Seattle Mariners Minor League Report - August 2nd
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TACOMA RAINIERS - It was a good week for the Pacific Coast League's Northern Division leaders, as the Rainiers won six of seven games, sandwiching a pair of three-game win streaks around a loss to Colorado Springs on July 29th. Still, the team holds just a half-game lead over second-place Portland, which it will face nine straight times from August 21-29. A total of eight players hit .300 or better for Tacoma last week, led by Greg Dobbs and his 9-for-24 (.375) effort. Greg Jacobs hit .316 and belted three home runs. He matched Ryan Christianson's six-RBI effort, while Jeremy Reed scored a club-best seven runs and tallied a team-high 11 hits en route to a solid .367 average for the week. Jamal Strong has four hits in his last six at-bats, but played in just two games last week. Starting pitcher Gustavo Martinez earned victories in both of his starts for the week, allowing five runs in a combined 12 innings. SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS - The Missions are clinging to a three-game lead in the Texas League's West Division standings, as second-place Midland has won seven of its last 10 games to get back into contention. If San Antonio is to maintain its place among the league's elite it will need to get continued stellar play from guys like Hunter Brown and John Lindsey. Brown hit a robust .400 last week, collecting eight hits in 20 at-bats with a pair a home runs and seven RBI (both team-highs). Lindsey was solid in going 7-for-19 (.368). A couple of players really struggling at the moment are Jaime Bubela (2-for-17) and Eriberto Menchaca (1-for-12). The San Antonio bullpen did a fine job last week, as Rich Dorman and Aaron Taylor both appeared in two games and tossed a combined four innings of shutout ball. Fellow relievers Tim Rall and Emiliano Fruto each allowed just one run in a combined 5 2/3 innings of work. INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS - Wins in each of their last two games put an end to the 66ers' recent topsy-turvy performance in which they alternated wins and loss in their first five games of the week. The squad is 20-17 here in the second half of the season, and is just 2 1/2 games back of first-place Lancaster in the California League's South Division standings. Few players in the league have been hotter of late than Josh Ellison, who has 12 hits in his last 21 at- bats, including three doubles. Erick Monzon has been swinging a hot bat as well, going 8-for-15 with a team-high four home runs and six RBI for the week. Starting pitcher T.A. Fulmer was solid in his last start, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work, while Melvin Pizzaro permitted no earned runs over a combined three innings spread out over two outings. WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS - The Timber Rattlers went 4-2 for the week, but still find themselves in the Midwest League's Western Division basement. They trail first-place Kane County by nine games, but are just three games behind second-place teams Clinton and Quad Cities. Adam Jones has been on fire in the last week for Wisconsin, hitting .409 with a pair of home runs and nine RBI. Chris Colton also had a productive week, going 7-for-22 with three RBI. Jason Mackintosh picked up Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors for the period ending August 1st after going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA last week. Mackintosh, who is 4-4 with a 3.17 ERA this season, led the league in innings pitched (16) and strikeouts (13), allowing 14 hits and holding his two opponents to just a .240 batting average. EVERETT AQUASOX - Despite suffering losses in six of their last 10 games, the AquaSox still hold a three-game lead over second-place squads Salem Keizer and Vancouver in the Northwest League's West Division standings. Everett went just 2-5 in the last week, but got solid offensive showings from Casey Craig (8- for-23, two home runs, nine RBI), Brent Johnson (10-for-31, one home run, four RBI), Mike Wilson (three homers, eight RBI) and Brian Schweiger (5-for-7). As for the Everett pitching staff, Shawn Nottingham continues to impress as he was the only starter to earn a victory last week by allowing just one earned run in seven innings of a 9-3 triumph over Tri-City on July 28th. Nottingham is now 5-1 with a sparkling 1.63 ERA this season, ranking second in the league behind Vancouver's Mike McGirr (5-0, 0.66 ERA).