Right-hander Victor Sanchez, the Mariners' No. 6 prospect, threw a two-hit shutout in Game 2 of a doubleheader Friday and Double-A Jackson defeated Jacksonville, 6-0. The Generals also won the first game, 4-3, sweeping the twinbill.
Sanchez struck out eight batters and held the Suns to two hits and three walks in seven innings. He threw 103 pitches and, because games in Minor League doubleheaders are limited to seven innings, he gets credit for his second career shutout. His first was a nine-inning no-hitter last year at Class A Clinton.
Sanchez spent a month on the disabled list earlier this year with tightness in his right forearm. But he has pitched well since returning to action and has now won back-to-back starts.
At 19 years old, Sanchez was the youngest player in the Southern League by more than a year on Opening Day. He has held his own against the older competition this year. With Friday's victory, he improved to 3-2 with a 4.06 ERA. He has struck out 39 batters and walked 12 in 44 1/3 innings.
The Generals offense Friday was led by third baseman Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 16 prospect. He combined to go 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBIs in the two games. He is hitting .295 with three home runs in 31 games since getting promoted to Jackson in early May.