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September 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Raul Ibanez and a group of veteran players didn’t like what they saw in the Mariners’ 13-2 loss Tuesday to the lowly Houston Astros, so they called a players-only meeting after the game to talk about it.
The meeting lasted about 20 minutes, and while the Mariners kept what was said in the meeting sealed, the general tone was easily understandable: This can’t happen again, and Ibanez laid out how that needs to happen.
“It’s about the internal fight that’s within all of us and leaving it all out on the field every day,” Ibanez said.
September 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM
The Mariners traded Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later, the club announced in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros.
Long viewed as one of the game’s best defensive shortstops, Ryan, 31, opened the season as Seattle’s starting shortstop, but he didn’t hit enough to keep that role. His playing time became sparse after the Mariners called up prospects Nick Franklin and Brad Miller May and June, respectively.
Ryan hit just .192 this season with 13 extra-base hits and appeared in only 10 games since the start of August. He hit just .194 in 2012 while playing in 141 games.
Ryan should add defensive help for the Yankees, particularly late in games. Ryan’s range is viewed as some of the best in baseball, and he combines that with a powerful throwing arm.
The Mariners traded for Ryan in 2010, when they sent Maikel Cleto, then a pitcher in Class A, to the St. Louis Cardinals. Cleto, 24, has appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals the last three years and has a 10.34 ERA.
September 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM
James Paxton’s day started with an ominous text message.
At 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Paxton woke up to a text from his father asking him to call. When he did, Paxton’s dad told him his grandfather, Lawrie, had died earlier that morning.
Paxton carried that with him all day, right up until Saturday night, when he stepped on the mound at Safeco Field for his major-league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 17,773 fans. Paxton, a fourth-round pick in 2010, honored his grandfather by giving up just two runs (one earned) in six innings while leading the Mariners to a 6-2 win.
“In baseball you learn to compartmentalize,” Paxton said. “I was obviously thinking of him before the game. I pointed up to the sky, and I knew he was up there watching and helping me out. It was just really special to get this win for him.”
September 7, 2013 at 6:12 PM
Story of the night: James Paxton makes his major-league debut for the Mariners tonight.
Top 1st: Paxton gets through his first big-league inning with no trouble. He gets the Rays to go three up, three down to start the game and needs just 14 pitches to do it (8 for strikes in case you were wondering). Mariners 0, Rays 0.
Bottom 1st: Brad Miller leads off the inning by reaching on an error on Rays first baseman James Loney, who botches a routine grounder. Miller then scores when Kendrys Morales delivers a two-out single. Mariners 1, Rays 0.
Top 2nd: Paxton gives up his first hit of the night — a single to James Loney — with two outs in the inning. He followed that up with a walk to Sean Rodriguez, but he got Jose Lobaton to ground out to end the inning. Mariners 1, Rays 0.
Bottom 2nd: Justin Smoak leads off the inning by hitting an opposite-field solo home run, his 16th homer of the season. Mariners 2, Rays 0.
Top 3rd: Paxton gets through his second innings without giving up a base runner. He also records his first strikeout of his pro career by getting Desmond Jennings. The biggest thing so far: He’s thrown 25 of his 38 pitches for strikes. Mariners 2, Rays 0.
Bottom 3rd: Kendrys Morales hits a solo homer to right field, his 19th of the year. It could have been a two-run homer, though, because it came moments after Abraham Almonte was caught stealing third. Almonte stole second but was caught easily at third. Mariners 3, Rays 0.
Top 4th: Paxton keeps on rolling. He gives up a single to Wil Myers, but that’s it. So far, he’s given up two hits and one walk in his four innings. He’s been sharp. Mariners 3, Rays 0.
Bottom 4th: First time the Mariners go three up, three down tonight. Mariners 3, Rays 0.
Top 5th: Paxton gets another three up, three down inning — his third of the night. He’s working in the high 90s and has worked in his breaking pitch effectively. He’s been incredibly tough to hit so far and has pounded the strike zone. Mariners 3, Rays 0.
Bottom 5th: The Mariners built their lead on home runs, then used small ball to tack on a little cushion. Nick Franklin opened the inning with a double. Brad Miller bunted him over to third and Abraham Almonte scored him with a sacrifice bunt (Almonte also reached on the play). Mariners 4, Rays 0.
Top 6th: Evan Longoria blasts a two-run homer off Paxton. Paxton left the ball right down the middle of the plate, and Longoria made him pay. Ben Zobrist reached on an error by Kyle Seager before Longoria’s home run. Not many mistakes by Paxton tonight. He responds by getting Delmon Young to strikeout. While going for a softly hit blooper, Nick Franklin took a knee in the back of the head from teammate Justin Smoak. Franklin stayed on the ground for a couple of minutes but got up and stayed in the game after being looked over by trainers. Mariners 4, Rays 2.
