My first visit to Cleveland has been all I hoped it would be and more. Actually that’s a lie. But it hasn’t been bad. I got up and walked basically the better part of two miles trying to find a coffee shop not named Starbucks to no real avail, until I ducked into a downtown mall and found Caribou Coffee where FSN’s Brad Adam and Mariners’ media relations guru Tim Hevly were also getting some coffee.
Before I forget, a belated and big thanks to Doug Pacey for handling Sunday for me. I’m sure the Kansas grad prefers Stadium girls softball and Class 2A track, but he came up clutch for me like Mario Chalmers in the title game.
One thing I will tell you is that it’s f-f-freezing here. According to Google weather it’s 42 degrees but it feels colder than that. That is not good for the Mariners, who struggle to produce runs in warm weather.
AND NOW OUR NEW DAILY FEATURE: CLEMENT AND WLAD WATCH 2008!
Wow that sounds like something for the presidential election.
Anyway, here’s last night’s game story from my boy Grant Clark, in it you will find that WLAD BALENTIEN SLUGGED THREE HOME RUNS IN ONE GAME!
Not to be outdone, Jeff Clement went 3-for-4 to up his average to .397 this season.
Here’s their official lines from last night and here’s the box score.
Jeff Clement 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a base on balls and two runs scored.
Wlad Balentien 3-for-6 with three home runs, three runs scored, five RBI
And I will mention that Jeremy Reed was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and RBI and two base on balls. Charlton Jimerson and Bryan LaHair also both hit home runs.
Also here’s the Rainiers up to date statistics for the season.