UPDATE 5:54 p.m. (middle of sixth) Jack Hannahan just hit his second homer as the Mariners battle back. It’s now 8-6.
FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ UPDATE: It doesn’t sound as dire as it looked. He has a left elbow and left knee contusion, and x-rays on his elbow were negative. He also has an abrasion on his left knee. He’s listed as day to day. That’s about as good an outcome as you could hope for. It sounds like nothing is broken or sprained,
UPDATE 5:27 P.M.(MIDDLE OF FOURTH): Sorry,still no update on Gutierrez. Jack Hannahan’s homer makes it 8-3 Tigers.
UPDATE 5:10 P.M. (TOP OF THIRD): We should have an update on Gutierrez’s injury within 15 minutes or so. I’m not going to speculate any more until it comes.
UPDATE 4:58 P.M.:This is not good for the Mariners. Franklin Gutierrez is down after crashing into the wall in right-center making a great effort to catch Ryan Raburn’s triple. He appears to be really shaken up. It’s hard to say if it’s his shoulder or ribs — and his face smacked against the wall, too. The last thing the Mariners need, obviously, is to lose Gutierrez.
Gutierrez is up and waking off the field, but leaning on the trainer Rob Nodine. He’s coming out of the game. Still hard to say what it is, but something with his left arm. He appears dazed and in pain.
UPDATE 4:50 P.M. (BOTTOM OF SECOND): Garrett, we hardly knew ye. Olson is mercifully out of the game, having thrown 53 pitches and gotten four outs. I’ll go out on a limb and say he will be out of the rotation, never mind Wakamatsu’s desire not to have pitchers looking over their shoulder. Olson did not have one swinging strike, by the way.
UPDATE 4:37 P.M.: It only took him 42 pitches, but Olson is out of the first. He gave up two singles, a double, two walks and a grand slam. 5-1 Tigers.
UPDATE 4:26 P.M.: Ryan Rowland-Smith, where are you? I’ve got to think he’ll be playing the role of Garrett Olson very soon. That grand slam by Magglio Ordonez was first since July 2, 2002, and it was against Detroit, when he played for the White Sox. The pitcher? None other than Jose Paniagua. 5-1 Tigers, and another full count. Olson is not long for this game.
UPDATE 4:24 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FIRST): Chris Jakubauskas is up already. Olson is laboring just as he did in Cleveland. Wakamatsu went out to the mound with some stern words, but it didn’t seem to help. This is painful to watch.
Tigers starter Rick Porcello, age 20, has been one of the best rookie pitchers in the American League this year. He got his first major-league win against the Mariners on April 19, working seven innings of an 8-2 Detroit victory at Safeco FIeld. He allowed one run on five hits, with no walks and three strikeouts. Porcello has lost his last two outings, agianst Oakland and Minnesota, giving up a combined 16 hits and 11 runs in 8 1/3 innings.
Garrett Olson can’t be as shaky as he was in Cleveland (2 2/3 innings, five hits, three walks, three runs, two earned) and expect to keep starting.
Russ Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Franklin Guierrez CF
Ryan Langerhans LF
Kenji Johjima C
Jack Hannahan 3B
Ronny Cedeno SS
Garrett Olson LHP
Curtis Granderson CF
Placido Polanco 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Marcus Thames DH
Magglio Ordonez RF
Ryan Raburn LF
Brandon Inge 3B
Gerald Laird C
Adam Everett SS
Rick Porcello RHP
July 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM