Washed Away

Jarrod Washburn can't get out of the third inning in another lopsided Mariner loss, but there's good news on the farm with a one-hit gem in Iowa and an offensive explosion in the desert.

For the second straight night in Detroit, the Mariners were staring up at a massive deficit before sunset. Last night, it was the Tigers' six-hit barrage to start the third inning that helped send Jarrod Washburn to the showers after allowing 12 hits and nine runs while recording only seven outs. Ryan Rowland-Smith and Cha Seung Baek put the fire out, but this game was long decided by that time.

And while the 9-4 loss was tough to swallow for all the M's, it was even worse for Baek, who was designated for assignment after the game. According to various reports I read, the M's would like to keep Baek and send him to AAA, but he must clear waivers for that to happen. For now, R.A. Dickey and his knuckler have been called up from Tacoma. Dickey can help fill the increasingly important role of "long man" in the bullpen, since the Mariner starters can't seem to get out of the third inning these days.

Erik Bedard has a personal catcher now, and his name is Burke.

J.J. Putz really likes the Red Wings and is looking forward to watching the Stanley Cup. Fortunately, being the closer, he shouldn't have to worry about pitching getting in the way of his viewing schedule.

"Catching and DH, both guys will have plenty of opportunities." These are the words of Bill Bavasi when asked about the future roles of Jeff Clement and Kenji Johjima. There's just so many things wrong with this situation, mostly the fact that the Mariners just gave $24 million to a guy who will get "opportunities" over the next three years. Most guys making that kind of money are at least given the "he's our guy" vote of confidence from the GM. I just wonder how Bavasi is going to deal with this when Clement's hitting .400 in July in AAA and Johjima is still floundering and the M's are 20 games out of first.

Around the Minors

We'll start today with a tremendous effort turned in by Wisconsin starter Edward Paredes. Paredes took a no-hitter into the eighth inning that was finally broken up with two outs on a solid single up the middle by Cedar Rapids catcher Anel De Los Santos. It was the best overall pitching effort by a Rattler this season. It was more impressive in that Paredes had no margin for error, as the game went scoreless into the ninth. The Rattlers finally broke through in the ninth, as Gavin Dickey's leadoff double turned into the only run of the game when Scott Robinson drove him home. Keith Meyer and Robert Harmon tag-teamed the ninth inning to preserve the shut out.

Jeff Clement hit yet another home run last night for Tacoma but the Rainiers lost 3-2 to Las Vegas. Yung Chi Chen's error with two out in a 1-1 game in the sixth inning extended the inning, and the next hitter, John Lindsey, homered off of Tacoma starter Chris Jakubauskas. Jakubauskas wound up allowing one earned run in 7 1/3 innings, striking out five. Timothy Hulett extended his hitting streak to nine games for the Rainiers.

Michael Saunders and Mike Wilson each hit solo home runs to help lead West Tenn to a 6-4 win over Chattanooga. Saunders has seven hits in the last three games and is now hitting .312 for the season. Doug Fister was solid but unspectacular in earning the win. The right-handed Fister has been virtually unhittable against lefties this year, holding them to a .151 average. Mumba Rivera allowed an unearned run in the ninth to pick up his seventh save.

With winds blowing at 35 MPH at game time, the elements played a big role in High Desert's 13-8 win over Inland Empire. The game marked the return of Carlos Triunfel from suspension, and he responded with a 3-for-4 effort. Gregory Halman continued his power binge with two more home runs, both of them three-run shots. Halman now has 13 homers for the season, which is the most of any player in the Mariner system. Matt Mangini and Carlos Peguero also homered on the blustery night in the desert. Kyle Parker weathered the situation and picked up his fifth victory. Parker has been the most consistent performer in a struggling rotation, giving up three runs or fewer in eight of his ten starts.

Tacoma: 23-22, 2nd in PCL Pacific North, 9.5 GB
West Tenn: 29-17, 2nd in SOU North, 1 GB
High Desert: 20-26, T-2nd in CAL South, 1 GB
Wisconsin: 20-22, 5th in MID Western, 11 GB

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