My afternoon was Safeco Field and my evening will be at Cheney Stadium where I’m also covering the Rainiers tonight. Normally I wouldn’t post from the Rainiers unless something major happened, but since the Mariners shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt is playing second base for the first time in several years.
Also in an added treat tonight, Jeff Clement is playing first base, which I’ve never witnessed before and my boy Cha Cha Sizzle (Cha Seung Baek) is throwing a rehab outing for Portland.
Anyway, Yuni has looked decent so far at second, fielding two ground balls smoothly and also a pop up in shallow right. He also had a Yuni moment after ripping an RBI double in the first. With one out, Chris Shelton hit a fly ball to right, and Betancourt obviously forgot how many outs there were and took off from second, hustling to score. The Portland right fielder caught the ball and tossed it to second for the inning ending double play.
UPDATED 8:09 — some things never change with Yuni. He goes back on a shallow pop fly with centerfielder Jerry Owens also coming in. Owens appeared to call for it, but Yuni caught it anyway and nearly took the legs out of Owens, who had a semi-collision with him. Sound familiar?