Tom Wilhelmsen closes it out with a 1-2-3 ninth. Mariners win, 6-0.
Some clubhouse reaction:
From ERIC WEDGE:
“Maurer really set the tone. He threw a great ball game. He did a great job of using all his pitches, of executing pitches. He was down when he wanted to be down and elevated when he wanted to elevate. He was on and off the plate when he wanted to be, too. He did a great job. … I think he’s really settled in. I think he learned a great deal from those first two starts. That’s typical of a young starting pitcher with ability. You still have to get up here and see things for yourself and learn a great deal early on … and really throuought the course of your rookie season. He’s doing a good job of really settling in.
On Peguero’s 451-foot homer: He really got into that one. … He really went down and scooped that one out and hit it a long way. That was a big boost to get us going.
On the game:
“It was definitely nice to get the homestand started off on a good note and to beat a good pitcher and a good team. Maurer threw the ball great tonight and he gave us every chance to win. … We knew we had to play better and we came out with a little more of an edge today, and that was definitely a good thing. But we haven’t lost confidence in ourselves. We know we have a good offense, and we know we’re going to score more runs.”
On the key to facing this lineup) Definitely no mistakes, because that’s what they hit. Be sure to keep the ball down, keep it on the outside, put a little sink on it, change speeds and go right after them.
On if he’s ever hit a longer home run: In minor league I think so, but here, this is the first longer homer I hit in the big leagues. … I follow it. Always as a hitter you want to see how far you hit it.
On the reaction he received in the dugout: The team was very happy. I just have a good idea and put everything on the ball. They just happy for me.
On if he ever hit one over the center field wall at Cheney Stadium: Never. I tried a couple of times, but I’ve never seen (it done).
Eighth inning: Mariners increase lead to 6-0 as Chavez gets his fourth single of the game, and Seager follows with a home run to right.
Seventh inning: Maurer leaves to a nice hand with a 2-0 lead, runners on first and second, one out. Carter Capps comes in and quickly gets out of the inning with a double play. Seattle adds two runs in its half on a bases-loaded single by Bay. Mariners, 4-0.
Sixth inning: Odd top half, as Angels get two hits and still go three up/three down, thanks to a caught stealing and a double play. M’s go quietly. Still up, 2-0.
Attendance: A nice even 13,000.
Fifth inning: Quiet again. Still, Mariners, 2-0. Peguero follows homer with ground out to second.
Fourth inning: Quiet. Mariners still up, 2-0.
Third inning: Carlos Peguero puts Mariners ahead 1-0, sending a ball off the batter’s eye in center field — ruled a 451-foot shot.The Kyle Seager makes it 2-0, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
According to the Mariners it is the third-longest home run in Safeco Field history. The longest was 462 feet, hit by Barry Bonds off Felix Hernandez on June 16, 2006.
Second inning: Still 0-0. Ackley sends one to the wall in left.
First inning: Both teams three up/three down. Chavez opens with single for Mariners, but erased as Morales hits into double play.
Pregame: Here’s the lineup for the Mariners tonight as they begin a four-game series against the Angels at 7:10 p.m.
Here’s what Eric Wedge had to say about some of his lineup decisions.
On Ackley fifth: Obviously I’m trying to get some of these veteran guys on track. And Morse is a physical issue. We need to get him a day. And then you look at Ibanez not being in the lineup – going to try to get him probably a couple of days, give him a chance to work and get going a little bit. It’s just who we have right now. We’re dinged up. It is what it is. But we’ve got a lot of Major League players up here; they’ve very capable of winning ball games and that’s the mentality that we’re going to have: Go out here and expect good things to happen.
More on Morse’ day off: “He still feels it. I felt like from yesterday morning to tomorrow night is probably the greatest period of time we can give him to try to help him further along with it, still in the middle of this stretch of playing every day. It’s another week before an off day, so this is the greatest opportunity to give him the most time to let him have a better chance of healing a little bit. He still feels it, but it is improving. It’s just going to continue to take some time.”
More on those dings: Michael Saunders (shoulder) could be sent out to begin DHing as early as Friday.
Meanwhile, an MRI has revealed that Franklin Guiterrez has a Grade I hamstring strain and could be out “probably two or three weeks.”