Recaps for the Seattle Mariners top affiliates for Thursday provided by team releases and wire reports.
Fresno 5, Tacoma (AAA) 2
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers (29-17) dropped the third game of their series against the Fresno Grizzlies (19-29), 5-2, on Thursday night at Cheney Stadium.
Tacoma first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (2 for 4) and shortstop Tyler Smith (2 for 4, 2B) both had multi-hit nights – Tacoma out-hit Fresno eight to seven – but the Rainiers offense ultimately came up short with runners on base, stranding nine.
Tacoma starting pitcher Andrew Moore (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on just four hits and adding five strikeouts.
The Rainiers and Grizzlies return to action Friday in the series finale at 7:05 p.m. Fresno will send RHP Francis Martes (0-2, 5.25) to the mound and Tacoma has yet to announce a starter.
Midland 8, Arkansas (AA) 1
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Tyler Marincov hit a three-run home run and had two hits, driving in five, and Grant Holmes allowed just two hits over six innings as the Midland RockHounds topped the Arkansas Travelers 8-1 on Thursday.
Holmes (3-4) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked three while allowing one run.
Midland had a pair of big innings in the blowout victory, scoring four runs in both the first and fourth innings.
In the first, Marincov hit a two-run triple, while Marincov hit a three-run home run in the fourth.
Brett Ash (3-3) went 3 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and seven hits while walking five in the Texas League game. Kyle Friedrichs pitched three scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
Modesto (High-A) 4, Rancho Cucamonga 2
MODESTO, Calif. – Against his former team, Joey Curletta launched a two-run, walk-off homer to secure the Modesto Nuts’ 4-2 win over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep at John Thurman Field.
Curletta was drafted by the Dodgers in 2012 and played in Rancho in 2016 before an offseason trade.
With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Eric Filia lined a one-out single against Quakes’ (26-22) reliever Lenix Osuna (L, 1-1). Joey Curletta followed and lifted his team-leading fifth home run of the year to give the Nuts (28-20) the win.
Reggie McClain started for the Nuts and threw well allowing just a RBI infield single in the second inning. McClain finished after six innings with five strikeouts and just four hits.
The Nuts start a four-game split series with the San Jose Giants on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Cedar Rapids 9, Clinton (Low-A) 2
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Jaylin Davis homered and singled twice, driving in three runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Clinton LumberKings 9-2 on Thursday.
Lewin Diaz homered and singled with two RBIs for Cedar Rapids.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Clinton tied the game when Anthony Jimenez hit a two-run home run.
The Kernels grabbed the lead with five runs in the fifth inning, including a two-run single by Davis.
Cedar Rapids right-hander Eduardo Del Rosario (4-2) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing two runs on just three hits over six innings. Opposing starter Ronald Dominguez (0-2) took the loss in the Midwest League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and seven hits over four innings.
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