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June 12, 2009 at 9:52 PM

A few post-game notes and quotes (with late Rowland-Smith update)

I plum forgot to post Ryan Rowland-Smith’s pitching line tonight in Tacoma. He threw 91 pitches against Sacramento, which got him through six innings. Rowland-Smith allowed five hits, three runs (two earned), walked one and struck out four. That’s a lot better than the 12 runs he gave up in his previous outing.
It turns out there was a reason Jarrod Washburn’s command was off. On the very first pitch he threw, Dexter Fowler hit a comebacker. Washburn reached for it awkwardly and his back, which had been stiff all day, spasmed. So he pitched the rest of the game with a sore back. You could tell by the way he was walking gingerly around the clubhouse afterwards that it was bothering him.
“It didn’t really let go the whole game,” he said. “I tried to put it out of my mind and go out and try to make pitches, but it wasn’t letting me get out real far so I was kind of cutting things off. Everything was cutting on me. My command was terrible. I walked more than normal, hit a couple of guys and I was just all over the place. I wasn’t good.”
But Washburn did last six innings, which was important considering that Brandon Morrow isn’t likely to get very far tonight with a 60-pitch limit.
“I knew we would be a little short with Erik not being able to start tomorrow and Brandon starting and being on a pitch count, so I wanted to give us as much as possible,” Washburn said. “I want to give as much as possible everytime I take the mound anyway. I didn’t change anything. I tried to go out, keep us in the game and give us a chance to win. I didn’t do a very good job of that.”
Don Wakamatsu was most peeved that the Mariners didn’t add on any more runs in the third when they re-loaded the bases after Adrian Beltre’s two-run double with the bases loaded.
“Scoring four runs is better than we’ve done in the past, but we’ve got to take that opportunity in the third inning with the bases loaded,” he said. “We have to tack onto that lead. It’s a different game if we can get a hit there or can manufacture something else.”
After viewing a replay of the squeeze — the play he argued so vehemently — Wakamatsu realized that Ian Stewart slid in ahead of the call. He said he was screened out in the dugout. “He made a nice call on that,” Wakamatsu said of home-plate umpire Bruce Dreckman.
Washburn, by the way, doesn’t think he’ll miss his next start.
“I’m old and have had a lot of times you tweak things. You try to make whatever you have that day work. It did for a little bit, but it bit me in the butt later. I have a bad hip that causes all kinds of problems. I have had back problemsin the past. It didn’t make it so I couldn’t pitch, and the bottom line is I didn’t do the job.”

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