Russell Branyan hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the seventh. On the very next pitch, Mike Morse sent a ball screaming over the fence to pretty much the same spot in left. So, it’s now 15-4. All the Mariners need is another 11 solo homers the next two innings and they’ll have a shot in this one. Don’t turn that dial.
Hey, the M’s may be down by 11 runs, but at least Ken Griffey Jr. managed to loft a single to center field (see photo above) in the sixth. Guess the 8,331 fans here got their money’s worth, huh? They seemed happy, treating him to a rousing ovation as he walked off the field — his day done — once the inning ended.
For a more optimistic look at Mariners pitching, the video below has footage of new acquisition Chad Cordero throwing his first bullpen session.
3:21 p.m.: Shawn Kelley’s bubble just burst, giving up a four-spot in the seventh inning, punctuated by a three-run homer from Brandon Allen. Make it a 15-2 score.
3:09 p.m.: Seattle got a two-run homer from Russell Branyan in the fourth inning, then Josh Kroeger replied in the sixth with a solo shot off Randy Messenger to make it an 11-2 lead for Chicago. Miguel Batista pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter and then getting out of it on a nifty 5-3 double-play turned by Adrian Beltre — who tagged the lead runner before throwing on to first base.
2:19 p.m.: Chicago just added an unearned run in the third inning as Yuniesky Betancourt muffed the relay toss from Russell Branyan on the front end of an attempted 3-6-3 double-play. That left two on with none out and a run later scored on a groundout.
So, make it 10-0 for the White Sox. That’s two errors for Betancourt — double the number of hits by the M’s today.
By the way, through three innings, the Mariners are on-pace for a 30-0 loss with 18 strikeouts and three hits by the offense. Miguel Batista heads to the mound to start the fourth.
2:09 p.m.:< strong>Garrett Olson just imploded on the mound, giving up seven of nine Chicago runs in the second inning, and the Mariners trail 9-0.
Olson walked the first two batters he faced, yielded an RBI single to left by Josh Fields (no, not the pitcher, the other guy), then — after a rare out — walked his third batter of the inning and fourth of the game. A.J. Pierzynski then laced a single to right center to bring in two more runs. Carlos Quentin promptly drove a ball to right center for a triple and then scored himself when a relay throw to third by Yuniesky Betancourt went offline.
After notching the second out of the inning, Olson walked his fifth batter of the day and was pulled. Marwin Vega came on to pitch, gave up a bloop single to right by Alexei Ramirez and then a three-run homer lined over the left field fence by Wilson Betemit. Haven’t seen a hit like that by someone named Wilson since Wilson Phillips. Ha, ha.
Olson’s line: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 1 K…53 pitches, 30 of them balls. The other 23 were whacked someplace hard.
1:37 p.m.: We’re scoreless after an inning of play here on a gorgeous day in Peoria. Mariners starter Garret Olson saw two men get on after an error by second baseman Reegie Corona and a walk. But he escaped further trouble after a lineout. Jose Contreras retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, catching Ken Griffey Jr. looking at a third strike on a full-count offering (seen in the photo above).