Seattle Mariners Minor League Report - August 23rd
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TACOMA RAINIERS - The Rainiers just missed a perfect week when they suffered their only setback on Sunday August 22nd, a 13-6 loss to the Portland Beavers. Despite the loss, the Rainiers still own a 1/2 game lead over Portland for first place in the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League. AJ Zapp had a huge week at the plate batting .519 (14-27) with six runs scored, four home runs, and 16 RBI. Zapp's slugging percentage was an astonishing 1.074. As a team, they batted .311, fourth best in the PCL. Cha-Seung Baek shined in his lone start this past week. In six innings, he allowed just one earned run on three hits and three walks. He struck out seven in a 4-3 win over Fresno on Wednesday August 18th. SAN ANTONIO - The Missions finished the week 3-3, dropping the final game on Sunday August 22nd, 8-0 to the Tulsa Drillers. For the season, the Missions are still two games back of first place Round Rock in the West Division of the Texas League. John Lindsey paced the offense as he drilled three home runs and plated six RBI in six games. Hunter Brown also had a solid week at the plate, batting .318 (7-22) with four runs scored. Rich Dorman anchored the pitching staff recording a complete game in his only start this week. Against Wichita on August 17th, Dorman surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and a pair of walks. He struck out nine in the win. Chris Key was also dominating in his start against Tulsa on August 21st. In six innings he didn't allow an earned run and walked just one. WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS - Wisconsin finished a terrible week on the diamond with four straight losses. After the 1-5 week, the Timber Rattlers find themselves at 24-32 on the season and in the basement of the Western Division of the Midwest league. The main reason for their horrendous week was the offense or lack their of. The Timber Rattlers managed only seven RBI and didn't homer in six games. Michael Ciccotelli recorded the only win for the pitching staff in a relief appearance. INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS - The 66ers ended a dismal 2-5 week with four straight losses, including August 22nd's 5-0 loss to the Modesto A's. They now sit at 31-26 good for second in the South Division of the California League. Inland Empire is four games back of first place Lancaster. Carlos Arroyo led the offensive attack batting .323 (10-31) with a pair of doubles and a run scored. He led the team with six RBI and tied for the team lead with one round tripper. Jon Huber and Bobby Livingston were the only starters to record a win for the 66ers this week. EVERETT AQUASOX - The Aquasox pitching staff was dominant over the past seven days, leading Everett to a 5-1 record. Currently on a four game winning streak, the Aquasox are now 37-25 and own a 3 1/2 game lead over Vancouver in the West Division of the Northwest League. They lead the league with an impressive 1.26 ERA, and held opponents to a miniscule .188 batting average. Shawn Nottingham was dominant on the mound on Friday August 20th against the Salem Kaizer Volcanoes. In eight innings, he surrendered one earned run on four hits and one walk. Nottingham struck out 12 in the 6-1 win. Matthew Tuiasosopo led the team in RBI with five, while three players were tied with one home run apiece.