Day two of the minor league season is now in the books, and a good night it was for the Mariners. Tacoma overcame the craptastic efforts of it's starter and won late. Jackson mowed down Birmingham in a squeeker. High Desert again bludgeoned it's way to a win, and Clinton couldn't over come the craptastic effort of one member of it's bullpen for a loss.
System Pitcher of the Day = James Paxton
System Position Player of the Day = Carlos "Piggy" Peguero
TACOMA RAINERS 8, SALT LAKE BEES 7
I hope that that was the last that we will see of Jeff Marquez, but my hopes and reality aren't regularly in tune with each other. Marquez got lit up like a octogenarian's birthday cake right from the very beginning, putting the Rainiers in a 5-0 hole early. By the end of the fourth it was 7-2 and Marquez was gone. There's no need to enumerate his effort. None at all.
Charlie Furbush took over in the fifth and laid down the law eith three stellar innings of work. Chucky gave up nothing on 1 hit, walked no one, and struckout 5. For his effort the offense knuckled down and retook the lead late to hand him his first win on the year.
Shawn Kelley entered the game in the eighth with the R's hanging on to that 8-7 lead, and manned up. Kelley pitched the final two innings giving up nothing on nothing, walked 1, and struckout 2 enroute to picking up his first save of the year.
The Rainier offense started out S L O W yet again, but busted out the whooping sticks late. Collectively, the Rainiers collected 12 hits (6 for extras) and 4 walks to score their 8 runs. They were a robust 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 5.
I think that it is interesting that in baseball a player can look statistically lost in one game, and a world beater in the next. CF Trayvon Robinson in the leadoff spot fits that description. Last nights 0-fer turned into tonights 3/5 outting. Robinson scored 2 runs, hit a double, and drove in a run.
SS Carlos Triunfel in the two-hole collected his first hit of the year, a double, in his 1/4 night. Triunfel also scored a run.
3B Vinnie Catricala in the three-hole ent 1/4 with a double, a run scored, a ribbie, and 3 k's
RF Carlos Peguero in the four-hole was a force to be reckoned with tonight as he beat mightily on his chest and bellowed at a level that rivaled what we used to hear in the kingdome. Sporting that uber-cool 400 lb gorilla suit, Piggy went 3/3 at the plate with a double and a homerun. Piggy also scored a run, drove in 3, and walked. I think that it is interesting to note right now that Carlos Peguero has not stuckout yet in 2012. The watch is on!
DH Adam Moore had a good night at the plate going 1/2 with a ribbie, a walk, and a sac fly.
LF Mike Wilson in the seven-hole went 1/4 with a run scored.
C Guillermo Quiroz in the eight-hole went 1/3 with a run scored and a walk.
2B Luis Rodriguez in the nine-hole went 1/4 with a double, a run scored, and a ribbie.
JACKSON GENERALS 2, BIRMINGHAM GELDINGS 1
Everybody and their brother wants to know how the trifecta of Hultzen, Paxton, and Walker will perform this year, and it has been theorized that they will motivate each other. Hultzen and Walker should be HIGHLY motivated right now.
James Paxton started for the Generals and recorded the five of the first six outs of the game via strikeouts (swinging, swinging, looking, looking, and swinging). Paxton went five and two-thirds innings giving up nothing on 2 hits, walked no one, and struckout 10... TEN!
Steven Hensley, in a role that he stays in for, like, ever, relieved Paxton with two outs in the sixth with no one on base. Hensley got the Generals out of the inning and went on to throw an inning and two-thirds giving up 1 run on 1 hit, walked 1, and struckout 3.
Carter Capps made his AA debut in the eighth inning and was every bit the stud that we thought he was. Capps gave up nothing on 1 hit, walked no one, and struckout 2. For his work Capps picked up his first professional save. I think that it is just the first of many to come.
For those of you who are counting, that tally was 17 strikeouts for the General pitchers!
The General's offense was there, but it just doesn't look like it... again. As a team they collected 8 hits and 1 walk to score their 2 runs. They were 1/2 with runners in scoring position and stranded 3.
Leadoff hitter LF Danny Carroll... never mind.
SS Nick Franklin in the two-hole went 2/4 with a ribbie.
Three-holer 3B Francisco Martinez went 1/2 with a run scored and a walk.
1B Rich Poythress in the four-hole went 2/3 with a double and a ribbie.
2B Leury Bonilla in the nine-hole went 1/3 with a run scored.
HIGH DESERT MAVERICKS 9, LANCASTER JETHAWKS 5
Chris Sorce got the start for the Mavericks and actually pitched well. Sorce went six innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3, and struckout 3.
Carson Smith made his professional debut taking over for Sorce in the seventh, and it didn't go well for him. Smith ended up going an inning and two-thirds giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 3, and struckout 3. Now that is a Nuke Laloosh line.
Wee Willy Kesler relieved Smith with one out and a runner on base. Kesler got the Mav's out of the situation and went on to close out the game in fine style going an inning and a third while giving up nothing on nothing, walked no one, and struckout 2. For his work, the offense rallied late and handed Wee Willy the win.
The Maverick offense again reached double digits in hits collecting 13 , walked 4 times, and used plunkings of John Hicks and Stefen Romero to plate their 9 runs. They were 6 for 20 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.
Starting at the top of the order...
Leadoff hitter C Jack Marder went 1/4 iwth a double, a run scored, a ribbie, a walk, a K, and his 2nd stolen base on the year.
Two-holer SS Brad Miller went 1/5 with another triple, scored a run, knocked in 2 runs, and picked up a golden sombrero.
2B Stefen Romero in the three-hole went 3/4 with a double, and 3 runs scored.
DH John Hicks in the four-hole went a perfect 3/3 with 2 doubles, a runs scored, 3 ribbies, and a walk.
RF James Jones in the five-hole went 1/4 with 2 ribbies, a walk, and 2 k's.
1B Steven Proscia in the six-hole went 1/5 with a ribbie and a K.
LF Mike McGee in the seven-hole went 1/5 with a double and a run scored.
Eight-holer 3B Mario Martinez went 1/3 with a run scored and a ribbie. In the nine-hole, CF Julio Morban went 1/4 with a run scored.
CLINTON LUMBERKINGS 4, BURLINGTON BEES 6
Ambioris Hidalgo got the start for the LumberKings and pitched well. Hidalgo went five innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits (HR), walked 1, struckout 3, and committed a balk.
Joshua Corrales took over in the sixth and did not pitch well at all. Ya, I'm talking steaming pile here. Corrales went an inning and two-thirds giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 1, and also committed a balk for a blown save.
John Taylor relieved Corrales in the seventh with two outs. Taylor pitched the final two and a third innings giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits, walked 3, struckout 1, and plunked a bee for the loss.
The LumberKing offense was not quite as MIA as they were last night, but it was bloody close. The Kings collected 9 hits and 3 walks to score their 4 runs. They were 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 8.
CF Jamal Austin in the leadoff spot went 2/5 with 2 ribbies.
LF Guillermo Pimentel in the two-hole went 1/4 with a run scored, a walk, and 2 k's.
2B Daniel Paolini in the four-hole went 2/4 wtih a double and a ribbie.
C Steven Baron in the seven-hole went 2/4 with a double and a run scored.
Eight-holer RF Mario Yepez went 1/3 with 2 runs scored, a walk, and a K.
SS Anthony Phillips in the nine-hole went 1/4 with a double.
Piss on the fire and call in the dogs. I'm outta here!