May 17, 2003 · Filed Under Mariners · Comments Off on  

Minor League Highlights for Friday, May 16

Edmonton 5, Tacoma 4. LHP Craig Anderson’s soft-softer-softest approach finally let him down as the Trappers jumped on him for 5 runs in 4 innings. The southpaw’s usually impeccable control left him, as he walked 3 batters, gave up 9 hits, and threw a wild pitch before departing. RHP J.J. Putz provided 3 shutout innings of relief, striking out 4 without allowing a hit. Offensive, C Pat Borders went 2-5 with his 15th double of the year and Kenny Kelly returned to the club as DH after clearing waivers by going 0-4.

San Antonio 10, Round Rock 4. The Missions won their 14th consecutive road game by completing a sweep of Round Rock behind some big offensive performances. 3B Justin Leone went 4-5 with 2 doubles to give him a Texas League high 17 on the year and raise his season numbers to .339/.442/.606. The 26-year-old has never hit higher than .267 in any previous season, but is busting out in his first exposure to AA. RHP Chris Wright struck out 9 over 6 innings while only walking 1 to earn his 5th win of the year. By the way, 11,854 people showed up at Dell Diamond Park to watch the game last night. 17,654 were in Detroit to watch the Mariners battle the Tigers.

Inland Empire 4, Lake Elsinore 3. RHP Kevin Olore saw his ERA jump to 0.96 with 6 solid innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on only 2 hits. However, RHP Emiliano Fruto got the win in relief by pitching 1 1/3 perfect innings as the 66’ers scored the winnig run in the bottom of the 9th inning. SS Jay Pecci went 3-5 and CF Sheldon Fulse and LF Shin-Soo Choo each went 2-4 to pace the offense.

Wisconsin 4, Lansing 3. With the scored tied at 2 after 9 innings, RHP Renee Cortez gave up the go ahead run in the top of the 10th only to be given a win as the T-Rats scored 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the 10th for the win. The offense was held to 7 hits and only Dustin Delluchi (who went 2-4) got more than one hit. LHP Cesar Jimenez worked 6 shutout innings in his 3rd start, giving up 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 3. His ERA now stands at 1.39.