bobby LaFromboise 2.0,2,0,0,1,3

RH Ruben Flores (W, 1-0) 2.0,2,0,0,0,1

With the Bats:

1B Nate Tenbrink 2x4, R, 2B, RBI

3B Mario Martinez 1x4, 3B, RBI

LF Scott Savastano 1x4, 2 RBI

CF Maximo Mendez 1x3, 2 R, SB, BB

Of Note: Nate Tenbrink delivered a game-tying double with 2 outs in the 8th inning and Mario Martinez drove him home with a game-winning triple as Clinton completed a stunning comeback with a 4-3 win over Quad Cities on Sunday afternoon. Denny Almonte extended his hit streak to 6-game, batting .348 with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 5 RBI. He also has hit safely in 19 of 22 games this season, batting .305 (25x82). Bobby LaFromboise has not allowed a run in his last 9.0 innings in relief (4 G), lowering his ERA from 10.81 to 3.86. After allowing 2 earned runs in his first appearance of the season, Ruben Flores has tossed 9.0 scoreless innings. This season he is 1-0 with 3 saves and 1.80 ERA (2 ER, 10.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a 0.97 (3x31) average, while walking 7 and striking out 11.

Today's probable starter:

RH Aaron Pribanic (2-1, 2.31 ERA) vs. Quad Cities