If you missed Geoff Baker Live! earlier (see video replay below), we gave you a rundown of today’s Safeco Field visit by draft picks Danny Hultzen and Brad Miller, as well as the arrival of Chance Ruffin from Detroit as the player-to-be-named in the Doug Fister deal. Someone wanted to know whether Ruffin’s inclusion changed my view of the Doug Fister trade. Somebody asked me who my biggest “surprise” player is from 2011. Here’s a hint: the guys with a 17-game hitting streak.
Franklin Gutierrez doubled home Ichiro in the sixth inning to finally get Seattle on the board in a 5-1 game. But the bigger story that inning was Casper Wells taking a Brandon Morrow fastball off the side of his face. Wells had to leave the game. Didn’t look like the pitch was intentional, but still a frightening moment.
8:23 p.m.: Blake Beavan gave up his third homer of the night, this time to Colby Rasmus, in the top of the fourth inning to give Toronto a 5-0 lead. Meanwhile, Brandon Morrow has seven strikeouts through four innings and had not allowed a hit until Mike Carp singled with two out in the fourth.
That’s a 17-game hitting streak for Carp.
7:57 p.m.: Tough night for Blake Beavan so far. He trails 4-0 midway through the third inning after yielding a three-run homer to Adam Lind in the top of the frame.
Beavan jumped ahead 0-2 on Lind, but couldn’t finish him off and saw a fastball get buried. Edwin Encarnacion put Toronto on the board in the second inning with a mammoth home run over the bullpen in left field.
Brandon Morrow has four strikeouts and has retired six in a row to start the game.
7:03 p.m.: Brandon Morrow takes the mound in Seattle for the first time since the December 2009 trade that sent him to Toronto for Brandon League.
The Mariners are simply looking to notch a series win. They’ve got Blake Beavan going.