ADDITIONAL NOTE 10:16 p.m.: For those wondering, that bunt play by Ichiro in the fourth inning was supposed to be a suicide squeeze. Manager Don Wakamatsu took the blame, however, saying the coaches relayed the wrong signal to Yuniesky Betancourt at third base. Betancourt thought he’d been told Ichiro was bunting for a hit and did not break for the plate. As I said, Wakamatsu took the blame for relaying the wrong signal to Betancourt. Hope that clears up what was a very confusing turn of events.
Brandon Morrow, above, closes out tonight’s game.
As we were telling you earlier, Jarrod Washburn owns the Tampa Bay Rays. Owns ’em. Washburn did more than just allow a pair of runs over seven innings tonight. He also struck out nine batters from a pretty solid lineup. Nine batters! That’s one shy of his career best.
Yes, he owns the Rays. If they want a new stadium, Washburn will have to reach for some of that $10.4 million he’s making this season and pony up.
And that kind of pitching was just what the Mariners needed as they again rode one big inning to victory. Washburn has had the worst run support of any AL pitcher since the start of 2005, receiving just 4.28 runs per contest.
The M’s couldn’t get him that many runs tonight, settling for just the four, but it would be enough. Washburn owes a big thank you to Rays center fielder Gabe Kapler, who played like a deep second baseman on the two triples by Rob Johnson and Yuniesky Betancourt that helped decide the game.
And the Mariners will gladly take it. When you’re 9-5 and in first place, it buys you time to work out some other problem areas with your offense.
April 21, 2009 at 9:34 PM