Let’s get to the one highlight of the night for the Mariners — Taijuan Walker is on his way back to the big leagues.
After Saturday’s 5-0 loss to the Indians, Mariner manager Lloyd McClendon said Walker will indeed start Monday in Houston to make his first Major League appearance of the year.
Walker was downright dominating Tuesday in throwing a four-hit shutout for Tacoma, and the hope is he’s ready to pick up where he left off last season when he was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three games for the Mariners at the end of the year. A roster move to create a spot for Walker will be made later.
Otherwise, this one was one to forget — and quickly — for the Mariners. Here are the particulars in our game story.
As it notes, Seattle got just one hit against Cleveland righty Josh Tomlin, who had been battered around quite a bit his last three games.
It was the 22nd time in Mariner history they have been held to one or fewer hits, including three no-hitters/perfect games thrown against them.
“Just one of those nights,” Mariner manager McClendon said of a game in which Kyle Seager in the fifth inning was the only batter to reach base.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Tomlin might have been helped by an extra day of rest.
“He was tremendous,” Francona said. “I think an extra day of rest helped him. He showed in enough and commanded tremendously away with his cutter, and his curveball. He took the sting out. They hit a few balls pretty good to the bigger parts of the ballpark. Eleven strikeouts and no walk, it was just a tremendous outing. That’s a lineup that came in feeling really good about themselves.”
As for the Mariners, players who talked mostly said to give credit to Tomlin for having command of all of his pitches and chalked it off as one of those nights. McClendon noted that it had been a while since the Mariners had really been dominated like that and said “it was just a bad night all the way around.”
What hasn’t been bad, though, is Seattle’s first half. The game marked the end of the first half of the season and Seattle is 43-38, above just about any realistic projection for the team at this point.
“I think we’ve played pretty darn, good baseball for the most part,” McClendon said. “I like where we are.”
And the other piece of good news tonight is that Felix Hernandez pitches tomorrow as the Mariners try to go for the series win and a winning homestand, having won three of five so far.
Here is some video of McClendon’s post-game media session:
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