Huge Weekend On The Farm

The weekend was full of stars in the Mariners organizations, as the M's top four farm clubs went 12-2. Tacoma and High Desert got rare road sweeps while Wisconsin took four of five from the best team in the Midwest League. Who were the impact players over the weekend? Read on to find out.

THREE UP

1. Mike Wilson, RF, West Tenn

Wilson had a huge weekend for the Diamond Jaxx, going 7-for-13 in three games with two homers and nine RBI. Wilson raised his average to .269 over the weekend and he has gone deep 14 times this year. Mike will turn 25 in two weeks, and he's finally beginning to grow into his potential. He's becoming more patient at the plate, as he's drawn 22 walks so far this year. Wilson is in his eighth season in the Mariner organization. He was the team's second-round pick in the 2001 draft.

2. Michael Pineda, P, Wisconsin

The 19-year-old Dominican returned to the starting rotation on Saturday and dominated division-leading Clinton. Pineda gave up only one hit --- a first-inning single --- in seven innings of work, his longest outing of the year. He struck out six and walked none. His ERA now stands at 1.27 for the year. Michael has shown great control over the last two seasons (he spent 2007 with the DSL Mariners), walking just 25 batters in 108+ innings of work, while striking out 88.

3. Rob Johnson, C, Tacoma

The "other" catcher in Tacoma had a big game on Sunday in the Rainier's 11-3 thrashing of Sacramento. Johnson had to avoid striking out in the game to prevent Sacramento fans from getting free sushi as part of a promotion. Not only did Johnson not strike out, he hit two homers and a double and had five RBI on the day. This came a day after he went 2-for-4 playing left field. Johnson is 9-for-18 during his current five-game hitting streak. He's in his third full season with Tacoma, and fifth season in the M's organization overall.

Other notable weekend performances:

Matt Tuiasosopo was 6-for-13 over the weekend with two homers, eight RBI, and six runs scored for Tacoma. He is 14-for-32 (.438) during his current eight-game hitting streak.

Maximo Mendez went 5-for-11 in a doubleheader on Saturday for Wisconsin, with a three-run homer and four RBI overall.

Wisconsin's Alex Liddi was 5-for-5 in Saturday's second game, scoring three runs in a 10-0 Rattler victory.

Donnie Hume gave up no earned runs in six innings on Sunday move to 6-2 on the season for the Timber Rattlers.

Jacob Wild was sharp in his second start of the season on Saturday for Wisconsin, allowing just a single run in seven innings.

Ronald Garth was 9-for-17 in the five-game megaseries with Clinton that started Friday and ended on Sunday. He hit his first two home runs of the year during the series and drove in nine runs. He's 13-for-26 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Rich Dorman struck out eight batters over six innings, allowing just one run in the process, as he moved to 7-2 on the season in West Tenn's 12-4 win over Chattanooga on Friday night.

James McOwen was 6-for-10 with three RBI in High Desert's three-game sweep of Lake Elsinore. McOwen is hitting .361 in his last 10 games and has a hit in six consecutive games.

THE LOWDOWN

Tacoma swept a three-game series in Sacramento, a difficult task considering the River Cats are on top of the PCL's Pacific South division. The Rainiers scored four runs in the final two innings to win the first game 7-6. On Saturday, Sacramento built an early 5-1 lead but the Rainiers rallied for four runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth to get a 7-5 win. Sunday's game was never in doubt, as Tacoma scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the second en route to an 11-3 blowout victory.

West Tenn took two out of three from Chattanooga over the weekend to finish the first half of the season in a tie with Huntsville. The two teams will play on Tuesday to determine the first-half champion. On Friday, the Jaxx got out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a 12-4, rain-shortened win (eight innings). The Jaxx rolled again on Saturday, scoring four times in the first inning and cruising to an 8-2 victory. On Sunday, the Lookouts got out to a 5-0 lead before a Jaxx rally cut the lead to 5-4 after seven innings. However, West Tenn could get no closer.

High Desert earned its first three-game road sweep of the season at Lake Elsinore. Carlos Triunfel singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Friday and the Mavs held on for a 5-4 win. Keith Renaud threw five strong innings and Travis Scott and Carlos Peguero homered to give the Mavs a 4-2 victory on Saturday. High Desert sealed the sweep on Sunday with a six-run sixth inning that turned a 6-4 deficit into a 10-6 lead. The Mavs added one more run in the ninth to make it 11-6.

Wisconsin played five games in three days at Clinton to make up for 5 games that were snowed and rained out early in the year. And it was an unexpected great weekend for the Rattlers. Limping in after being swept in four games by Burlington, Wisconsin took four of five from the first-half champions. The Rattlers swept the doubleheader on Friday by scores of 7-5 and 5-3. They played two more on Saturday, with Clinton taking game one in 10 innings 2-1. The Rattlers bounced back big with a 10-0 win in the nightcap, with Michael Pineda and company holding Clinton to two hits. Wisconsin won the final game on Sunday, 6-3. The Rattlers are now off for three days for the Midwest League all-star break.


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