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On the Farm: Mariners minor league report for April 20

Dan Vogelbach homered with three RBIs for Tacoma on Tuesday. (Courtesy Tacoma Rainiers Communications)
Dan Vogelbach homered with three RBIs for Tacoma on Tuesday. (Courtesy Tacoma Rainiers Communications)

Recaps for the Seattle Mariners top affiliates for Thursday night provided by team releases.

Tacoma (AAA) 6, El Paso 5 (10 innings)

EL PASO, Texas Daniel Vogelbach’s grand slam in the top of the seventh inning helped propel the Tacoma Rainiers (8-6) to a 6-5 extra-inning victory over the El Paso Chihuahuas (7-8) on Thursday night at Southwest University Park.

Tacoma faced an early 5-0 deficit after three innings before mounting its largest comeback of the season, tying the ballgame at 5-5 and sending the two clubs to extras. A pair of doubles in the top of the 10th ultimately sent the Rainiers home victorious.

Vogelbach, serving as the Rainiers designated hitter, finished the night 1 for 3 with one run, a grand slam, four RBIs, and three walks. It was the second home run in as many games for Vogelbach, who is now hitting .292 on the season.

Second baseman Gordon Beckham (2 for 6, 2 R, RBI) and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (2 for 5, R, RBI) both logged multi-hit outings.

In relief of Tacoma starting pitcher Dillon Overton, right-handed reliever Ryan Weber turned in 5 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. He has now racked up 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings to open the season.

Beckham kick started the Rainiers rally with a leadoff solo home run in the top of the sixth inning – it was his third home run in four games, and his team-leading fourth long ball of the year.

Rainiers right-hander Chase De Jong (2-0, 1.74) gets the call to start against Chihuahuas righty Bryan Rodriguez (1-0, 0.75) as Tacoma and El Paso close out their series on Friday at 6:05 p.m.

Springfield 6, Arkansas (AA) 3

North Little Rock, Ark. – The Springfield Cardinals took the opener of a four game series from the Arkansas Travelers 6-3 on Thursday night in front of 5,078 at Dickey-Stephens Park.

Arkansas’ first run of the night came off a Justin Seager RBI double in the second inning and tied the game at 1. In the seventh, the Travs loaded the bases and scored on Chuck Taylor’s hit by pitch with the bases loaded and then on Tyler Marlette’s infield hit.

Dylan Unsworth (0-1) made his first start of the season in Double-A and battled through five innings allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts but was tagged with the loss.

The Travs and Cards meet again on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. Mariners shortstop and former Trav Jean Segura is expected to begin a Major League rehab assignment with Arkansas tomorrow night. On the mound, right-hander Tyler Herb (0-1, 5.06) starts for Arkansas against righty Dakota Hudson (1-0, 2.31)

Modesto (High-A) 3, Stockton 2

Modesto, Calif. – Early strikes by the Modesto Nuts’ offense were enough in a 3-2 win over the Stockton Ports on Thursday afternoon at John Thurman Field to earn a four-game series split.

In the first inning, Gianfranco Wawoe delivered a two-out RBI single for the Nuts (8-6) against Ports’ (8-6) starter Casey Meisner (L, 1-3).

In the third, the Nuts added some insurance runs that proved to be big. Logan Taylor lifted a sac fly to score Braden Bishop. Bishop went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Joey Curletta added an RBI double.

Reggie McClain (W, 3-0) worked 5 2/3 innings with four hits and three strikeouts.

The bullpen combined to toss 3 1/3 innings without allowing a hit. Matt Walker (S, 1/2) fired the final two innings and had to work around just a one-out walk in the ninth.

Up next, the Nuts head on the road to open a three-game series with the Rawhide in Visalia on Friday at 7 p.m.

Quad Cities 8, Clinton (Low-A) 2

DAVENPORT, Iowa – The Clinton LumberKings dropped game one of a seven-game road trip to the Quad Cities River Bandits, 8-2, at Modern Woodmen Park on Thursday night.

The LumberKings (6-8) scored first. In the top of the second inning, Luis Rengifo doubled off the wall in right and moved to third on his second steal of the year. The River Bandits brought their infield in with their starter Carson LaRue facing Clinton catcher Yojhan Quevedo. On the third pitch of the at-bat Yojhan Quevedo flipped an RBI single to left for an early 1-0 Clinton lead.

Quevedo added an RBI single with two-out in the ninth inning.

Clinton starter Tim Viehoff allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

The LumberKings will play game two of their four-game series with Quad Cities on Friday at 6:35 p.m.. LHP Nick Wells (0-0, 6.23) faces LHP Brett Adcock (0-0, 1.00).