Mariners Bullpen Blows Lead, Winning Streak Snapped
By Dan Hughes
May 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros right fielder George Springer (4) is soaked after driving in the winning run during the eleventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. The Astros defeated the Mariners 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
It was a short-lived streak. For only the 2nd time this season, the Mariners had a three-game winning streak. And for a while there, it appeared as if the Mariners were going to have their first four-game win streak of the season. But Yoervis Medina and Charlie Furbush had other ideas.
Medina blew a 4-3 lead in the 8th and Furbush failed to record an out in the 11th as the Houston Astros beat the Mariners 5-4 Friday night.
Felix Hernandez threw five innings and turned a 4-3 lead over to the Mariners bullpen. Tom Wilhelmsen, Joe Beimel and Dominic Leone held serve for the first 2 IP, but the Funky Yoe Medina gave up a run in the 8th to tie it. The Astros bullpen held to force extra innings.
Danny Farquhar came in for the 9th and 10th, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out four. But for some reason (pitch count?) Furbush came in for the 11th. He failed to record a single out. Four batters came to the plate, four batters reached base, scoring the winning run. It took all of 13 pitches.
In a bit of good news, the Mariners welcome back Hisashi Iwakuma tomorrow in hopes of getting back in the win column. Let’s welcome ‘Kuma to the 2014 season. We’ll get ’em tomorrow.
|Saunders, M, RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.234|
|Miller, B, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.191|
|Almonte, A, CF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.198|
2B: Seager (5, Peacock).
HR: Zunino (4, 5th inning off Peacock, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Zunino 5; Hart; Saunders, M; Seager 3; Miller, B 2.
RBI: Zunino 2 (13), Seager 2 (15).
2-out RBI: Zunino 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ackley 2; Cano.
GIDP: Saunders, M, Hart.
Team RISP: 3-for-7.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Seager (2, 2nd base off Peacock/Castro, Ja).
CS: Zunino (1, 2nd base by Qualls/Castro, Ja).
PO: Zunino (1st base by Qualls).
E: Almonte, A 2 (5, fielding, fielding).
Outfield assists: Saunders, M (Krauss at 2nd base).
|Castro, Ja, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.221|
|2- Hoes, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.136|
|1- Gonzalez, M, PR-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Villar, J, SS||4||0||1||1||1||2||3||.241|
1-Ran for Dominguez in the 8th. 2-Ran for Castro, Ja in the 9th.
2B: Altuve (7, Hernandez, F).
TB: Villar, J; Dominguez; Castro, Ja; Krauss 2; Springer; Altuve 4; Fowler 2.
RBI: Krauss 2 (7), Villar, J (9), Springer (5).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Springer; Villar, J; Presley; Fowler 3; Altuve; Guzman.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 14.
SB: Villar, J 2 (6, 2nd base off Hernandez, F/Zunino, 3rd base off Wilhelmsen/Zunino), Altuve (10, 2nd base off Wilhelmsen/Zunino).
DP: 2 (Guzman-Villar, J, Villar, J-Altuve-Guzman).
Pickoffs: Qualls (Zunino at 1st base).
|Wilhelmsen (H, 3)||1.0||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.65|
|Beimel (H, 3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.48|
|Leone (H, 1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.42|
|Medina (BS, 1)||1.0||1||1||1||1||1||0||3.38|
|Furbush (L, 0-3)||0.0||3||1||1||0||0||0||5.79|
Furbush pitched to 4 batters in the 11th.
HBP: Castro, Ja (by Hernandez, F).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez, F 89-57, Wilhelmsen 19-10, Beimel 3-3, Leone 9-6, Medina 17-10, Farquhar 34-22, Furbush 13-8, Peacock 92-57, Cisnero 17-11, Sipp 19-13, Qualls 10-8, Bass 24-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hernandez, F 5-2, Wilhelmsen 1-0, Beimel 0-0, Leone 0-0, Medina 2-0, Farquhar 1-1, Furbush 1-0, Peacock 7-3, Cisnero 0-0, Sipp 1-0, Qualls 0-0, Bass 3-2.
Batters faced: Hernandez, F 24, Wilhelmsen 5, Beimel 1, Leone 2, Medina 5, Farquhar 8, Furbush 4, Peacock 25, Cisnero 4, Sipp 5, Qualls 2, Bass 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Sipp 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bob Davidson. 1B: James Hoye. 2B: Mark Wegner. 3B: John Tumpane.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, In from LF.
Venue: Minute Maid Park.
May 2, 2014