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June 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM
The Mariners got one of their more memorable wins of the season today with a 6-3 victory over Oakland in 10 innings, achieved when Kendrys Morales hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 10th off Grant Balfour.
It was only the second pinch-hit, walk-off homer in Seattle history — the other by Ken Phelps against Detroit on Sept., 3 1986.
Morales was given the day off from the regular lineup, but had been projected to maybe pinch-hit if needed. He was, and did.
It was Morales’ first walk-0ff hit since May, 29, 2010 when he hit a walk-off homer against the Mariners in Anaheim, then suffered a broken ankle while jumping on home plate to celebrate.
Morales said after the game today that he was thinking “no jump” on the plate as he approached home, doing so with ginger, baby steps.
Seattle’s other runs came on two homers by Raul Ibanez, who now has 17 for the season to lead the team.
Also of note is that CF Franklin Gutierrez left the game after five innings with tightness in his hamstring. Manager Eric Wedge said it happened when Gutierrez hit the wall in the fourth inning making a catch. He will be re-evaluated when the Mariners return to action Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
You can see some of Wedge’s post-game comments below:
June 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Mariners win it 6-3 on a pinch-hit three-run HR by Kendrys Morales off Grant Balfour, that scored Mike Zunino who had reached on a strike three and wild pitch, and then Michael Saunders, who singled on a full count hit-and-run play.
It’s two wins in two days for the M’s against the A’s, and they are now 8-5 this season against Oakland.
Morales had been given the day off but crushed a 94-mile an hour offering from Balfour on the first pitch he saw to win it.
GAME THREAD — Just about off and running as the Mariners attempt to win a series against the A’s. I’ll pass along inning updates and other highlights as the game progresses.
TOP FIRST — Bonderman sharp early, giving up a seeing-hit ground single through the hole to right but otherwise getting out of it, striking out Cespedes for the final out. Scoreless to the bottom of the inning.
BOTTOM FIRST — Chavez led off with a soft single to left and then with two outs Ibanez crushed a Jarrod Parker pitch over the right field wall to make it 2-0. Ibanez now leading the Mariners with 16 HRs and 41 RBI.
TOP SECOND — Bonderman with another decent inning as he gave up a two-out single to Reddick but when struck out Norris to keep it a 2-0 game
BOTTOM SECOND — Three up, three down for the Mariners, though not without a little bit of a fight as Saunders drove it to the wall in left-center before Cespedes tracked it down, falling into the wall himself to end the inning. 2-0 Mariners.
TOP THIRD — Nothing again for the A’s, despite a lead-off single by Eric Sogard. Crisp then followed with a liner caught by Seagar at third and quickly turned into a 5-3 double play that caught Sogard off first base. Still 2-0 Mariners.
BOTTOM THIRD — Three up, three down for the M’s as Parker appears to be hitting his stride. Still 2-0.
TOP FOUR — Bonderman walked Moss and then Reddick with two outs, but got out of it when Reddick hit a hard liner to right that was caught by Chavez. Bonderman up to about 67 pitches so that’ll be worth watching with the Mariners having a short bullpen today.
BOTTOM FOUR — Another home run for Ibanez, this one on a lower, outside pitch that he golfed over the wall in right-center, has made it a 3-0 game. Seattle has just three hits off Parker, but two are Ibanez home runs accounting for all three runs and a 3-0 lead.
TOP FIVE — A needed 1-2-3 low-pitch inning for Bonderman, who has allowed just three hits through five innings and has a 3-0 lead. He’s thrown 77 pitches.
BOTTOM FIVE — Nothing for the Mariners other than a single by Zunino off the glove of 3B Josh Donaldson, a needed hit for the struggling rookie. Still 3-0 Mariners.
TOP SIX — Three singles, a wild pitch and a ground out allowed the A’s to score two runs. Bonderman came out after 97 pitches and the bases loaded, including a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. But Farquhar came in and got two ground outs to second to end the threat, including the final one by former Mariner fan favorite John Jaso, who hit a weak grounder to second for the final out. 3-2 Mariners.
