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04/18 Mariner's Minor League Report

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Tacoma had an early game against Sacramento and took it in extra innings. Jackson Lost when funky cold Medina couldn't get the job done. High Desert is dropped a close one late. Clinton got a great start out of Jordan Shipers, but the bullpen again let the game slip out of their hands late.

Tacoma: 6-8
Jackson: 9-5
High Desert: 8-5
Clinton: 3-10

System: 26-28

System Pitcher of the Day: I'm giving this award to all four starters tonight. Check this out:

NAME              IP   H  R  ER  BB  SO  HR
Forrest Snow      6.0  3  1   1   2   8   1
Brandon Maurer    6.0  4  1   1   1   2   0
James Gillheeney  5.1  5  3   1   1   7   1
Jordan Shipers    6.1  6  2   1   2   5   1

You know what is funny, and I don't mean ha-ha funny but more like strange-funny? All four starters received a no-decision for their efforts.

System Player of the Day: Julio Morban

Let's do dis!



Forrest Snow, finally, had a good outting for Tacoma. Today in early action Snow worked six strong innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits (HR), walked 2, and struckout a Paxton-like 8... EIGHT!!! Ok, Forrest did committ a balk so it wasn't all sunshine and lollipops.

Sean Henn took over in the seventh and put in three really good innings of high quality relief work. Henn gave up nothing on 2 hits, walked 1, and struckout 4. For his effort, Henn was awarded the W when the offense woke up late.

Josh Kinney pitched the 10th around a hit while striking out 1 to pick up his first save as a Mariner farmhand.

The Rainier offense collected just 7 hits and 2 walks to score their 2 runs. They were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position and stranded 6.

Three Rainier players stood tall today and carried the team. CF Trayvon Robinson in the leadoff spot went 1/4 with an very important ribbie.

RF Chih-Hsien Chiang in the six-hole went 3/4 with a double and a run scored.

Eight-holer 2B Luis Rodriguez went 2.3 with a double, a run scored, and a walk.



Today it was Brandon Maurer's turn to shine in the Jackson General rotation, and the kid did well. The big righty from Costa Mesa, California worked six strong innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struckout 2. Sadly, the offense was MIA during the early part of this game.

Carter Capps took over in the seventh and had a very odd inning for him. Working just one inning, Capps gave up nothing on 2 hits, walked 1, and struckout no one... Really? No strikeouts from Capps?

Yoervis Medina, the funky cold one himself, entered the game in the eighth and proceeded to shit all over himself. Medina recorded just one out while giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. That was good enough for him to have an "L" put on his permanent record.

Bobby LaFromboise relieved Medina in the eighth and two runners on base. LaFromboise allowed one of the two runners to score (bastard), but then went on to pitch the remaining inning and two-thirds of the game with no more damage.

The General offense collected all of 3 hits and 2 walks to score their 2 runs. They were 1 for 1 with runners in scoring position and stranded 3.

3B Francisco Martinez in the six-hole went 1/3 with a double, and a run scored.

LF Kalian Sams in the eight-hole went 1/3 with a triple and a run scored.



Ya gotta love James Gillheeney. After spending parts of the past two seasons at High Desert Gillheeney could easily have thrown his hands up in the air and said "**** this!" when he got his assignment back to the rectum of California, but he didn't (as far as his performance is showing). Gillheeney has now had three starts with the Mavericks and he has thrown just about as well as anyone in the California League. Gillheeney has worked 15.2 innings and has given up 5 runs, but just 2 earned. He has walked 3 and struckout 18. His ERA is a sparkling 1.15.

Tonight, Gillheeney worked five and a third innings giving up 3 runs (just 1 earned) on 5 hits (HR), walked 1, and struckout 7.

Austin Hudson relieved Gillheeney in the sixth with one out and the bases clear. Hudson pitched one inning in which he gave up 2 crucial runs on 2 hits while striking out 1 for the loss.

Jose Jimenez relieved Hudson in the seventh with one out and two runners on base. Jimenez failed to do his job and allowed both runners to score (bastard) and was lifted without recording an out.

Carson Smith entered the game with one out and two runners on base in the seventh. Smith allowed one of the runners to score (bastard!) and two of his own while getting the Mavericks out of the inning.

Taylor Stanton pitched the final frame without incident.

The Maverick offense collected 14 hits, 2 walks, and a Jack Marder plunking to score their 6 runs. They were a rather pathetic 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranded India.

For the first time this year someone besides Marder batted in the leadoff spot. SS Brad Miller did so and went 1/4 with a run scored, a ribbie, a walk, and a stolen base. Miller also committed his 10th error.

C Jack Marder in the two-hole went 3/4 with a double, a run scored, a ribbie, and 2 stolen bases.

DH Steven Proscia in the five-hole went 1/4 with a walk.

RF Julio Morban slipped on a 400lb gorilla suit and went 4/5 with a double and a homerun. Morban scored a run and drove in 2.

3B Mario Martinez in the seven-hole went 2/5 with a run scored.

1B Mickey Wiswall in the eight-hole went 2/4 with a homerun, scored 2 runs, and drove in 2.



"Buddy, can you spare some offense?

The Clinton LumberKings, as things stand right now, is a bad offensive team. Pitching wise they aren't that bad, but that offense is deplorable.

Jordan Shipers started for the 'Kings today and pitched a very nice game. Shipers worked six and a third innings givinig up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits (HR), walked 2, and struckout 5 for a no-decision.

John Taylor took relieved Shipers in the seventh with one out and the bases clear. Taylor worked two and two-thirds innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, walked 2, struckout 2, and plunked a River Bandit.

Wes Alsup, who celebrated his 48th birthday two days ago, took over in the bottom of the tenth with the score knotted up at 4. Alsup recorded two outs, but it was the FOUR outs he allowed in the inning killed him.

The LumberKing offense collected6 hits, 5 walks, and a Ramon Morla plunking to score their 4 runs. They were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and stranded 6.

CF Jamal Austin in the leadoff spot went 2/4 with a walk.

RF Jabari Blash in the four-hole went 2/5 with a homerun (1st of the year), scored 2 runs, and of course got the ribbie.

3B-SS Ramon Morla in the five-hole went 0/2 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and of course those sore ribs.

C-1B Michael Dowd in the seven-hole went 0/2 with 2 walks.


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Have to comment on Brad Miller at HD....

Fantastic offense so far this season.. top ten(ish) in just about every category.
R – 1
2B – 12
3B – 4
HR – T2
RBI – 1
BB – 3
OBP – 6
SLG – 3
AVE – 11
OPS – 3

This is exactly what we need in this org….guys that get on base, score runs and drive in runs!

Do I turn my head the other way when I see 10 E’s? Next closest in the league are two 3B with 6 each, then a SS with 4. He does have fantastic range and has made some highlight plays. Does he get charged an E because he gets a glove on some balls most SS would not and ends up just missing pulling it off?....Maybe. Eiither way, I’m giving him room on this one. Nice job so far Mr. Miller. Keep it up!
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