Bottom 6th: Raul Ibanez leads off with a walk and scores on a double from Michael Saunders, who has two hits tonight. Nick Franklin tacks on another run with a double to center. Mariners 6, Rays 2.
Top 7th: Tom Wilhelmsen comes on in relief of Paxton and immediately gives up two straight walks. But Wilhelmsen bunkers down and gets the next three guys without giving up a run. Mariners 6, Rays 2.
Bottom 7th: Morales singles for his third hit of the night, but that’s it for the Mariners. Mariners 6, Rays 2.
Top 8th: Mariners bullpen gives up one hit and no runs while striking out two in the inning. Mariners 6, Rays 2.
Bottom 8th: Smoak and Saunders lead off the inning with a single and walk, but Zunino and Franklin strikeout while Miller grounds out to end the inning. Mariners 6, Rays 2.
August 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM
There are nights to forget, and then there are nights like Tuesday.
Seattle failed to capitalize with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, then turned around and gave up the game-winning run on a balk by Danny Farquhar in the 10th inning of a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
It was Seattle’s fifth straight loss, all since the return of manager Eric Wedge.
“Today just a couple mistakes at the wrong time were the difference,” Wedge said. “But ultimately the difference for us was the bottom half of the previous inning…Those are the differences. That’s the reason you win or lose a ball game right there.”
August 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM
Top first: Hisashi Iwakuma gets the start for the Mariners and gives up one single in the first inning but strikes out the side. Mariners 0, Rangers 0.
Bottom first: Brad Miller started things off with a walk, followed by another walk from Kyle Seager. Kendrys Morales drove in one run with a double and Justin Smoak added another with a sacrifice fly to center field. Rangers starter Derek Holland entered the night 9-6 with a 2.95 ERA. Mariners 2, Rangers 0.
Top second: Iwakuma gets the first out, but then gives up a double to Alex Rios. The ball was hit to deep left field, and left fielder Michael Morse certainly had a chance to make the play, but the ball bounced off his glove. It was scored a double. Mitch Moreland followed with a single, Jurickson Profar walk and David Murphy singled to tie the game at two. Elvis Andrus’ adds another run with another single. The damage: Four hits, one walk and three runs. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Bottom second: Brendan Ryan doubles, but the Mariners don’t do anything else. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Top third: Brendan Ryan with an amazing play. Fields the ball to the right side of second base — he’s at shortstop — and makes a sliding stop, quickly gets up and throws out the runner. Rangers go three up, three down. Rangers 3, Mariners 2.
Bottom third: Franklin Gutierrez ties the game at three with his sixth homer of the year, a solo shot to right. It’s his first homer in more than two months. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top fourth: Gutierrez makes a nice leaping catch against the right field wall along the foul line to end the inning. Rangers go three up, three down for the second straight inning. Iwakuma has responded well from his rough second inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom fourth: Dustin Ackley opens the inning with a single, but Brendan Ryan ends the inning by hitting into a double play. The Mariners have had their leadoff hitter reach in every inning this game. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top fifth: Adrian Beltre hits a massive fly ball to straight away center field but Dustin Ackley catches it on the warning track to end the inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom fifth: Three up, three down for the Mariners for the first time tonight. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top sixth: Iwakuma gives up a leadoff single but gets the next three batters in order. He’s only given up two hits in the four innings since the three-run second inning. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom sixth: Michael Morse and Dustin Ackley each single with two outs, but Humberto Quintero strikes out to end the inning. Michael Saunders also pinch ran for Morse at second. Saunders hasn’t played since Friday because of a sore neck. He’s staying in the game in left field. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top seventh: Charlie Forbush comes in in relief of Iwakuma and gets the Rangers to go down in order. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom seventh: Three up, three down for the Mariners, including strikeouts from Brad Miller and Franklin Gutierrez. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top eighth: Yoervis Medina comes in for the Mariners and gives up a single and then drills Adrian Beltre to put two runners on with no outs. But Medina responded by getting a pop out and a double play to end the threat. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom eighth: The Mariners go down in order for the second straight inning. Not much doing offensively since the third inning for Seattle. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Top ninth: Medina gives up another base runner, but strikes out the side. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
Bottom 10th: Michael Saunders led off the ninth inning with a sharp single, which brought up Dustin Ackley. Ackley has been one of Seattle’s hottest hitters since the All-Star break and already had two hits in the game. But Wedge elected to have Ackley bunt in order to move Saunders to second. Only, Ackley’s bunt popped in the air, at first looking like disaster, maybe even a double play. But it safely sailed over the head of pitcher Neal Cotts, who initially charged in before back tracking. With two on and no outs, Wedge elected to have Humberto Quintero bunt to advance the runners. But Quintero popped the bunt up, and this time it resulted in an easy out. That left the game in the hands of Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, Seattle’s two young middle infielders. Franklin struck out swinging. So did Miller. A rally that looked so promising ended abruptly. Mariners 3, Rangers 3.
