Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 23

Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 23

Bondermania fades fast ... Fernandez finally shows form ... etc.


As you know by now, Jesus Montero was sent down to join Tacoma, with Jesus Sucre (Watch List) getting the call to the majors.  We don't yet know the corresponding 40-man roster move to get Sucre on the MLB roster, but apparently it will NOT be the DFA of Aaron Harang or Robert Andino.  So it will be a minor-leaguer placed on waivers (or, perhaps, placed on the 60-day DL, although that hasn't been mentioned, and Danny Hultzen (Talk40 #4) is probably the only real possibility).

Montero will NOT be a regular catcher, and roster-filler catcher Brandon Bantz was brought up from Jackson to back up Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1) in place of Sucre.

And Jack Zduriencik says: "He's going to be playing a lot of first base."


AAA -- Nashville 11, Tacoma 2  -- Box

In other news ... the Jeremy Bonderman bandwagon came to a screeching halt in Tacoma Thursday night.  Local authorities indicate that injuries were minor, primarily due to carpal-tunnel issues from swift Internet commenting and slight whiplash from watching Sounds hitters round bases.  A spokesperson indicated that a Brian Sweeney bandwagon would be forming once the proper paperwork is filed.

Bonderman: 5.0 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Sweeney: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Nate Tenbrink (26intheMix) got his fifth home run, though at that point it was pretty much moot.

Franklin Gutierrez started at DH, but then was replaced by newly-reporting Montero.  Neither got a hit.


AA -- Jackson 3, Montgomery 1  -- Box

Finally!  The Anthony Fernandez (Talk40 #23) we were promoting all through 2012.  The guy who managed to stifle bats even in High Desert.  The first four starts of the year, after starting the season on the DL, that guy didn't show up. 

But ... Thursday: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  We'll see if he can keep it up.

Plus he got good bullpen help from the emerging Stephen Kohlscheen (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K) and the familar Carson Smith (Talk40 #13).  Smith has brought his ERA down to 3.14 while racking up 12.6 K/9.

Brad Miller (Talk40 #6) has been in a bit of a slump, but he busted out nicely Thursday with his sixth home run, plus a double and walk.


High-A -- San Jose 2, High Desert 1 -- Box

Once in awhile, there is no Cal League pinball, even in Adelanto.  That was good news for the "other" Miller: Trevor Miller (26intheMix), who's also been in a slump.  Trevor Thursday: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

But Miller's effort wasn't enough for the win, as he got no help from the usual crew.  Chris Taylor (Talk40 #28) and Ji-Man Choi (Talk40 #19) were both uncharacteristically hitless.  There was no Blash Splash from Jabari Blash (Watch List).


Low-A -- Clinton 6, Burlington 5 -- Box

Death by a thousand cuts for the Burlington Bees.  Clinton scratched out six runs on nine singles, two doubles, three walks and a pair of Bee errors.

The winning score came on a Gabriel Guerrero (Talk40 #16) single that plated Patrick Kivlehan (Talk40 #33), who had started the rally with a single of his own.  It was Kivlehan's third single of the night, while Gaby, Nephew of Vlad, had doubled earlier.

Grady Wood (26intheMix) got the win in relief after 2.2 IP, 0 R, 2 K.


Looking Ahead

James Paxton (Talk40 #3) will go for Tacoma, and two of the hottest arms of the year are also slated: Roenis Elias (26intheMix) for Jackson and Dylan "Sharkie" Unsworth (26intheMix) for Clinton.