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May 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Mariners minor-league report, May 2

Here is today’s Mariner minor-league report.

I’m sure the Mariners are glad to see Tacoma’s bats breaking loose, even though their 14-hit effort Sunday at Reno still didn’t prevent a 10-8 loss that dropped the Rainiers to an 8-16 record.

Alex Liddi had a two-homer effort (giving him four for the season), while Carlos Peguero had three hits, including his third homer, to raise his average to .297. Mike Wilson, who is no longer regarded as a prime prospect and is now in his 10th year in the organization, had two hits to raise his average to .350 in 10 games. Chaz Roe, the pitcher the Mariners acquired from Colorado in the Jose Lopez deal, got ripped for nine runs and saw his ERA rise to 8.25. DH Johan Limonta , who is 27, had three hits and saw his average go up to .373 in 16 games, after going 1-for-16 (.063) in four games at Double-A Jackson. Go figure.

At Double-A, lefty Anthony Vazquez, an 18th-round pick in 2009 out of USC, worked seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win by Jackson over Chattanooga. Vazquez gave up five hits, struck out seven, and didn’t walk any. Vazquez is now 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in five starts. Jake Shaffer had his 14-game hitting streak snapped, but is still hitting .340.

Denny Almonte and Dennis Raben drove in two runs apiece for Class A High Desert in their 4-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga. Both players now have 24 RBIs on the season, while Daniel Carroll, a 22-year-old outfielder who was their third-round pick in the 2007 draft, is now hitting .337 after a 3-for-3 night.

Catcher Steven Baron, the supplemental first-round pick in 2009 who opened some eyes in spring training this year, had a big game for Class A Clinton. Baron went 3-for-4, including two doubles and a homer, and scored three runs in the LumberKings’ 10-8 loss to Beloit. Baron, who struggled to a .182 average last year at Clinton, is now hitting .283. First baseman Tim Morris is hitting .424 over his last 10 games to raise his average to .338. Clinton starter Brandon Maurer worked seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out six. Maurer, just 20 years old, was a 23-round draftee in 2008. He has a 3.38 ERA in five games (four starts) and is holding opponents to a .198 average.

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