The Mariners congratulate each other down on the field moments ago after a walk-off single to left by Mel Stocker in the 10th inning gave Seattle a 4-3 win over the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in Peoria.
Over in Goodyear, Ariz., as we mentioned, the M’s lost 4-1 to Cleveland on a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth. So, lots of sudden death today.
Russell Branyan, pictured above in the center of things, hit his third homer in two days to get the M’s on the scoreboard back in the second inning. All three of the blasts were the opposite way to left field.
Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu spoke after the game about Erik Bedard’s return from the gluteus maximus injury.
“He says he could have gone five innings today, so we’ll see,” he said.
The plan is now to get Bedard one more side session and then insert him back in a longer start the next time.
Wakamatsu also spoke of how Chris Jakubauskas, pitching those five innings of one-run ball in Goodyear, Ariz. today, has helped his chances of making the team.
Hear all of Wakamatsu’s post-game audio right here.
“The one thing, he’s not afraid,” he said. “And so, you judge his stuff and the way he takes the ball. He’s had two good outings. He puts himself on the map. At least, he’s opened some eyes.”
Wakamatsu was asked whether he felt Jakubauskas was exclusively a starter, or could become a long man in the bullpen.
“Right now, with the health of everybody, we’re looking at everybody,” he said. “We talked about that before. No, I think we’d look at him both — as a starter and a reliever.”
March 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM