Walk-offs Hurt, Help M's Farm Teams on Sunday

Tacoma lost an opportunity to close in on division-leading Salt Lake when they were stunned by a walk-off homer, but Everett's Tyson Gillies made the M's farm teams 1-1 in walk-offs on Sunday. Read on for Sunday's action in the minors as well as Mariner news and notes.


Three solo home runs were not enough to lift Tacoma to a win on Sunday, as they lost 4-3 to Sacramento. Jon Nelson, Victor Diaz, and Craig Wilson all went deep for the Rainiers, who only had two hits otherwise (both by Rob Johnson). For once, it was the Rainiers who blew a late lead. Diaz' homer in the ninth inning gave the Rainiers a 3-2 lead and put Randy Messenger in line for the win. Messenger threw two scoreless innings in relief of Scott Shoemaker, who allowed two runs in six innings. But Jared Wells gave up a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run to Brooks Conrad that gave the River Cats a second consecutive one-run win in the series. Tacoma stayed five games behind Salt Lake with 16 games remaining.

West Tenn split a doubleheader with Carolina on Sunday. In game one the Jaxx put up eight runs in the first two innings and sailed to a 12-5 win. Matt Mangini snapped out of an 0-for-23 slump with his first AA home run. Brent Johnson, Johan Limonta, and Mike Wilson all homered in the first inning (Limonta and Wilson were back-to-back). All nine offensive starters had at least one hit and one run scored. Luis Munoz picked up the win in his second start with the Jaxx, throwing five innings and allowing four runs.

In game two, the Mudcats rallied from a 4-2 deficit to get a 7-5 win. Matt Mangini and Mike Wilson each homered for the second time on the day. Marshall Hubbard was 3-for-4 with a triple. Brodie Downs kept the Jaxx in the game with five innings of five-hit, three-run ball. Justin Thomas and Shawn Kelley couldn't hold the lead, though, as they combined to allow four runs in the sixth inning. The Jaxx have 15 regular season games left before they begin their playoff run.

It's been a season of streaks for High Desert, and their current losing streak has reached eight with last night's 7-2 loss to Lancaster. The JetHawks jumped on Jacob Wild early, knocking the Mavs starter out after two innings. Wild gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. The Mavs had only three hits on the night.

Wisconsin had a similar offensive night, as they mustered only four hits in a 5-0 loss to Kane County. Three of those hits were doubles, but none of them added up to a run. Daniel Carroll picked up his 25th stolen base for the Rattlers. Edward Paredes and Jose Jimenez struggled, but Joseph Kantakevich was a bright spot for the Rattlers, allowing no runs on just one hit in four innings, striking out four.

Tyson Gillies' second home run of the season was a walk-off shot as Everett beat Eugene 7-5 on Sunday. The Emeralds had come all the way back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth but the Sox still had something left in the tank. Travis Howell's RBI single scored Wellington Dotel to tie the game, then Gillies followed with his towering shot to right field. Dotel hit two solo homers on the night, and Brandon Fromm also went deep for the Frogs. Robert Rohrbaugh made a rehab start for the Sox and looked solid: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Bobby LaFromboise took over and struck out four in two innings.

Pulaski had Sunday off. On Saturday night, the P-Mariners beat Greenville 8-4 behind big nights from the usual suspects. Kris Sanchez was 3-for-5 with a double, homer, and five RBI. Juan Fuentes went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Nick Czyz allowed one run in five innings to earn his sixth win. Czyz has some pretty solid ratios this year: 8.3 H/9, 8.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, and a nice 63% GB rate. The big lefty out of the University of Kansas has probably earned a spot in Wisconsin next season.

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The Seattle starting rotation continues to have turnover at a huge rate, and being out of the rotation at one moment doesn't mean the ousted pitcher won't be back in the next.

R.A. Dickey was taken out of the rotation last Wednesday, three days after he'd given up eight runs in a start against Tampa Bay.

Ryan Feierabend was called up to make Dickey's next start, which, thanks to off days, was Sunday. But before Feierabend could even make his first start, Carlos Silva went on the disabled list.

That meant the Mariners were down a starter, and Dickey was moved back into the rotation after just one relief appearance and Feierabend, in essence, took over for Silva, who isn't expected to pitch again until September because of elbow tendinitis.

"It's probably going to be Dickey," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He's been in and out of the rotation. It won't be a problem for him to go back in."

The Mariners are still planning on having Brandon Morrow pitch as a starter in Seattle before the end of the season. But as the Mariners put off a move to have him pitch in Tacoma as a starter until this month, he hasn't had sufficient time to get stretched out, so Morrow won't get the call just yet.

