It sure looked promising, with the M’s seeing their first lead of the series early on but, they despite multiple chances they could not add on and the bullpen couldn’t hold it late ~ oh, the road woes (1-6 . . . blech!)
ON THE MOUND
Brandon certainly surprised (me, at least!)
NO hits, faced the minimum and retired TEN in-a-row at one point through FOUR innings. Then came the 5th and with ONE out he gave up a couple of singles and a walk and after only 63 pitches, that was his day . . .
FOUR.ONE innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE earned run ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
} Dominic took over in the 5th – got a punch out and a ground out to retire the side. Then, got TWO outs in the 6th but, allowed TWO base-runners
} Dominic + Joe + Danny = TWO.ONE innings of scoreless relief
} Charlie + Tom = 1.1 innings w/TWO earned runs and the lead lost
AT THE PLATE
Hey Brandon can bat!
1st ML AB = sac bunt to move Corey to 3B
2nd ML AB = line drive out (that Stanton made a great running shoestring catch on)
Manufacturing works . . .
first TWO runs were sac-flies – whatever it takes!
Best shot at breaking it open . . .
bases-loaded, TWO outs in the 7th – Kyle struck out :-(
all-in-all . . . ZERO for EIGHT w/RISP ain’t gonna cut it
IN THE FIELD
* Nice Nick-to-Robbie-to-Justin double-play to end the 1st
* Strong throw by Dustin to keep the tying run runner at 2B on a deep fly ball in the 8th
* Justin had to double-clutch after fielding a bases-loaded bunt – runner initially called OUT but, replay challenge ends in a SAFE ruling – which tied the game
* Corey continues to prove RF is not a problem for him – surgically repaired knees and all
tweets of the game . . .
In Maurer's past, when he's struggled to throw strikes like today, he;s unraveled and been shelled. He didn't today.—
Jason A. Churchill (@ProspectInsider) April 20, 2014
Hisashi Iwakuma threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Sunday. Everything went well. He is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday for the Rainiers.—
Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 20, 2014
catching up on roster moves and M*A*S*H update . . .
^ Taijuan and Stephen are getting rehab starts in AAA Tacoma
^ LoMo and Blake both placed on the 15-day DL
^ Nick was recalled in place of LoMo and James in place of Blake
^ Brandon recalled for today’s game and James sent back down