BOTTOM SIX — Nothing for the Mariners in the sixth as even Ibanez proved human, striking out against Parker after homering off him the first two times up.
The most interesting development of the inning was the sight of Jason Bay moving on-deck to hit for Franklin Guiterrez, who hit the wall pretty hard in center catching a long fly from Jed Lowrie in the fourth. Gutirerrez is being shown on TV so it doesn’t look all that serious. He just came off the DL two days ago.
TOP SEVEN — Farquhar another good inning, three up and three down, five straight overall, to keep it a 3-2 game heading to bottom seven.
BOTTOM SEVEN — We were told during the inning that Gutirrez has left with a tight hamstring. So maybe it’s not related to hitting the wall — we’ll find out more after the game. Seattle had a chance to get some insurance with a leadoff walk by Bay and then a one-out single by Zunino that sent him to third. But Saunders then grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the inning. So still 3-2 Mariners.
TOP EIGHT — Farquhar had retired seven in a row before a 3-1 pitch to Brandon Moss caught a little too much of the plate and Moss belted it over the wall in right to tie the game at 3-3. Perez had been warming to close. A’s now bring in Doolittle to replace Parker, the starter. M’s will have Ryan, Chavez and Franklin up.
BOTTOM EIGHT — Three up, three down for M’s, including Chavez on a close play at first on a drag bunt down the line. The crowd predictably booed, but replay showed it to be the right call. Onto thee ninth with the game tied and Perez in to pitch for the Mariners.
TOP NINE — After a leadoff Reddick walk, M’s get out of it and we head to the bottom of nine tied 3-3. The key was the inability of Jaso to get down a bunt after the Reddick walk, popping out to Zunino instead for the first out of the inning.
BOTTOM NINE — Mariners to little against Doolittle and we are now onto bonus panels for the 10th time this season for Seattle.
TOP TEN — Oliver Perez another good inning including K’s of Cespedes, Moss, so we’re on to the bottom of the 10th, tied at 3.
June 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Bob Condotta filling in today as the Mariners attempt to win a series against the A’s. First pitch is 1:10 p.m.
No real big news here, though it’s noteworthy that Franklin Gutierrez is in the lineup for a second straight game, and the offshoot of that is a day off for Kendrys Morales, whose 279 at-bats are second on the team behind the 290 of Kyle Seager.
Manager Eric Wedge said it’s simply a good chance to get Morales some time off with an off day tomorrow, as well.
It’s also a chance for Gutierrez to built on the momentum of last night when he went 2-4 with a double and a homer.
Wedge noted that the performance showed the kind of “difference-maker” Gutierrez can be and that “we’ve missed him this year more than anybody.”
Wedge also said the Mariners are a little short in the bullpen today with two guys unavailable. He didn’t mention which two but the assumption is it’s Yoervis Medina and Danny Farquhar.
As for the lineups, here they are — Seattle on the left and Oakland on the right:
|Endy Chavez (L)||RF||
|Coco Crisp (S)||CF|
|Nick Franklin (S)||2B||
|Seth Smith (L)||DH|
|Kyle Seager (L)||3B||
|Jed Lowrie (S)||SS|
|Raul Ibañez (L)||DH||
|Brandon Moss (L)||1B|
|Justin Smoak (S)||1B||
|Josh Reddick (L)||RF|
|Michael Saunders (L)||LF||
|Eric Sogard (L)||2B|
January 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM
Geoff Baker is on vacation and Larry Stone is otherwise occupied at the moment.
But we wanted to make sure to pass along the news of the day, that the Mariners have acquired outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse from Washington in a three-team deal that sent catcher/first baseman John Jaso to Oakland.
Here are some details.
Mariner general manager Jack Zduriencik and Morse each just spoke to the media, and Morse, who played for the M’s from 2005-08, said “I’m so excited, words can’t describe what me and my family are going through right now. Seattle gave me my first shot and this is where I became a man so I’m glad to be back home.”
