SECOND PLACE IS SOLELY OURS–again–!!
1-) While Bedard had 7 strike outs in 6.1 IP, all 7 came in the first 4 innings. He may have tapered off there at the end and only had a game score of 58 but it was a dominate early performance that immediately made me feel like we had this game.
2-) It’s easy to lose sight of being that Justin Smoak clobbered that home run in the 8th but just two short outs prior to that Chris Ray had an interesting outing in the 7th and 8th innings. Sure he walked a guy and gave up two hits. But what’s important is that he finally had some luck go his way.
He hasn’t been good while he’s been here but I’ll be bold enough to say he hasn’t been as bad as we all think and I’m glad that Wedge has kept him around as long as he has. More on that later today.
3-) As for Justin Smoak he hit his 8th home run of the year off Guthrie and it came at a huge time. He hit 22 combined home runs for four different teams across two different levels for two different organization all while trying to make the adjustments to big league pitching.
He’s on pace for 24 and I’m going to be so bold as to predict he’ll have more than 25. Prior to this weekend we had gone two weeks without seeing a home run from him. As hot as he was in April he’s had a little slump over May hitting only .229/.333/.417. Over, what is now, last month (May) in which Smoak has slumped the Mariners were 15-11 with minimal run support. Some food for thought.
Mariners of the Game:
Justin Smoak WPA (0.636)
Brandon League WPA (0.150)
Chris Ray WPA (0.055)