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Double-A Jackson pitchers begin onslaught of Triple-A

While Mariners fans impatiently wait for pitchers Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker to advance from Double-A Jackson, a couple recently-called-up Generals pitchers have made immediate impacts at Triple-A Tacoma.

Starter Andrew Carraway took a perfect game into the seventh inning Friday in his Triple-A debut and hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor has been dominant since joining the Rainiers Tuesday.

First, let's get to Carraway. Here's my game story from his flirt with a perfect game.

He didn't overpower batters -- Carraway admits he's more crafty than flamethrower -- but he kept hitters off balance and impressed Tacoma manager Daren Brown.

"He commands the strike zone," Brown said. "He has an idea of what he’s trying to do with each pitch, uses both sides of the plate with all his pitches. He has different ways to attack hitters."Here's a link to the box score from Friday's game.

And here's a clip, courtesy of the Rainiers, of Carraway striking out Albuquerque clean-up hitter Jeff Baisley Friday night.

Carraway gave a dominant performance at Jackson earlier this year when he retired 20 straight batters in a 5-1 win over Tennessee on April 10.

As for Pryor, he's dazzled in his short time with the Rainiers. In three innings with Tacoma, the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has allowed one hit, walked one and fanned five. He consistently hit 98 miles per hour in his first appearance Tuesday at Cheney Stadium and 97 on a chilly Thursday evening.

Don't be surprised if Pryor wrests the closer-in-waiting crown away from Chance Ruffin, who's struggled mightily in his past five outings. In that span, Ruffin has allowed 10 earned runs off 11 hits and seven walks in 8 2/3 innings.

TNT staff writer Todd Milles talked to Pryor for this story when he arrived in Tacoma Tuesday.

Here's a clip, courtesy of the Rainiers, of Pryor striking out Albuquerque's Matt Angle Thursday night.