Ibanez Slams Twins; Tui Slams 'Topes

Raul Ibanez led the charge in a 10-run inning on Monday, and Tacoma won a seventh consecutive game behind the grand slam of Matt Tuiasosopo and strong pitching of Ryan Rowland-Smith. Read on for Mariner news and notes as well as Monday's minor league roundup.


Seattle manager Jim Riggleman is a huge fan of reliever Brandon Morrow.

For a week or so now, the manager has been talking almost daily about the possibility of Morrow moving from his late-inning relief role into the Seattle starting rotation.

On Monday, Riggleman talked about it again, but only to say that nothing has been decided, and that nothing was imminent.

Riggleman hasn't wavered about Morrow's ability to do the job, but he said he might have been pushing the idea more than others in the organization. He said Monday that he and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre haven't talked about the potential move "in about 10 days."

"It might be soon, it might not be," Riggleman said. "I'm kind of curious; I'd like to see him do it. But I've been more aggressive about it than I should have been."

Morrow has been in short relief for two years and has never thrown anything close to the number of innings in a season for anyone to know how he would fare as a starter.

He wants to do it, and when the Mariners drafted him, they wanted him to do it. But he's been so good in short relief (a 1.47 ERA with a 1-2 record and 10 saves in 40 games) that the club may not want to mess with that level of success.

MARINERS 11, TWINS 6: Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam and added a two-run single in a 10-run seventh inning as the Mariner offense shook off four months of lethargy.

Ibanez, who had singled and scored Seattle's first run off LHP Glen Perkins in the sixth, came up with the bases loaded and one run out in the seventh and hit Perkins' second pitch into the right field seats.

Then, as the 14th hitter in the biggest inning of the season for Seattle, he again came up with the bases loaded. Batting against RHP Matt Guerrier this time, Ibanez singled past 2B Nick Punto to drive in the inning's final two runs.

The win went to RHP Roy Corcoran, who pitched one scoreless inning with the club down 6-1 in the top of the seventh.


--2B Jose Lopez has hit in 21 of his last 22 games, including three hits Monday against Minnesota. The third of his hits was a single that tied the game at 6-all after the Mariners had been down 6-0.

--LHP Erik Bedard, who was scheduled to throw again in the outfield as he tries to come back from left shoulder impingement, didn't. The Mariners to go with an every-other-day plan, meaning he will throw Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week, after which the club will assess what improvement he's been able to make. "We were going to go two days on, one day off," trainer Rick Griffin said. "But he's feeling good today, and we don't want to take any chances. He said he felt really great. That's very encouraging."

--LF Raul Ibanez's seventh-inning grand slam was his 62nd career home run in Safeco Field. That ties him with former 2B Bret Boone for the most Safeco homers in club history. It was his second grand slam this season and the seventh of his career. He added a bases-loaded single later in the inning. And his six RBIs in the inning is a new club record. Ken Griffey Jr. had five in an inning against Detroit on April 29, 1999.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki has always had a comfort zone of sorts against the Twins. And it continued Monday night. The Mariners' leadoff hitter singled twice and walked twice and now has hit safely in the last 18 games in which he's faced Minnesota pitching.

--LHP Jake Woods made his second relief appearance Monday after having been called up Saturday. He threw three shutout innings against the Twins Monday after having thrown one shutout inning against the Orioles Saturday.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- The number of multiple-hit games for Jeff Clement this year. He had one Sunday, his first since July 5.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He said he felt good. It's a great sign. Every day we'll add to it, build it up." -- Trainer Rick Griffin, on the return to throwing in the outfield of LHP Erik Bedard.


SS Yuniesky Betancourt (sore elbow) did not play July 31-Aug. 2 but returned on Aug. 3.

C Jeff Clement (cracked right thumbnail) left the July 22 game. He didn't play July 23-27, then was the DH on July 28 and didn't play July 29. He returned to the lineup on Aug. 2.

DH Jose Vidro (back and neck spasms) was held out of the July 29 game. He appeared as a pinch hitter July 30, but he didn't play July 31.

RHP Carlos Silva (lower back tightness) left the July 20 game. His scheduled July 26 start was pushed back, and he was hit hard July 29.

LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed the same impingement he has had. He started throwing again in early August.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had surgery April 22 and probably won't play again this season.

Major League notes compiled by Scout.com


Tacoma won its seventh consecutive game on Monday night, downing Albuquerque 12-6. Matt Tuiasosopo launched a fourth-inning grand slam that broke open a close game, his seventh long ball of the season. Wladimir Balentien followed with his 18th homer as the Rainiers built an 8-1 lead. Ryan Rowland-Smith held the Isotopes to two runs on six hits in six innings to pick up his second win in three minor league starts. Albuquerque pulled within 8-6 in the eighth, getting four runs off Mumba Rivera, but Tacoma answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to pull away. Jon Nelson was 2-for-4 with his first AAA home run. He's 5-for-11 in three games since joining the Rainiers. Rob Johnson also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Travis Chick struck out nine Biscuits on Monday night as the Diamond Jaxx picked up a 9-5 win in Montgomery. The Biscuits jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Jaxx got back into it with a big third inning. Jeffrey Dominguez doubled in two runs, and two more runs came around on wild pitches as West Tenn took a 4-3 lead. It was 6-5 in the eighth when the Jaxx got some insurance runs to put it away. RBI hits by Noah Hall, Marshall Hubbard, and Mike Wilson put the game out of reach. Chick gave up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, but left with the lead and improved to 4-5. Justin Thomas came out of the bullpen for the fifth time this season and pitched two scoreless innings to end the game.

High Desert and Wisconsin both had Monday off. The Mavs are heading to Lake Elsinore for a three-game set while the Rattlers are on their way Clinton for a four-game series. Both teams are in last place in their respective divisions, but the Mavs are just 4 ½ games out of first place. The Timber Rattlers are just 13-30 in the second half, but have won six of 10.

Everett got a much-needed win over Vancouver last night. The AquaSox are trying to climb out of last place in West Division of the Northwest League. Manelik Pimentel had the big blow in the 6-4 victory, doubling in two runs in a four-run fifth. Nolan Gallagher had his third quality outing in as many appearances since coming up from Arizona. He gave up two hits and an earned run in 4 2/3 innings. Gallagher has given up just two earned runs in 13 innings but hasn't qualified for a win.

Pulaski scored early and often, racking up eight runs in the first four innings in an easy 8-2 win over Danville. Fabian Williamson had a great outing: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 11/4 GB/FB. Kris Sanchez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo homer. Blake Trinkler also went deep for the M's.

Seattle Clubhouse Top Stories