Rainiers Fail To Gain Ground

After playing their way back into the division race, the Rainiers have now lost three straight games in Sacramento, leaving them still five games behind division-leading Salt Lake. Meanwhile, Joe Woerman is getting his act together in West Tenn and Wisconsin pulled out a win in an extra-inning thriller. Read on for Monday's minor league action and Mariner news and notes.

Tacoma failed yet again to gain ground of division-leading Salt Lake on Monday, falling to Sacramento for the third straight night, this time by a 7-1 score. The Rainiers had only five hits and committed three errors. Justin Thomas pitched well in relief: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. The Rainiers have one more game in Sacramento before starting a five-game series in Portland on Thursday night. Travis Chick is starting for Tacoma tonight.

West Tenn beat Mobile last night, 4-0, in a rain-shortened game. The game was stopped in the top of the seventh inning and eventually called. Joseph Woerman picked up the complete-game shutout, allowing only two hits. Since joining West Tenn, Woerman has been solid. He has allowed only five earned runs in 19 innings. More importantly, his control has returned. He has walked just four batters, compared with 69 in 88 AAA innings. The Jaxx offense last night consisted of four solo home runs from Adam Moore, Marshall Hubbard, Greg Halman, and even the light-hitting Erick Monzon.

High Desert lost again last night, 4-2 to Lancaster. The Mavs have lost nine games in a row. Justin Souza pitched well enough to win for HD, but the JetHawks got to Bryan Harris and Aaron Cotter late in the game. Souza gave up just one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six. James McOwen and James Davenport had two hits each for the Mavs, who had six hits overall. The Mavs get one more shot to end the losing streak on the road against the JetHawks before returning home to face Visalia on Wednesday.

Wisconsin blew a 7-3 lead to Kane County but rebounded to get the 8-7 win in 13 innings on Monday night in St. Charles, Illinois. The Rattlers scored the go-ahead run in the 13th on a squeeze bunt by Maximo Mendez that turned into a base hit. Daniel Carroll was 2-for-6 with a triple, an RBI, and three runs scored. Jeff Dunbar and Jose Escalona combined to throw 6 1/3 scoreless innings to keep the Rattlers in the game. Dunbar gave up just one hit over the last three innings to pick up the win. Juan Ramirez started, and had another so-so outing: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.

Doug Salinas allowed back-to-back homers in the first inning as Eugene jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and held off the AquaSox 7-4 on Monday night in Everett. Salinas was charged with all seven runs as he fell to 1-6 on the season. The Frogs got two hits from Brandon Fromm, Travis Howell, and Jharmidy De Jesus, but left 10 men on base.

Pulaski was hammered by Greenville last night by the football score of 14-7. Brooks Mohr had an uncharacteristically bad outing, allowing six earned runs in three innings. The game was still in doubt after seven innings with the Astros leading 8-7, but they got three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to put it out of reach. Dwight Britton was 2-for-3 with a triple, homer, two RBI, and two runs scored to lead the Pulaski offense. Kris Sanchez chipped in with two hits and a solo homer.

The following Mariners notes are provided by Scout.com and are not written by the publisher of this site.

INSIDE PITCH

The Mariners' pitchers are suddenly out of control.

In the wake of a four-wild pitch inning Sunday in Minnesota by right-hander R.A. Dickey, three different Seattle pitchers threw a wild pitch Monday against the White Sox in Chicago.

It's just part of the trouble the Mariners are having 13 games into a 15-game stretch against some of the best teams in the American League. The 13 games have come against Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Chicago, teams that have been either in first place alone, tied for first place or no more than one game out of first place.

Seattle won three of the first four games (two against the Twins and one against the Rays) but the Mariners have lost nine of 10 since then.

The Mariners are closing in on being the first team eliminated from a divisional race this season. With both the Mariners and Angels losing Monday, the magic number for Seattle's elimination from the American League West race is down to eight.

Any combination of Mariner losses and Angel wins totaling eight officially knocks Seattle out of the 2008 race.

WHITE SOX 13, MARINERS 5: Seattle jumped up on LHP Mark Buehrle, a pitcher who had beaten the Mariners five times in six decisions in U.S. Cellular Field Monday.

But that lead and a 4-3 lead in the fifth didn't last as LHP Jarrod Washburn and RHP Miguel Batista combined to allow six hits and six runs in the fifth inning. The game was never close after that.

Even so, the Mariners kept hitting, adding another 15 hits to their total. Seattle has reached double-figures in hits in seven of its last eight games and has the second-best team batting average in the major leagues in August.

NOTES, QUOTES

--LHP Jarrod Washburn started against Chicago, the third consecutive left-handed pitcher to start for Seattle following LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith and LHP Ryan Feierabend, both of whom started over the weekend in Minnesota. It's just the third time since 1999 that the Mariners have had three consecutive lefty starters.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki had an 18-game hitting streak snapped when he went hitless in 10 at-bats Wednesday in Anaheim and Friday in Minnesota. He's come back with three consecutive multiple-hit games, including three hits Monday in Chicago.

--2B Jose Lopez had an 0-for-18 slide end when he singled home the third run of the first inning in Chicago. Lopez's two-out hit gave him 32 two-out RBIs for the year, the most on the club.

--C Kenji Johjima was the designated hitter, making him the sixth different DH in the last six games for the Mariners, who have employed 14 different designated hitters this season, the most in baseball.

--RHP R.A. Dickey, who pitched in relief Sunday in Minnesota, will come back Wednesday and start the final game of the series against the White Sox.

--SS Yuniesky Betancourt homered in the sixth inning, his first homer since May 28. He'd gone 241 consecutive plate appearances without going deep before connecting off LHP Mark Buehrle.

