Well, at least the Mariners finally got a hit off Nolan Ryan Jr., otherwise known as Derek Holland, he of the 6.13 ERA (rapidly dwindling, I might add), with a Jack Hannahan single to center in the fifth inning. It had been 14 up, 14 down.
On the pitching side, well, it’s a disaster. Michael Young just hit his second homer of the game, this one off Chris Jakubauskas in the bottom of the fifth, to make it a 5-0 game. This one was “only” 391 feet compared to his prior 430-footer. It’s his first multi-homer game since April 11, 2007 off Tampa Bay. The M’s tonight are doing a fair impersonation of that ’07 Rays’ staff, with Garrett Olson lasting only 3 /13 innings, yielding three homers, four runs, six hits and two walks. Good news is, he yielded one fewer run than in his last start. Well, OK, that’s not really good news.
5:56 p.m.: Another tape measure home run yielded by Garrett Olson in the third inning, thius one a 430-footer to left center, makes it 4-0. Chris Jakubauskas is warming up in the bullpen. This could be a long night. Olson surrendered an ensuing double to Nelson Cruz, but managed to get out of his inning.
Hey, four runs allowed on three homers isn’t terrible. If the Mariners can do something other than nine up, nine down every three innings at the plate, they could theoretically come back.
UPDATE 5:49 p.m.: By the way, for those of you wondering, that Class A pitcher for the Mariners affiliate was pulled because of an injury, not a pending trade.
5:36 p.m.: Garrett Olson got the first four guys out, then started playing the long ball game again and now trails 3-0. Olson yielded a blast to right center by Hank Blalock , walked Andruw Jones, then gave up a cannon shot over the wall in deepest center by Jarrod Saltalamachia for two more runs.
We’ll at least get to see Jack Wilson get to bat in the third inning.
By the way, count me impressed by how Michael Saunders has played the outfield. He’s made some tough catches look easy, including one in the second in which he raced in on a soft liner to left center by Josh Hamilton.
5:06 p.m.: Jack Wilson makes his debut for the Mariners tonight. Garrett Olson takes the mound tonight with Seattle now six full games back of Boston in the wild-card race. For those of you hoping the Mariners will somehow climb back in this thing, a sweep here wouldn’t hurt.
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