The Mariners have the ability to stay competitive in most games, but they usually have to bring their “A” game to do it. Today, Felix Hernandez and his teammates brought their “C” level stuff and the result was a rather predictable 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Justin Masterson is going to be tough to beat most days and he fanned 11 batters in this one. But when Hernandez and a bungling defense spots the home side five runs the first two innings, the rest of it becomes moot. We saw two poor defensive plays by Michael Morse lead to a run in the first, an error by Justin Smoak lead to another run that inning and then a poor play by Hernandez, who forgot to cover home when his catcher went to field a bunt, allow yet another marker to scorein the fourth inning.
An all-around forgettable day, for Hernandez, who yields five earned runs in five innings. And a woeful day by the offense, which mustered only four hits — one of them a Jesus Montero double (well, it should have been, since the ball hit the wall, but alas, he stopped at first base) in the ninth — and did nothing in the fifth inning when the first two runners reached base.
The Mariners are better than this.
But they have to do more than just show up to prove it. The actually have to show up.
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