There weren’t too many people left in the crowd, as you can see above, by the time the Mariners made things interesting in the ninth. It then got even more interesting post-game.
Just got up from the clubhouse, where Alex Liddi and Blake Beavan were saying goodbye to teammates after being told post-game they are headed to Class AAA.
Nothing is official just yet, but there will also be some 15-day disabled list moves made tomorrow, with Mike Carp headed there as well as Stephen Pryor, who hurt his groin tonight and has an MRI tomorrow.
Expect to see Erasmo Ramirez start Thursday’s game and Kevin Millwood pushed back to Beavan’s previous Saturday spot.
And expect to see Franklin Gutierrez called up tomorrow. Casper Wells, too, plus another reliever.
The one thing the Mariners saw tonight is that they can’t get away with this shoddy left field defense much longer. Chone Figgins did not play well tonight and it cost the Mariners some valuable runs in a sixth inning that could have been contained with a play on a rather routine looking flyball that Brendan Ryan had to try to catch. That ball should have been taken charge of by Figgins. Instead, he left it to the shortstop to make a play and the catch was next-to-impossible.
Now that Carp is DL-bound and Liddi is going to AAA, the M’s are real short in the outfield and adding Gutierrez only makes sense. His bat may not be ready, but his glove has always been there and the M’s can use it.
Wells will be needed as well for some late-game options and substitutions in-game for injury or strategy.
Gutierrez will likely be in center tomorrow and Michael Saunders will go to left field.