This 9-1 hammering looked too much like last year for comfort. There was Carlos Silva, battered and bruised, coming out of the game after just three innings, already trailing by an unconverted touchdown. And there on the opposing mound was the latest retread starter made to look like a Cy Young Award candidate by a Mariners offense that can’t do much of anything right. The Mariners played like a collection of individuals tonight and it showed.
Their approach at the plate was all wrong. Sidney Ponson average just over 10 pitches per inning and somehow made it though 7 1/3 frames despite just one strikeout and eight hits allowed. When the M’s did have chances to get back in this thing, they mostly squandered them with poor pitch selection. The crowd of 15,324 was pretty bored by it all and took to shouting “Sweeney!” in the ninth inning, hoping the former Royal would get a pinch-hit appearance.
Even Horacio Ramirez was able to slam the door in their face.
But in fairness, Silva didn’t leave them much. He went from unlucky, to bad, to worse, in a very short time period. We’ll see what the Mariners leave him with going forward.
May 6, 2009 at 7:42 PM