Diamond Beat: Mariners complete four-game sweep of Tampa Bay
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SUNDAY, JUNE 20
Mariners 6, Rays 2 — Shed Long Jr. hit a walk-off grand slam homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as Seattle (38-36) completed the four-game sweep of American League East Division-leading Tampa Bay (43-30).
Luis Torrens and Ty France also homered for Seattle.
Tampa Bay had the best record in baseball recently, but the Rays have lost six games in a row.
The Mariners have won seven of the past eight games. After an off day Monday, they play Colorado on Tuesday and Wednesday at T-Mobile Park, before hitting the road for series at Chicago White Sox, Friday-Sunday, and Toronto (at Buffalo, June 29-July 1).
Emeralds 7, Hops 5 — Eugene swept Hillsboro (16-24) the six-game series at home. The Emeralds had four homers — Franklin Labour, Armani Smith, Brandon Martorano (three-run shot) and Will Wilson.
Andy Yerzy and Tristin English homered for Hillsboro.
The Hops play Spokane at Ron Tonkin Field, Tuesday-Sunday.
Canadians 7, AquaSox 1 — Vancouver (24-18) completed its series at Ron Tonkin Field against Everett with a win.
Sebastian Espino and Rafael Lantigua had two hits and RBIs each; Lantigua hit a solo homer.
Brandon Eisert, an Aloha High and Oregon State product, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the win, moving to 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA.
The Canadians split the six-game series with Everett.
Vancouver plays a six-game series at Eugene, Tuesday-Sunday.
Bellingham 5, Portland 0 — After beating Bellingham with two shutouts, the home team shut out the Pickles (5-4 West Coast League) on one hit (by Tristan Gomes). Will Armbruester, Kai Francis and Duncan Favor combined on the shutout.
Portland plays Corvallis, Tuesday-Thursday, and Ridgefield, Friday-Sunday, at Walker Stadium, and then at Wenatchee, June 29-July 1.
Pickles 4, Willamette 3 — Another lineup of Pickles played the Willamette Wild Bills and won.
SATURDAY, JUNE 19
Mariners 6, Rays 5, 10 innings — Mitch Haniger's single drove in J.P. Crawford with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Seattle beat Tampa Bay. The Mariners go for the four-game sweep Sunday.
Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe hit a pinch-hit homer to tie it in the ninth inning.
Crawford hit a grand slam homer. Mike Zunino and Manuel Margot added solo homers for the A.L. East-leading Rays, who have lost five consecutive games.
Emeralds 10, Hops 5 — At Eugene, the Emeralds hit three home runs — by Franklin Labour, Ismael Munguia and Will Wilson — to beat Hillsboro. Dominic Canzone had two hits and two RBIs for Hillsboro.
AquaSox 12, Canadians 4 — Connor Hoover homered and Cade Marlowe had two hits and three RBIs as Everett beat Hillsboro at Ron Tonkin Field. Spencer Horwitz had two RBIs for the Canadians.
Portland 1, Bellingham 0 — Portland won its second consecutive game at Bellingham, and shut out the home team again. Five pitchers combined on the shutout; Alex Giroux gave up Bellingham's only two hits but got the win. Ryan Guardino had the lone RBI.
FRIDAY, JUNE 18
Portland 3, Bellingham 0 — The Pickles won their West Coast League series road opener at Bellingham. Bradley McVay gave up only three hits and struck out seven in five innings and two relievers finished the shutout. Eamonn Lance had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.
Mariners 5, Rays 1 — Seattle jumped on Tampa Bay starter Michael Wacha for four first-inning runs to win its second game in a row against the American League East Division leader and reach .500 (36-36).
Kyle Seager, Jake Bauers, Shed Long Jr. and Luis Torrens had RBI singles in the first inning off Wacha. Torrens added a second RBI on an infield single in the third inning.
Yusei Kikuchi gave up four hits and one run while striking out six and walking three in seven innings for the win.
Ty France had three hits.
Emeralds 10, Hops 7 — At Eugene, Diego Rincones had three hits, including a grand slam homer, and drove in seven runs for the home team. Buddy Kennedy hit a solo homer and Ricky Martinez had three hits and two RBIs for Hillsboro.
AquaSox 9, Canadians 2 — Everett's Tyler Keenan hit a three-run homer and Patrick Frick had four hits and two RBIs in the win over Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. For Vancouver, Cameron Eden had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
Portland 12, Rosebuds 1 — The Pickles had several big innings in a nonleague win over the Rosebuds, one of the Wild Wild West League teams sharing Walker Stadium with the Pickles.
