Perhaps the Mariners farm system isn’t completely devoid of power. West Tenn outfielder Carlos Peguero showed some pop last night, blasting three home runs for the Jaxx in a 10-3 win. Peguero was 4-for-5 with three home runs and 4 RBI. The monster game gave him nine on the season, tying him with Marlins super stud prospect Mike Stanton. Peguero is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak and has hit in 16 of 19 games.
Peguero is the second M’s minor league to go deep three times in a game. Clinton outfielder Kalian Sams also hit three HRs in a game earlier this season.
Obviously, Peguero doesn’t have quite the fanfare or the prospect rating as teammate and first-round pick Dustin Ackley, who’s hitting below .200 right now. But Jim Henry of AOL Fanhouse caught up with Ackley and talked with him about the transition.
For Class A High Desert, Bobby LaFromboise pitched seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win.
For Class A Clinton, three pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters in a win.
Elsewhere in the minor leagues, former Mariners pitching prospect Chris Tillman, who was traded to the Orioles as part of the Erik Bedard trade, tossed a no-hitter for Triple A Norfolk. Tillman struck out six and walked just one.
AAA Tacoma Rainiers (PCL)
Of Note: The Rainiers return to action today vs. Reno after going 3 days without playing a game. Tacoma had a scheduled day off yesterday and had their final 2 games vs. Salt Lake postponed due to rain on Monday and Tuesday. Josh Wilson has his safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .392 (20×51) with 5 runs scored, 8 doubles and 8 RBI. Josh Bard currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .278 (5×18) with 1 run scored, 1 home run and 6 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: RH David Pauley (0-2, 4.00) vs. Reno
AA West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
West Tennessee 10, at Mobile 3
- West Tennessee 10 runs, 12 hits, 1 error
- Mobile 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- RH Steven Hensley (W, 2-1) 5.0,4,1,1,1,8,HR
- RH Aaron Jensen 2.1,3,2,2,0,5
- RH Mumba Rivera 1.2,1,0,0,1,1
With the Bats:
- LF Carlos Peguero 4×5, 3 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI
- DH Joe Dunigan 3×4, R, HR, 3 RBI
- RF Leury Bonilla 1×4, 2 R, BB
- 1B Johan Limonta 1×4, R, BB
- CF Mike Wilson 1×4, R, RBI
- 3B Alex Liddi 1×4
- C Luis Oliveros 1×4, R
Of Note: Carlos Peguero hit 3 home runs and Joe Dunigan added a 3-run shot as the Diamond Jaxx beat the BayBears 10-3 on Wednesday. West Tenn has won 6 of their last 7 games to pull their record back to .500. Carlos Peguero’s 4×5 game was the Jaxx 1st 3-homer game of the year and 1st 4 hit game of the season. Peguero is now tied with Jacksonville’s Mike Stanton for the league lead with 9 homers. Peguero currently has an 8-game hit streak, batting .378 (14×37) with 8 runs scored, 1 double, 6 home runs and 10 RBI. This season he has hit safely in 16 of 19 games he has appeared, batting .378 (28×74) with 19 runs scored, 4 doubles, 9 home runs and 18 RBI. Mike Wilson went 1×4 yesterday, extending his hitting streak to 7 games. During the streak he is batting .480 (12×25) with 8 runs scored, 1 triple, 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Carlos Triunfel went 0x4 with 1 run scored yesterday, ending his hitting streak at 7 games. During the streak he hit .407 (11×27) with 4 runs scored, 2 home runs and 7 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: RH Dan Cortes (1-1,7.36) vs. Montgomery
A High Desert (California League)
High Desert 6, at Lancaster 0
- High Desert 6 runs, 11 hits, 1 error
- Lancaster 0 runs, 7 hits, 1 error
- BOX SCORE
- LH Bobby LaFromboise (W, 3-0) 7.0,4,0,0,2,6
- RH Ryan Moorer 2.0,3,0,0,0,0
With the Bats:
- LF Jake Shaffer 3×4, 2B
- 1B Rich Poythress 2×4, R, HR, 3 RBI
- 2B Kyle Seager 1×3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
- 3B Edilio Colina 1×5 R
- DH Scott Savastano 1×5, 2B
- RF Johermyn Chavez 1×4, 2B, RBI
- C Trevor Coleman 1×4, R
- SS Juan Diaz 1×4, R, RBI
Of Note: Bobby LaFromboise and Ryan Moorer combined to shutout Lancaster 6-0 on Wednesday night. LaFromboise turned in the best start by a Maverick this year, holding the JetHawks to 4 hits over 7.0 scoreless innings. He struck out 6 and walked 2, capturing his 3rd win in 4 starts to begin the season. After hitting .133 (2×15) through his first 4 game of the season, Edilio Colina is batting .364 (12×33) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles and 4 RBI over his last 8 games with an at-bat. During this stretch he has raised his average to .292. Nate Tenbrink, who had a day off yesterday, currently has a 9 game hit streak. During the streak he his batting .405 (15×37) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: RH Jake Wild (2-0, 4.66) vs. Rancho Cucamonga
A Clinton LumberKings (Midwest Lg.)
Clinton 12, at Cedar Rapids 2
- Clinton 12 runs, 14 hits, 1 error
- Cedar Rapids 2 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors
- BOX SCORE
- RH Taylor Stanton (W, 2-1) 6.0,5,1,0,1,4
- LH Jose Jimenez 2.0,1,1,1,0,0
- RH Daniel Cooper 1.0,1,0,0,0,0
With the Bats:
- CF Daniel Carroll 3×5, R, 3B, RBI, 2 SB
- RF/1B James Jones 2×5, 2 R, 2B, BB
- 3B Mario Martinez 2×5, RBI
- 2B Gabriel Noriega 2×3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
- DH Vinnie Catricala 1×3, 3 R, 2 BB
- LF Kalian Sams 1×4, 3 R, HR, BB
Of Note: A 1st-inning grand slam by Kalian Sams and a 3- RBI game by Mario Martinez gave RH Taylor Stanton plenty to work with as Clinton handed Cedar Rapids a 12-2 loss Wednesday night. It was the first grand slam in Sams career. He currently leads the Midwest League in home runs with eight, which is more than six MWL teams have in total. After hitting just .146 over his first 13 games, James Jones is batting .333 (9×27) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 6 RBI during his current 7-game hit streak. Daniel Carroll has recorded 3 consecutive multi-hit games, batting .583 (7×12) with 3 runs scored, 1 triple and 1 RBI. He’s 6-for-8 in stolen base attempts this season, 7thbest in the MWL. Vinnie Catricala currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .375 (6×16) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles and 3 RBI.
Today’s probable starter: LH Jimmy Gillheeney (1-1, 2.21) at Cedar Rapids