August 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM
Top first: Aaron Harang gets the start for the Mariners. He’s 5-10 with a 5.49 ERA. He retired the Angels in order to start the game, including a nice running snow cone catch by Michael Morse in right field and a strikeout of Mike Trout. Mariners 0, Angels 0.
Bottom first: The Mariners go down in order against Jared Weaver (7-7, 3.62 ERA). Mariners 0, Angels 0.
Top second: Harang is rolling early. Strikes out the side, including Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo. He already has four strikeouts. Mariners 0, Angels 0.
Bottom second: Mariners go three up, three down (Morales, Ibanez, Smoak). Mariners 0, Angels 0.
Top third: Harang gets the Angels to go down in order for the second time. He’s given up only one hit so far. Mariners 0, Angels 0.
Bottom third: Dustin Ackley gets the Mariners’ first hit of the day by ripping a solo homer to right centerfield. It’s his second home run of the year and it came on a full count. Mariners 1, Angels 0.
Top fourth: Just like that Harang goes from cruising to down three runs. Harang gives up his first hit of the day — a double to Josh Hamilton — and then gave up another double to the next batter, Mark Trumbo, that tied the game at 1-1. Harang then intentionally walked Hang Conger after falling behind in the count, and Chris Nelson drove in two runs with a triple. Grant Green tacked on another run with an infield single to Brad Miller in the hole. Angels 4, Mariners 1.
Bottom fourth: Mariners really struggling at the plate this series. Get one hit in this inning from Morales but that’s it. Angels 4, Mariners 1.
Top fifth: Harang gives up a walk and a hit but limits the damage. He’s been good except for the four-run fourth with two outs. Angels 4, Mariners 1.
Bottom fifth: The Mariners go three up, three down and strike out twice. They’ve struck out six times already. Angels 4, Mariners 1.
Top sixth: Harang gives up an RBI triple to Peter Bourjos and a two-run homer to Hank Conger before exiting after 5 2/3. He might have been able to get out of the inning, but Raul Ibanez couldn’t track down a fly ball in left field. Angels 7, Mariners 1
Bottom sixth: Three up, three down for the Mariners. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Top seventh: The Angels get a walk and a single, but that’s it. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Bottom seventh: You guessed it: Three up, three down for the fifth time in this one. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Top eighth: Carter Capps gave up two singles with one out, and then things turned weird. Josh Hamilton hit a sharp ground ball to Brad Miller, who knocked it down. He had a play a third where he easily could have thrown out the lead runner, but instead went to first, where Hamilton beat out the throw. It was scored a fielder’s choice, but it was a defensive lapse and loaded the bases. But Capps buckled down and got the final two outs of the inning. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Bottom eighth: Dustin Ackley doubles — he has a home run and a double, the Mariners’ only extra-base hits — but Seattle gets nothing to show for it. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Top ninth: The Angels go three up, three down for just the second time. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
Bottom ninth: The Mariners loaded the bases with two outs — the only time in the game they had more than one base runner in an inning — but Justin Smoak went down swinging to end the inning and the game. Angels 7, Mariners 1.
August 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM
The funny thing is, Erasmo Ramirez picked up his first loss of the season on a night when he pitched one of his best games.
That’s the way baseball works sometimes because as fortunate as Ramirez was to be 4-0 despite a 5.94 ERA, he was just as unfortunate in getting saddled with the loss Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
Ramirez allowed two earned runs during his 6 2/3 innings, but Seattle’s offense once again provided little relief in the 5-1 loss.
“There wasn’t much to talk about offensively,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We didn’t do much.”
Which left Ramirez holding the loss.
