A few tidbits to catch you up on Mariners Baseball before team takes on the A’s in the rubber-match of the three-game weekend series at Safeco Field (1:10 pm)…
- The Mariners entered yesterday 1-32 when trailing after 6 innings and 3-42 when tied or trailing after 7 innings, but pulled off the biggest comeback win of the season. Raul Ibañez hit a game-tying 3-run HR in the 7th inning and Nick Franklin plated the go-ahead runs with a 2-run single in the 8th inning.
- It was a good night down on the farm, with several players turning in impressive performances:
- LHP Danny Hultzen started for the Peoria Mariners (Arizona League tonight)…he allowed 3 hits, 1 run and struck out 8 in 5.0 innings.
- LHP James Paxton struck out a season-high 11 batters in 6.0 innings tonight vs. Fresno (98 pitches/67 strikes).
- SS Brad Miller has extended his hitting streak to 18 games tonight for AAA Tacoma.
- 3B DJ Peterson hit his first professional HR in G#1 of Everett’s doubleheader vs. Hillsboro…the 3-run HR in the 6th inning proved to be the game-winner for Everett (3-1 win). You can here the audio call of the home run by Everett AquaSox radio announcer Pat Dillon.
- Tomorrow is the Mariners 28th Annual Mariners Care Golf Tournament to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Several current and former Mariners players are scheduled to play attend the event, including tournament co-chairs Raul Ibañez and Justin Smoak. Since 1986 the tournament has raised approximately $4.87 million for cystic fibrosis research.
- We stumbled upon www.minorleaguecentral.com, which provided some interesting figures about the youth on the Mariners current roster (and in the farm system). The Mariners active roster features 6 players under age 25 (Zunino – 22, Franklin – 22, Capps – 22, Triunfel – 23, Beavan – 24, Medina – 24). Seattle has 4 of the 15 youngest players currently on AL rosters. Additionally, Taijuan Walker (20) is the youngest player in the PCL (2nd-youngest in AAA) and Julio Morban is the 5th-youngest in the Southern League. LHP Luiz Gohara (Pulaski) is one of a handful of 16-year-olds playing minor league baseball stateside.
- Poster Boy: All kids 14 and under will receive this sweet Michael Saunders poster today.
- Mariners All-Access: This week on Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS Jen Mueller gets ready to Turn Back the Clock. On Saturday, June 29, when the Chicago Cubs come to Safeco Field, the Mariners and Cubs will turn back the clock to 1909. Michael Morse and Justin Smoak got their hands on some bats and gloves from the early 1900s, and former Mariners greats Julio Cruz and Ruppert Jones also weigh in on how equipment has changed since their playing days. Brad Adam goes one-on-one with Kuma to find out about his life before coming to the U.S. and how he found baseball. There’s also a recap of Saturday’s United Way of King County All-Star Softball Classic that raised over $1 million to help homeless youth. This week’s Mariners All-Access debuts today at noon. The program airs again on Monday, 6:30am and 6:30pm, Tuesday at 6pm, Wednesday at 6:30pm, Thursday at 10pm and Friday at 6pm.
Quote of the Day:
“He likes to be up in those situations. I just like the way he plays so aggressively. He does it offensively, he does it defensively and he does it on the base paths. I just think you are a better baseball player when you play with no fear. And that’s what we’ve seen with him.”
– Eric Wedge talking about Nick Franklin
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A few quick updates before tonight’s Mariners-A’s game at Safeco Field…
Guti Returns - Franklin Gutierrez was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to the game, and will bat 6th in the lineup and play center field. Gutierrez has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a right hamstring strain. In 22 games while on rehab assignment with the Rainiers, Gutierrez hit .232 (22×95) with 17 runs scored, 6 doubles, 3 home runs and 17 RBI. Prior ot going on the DL, Gutierrez hit .259 (14×54) with 4 home runs (3 leadoff HR) and 10 RBI in 16 games. Prior to taking batting practice, Guti caught up with the Seattle media and expressed how much better he is feeling and is looking forward to getting back on the field with his teammates.
To make room on the roster for Guti, Michael Morse was placed on the 15-day disabled list (right quad strain) and Eric Thames was designated for assignment.
Bandidos – Members of the Seattle RBI Bandidos were guests of the Mariners and watched batting practice from behind home plate. The Bandidos will play in the RBI Regional Tournament in Anaheim, CA July 12-14. Good luck guys!
Seager³ – Yesterday marked the first time that all three boys in the Seager family (Kyle, Justin, Corey) played in the same day in professional baseball. Kyle (for the Mariners) went 1-for-3 with a walk vs. the A’s, Corey went 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI for Great Lakes (Low-A, Dodgers farm system) and Justin made his pro debut with the Everett AquaSox going 2-for-4.
World Record Holder – Ariana Kukors, the current world record holder in the 200 IM, will throw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. Kukors is a native of Auburn, WA and 2007 graduate of Auburn Mountianview High School. She placed 5th in the 2012 London Olympics in the 200 IM.
Run Fast (and Far) – The 5th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon took place this morning, and a few friends of the Mariners participated. Mariners Marketing Manager Camden Finney finished 13.1 miles in 2:03 and 710 ESPN Seattle producer Jessamyn McIntyre set a personal PR finishing the marathon in 3:58.14. Way to go ladies!
A few quick updates before the Mariners open an 8-game, 10-day, 3-team homestand tonight vs. the Oakland Athletics…
- The Mariners had two draft picks, 2nd-rounder Austin Wilson and 13th-rounder Lachlan Fontaine, at the ballpark to sign their professional contracts. Wilson and Fontaine put on a power display during early batting practice, with both players hitting several home runs. Wilson will report to the Everett AquaSox and Fontaine to the Peoria Mariners to begin their pro careers. Good luck to both!
- Mariners top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker has been promoted to AAA Tacoma and is scheduled to make his first Triple-A start Tuesday vs. the Fresno Grizzlies at Cheney Stadium. Walker went 4-7 with a 2.46 ERA (23 ER, 84.0 IP) with 96 strikeouts in 14 starts for AA Jackson in the Southern League. Walker was the Mariners first selection (43rd overall) in the 2010 June Amateur Draft out of Yucaipa (CA) High School. In four minor league seasons he has combined to go 18-23 with a 3.46 ERA in 61 games/57 starts. He entered this season rated by MLB.com as the No. 5 prospect, and No. 2 pitching prospect.
- Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Larry Stone of the Seattle Times that Danny Hultzen (out since late April with a rotator cuff strain) is scheduled to start and throw 5.0 innings for the Peoria Mariners tomorrow in the Arizona League. If all goes well, he could return to the Tacoma rotation following that. Pretty cool to think the Rainiers starting 5 could be Brandon Maurer, Erasmo Ramirez, Danny Hultzen, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker.