Well, we’re here in Cleveland where the temperature is in the 80s and pretty humid. But still a good night for baseball. A pretty decent sized crowd is filling considering the Indians are not a good team in the least.
The Mariners are four games back in the AL West and beating teams like the Indians are a must if they have any hope of contending for a division title. Of course, it won’t be easy against the reigning Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. Last year he beat the Mariners twice, throwing a complete game win Safeco and beating the Mariners in April as well.
In two starts, he pitched a combined 15 innings, allowing 19 hits, 5 runs with seven K’s and no walks (not a surprise from last year’s team).
Also a few former Mariners on the Indians in Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo and Luis Valbuena.
Russell Branyan did a nice job of turning that triple into a double. Branyan belted a Lee offering off the wall in left-center. Jackson grad Grady Sizemore tried to make a leaping catch but the ball bounced away. Branyan trotted in with a double, replays made it look as though Branyan thought it was gone off the bat and he got into his home run trot early. Either way, he’s stranded there.
Well former Mariner Asdrubal Cabrera, who was traded for Eduardo Perez on June 30 of 2006, doubles home Sizemore. Inexplicably, Cabrera bails out Garrett Olson by trying to steal third and getting thrown out by Johjima. Really Asdrubal, one out, Victor Martinez (your clean-up hitter) at the plate and you try and steal third?
Olson gets out of the inning by taking an eternity between each pitch and basically boring the Indians hitters into making outs. He threw 25 pitches in the inning, not exactly an ideal start.
How ugly was that inning. Olson has grinded the pace of the inning down to Batista-like levels. Honestly, there are people falling asleep in the stands in between every pitch. Olson gives up two more runs as as Ben Francisco reaches on an error when Branyan lost a throw from third in the sun. Jamey Carroll doubles him home and Sizemore scores Carroll with a single to right. Cleveland leads 3-0.
At least we can close the book on Olson after he issues a two-out walk to Travis Hafner. Jakubauskas is in.
Olson pitches 2 2/3 allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking three and throwing 69 pitches. Jakubauskas immediately gives up a hit and then tosses a wild pitch, but does get them out of the inning with minimal damage.
Ronny Cedeno hits a ball hard to the wall that is robbed by Grady Sizemore with a nice leaping catch. Tough break for a guy that can’t buy a hit, not even with a major league salary.
A 1-2-3 inning for a Mariners pitcher, it’s a refreshing change.
Franklin Gutierrez gets a one out double but is stranded. Shocking.
Cedeno shows a little more power hitting his fifth homer of the season, so when he does hit, it appears to be a home run.
Jakubauskas commits an error so when that player later scores, he isn’t charged with an earned run. Which is weird cause he’s the reason the runner was on.
Jose Lopez singles to lead off the inning and moves no farther.
Well the Mariners aren’t playing good baseball, pretty simple. Branyan committed another error at first – Seattle’s third of the game. Shawn Kelley still finds a way to get out of it though. Really is it only 4-1, it feels like 40-1.
Mark it down, the 6-4-3 double play turned by Asdrubal Cabrera will be a web gem, perhaps No. 1. He fielded the slow roller up the middle off the bat of Cedeno (see no home run) and then flipped it behind his back to Jamey Carroll to start the DP.
Conversely, if you need any evidence of the Jose Lopez’s lack of fielding range, the infield single Travis Hafner just got is the perfect example.