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Category: Minor League Report

Aug.
18th

Mariners minor league report, August 18, 2013: Peguero blasts a walk-off grand slam

Carlos Peguero gave the Rainiers a win in walk-off fashion as only he can – blasting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-3 win. 

Mike Curto has some game notes on his daily blog post.  Curto also had his weekly minor league notebook in our paper with notes on former Mariner Ryan Feierabend and Patrick Kivlehan.

Double A Jackson couldn’t complete a series sweep over Montgomery, falling 8-2.  Generals’ radio play-by-play man Chris Harris has a breakdown of a getaway

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Aug.
17th

Mariners minor league report, August 17, 2013: Rainiers play 14 innings of goodness

The Tacoma Rainiers had a little bonus baseball last night, picking up a 9-8 win in 14 innings. The game last 5 hours and 29 minutes. Thankfully I wasn’t there. Scott Savastano ended the marathon with a sac fly  in the bottom of the 14th.

Mike Curto wraps up the game with his blog. There are some fantastic notes in it … like this one:

  • We knew we were in for a long one when the ninth inning wrapped up, and it was tied, and it was 10:53 PM. It took 3 hours, 48

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Aug.
16th

Mariners minor league report, August 16, 2013: Rain slows Walker, Ard with a walk-off hit

The only thing that could slow down Taijuan Walker last night was the rain the Rainiers were forced to play through in a 5-3 loss to Round Rock. Before the conditions got sloppy, Walker was his usual dominant self.

Walker allowed just two hits and struck out eight (above) during the first five innings before conditions went to hell. here’s some more video of Walker striking out Engel Beltre, taken by Jason Cole of Baseball Prospectus

Walker has now thrown 130 innings on the season. He

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Aug.
1st

Mariners minor league report, August 1, 2013: Pryor struggles for Rainiers, Choi’s grand slam paces Generals

The Rainiers continue to struggle, getting shutout 8-0 by the Omaha Storm Chasers. Stephen Pryor gave up five runs on five hits with a walk and  a wild pitch and never recorded an out in his outing. Pryor is rehabbing a strained lat muscle that’s kept him out basically the entire season. Pryor hadn’t thrown in six days with the Rainiers because of what general manager Jack Zduriencik termed “general soreness.”

Mike Curto discussed the game and the problems with the Rainiers on his daily blog .

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July
30th

Taijuan Walker inning limit? Gutierrez, Stearns notes

In Double-A Jackson, Taijuan Walker had a scintillating 2.46 ERA in 84 innings.

Since joining Triple-A Tacoma last month, he’s been even better – a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings.

Walker, who will turn 21 on Aug. 13, makes his sixth start tonight against the visiting Omaha Storm Chasers. He’s 2-0 in five starts with the sterling ERA and 29 strikeouts.

But the bigger question is how much of the season does he have left? Walker’s five innings against Tucson his last start put him at 110 innings for the season dating back to his 25 starts with the Jackson

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July
26th

Mariners minor league report, June 26, 2013: Walker with his first so-so start in Triple A

Taijuan Walker had his first tough start of his time in Triple A. Of course, Walker’s tough start is still better than most, giving up five runs in five innings. But Rich Poythress made it all work in the end, blasting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th in a 6-5 win. 

Mike Curto has a further breakdown of the night on his blog. 

Double A Jackson racked up four triples in a 7-4 win over Chattanooga.

Class A High Desert rallied from a

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July
25th

Mariners minor league report, July 25, 2013: Maurer pitches well for the Rainiers

Quick reminder, Taijuan Walker is starting tonight at Cheney Stadium vs. the Tucson Padres. It’s also Tasty Thursday at Cheney Stadium.

Last night at Cheney, Brandon Maurer had one of his better outings, keeping his emotions in control on the mound and pitching at a very high level in the Rainiers’ 5-3 win. Maurer pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out eight.  Franklin Gutierrez doubled in the win (above) and Nate Tenbrink homered (below).

Here’s Mike Curto’s daily blog post 

Double A Jackson

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July
18th

Mariners minor league report, July 18, 2013: Victor Sanchez tosses a no-hitter for Clinton

You may not have heard of Victor Sanchez, but soon you will.  The 18-year-old right-hander is one of the most promising pitching prospects in the Mariners lower minor leagues.

Last night, he gave a glimpse as to why.  Tossing nine hitless innings for the Clinton LumberKings in a 1-0 win over Lansing with his mom watching in the stands.

Elsewhere, the first-place  Rainiers are getting ready to return to action. They will have Jesus Montero likely back with them and the possibility of having Franklin Gutierrez or Stephen Pryor on rehab stints.

Mike Curto examines the slightly peculiar pitching

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