The Seattle Mariners‘ AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, lost to the Reno Aces (of the Arizona Diamondback’s organization) 7-5.
I know it’s not surprising, but Luis Jimenez just looks bad at first. He then fouled off a pitch off his ankle and had to be taken out of the game. Casper Wells played right field and slipped on a play in the first that helped give the Aces the lead. Wells did gun someone down at the plate to end the 4th. He also swung and missed on a curveball to strikeout in the first (he also had 2 of the team’s 6 walks). Guillermo Quiroz hit a ball off the wall for a double. Vinnie Catricala came up in the 4th with 2 on and 1 out and hit into a double play after falling behind 1-2 (it was his 11th double play he has hit into this year, leading the PCL. He also struck out twice)f. Trayvon Robinson made a fantastic play in the bottom of the 4th in center field. Mike Wilson looked really bad on a strikeout. Leury Bonilla took over for Luis Jimenez after he had to leave the game. He responded by hitting his first AAA homer. Carlos Peguero had a rough night, going 0-5 with 2 strikeouts. Carlos Triunfel also struck out 3 times.
Andrew Carraway really struggled, giving up 12 hits in 5 innings (7 runs, 4 earned). There were a lot of balls hit to the deeper parts of the outfield off Carraway. At least 3 of the balls were hit to the wall. This is the kind of regression I sort of expected with Carraway in the PCL considering the lack of real stuff/velocity he has (many people see him as a sleeper prospect, but I have not been a gigantic fan of what I have seen, despite the good results). He obviously had some bad luck and bad defense (Luis Rodriquez did make a nice play) behind him on Tuesday. He certainly is not this bad. He did break a bat in the 3rd and struck out two batters. Brian Sweeney and Stephen Pryor combined out of the bullpen to pitch 3 innings, give up 2 hits (both by Sweeney), no walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Franklin Gutierrez is in Arizona for extended spring training. He played a game as the DH on Tuesday and will play out in the field on Wednesday.
James Paxton did go on the DL with a not serious knee injury, Taylor Stanton has been promoted from High Desert. Stephen Kohlscheen will come up from Clinton to pitch for High Desert. Kohlscheen was drafted in the 45th round in 2010 by the Mariners, so obviously he isn’t a prospect and is more of minor league filler. At age 23, he was old for the league, and appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen. He was getting some strikeouts, over 10 per 9 innings, but he was also walking 4.32 per 9 innings. He was also suffering from a .391 BABIP. Taylor Stanton has throw 37 hard luck innings in High Desert (ERA of 6.08 but FIP of 3.44). He has a mediocre strikeout rate of 6.08 K/9IP but is walking less than 2 batters per 9 innings. Stanton has had extreme problems with lefties, who are batting .414/.444/.569 off of him. He also has the typical High Desert splits, with a 7.78 ERA at home and 4.93 ERA on the road. He has done a good job getting ground-balls, which make his High Desert stats a little more bizarre. Andrew Kittredge will take the open spot on Clinton’s roster from extended Spring Training. Kittredge was drafted in the 45th round in 2008 by the Mariners but didn’t sign. He later signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and appeared in 1 game for the Everett Aqua Sox last year.