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Aug.
29th

Rainiers lose must-win in 13 against Salt Lake

The Tacoma Rainiers still have a chance of making the playoffs.

It’s just an exceptionally improbable one.

That’s because the Rainiers 8-6 loss in a 13-inning bout against Pacific Coast League northern division-leader Salt Lake on Wednesday puts Tacoma four games back of the Bees with five games left.

But this might as well have been the Rainiers season-finale, considering how inconceivable their postseason probability became.

It took five hours and seven minutes to end the 13-inning contest Wednesday (actually, Thursday by the time it was over). The teams combined to use 13 pitchers – the game-winning one, Bees reliever

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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.
12th

Want to replace Aaron Harang? Well here’s the candidates

Following another less than stellar outing on August 7 against the Toronto Blue Jays where Aaron Harang never made it out of the third inning and gave up seven runs on five hits with three walks, acting manager Robby Thompson was asked if the veteran right-hander would remain in the starting rotation.

Thompson replied: “I can’t answer that right now. As far as I’m concerned, he’s still in the rotation.”

Barring an unexpected change in the next few days, Harang will start for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It’s a source of

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Aug.
11th

Mariners minor league report, August 11, 2013: Taijuan Walker bounces back

After sub-par outing in his last start, Taijuan Walker bounced back with a much better outing, pitching six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in the Rainiers’ 7-6 win over Albuquerque. Walker did give up two homers in the launching pad that is Isotopes Park.

Tom Wilhelmsen had a solid relief effort, pitching two innings allowing one run on no hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Nate Tenbrink had four hits for the Rainiers.

Double A Jackson split a doubleheader with a Mississippi. Ji-Man Choi was named the Southern League

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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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