The best we can say about this game is that Aaron Laffey kept the Mariners from having to dip into Class AAA for a Saturday starter since he went three innings and kept Blake Beavan on the sidelines.
Laffey gave up homers to Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind that really blew things open. But Adam Kennedy homered in the eighth after Dustin Ackley doubled in a run in the seventh so the 11-4 score is still more respectable that it really should be.
5:42 p,m: We don’t say this very often, but Dustin Ackley just cost his team three runs in the fourth inning of what is now an 8-2 ballgame.
Jamey Wright benefitted from an outstanding catch on-the-run by Franklin Gutierrez early and appeared out of a two-on, one-out jam with a double play grounder. But Ackley could not complete the back end of a 6-4-3 double-play chance and Travis Snider belted the next pitch over the wall in right center for a three-run homer.
That type of night. Aaron Laffey is warming up. We’ll keep an eye on Blake Beavan.
5:29 p.m.: Well, this game looked pretty much done until Josh Bard doubled home a pair off Brandon Morrow with two out in the fourth to make it a 5-2 game.
But Jason Vargas is getting lit up like a Cuban cigar in the Kennedy White House and the only thing keeping this score from being 10-2 for Toronto is Mike Carp, Franklin Gutierrez and Dumbo the Blue Jays Fan in left field. Vargas gave up another run in the third and won’t be long for this contest with a pitch count escalating faster than MLBTR page views whenever Chone Figgins trade rumors pop up.
Keep an eye on whether Blake Beavan is forced into the game in relief. Beavan was to throw his side session today ahead of Sunday’s start in Boston, but Eric Wedge has him in the bullpen just in case tonight’s game went the way it’s going. Jamey Wright will likely be the first guy in, with the rest of the bullpen a little gassed after last night in terms of long relief.
If Beavan comes in and has to throw an inning, that could simply replace his side session. But if he has to go longer, he’d be bumped from his start and the team would likely call someone up from Class AAA. Think Luke French, or a reasonable facsimile, coming to a Fenway Park near you. Good times.
5:01 p.m.: Jason Vargas gave up four runs in the second inning and it would have been worse had a Blue Jays fan not immitated that M’s fan from the other night and interfered with a double down the left field line. That bonehead move save Vargas one run and Mike Carp’s leaping catch at the wall on an Adam Lind drive spared another one or two.
But it’s still 4-0 for Toronto.
Lind opened the inning with a single, took third with some chancy baserunning on another single, then scored on a sac fly. Vargas then walked three straight hitters, including Yunel Escobar on four pitches to force in a run.
Eric Thames doubled past the third base bag to bring home two additional runs and would have plated a third if not for Mr. Bonehead.
Brandon Morrow has settled in, so, yes indeed, the M’s are once again up squarely against the proverbial “it”.
4:23 p.m.: Seattle loaded the bases with none out against Brandon Morrow in the first inning. But Justin Smoak struck out, Adam Kennedy popped out to the catcher and Mike Carp lined out to the shortstop. Not a good beginning for a team that’s lost 10 in a row. On the positive side, hey, they’ve continued last night’s trend of getting guys on. Now, they have to finish.
The latest on Erik Bedard is that he will likely not be pitching on this road trip.The earliest we’re told he can come off the DL will be when the club returns to Seattle, meaning no more than one start max before the July 31 trade deadline.
4:05 p.m.: There is a game tonight. Some guy named Brandon Morrow is pitching against the Mariners.
Tomorrow’s game will be played with the roof closed here at Rogers Centre. They are expecting extreme heat at game time with temperatures up around 100 degrees.
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
17 Justin Smoak (S) DH
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 1B
20 Mike Carp (L) LF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
3 Josh Bard C
38 Jason Vargas LHP
Blue Jays (48-49)
5 Yunel Escobrar SS
46 Eric Thames (L) RF
19 Jose Bautista DH
26 Adam Lind (L) 1B
10 Edwin Encarnacion 3B
45 Travis Snider (L) LF
2 Aaron Hill 2B
11 Rajai Davis CF
8 Jose Molina C
23 Brandon Morrow RHP