By Aaron Lommer The Herald
Not your average save
As is often the case in baseball, especially minor league baseball, the 2,306 fans in attendance for Everett’s 11-6 victory on Tuesday saw a statistical rarity.
After giving up runs in each of the first four innings, Everett pitcher Tommy Burns entered the game in relief and picked up your average everyday five-inning save.
“I have not often seen a five-inning save,” AquaSox manager Rob Mummau said.
Burns was perfect, retiring all 15 batters he faced and striking out five.
“Tommy competed extremely well, he had his fastball and his slider working,” Mummau said. “He pitched to the corners and hit his spots. He did a fantastic job. I’m really happy for him.”
In Burns’ first outing of the season, he was nowhere near as successful, giving up six runs on six hits in 22/3 innings.
“It was really good to come back after that tough outing,” Mummau said. “It shows what kind of kid he is, to go out there and compete and it shows that he can come back from some adversity.
The Mariners second-round draft pick in 2013, outfielder Austin Wilson, showed signs of improvement in the three-game series against Vancouver.
He reached base on an infield single in Monday’s loss and reached base all four times with two hits in Tuesday’s victory. He finished 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s victory, but reached base once, hit the ball hard several times and picked up an RBI.
Wilson is hitting .172, but appears to be adjusting to pro baseball.
“I think it’s the timing,” Mummau said. “He didn’t play half of the college season. Just getting a lot of at-bats in a row I think will be good for him. He’s starting to get his timing back and he looks better. I’m sure it won’t be long until he takes off here.”
Despite giving up six runs in Monday’s loss, Everett starting pitcher Tyler Olson was named the Northwest’s League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 8-15.
Prior to Monday’s start, Olson had pitched a complete game one-hit shutout against Eugene on July 10. It is the only one-hit shutout pitched in the Northwest League this season.
“You don’t see many of those in the minor leagues,” Mummau said. “He had all four pitches working that day and he kept them off balance.”
Mummau not worried about Pryor
Mariners relief pitcher Stephen Pryor started Tuesday’s victory over the Canadians, pitching just 2/3 of an inning and giving up three runs on three hits, including a home run.
After retiring the first two hitters, L.B. Dantzler started the onslaught with a home run to right field.
Despite the less than stellar performance, Mummau said he isn’t worried.
“He had a good cutter going,” Mummau said. “He was on a strict pitch count so we got him his 25 pitches and we got him out of there. The main thing is he looked healthy and he felt good and now he will go up to Tacoma, I believe, and pitch there a few times.”
Aaron Lommers, The Herald