The Seattle Mariners haven’t built a .234 team average in 2011 by accident, and they showed their stuff – or lack of it – again by being four-hit in a 7-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics that was historic.
It was Seattle’s 15th shutout loss of the season, matching the single-season record of the franchise.
And for those who think it’s gotten better as the season wore on, consider this: It was the Mariners ninth shutout loss since the All-Star break.
Rookie Blake Beavan had one of those nights, giving up all seven runs in five innings – with five runs coming on a pair of Oakland home runs, by Josh Willingham and Scott Sizemore.
“I couldn’t hit my spots. I just couldn’t make a pitch when i needed to. I wasn’t finishing my pitches off, and when I do that i’m usually up and pitches flatten out,” Beavan said. “The differerence tonight? In the past I’ve adjusted. this time, I couldn’t.”
Looking for bright spots? Jamey Wright, lefty Cesar Jimenez, Shawn Kelley and Tom Wilhelmsen each pitched a shutout inning in relief.
The season ends on Wednesday night, with the Mariners entering their final game 67-94.
A few quick notes:
- Ichiro’s first-inning single was his 184th hit of the season, and the 2,428th of his career. That tied Kenny Lofton for 109th place on baseball’s all-time hit list.
- With his scorless eighth inning, right-hander Kelley has likely finished his comeback season from ‘Tommy John surgery by pitching 11 2/3 scoreless innings over nine appearancs.
- With Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas each pitching 200-plus innings, here’s a great trivia question next time you need one. What the last Mariners pitching duo to do so? It was in 2004, and the twosome was Jamie Moyer … and Ryan Franklin.