Mariners 6, Rays 5 — Kyle Seager singled through a drawn-in infield as Seattle scored two in the bottom of the ninth to rally past visiting Tampa Bay.
The rally started with Dylan Moore drawing a four-pitch walk from closer Pete Fairbanks. Jake Bauers singled and with one out Shed Long Jr sliced a double to left to tie the score. Seager then bounced a pinch-hit single to bring in the winning run.
Luis Torrens had a home run and double for the Mariners, and Ty France also homered.
Hector Santiago, the sixth Seattle pitcher, struck out three in the top of the ninth to earn the win.
The four-game series continues ats 7:10 p.m. Friday.
Emeralds 10, Hops 9 — At Eugene, a nine-run sixth inning lifted the Ems to the win.
For Hillsboro, Buddy Kennedy, Andy Yerzy, Eduardo Diaz and Reece Hampton each had two of the Hops' 11 hits.
Canadians 9, AquaSox 5 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Vancouver scored six in the bottom of the first inning, two of them on a Rafael Lantigua home run. Tanner Kirwer had two hits including a home run, Cameron Eden had two hits including a triple, scored twice and knocked in two.
Ducks' Zavala honored — Pac-12 player of the year Aaron Zavala added to his awards Thursday when Baseball America named the Keizer native to its All-America first team. A third-year sophomore this season, Zavala is the first Oregon Ducks' player to make the Baseball America first team.
Portland 8, Gherkins 2 — The Pickles beat their fellow inhabitant of Walker Stadium.
Twins 7, Mariners 2 — Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer against his former team as Minnesota salvaged the final game of a three-game series at Seattle. Ryan Jeffers also homered. Seattle's Justus Sheffield gave up 10 hits and seven runs in five innings.
The Mariners play Tampa Bay next in a four-game home series.
Canadians 4, AquaSox 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, CJ Van Eyk gave up three hits and struck out seven in five innings as Hillsboro beat Everett. Sebastian Espino had two hits and two runs scored, and Ryan Gold had two hits, a run scored and an RBI.
Emeralds 7, Hops 4 — At Eugene, the home teams Franklin Labour hit a three-run homer. For the Hops, Andy Yerzy hit a two-run homer and Dominic Canzone a solo shot.
TUESDAY, JUNE 15
Former Oregon State star Nick Madrigal, who had been excelling as Chicago White Sox's starting second baseman, will miss the rest of the season because of a torn hamstring. The team says he'll return without restrictions in 2022.
He was hitting .305 with 61 hits, both team bests, in 54 games.
Mariners 10, Twins 0 — Seattle goes for the three-game sweep Wednesday. J.P. Crawford, Luis Torrens and Ty France hit solo homers and Shed Long Jr. had a bases-clearing triple. Chris Flexen allowed four hits and struck out eight in eight innings.
Emeralds 5, Hops 1 — In a six-games series opener at Eugene, Ricky Martinez homered for Hillsboro. The Hops had eight hits but managed only the one run.
AquaSox 16, Canadians 9 — Everett had 15 hits, including homers by Carter Bins and Patrick Frick, in beating Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. Bins had four RBIs and Frick three. Zach DeLoach went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Julio Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Canadians had 11 hits. Cameron Eden and Ronny Brito homered.
MONDAY, JUNE 14
Mariners 4, Twins 3 — Jake Bauers, acquired recently from Cleveland, broke a 3-3 tie with an eighth-inning solo homer as Seattle opened a homestand at T-Mobile Park by beating Minnesota.
The Mariners hit for the cycle in scoring their four runs. Jake Fraley had an RBI single, Ty France an RBI double and Dylan Moore an RBI triple — the double and triple helped tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth inning.
Alex Kirilloff and Gilberto Celestino homered for the Twins. Former OSU player Trevor Larnach had a first-inning RBI single.
High-A West League
Hillsboro (15-18) plays at Eugene, Tuesday-Sunday.
Vancouver (21-15) play a six-game series against Everett at Ron Tonkin Field, Tuesday-Sunday.
After a Tuesday game against Gresham Greywolves, Portland was scheduled to play a three-game West Coast League series at Bellingham, Friday-Sunday.
Through 11 starts, New York Mets left-hander David Peterson, a former Oregon Duck, had a 1-5 record and 6.32 ERA. His best start was April 14, allowing three hits and striking out 10 in six innings in a win over Philadelphia. Then, on Monday, Peterson allowed one hit and struck out three and walked two in six innings as the Mets beat Chicago Cubs 5-2.
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