The Mariners opened the weekend series with Oakland last night, taking a 5-4 win on a friday night. The Mariners starter, Ryan Rowland-Smith barely got out of the 4th inning having trouble locating pitches. Walking 4, trust me, the term locating pitches is being nice. His official line is 3 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 strikeout. After taking all he could, Wak finally yanked the long last named pitcher for Jakubauskas. Yes Pat, I would like to buy a vowel. Jak came in and actually got the win. He pitched 2 innings, then being relieved for by Corcoran. Roy came in and pitched 2/3 of an inning, eventually giving way to Kelley then Aardsma.
The offense showed up early, taking a 5 -1 lead, but after the 2nd inning, it was as if we took our foot off the gas. Yuni in the second hit a bases clearing 2 rbi shot over the left fielder that eventually sealed the game. Endy Chavez had another productive 3-5 night, and Jr lead the walk parade with 5.
Endy looks like Adam Jones, or is it just me?
A couple of things that I noticed last night: why hasnt Tui gotten a crack at bat yet? Last night, Beltre struggling through an 0-4 night, I would have thought a late sub would have been in order. Tui in spring training hit over .400, and it would make little sense to me not to get him in there.
Griffey, in the second inning, took 5 minutes to get from second to third, but then again, it beats him tearing a hammy.
Ichiro, in Peoria for rehab, collected 5 hits, and was pulled each time reaching base. Although I laugh at the thought of pulling Ichiro once arriving at the bag, maybe our stolen base percentage will go up....
Im just sayin