Zduriencik said adding Morse gives the Mariners another power bat for the middle of their lineup and said he was confident that Morse will return to his 31-homer form of 2011 after being bothered by a lat muscle injury last season.
Losing Jaso means the Mariners need some more backup catching, and Zduriencik said the Mariners “will definitely be shopping” to add depth there behind Jesus Montero.
Jaso can play a corner outfield spot or first base, something the Mariners appear to have a lot of right now. Zduriencik said for now he will not pigenhole Morse into any one spot but will wait to see how it unfolds in spring training. But he said he expects Morse to be an everyday player.
Morse has one year left on a contract that will pay him $6.75 million this year.
June 8, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Friday again proved the old baseball maxim that you simply never know what you are going to see when you head to the ballpark.
I’ve mostly been a fill-in baseball guy throughout my career and I’ve now covered two no-hitters — both combined. The first was the Mark Langston-Mike Witt no-hitter against the Mariners in 1990, which also means I have now seen 20 percent of all combined no-hitters in Major League baseball history .
The Mariners and their fans obviously liked this one a lot better. As Brendan Ryan said, one of the cool things about the way this game developed is that it was “such a collective team effort.”
Seattle used six pitchers and 11 position players (including the DH) with everybody ultimately contributing. None moreso than catcher Jesus Montero, whose ability to call and manage a game obviously gets a boost with this effort (and something I’m not sure made it into the game story, time and space making things a little hairy on that end tonight). Montero, 22, is the youngest catcher to catch a no-hitter since Ted Simmons for St. Louis in 1971.
You can read the nuts and bolts of what happened here in my game story.
Included in the story are the details of Kevin Millwood’s injury. He said he felt the strain in his right groin on the second-to-last pitch he threw, and then moreso on the final pitch. He wanted to continue and tried again in the seventh but said it “would have been stupid” to go on since he said he couldn’t push off.
That left the game in the hands of the bullpen — and all insisted later that simply winning the game was as important as preserving the no-no.
“To win the ball game,” said manager Eric Wedge of what he was thinking in the final innings. “When it’s a 1-0 ball game, that’s the only focus you can have is just to win the ball game because it is so tight, so anything beyond that is icing on the cake.”
On a night of history and lots of happy emotions, I wanted to pass along as much of it as I could. So here’s a ton of post-game video.
First, manager Eric Wedge:
Next are the five relievers:
Next is Mariner third baseman Kyle Seager:
Next is Millwood:
And finally, Ryan talking about his play in the final inning:
June 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM
M’S NO-HIT DODGERS — Wilhemlsen closes it out. Lots more later.
BOTTOM EIGHT — No runs for the M’s in the eighth. Wilhelmsen on to preserve the you-know-what.
TOP EIGHT — A crazy 8th and I don’t have time to recap it all here. But two walks and three Mariner pitchers ended up with still no runs or hits for the Dodgers, so it remains 1-0 to the bottom of the eighth.
BOTTOM SEVENTH — We have a run as the Mariners staged a 2-out rally off reliever Scott Elbert to take a 1-0 lead. Ichiro reached on an infield single, Ackley walked and Seager — 0-2 previously with RISP — hit a drive that deflected off the glove of SS Dee Gordon and into left field. Ichiro easily beat the throw home. Montero flied out to end the inning.
Pryor still on the mound for the Mariners.
MILLWOOD UPDATE — We were just told he left with a mild strain of his right groin.
TOP SEVENTH — Furbush allowed a two-base error with one out that got a runner to second. But he then struck out Ethier and Pryor came on and struck out Rivera to end the inning.
Still no hits for the Dodgers and no runs for either team. Also still no word on Millwood’s injury.
MILLWOOD LEAVES GAME — Millwood has left the game with some sort of injury. He came out to start the inning but stopped before throwing his second warmup pitch, called out trainer Rick Griffin, and quickly left. Charlie Furbush now in.