He pitched Saturday for the Rainiers and had his longest outing in his three Tacoma starts -- 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up three hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out five.

"He needs at least another couple of starts," Riggleman said of Morrow's 60-pitch outing.

TWINS 11, MARINERS 8: Down 8-0 after five innings, the Mariners put on a huge offensive burst, only to come up short in the end in a game that featured a major league record-tying four wild pitches in an inning by R.A. Dickey and five hits by Raul Ibanez.

Seattle had just four hits and no runs through five innings, but Ibanez's third hit was followed by Adrian Beltre's 20th homer and, one out later, back-to-back homers by Wladimir Balentien and Kenji Johjima that cut the deficit in half.

By the eighth inning the Mariners were down 10-6, but Seattle scored its last two runs and loaded the bases with two out for Beltre before Joe Nathan, the Twins' closer, took over and stuck Beltre out.

The Mariners went ahead and loaded the bases against Nathan in the ninth for Ichiro Suzuki, who had singled in his previous two at-bats. But this time he grounded out on the first pitch to end the game.

INSIDE EDGE: Although he has 37 steals for the season, Ichiro Suzuki has only three stolen bases since July 5 because pitchers are using slide steps and quick pitches to keep him from running at will.


--RHP R.A. Dickey had a hyperactive knuckleball Sunday in Minnesota, so much so that he tied the big league record with four wild pitches in the fifth inning. "I honestly don't know what to say," said Dickey, who is seldom at a loss for words. "Charlie Hough (one of Dickey's knuckleball gurus) told me a long time ago that pitching inside the Metrodome makes the knuckler react violently." The Dickey knuckleball is somewhat prone to wild pitches, but he only had seven in 95 2/3 innings coming into Sunday's game.

--LF Raul Ibanez had five hits, including a pair of doubles, Sunday, a performance that is one shy of his personal best of six hits. He's now hitting .538 (14-for-26) against the Twins this year. And his total of 38 doubles is one more than his previous career best set in 2002.

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt is the toughest player in the AL for a pitcher to walk. C Kenji Johjima ranks third on that list. But both men walked Sunday in the eighth inning against Twins' reliever Matt Guerrier. It was one of two walks for Johjima on the day, only the third time this year he's walked more than once in a game.

--OF/INF Mike Morse, out all season after suffering a separated left shoulder late in spring training, is on the Mariners' road trip, and for the first time this season is taking batting practice, throwing and going through a mostly normal baseball routine. He was supposed to be out for the year, but he'd like to get a chance to play in a few games before the season's over.

--3B Adrian Beltre, who is playing with assorted injuries including some hand and hamstring problems, got to serve as the DH on Sunday. Beltre will be back at third come Monday in Chicago. "You can't get him out of the lineup," manager Jim Riggleman said. "He plays when other guys might not." It was just the second appearance at DH for Beltre, who has played in 120 of the Mariners' 123 games.

--RHP Carlos Silva went on the disabled list Saturday with elbow tendinitis. The injury will require some rest, but Seattle hopes to have him back in the rotation in early September.

--CF Wladimir Balentien and C Kenji Johjima hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning Sunday, just the second time the Mariners have gone back-to-back this season. And, coupled with a two-run homer by 3B Adrian Beltre earlier in the inning, the Mariners had three homers in an inning for the first time since Aug. 27, 2004.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki was brought in from the outfield and made part of a five-man infield briefly in the ninth-inning Saturday with the Mariners in a tie game against the Twins. It was the first time Ichiro had ever been used in that manner. "I thought he was calling me in to pitch," said Ichiro, who lists it as one of his career goals to pitch in a big league game.

--LHP Ryan Feierabend was promoted from Class AAA Tacoma, where he was 7-1 with a 2.04 era with the Rainiers, to Seattle to join the Seattle rotation in place of RHP R.A. Dickey. Feierabend probably will be given the chance to pitch every fifth day the rest of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- The Mariners scored three runs Friday, all without the benefit of an RBI. It was only the second time in club history the team had scored three or more runs without the benefit of an RBI. Two runs scored on a Twins' throwing error and the other on a double play grounder.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's been five weeks' worth of games just like that." -- Manager Jim Riggleman, after Saturday's bottom-of-the-ninth loss to Minnesota.


RHP Carlos Silva (right elbow tendinitis) was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 17.

INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10.

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, but he might not be back with the Mariners before September.

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.

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