I’ve neglected to mention this until now, but it needs to be said: my sincerest condolences to all of those effected by the severe storms that have been lashing the southeastern stretch of the country. There’s been much loss of life, and many people have had their homes and businesses destroyed by tornadoes and high winds.
Tacoma Rainiers (6-15)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 1 vs Colorado Springs (COL),
4 @ Salt Lake (LAA), 1 @ Reno (ARI)
Notes: A 2-4 week and the Rainiers are really scuffling, though the offense has started to come around the last few days. The pitching, on the other hand, has done little but struggle of late, and the defense has as well, posting a shocking 11 errors for the week. Continue reading
The Generals have had a bit of a rough start to the season, plagued by bad weather and poor pitching, especially in the bullpen. Still, there’s a few stat lines that stand out among the non-premium players.
Jake Shaffer, OF
Stat Line: .370/.393/.580, 30 H, 3 HR, 6 2B, 1 3B, 2 SB, 3 BB, 11 K’s
This press release just arrived in my inbox:
GENERALS, BAYBEARS POSTPONED ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Two 7-inning games scheduled for Wednesday, beginning at 11:05 AM
JACKSON, TENN. (April 25, 2011) – The scheduled game between the Jackson Generals and Mobile BayBears tonight has been postponed because of severe thunderstorms overnight, unsafe playing conditions and the impending severe weather approaching West Tennessee.
The Jackson Generals are 8-10 on the season and four games back, in fourth place in the North Division. The Mobile BayBears are 12-6, and lead the South Division by two games.
The game will be made up as part of a Wednesday doubleheader, with two seven inning games scheduled, beginning at 11:05 AM [Central Time] at Pringles Park. The pitching matchups are to be determined.
The weather around the region has been poor (at best) of late, and heavy rains yesterday morning threatened last night’s game. There have been severe storm systems racking the entire eastern half of the country of late, and games all over the region have been effected.
The western half of the country has not been immune, either; there was a hail delay in the Rainiers game in Salt Lake City yesterday, and there have been snow flurries there all day today. Hopefully Mother Nature relents soon and things can get back to a more normal schedule.
Because the minor league transaction wire is rarely allowed to cool, this weekend’s list of moves just weren’t enough.
The Jackson Generals activated RHP Steven Hensley from the 7-day DL this morning and placed LHP Brian Moran on the temporary inactive list. Hensley, who was placed on the DL on April 15th with a lower back strain, started tonight’s game, tossing four scoreless innings, giving up four hits and a pair of walks while striking out two.
No reason was given for Moran’s placement on the inactive list, but he suffered about as bad a week as a reliever can have last week.
Elsewhere, the High Desert Mavericks had a trio of moves today. First, 2B Shaver Hansen was activated from the disabled list and sent down to the Clinton LumberKings, and re-assigned SS Jake Schlander to extended spring camp after he struggled his way through 11 games and 30 at-bats.
SS Anthony Phillips was summoned from Clinton to fill Schlander’s roster spot. Phillips, who actually joined High Desert on Saturday before the roster move was made today, was off to a slow start in Clinton, but has a slick glove and will likely be aksed to fill a utility role for the Mavericks.
There were several transactions within the Mariners organization over the weekend. Some were minor, some were more significant, but all could have some potentially interesting consequences down the road.
First and foremost, the Mariners have optioned both OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Josh Lueke to Tacoma, calling up RHP Dan Cortes from the Rainiers and activating 1B Justin Smoak from the bereavement list. Smoak had missed the last six days with the Mariners during their last homestand after the passing of his father, and will re-join the team tomorrow in Detroit. Cortes has been Tacoma’s closer so far this year, posting a 3.24 ERA over six games and 8 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up three runs on nine hits, posting a 9/4 strikeout to walk ratio and giving up one homer.
Remember how I said last week wasn’t a very good week for the M’s minor league system? Yeah, neither was this week.
Tacoma Rainiers (4-11)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 4 vs Sacramento (OAK), 3 vs Colorado Springs (COL)
Notes: The Rainiers went 1-6 on the week, and were outscored by a whopping 41-21 over those seven games, thanks in large part to a crushing 13-1 loss at the hands of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last night. Carlos Peguero’s callup took what little wind was in the Rainiers’ sails at the plate, and the pitching was rough, at best, giving up runs in every game during the week. Even Chris Seddon wasn’t immune, having his scoreless inning streak snapped and taking the loss on Tuesday. Continue reading
So, as I said on Saturday, things have been more than a little hectic for me this week. I’ve had some family issues to attend to, and haven’t had a lot of time at home to write. I’ve been keeping up on the news as best I can, however, and finally got some time to sit down and write it all out for you (albeit at the cost of sleep, but hey, I love my readers).
First and foremost, my sincerest condolences to Justin Smoak and his family after his father, Kevin, passed away from cancer at the far-too-young age of 57 on Tuesday. Justin had been placed on the bereavement list earlier that day so that he could be with his father, and it sounds like he did manage to get there in time. I wish Justin and his family the best I possibly can in this difficult time.