July 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Reds, July 6 (plus note on Alex Liddi trade): Mariners lose, 13-4
The Mariners gave up 13 hits and made two errors. A game they’d prefer to forget.
REDS EIGHTH: The Reds bat around against Danny Farquhar as the Mariners continue to unravel. They made two errors on one play, leading to two of Cincinnati’s four runs being unearned. It’s been a sloppy affair for the Mariners, who now trail 13-4.
REDS SIXTH: Carter Capps hadn’t pitched since June 25 and it showed as the Reds got four hits and three runs off him, the big blow a two-run double by Jay Bruce, Cincy’s fourth double today. 8-4 Reds.
MARINERS SIXTH: M’s get one back when Brendan Ryan doubles home Ackley, but Latos strikes out pinch-hitter Nick Franklin and Brad Miller. Bonderman’s last two games: 8.1 combined innings, 13 hits, 7 walks (2 intentional), 12 runs. Reds lead, 6-4.
REDS FIFTH: They get two more off Bonderman on a two-out double by Cesar Izturis. Reds are 4-for-9 with four walks (two intentional) off Bonderman with two outs. 6-3 Reds
MARINERS FIFTH: M’s miss a scoring chance when Michael Saunders strikes out — for the third time in the game — with runners on second and third. 4-3 Reds
REDS FOURTH: They storm into the lead with three runs as Wedge’s strategy of walking No. 8 hitter Ryan Hanigan (hitting .196) with two outs backfires when Mat Latos ripped a two-run double to the gap in right-center. Choo’s single scored Latos. 4-3 Reds
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners get the run right back, and guess who drives it in? Kyle Seager, who has all three RBIs. After Bonderman struck out — the sixth straight strikeout by Latos — Miller walked, moved to third on a Chavez single, and came home on Seager’s sac fly. 3-1 Mariners
REDS SECOND: They get one run back on a walk to Bruce, a wild pitch, a ground out and a single to right by Izturis. Bruce had to hold up to see if Chavez would catch the ball and was nearly thrown out by Chavez, but the ball skipped by Zunino. It would have been a close play had he fielded it cleanly. 2-1 Mariners
MARINERS SECOND: Apparently, Latos didn’t like getting a homer hit off him, because he’s struck out five in a row after Seager’s bomb. He fanned the side in the second. 2-0 Mariners
MARINERS FIRST: For the second game in a row, they jumped ahead quickly with a two-run homer, this time by red-hot Kyle Seager. He is now 11-for-21 over his last seven games, with three homers and 6 RBIs.
The Mariners just announced that Alex Liddi, recently designated for assignment when Brad Miller was called up, has been traded to the Orioles. In an interesting twist, the Mariners sent their No. 3 international signing slot to Baltimore and received the Orioles’ No. 2 slot. In other words, they traded Liddi and get a little more money to spend on international prospects. This year, for the first time, teams have been given a limit to their international spending, but trades such as this are allowed. The Orioles are assigning Liddi to their Triple-a affiliate in Norfolk.
Here is an explanation of the whole international signing system that is much better than anything I could provide. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Baltimore’s No. 2 slot is worth $351,200, and Seattle’s No. 3 is worth $277,500. So the Mariners gained $73,700 in money to spend on prospects internationally.
Baltimore seems to have a fondness for lapsed Mariner prospects, having already acquired Trayvon Robinson and Eric Thames.