Boxscore: Game 73


What a horrible way to lose a ball game. It had to happen when I was already frustrated trying to fix a few things for my wife and I wanted just to take a moment and watch what could have been the Mariners taking first place (as the Rangers WERE losing).  Then Justin Smoak botches a grounder, a few stray hits including one that actually hits Brandon League and we have Pauley in. I remember thinking this exact thing “I’m not worried Pauley has done a great job drawing ground balls at least he won’t give up a home run.” … I’m a moron.

Regression sucks and I’m not saying that David Pauley is a bad pitcher but he wasn’t going to go the rest of the year without giving up a home run. It just sucks that it happened to come right there. I still think Pauley is better than what most people thought coming into this year. But, he’s not going to continue getting lucky with home runs. That home run he gave up last night it was the first one he’d given up all season and that’s just luck.

I know some people were confused about why Wedge used League in a non-save situation but I don’t have a huge problem with it. I think the he’s still the best relief arm in the bullpen and he hadn’t been used since Friday. It was just a chance to get him some work in, it’s just too bad how things went down.

 

A few other notes:

 

  • How awesome is it to have Dustin Ackley in the line-up? 2 RBI’s and they happened to come where in similar situations we’ve seen other hitters struggle. They weren’t HUGE AMAZING plays by any means. It was simply taking advantage of the situation given to him. He hit the ball to the right side or he hit the ball through a hole.  It’s just fun to see.
  • It was good to see Franklin Gutierrez have a solid game. As someone mentioned on twitter he really needed it.
  • It’s time to start giving Greg Halman more at bats than Carlos Peguero. I get that Carlos Peguero can hit the ball a long, long, long, long, long way. That with being on the hot and muggy east coast that there is probably a need to have some wind generated. But Peguero is starting to frustrate people and maybe even himself with his play. It wasn’t a bad idea to try and get him going against a decrypted Livan Hernandez but it didn’t work. Now if Peguero wants to play he’s going to have to start earning it or Halman needs to lose it.
  • Speaking of Left Field it would seem the Mariners have inquired on Ryan Ludwick. This isn’t a huge and unbelievable move. I still don’t if it’s the move I’d make for this team but without a doubt he’s an upgrade to what has been trotted out there. I still would like to see the team give Halman a bit more of a chance to assert himself as the possible left fielder. But, if the Mariners want to stay in it this maybe a move they need to make.

 

 

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Mariners (37-36) 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Nationals (36-37) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 2 8 0

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Mariners of the Game:

Doug Fister WPA (0.260)

Dustin Ackley WPA (0.121)

Adam Kennedy WPA (0.096)

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  • http://www.districtondeck.com Leslie Monteiro

    Read Wedge’s quote after the game in the Mariners site and in the Seattle Times. It did not make sense for two reasons:

    1) The objective is to win the game, not to give guy work. I want my best guy out there, and at that point, I would go with a guy that helped me do well for most of the night.

    2) Wedge talked about the weather being hot, so Fister can’t finish. Aren’t starters suppose to toughen up?

  • Harrison Crow

    Understand when you say it’s “hot” it’s extreme. I mowed my lawn yesterday and finished about 7:00 and it was still 102 degrees outside. Starters are tough to go out there and throw over 100 pitches. I don’t blame him for not sending him back out there.

    I do agree with you regardless of the situation (up by X runs or even a tie ball game) I want my best pitcher in the game.