When Miguel Cabrera drives in as many runs as your team has hits on the night, things aren’t usually going to end well. The Mariners found that out the hard way in tonight’s 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
The Mariners actually had the lead in the fifth inning until Cabrera took starting pitcher Aaron Harang over the center field wall for a two-run blast that put the Tigers ahead for good. Cabrera went on to drive in his team’s first four runs of the night before a pair of bases-loaded walks in the eighth inning plated the final two Detroit markers.
“He did a great job hitting that pitch,’’ Harang said. “We went back and looked at it (on video). It was four or five inches off he plate. It should have been a ball. It proves why he’s as good as he is and the fact that he won (AL) MVP last year.’’
Harang actually looked pretty good for a guy who hadn’t started in over two weeks since spring training with the Dodgers.
“Once I got out there and got through that first inning, it felt like I was able to get into more of a rhythm,’’ Harang said. “Obviously, they were fouling off a lot of pitches early, which ended up raising my pitch count pretty quick.’’
As for the Mariners, they continued to have trouble hitting, notching just four total in seven innings off Tigers starter Doug Fister. So, while Harang pitched decently enough by allowign just three runs over five innings, it wasn’t going to get his team over the top.
“He was pretty much the same,’’ Justin Smoak said of Fister after going 1-for-2 and drawing his team’s only walk of the night off him. “He’s got that great angle and sinkers that are down and away…I thought his changeup was better than I’ve seen him before.
“He was always good when he was here,’’ Smoak said. “He goes out there and competes. We got on him there that one inning…and just couldn’t add on after that.’’
The Mariners then proceeded to trot out one relief pitcher after another in another game of mix-and-match that guaranteed this contest would drag well beyond the three-hour mark despite Seattle having little chance of a comeback.
It would have been nice to see Blake Beavan left out there to eat up some innings since he’s supposed to be the long guy. Instead, we also got to see Bobby Laframboise and Yoervis Medina — who each walked in a run.
Medina at least got to strike out Venezuelan countryman Cabrera with the bases full and that had to be a thrill for him.
As for the 12,379 in attendance, this was another long — as in too long by clock standards — game in which the home side didn’t do very much.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said afterwards that it’s going to be a challenge to incorporate all of the bullpen’s new assets into games to the point where they can function as a unit.
“It’s a big adjustment right now,” Wedge said. “We’ve got to re-eastablish ourselves down there and get into the roles where we need them to be.”
The hitters are also still adjusting to one another and all of the stops and starts with injuries the past week hasn’t helped.
“We’ve got to get the offense going and loosen things up a little bit around here,’’ Wedge said. “They’re grinding, they’re fighting through it.’’
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