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Tacoma Rainiers Fall HR Short of the Cycle, As a Team! Lose 2-0; Other Mariner Minors News

Scott Savastano had a double and a triple for the Tacoma Rainiers and Carlos Triunfel had a single and a walk. Those were the only Rainiers to reach base yesterday against Christian Friedrich and Colorado Springs.

Friedrich pitched 7.1 innings, gave up 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 6. The Rockies former top prospect, Friedrich is trying to bounce back from posting an ERA above 5.00 for each of the last two seasons and the Rainiers just gave him a lot of help and confidence.

Matt Fox went 5 strong innings for Tacoma and gave up 4 hits and 1 R with 5 Ks and a walk. He is 0-2 with a 2.25 ERA. He is also turning 30 this year.

The High Desert Mavericks lost for the first time this year, and they went out the way you’d expect the High Desert Mavericks to go out: a 15-7 trouncing by San Jose. Four of the San Jose hitters had 4-hits each.

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Jack Marder had 4 hits of his own for the Mavs and Stefen Romero was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Brad Miller kept his hot streak going with a double and a walk and is still hitting .444 on the year. Marder is hitting .414, Romero is hitting .478, John Hicks is hitting .375, Steven Proscia is hitting .444, and Julio Morban is hitting .364 after going 0-for-4 last night.

James Jones is hitting .263 and that’s just asking to get cut!

You’d think that with a 15-7 loss, the starting pitcher would have sucked, but Anthony Fernandez went 5 innings and allowed just 2 runs with 7 strikeouts. But Wee Willy Kessler gave up 4 hits and 4 ER without recording an out and Taylor Stanton allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in 1.1 innings.

Chris Sorce gets the start for the Mavs tonight.

Finally, the Clinton Lumberkings lost to Cedar Rapids 4-3 yesterday after Wes Alsup walked a batter in the ninth of a tie game, then a wild pitch, then a single to give the Kernals the win.

Cameron Hobson got the start for Clinton and pitched 5 solid innings of 3-hit, 1-R, 5-K baseball. Daniel Paolini went 2-for-4 with a walk, 2 RBI, and a double. Jharmidy De Jesus went 2-for-4 as well.

Ambioris Hidalgo makes his second start of the season today.