Jack Wilson is in the dugout, Ryan Rowland-Smith is on the mound and the Safeco Field roof is closed – Happy Fathers Day.
Seattle has ridden pitching, pitching and pitching to three consecutives wins and now waits to see if Rowland-Smith can a) win b) pitch five innings or c) get knocked off the roster.
It’s an important start for the Aussie, who figures to lose his spot in the rotation – again – when Doug Fister returns from rehab against Milwaukee.
It’s Rowland-Smith vs. Aaron Harang.
- Rowland-Smith ran into second-inning trouble with a pair of singles that put men at first and third base with one out – then pitched out of it. He got Drew Stubbs on a pop fly, Chris Heisey on a ground ball. That’s the kind of inning that has gotten away from him in previous starts.
- Chone Figgins singled off the glove of second baseman Brandon Phillips and, one out later, Jose Lopez singled to right field on a hit-and-run called from the dugout. With runners at first and third, Franklin Gutierrez flied out, Figgins scoring. In the fourth: Seattle 1, Cincinnati 0.
- Rowland-Smith has pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits against a good offensive team. It’s his best stretch of pitching this season. That said, it’s hard to see one run winning a game today.
- In the seventh inning, Rowland-Smith hit a wall and walked the first two batters he faced. After 105 pitches, he was lifted in favor of Brandon League, who inherited a two-on, no one jam. Corky Miller bunted both runners up a base. Orlando Cabrera struck out. So did Phillips. In the seventh: Seattle 1, Cincinnati 0.
- League blows through the Reds in the eighth inning, and one run just might be enough today – if closer David Aardsma can hold Cincinnati in the ninth. In the eighth: Seattle 1, Cincinnati 0.
- Aardsma time, and he challenged the Reds with – what else – a diet of 95 mph fastballs. The results? Strike out, strike out, pop out. That’s pitching. It’s a final: Seattle 1, Cincinnati 0.