The Mariners were caught between a rock and a hard place today when the New York Yankees seemed to hit every ball somewhere between 300 and 400 feet.
On the 300-footers, the Mariners kept losing balls in the sun and having them fall in for doubles. The 400-footers, though, would either go off the walls or, in one case, well over the left field fence.
So, it was pick-your-poison time in this 8-2 loss.
Unfortunately for the M’s, they never got to see how the Yankee outfielders may have handled anything lofted up in the sun. The M’s had only seven hits all day, most of them never getting more than a few feet off the ground. Almost all the outs came via grounders or strikeouts.
The only ball hit with any real authority was a meaningless Casey Kotchman solo homer with one out in the ninth.
Justin Smoak got his first hit for the M’s, a single. He also popped out twice to the catcher.
Not the pre-ASB showing the M’s had hoped for out of spring training. They finish the unofficial “first half” 18 games below .500 with a record of 35-53 (.398). They have to go at least 28-46 (.378) the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses.
July 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM