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September 27, 2013 at 4:15 PM
The Mariners just sent out a press release advising that Eric Wedge notified the ballclub he has “chosen not to return to manage the club in 2014.”
Wedge and the club agreed that he will manage the Mariners for the final three games of the season, and fulfill the remainder of his contract. The contract expires Oct. 31, 2013.
August 7, 2013 at 6:55 PM
Things looked dim for the Mariners when they fell behind 7-2 in the third inning — the same lead they held last week when the Red Sox rallied in the ninth for that devastating win. This comeback was slower developing, but the Mariners used a six-run fifth to win 9-7 over Toronto. Five relievers — Brandon Maurer, Charlie Furbush, Yoervis Medina, Oliver Perez and Danny Farquhar — combined to hold the Blue Jays scoreless over the last seven innings.
“We’ve had that done to us in the past,’’ said acting manager Robby Thompson of their comeback. “I’d like to think we kind of returned the favor today.
“I’m proud of the guys. They should be proud of themselves, offensively and in the bullpen.”
August 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM
Danny Farquhar converted his third straight save to complete a nice comeback win for the Mariners, who were down 7-2 after three innings.
JAYS EIGHTH:Toronto leaves runners on second and third as Perez comes in to get Rasmus on broken-bat grounder to second. That’s six scoreless innings by four relievers after Harang’s horrible start. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS SEVENTH: 42-year-old Darren Oliver worked out of a big jam after coming in with the bases loaded and one out. He got Brad Miller to ground into a force at the plate and struck out Nick Franklin. 9-7 Mariners
JAYS SEVENTH: With Medina pitching, DeRosa gets to third with two outs after sun-aided double, but Medina gets Reyes to ground out. 9-7 Mariners.
JAYS SIXTH: After the Jays loaded the bases against Maurer with one out, Furbush did a great job getting out of the jam. He struck out Lind and got Rasmus on a slow grounder to short. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS FIFTH: M’s bat around, score six to take the lead. The big hits were a two-run double off the left-field wall by a RH-hitting Justin Smoak, and a two-run homer by Humberto Quintero. 9-7 Mariners
MARINERS FOURTH: They get one run back on a single by Saunders, who moves to second on wild pitch, third on Ackley single, and scores on a fielder’s choice by Quintero. 7-3 Jays.
MARINERS THIRD: After a promising start to the inning — Miller single, Franklin walk — the Mariners can’t get a run home. The runners moved up on a long fly by Morales but Morse grounded out to end the inning. 7-2 Jays
August 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM
The Blue Jays fans are already amassing outside Safeco Field for their third straight takeover of the Mariners ballpark. The M’s, flailing with nine losses in their last 13 games and coming off a terrible performance last night, send Aaron Harang and his 5-10 record to the mound. He’s coming off a start in which he gave up seven runs in five innings against the Orioles.
Here are the lineups:
August 6, 2013 at 11:29 PM
It was just an ugly game all the way around tonight as the Mariners continued their slide — nine losses in 13 games — that is rapidly erasing the good vibes from their eight-game losing streak.
Felix Hernandez was not particularly sharp in the 7-2 loss to Toronto, though obviously he received little help from his defense. The Mariners committed four errors, Hernandez gave up nine hits in just five innings, and the Seattle offense was blanked until the seventh — not a winning formula.
August 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM
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.”
August 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM
Acting manager Robby Thompson brushed off the notion that the Mariners are converting Tom Wilhelmsen to starting, but didn’t completely shut the door. Wilhelmsen, sent down last night, started for Tacoma today and was roughed up, giving up homers to two of the first three hitters, and three runs total in two innings.
But back to the question of Wilhelmsen becoming a starter, Thompson said, “As of now, no. Basically, it’s a situation where we wanted him to go back down and regain his confidence. Regain pinpointing that fastball, having precise command with it like he’s had in the past so his secondary stuff can work off of that.”
Thompson said that logistically it’s easier for Wilhelmsen to get his necessary work in from a starting role.
August 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM
Nick Franklin is back at second base after two days off, trying to break out of his 0-for-24 stretch. Robby Thompson didn’t want to throw him in against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey yesterday, but he’ll face a conventional pitcher tonight, the struggling former All-Star Josh Johnson. He’s 1-8 with a 6.60 ERA, and gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Angels in his last start.
The Mariners will counter with Felix Hernandez, who has gone 12 starts since his last loss. He’s 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA in tht stretch.
For those who missed it, here’s a blog post summing up today’s roster moves.
And here are the lineups:
August 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I can confirm that’s not Montreal native Geoff Baker waving the Canadian flag, but it seemed like half the country was at the ballpark tonight. It’s getting to be a regular occurrence when the Blue Jays come to town, and I’m told that today is a Canadian holiday, one that even some members of the Toronto press corps had a hard time naming. But this crowd (32,300) was even more raucous in support of the Blue Jays than normal, leading to this reaction from Justin Smoak:
“I’m not going to say what I want to say,’’ Smoak said. “I guess we’re as close to Canada as anybody else. It was a good crowd for a Monday night game. Good for them, I guess.”
The big news came after the game, when one-time closer Tom Wilhelmsen was packing his gear and receiving hugs from teammates. Wilhelmsen confirmed that he is headed for Class AAA Tacoma to try to regain the form that at one point this year allowed him to lock down the ninth inning.
August 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM
The Mariners couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead with six outs to go and fall on the strength of a three-run eighth by Toronto.
JAYS EIGHTH: Jays tied it on a Lawrie triple and Reyes single off Iwakuma. They loaded the bases against Medina, then got a two-run single by Mark DeRosa off Oliver Perez for two runs and a 3-1 lead.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Justin Smoak breaks the deadlock with a leadoff homer, a towering blast to right. But the Mariners squandered a chance for more when Seager, with runners on first and third, grounded into inning ending DP. 1-0 Mariners.
BLUE JAYS SEVENTH: Jays get their first runner to third with two outs but Macier Izturis grounds out. Will anyone score tonight?
MARINERS FIFTH: M’s get two aboard with one out but can’t score as Seager and Morales pop out. Still scoreless.
BLUE JAYS FIFTH: Two-out single by Lawrie is Toronto’s first hit since Reyes led off the game with a single, but Thole grounded into a force. 0-0
BLUE JAYS FOURTH: Iwakuma walked Bautista and Encarnacion, who have 54 homers between them — the first time all year he’s walked two in an inning — but got Lind to ground out to end the inning. 0-0
MARINERS THIRD: M’s had a chance to strike first against R.A. Dickey in a scoreless game, putting runners on first and third with one out. But third baseman Brett Lawrie made a nice sprawling stop of a Morales grounder and converted a double play — albeit Morales was one of the few guys who wouldn’t have beaten the throw.
As has been the case in recent games here against the Blue Jays, fans from Canada are out in full force. It probably will feel like a home game for the Blue Jays, in fact.
Warning: I’m not going to be manning the blog for awhile because I have to finish my Montero story. So talk amongst yourselves.