Mariners Insider

Archives: June 2012

June
30th

A pre-game meeting and a Saturday night lineup

After pondering the Seattle Mariners two-hit loss a night earlier, manager Eric Wedge called a team meeting tonight at 4 p.m., and when players emerged 22 minutes later they certainly understood what he expected of them.

“ Last night was unacceptable. Your bad can only be so bad, and we were beyond that. I told them what should be important to them, and what shouldn’t be,” Wedge said.

“Whether you’re a young player or an older veteran, a guy playing every day or a reserve, we’re going to find out who wants to be part of this. You play as if

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June
29th

At home, Mariners slide below The Mendoza Line

 The Seattle Mariners once employed an infielder, Mario Mendoza, whose inability to hit major league pitching was so profound baseball decided to call a .200 batting average ‘The Mendoza Line.’

 Their 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday did what some  considered as improbable as breaking Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak.

As a team, the Mariners are now below The Mendoza Line at Safeco Field this season.

They’re batting .197 at home, where they have been shut out six times in 36 games and gone 14-22. When this game was over, when the Mariners managed two singles in

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June
29th

Gutierrez on 7-day DL and other pre-game notes

Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez spent last night in a local hospital with a concussion, was released to go home today and placed no the seven-day ‘concussion’ disabled list by the Seattle Mariners.

The team recalled reliever Steve Delabar from Tacoma and, yes, there’s a reason. Kevin Millwood’s groin strain will knock him out of the rotation until next Friday in Oakland, so his regular spot on Monday is open. The Mariners will give right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma his first big-league start that night, against the Baltimore Orioles.

With Iwakuma starting, the Mariners felt they’d need another arm in the pen, so

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June
29th

A Mariners lineup with a Figgins sighting

Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez is out of the lineup with a concussion suffered last night, so the Seattle Mariners have tossed hot-hitting Casper Wells in center, kept Ichiro Suzuki in right field and in left – ack! – it will be Chone Figgins.

Manager Eric Wedge will have an update on Gutierrez and the lineup in about an hour, but for now figure Hector Noesi will have to deliver one of his best starts to keep the Boston Red Sox within range of the Mariners.

Last night, Felix Hernandez was brilliants – and won, 1-0, on the final play of

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June
28th

And on the final play, Mariners win, 1-0

It was the final strike of a night filled with them, and came from right field in the ninth inning tonight,, arriving at home plate about the same time Casper Wells went into his slide.

 That strike got away from Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, allowing Wells to score the only run of the night on the last play of the game, giving Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners a 1-0 victory.

“Unbelievable,” Hernandez said, beaming. “That’s my best game this year, and the guys played great defense behind me. We needed that win. We needed it.”

One out into the

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June
28th

It’s Felix vs. Red Sox – now about the offense …

The Seattle Mariners send their best and brighest to the mound tonight, Felix Hernandez vs. the Boston Red Sox, and the question on everyone’s mind is: Does he have to throw a shutout to win?

No.  He may have to throw a shutout to stay even.

The offensively challenged Mariners have been in another of their Safeco Field funks this week, and that’s wasted good pitching and decent -mid-week crowds.  Boston is not a great team in 2012, but it is ca

Ichiro Suzuki      RF
Franklin Gutierrez    CF
Kyle Seager        3B
Jesus Montero         DH
Casper Wells         

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June
26th

Mariners score – then score again – and win one

On the night the zeroes ended for the Seattle Mariners, two third-inning runs turned out not to be enough, so they pushed another home in the eighth inning to beat the Oakland Athletics, 3-2.

That qualified as an offensive explosion for a team that went 25 innings without scoring a run.

Jason Vargas went 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10 A’s, Franklin Gutierrez and Kyle Seager pushed home the two early runs, but in the end it came down to the Mariners bullpen and an eighth-inning rally.

Casper Wells singled, stole second base and scored the tie-breaking run on

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