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August 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Mariners minor league report, August 17 — Stefen Romero homers twice for Tacoma

Here is today’s Mariners’ minor league round-up, which offers the team’s official minor league report from Kelly Munro that features, notes, stats and box scores. There are also game results on all of the organization’s minor league affiliates that were in action.

Organizational leaders ….

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Class AAA Tacoma

Stefen Romero hit two home runs and Ji-Man Choi and Nate Tenbrink also added round trippers to lead the Rainiers to an 8-7 win over Round Rock.  Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

  • Video of Romero’s second homer
  • From the report: OF Stefen Romero currently has a 9-game hitting streak, batting .487 (19×39) with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 15 RBI and 4 walks. Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma, Romero is batting .411 (23×56) with 13 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 18 RBI and 6 walks. 1B Justin Smoak has recorded a hit in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .378 (17×45) with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 4 RBI and 10 walks. C John Hicks has hit safely in 14 of 18 games since his promotion to Tacoma, batting .323 (21×65) with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 16 RBI, 4 walks and 1 stolen base. INF Ji-Man Choi has reached base safely in 28 of his last 29 games since July 13, including recording hits in 22 contests. Overall during this stretch he is batting .286 (30×105) with 21 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 13 RBI and 13 walks. 

Class AA Jackson

The Generals scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 6-5 to Birmingham. Patrick Kivlehan had a two-run double in the ninth. Tyler Smith, Dario Pizzano and Patrick Brady each drove in runs. Tyler Pike pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks and no strikeouts.

  • Video of a triple of Leon Landry
  • From the report: INF Patrick Kivlehan currently has an 8-game hit steak, batting .387 (12×31) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 8 RBI and 2 walks. He has also hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .365 (19×52) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, 6 walks and 3 stolen bases. Over his last 3 starts in August, LH Tyler Olson is 2-1 with a 0.47 ERA (1 ER, 19.1 IP). During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .200 (14×70) average, while walking 4 and striking out 16. LH Kyle Hunter has not allowed a run over his last 17.1 innings (10G/1GS). During this stretch, since July 16, Hunter has limited opponents to a .197 (12×61) average, while walking 4 and striking 9. 

Class A High Desert

The Mavs scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally came up short in a 11-9 loss to Inland Empire. Jabari Henry hit a three run in that inning. Gabby Guerrero had a big night, going 3-for-5 with a homer. Jack Reinheimer went 2-for-4 with a homer.

  • From the report:  OF Gabby Guerrero has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, batting .458 (11×24) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 1 walk. OF Jabari Henry has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games, batting .303 (10×33) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 1 walk. C Tyler Marlette is batting .474 (9×19) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI over his last 5 games. He has recorded 22 of his 49 RBI this season in his last 18 games (since 7/24), including 8 multi-RBI games. INF Zach Shank has reached base safely in his last 13 games, batting .309 (17×55) with 15 runs scored, 1 double, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 7 RBI, 2 HBP and 3 walks.  

Class A Clinton

Tyler O’Neill hit a grand slam in the first inning and the LumberKings had three pitchers combine for  the  4-0 shutout in place of Blake Holovach, who was scratched. Ricardo Pereira got the start and pitched four innings, giving up four hits while walking one and striking out three. He was relieved by Cruz Pereira, who pitched four innings, allowing two hits and struck out two.

  • From the report:  INF Tyler O’Neill is batting .321 (17×53) with 11 runs scored, 5 doubles, 6 home runs, 18 RBI and 5 walks in 14 games in August. INF Joe DeCarlo has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .349 (15×43) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, 5 RBI and 4 walks. LH Paul Fry is 2-1 with 1 save and a 0.96 ERA (2 ER, 18.2 IP) over his last 13 relief appearances.

Short A Everett

Kristian Brito hit a two-run homer to provide all of the  Aqua Sox’s offense in a two 5-2 loss. Luiz Gohara got the start and pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. But the Everett bullpen struggled with Logan Seifrit and Kody Kerski giving up three runs in the final three innings.

  • Here’s a nice feature by Nick Patterson on Nick Kiel and his return to home  to pitch for the Aqua Sox.
  • From the report: RH Daniel Altavilla is 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA (8 ER, 23.0 IP) in his last 4 starts, after going 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA (18 ER, 25.0 IP) in his first 7 career starts (6/17-7/19). LHP Ryan Yarbrough has allowed only 3 hits in 13.0 scoreless innings over his last 4 starts. Overall with Everett he is 0-1 with a 1.61 ERA (5 ER, 28.0 IP), while walking 2 and striking out 37 in 9 games/7 starts. 

Rookie League Pulaski

The Mariners lost 3-1 to Bristol. Arby Fields went 3-for-3 with a triple.

  • From the report: OF Arby Fields currently has a 9-game hit streak, batting .394 (13×33) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 6 walks and 4 stolen bases. INF Gianfranco Wawoe has hit safely in 7 of his last 11 games with 5 multi-hit efforts, batting .311 (14×45) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases. C Daniel Torres has reached base safely in his last 9 games, batting .310 (9×29) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 7 RBI and 7 walks. 

Rookie League Arizona

The Mariners got just three hits, but still prevailed 4-3. Lachlan Fontaine went 1-for-3 with a RBI.

  • From the report: RH Osmel Morales has not allowed a run in his last 16.1 innings, dating back to July 17 (4 G). Overall this season he is 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA (10 ER, 37.1 IP) in 8 games/6 starts. OF Hersin Martinez has hit safely in 4 of his last 5 games, batting .368 (7×19) with 2 runs scored, 1 double and 1 walk. INF Erick Mejia has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .348 (16×46) with 8 runs scored, 4 triples, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 4 walks and 6 stolen bases. After batting .167 (4×24) over his first 9 games with the Mariners, Mejia has hit safely in 15 of his last 19 games, batting .328 (22×67) with 13 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 triples, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 8 walks and 8 stolen bases.  

Official report …

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