Posted by Jason A. Churchill on June 25, 2006
Yes, the Seattle Mariners lack starting pitching depth throughout the organization and have very few impact bats in the system. But Saturday night was a different story on both accounts. The entire system won their matchups, from the big club all the way down to the short-season AquaSox.
While the Mariners were downing the Padres 9-5 behind Kenji Johjima and Raul Ibanez's power surges (two homers each) and J.J. Putz's Jekyl and Hyde act in the ninth, Tacoma was pounding Portland 12-2 behind right-hander Rich Dorman and a lineup that is looking awfully strong of late.
Dorman gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings… and fanned seven, but the story was the bats. The first five batters in the lineup had 10 hits and eight RBI to lead the way. Choo went 1-for-3 with two more walks and Adam Jones had two hits and a walk.
Chris Snelling went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI – he's on fire – and Bryan LaHair had two hits and two RBI of his own. Snelling is 15 for his last 36 during an 8-game hitting streak and has driven in 12 runs in that span. H e's up to .287 with 25 RBI since returning May 10.
Jones is also 15 for his last 36 during an 8-game hitting streak. The 20-year-old is hitting .341 in June.
Right-hander and 16th round draft pick Austin Bibens-Dirkx was summoned from Everett to throw the final two frames of the win and fanned five and threw 31 of his 50 pitches for strikes.
Jeff Clement started at DH and went 0-for-3 with a walk and is just 3-for-16 since being activated from the disabled list.
Left-hander Robert Rohrbaugh went six solid innings in his first start with Double-A San Antonio. The 22-year-old allowed two runs on eight hits (six singles) while striking out five against just one walk.
The Missions prevailed 8-2 to hand Rohrbaugh the win as Matt Tuiasosopo went 2-for-4 (.250 at SA) and Thomas Hubbard hit his first Double-A home run.
Notably, Jesus Guzman is playing a lot of second base with Tui playing third base exclusively of late.
Inland Empire kept up their end of the bargain with a 1-0 shutout of Modesto (Rockies) behind Chad Fillinger, who was sent to the Cal League to make the transition to the rotation and went six scoreless in his debut.
Fillinger allowed just three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out four.
The lone run scored when Andy Hargrove grounded into a double play, scoring catcher Brian Schweiger from third.
Yung-Chi Chen went 3-for-4 and is hitting .342 and recently-promoted outfielder Casey Craig had two hits and is now 3-for-8 in red and blue.
The Timber Rattlers beat Kane County 2-1 behind LHP Paul Fagan's first career 9-inning complete game. Fagan allowed an earned run on six hits and struck out four, but induced 14 ground ball outs and walked just one.
Wisconsin had no notable bats make contributions – get used to that.
Everett finished off the sweep (Peoria was winning 3-1 in the 7th when milb.com's coverage lost its feed) with a win over Yakima, 4-2.
RIght-hander Michael Schilling was good again, going six solid frames and allowing two runs. He fanned four and walked only one and is now 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA.
Lefty Jose Suriel went the final three for the save and did not allow a hit. Suriel struck out five. There wasn't a lot of offense to speak of, but I think Greg Halman and Kuo-hui Lo should switch spots in the batting order.
Carlos Peguero was 2-for-3 with two doubles for Peoria through seven innings and now has three extra-base hits in two games. Keep a close eye on him – the M's nearly started him in Everett and he's very projectable.
He's 6-5, 19 years old and bats lefty.
By the way, RHP Brandon Morrow may make his first pro start this week for Peoria, before being re-assigned to Inland Empire.