So while the Mariners can get one of those things in which the other team gets no hits, it won’t be Millwood’s alone.
BOTTOM SIX — The M’s got a leadoff single from Montero but nothing more in the sixth, so the game remains scoreless and attention now turns to Kevin Millwood.
TOP SIX — Call it what you want — Kevin Millwood has still not allowed a hit through 6 innings against the Dodgers. He struck out Gwynn to end the inning.
BOTTOM FIVE —- M’s got two 2-out hits but no runs after Seager grounded out hard to end the inning following a bloop by Ichiro and a seeing-eye grounder by Ackley.
TOP FIVE — Kevin Millwood allowed a walk, but still has not allowed a hit, as we go to the bottom of the five. Rivera led off the inning with a full-count walk but Abreu hit into a 3-6-3 double play on the next pitch and Hairston then struck out on three straight, the last looking. Still scoreless.
BOTTOM FOUR — A Saunders 2-out single but that’s it for M’s in the fourth. Still scoreless. Eovaldi hitting 97 on the gun here, showing some good stuff in his first Safeco appearance.
TOP FOUR — 12 up, 12 down for the Dodgers against Kevin Millwood. Still scoreless to the bottom of the fourth. The inning was highlighted by a bare-handed scoop and throw by Seager of a Dee Gordon bunt down the third-base line.
BOTTOM THIRD — M’s get a hit and a walk but strand 2 so it’s still scoreless after 3. Seager popped up foul down the third base line for the final out on a 3-1 count after the count had been 3-0.
TOP THIRD — Dodgers another 3 up, 3 down inning in third. Still no score at Safeco. Millwood just 29 pitches through three.
Roof open and sun out on a surprisingly nice night given what the day was like.
BOTTOM SECOND — No nothing for the M’s in the second, Eovaldi needing just 10 pitches to get through it.
TOP SECOND — Another three up, three down for Millwood, and again on just 10 pitches. Still scoreless and hitless to the bottom of the second.
BOTTOM FIRST — No hits or runs for the Mariners in the first, but a walk by Seager helped force Eovaldi to throw 25 pitches — Millwood threw just 10 in the top.
TOP FIRST — Three up, three down for Dodgers against Kevin Millwood. Edgar Martinez threw out the first pitch with Don Mattingly looking on in the other dugout — more shades of 1995.
TONIGHT’S POLL — We’re about to get started here at Safeco Field. One of the big questions about this homestand is whether the Mariners can keep up the same hitting they displayed on their last road trip.
The Times is letting you get in on the action by asking that very question in this poll:
June 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM
Bob Condotta filling in for Geoff Baker tonight.
The most notable news before tonight’s game against the Dodges is that Felix Hernandez will return to the mound Tuesday night against the Padres. Blake Beavan will pitch on Sunday.
Manager Eric Wedge made the announcement prior to the game (which you can see in the video below). Hernandez was scratched from a start on Wednesday due to lower back pain. He “played catch” yesterday when the Mariners were off and Wedge said “he feels good. He feels really good.”
Wedge said Hernandez could have pitched on Sunday but that even if he went on Sunday he would get only six more starts between now and the All-Star break so “it makes more sense to take the cautious rout and give him until Tuesday.”
The Mariners were on the field early today, doing about a half-hour of situational infield work. Wedge said “it’s just about trying to stay shapr. It’s a good time to do it after an off day when we are fresh.”
Here are the lineups for tonight:
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Jesus Montero, C
Justin Smoak, 1B
Michael Saunders, CF
John Jaso, DH
Mike Carp, LF
Munenori Kawasaki, SS
Kevin Millwood, P
Dee Gordon, SS
Elian Herrera, 3B
Andre Ethier, RF
Juan Rivera, DH
Bobby Abreu, LF
Jerry Hairston, 2B
James Loney, 1B
A.J. Ellis, C
Tony Gwynn, Jr., CF
April 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Well, in 162 games there are going to be a few tough losses.
But you might hope to spread out the kind of defeats the Mariners have had in two of the last three nights over a little longer time span.
