MC CLENDON TOSSED — John Buck’s checked-swing strikeout, rung up by first-base umpire Lance Barksdale, brought M’s manager Lloyd McClendon out of the dugout. He came out purposefully, not at full gallop, and when he got to Barksdale, he flung his cap about 30 feet and got ejected. He let Barksdale have it for a little longer — this wasn’t a full-on meltdown — and on the way back to the dugout, tossed his cap into the stands, where a fan in the first row caught it. Still 2-0, Rays, going to the ninth.
GREAT PICK BY LONGORIA — The M’s, down 2-0 in the seventh, got Robinson Cano aboard with a walk and when Justin Smoak hit a hot smash to third baseman Evan Longoria’s left, it looked like a budding rally. But Longoria gloved the ball on an in-between hop and started a 5-4-3 double play. So still 2-zip, and the M’s have one hit.
NO MORE NO-NO, BUT NO RUNS, EITHER — Jake Odorizzi’s no-hitter, which would have been in question just because his pitch count was into the 90s, went by the boards on a clean, two-out single in the sixth to left-center by M’s leadoff hitter James Jones. But Stefen Romero fanned and it’s still 2-0, Rays.
ODORIZZI’S STILL THE STORY — Jake Odorizzi has the M’s eating out of his hand, setting them down in order in the fifth after going 3-0 to Justin Smoak to start the inning. M’s are hitless, but with walks to James Jones and Kyle Seager. Just in case you’re wondering, because, you know . . . Odorizzi has thrown 75 pitches.
ODORIZZI UNTOUCHABLE AFTER FOUR — M’s still haven’t had anything resembling a hit off Rays righty Jake Odorizzi, who has set down seven in a row while walking two. It’s Tampa Bay, 2-0, as the Rays scored their runs in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
MAURER GONE, JUST LIKE THAT — Brandon Maurer turned what looked like a promising outing into a lamentable one in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and two out, he put Yunel Escobar into an 0-2 hole, but then Escobar worked his way out of it, fouling off three pitches on a nine-pitch at-bat and eventually walking to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. And Maurer is done after throwing 84 pitches, giving way to Dominic Leone. Not a good day for Maurer, who was encouraged after throwing a career-high 7 1/3 innings last Friday night against Kansas City.
BULLPEN BETTER BE READY — With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the fourth, Maurer has thrown 75 pitches as he readies to face Yunel Escobar after a visit from pitching coach Rick Waits. This doesn’t look like an outing where he’s going to go deep.
AFTER THREE, NOTHING DOING — Still no score after three innings. Brandon Maurer has set down five in a row and Jake Odorizzi still hasn’t given up a hit (he did walk Kyle Seager in the second).
SCORELESS AFTER TWO — Both pitchers, Maurer and Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi, look relatively sharp, and we’re scoreless after two innings.
ALREADY, MAURER A LITTLE DIFFERENT — Last Friday night, M’s righty Brandon Maurer had the distinction of allowing 14 singles but with no walks or strikeouts in a performance when he lasted into the eighth inning against Kansas City. Today is already a little different; he got through the first inning against Tampa Bay, but allowed a walk to David DeJesus before ending the inning with a called-third strikeout of Evan Longoria (on which Longoria wasn’t very happy with the high-strike call of plate ump Kerwin Danley).
Hey folks, Bud Withers here, standing in for Ryan Divish on the M’s-Rays series and homestand finale. Safeco Field was built for days like this. Probably going to hit somewhere near the 80-degree mark today, I’d guess … right now it’s 65-ish, with a little breeze that looks to be coming from the northwest.