August 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. Blue Jays, Aug. 6: Mariners lose, 7-2
Just a sloppy, poor performance all the way around by the Mariners, who commit four errors in losing for the ninth time in 13 games.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Seattle finally gets on the board on a two-run triple by Miller with two outs. He has four triples in just 34 games. 7-2 Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS SEVENTH: The Mariners fourth error –a comically errant throw by Raul Ibanez that slipped out of his hand — led to another unearned run. 7-0 Blue Jays.
MARINERS SIXTH: It’s just not the Mariners day. Morales had a home run robbed by a leaping catch from Colby Rasmus in center that you’ll see on the highlights shows. 6-0 Blue Jays
JAYS FIFTH: It’s just not Hernandez’s night, M’s fielding woes notwithstanding. He gave up a walk and three hits for two more Toronto runs. Hernandez has thrown 101 pitches, so he’s probably done for the night, facing his first loss since May 25. 6-0 Blue Jays.
MARINERS FOURTH: Johnson gets another double play, this one hit by Michael Morse, to get him out of the fourth. 4-0 Blue Jays.
BLUE JAYS FOURTH: A horrible defensive inning for Mariners leads to three unearned runs. Seager and Miller had errors (the second of the game for Seager, three total for Mariners), and Miller couldn’t handle a throw by Blanco that was in time to nail Lawrie attempting to steal. It finally caught up to Hernandez, who gave up a two-run double to Bonifacio and an RBI single to Reyes, all with two outs. 4-0 Blue Jays.
MARINERS THIRD: Josh Johnson has been terrible this year, but he’s solid so far tonight. He struck out Miller and Franklin to end the third, and has blanked the Mariners through three. 1-0 Blue Jays
BLUE JAYS THIRD: The Jays get a two-out infield hit by Bautista but Encarnacion hits into a force on a well-hit ball stopped by Seager. 1-0 Blue Jays.
BLUE JAYS SECOND: Hernandez walks the leadoff hitter but gets three quick outs. He threw 13 pitches to get his pitch count a little bit back on track. 1-0 Blue Jays.
MARINERS FIRST: Golden scoring opportunity fizzles when Morales grounds into double play with runners on first and third, one out. 1-0 Blue Jays.
BLUE JAYS FIRST: A stunning start, as Jose Reyes unloads on Hernandez’s first pitch of the game for a home run, much to the delight of another Blue Jays-centric crowds. It’s just the second time in his career Hernandez has given up a leadoff homer, the other by Ian Kinsler on July 16, 2011. He walked Izturis, and then Bautista hit a hard grounder off the glove of Seager for an error. But Izturis was thrown out at third, and Felix struck out Encarnacion (looking on 3-2, after falling behind 3-0) and Lind. The whole thing took 25 pitches. 1-0 Blue Jays.
Felix Hernandez is on the mound, which is almost always a good thing for the Mariners, provided the offense and/or bullpen doesn’t let him down. He’s 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA over his last 12 starts (with 85 strikeouts). This is the third streak in his career of at least 12 starts in a row without recording a loss. Last year, from June 17 to Aug. 17, Hernandez went a career-high 14 consecutive starts without a loss, and he went 12 straight starts from Aug. 29, 2009 to April 21, 2010. If you guessed the Mariner single-season record of 15 consecutive starts without a loss is held by Scott Bankhead (1989), congratulations.
Interesting story yesterday by ESPN’s Gordon Edes about MLB clarifying its rules about signaling pitching changes after the Robby Thompson incident in Boston last week. Here’s Thompson’s reaction today:
“Yeah, unfortunately it took me, for crying out loud. I feel like Dusty Baker back when the bat boys changed because his kid got picked up by J.T. Snow and all the sudden the rules changed. I’m glad it came out. I still feel I didn’t do anything wrong. I still feel we should have been able to stay with Medina. It didn’t happen and like I said, unfortunately it was me and the Seattle Mariners in that game against the Red Sox. It won’t happen again. It said through the 2013 season, so we’ll see what happens after this year.”