Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 27

Mariners Minor League Game Action Recap for May 27

Blash Splash 13 leads run parade ... Liddi, Poythress as well ... and Tyler too! ... etc.

 

Holiday action featured a lot of guys crossing the plate on their way to the cookout.  Also a fair amount of news that we'll cover in a separate post.

 

AAA -- Tacoma 11, Reno 10  -- Box

Scheduled starter Hector Noesi was a surprise callup to Seattle, so the Rainiers put Jonathan Arias (Watch List) on the spot.  Arias has been pretty effective in relief (10.7 K/9) but the spot start, especially in a hitter's park like Reno, apparently wasn't his thing (2.2 IP, 5 ER).  He was followed by Forrest Snow (Watch List), who'd just gotten recalled from Jackson, and he wasn't much better (2.2 IP, 3 ER).

But the offense stayed with it, and ... well, you know, "Liddi" is Italian for Slugger!  Alessandro went 4-for-5, with a home run, a double and two singles.

It was the double that was the key to the big 9th-inning comback rally.  Entering down 10-6, the Rainiers led off the inning with a Mike Zunino (Talk40 #1) single, followed by a Franklin Gutierrez double.  After Brad Miller (Talk40 #6) walked, Liddi's double plated two (making it 10-9).  The final blow was delivered by Stefen Romero (Talk40 #11), whose double brought in the two winning runs.

Liddi's home run was his ninth, and he also had a stolen base.

 

AA -- Jackson 9, Montgomery 3  -- Box

Matching Liddi blow for blow (though they are no longer teammates) was Rich Poythress (26intheMix).  "The Mayor" was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two walks.  OK, no stolen base.  But Liddi didn't have any walks ... so they're even.

Vinnie Vindication Watch: 2-for-4 with a walk for Vinnie Catricala (Talk40 #10).  Since re-discovering his stroke on May 4: .366/.451/.507.  Prior to that: .183/.210/.226.

And speaking of hot streaks:  Carson Smith (Talk40 #13) in his last nine outings ... 10.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 BB, 13 K; .171 SLG-against.

 

High-A -- High Desert 7, Lake Elsinore 6 [11 innings] -- Box

This game started in a predictable way in the 1st inning:

Every 11 plate appearances!  Still going!  (By which we mean Jabari Blash (Watch List) ... it was Blash Splash 13!)

The game was knotted at five going into extras, and the Storm took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th before Blash reached on an error, which set up Ramon Morla for the walk-off two-run homer to end it.

Dominic Leone (Talk40 #25), like Smith, one of our out-on-a-limb favorites, had his seventh straight scoreless outing, during which time he has 10.0 IP, 3 BB, 11 K.

 

Low-A -- Quad Cities 11, Clinton 4 -- Box

Nothing went too well for the LumberKings, as the River Bandits scored early and often, paced by three hits and four RBI from 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick Carlos Correa.

Tyler Marlette (26intheMix) continued his strong offensive year with a home run, a double and a walk (he's now at .344/.400/.521), but he was about the only bright spot.

 

Looking Ahead

Dustin Ackley is slated to join the Rainiers in Colorado Springs, where Jeremy Bonderman is on tap to return to the mound.  Reportedly, his opt-out date is June 1, so it could be the last time.  Or not.  We'll see.