Mariners Minors: Affiliates Make Winning Look Easy

Sep 7, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Texas Rangers during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. The Mariners won 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 22, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manger Jerry Dipoto laughs with one of his players during batting practice before a game against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated New York, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners general manger Jerry Dipoto laughs with one of his players during batting practice before a game against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated New York, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

A Bakersfield Blaze

Bakersfield is another example of how a team can come together and collectively overcome their opponent day after day. The Blaze scotched their divisional opponents, eventually wining the division by four games.

Kyle Petty’s hitting topped the team. His batting stats of .329 BA/.409 OBP/.930 OPS were arguably the best numbers in the California League. Also, Chantz Mack’s eighty-nine RBI helped the team bring in much needed runs.

While the bats were humbled, the pitchers were more explosive. Due to that explosiveness, the Blaze had the second best league ERA, 3.95. Jake Zokan was the standout from the pen. His 1.45 ERA over 37.1 innings was immaculate.