In his first 14 games as interim manager, Daren Brown has seen the Seattle Mariners go 7-7, winning more games in that span than they did all of July.
What starting pitcher has won the most under Brown? David Pauley, who’s 2-1. Felix Hernandez? He’s won once. David Aardsma has two saves, Brandon League one.
What Brown hasn’t been able to do is coax much more from the Seattle lineup than anyone else, an indication, perhaps, that this offense isn’t simply short, it’s bad. It has one .300 hitter (Ichiro), one power hitter (Russell Branyan) and no one with a realistic chance to drive in as many as 70 RBI.
To try to get back above .500, Brown will send Felix Hernandez out, hoping to see him win his 10th of the season. And all those hitters who can’t do much with fastballs and curveballs and changeups? Maybe they can hit Tim Wakefield’s knucke ball.
- Ichiro tapped back to the mound, where Wakefield fielded the ball and then threw wildly to first base, allowing Ichiro to take second. Chone Figgins bunted Ichiro to third. Russell Branyan grounded out, scoring Ichiro. In the first: Seattle 1, Boston 0.
- Adrian Beltre took a called third strike in the second inning and he and manager Terry Francona were ejected at the start of the third inning plate umpire Dan Bellino.
- Josh Wilson doubled, Ichiro singled and, with two outs, Ichiro stole second. Jose Lopez singled both home. In the third: Seattle 3, Boston 0.
- Oh, boy. Ryan Kalish doubled with one out and Kevin Cash was safe on Wilson’s error. Kalish scored on a wild pitch, and Marco Scutatro was safe on another Wilson error. In the third: Seattle 3, Boston 1.
- Casey Kotchman doubled and, with two outs, Matt Tuiasosopo doubled him home. In the sixth: Seattle 4, Boston 1.
- With one out, J.D. Drew hit his 17th home run, snapping Felix’s streak of 27 2/3 innings without having allowed an earned run. In the sixth: Seattle 4, Boston 2.
- Felix Hernandez became the third youngest pitcher since 1952 to strike out 1,000 batters when he got David Ortiz in the sixth inning. The two younger pitchers: Bert Blyleven and Dwight Gooden.
- Bill Hall doubled and, with one out, Drew walked. Brandon League in to pitch for Seattle in the eighth inning. Martineez grounded out, putting runners at second and third base. Ortiz lined out. After eight: Seattle 4, Boston 2.
- Bottom of the ninth, but David Aardsma hasn’t even warmed up. Best guess: his right side, bruised by a Baltimore line drive last week, is still hurting. League going for the save. Pinch-hitter Mike Lowell singled. Nava grounded into a double play. Jed Lowrie flied out. Felix is 10-10. It’s a final: Seattle 4, Boston 2.