Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 21

Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 21

LaFromboise and Romero rescue Rainiers ... Choi and Blash have a bash in losing effort ... etc.


Only two games, so more time to ponder the future of Jeremy Bonderman.


AAA -- Tacoma 8, Nashville 7  -- Box

Hector Noesi had his immediate prior start in Yankee Stadium, and it was much better than this one.  His line: 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.  He didn't walk anyone!  But four home runs.  One in the 1st; one in the 2nd; and two in the 4th.

All of which negated a five-run 2nd inning put up by the Rainiers, keyed by doubles from Carlos Peguero (Watch List) and from the alphabetically extreme pair of Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1) and Abraham Almonte (26intheMix).

But single-run rallies in the 7th, 8th and 9th pulled it out for Tacoma.  In the 7th and 9th, wild pitches contributed, and, in the 8th, pinch runner Nate Tenbrink (26intheMix) took the extra base on a single and came home on a squeeze bunt by Almonte.  The game-winning hit in the 9th was delivered by Stefen Romero (Talk40 #11).

Bobby LaFromboise (Talk40 #34) got the win after entering with the bases loaded and one out in the 9th and getting a strikeout and force-out ground ball to end the threat.



High-A -- Bakersfield 12, High Desert 10 -- Box

Cal League pinball-baseball at its finest.  No fun for pitchers, including sleeper-favorite Matt Brazis (26intheMix) (1.1 IP, 3 ER).

But the hitters can have more fun than Dikembe Mutombo in a Geico commercial, and our man Ji-Man Choi (Talk40 #19) is always at the forefront: 3-for-5, home run (6th), 2 doubles (20th and 21st [!]).

And for Jabari Blash (Watch List), sometimes he just swats balls like Mutombo.  He got Blash Splash! No. 10 -- all in just 28 games.  His SLG is up to .699.  Is he for real?  Well, he's teased us with hot streaks before, only to collapse under the weight of inconsistency and a high strikeout rate.  But maybe he's figured it all out.  It's possible, and it will be fun to find out.


Looking Ahead

Jackson is off.  Yes, that's two days in a row, and it's scheduled that way. Tacoma has Andrew Carraway (Watch List) slated.  Clinton will send Matt Anderson, who got our attention with his last start, to the mound.