Here are the particulars in my game story.
To address a couple of obvious questions:
— Felix Hernandez said, as should be expected, that he had no issues coming out after throwing 126 pitches. He said that was “too much” and wasn’t expecting he might go out for another inning.
— Manager Eric Wedge said he didn’t think about making a defensive replacement for Chone Figgins in the ninth — he obviously could have inserted Casper Wells. Figgins’ throw wasn’t close to getting Cleveland pinch-runner Aaron Cunningham with what proved to be the winning run.
As for Brandon League, he said he was just a little off tonight and said the leadoff walk was the killer.
“I was throwing balls,” he said. “I don’t know how else you can describe a walk. The first out is always important, especially the first hitter. … Then (Travis) Hafner (who followed with a single) didn’t get that done. You look on the positive side and you’re always looking to the double-play grounder, being a sinker ball pitcher. Just didn’t get it done tonight.”
He acknowledged it cut just a little more to lose after the way Hernandez pitched.
“When your starter goes eight solid innings and puts out eight innings like that, you always want to get the win,” he said. “It makes it extra tough to lose a one-nothing ball game.’
Here’s Wedge’s post-game meeting with the media:
And here’s some of Hernandez:
April 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM
IT’S OVER — Three up and three weakly down for M’s in the ninth and that’s a brutal loss for the M’s and Felix.
TOP NINE — Don’t have time to recap it. But League blew his first save this year after five successful attempts on two walks and two hits, the key a two-run single by Hanahan just under Seager. It’s 2-1 and M’s send up Ichiro, Smoak, Seager to try to keep it going.
BOTTOM EIGHT — M’s go quickly 1-2-3 and League now coming in.
TOP EIGHT — The few fans here are seeing a classic Hernandez performance as he struck out Kipnis and Choo after the bases were loaded on three singles — two of the infield variety. Hernandez leaped off the mound after the strikeout of Choo, his 12th of the game.
ATTENDANCE — It’s 12,942 tonight, so a little bigger than the 11,343 of last night that was a record low if I’ve done my math right.
BOTTOM SEVENTH — Olivo doubleD with two outs but it ends there as Jaso then grounded to second. Still 1-0 to the eighth and Hernandez back out.
TOP SEVEN — Felix gave up his second hit, a two-out double by Hafner. But he then got no one’s favorite ex-Mariner, Casey Kotchman, looking at a 93-MPH for the final out. That’s his ninth strikeout. He’s thrown 100 pitches and looks like he’ll be throwing some more.
BOTTOM SIX — Three up, three down for Tomlin in the six, including strikeouts of Ackley and Smoak. So it remains 1-0 as Felix comes back out for the seventh.
TOP SIX — Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix, this one on just 9 pitches. He’s thrown 84 for the game and leads 1-0. He also has eight strikeouts.
BOTTOM FIVE — Mariners get the only run they might need the way Felix is pitching on a Saunders double, a nicely executed Olivo sacrifice bunt, and then a grounder by Jaso to second thrown away by Jason Kipnis in a futile attempt to get Saunders at home. 1-0 to the top of six.
TOP FIVE — Nicely efficient inning there for Felix as he gets three quick outs and has now thrown 75 pitches in five shutout innings.
BOTTOM FOUR — No runs for the Mariners though another threat as Ackley doubled to lead off then reached third when Ichiro struck out on a wild pitch. But Smoak then hit it 100 miles an hour at Kotchman who caught it, and Donald turned a solid 6-3 to get Seager by a step and end the inning. Still 0-0.
TOP FOUR — No runs but finally a hit for the Indians as Santana hit a 92-mile an hour fastball into right-center for a double with two outs. But Hafner then got the okay to swing at a 3-0 pitch and grounded it right to Smoak for the final out. Still 0-0. Felix has thrown 66 pitches, though.
BOTTOM THREE — Indians starter Josh Tomlin isn’t pitching like Felix. But same end result so far as he gets M’s 1-2-3 in the third, so still scoreless here.
