Mariners Drop Game To O’s, Former M’s

The Mariners drop the second game of the series to the Orioles after slaughtering the O’s 10-0 the night before.

The game started innocently enough, with Taijuan Walker giving up a dinger to none other than former Mariner Mark Trumbo. Walker then gave up a dinger next at-bat to Matt Wieters, who went on to torch the Mariners multiple times throughout the game.

The Mariners tried their hardest to scrounge together a couple runs, with a Martin dinger in the top of the 3rd and a 4th inning Iannetta sac fly. Alas, it was not enough. In the 8th inning with the bases loaded, Buck Showalter yanked Brad Brach and brought in closer Zach Britton for the five out save. In response, Scott Servais pulled Lind in favor of Dae-Ho Lee, only to watch Lee strike out and Iannetta ground out to second on the first pitch. Inning over. To Britton’s credit, his fastballs were moving like none other.

(Image via Ryan Divish)

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Unfair.

To start the ninth, Ketel Marte battled with Britton to up his pitch count then slapped a scorching ball past Pedro Alvarez for a standup double. After a wild pitch in the dirt that skipped on by Wieters, Marte jogged on over to third base, only to be stranded. Martin K’d, and Aoki and Guti grounded out softly in order.

After yesterday’s game, it makes you scratch your head a little. On offense, the Mariners didn’t look great. Five of the M’s seven hits came from the bottom three hitters of the lineup. Lind and Aoki continued their hitting woes on the season, and combined to go 0-8 on the night. With runners in scoring position the Mariners went 1-12. Yeesh.

Taijuan Walker has been struggling for several starts now, as he hasn’t been truly dominant since April 25th, against the Astros. Walker struggled all day with his command and left balls up a few too many times, leaving them to be destroyed by opposing hitters. Scott Servais commented that his curveball “wasn’t there at all.”

I’m not sure it’s time to start worrying about Walker yet. On the season, he’s still been great, especially for being fourth in the pecking order of our starting pitchers. Blowers talked before the game about how Tai needed to be aggressive and not “nibble” around the plate, as he was apt to do last year. Nibble he did not. Taijuan was aggressive and attacked the hands of hitters. He simply did not have it. Especially with his secondary pitches.

Standouts in tonight’s game were former Mariners Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo, as well as not-former-Mariner Matt Wieters. After tonight, Trumbo is .304/.356/.595 on the year. I’m not sure where this Mark Trumbo was last year, but Camden Yards is clearly treating him well. Trumbo credits Edgar Martinez on his success this season. Former Mariners top prospect Adam Jones chipped in with a nice catch on the night.

Chris Tillman continued his ceaseless success against the Mariners, as this was his seventh win in nine starts (zero losses) against the M’s. Today served as Tillman’s sixth straight quality start.

Tomorrow Nathan Karns will take on righty Tyler Wilson in the rubber match. Wilson currently has a 2.93 ERA on the year, but this is a good opportunity for that ERA to go through the roof. With a career K/9 of 3.78 and BABIP of .232 on the year, he’s a good candidate to get touched up. Look for the Mariners to have a good day offensively tomorrow.

And the 2008 trade strikes again. Once again, nightmares of the Erik Bedard trade highlighted the game. In 2008, the Mariners traded for lefty Erik Bedard, in exchange for Adam Jones as well as George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio. Tillman and Jones have went on to be reliable Orioles, all while Erik Bedard went on to pitch just three seasons for the Mariners. While in Seattle, Bedard became best known for being standoffish towards the media, and pulling himself out of games after reaching his self-imposed pitch count limits every game.

One game I will never forget is when I went to a July 22nd game three seasons ago against the Astros. Erik Bedard was pitching a no-hitter through six and a third, before (presumably) yanking himself from the game. In the middle of a no hitter. Bedard ended up taking the loss.

Thanks again, Bill Bavasi.

Go M’s!

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