Looks like the Mariners have thrown this game away, literally. The Padres scored five more runs in the sixth to take an 9-1 lead, knocking Garrett Olson from the game and then allowing Roy Corcoran to inflict the rest of the damage on himself. Corcoran threw eight straight balls, walking the first two batters he faced to force in a run. Corcoran then started throwing balls over the plate and gave up an infield single that scored another run and a sacrifice fly to shallow center.
Franklin Gutierrez seemed surprised that the runner at third, Kyle Blanks, tagged up on the play. Gutierrez made a poor throw home and it was a fraction of a second too late. Corcoran then allowed two more RBI singles and, well, this game is done.
It’s too bad for the M’s because the Rangers are getting rocked and the Angels just fell behind in the sixth.
Corcoran has been having command issues all year. The team was reluctant to bring him back up after the series in Baltimore two weeks ago, but figured he’d see spot duty and could work on his command in blowouts and side sessions. Well, they’ve got a blowout on their hands now, so maybe…nah.
As for Olson, another forgettable night. When you face a lineup as weak as this Padres group, you’ve just got to do a better job than he did tonight. That’s four games versus one of the worst teams in baseball and the Mariners are about to fall to 2-2.
8:22 p.m.: This has all the hallmarks of one of those typical Garrett Olson outings of the past two seasons. Gives up a couple of hits, gets flustered and lets things start to come undone. It’s now a 4-1 lead for San Diego, heading to the bottom of the fifth, after Olson yielded a double to .187-hitting Henry Blanco, then a run-scoring single to Evreth Cabrera — who promptly stole two bases. With two out, David Eckstein singled through the right side to give the Padres a three-run lead.
Texas is getting hammered by Arizona, but it won’t matter if Olson can’t stop the bleeding and the Mariners fail to get any started.
8:00 p.m.: NEWSFLASH: The Mariners are not going to allow Adrian Gonzalez to beat them.
In other news: Bill Clinton only inhaled, the Iraq conflict is over and Lindsay Lohan still has a career.
By the way, who was that guy who just launched a no-doubt homer into the right field bleachers off Garrett Olson in the fourth inning, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead? I dunno, Was going to ask my trusty Brandon Morrow bobblehead doll, but his head snapped clean off when he tried to whip around to view the ball leaving the yard.
7:42 p.m.: Just the trio of hitters you don’t want to have coming up with the bases loaded and nobody out if you’re the Mariners. Rob Johnson and Yunieksy Betancourt went down swinging, leaving it to .123-hitting Ronny Cedeno to save the day…and that he did, taking a full-count pitch for a ball to force home the game’s first run. Ichiro gorunded out after that, leaving it a 1-0 game after two innings.
A rather unsatisfying outcome, though, to say the least. If this team is to contend, it will have to find a way to produce major league caliber offensive outputs. Might mean changing some hitters and getting other guys in there more regularly. Will probably have to involve a trade in July for another bat.
7:09 p.m.: The Padres made a move pre-game, activating CF Scott Hairston and putting Brian Giles and his anemic bat on the 15-day DL. Not a great trade-off for the Mariners, who need to rack up some wins this series.
June 23, 2009 at 8:54 PM