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Archives: June 2011

June
30th

Mariners Minor League Report, June 30: Rainiers playing patchwork at catcher, Dennis Raben interview on KJR

Greetings from Cheney Stadium, where I’m covering the Rainiers, so we’ll have  an evening edition of the minor league report.

With the call-ups of Josh Bard and Jose Yepez, the Rainiers were without a catcher for today’s game. But they’ve called up a pair of catchers – Ralph Enriquez from Double A Jackson and Trevor Coleman from Class A High Desert.

Mike Curto goes into more depth on this blog post.

Later in the blog, it mentions that Denny Bautista has been released so he can pitch in Korea.

Michael Saunders is still away from the team because of

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June
30th

Dustin Ackley vs. left-handed pitching

 

With a little help from Mariners media guru and new dad Jeff Evans we have this list of all of Dustin Ackley’s at-bats versus left-handed pitching.

Obviously, the most impressive is yesterday’s homer against Jonny Venters.

Why?

Well coming into that at-bat, lefties were just 5-for-42 against Venters with no extra base hits. His mid 90s fastball has ridiculous movement. Now, he’s given up one. And lefties are still just hitting .133 against him with 19 strikeouts in 52 plate appearances this season.

Here’s Ackley talking about it.

But look at some of

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June
29th

Mariners after 81 games still lack offense

The midway point in any 162-game season is a time to look back and look ahead, to talk about the changes made and those to come.

The Seattle Mariners are in transition, moving slowly but steadily toward being a good team after being the American League’s worst in 2010. After being swept by Atlanta, the Mariners are 39-42, on pace to finish 78-84.

A year ago after 81 games, they were 38-43 At the and finished 61-101.

If they maintain their pace, the Mariners won’t have a regular bat .300 – unless rookie Dustin Ackley does it – or a

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June
29th

Mariners Minor League Report, June 29: Josh Lueke named to PCL all-star team

Obviously, the Rainiers had plenty of movement today, losing both catchers to the Mariners. They have an off day today. But I would expect to see perhaps Brandon Bantz from Double A Jackson called up and maybe a catcher from Class A Everett to come down for Thursday’s game.

The Rainiers were in Las Vegas last night and lost 11-4 as Blake Beavan got roughed up at hitter friendly Cashman Field. Former major league pitcher Adam Loewen, who is now a position player, got some big hits for the 51s. For the Rainiers, third baseman Kyle Seager had three

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June
29th

Gimenez & Bedard to DL in flurry of moves

Busy morning for a team that learned last  night that catcher Chris Gimenez and pitcher Erik Bedard  were hurt and Miguel Olivo needed an MRI – forcing the Seattle Mariners to make a couple of roster moves to play their game today.

Veteran Josh Bard, who missed the last three games in Tacoma  after losing the nail from a toe, was selected from the Rainiers and dropped into the Mariners starting lineup.  His backup in Tacoma, Jose Yepez, was also selected from the Tacoma roster.

Gimenez, who caught the last four innings last night iin severe pain, was placed on the

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June
29th

Braves 5, Mariners 4: “It was a weird game tonight.”

BOX SCORE

Perhaps Mariners manager Eric Wedge said it best as he wrapped up his postgame media session.

“It was a weird game tonight,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “A lot of things happened – some good, some bad. In the end, we had our opportunities. We had opportunities to score enough runs to win a ballgame and we didn’t do it.”

Weird?

Jack Cust getting a rare start and going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a homer.

Michael Pineda walking the bases loaded for the first time since he can ever remember.

A

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June
28th

Pregame notes & lineups: Jack Cust makes an appearance in the starting lineup

That’s not a typo in the headline. Jack Cust is starting at DH and batting eighth.  Mariners manager Eric Wedge explains the decision in the video above.

Cust was at his locker and talked with reporters about his role on the team and his lack of playing time.

“I understand the situation,” he said. “I feel I can help the team out. Obviously, I haven’t up to this point hit up to my potential. I’m a streaky guy. I haven’t gotten hot yet. I feel I can get hot and carry a team for a little

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