August 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM
Top first: Erasmo Ramirez quickly got ahead of Mike Trout 0-2, but the problems came when Ramirez couldn’t finish the job. Trout battled back and got the best of Ramirez by crushing a ball to center field for a two-run homer. That’s the only damage in the inning, but Ramirez needs 26 pitches to get through it. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom first: Brad Miller leads off the inning with a single, but Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse go down in order to end the inning. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top second: Ramirez gets the Angels three up, three down, but not without a little drama. Endy Chavez, who started tonight in right field, robbed Hank Conger of a home run with a perfectly timed leaping catch at the wall. Oh, and it took Ramirez only nine pitches to get through this inning (26 to get through the first). Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom second: Endy Chavez singled and Dustin Ackley followed with a ground-rule double to right. That proved a costly bounce — if it stayed in play, Chavez might have scored on the play — because Brendan Ryan lined out sharply to left field to end the inning and the Mariners threat. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top third: The Angels get two singles, but Ramirez doesn’t break and strands two runners on base. He’s given up four hits and one walk but has only allowed that Trout home run to really hurt him so far. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom third: Brad Miller leads off with a single — second time in the game he did that — but once again the combination of Seager, Morales and Morse fail to deliver a hit. Mariners have four hits but nothing to show for them right now. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top fourth: Ramirez has no problems in the fourth. Three up, three down. He’s done a nice job so far, especially when you take away that first inning, when he threw 26 pitches and gave up the homer to Trout. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom fourth: Justin Smoak led off the inning with a walk and Endy Chavez followed with a single down the right field line; I’m not exactly sure how he kept the ball fair. He swung at a pitch way inside and somehow managed to have it toe the line into right field. But Humberto Quintero struck out, Dustin Ackley popped out to the catcher and Brendan Ryan grounded out to the shorstop to end the inning. The Mariners have had runners on in every inning and have yet to score. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top fifth: Ramirez allows the leadoff man to reach on a single but ends the inning by striking out Trout. No damage. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom fifth: Kyle Seager reaches on a single but the Mariners strand him when Kendrys Morales grounds into an inning-ending double play. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top sixth: Ramirez strikes out the side. He has five strikeouts but his night should be done. He’s at 99 pitches right now. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom sixth: Justin Smoak reached on an error by the second baseman, but the inning ended when Endy Chavez grounded into a double play. Jason Vargas has been really tough tonight. He’s allowed base runners in every inning, but Seattle really hasn’t hit him hard. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top seventh: Ramirez returns for the seventh (I was wrong) and gives up a bunt single to Grant Green followed by a double to J.B. Shuck. He stays in the game and gets Erick Aybar to hit a grounder to second baseman Brad Miller, who gets Green at home for an out. Ramirez got Mike Trout to hit a fly ball to right center but Endy Chavez dropped the ball while running in for an error. One run scored. That would have ended the inning. Angels 3, Mariners 0.
Bottom seventh: Quintero leads off with a single and Ackley follows with a single. Both advance to second and third on a Jason Vargas balk. Nick Franklin, who Wedge said before the game he wanted to have pinch hit, stepped in for Brendan Ryan with no outs and runners on second and third. Franklin grounded out to third but scored Quintero on the play to get the Mariners on the board. Brad Miller then struck out, which brought up Kyle Seager, who was plunked in the back. Kendrys Morales then stepped to the plate against reliever Michael Kohn with two outs and runners on first and third but struck out swinging to end the inning. Angels 3, Mariners 1.
Top eighth: Mark Trumbo leads off with a single and Kole Calhoun drives him in with a single off Brandon Maurer. Chris Nelson added another single to drive in Calhoun. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Bottom eighth: Endy Chavez singles — his third hit of the night — but that’s it. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Top ninth: Angels go three up, three down. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Bottom ninth: The first time the Mariners don’t get a runner on base. Final: Angels 5, Mariners 1.
August 24, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Nick Franklin might be available to pinch hit for the Mariners during Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, manager Eric Wedge said.
Franklin had to get five stitches after cutting his knee while sliding into home during Tuesday’s game against Oakland. At the time, acting manager Robby Thompson said he hoped Franklin would be able to return either Friday or Saturday.
Wedge said he wants Franklin to pinch hit first, even if it means pinch-running for him if he gets on base.
“I don’t think we’re able to use him out there defensively just yet,” Wedge said.
Wedge also explained his decision to play Dustin Ackley at second base in last night’s game against the Angels. Ackley, of course, made the transition to the outfield earlier this season after playing second.
“I’m OK with it,” Wedge said. “We talked about early on when we made the transition, early on when we got him in the outfield, we wanted to stay away from (playing second). But once he had a little bit of time under his belt in the outfield, Robby and I talked about it and we talked about it with Jack (Zduriencik), I felt like it’s OK for him.”
Here is the Mariners lineup for Saturday night’s game:
2B Brad Miller
SS Kyle Seager
DH Kendrys Morales
LF Michael Morse
1B Justin Smoak
RF Endy Chavez
C Humberto Quintero
CF Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
P Erasmo Ramirez (4-0, 5.94 ERA)