Raben Killing Northwest League Pitching

Raben is 8-for-10 in short-season ball

Dennis Raben is the newest member of the M's organization, and he's wasted no time in making his mark in Everett. Elsewhere, a Timber Rattler is trying to get his nightmare season turned around, and a Pulaski Mariner hit five home runs in four days. Read on for the details of Sunday's action in the M's system.

Portland 4, Tacoma 3

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Mumba Rivera blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning on Sunday as Portland came back to beat the Rainiers. Craig Stansberry hit a three-run homer with nobody out to tie the game, then with two outs, Will Venable hit a ground ball to shortstop and beat Tug Hulett's throw. In the meantime, Chip Ambres came all the way around to score the winning run from second base. Tacoma built its lead on home runs. Victor Diaz' 13th bomb of the year plated two in the third inning, then Prentice Redman hit a solo shot in the sixth. Four pitchers combined to give up only three hits through the first eight innings. Chris Jakubauskas started, but left after 1 2/3 innings due to soreness. Jake Woods came on to throw the next 3 1/3 innings. Jon Huber got through the sixth and seventh innings, and Jared Wells came on in the setup role and had an uneventful eighth. Rivera was attempting to get his first save with the Rainiers when everything fell apart. Michael Saunders and Bryan LaHair didn't play for a third consecutive day, and both are reportedly day-to-day with minor injuries.

Montgomery 3, West Tenn 1

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Brodie Downs had a tough assignment in his second start, going up against former #1 overall draft pick David Price. But Downs represented himself well, leaving after six innings in a 1-1 tie. Ultimately, it was Shawn Kelley who gave up his first runs at the AA level after 11 consecutive scoreless appearances with West Tenn after his call-up from High Desert. The Jaxx scored their only run off Price in the first inning on an RBI single by Mike Wilson. West Tenn has scored only five runs in the first three games of the series with Montgomery. The two teams wrap things up on Monday night.

Inland Empire 6, High Desert 4

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The Mavs finally scored after being shut out the two previous nights by the 66ers, but still couldn't come up with a victory. High Desert had a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning, but it finally got away from the Mavs in the eighth inning. Ronnie Prettyman went 3-for-4 to lead the Mavs. Carlos Peguero had two RBI, giving him 70 on the season. Alfredo Venegas put up a quality start: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Unfortunately, Steven Uhlmansiek gave it away, allowing three runs in the eighth, capped by a two-out, two-run homer that gave Inland Empire the lead. The Mavs have one more game in San Bernardino tonight.

Beloit 12, Wisconsin 11

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After struggling to put up runs all year, the Timber Rattlers finally break out for 11 runs on Sunday…and still lose. A 3-2 game exploded in the sixth inning, with the teams trading punches over the next three frames, resulting in an 11-9 Beloit lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. Ronald Garth and Joe Dunigan then hit back-to-back homers to lead off the ninth, tying the game. But the Rattlers couldn't build on the momentum and the Snappers pushed across the winning run in the 11th inning. Dunigan has suddenly woken up from a season-long slumber. He's 9-for-18 with three homers in his last four games, doubling the home run total he accumulated in his first 65 games. Edilio Colina also homered in what was a power explosion for the Rattlers, with eight extra-base hits overall.

Yakima 7, Everett 6

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The AquaSox fell behind 5-0 early on Sunday and couldn't recover, ultimately falling 7-6 to the Bears. Stephen Hensley started and gave up five runs in three innings to take the loss. Four Everett errors led to four unearned runs. George Soto had three hits and scored twice, but also committed two costly errors. A major bright spot for the Frogs is Dennis Raben, who is now 8-for-10 in three games since joining the team. Raben is the Mariners' second-round pick in 2008, and played in this year's College World Series with Miami. Raben homered in his first game on Friday, and has scored seven runs and doubled four times in his three games. Raben certainly is ahead of his competition right now, having played at such a high level in college, so we'll see how long he's with the AquaSox. Another player who has stood out early is Travis Howell. Howell was 2-for-5 with three RBI on Sunday, and is now hitting .370 with a .493 OBP on the year. He has seven RBI in his last two games, and five doubles in his last four games.

Pulaski 5, Princeton 4 (7)

Game 1 Boxscore

Kalian Sams started the season 2-for-26 but has rebounded nicely over the last ten games. In Sunday's first game, he hit his fifth homer in four games as the P-Mariners took game one of a doubleheader from Princeton. Kris Sanchez was 2-for-2, making him 6-for-6 in his last two games. Sanchez has 11 hits in his last four games. Brooks Mohr gave up four unearned runs in three innings. Philip Roy threw two scoreless innings, running his unblemished streak to 11 1/3 innings to start the season.

Pulaski 11, Princeton 4 (7)

Game 2 Boxscore

Guy Welsh hit a three-run homer as part of an 11-run outburst as the Mariners swept a doubleheader on Sunday. Kenn Kasparek continued to dominate the rookie level, allowing just two hits in six innings, striking out nine. In 20 innings this year, Kasparek has 24 strikeouts and only three walks. Kalian Sams' streak of four straight games with a home run was snapped, but he did extend his hitting streak to seven games, and he drove in two runs, giving him at least one RBI in six straight games.

AZL Padres 8, AZL Mariners 3

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Ryan Feierabend only made it through 2/3 of an inning on Sunday in a rehab start with the Mariners, allowing two earned runs on a hit and two walks. Cesar Fuentes was 3-for-5 for the Mariners and is off to a .348 start.

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