Southpaw Night in the Minors
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on April 12, 2006
All four Seattle Mariners affiliates are in action tonight and all four will send left-handed starters to the hill.
Wisconsin will send '05 fourth rounder Justin Thomas to the mound, looking to hang on to his perfect ERA after giving up just one unearned run in six innings last Friday.
Inland Empire sends Julio Santiago out for his second start of the year. On opening night, Santiago allowed four runs on seven hits in just 3 1/3 innings.
Down in San Antonio, Mr. Travis Blackley (1-0, 1.80) gets his second start of the year, and is on a more reasonable pitch count this time. He tossed 81 pitches in six frames last Thursday, but is slated to go as many as 100 in Texas tonight.
By the way, it's HOT in Texas right now. Game time temps of 85-90. Good for Blackley's shoulder. The M's made the right move there.
In Tacoma, Bobby Livingston (5ip, 5 H, 2ER, 2K) gets his second start. Last September, Livingston fanned 14 River Cats in the final start of the regular season against Sacramento, and then five days later beat them in the postseason.
They don't like him very much, partly because he told them after the reg. season game that he was going to do that again the following week. Partly because he struck out 20 in 13 innings against them in less than 100 hours.
More from the park when I get there.