Mariners pitchers walked a total of FOUR batters in the THREE game series in Anaheim.
Tonight they walked TEN (it’s a miracle that only one of those came ’round to score)
ON THE MOUND
Roenis’ major league debut was shaky in the first couple of innings when he walked three but, then settled he down. At one point he had retired ten straight and, in fact would have recorded FIVE no-hit innings had not a VERY questionable ball call been made by the ump – it would have been strike three to end the inning but, instead was called a ball and the batter singled on the next pitch. Well, welcome to the Big Leagues Roenis – make it a positive learning experience 🙂
FIVE innings ~ TWO hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ THREE strikeouts
} Yourvis was a mixed bag of for the SIX batters he faces: two strikeouts and two ground outs before walking two in-a-row
} Charlie came in with TWO on, ONE out . . . got a line out to RF, then gave up a single to load the bases and then a strikeout on THREE pitches
} Tom was up to some old not-so-good tricks in the 8th 😦 taking over after Charlie walked the lead off guy, he walked the next guy, got a double play but, then gave up an RBI triple and then walked the next batter and then got a ground ball out to end the inning
} Danny had a nice 9th, to send the game into extras, with TWO strikeouts and a fly-out but allowed a couple of walks in the 10th ~ Joe to the rescue to send it to the 11th
} Joe then pitched the full 11th, giving up a hit but no runs (and, the only M’s pitcher tonight who threw more than one pitch and didn’t walk at least one)
} Hector 12th – second pitch = BOOM! game over 😦
AT THE PLATE
The bats cooled off in OakTown . . .
~ whether it was the weather or just better pitching or a combination, I’m not sure ~ M’s took advantage of TWO errors in the 1st to get their first run: Abraham scored on Robbie’s ground out after reaching 1B on a fielding error and advancing to 2B on a throwing error. They didn’t get their second run until the 5th when they had THREE singles, with Almonte’s of the RBI variety ~ the 8th was particularly frustrating as the A’s pitcher needed only 9 pitches to get THREE fly-ball outs
IN THE FIELD
* Play of the game was a sinking line drive by Flud that Abraham dove for and missed, it went all the way to the wall where LoMo chased it down, threw to Robbie who in turn threw a bullet to Zunino who tagged the would-be inside-the-parker OUT. Melvin had the play reviewed ~ it was not over-turned and, at that point (bottom 5) M’s led 2-1
* TWO nice DP’s
* Abe’s base-running blunder was a bit embarrassing but, hey, at least he’s almost always on base (he’ll learn from it)
tweets of the game . . .