Game 18 + Minors Rewind: No Day at the Beach

Marlins_First_Pitch_at_Marlins_Park,_April_4,_2012_== Swept away in South Florida ==

This rewind will be short, since I’m breaking out the intriguing (Brandon Maurer) and the depressing (Tom Wilhelmsen) pitching trajectories into separate posts.

  • Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore here.

As we’ve noted, the season continues to be notable for the Mariners finding new and creative ways to lose.  This time, the key play was Justin Smoak‘s slight hesitation that was just enough to allow the tying run to score on a force at the plate overturned by a replay challenge.

This one wasn’t as unusual as the “Funky Cold Transfer” from the other day, but it was the kind of “bang-bang” play on which replay will matter.

Of course, it wouldn’t have mattered if the Mariners had produced some offense.  The produced only one “crooked number” inning in Miami — the 2nd inning on Friday, in which they scored two.

If there was an encouraging sign it was Robinson Cano finally getting his third double — his first since April 6.  Cano averages 40+ doubles per year, and has never had fewer than 34 in a season.  His ISO for Seattle is more than 100 points lower than his career average.

Robby, we need the doubles!

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Tacoma was in a pitchers’ duel in the opener of its double header, with Jordan Pries going 6.0 IP with just one hit and no runs in his AAA debut.  Pries is a guy that we were calling attention to at Low-A Clinton, but he was another one who got beat up by High Desert.  The club seems to have renewed interest, however, since he got fast-tracked to Tacoma (with all the injuries, of course).
  • Pries has now pitched 18.0 IP on the year, and has given up just four hits and just two runs.
  • The Rainiers got the win in the 9th when Ty Kelly and Jesus Sucre got back-to-back singles to kick off the inning and Leury Bonilla added a third for the walk-off.
  • The Morbanwagon is off and rolling, with Julio Morban getting four hits and a walk in his first three games of 2014.
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