We’ll give a quick wrapup of what was a rather perfunctory Mariner loss to the A’s in Phoenix tonight, 6-1.
Here’s the boxscore and here’s the recap.
The most noteworthy aspect of the game was a somewhat shaky outing by Hisashi Iwakuma, attempting to make the rotation after being signed in the off-season as a free agent. He gave up seven hits and five runs, three earned, in four innings.
Mariner manager Eric Wedge, though, said he saw some good things, said he thinks Iwakuma has improved each game out and is getting more comfortable playing over here. He noted that Iwakuma was able to get the ball down better in the last three innings, when he allowed one run and three hits, and also thought that was a good sign.
He also liked the pitching of the relievers, especially Shawn Kelley and Steve Delabar, who didn’t allow a run and had four strikeouts (two each) in three innings.
As for the offense, Chone Figgins was 0-3 and struck out twice and is down to .190, though he did walk to lead off the game and scored Seattle’s only run on an Ichiro hit — he had three of Seattle’s five hits for the lone highlight of the night and is now hitting .409.
Wedge said again meetings are ongoing on roster decisions and that the time is close for some to be made. But while it wouldn’t be a surprise if some come tomorrow, he said he wouldn’t say when the next cuts will come.
Here’s some video of Wedge’s post-game comments: