May 28,2014(ISN) – BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic-The Seattle Mariners Dominican prospects limited the
Junior National Team to only three hits and took advantage of five errors as they
blanked the juniors 5-0 at their brand-new Dominican Academy.
Luke Horanski (Dugald, MB) singled in the third, but was thrown out trying to steal
second, Royce Ando (Mississauga, ON) picked up an infield single in the fourth
before being forced out at third later in the inning, and in the ninth, Matt Lloyd
(Okotoks, AB) singled with two out for the juniors’ third and final hit on the
The Mariners did walk eight batters, but the juniors couldn’t take advantage and
left nine runners on base including three separate occasions where they left two
Starter Matt Ianni (Ottawa, ON) got through the first inning giving up a walk only
to see the runner doubled-off at first base on a line-out to second and another
pop-out to end the inning, but after a walk and stolen base with two out in the
second, a single to centre brought in the first run of the game.
Ianni looked to get out of the third unharmed after he got a double play after a
lead-off single, but a single came around to score on a triple to left-centre that
gave the Mariners a two-run lead.
Ianni came back out for the fourth and walked a batter with two out, but got a
pop-out to end the frame and ended his four-inning outing giving up two runs on five
hits and four walks.
The juniors had a chance to make some noise offensively in the fifth loading the
bases when Josh Naylor (Mississauga, ON) walked, while Tristan Clarke (Brampton, ON)
was hit by a pitch with one out and Luke Horanski followed with a walk. A groundball
to third however, off the bat of JF Garon (Terrebonne, QC) was scooped up by the
Mariners third baseman who stepped on the bag and fired to first for an inning
ending double play.
With reliever Alexis Lavergne (Gatineau, QC) on the mound for the bottom of the
fifth, the Mariners pushed across their third run of the game taking advantage of a
throwing error in the outfield to go up 3-0. The juniors had thwarted a leadoff
double tossing a runner out at home trying to score on a single earlier in the
Lavergne tossed a perfect sixth inning including one strikeout, but the Mariners
scored two more runs in the seventh to increase their lead to five.
The defence did not help Lavergne as they committed three errors in the inning,
while he gave up a walk and a double.
In total, Lavergne went four innings and gave up three runs although none of them
were earned, walked one batter and struck out one batter.
Up Next: The juniors face a doubleheader tomorrow on their last day on the island.
Up first is a match-up with Dominican prospects from the Colorado Rockies at 10:30am
ET at the Rockies complex in Boca Chica. Following the game the team will travel to
Santo Domingo to face some of the Dominican Republic’s top ‘July 2nd’ eligible
talent at Estadio Quisqueya with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30pm ET.