Ben Francisco just hit a solo homer in the fifth to snap the shutout string put together by Chris Jakubauskas. That cuts Seattle’s lead to 11-1. Yes, you read that right. The M’s scored 11 runs in the first five innings. Lots of balls leaving the park today.
Indians starter Scott Lewis had one of those fantastic pitching lines today: 3.2 IP, 10 ER, 13 H, 1 BB, 3 HR
You may have noticed we’ve slowed up on the game threads a little in recent days. We have a lot of loose ends to tie up these next few days and I’m doing them during the games. We’ll try to update as much as possible, but really, these are exhibition games. When something important happens, we’ll tell you.
Miguel Batista threw 2 2/3 innings in a minor-league contest today against Milwaukee’s Class AAA team as the M’s work to stretch out his arm for a possible long relief/short relief swing-role in the bullpen. He threw 48 pitches, giving up a run on one hit. He also walked two and fanned three. He was pulled with the count full while facing his third batter of the third inning because he was on a 45-pitch limit.
2:11 p.m.: Greetings from Goodyear, Ariz., where Chris Jakubauskas and the Mariners have an 9-0 lead on the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning. Ronny Cedeno just hit a grand slam to left on the first pitch he saw from Indians southpaw Scott Lewis. That was followed by the second home run of the game from Russell Branyan — now tied with Mike Wilson for the team lead. A monster home run to right field by Branyan had helped pace the M’s attack prior to this big fourth inning.
By the way, the M’s have tried to get Branyan plenty of ABs against lefties, something he’s had trouble with in the past. So, that’s two long balls off a lefty today.
A huge game for Jakubauskas, trying to make the squad either as a fifth starter or a long relief man. He’s allowed three hits to this stage, two of them in the previous inning.