The Seattle Mariners are probably just happy to have not been no-hit tonight. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez took a perfect game into the top of the 6th but the Mariners just couldn’t completely solve the puzzle, falling to the Marlins 7-0.
Roenis Elias had a rough outing, posting the following line: 5 2/3 8H 6R 4 ER 5BB (1 int) 5K. He was only trailing 3-0 with two outs and one on in the bottom of the 6th. But after walking Christian Yelich to put runners at 1st and 2nd, his pitch count was at 106. Manager Lloyd McClendon left him in and five pitches later, the Mariners were losing 6-0 when Marcell Ozuna launched a 3-run homer into the swimming pool in left.
But the real story was Alvarez, who looked more like Marlins ace Jose Fernandez or perhaps our very own Felix Hernandez. He grew up watching Felix and looked like him tonight. He pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, faced only one more than the minimum and threw only 90 pitches.
He was also 1-for-2 at the plate with two sac bunts, a run scored and an RBI.
Oddly enough, the last time skipper Lloyd McClendon saw Henderson Alvarez, it was the last day of the 2013 season and Alvarez no-hit the Detroit Tigers. Perhaps he should have seen this coming?
So the Mariners have now dropped five in a row, been shut out four times in 17 games and are looking to avoid the sweep tomorrow as Brandon Maurer makes his 2014 Mariners debut.
|Almonte, A, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|Miller, B, SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.194|
|Saunders, M, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.194|
2B: Zunino (3, Alvarez, H).
TB: Zunino 2; Ackley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Almonte, A.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 1.
E: Almonte, A (1, fielding).
PB: Zunino (1).
DP: (Miller, B-Cano-Smoak).
|Baker, Je, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.091|
|Solano, D, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.273|
|Alvarez, H, P||2||1||1||1||0||1||1||.333|
2B: Hechavarria (4, Elias), Yelich (4, Elias).
HR: Ozuna (3, 6th inning off Elias, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Hechavarria 4; Alvarez, H; Solano, D 2; McGehee; Ozuna 5; Yelich 2.
RBI: McGehee (15), Alvarez, H (1), Ozuna 4 (10).
2-out RBI: Alvarez, H; Ozuna 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Saltalamacchia 2; Alvarez, H; Ozuna; Stanton.
SAC: Alvarez, H 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-13.
Team LOB: 8.
DP: (McGehee-Solano, D-Baker, Je).
IBB: Stanton (by Elias).
Pitches-strikes: Elias 111-64, Farquhar 20-11, Rodney 16-9, Alvarez, H 90-62.
Groundouts-flyouts: Elias 7-3, Farquhar 1-1, Rodney 1-1, Alvarez, H 16-2.
Batters faced: Elias 29, Farquhar 5, Rodney 5, Alvarez, H 28.
Umpires: HP: Toby Basner. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Lance Barrett. 3B: Dana DeMuth.
Weather: 77 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
Venue: Marlins Park.
April 19, 2014