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August 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Mariners minor league report, August 21 — Aqua Sox win on a walk-off homer

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.

 

Class AAA Tacoma

The Rainiers picked up starter Taijuan Walker, who had one rough inning, with six runs of support in a 6-4 win over Omaha at Cheney Stadium. Gabe Noriega went 4-for-4 with a double, John Hicks hit a two-run homer and Justin Smoak had two key hit in the win. Walker gave up a pair of homers in the fourth inning, one to old teammate Carlos Peguero and the other to Rainier Beach alum Matt Fields.

  • Video of John Hicks’ homer
  • From the report: OF Stefen Romero currently has a 13-game hitting streak, batting .482 (27×56) with 15 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 18 RBI, 5 walks and 1 stolen base. Since being optioned to AAA Tacoma on Aug. 1, Romero is batting .425 (31×73) with 17 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 21 RBI, 7 walks and 1 stolen base in 17 games. 1B Justin Smoak has recorded a hit in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .404 (21×52) with 11 runs scored, 7 doubles, 9 RBI and 12 walks. C John Hicks has hit safely in 17 of 21 games since his promotion to Tacoma, batting .325 (25×77) with 10 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 19 RBI, 5 walks and 1 stolen base. INF Ketel Marte has hit safely in each of his first 7 games with Tacoma, batting .355 (11×31) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 2 walks and 3 stolen bases. Dating back to July 30 with AA Jackson, Marte has hit safely in each of his last 16 games, batting .353 (24×68) with 11 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 2 walks and 3 stolen bases. 

Class AA Jackson

Jordy Lara hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as Jackson lost 6-4 to fall five games back in the playoff race. Tyler Marlette and Patrick Brady also homered for the Generals in the loss.

  • From the report: INF D.J. Peterson ranks 3rd among all minor league players wth 102 RBI combined between High Deset and Jackson. He also is T10th in the minor leagues with 28 home runs. Over his last 4 starts in August, LH Tyler Olson is 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA (3 ER, 24.2 IP). During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .223 (21×94) average, while walking 4 and striking out 20. After going 3-5 with a 4.56 ERA (36 ER, 71.0 IP) over his first 13 AA starts, Olson is 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA (11 ER, 41.0 IP) over his last 7 starts. LH Kyle Hunter has not allowed a run over his last 19.2 innings (11G/1GS). During this stretch, since July 16, Hunter has limited opponents to a .191 (13×68) average, while walking 5 and striking 11. RH Trevor Miller has not allowed an earned run in his last 201 innings over 8 relief appearances. During this stretch, since July 24, he has limited opponents to a .191 (13×68) average, while walking 4 and striking out 17. 

 

Class A High Desert

The Mavs scored both runs in the first three innings and nothing after in a 6-2 loss to Lancaster. Jabari Henry had two hits, including his 29th homer of the season. He leads all Mariners farmhands. Gabby Guerrero drove in the other run with a RBI single.

  • From the report: OF Gabby Guerrero has hit safely in 6 of his last 8 games with 4 multi-hit contests, batting .500 (14×28) with 7 runs scored, 1 double, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 4 walks. OF Jabari Henry has hit 4 home runs in his last 8 games and 15 in 47 games since July 1. His 29 home runs this season currently are the most among all Mariners farmhands and rank T7th among all minor league players. RH Andrew Kittredge is averaging 12.43 strikeouts per 9.0 innings over 37 relief appearances with High Desert (105 SO/76.0 IP). Ovearall this season he has struck out a career-high 110 batters in 83.0 innings combined between High Desert (105), Jackson (3) and Everett (2) in 42 appearances. 

 

Class A Clinton

Starter Jose Flores gave up five runs in two innings and the LumberKings lost 8-3. Justin Seager had two hits for Clinton.

  • From the report: Tyler O’Neill has hit safely in each of 6 of his last 7 games, batting .414 (12×29) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base. He is batting .324 (23×71) with 15 runs scored, 5 doubles, 7 home runs, 19 RBI, 5 walks and 1 stolen base in 18 games in August. INF Joe DeCarlo currently has a 10-game hit streak, batting .375 (15×40) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 6 RBI and 1 walk. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .373 (22×59) with 10 runs scored, 7 doubles, 9 RBI and 4 walks. LH Paul Fry is 3-1 with 1 save and a 0.81 ERA (2 ER, 22.1 IP) over his last 15 relief appearances. 

 

Short A Everett

James Alfonso hit a two-out, two-run walk-off homer to give the Aqua Sox a 3-1 win.   Starter Ryan Yarbrough pitched four shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six.

  • From the report: RH Daniel Altavilla is 5-0 with a 3.72 ERA (12 ER, 29.0 IP) in his last 5 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 5 hits in 17.0 scoreless innings over his last 5 starts. Overall with Everett he is 0-1 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER, 32.0 IP), while walking 2 and striking out 43 in 10 games/8 starts. 

 

Rookie League Pulaski

Off day!

  • From the report: OF Arby Fields has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .378 (14×37) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 6 walks and 5 stolen bases. RH Rohn Pierce has not allowed a run over his last 12.2 innings in relief (4 G). 

 

Rookie League Arizona

Starter Jose Santiago pitched six innings, giving up one run on two hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

  • From the report: INF Erick Mejia has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .362 (21×58) with 12 runs scored, 5 triples, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 5 walks and 9 stolen bases. After batting .167 (4×24) over his first 9 games with the Mariners, Mejia has hit safely in 18 of his last 22 games, batting .342 (27×79) with 17 runs scored, 2 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 11 RBI, 9 walks and 11 stolen bases. RH Ronald Dominguez is 3-1 with 1 save and a 0.50 ERA (2 ER, 36.1 IP) in 15 relief appearances. Overall he has limited opponents to a .165 (20×121) average, while walking 8 and striking out 34. RH Jose Santiago is 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA (2 ER, 23.1 IP) in 4 starts in August. Overall with the AZL Mariners, Santiago is 5-0 with a 2.93 ERA (13 ER, 40.0 IP) in 8 games/7 starts. 

 

Full report

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