Game 111, Rangers at Mariners
Mike Montgomery vs. Martin Perez, 1:10pm
The M’s officially induct Jamie Moyer into the club’s Hall of Fame today, a fitting tribute for the most unlikely star in M’s history. Acquired for Darren Bragg in 1996 in a trade I absolutely hated at the time, Moyer went on to throw over 2,000 innings in 323 starts for the M’s. Larry Stone’s article about Moyer and the M’s tribute is worth a read, as usual.
After grabbing a win against the Rangers new ace, the M’s face lefty Martin Perez, another hurler featuring a solid change-up. Perez is clearly no Cole Hamels, and he’s struggled throughout his career with his control and a strange inability to get strikeouts despite good velocity from the left side. In recent years, his arm hasn’t held up, as he’s making just his fourth start in the big leagues in his return from TJ surgery. Since the start of 2014, the 24 year old has made only 12 starts. One thing he hasn’t struggled with, though, is the Mariners. In 6 games against Seattle, he’s been surprisingly tough.
Perez’s change has traditionally been a swing-and-miss pitch, which helps balance the fact that his fastball seems surprisingly easy to hit. In his first few games back, his whiff rate is down markedly, but he’s getting a flurry of ground balls. He’s shifted between four- and two-seam fastballs at times, and is throwing them almost equally thus far in 2015. He’s also got a slider and curve, both of which are thrown surprisingly hard. The change helps him ameliorate his platoon splits, but command of the pitch seems to come and go for him. That inconsistency has been a major issue for Perez since his days as a hyped prospect in Texas’ stocked system. Hopefully this is one of his off days.
1: Marte, SS
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cruz, DH
4: Cano, 2B
5: Montero, 1B
6: Jackson, CF
7: Trumbo, RF
8: Miller, LF
9: Sucre, C
Tacoma beat Reno 7-6 in 10 innings last night, scoring 5 runs in the 9th to tie it, then walking off in the 10th on a bases-loaded walk. Jabari Blash hit 2 HRs in the game, and Jose Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The Rainiers will face ex-Rockies hurler Jhoulys Chacin today – no word on the R’s starter.
Jackson lost to Tennessee 6-5 on a walk-off hit from ex-A’s prospect Billy McKinney. Marcus Littlewood hit his 5th HR, but the Generals were in trouble early as Misael Siverio gave up 5 runs in just 2/3 of an inning to start the game. Moises Hernandez starts today against Pierce Johnson, who’s been very tough in 10 AA starts this year.
Bakersfield beat Modesto 5-2, getting three runs in the 9th on a walk-off 3-run jack from Kyle Petty. Dan Altavilla starts today for Bakersfield against Antonio Senzatela
Clinton lost to South Bend 4-1, sending the L-Kings to an astonishing 42 games under .500. Clinton struggled in the first half of the year, but since the break, they’ve utterly collapsed – they’ve got an 8-33 record, and they’ve fallen to the worst record of any full-season team in all of the minors. Lukas Schiraldi starts today.
Everett beat Tri-Cities 3-2 in 10 innings on a walk-off single by Corey Simpson. SS Drew Jackson continues to rake, but the star of the game was reliever Nick Wells who threw 5 scoreless innings, yielding just 1 hit, walking none and striking out 8. It was the lefty’s first appearance for the M’s since being acquired from Toronto in the Mark Lowe deal. Luiz Gohara starts tonight for the AquaSox.