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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

April 25, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Mariners minor-league report, April 25

You can find today’s minor-league report here.

The Tacoma Rainiers are really struggling right now, falling to 4-14 with Sunday’s 10-5 loss to Salt Lake. Just like the parent club, they’re not hitting (.234 team average, 64 runs scored in 18 games, .666 OPS). And they’re not doing so great on the mound, either, accumulating a 5.12 earned-run avearge. The Rainiers have lost 10 of their last 11 games and are 10 games under .500 for the first time since Aug. 22, 2007, when they were 61-71.

David Aardsma had a rough outing in his third rehab stint Sunday, allowing three hits and four runs, with two walks, in one-third of an inning. Aardsma came into the game in the seventh after the Rainiers had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the inning and didn’t take long to cough it up. It’s obvious he’ll need a few more minor-league appearances before returning to the Mariners’ bullpen.

Mike Carp is the hottest Rainier. He had two more hits on Sunday and is hitting .500 (11-for-22) over his last six games. Dustin Ackley was 0-for-4 and is hitting .236 for the season.

Class AA Jackson unleashed 19 hits in a 15-3 win over Mobile. Luis Jimenez homered twice and drove in five runs, while Brandon Bantz and Scott Savastano also homered. Jake Schaffer had three more hits to raise his average to .368.

Neither Class A team — High Desert and Clinton — played on Easter.

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