July 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM
Game thread: Mariners 2, Indians 1, bottom 8th
Mike Zunino just opened the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer to left to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead. So, the Indians pitchers are off to a new type of streak. After 88 straight innings of not allowing a homer, they’ve now given them up in two straight.
8:20 p.m.: Cleveland pitchers had held opponents without a home run for 88 consecutive innings until the fourth, when Kendrys Morales hit a solo blast to right field that ties this game at 1-1. Up to then, Aaron Harang had pitched out of some jams — including runners at the corners with one out in the third and a runner on third with one out in the fourth.
7:20 p.m.: Nick Swisher took a full-count offering from Aaron Harang over the wall in left-center to give the Indians a 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame.
6:50 p.m.: Lost in all the pre-game concern about manager Eric Wedge is the fact the Mariners still have to go out and play tonight. They’ll take a six-game win streak into tonight’s action against a Cleveland Indians squad that’s fighting for first place in the AL Central and has seen its pitching staff be very stingy in allowing home runs.
In fact, the Indians have gone 85 innings in a row without allowing a homer.
They’ll be running into one of the hottest, home-run-hitting clubs in baseball in the Mariners, so this ought to be very interesting.
In other news, Michael Morse is to start his injury rehabilitation assignment tonight as a DH with Class AAA Tacoma. He’ll then play right field tomorrow for five innings. Mariners manager Wedge said he has no idea how much time Morse will need in AAA and is not about to start making predictions given how things have gone with him thus far.