If you tuned in late today, you didn’t miss a thing. The Mariners trailed from the very start of the game and never made it close, getting blown out 10-1 by the Cleveland Indians. The eight-game winning streak ends and you have to wonder a bit about the offense, which has slowed down considerably the last few times out.
The Mariners had one hit heading into the ninth before getting a second one and some walks after that. They scored their only run earlier on thanks to a throwing error. Nobody cared much when the wins were piling up, but the offense will be something to watch heading into this weekend. They don’t need six or seven every time out, but this one or two stuff is cropping up again.
2:48 p.m.: This winning streak looks just about done for the Mariners, who have just one hit and trail 9-1 midway through the sixth. Hector Noesi gave up a solo blast to right to Asdrubal Cabrera in the top of the sixth to tack on another Cleveland run.
2:20 p.m.: Not sure why the Mariners left Joe Saunders in there to face a bunch of right-handed hitters to start the fifth inning. Saunders actually got the first two out, but then yielded a single and a walk. Hector Noesi came on from there, walked the bases full and then served up a full-count, grand slam to Michael Bourn that makes it an 8-1 contest. Bourn actually took a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner that was borderline, got away with it, then buried the next offering for his first career slam.
1:45 p.m.: The Mariners gave a run right back to the Indians in the third as Michael Saunders completely misplayed an Asdrubal Cabrera liner and allowed it to get by him for a two-base error. Carlos Santana followed with his second double of the game, making it 4-1 for Cleveland.
1:15 p.m.: The Indians have booted the ball around all series and gave the Mariners a gift run in the second inning, cutting their lead to 3-1. With Jason Bay on first base and two out, Michael Saunders chopped one to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who made a lazy, sidearmed throw to second that was way off target. The ball rolled all the way into foul territory in right field and Bay made it around the bases to score.
12:46 p.m.: Not a good first inning for Joe Saunders, who struggled with his command and gave up three runs to trail 3-0 after a half-inning of play. Saunders yielded an infield single to Michael Bourn on the day’s first pitch, walked the next batter, then — after the runners were unted over — allowed a two-run double by Asdrubal Cabrera and an ensuing RBI double by Carlos Santana.
12:45 p.m.: Joe Saunders takes the mound this afternoon with the Mariners looking for win No. 9 during this streak. They haven’t won nine in a row since May 27-June 5, 2003. The home team has won the last 11 games played between the Mariners and Indians, so that bodes well for Seattle.