O'Neill, Powell break out at plate for Rainiers

Outfielders' combined seven hits include homer, four doubles

Tyler O'Neill batted .310 in 13 big league Spring Training games for the Mariners in March. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com | April 25, 2017 3:10 AM

Tyler O'Neill's average dipped to its lowest point of the season after a loss Sunday, so the Triple-A Tacoma slugger responded with his best night of the year.

The Mariners' No. 2 prospect homered and doubled twice for his first three-hit night in the Pacific League and No. 24 Boog Powell chipped in four hits, including two doubles, but the Rainiers fell to the Albuquerque Isotopes, 12-8, on Monday night.

O'Neill put up a pair of two-hit games through his first seven contests this year, but the native of western Canada had gone 5-for-41 (.122) over his last 10 games to drop his slash line to .179/.233/.328. After walking in the first inning against the Isotopes, O'Neill bashed a solo homer to right field in the third.

Video: Tacoma's O'Neill bashes solo shot

The left fielder laced a double to left with one out in the fifth and followed with an RBI double to left with one out in the sixth.

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Fellow outfielder Powell is also heating up at the plate. He doubled to center in the fourth and singled to right leading off the sixth. The Irvine, California native began the eighth with another double to center and poked an RBI single to right in the ninth.

Video: Tacoma's Powell hits leadoff double

Monday's showing was Powell's first game of the season with more than two hits and extended his hitting streak to five games. That followed a 4-for-26 (.154) start through the first eight games of 2017.

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Rockies No. 5 prospect Raimel Tapia went 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs from the leadoff spot for Albuquerque.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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