Diamond Beat: Mariners end first half at 48-43
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SUNDAY, JULY 11
Angels 7, Mariners 1 — Seattle finished the first half of MLB play at 48-43 after its loss to Los Angeles at T-Mobile Park.
David Fletcher went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, a home run and two runs scored for the Angels. Four Angels pitchers limited the Mariners to four singles.
Canadians 4, Indians 3 — Sebastian Espino and Luis De Los Santos each hit two-run homers as Vancouver (30-30) beat Spokane at T-Mobile Park.
SATURDAY, JULY 10
Mariners 2, Angels 0 — Chris Flexen allowed three hits in seven innings, and two relievers finished the job as Seattle beat Los Angeles at T-Mobile Park.
Luis Torrens had an RBI triple.
Seattle (48-42) finishes the first half of play Sunday against the Angel.
Dust Devils 8, Hops 6 — Host Tri-City had 14 hits, including six players with two each; Spencer Griffin had three RBIs. Spencer Brickhouse hit a three-run homer for Hillsboro.
Canadians 5, Indians 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Rafael Lantigua had three hits and an RBI in a two-run single in the eighth inning that broke a 3-3 tie as Vancouver beat Spokane.
Pickles 10, Walla Walla 5 — Portland beat the host Sweets with only five hits. Carter Booth hit a solo home run. Hot-hitting Leo Mosby had two hits and two runs scored.
FRIDAY, JULY 9
Mariners 7, Angels 3 — Mitch Haniger's grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning won it for Seattle. After left-handed hitting J.P. Crawford drew a two-out walk to load the bases, Haniger drove a 2-0 fastball from Jose Quintana over the left-field fence for his 20th home run to break a 3-3 tie at T-Mobile Park.
The game featured a monster home run from L.A.'s Shohei Ohtani, his 33rd of the season and among the farthest ever hit at T-Mobile Park. That blast put the Angels ahead 3-0 in the third inning, but the Mariners (47-42) rallied and got another solid effort from their bullpen to win the series opener.
Hops 5, Dust Devils 2 — A strong start from Slade Cecconi (five innings, seven strikeouts) and a pair of two-run innings helped Hillsboro beat Tri-City at Pasco, Washington.
Nick Dalesandro delivered a two-run single in the first, Reece Hampton homered in the fourth and Roman Ruiz hit a two-run single in the sixth for the Hops (24-32).
Indians 6, Canadians 4 — At Ron Tonkin Field, four Vancouver players had two hits but Spokane handed the Canadians their third consecutive loss.
Portland 10, Walla Walla 3 — At Walla Walla, the Pickles' Leo Mosby continued to rake, going 3 for 4 with a home run and a double. He scored twice and knocked in two runs.
The Pickles (13-9) scored four in the eighth and two in the ninth to finish off the win. They outhit the Sweets 11-6 and Cam Clayton and Matt Jew (two doubles, three RBIs) had two hits apiece.
Half of the outs in the game were strikeouts. Pickles hitters whiffed 16 times, Sweets 11 times.
THURSDAY, JULY 8
Mariners 4, Yankees 0 — Logan Gilbert allowed only one hit, struck out eight and walked none in seven innings, and two relievers finished off the one-hit gem.
Kyle Seager, Dylan Moore (two-run shot) and Mitch Haniger hit homers. After being shellacked in the series opener and then giving up five runs in the first two innings Wednesday (another loss), the Mariners held the Yankees scoreless for the final 16 innings of the series.
Seattle (46-42) finishes the first half of the season with a three-game home series with Los Angeles Angels.
Dust Devils 8, Hops 3 — Brendon Davis and Spencer Griffin each homered as host Tri-City beat Hillsboro. Andy Yerzy had two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs for Hillsboro.
Indians 5, Canadians 4 — Brenton Davis hit a three-run homer for visiting Spokane in a win over Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. Davis Schneider had three hits and two runs scored for Vancouver.
Portland 5, Cowlitz 4 — The Pickles scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Leo Mosby's double to beat the Black Bears in West Coast League play at Walker Stadium. The Pickles used eight pitchers.
Mosby had a great series, adding two of Portland's six hits Wednesday and a walk-off, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Tuesday's game.
The Pickles (12-9) now play an away series (July 9-11) and a home series (July 13-15) against the Walla Walla Sweets.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
Yankees 5, Mariners 4 — New York took its second consecutive game at Seattle's T-Mobile Park. The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning on a Luke Voit RBI single and a Gleyber Torres two-run single, and added Aaron Judge's second-inning two-run homer. All the runs came off Yusei Kikuchi.
Tom Murphy hit a three-run homer for Seattle.
Hops 9, Dust Devils 7 — Blaze Alexander hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give Hillsboro the lead (and eventual win) at Tri-City. Dominic Canzone had three hits, including a two-run homer.
Indians 3, Canadians 2 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Spokane edged Vancouver as the home team managed only three hits. Brenton Doyle had three hits for Spokane.
Black Bears 7, Portland 0 — At Walker Stadium, Cowlitz pitching limited the Pickles to six hits (two by Leo Mosby).
TUESDAY, JULY 6
Portland 3, Cowlitz 1 — Leo Mosby hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as Portland beat the Black Bears in West Coast League play at Walker Stadium.
Ian Lawson, Jared Villalobos and Kyle Hoskins combined to allow six hits for Portland (11-8).
The Pickles were playing three games against Cowlitz this week, followed by an away series (July 9-11) and a home series (July 13-15) against the Walla Walla Sweets.
Dust Devils 3, Hops 2 — Spencer Brickhouse homered for Hillsboro, but host Tri-City pulled out the victory, thanks to a homer and two runs scored from Livan Soto in the opening game of a six-game series.
Canadians 9, Indians 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Tanner Morris led a Vancouver hit parade with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs against Spokane in a series-opening game. Rafael Lantigua had two hits and three runs scored.
Yankees 12, Mariners 1 — New York had 18 hits in the series opener against Seattle at T-Mobile Park. Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor each hit three-run homers. Luke Voit went 5-for-6 with three RBIs.
The Mariners had only five hits off Jameson Taillon and two relievers.
The Major League Baseball draft begins Sunday, July 11 and ends Tuesday, July 13.
Some top local prospects include: Westview HS shortstop Mason Guerra; OSU pitcher Kevin Abel; UO outfielder Aaron Zavala; UO pitcher/3B Kenyon Yovan; Portland Pilots shortstop Chad Stevens; Lakeridge HS shortstop Cameron Clayton; Pilots OF Jake Holcroft; Pilots 1B Trace Tammaro; OSU catcher Troy Claunch.
We're still on the watch for Adley Rutschman to be promoted to the parent Baltimore Orioles. The catcher from Oregon State has been playing at Double-A Bowie in his first full minor league season, and he was hitting .285 with 11 homers and a .928 OPS in his first 49 games.
Rutschman will play on the same field as major league stars next week, competing in the MLB All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 11 at Coors Field in Denver.
The All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver.
Local Alert 2
Although he's currently on the injured list (left arm), Matthew Boyd has pitched well in his seventh season with the Detroit Tigers. In his first 13 starts, the former Oregon State left-handed pitcher had a 3.44 ERA and 3-6 record. His ERA is by far his career-best mark, so far. He had a career record of 37-60 with a 4.93 ERA through 147 games. Boyd has been the subject of many trade rumors as the Tigers probably won't be contending for an American League playoff spot.
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