Triunfel Improving; Lo Heading For Beijing

Carlos Triunfel is finally getting locked in, and Kuo Hui Lo is taking his hot bat to Beijing. Read on for the details as well as news about Ryan Feierabend's rehab start and a rain-shortened no-hitter involving the Pulaski Mariners.

After plodding through a dismal June that saw his batting average dip into the low .230s, Carlos Triunfel is finally getting his act together. Triunfel was 0-for-4 last night, but drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. In his five previous games, Carlos was a staggering 14-for-23 with four doubles and a home run. In 22 July games, he's hitting .356/.398/.522. Triunfel didn't even hit his first professional home run until June, but has followed with three more long balls in July --- including a grand slam. His season OPS is still lagging below .700, but it seems like he's finally turning a corner. The first three months of his year were interrupted by nagging injuries and a team-imposed suspension. Still just 18, if the M's decide to promote Carlos to AA next season he will almost surely be the youngest player in the Southern League (nobody under 20 has appeared in the SL this year).

Speaking of the Mavericks, they came back from a 10-5 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning last night and beat Inland Empire 11-10. James McOwen hit a one-out grand slam that brought the Mavs within 10-9, then Kuo Hui Lo doubled home Gavin Dickey to tie it (and advanced to third on an error). Triunfel followed with the game-winning sac fly. Despite generally poor results this season, the Mavs have been involved in some dramatic games, and no lead really is safe playing in the thin air and unpredictable conditions in the desert.

In further Mavs news, Kuo Hui Lo will soon be leaving the team to play for Taiwan in the Olympics. Last night was his last home game of the season. Unfortunately for the Mavs, Lo has been a monster as of late and his bat will be missed. He has three homers in his last six games and is eight for his last 15 at the plate. Since June 1st, Lo has an OPS of well over .900. This after a horrid start that saw him batting .222 at the end of May with just two homers and an OPS of around .600. Lo joins Tacoma's Michael Saunders in Beijing. Saunders will be playing for the Canadian team.

Victor Diaz went deep twice last night in Tacoma's 9-1 win in Nashville. Diaz has 17 homers in 68 games with the Rainiers since joining the team in May. Victor certainly would be on the list of potential call-ups should the Mariners be active before the trading deadline. He has some big-league experience under his belt, and his power is unquestioned.

Ryan Feierabend finally made it back to AAA last night after a two-month absence, and he picked up where he left off. Feierabend threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks. He's walked just 10 batters in 52 innings with the Rainiers this season, and his ERA stands at 1.90. Ryan has yet to turn 23, and should be a member of the Mariner staff next season as the team rebuilds. Honestly, a staff that includes Felix Hernandez, Brandon Morrow, and Feierabend next season could be one of the more exciting young trios in all of baseball. Ryan was rushed to the majors last season and was disastrous with the Mariners, but he clearly has the talent to succeed.

Brett Lorin looks to build on his hot start tonight as he starts for the Timber Rattlers at West Michigan. Lorin had a 2.82 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings with Everett before getting the call to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago. Brett has allowed just one run in 11 innings in his first two starts with the Rattlers. Lorin was the fifth-round pick of the Mariners in the 2008 draft out of Long Beach State.

The Pulaski Mariners were on the wrong end of an odd no-hitter on Tuesday night in Danville. The M's were held without a hit through 6 1/3 innings, and rain forced the game to eventually be called with the Braves leading 1-0. Danville pitcher David Francis was stunning, striking out 16 batters in six innings. It was a strange night of futility at the plate for the M's, who are hitting .276 as a team.


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