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.

ROSTER REPORT

MEDICAL WATCH:

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.

Player Stats

HITTERS

Wladimir Balentien, RF
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .226 31 3 7 0 0 2 5 0
Season .209 148 16 31 5 0 6 15 0

Adrian Beltre, 3B
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .333 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
Last 7 Games .185 27 2 5 1 0 0 4 0
Season .249 461 58 115 21 0 19 60 8

Yuniesky Betancourt, SS
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .250 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0
Last 7 Games .393 28 4 11 2 0 0 2 0
Season .264 409 46 108 27 2 3 34 2

Willie Bloomquist, CF
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .333 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .263 19 3 5 0 0 0 1 0
Season .279 165 32 46 1 0 0 9 14

Jamie Burke, C
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .273 11 2 3 0 0 0 2 0
Season .270 74 9 20 3 0 1 5 0

Miguel Cairo, 1B
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .286 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
Season .246 134 22 33 6 1 0 13 4

Jeff Clement, C
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game 1.000 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
Last 7 Games .364 22 2 8 3 0 0 4 0
Season .215 163 15 35 6 1 5 17 0

Tug Hulett, 2B
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .167 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Season .167 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

Raul Ibanez, LF
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .300 30 6 9 4 1 1 3 0
Season .290 479 61 139 36 2 19 82 1

Kenji Johjima, C
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .278 18 3 5 3 0 0 1 0
Season .213 286 20 61 15 0 3 24 2

Bryan LaHair, 1B
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .667 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .333 24 3 8 2 0 0 1 0
Season .303 76 9 23 2 0 2 4 0

Jose Lopez, 2B
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .192 26 3 5 1 0 1 2 0
Season .302 486 60 147 31 1 10 65 4

Jeremy Reed, CF
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .400 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
Last 7 Games .300 30 4 9 4 0 0 3 1
Season .284 194 19 55 13 1 2 22 1

Ichiro Suzuki, CF
BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
Last Game .400 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
Last 7 Games .314 35 3 11 0 0 1 7 2
With ALS .333 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

PITCHERS

Miguel Batista, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 0.00 0 0 0 1 0.2 0 0 0 1 0
Last 7 Games 3.38 0 1 0 3 2.2 0 1 0 3 2
Season 6.70 4 12 1 31 96.2 120 72 16 66 61

Erik Bedard, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 1.80 1 0 0 1 5 5 1 1 3 6
Last 7 Games 1.32 2 0 0 3 13.2 10 2 1 6 10
Season 3.67 6 4 0 15 81 70 33 9 37 72

Roy Corcoran, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 0.00 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1
Last 7 Games 0.00 1 0 0 3 7 2 0 0 2 2
Season 3.60 3 0 0 33 50 45 20 0 21 31

R.A. Dickey, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 0.00 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 0
Last 7 Games 7.07 0 1 0 3 14 17 11 3 7 9
Season 4.80 3 7 0 22 95.2 105 51 12 43 54

Sean Green, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 27.00 0 0 0 1 0.1 0 1 0 1 0
Last 7 Games 11.57 0 0 0 3 2.1 2 3 0 3 1
Season 3.21 3 3 0 58 61.2 53 22 3 27 52

Felix Hernandez, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 5.14 0 0 0 1 7 8 4 1 3 8
Last 7 Games 3.15 0 1 0 3 20 20 7 1 8 19
Season 3.04 7 7 0 23 151 137 51 10 58 140

Cesar Jimenez, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 13.50 0 1 0 1 0.2 3 1 0 0 0
Last 7 Games 45.00 0 1 0 3 1 7 5 0 1 0
Season 4.19 0 2 0 20 19.1 19 9 2 7 15

Mark Lowe, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 40.50 0 0 0 1 0.2 3 3 1 1 1
Last 7 Games 23.63 0 0 0 3 2.2 10 7 1 1 1
Season 5.40 1 4 1 47 51.2 63 31 4 28 46

Brandon Morrow, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 0.00 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1
Last 7 Games 0.00 0 0 1 3 3 2 0 0 3 3
Season 1.47 1 2 10 40 36.2 18 6 5 15 47

J.J. Putz, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 9.00 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Last 7 Games 2.25 1 0 0 3 4 3 1 1 4 4
Season 4.26 5 4 7 31 31.2 36 15 2 23 36

Ryan Rowland-Smith, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 9.00 0 0 0 1 5 10 5 1 2 1
Last 7 Games 6.14 0 0 0 3 14.2 21 10 2 7 11
Season 4.11 2 1 2 39 65.2 67 30 6 29 48

Carlos Silva, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 24.30 0 1 0 1 3.1 9 9 1 1 0
Last 7 Games 9.56 0 2 0 3 16 26 17 3 5 5
Season 6.36 4 14 0 25 140 191 99 18 26 59

Jorge Sosa, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 36.00 0 0 0 1 1 4 4 0 2 1
Last 7 Games 15.43 0 0 0 3 2.1 4 4 0 3 1
Season 7.06 4 1 0 20 21.2 30 17 4 11 12

Jarrod Washburn, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 1.29 0 1 0 1 7 7 1 2 0 3
Last 7 Games 5.09 0 3 0 3 17.2 21 10 2 7 11
Season 4.58 5 12 1 24135.2 156 69 16 41 78

Jake Woods, P
ERA W L Sv G IP H ER HR BB K
Last Game 0.00 0 0 0 1 2.2 2 0 0 0 1
Last 7 Games 2.25 0 0 0 3 4 4 1 1 0 2
Season 0.90 0 0 0 6 10 9 1 1 5 6


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