Game 74 + Minors Rewind: Goin’ to Kansas City

640px-Kauffman_Stadium_on_July_20,_2009== Kuma is mortal, but bats bail him out ==

From the BrooksBaseball.net chart, it appears that Hisashi Iwakuma‘s famed splitter/shuuto wasn’t quite dipping and diving as much as usual.  He got five swing-and-miss pitches with it, but it wasn’t setting up the high fastball as usual — only one whiff on the heat.

The last two years he’s been getting about  18% whiffs on the shuuto, which has set up an 11% rate when he comes up the ladder with the straight fastball.

Friday it was only 6% on the fastball.

So no epic outing from Kuma — he only lasted 5.0 IP and gave up 5 ER.

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But!

Offense!

Healthy Logan Morrison: .217 BABIP disguising a .235 ISO in his nine games back.  A couple more singles and he’d be SLG .500.

Friday: 2 key hits, including a two-run homer and 9th-inning RBI; plus a strong defensive play at 1b.  Playing his way into a regular job?

Recovering Brad Miller: We’ve been saying for awhile he was recovering, and having a nice June — .293/.354/.500.

Friday: the clutch homer in the 9th off Greg Holland, one of the very best relievers in the game.

Learning-on-the-job Mike Zunino:  So far content to pummel lefties and settle for occasional power, but eventually the K-rate will come down and he’ll be an all-around hitter.

Friday: His 8th HR — second only to Kyle Seager’s 10.

  • Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
  • Nick Franklin got his 8th homer for Tacoma, but has been having a dismal June (.133/.250/.217). That’s not helping the old trade value.
  • Rehabbing Michael Saunders got three hits and a walk.  Will be nice to get him back in the Seattle lineup.  As for Justin Smoak?  0-for-3, and now 1-for-12 in the rehab games.  And LoMo is starting to Pipp him back with the Big Club.  Not lookin’ good.
  • Ty Kelly was pinch-hit-for after a hit and two walks, leading to all kinds of speculation that he could be ticketed for the MLB roster spot that Stefen Romero is parking in.  Would not surprise, although it will also take a 40-man roster move.
  • Jackson got four scoreless innings from Stephen Landazuri, one of our favorites.  He bombed his first time back from the DL, so it’s good to see.
  • And another one of our “sleeper” starters — Dylan Unsworth — laid waste on Modesto in the California League: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K.  Go Sharkie!  D.J. Peterson delivered his 21st double to go with his 16 homers.  The man needs a plane ticket to Tennessee.
  • Unsworth’s buddy Lars Huijer had a nice outing for Clinton (7.0 IP, 1 ER — a “complete game” in the 7-inning double-header game), and got big offensive boost from increasingly Megatron-ish Austin Wilson (who also just collected his degree from Stanford) — HR, single, walk.  Wilson: .302/.385/.538 in a pitching-friendly league.  The man needs a ticket to Adelanto, or maybe even direct to Jackson as well.
  • And, boy, yes I’d given up on Phillips Castillo, but he’s wanting to prove everyone wrong in 2014.  He hit his 2nd homer Friday for Everett, and is now at .308/.400/.692 through seven games.
  • Pulaski went to 2-0 with a homer from catcher Wayne Taylor, another Stanford guy.
  • And the Rookie Mariners launched their season in Arizona with a wild 10-8 win.  Catcher Johan Quevedo had three hits in his U.S. debut.

 

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