Daily Minor League Report - July 22

InsidethePark.com's exclusive Daily Minor League Report - the complete source for all the stellar performances from around the Mariners' minor league system and some other information worth mentioning.

Ok, so he's not the second coming of Pedro Martinez, just yet.

Felix Hernandez suffered his first professional loss to Eugene 8-7 on Monday.

After giving up only two runs in his first 22 innings, Hernandez (5-1) surrendered six earned runs in four innings – his shortest outing since joining the starting rotation.

The AquaSox gave Hernandez leads in the first, third and fourth innings only to have the leads last less than half an inning.

The wildness, which reared its head in his last start, returned as Hernandez walked three batters, hit another batter and threw three wild pitches.

Rough starts aside, Hernandez still has a 2.77 ERA and an 11.4 K/IP ratio – acceptable numbers for a 17-year-old with less than five professional starts.

After Hernandez gave up five runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Frogs almost pulled ou the come back.

They scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but the Emeralds denied the tying run by throwing out Samuel Bradford at home plate to end the inning.

Bradford cut the lead to one with a two-run single scoring Nick Orlandos and Jeremy Dutton.

Orlandos reached base in all five plate appearances on three hits and two walks. He also scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base.

Shortstop Oswaldo Navarro also had three hits and two runs scored for the AquaSox.

Tacoma (AAA) 5, Omaha 1: Mariner and Rainier enthusiasts alike have warmed up to the phrase "crafty left-hander."

While the Mariners enjoy the services of 2003 All-Star Jamie Moyer, Australian lefty Craig Anderson has stepped up to lead the Rainiers' rotation as he did against the Royals.

Anderson (7-10) pitched seven innings, six without giving up a run, giving up only six hits and a walk.

J.J. Putz finished the game for his fourth save.

First baseman Andy Barkett opened up the scoring in the fourth inning with his career-high 11th home run.

Shortstop Ruben Castillo provided some breathing room in the seventh with a two-run double following an intentional walk.

Frisco 1, San Antonio (AA) 0: Right-hander Clint Nageotte made one mistake against the RoughRiders; unfortunately, on this night he made one mistake too many.

The Missions salvaged only three hits off of Frisco starter Jose Dominguez.

The 20-year-old Dominican has owned the Missions year with a 2-0 record, 1.35 ERA and 24 strikeouts in three starts against the defending Texas League champions.

The Missions aren't alone, as Dominguez hasn't picked up a loss in any of his eight starts at the double-A level.

Frisco's bullpen didn't treat the Missions any kinder, holding them hitless over the final two innings to preserve the victory and a split of the four-game series.

The Missions took the season series 12-4.

Nageotte (10-3) out-distanced his starting opponent with an eight-inning shut out, but the home run he served to Frisco's Todd Mensik proved to be the difference.

Nageotte lowered the league's third-best ERA to 2.64 in the loss.

Peoria 3, Wisconsin (A) 0: The Timber Rattlers battled unusual rain delays, but came away with the usual outcome against Peoria at home this season.

The Chiefs stayed undefeated in five games on Wisconsin's turf as they moved to two game behind Beloit and Clinton for the lead in the Midwest League Western Division.

The Timber Rattlers only five hits came off of starter Tyler Adamczyk, as the Peoria bullpen gave up only two walks over four innings.

T.A. Fulmer (6-6) again received no offensive support as he gave up six hits and two earned runs while striking out four.

Catcher Rene Rivera reached first base four times on two singles, a walk and a hit by pitch.

On deck:
Tacoma (43-60; -11.5): RH Brian Sweeney (7-9 W-L, 4.46 ERA) at Omaha
Notes: While not embarrassing himself on the mound, Sweeney has lost his last four decisions going into tonight's game.

Sweeney has given up more than three earned runs in only one start since June 14 – the day of his last victory.

San Antonio (21-11, second-half; +6.0): LH Travis Blackley (12-3, 2.05) vs. Round Rock
Notes: Blackley continues to lead the Texas League in ERA and wins.

However, teammate Bobby Madritsch has passed him for the league lead in walks with 54.

Madritsch, Blackley and Nageotte are 1-2-3 in walks. In reverse, they also hold the two, three and four slots in strikeouts.

Inland Empire (19-11, second-half; +1.5): RH Elvis Perez (2-1, 3.78) at Visalia
Notes: The California League awarded Perez Pitcher of the Week honors for his victory over Stockton last week. Perez held a perfect game over the Ports into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh.

Perez picked up his second win since moving up from Everett.

He'll face a tough match-up tonight against Jeff Francis, who the Colorado Rockies selected in the first round of last year's draft.

Francis didn't just flirt with a no-hitter; he nailed it down against Modesto on July 6. In his last 39 innings, he has given up only three runs.

Wisconsin (12-18, second-half; -7.5): LH Cesar Jimenez (7-6, 2.47) vs. Peoria
Notes: The Mariners promoted infielder Luis Cordova from Everett to Wisconsin to help ease the loss of leadoff hitter/utility player Corey Harrington to injury.

Harrington batted .271 with 45 runs scored and 17 stolen bases, while switching between the outfield, second base and third base, before going on the DL earlier this month.

Cordova batted .208 in 53 at-bats with the AquaSox.

Everett (16-17, -2.0): LH Victor Ramirez (2-4, 6.99) at Eugene
Notes: Nick Orlandos has benefited the most from the injury to outfielder Josh Ellison.

Orlandos moved from the infield to leftfield on July 13, and he has astounded with his bat since.

The 23-year-old Californian has batted .364 with a 926 on-base + slugging percentage since the move.

His performance caused Manager Pedro Grifol to move him into the third spot in the lineup for the last two games with even better results.

Orlandos has had consecutive three-hit games, with at least one run scored, one RBI and a stolen base in each game.

James is a Central Washington University student interning for InsidethePark.com this summer. He welcomes your feedback, hints, tips or other observations (including any ideas on a better name than "Daily Minor League Report." Original, huh?) at jamesinsidethepark@yahoo.com.

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