ON THE MOUND
Kuma posted one of his strongest outings in quite some time and, considering the competition and the venue, that’s really saying something. While the number of walks were rather uncharacteristic, the few hits were scattered and ~thanks in large part to the play shown below~ things never got out of hand. SEVEN innings ~ FOUR hits ~ ONE earned run ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts
The 8th inning relief effort was’t exactly “clean” but, desired end result achieved = ZERO runs scored
} Ollie, really struggling since the break (coming back down to earth?) was unable to record an out (a walk and a HBP),
} Yoervis came in gave up a sac bunt and loaded the bases with an IBB to Beltre
} Charlie came in and got Pierzynski to pop up for the third out
} Great to see The Lord back up on his steed after being tossed pretty roughly in his last outing that resulted in his first blown save. This time 1-2-3 = 6th save
AT THE PLATE FOUR runs, but TWO homers . . .
And, their first hit didn’t happen until Justin singled in the 5th. Apparently, Kyle wasn’t aware of the actual severity of his current slump going into this game (a career high 0-21) but, he was fully aware of his career success at The Ballpark in Arlington. Everyone else was reminded in the 8th inning when Kyle launched a TWO-run shot that gave the M’s the 2-1 lead. Justin provided some insurance with a solo shot in the 9th
IN THE FIELD
The play of the game, as it turns out, was in the bottom of the 1st . . . .
it saved a run and potentially Kuma’s bacon (as, you never know what would have happened had the Rangers scored at that point)
VIDEO: Nick Franklin fires a rocket home to save a run at the plate and keep the game scoreless: http://t.co/9zlxIME2IH
Not the most enjoyable game I’ve ever attended, and a loss is a loss but, it’s not like (even as rosy as I am) I really expected a win tonight. Not after the marathon yesterday in which EVERY position player played ALL SIXTEEN innings and then, add to that, an up/down Aaron Harang on the mound ~ it wasn’t a recipe that screamed success. So, the fact that the game ~as a whole~ ended up better than expected because of the performance of Blake Beavan was very encouraging. It’s not every day a reliever posts a quality start 😉
ON THE MOUND
Aaron Harang’s night in Seattle against the Yankees wasn’t quite as bad as Phil Hughes’ outing in New York against the Mariners (when he gave up 7 runs and didn’t get out of the 1st inning). In fact, things were looking manageable after the first TWO innings – a hit batsman the only base runner. Then came the 3rd and the melt-down ensued . . . FIVE singles, ONE double, TWO homers and SIX runs later, Aaron was out of the game.
Enter Blake Beavan, fresh back from Tacoma. I was worried that things weren’t going to get any better with this switch (in fact, part of me thought it might get worse). Was I glad to be wrong. Blake came in and not only ate innings (to save that depleted bullpen) but MOWED ’em down – retiring NINETEEN of the TWENTY batters he faced (and got the double play immediately after the single).
His performance really can’t be over-stated. They needed an outing like that because it helped in the immediate (resting a totally depleted bullpen) as well as provided some encouragement for the future, should Harang and Bonderman continue to struggle (whether it be as a long man or as the mop up dude. In any case, when was the last time a “reliever” posted a line like this?
6.2 innings ~ ONE hit ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts
AT THE PLATE
Combine players who played SIXTEEN innings the day before and a pitcher who is “on his stick” and it’s not typically an easy day at the office. Phil Hughes was the total opposite of what the guys saw in NY in May. the only managed FOUR total hits (THREE off Hughes) and only ONE extra base hit (a Kyle Seager’s RBI double in the 8th).
IN THE FIELD
* nice double play in the 8th to erase the sole base-runner Blake allowed
* Jason put out the side in order in the 2nd
tweets of the game . . .
Very excited to be a Seattle Mariner! Definitely got put in the best organization I could have. Feel blessed and excited to be a mariner!
* Guti will be eligible to come back about July 13th but will have a couple game rehab stint first.
* Montero took BP for the first time since his injury and will not catch tomorrow but, may DH
* Pryor to be sent on a rehab stint
* Erasmo won’t be ready for awhile so, M’s will need another starter after the ASB
The award, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is annually bestowed to the amateur player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship. Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the 2010 Golden Spikes recipient, made the announcement live on MLB Network.
A former University of Florida catcher who was selected by the Mariners in the Draft, Zunino won the 35th edition of the award over fellow finalists Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and Carlos Rodon, a left-handed pitcher from North Carolina State.
Zunino, who also won this year’s Dick Howser Trophy as the premier college player and the Johnny Bench Award as the best collegiate catcher, batted .322 with 19 home runs and 67 RBIs as a junior for the Gators in 2012.
As the Mariners tweeted … he’s going to need a bigger mantel 🙂
In three years at the University of Florida, Zunino developed into one of the premier players in the game. As a junior this past season, Zunino won the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award, given to the College Player of the Year and the top collegiate catcher, respectively. He is currently a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
“Every once in awhile, a high first-round-type talent is out there, and that’s what we saw in Mike,” McNamara said.
“I think when you look at what he brings to the table, his offensive numbers are impressive,” Zduriencik said. “But his defensive leadership, what he does behind the plate, I think is going to be very important to this organization as we move forward.”
Going into the series with AZ, the Mariners bullpen had not allowed a run since June 10th…
Then, in the 3-game series, they gave up a combined NINE runs, including Luetge’s first in his 26th appearance. Lucas’s 25 scoreless appearances to start his major league career ranks as the SECOND BEST in major league HISTORY!
MEANWHILE, DOWN IN T-TOWN
Adam Moore has been reinstated from the DL
Franklin Gutierrez continues his rehab assignment (as speculation abounds as to what move(s) will be made upon his return to Seattle in a matter of weeks/days)
FINAL TALLY FOR THE DRAFT
20 pitchers (6 LH)
26 college players, 15 high schoolers
Larry Stone published the transcription of M’s first-rounder, Mike Zunino’s conference call here…
a rather humorous tweet from Shannon on draft day… On the Mariners pick Felix yelled “hey Montero, you are going back to Pulaski!”
STILL REVELING IN THE NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO
taking lots of promotional shots, figuring out what to send to the HoF, etc
Relievers reliving it –> video
the Bartender talks to MLBN–> video