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Archives: June 2013

June
28th

Mariners 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings) — Mike Zunino delivers some walk-off magic

Mike Zunino knew it the moment he made contact. As soon as he could put down the bat and start running to first, he raised his right hand into the air in celebration as his hard ground ball went up the middle and into the outfield.

Game over.

Zunino’s first walk-off hit in his month-long big league career gave the Mariners’ a 5-4 11-inning win over the Chicago Cubs, Friday night

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June
28th

Mariners line-ups, official game notes, updated stats, Wedge pregame video vs. the Cubs

Brad Miller and Dustin Ackley are both in the line-up tonight despite a lefty on the mound. Miller is starting at shortstop. He arrived at Safeco early excited and ready to go.

The official roster move was Miller called up, Carlos Triunfel being sent to Triple A Tacoma (he’ll be in the line-up tonight at Cheney Stadium) while third baseman Alex Liddi was designated for assignment.

Liddi was hitting .263 with 11 homers and 43 RBI for the Rainiers. He has tremendous power. But the 86 strikeouts in 240 at-bats were glaring. The Mariners

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June
28th

Mariners minor league report, June 28: Wrapping up Danny Hultzen’s return to the Rainiers

Danny Hultzen returned to the Tacoma Rainiers last night after missing more than two months with a rotator cuff strain. Hultzen was outstanding, pitching six innings, giving up two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in Tacoma’s 2-0 win. 

I charted his pitches from behind home plate, and here’s  few more numbers:

Hultzen threw 78 pitches, 52 were strikes. Of the 22 batters he faced, he threw first pitch strikes to 14.

Hultzen’s fastball was right around 89-91 mph. That’s down about to 1-3 mph, which is expected because of the lay-off. The pitch showed tremendous movement away

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June
27th

Brad Miller will join the Seattle Mariners on Friday

Brad Miller exited Tacoma Rainiers’ manager John Stearns’ office with a smile on his face. Of course, Miller has a smile on his face 90 percent of the time. But this one was different. This was the smile of a player that had just been told he’d achieved his life-long dream.

Following the Tacoma Rainiers’ 2-0 win, in which Miller hit a solo home run to extend his hitting streak to 22 games, he was notified by Stearns and a few other Mariners executives that he was being called

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June
27th

Danny Hultzen returns with six shutout innings

Danny Hultzen’s return to the Rainiers could hardly have gone better.

He went six innings, allowing no runs, two hits, with one walk and six strikeouts. Hultzen threw 78 pitches, 52 for strikes.

The Rainiers went on to win, 2-0, over the Las Vegas 51s.

“The big story of the game tonight was Danny Hultzen coming in here off of an injury and being able to come in here and throw six innings of two-hit baseball, one walk, six strikeouts,” Rainiers manager John Stearns said. “He really was calm, cool and collected on the mound. He had fastball command. His secondary pitches were down in the zone. If he pitches like that — if he keeps his ball down in the zone and throws like that — he’s going to have a really fine career in front of him.”

According to scouts in attendance, Hultzen threw 51 fastballs (36 strikes), 17 changeups (12 strikes) and 10 curves (four strikes). He threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 22 batters he faced.

“I’m happy with the way it went,” Hultzen said. “I’m happy to be out there again. (My changeup is) something I’ve been working on: not trying to be too perfect with it, and throwing it for a strike, and I think that’s helped that a lot. … Any movement with it is an extra bonus, but I’m just trying to throw it for a strike.”

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June
27th

Hultzen ready to return tonight

Danny Hultzen doesn’t mind the recent cold and gray weather of this supposed Puget Sound summer.

After spending the past few weeks in the 100-plus degree heat of Peoria, Ariz., the cool Northwest is a welcome change.

More important to Hultzen than the climate, a return to Tacoma means a return to pitching for the Rainiers.

After missing almost two months with a shoulder injury, the prized Mariners pitching prospect will start Thursday night at Cheney Stadium against the Las Vegas 51s.

“I’m glad to be back and competing for a team,” he said Tuesday before the Rainiers played played

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June
26th

Pirates 4, Mariners 2: Lack of offense wearing on Wedge

Eric Wedge is tired of talking about approach, swing mechanics, confidence and all of the things that go into hitting a baseball well. He’s dissected it over and over in his mind and in conversation since taking over as the manager of one of the most offensively challenged organization in baseball two seasons ago.

It’s been an unending topic for debate and analysis.

So after watching his team waste another solid outing by Felix Hernandez in a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, Wedge moved past the point of discussion.

“I’m tired of even talking about it,” he

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