The Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak today by beating the Colorado Rockies, 10-5, behind the solid four-inning pitching and two-hit batting by pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. See what it was like, in the following video, down on the field post-game after Denny Stark notches a strikeout to end the contest.
We just got done talking to manager Don Wakamatsu down in the field. Wakamatsu made Rowland-Smith look foolish in pre-game batting practice as the lefty swung and missed just about everything the manager sent his way.
“I would have bet my house he wouldn’t have gotten a hit,” Wakamatsu said.
But he did. Two of them, in fact, off Rockies starter Jason Marquis.
“Did you see that?” Wakamatsu quipped. “I’ve got better stuff than that guy’s got.”
Wakamatsu was indeed joking, in case you or anyone from the Marquis family was wondering.
Listen to Wakamatsu’s post-game comments right here.
Rowland-Smith borrowed a bat from good pal Jeff Clement, who had only four hits in 23 at-bats heading into today.
“He might have taken all of them out of it,” Clement said of any hits left in his bat.
Clement was stunned by the hitting show.
“Especially after watching BP, it was pretty ugly,” he said. “And Wak throws as good a BP as anybody and he was just laying them in there.”
Rowland-Smith tried to stay humble. He joked about autographing the bat for Clement and also talked about how he got lucky guessing on a fastball for his second hit. Marquis had thrown him a change-up on the prior pitch and Rowland-Smith guessed correctly that a fastball was coming next. Watch the sequence in the video above.
Click here to listen to the full Rowland-Smith interview.
Matt Tuiasosopo continued to swing a hot bat, clubbing a home run, a double and two singles in a 4-for-5 day. Tuiasosopo leads the team with seven doubles.
Chris Shelton added three more hits and a walk after entering the day batting .471. If you ask me, he looks like a bat this team will have a hard time not keeping in a first base platoon with Russell Branyan. It’s still early and Mike Sweeney hasn’t had much playing time yet, but Shelton is doing what he has to in order to make this team.