Here is today’s minor-league report.
For Tacoma, Blake Beavan turned in one of his best efforts of the season, working eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over Sacramento. Beavan, you might recall, was one of the pieces acquired from Texas in the Cliff Lee trade. Over his last four starts, Beavan is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA. Since being sent down, Michael Saunders is hitting .333 (13-for-39) but has just two extra-base hits. Dustin Ackley was on the bench yesterday, spurring speculation he might be on the verge of being called up. Instead, it was just a rest. Ackley had played in every game and had been hitless for three games in a row. Ackley should be up very soon, however — I’d guess by the beginning of the next road trip.
For Class AA Jackson, Tom Wilhelmsen earned his second victory giving up one run over five innings in a 3-1 win over Huntsville. Carlos Triunfel had two hits and is up to .290.
At High Desert, a hitting mecca, Dennis Raben and Vinnie Catricala both had four-hit hames in a 13-7 wijn over Lake Elsinore. But that’s only part of the story: Raben hit three homers and drove in six. He’s hitting .331 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs, while Catricala is at .380 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs. Left fielder Daniel Carroll is also hot. He had three hits and two stolen bases. Carroll has his average up to .291 and leads all Mariner minor-leaguers with 29 steals in 34 attempts.
Taijuan Walker turned in another nice starting effort, getting no decision in Clinton’s 4-2 loss to Bowling Green. Walker, last year’s top draft pick, gave up five hits and one run in six innings, walking two and striking out six.