Mariners open nine-game homestand with a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The teams meet again at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.
After the game, manager Eric Wedge said that Mike Carp is likely bound for the disabled list. Wedge wasn’t immediately able to name the injury, but its affect would likely limit Carp’s ability to stretch, leading the the likelihood that he’ll be shut down for a while to recover. Carp had come out of the Sunday game at Anaheim with what had been called stiffness in his left hip.
Here’s more postgame reaction:
On the loss: It’s just them stringing some at bats together, and that was the difference in the ball game. We really never got anything going. Their kid threw a really good game against us. He had a sharp breaking ball, did a good job with his fast ball, and I thought he commanded the baseball pretty good as well. ‘
(Beaven) did a nice job coming back. He barely got through that inning and was able to give us two or three after that, and the bullpen kept it right there. So we were in the ball game, but we just never had that inning. We never put that inning together. … Getting through it was big. That early in the ball game, the last thing you want is to do is to be in your bullpen the first game of the series that early. … He threw a lot of pitches that inning and we talked about whether even to send him back out there. … He got it pretty good. He got it pretty easy after that.
On the four-run third inning: If you make a pitch here and there you get out of the inning; if you don’t you’re just hoping they hit it right to somebody.
On his mindset coming out for the fourth: Just limit the damage to what has already happened. Just try to go out there, get ahead, put guys away, make good pitches, really focus on location and getting the curve ball over for strikes and making it harder on those guys.
Ninth inning: Molina walks, then the 250-pounder gets his second stolen base when Montero’s throw is high. Then foul tip catches Montero pretty solidly into the mask. He shakes it off. Kelly strikes out the side. Mariners need three or more. Fernando Rodney on the mound.
Eighth inning: Lucas Luetge comes in for Mariners. He lasts four batters — two on, two out — and is replaced by Shawn Kelley, who gets the third out. Peralta comes out of Tampa Bay bullpen for the bottom half, along with some defensive changes. Cobb leaves after seven innings: one run — earned — four hits, two walks, five strike outs; 91 pitches thrown, 59 for strikes. Peralta strikes out the side: Ryan, Ackley, Saunders. Rays, 4-1.
Seventh inning: Carter Capps comes in to pitch for the Mariners. (Beavan allowed four runs on eight hits and one error. He walked four, allowed one home run. Threw 97 pitches, 63 for strikes. Left trailing, 4-1.) Capps comes in throwing upper-90s heat. Three walks, but also three outs without any runs coming across. In bottom half, Robinson, Thames, Figgins go 1-2-3. Rays, 4-1.
Sixth inning: Three up, three down for Rays. Quiet for the Mariners, too. Rays, 4-1.
Fifth inning: Jennings singles off the glove of Ryan. But then Montero throws him out trying to steal. (He had 20 straight successful steals until this.) A strike out and pop out end the top half. Robinson opens the bottom half with a triple that reaches the left-center wall. Then Mariners get run first as Thames singles him home. Then Thames was picked off, 2-3. Figgins worked a walk, then made it to second on a ground out. But an Ackley grounder ended it. Rays, 4-1.
Fourth inning: Rays go in order, with nothing getting out of the infield. For Mariners, sweet bunt single down the third base line by Seager. Then he goes to second on a bad pick-off throw by Cobb. But that was that. Rays, 4-0.
Third inning: Fuld singles, steals second, and scores on a one-out Jennings single to left. Then Upton sends a 1-1 pitch into the left field seats. Zobrist doubles home Joyce. Shawn Kelly warms up, but Beavan gets third out. In the bottom half, Thames and Figgins strike out — Figgins clearly unhappy with the call. Then Brendan Ryan singles, becoming Seattle’s first base runner. Ackley grounds out. Rays, 4-0.
Second inning: Zobrist singles, then erased on double play. Pena singles, but is stranded. Mariners go in order again. 0-0.
First inning: Beavan gets Rays, 1-2-3. Then, Mariners go 1-2-3. 0-0.
Play ball: Former Mariner Bill Caudill (1982-83) throws out the first pitch, wearing his cool old M’s-trident jersey.
… And we’re under way. Mariners in their green jerseys. Rays in their road grays. Temperature: 75 degrees.
Basics: Rays at Mariners tonight.
Tampa Bay begins with a six-game winning streak, the Mariners’ winning two-straight.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10. It is a beautiful summer evening. And to say the very least, good seats remain available.
I’ll be providing updates through the evening.
Lineups: Here’s the Mariners’ lineup for their 7:10 p.m. game against Tampa Bay:
Blake Beavan going for Seattle, Alex Cobb for the Rays.
Meanwhile, no update on the injury to Mike Carp (hip) and some encouragement from Eric Wedge regarding Franklin Gutierrez (concussion).