*** Seattle Mariners Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
TACOMA RAINIERS - The Rainiers had a rough weekend, dropping two of three games, although they earned a split with Edmonton the last two times out. Just five days after pitching six innings of no-hit, shutout ball in a 4-1 win over Las Vegas, Clint Nageotte suffered his first loss of the season on Sunday as he lasted just two innings in allowing four runs on one hit and seven walks. His ERA rose from 2.00 to 3.60 as a result. Catcher Pat Borders put forth a solid effort in the setback, going 3-for-4 with a double, while 3B Jose Lopez, 1B A.J. Zapp, 2B Mickey Lopez and OF Elpidio Guzman each had a pair of hits. Guzman hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning, but it was pretty much all Edmonton after that. Guzman was 3-for-5 with a double and a triple in the Rainiers' 10-5 win over the Trappers on Saturday, while Borders added three hits of his own. Starting pitcher Bobby Madritsch was roughed up for five runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings of work in that contest, but the Tacoma bullpen did the job, with Randy Williams picking up his second win of the season. Currently, the Rainiers are 9-8 and in third place in the Pacific Coast League's North Division.
SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS - The Missions recently concluded a four-game series with the El Paso Diablos, taking three games from their intrastate rivals, including Sunday's 3-1 victory. Starting pitcher Rafael Soriano tossed six innings of three-hit, one-run ball in that contest, dropping his season ERA to a stellar 1.50. He would receive a no-decision however, as Rick Guttormson (1-1, 0.87 ERA) picked up the win by throwing a near-perfect 1 1/3 innings to close the game. Lance Cormier notched his first victory of the season on Saturday, as the Missions took a 3-2 decision from the Diablos. Cormier allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out four in six innings of work, lowering his ERA to an impressive 1.69. Outfielder Dustin Delucchi went 3- for-3 with a home run in the game, raising his batting average to a solid .354 on the year, while 3B Greg Jacobs moved his to .364 (fourth-best in the Texas League). San Antonio's 11-6 record in good for second place in the league's West Division.
INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS - Riding a three-game winning streak, the 66ers enter the week looking to put some distance between themselves and rest of the California League's South Division. The team owns a solid 11-6 record thus far, tying it with Lancaster for first place in the division. Inland Empire had lost four straight prior to its recent run, all against Lancaster, but its three consecutive wins, against Lancaster as well, has the squad feeling pretty good about itself at the moment. The lengthy eight-game set with the JetHawks comes to an end today. Jon Nelson was hitting just .184 following Friday's win, but has hits in five of his last nine at-bats to raise his season average to .241. Starting pitcher Bobby Livingston (2-0) was brilliant in Sunday's 5-4 win, going seven innings and allowing just one hit and no runs with seven strikeouts. His ERA now stands at a miniscule 0.65.
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS - Losers of their last four games, the Timber Rattlers have sunk to the bottom of the Midwest League's Western Division, four games back of front-runners Cedar Rapids and Kane County. Despite their recent troubles, Wisconsin has gotten a solid effort from OF Josh Womack of late. Womack went 3-for-5 in Sunday's 8-6 loss to Beloit, extending his current hitting streak to six games and raising his batting average from a dismal .163 (prior to the streak) to .242 currently. The Timber Rattlers have won just two of their last nine games, and will play two more at Beloit before heading to Fort Wayne for a four-game set beginning this Thursday.