TOP THREE — This looks like vintage Felix here tonight as he struck out the side in the third, again hitting 93 pretty consistently on the speed clock here. He has five strikeouts and has allowed only a walk in three innings.
BOTTOM SECOND — Mariners had a chance after a Seager double and then a Saunders single with one out that sent Seager to third. But in a play that won’t soothe the Olivo bashers, Olivo then hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.
TOP SECOND — The Indians made Felix work for it a little bit again in the second as he’s up to 34 pitches. But other than a Hafner walk, that was it for the Tribe as we head to the bottom of the second still scoreless.
BOTTOM FIRST — No leadoff homers tonight as Figgins struck out swinging on a full count. Ackley went down on a called strike on a full count and Ichiro then flew out. No score to the second.
TOP FIRST — Lots has been made of Hernandez’s speed on his pitches of late. Wasn’t an issue in the first as he consistently hit 93 MPH getting three up and three down. It took a few more pitches than he might have liked as he threw 18 total, going to full counts on the first two batters.
AND WE’RE OFF — About 25 minutes to first pitch as I type and there’s at least a thousand or so people here. So good seats still available if you’re driving by (though I understand that if you’re reading this you probably aren’t). If you can’t watch or are otherwise incapacitated, we’ll keep you updated here.
April 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM
Bob Condotta here filling in tonight for Geoff Baker as the Mariners attempt to win the three-game series against the Indians, splitting the first two.
The lineups are out and Seattle’s looks like this:
Chone Figgins, LF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Justin Smoak, 1B
Kyle Seager, 3B
Michael Saunders, CF
Miguel Olivo, C
John Jaso, DH
Brendan Ryan, SS
Felix Hernandez, P
The two obvious notes there are Smoak being back in the lineup and Jaso at DH and Olivo at catcher, meaning no Jesus Montero.
Manager Eric Wedge said they are simply giving Montero a day off. “He’ll get days off here and there,” Wedge said. “He needs to have days off here and there. First full season, a lot going on whether it be offensively or defensively as all first-year young players do so I’m going to give him days off from time to time.”
With Montero out, it allows the Mariners to get their other two catchers in there — Olivo and Jaso. Jaso, however, is at DH meaning he has yet to catch this season.
Said Wedge: “Miggy is our starting catcher and Jesus is going to get time as well it’s going to be tough to get Jaso back there. Not that im against it by any means but right now feel like I need to give the time to Miggy and Jesus and I still want to get Jaso’s bat in the lineup from time to time if I can so that’s what we’re trying to do. And he does a good job of working and staying sharp. It’s still not the same as playing games, of course.”
Olivo is hitting just .125 and Wedge acknowledges they are trying to get him going.
Said Wedge: “We’re trying to get it going and I’ve had conversations with him, and I was really pleased with what he did this spring. He’s working up the middle more, he’s trying to go the other way which is against what you’ve seen in the past from him typically and he did a nice job with it. But I think he’s been a little bit anxious here early on, think he’s been pressing a little bit. But his confidence hasn’t wavered, he still feels like he’s going to hit and I feel like he will too but he just has to do some things from an adjustment period to make that happen.”
As for Smoak, his hamstring isn’t healed but it’s good enough to play tonight.
“(It’s) a little bit better,” Wedge said. “He’s going to have to manage it. Got him taped up pretty good. Probably won’t steal a base tonight.”
Wedge also said that OF Mike Carp, in Tacoma on a rehab assignment, will play in the outfield tonight and then again either tomorrow or the next day as he tests his sprained right shoulder. He also said surgery on catcher Adam Moore’s knee went without complications and the timetable for his return remains 4-6 weeks.
Here’s Cleveland’s lineup:
Michael Brantley, CF
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Carlos Santana, C
Travis Hafner, DH
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Shelley Duncan, LF
Jack Hanahan, 3B
Jason Donald, SS
Finally, here’s some video of Wedge’s pre-game meeting with the media: