Dustin Ackley is now 1-for-3 after grounding out to third base to start the seventh inning. Peoria now trails 6-4 after Josh Fields gave up a run in the sixth on three hits. Fields pretty much was hit hard the entire inning. He was getting some fastballs over at 95 mph, but his off-speed stuff wasn’t fooling anyone, The first out of the inning nearly injured the right fielder, who had to slam into the wall to make the catch.
Three straight hits from there got a run across and Fields later loaded the bases by hitting Mike Moustaka with a pitch. That loaded the bases with two out, but, in the best showing of his inning-long stint. Fields fanned Mets Class AA prospect Ike Davis on three pitches to end the threat.
1:53 p.m.: Dustin Ackley just grounded out with a runner on second to end the top of the fourth, his Peoria Javelinas clinging to a 4-3 lead. The first baseman snatched the grounder and flipped to the pitcher covering. Ackley made his Arizona Fall League debut at the plate earlier today, notching a single to left in his first at-bat in the second inning. He patiently worked the count against Surprise lefty Brandon Sisk and then lined the ball into left. See it below.
Moments later, Ackley showed off his wheels, flying around the bases to score on what would be a triple by Trayvon Robinson.
Ackley is playing center field today and batting ninth.
The Javelinas scored three runs in that second inning to go up 4-1 after opening the scoring in the first.
Juan Diaz, another Mariners prospect, is playing shortstop and is 0-for-2 so far, breaking his bat on a first inning groundout, then fanning in the second. Joe Dunigan is playing first base after going 0-for-4 yesterday. He drew a leadoff walk in today’s second inning and wound up scoring, then added a single in the third.
Earlier today, I chatted with Carlos Triunfel, pictured above, who spent part of the morning doing agility drills to recover from the broken lower leg he suffered last April. Triunfel also suffered ligament damage to his ankle.
Anyhow, he’s progressing nicely and should be on the field here in a few weeks. He told me the Mariners plan to have him play at shortstop, but also second and third base.
The idea is to get him on the field for a couple of weeks down here. Nobody wants to rush him, since he isn’t going to make up his entire lost 2008 season in just one winter.
Ran into Mariners lefty Ryan Feierabend as well. He’s down here rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is to start throwing bullpens and simulated games in November. All is on track for him to be ready by spring training. He’s still on the 40-man roster and does have one minor league option left, so it isn’t crucial he make the team this year.
Onetime Mariners manager John McLaren is back in the stands scouting again for the Tampa Bay Rays.
LF Trayvon Robinson (LAD)
SS Juan Diaz (SEA)
RFJordan Danks (CWS)
C Jonathan LuCroy (MIL)
1B Joe Dunigan (SEA)
2B C.J. Retherford (CWS)
3B Taylor Green (MIL)
DH Justin Sellers (LAD)
CF Dustin Ackley (SEA)
RHP Justin Cassel (CWS)
SS Ruben Tejada (NYM)
2B Jeff Bianchi (KC)
3B Mike Moustakas (KC)
1B Ike Davis (NYM)
C Austin Romine (NYY)
DH Reese Havens (NYM)
LF Lucas Duda (NYM)
CF Colin Curtis (NYY)
RF Tyler Henley (STL)
RHP Jenrry Mejia (NYM)