Green delivers another HR trifecta to Tacoma

July 5th, 2022

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Green gives Rainiers another HR trifecta (July 4)
Less than 48 hours after Triple-A Tacoma's Brian O'Keefe delivered a three-homer feat, Zach Green also hit that trifecta for the first time.

The 28-year-old plated seven runs with his three long balls, powering the Rainiers to an 11-4 victory over the Aces in Reno. It marked the first time the Rainiers plated seven runs since Chris Herrmann on April 18, 2018 vs. Albuquerque.

"Any time you can be the guy that's winning the game, it's pretty cool," said Green.

The feat came only two days after catcher Brian O'Keefe racked up three homers for Tacoma on July 2. Until Saturday, the last time a Rainiers player had a three-homer game was on June 27, 2015, when Justin Ruggiano accomplished the feat at home vs. El Paso. Green admitted he was inspired by O'Keefe's effort. Full story »

Hancock strikes out season-high 6 (July 3)
On the eve of Independence Day, Emerson Hancock delivered his signature performance.

Seattle's fourth-ranked prospect did not allow a run and struck out a season-best six batters over 5 2/3 innings in Double-A Arkansas' 14-4 win against Tulsa. The righty went toe-to-toe with Drillers starter Bobby Miller (MLB No. 33), who fanned 10 over six scoreless innings, though Hancock will likely be glad to take a mild defeat in that category in exchange for the team win.

The 2020 No. 6 overall pick has been nothing short of excellent for Arkansas in his second professional season. Outside of a four-run outing his last turn through the rotation, Hancock has not allowed more than two earned runs in eight of nine starts. -- Jacob Resnick

O'Keefe hits 3 homers, delivers walk-off single (July 2)
Stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, Brian O’Keefe had a chance at rarefied air.

Armed with three home runs and bidding for a historic fourth, he instead settled for a solid consolation prize -- a walk-off single to lift Triple-A Tacoma over the Salt Lake Bees, 5-4.

The final tallies on the big night for the 28-year-old catcher: four hits, five RBIs and 13 total bases, in addition to the long ball trifecta. Those five runs driven in provided the entirety of the Rainiers' offense. Full story »

Marte smashes homer to ignite scoring outpour (July 1)
Noelvi Marte started a blowout with a bang. 

MLB Pipeline's No. 9 overall prospect was crucial in Everett's 10-6 win over Eugene. 

In his first at-bat of July, the 20-year-old began the fireworks show three days early with a two-run homer into the trees in center field to kick off a four-run first inning for the AquaSox. After walking in the second, Marte tallied an infield single in the fourth. The designated hitter capped his night with a two-run single to left in the eighth. He finished the evening 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs. 

After batting .218 in June, this successful start to July is exactly the refresher that the top prospect needed to get back on track. -- Ethan Sands

Ford comes in clutch for Modesto (June 17)
Harry Ford
extended his on-base streak to 13 games.

Seattle's No. 3 prospect was 4-for-5 in Single-A Modesto's 9-5 win over Lake Elsinore.

The first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 began his night with a single to left field on a 3-0 count in the first inning. He followed that with a big shot, a two-run homer to left in the fifth that tied the game. Ford singled in the seventh and knocked in his third RBI on a single in the eighth to end his night.

The designated hitter has struggled at the plate this season, slashing .235/.387/.383, but over his four-game hitting streak, the 19-year-old has two four-hit games, eight RBIs, three triples and 22 total bases. The Georgia native is starting to find his rhythm in his second professional season. -- Ethan Sands

Ford triples twice, drives in five in career day (June 12)
Harry Ford had never recorded four hits in a professional game. He’d never driven in five runs. Despite 60-grade speed, he had never tripled.

The No. 3 Mariners prospect knocked all of those items off the list in one night -- even adding a second triple -- in a career game for Single-A Modesto. He also recorded a home run and a single to finish a double shy of the cycle as the Nuts toppled the Inland Empire 66ers, 17-9.

“It was really fun,” Ford, MLB's No. 82 overall prospect, said. “We just had a lot of momentum coming into today. It was really a battle all series and we brought it out. Coming into it I felt really good but everything just worked out well for me today.” Full story »

Arroyo continues hot streak, Clase crushes two homers (June 3)
Bats were hot in Modesto, Calif., as Edwin Arroyo and Jonatan Clase led the way.

Arroyo, the Mariners’ No. 8 prospect, has been hot as of late, collecting multiple hits in each of his last four games. The native of Puerto Rico continued that streak by going 4-for-4 with four singles and two RBIs in Single-A Modesto’s 11-10 loss to Fresno.

Outside of Arroyo’s sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, he reached base any way he could. He hit singles in the first, third, sixth and eighth innings, and drew a walk in the fifth.

Clase crushed the ball, as he went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo homers. The Mariners’ No. 19 prospect notched his first career multihomer game, hitting a home run to center field in the second inning and to left field in the seventh. It brought his roundtripper tally on the year to five and his RBI total to 21.

For Arroyo, the trend upward continues with his average cresting at a season-high .324 through 46 games. -- Edwin Perez

Mercedes is magic in first AquaSox no-hitter (May 31)
After nearly 30 years and 2,059 regular-season games, High-A Everett finally has a no-hitter to call its own.

Juan Mercedes struck out a career-high 10 to complete the seven-inning gem against visiting Eugene, 5-0. The no-no was the 12th in the Minors this season and the third in the last week.

Mercedes, who jumped from Single-A Modesto to Triple-A Tacoma after one start, was coming off a rough outing in his previous appearance. The 22-year-old was charged with six runs over six innings against Spokane, elevating his ERA to 6.10. However, there were no such struggles for him against Eugene, which won the completion of a suspended game from April 10 earlier in the evening, 5-4. Full story »

Jones hurls 7-inning no-hitter at Double A (May 26)
Connor Jones
hasn't been scored upon for 22 innings spanning his last three starts for Double-A Arkansas. In his latest start, he added unhittable to the mix.

The reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week made history by delivering a seven-inning no-hitter in the Travelers' 6-0 victory in a doubleheader opener with the visiting Sod Poodles.

Jones matched his career high with eight strikeouts while walking three. He's racked up eight whiffs in a game three times, most recently in his previous start for Arkansas against the Naturals.

Jones (2-2) has been lights-out since Seattle picked him up on April 2 following his March 28 release by St. Louis. The Cardinals drafted him in the second round (70th overall) in 2016. Full story »

Marte shows potential in three-hit performance (May 22)
Noelvi Marte notched his second three-hit game of the season.

MLB Pipeline's No. 9 overall prospect has struggled in the 2022 season, but his 3-for-5 performance in High-A Everett's 8-3 win over Hillsboro may be the reset he needed.

The 20-year-old led off the first inning with a double to left field and scored the team's first run. He followed with a single in the fifth and seventh to end his night. The outing was his eighth multihit game of the year.

The shortstop hasn't hit above .300 since the seventh game of the season, and his average dropped as low as .208 in the first month of the season. The second has been just as trying, but the Dominican Republic native has fluctuated and the breakout performance seems promising for the top prospect. -- Ethan Sands