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Pitching Dominant Again; Pettyjohn Returns

Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 8, 2006

The M's got another night of dominant pitching from their farm system, with the exception of Paul Fagan's struggle versus Peoria in the Midwest League.

Fagan, 20, allowed three earned runs on five hits and walked six batters in 4.2 innings of work. The southpaw struck out four but was not around long enough to be the beneficiary of the Timber Rattlers offensive surge that saved him from the loss.

LHP Cesar Jimenez went six shutout innings in his return to the starting rotation for Double-A San Antonio. The 21-year-old allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter, striking out two. The Venezuelan buddy of Felix Hernandez posted a 12-4 G/F ratio on the night, which is a rather large number for him.

The Missions bullpen lost the lead for Jimenez who received a no-decision. Nathanael Mateo allowed two earned runs on three hits in his only inning of work.

Adam Pettyjohn tossed a scoreless inning, giving up two hits and recording his first strikeout as a Mariners farmhand.

Robert Rohrbaugh made his 2006 debut for Inland Empire on Saturday night, and left with an 8-0 lead after 5.2 scorless innings. The Clemson product allowed four hits and a walk and fanned seven. Rohrbaugh is quickly turning into a steal from last year's draft – he was a 7th round pick and the 203rd overall selection.

Last June's fifth-round pick Stephen Kahn struck out the side to close out Inland Empire's 9-0 win. 

Righthander Edgar Guaramato closed out Wisconsin's 6-3 victory over Peoria with a scoreless ninth, racking up a strikeout without allowing a baserunner.

There wasn't much offense to speak of, especially since Tacoma was rained out (Double-header Sunday), but Matt Tuiasosopo did drive in a run on an RBI double. He also drew a walk and is hitting .286 for the year.

Yung -Chi Chen led off for the 66ers and went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He also swiped his first base of the year. Chen has the ability to play his way into a promotion to San Antonio with consistent performances.

Jeff Clement went 0-for-3 with a couple strikeouts versus Cirpus Christi, but he did draw another walk.

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 for Wisconsin and started in center field for the first time in his pro career. Saunders, 19, is currently hitting .400 but has yet to tally an extra-base hit.

Chao Kuan Wu started at catcher and had two hits and three RBI in his first action of the year. Many question his abilities behidn the plate but Wu has never been doubted with a bat in his hand.

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