Apr 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager (left to right), shortstop Brad Miller, second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Justin Smoak talk during a pitching change in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Bullpen Blows Lead, M's Skid at Six


I’m going to take a different approach today. By now, you all saw the game. You don’t need me to tell you what happened. I’m going to tell you why I still believe that this team will ultimately be okay and finish the season above .500.

What I saw in this game today offensively, gives me hope. Don’t get me wrong, there is still room for improvement.

But the two runs scoring on sac flies, batters moving the runners along, productive outs. That was encouraging to see.

Brandon Maurer pitched well. We may need him to make at least one more start. What I saw out of him gives me hope add we wait to get Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker back.

The Mariners bullpen is flat overworked. But I believe Lloyd McClendon has mismanaged the pen this far.

Dominic Leone and Joe Beimel should have and could have pitched longer. Mac used to manage a National League team, he should know how to utilize the 9th spot in the order effectively.

Instead, he liked like an American League manager that didn’t know how to set a lineup without a DH.

Now, the Mariners head home. Felix Hernandez will be in the hill tomorrow as the M’s hope to end this six game slide against the Houston Astros.

I don’t care how many runs we win by, as long as we can get the win. Just a couple of wins will get this team headed in the right direction again.

Then we can all sleep a little better at night.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Abraham AlmonteCF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .221
Willie Bloomquist3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .200
Robinson Canó2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268
Corey HartRF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Brad MillerPR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194
Dustin AckleyLF 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .279
Justin Smoak1B 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .242
Nick FranklinSS 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 .083
John BuckC 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .231
Michael SaundersPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .188
Brandon MaurerP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dominic LeoneP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Joe BeimelP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Stefen RomeroPH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .158
Kyle SeagerPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .158
Danny FarquharP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Charlie FurbushP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Tom WilhelmsenP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 2 6 2 0 3 9 0 8
Batting
2B – R Cano (3, K Slowey); C Hart 2 (3, K Slowey, S Cishek)
S – B Maurer
SF – D Ackley, J Smoak
RBI – D Ackley (10), J Smoak (10)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – W Bloomquist 1, M Saunders 1, K Seager 2
Team LOB – 6
Running
CS – R Cano (1, 2nd base by A Caminero/J Mathis)
Fielding
DP – 1 (N Franklin-R Cano-J Smoak)

Miami

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Christian YelichLF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333
Marcell OzunaCF 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .333
Giancarlo StantonRF 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 .303
Casey McGehee3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .300
Garrett Jones1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .232
Adeiny HechavarriaSS 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .310
Dónovan Solano2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .267
Jeff MathisC 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 .222
Kevin SloweyP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Reed JohnsonPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .235
Arquímedes CamineroP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dan JenningsP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Carlos MármolP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Greg DobbsPH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Jeff BakerPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .088
Mike DunnP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Steve CishekP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 3 4 3 0 6 6 0 12
Batting
2B – C Yelich (5, C Furbush)
SF – A Hechavarria
RBI – G Jones (9), A Hechavarria (4), D Solano (1)
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Jones 1, D Solano 1, R Johnson 1
GIDP – G Stanton
Team LOB – 7
Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Brandon Maurer 4.1 2 1 1 2 4 0 0.92 2.08
Dominic Leone 1.1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.03 0.93
Joe Beimel(HLD, 2) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.18 1.93
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 2) 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.03 0.93
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 5) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1.67 6.00
Tom Wilhelmsen(L, 0-1)(BS, 2) 1.0 0 1 1 2 0 0 1.77 4.91

Miami

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Kevin Slowey 5.0 3 2 2 0 3 0 1.27 4.15
Arquímedes Caminero 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.50 9.64
Dan Jennings 0.1 1 0 0 2 1 0 2.05 2.45
Carlos Mármol 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.09 4.91
Mike Dunn(W, 1-2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.77 7.36
Steve Cishek(SV, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.83 0.00
IBB – G Stanton (by T Wilhelmsen)
Pitches-strikes – B Maurer 63-36; D Leone 25-17; J Beimel 1-1; D Farquhar 15-7; C Furbush 5-3; T Wilhelmsen 26-11; K Slowey 57-42; A Caminero 15-11; D Jennings 19-10; C Marmol 3-3; M Dunn 10-7; S Cishek 28-15
Ground balls-fly balls – B Maurer 6-2; D Leone 2-0; J Beimel 1-0; D Farquhar 1-1; C Furbush 1-1; T Wilhelmsen 1-2; K Slowey 6-6; A Caminero 1-2; D Jennings 0-0; C Marmol 0-0; M Dunn 1-1; S Cishek 1-1
Batters faced – B Maurer 16; D Leone 6; J Beimel 1; D Farquhar 3; C Furbush 2; T Wilhelmsen 6; K Slowey 18; A Caminero 4; D Jennings 4; C Marmol 1; M Dunn 3; S Cishek 5
Game Details
Game Time: 2:58.
Umpires: HP–Ed Hickox. 1B–Lance Barrett. 2B–Dana DeMuth. 3B–Toby Basner.
Weather: 78 degrees, Cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to Left.
Attendance: 20,228.

Tags: Seattle Mariners

  • maqman

    Didn’t like McClendon leaving Maurer in with men on base when he was obviously laboring, he didn’t have to see him lose the lead before
    getting him out. Hart looked adequate in RF, he should probably see more time there unless they swap out Romero and Gillespie. If Almonte doesn’t start getting on base more often they might want to bring back James Jones or put Ackley in lead-off. Maurer looked good for as long as he lasted.

    Mariners hitters since opening Angels series: .207/.258/.313. Miller (459), Smoak (479), Seager (496) & Cano (571) 4 lowest OPS by regulars. Seager’s not been good at the plate for too long. He might benefit from a trip to Tacoma to work out his problems, as did Ackley. I think Franklin could handle 3B, The same solution/answer might well apply to Miller but his problem has not been close to the duration of Seager’s. I would like to see them send down Romero too, he
    is not doing well and needs to play more often and Gillespie is on fire with a 1.162 OPS. Chris Taylor’s .896 OPS would indicate he could be a solution to SS production too.