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June 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Mariners minor league report, June 20 — Peterson blasts his 16th homer

Quick note: I’m letting Jayson Jenks go home to Kansas City  to cover the second part of the road trip. I will miss the barbecue in KC, my gallbladder not so much. So take it easy on him … he looks like he’s 10.

Several teams began the second half of their season last night. Rookie League Pulaski also opened its season.

No word on the Alex Jackson signing yet. I’m guessing they will have an announcement during the Red Sox series in Seattle.

Class AAA Tacoma

Taijuan Walker  struggled, giving up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, including two homers,  with a walk and four strikeouts as the Rainiers lost 8-7 in a 14-inning extravaganza. Jesus Sucre had three hits, including a homer (video)in the loss. The game took 4 hours and 33 minutes.

Here’s Mike Curto’s daily blog post. 

Class AA Jackson

The Generals opened the second half of the Southern League season with a 9-4 loss to the Mississippi Braves. Starter Tyler Olson worked four hitless innings, but the start fell apart in the fifth. Ketel Marte had three hits in the loss. Jamal Austin kept his 16 game hitting streak alive.

From the report: Austin currently has a 16-game hit steak, batting .393 (24×61) with 13 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 5 RBI and 5 stolen bases. Marte has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, batting .341 (28×82) with 14 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 12 RBI, 1 walk and 4 stolen base. I

Class A High Desert

The Mavs opened the second half of the Cal League season with a  7-5 loss. DJ Peterson and Gabriel Guerrero did hit back-to-back homers in the loss.

From the report: Peterson, who also had a double last night,  has hit 14 of his 16 home runs this season in his last 33 games (since 5/11). Peterson has hit safely 16 of his last 18 games, batting .421 (32×76) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, 7 home runs, 28 RBI, 8 walks and 2 stolen bases. Since May 8, he is batting .355 (54×152) with 32 runs scored, 16 doubles, 14 home runs, 50 RBI, 14 walks and 4 stolen bases. During this stretch he has raised his season batting average from .267 to .319.

Several people have asked when Peterson might get bumped to Jackson. I think his somewhat drastic home/road splits might be a minor concern (below). Also he’s committed 14 errors, still I expect him to be in Jackson by the end of the month.

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Class A Clinton

The LumberKings game was postponed by rain.

Short A Everett

The Aqua Sox lost their sixth game in a row, falling 2-1 to Tri-Cities. Phillips Castillo hit a homer for Everett’s only run. He also added two more hits.

Rookie League Pulaski

The Mariners picked up a dramatic win in their season opener. Yordi Calderon hit a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the 12th for an 8-7 win. Shortstop Nelson Ward went 4-for-5 with a grand slam, a double and 5 RBIs.

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