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Brewers 10, Mariners 5 — more errors in the field and a Yuni-slam

Post by Ryan Divish on Aug. 10, 2013 at 1:35 am with 8 Comments »
August 10, 2013 1:42 am

Not much went right for the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. At least the postgame fireworks weren’t duds.

Otherwise, the Mariners continued to be plagued by errors in the field. And they could only watch as their former shortstop, who committed his fair share of errors while in a Mariners’ uniform, hit a victory-crushing grand slam.

Seattle infielders booted three ground balls in the first two innings, leading to five unearned runs and Yuniesky Betancourt hit his second grand slam of the season, turning a likely loss into a laugher as the Milwaukee Brewers prevailed, 10-5, at Safeco Field.

It’s tough to know what was more frustrating for Mariners fans to watch.

The miscues in the field are certainly a concern for Seattle.

Over the last 10 games, the Mariners have committed 12 errors and realistically could have been charged with a handful more.

“It’s been frustrating,” acting manager Robby Thompson said. “It’s been more frustrating as we continue on.”

The errors were sort of expected from rookies Brad Miller and Nick Franklin because of their inexperience at the big league level. But on Friday, even Kyle Seager, who is normally pretty sure-handed, was plagued by the issues as well.

They offered little if any help for starting pitcher Joe Saunders. He retired the first nine batters he faced. But with one out in the third inning, Franklin made an off throw to first base on Scooter Gennett’s ground ball. Seager then bobbled a ground ball from slow-running catcher Martin Maldonado and threw the ball away allowing both runners advance into scoring position.

Saunders should have been out of the inning. Instead, he gave up a ground rule double Norichika Aoki to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning with a runner on first, Seager couldn’t make the play on a one-out ground ball off the bat of Betancourt that was a sure double play despite the tough hop.

“Kyle has had tough stretch here,” Thompson said. “He just needs to remember how good he is down there and not fall into that trouble of feeling uncomfortable.”

It was probably hard for Seager to remember it after he watched Jeff Bianchi single home a run and Maldonado drop a two-run double into left. Suddenly, the Mariners were down 5-0 in a game that should have been 0-0 or 1-0 at worst.

“Joe got the ground balls and we didn’t make the plays behind him,” Thompson said.

All those extra pitches and outs multiplied Saunders’ pitch count and frustration level. Everything fell apart in the fifth inning. He gave up a lead-off single to Jean Segura, who stole second base. Saunders got a ground ball out, but then issued back-to-back walks to load the bases.

Betancourt unloaded them quickly, jumping on a 1-1 slider and hitting it into Edgar’s Cantina in left field.

It was Betancourt’s 13th homer this season and his sixth grand slam of his career. It was also the second grand slam he’s hit against his former team.

“I think he was getting a little bit tired and walked a couple there in the inning they hit the grand slam,” Thompson said of Saunders. “But overall, I didn’t think he was that bad on the mound.”

Saunders’ night was done after the grand slam. He threw 4 1/3 innings. Of the nine runs scored on him, only the four from the grand slam were earned.

“He’s our teammate and he battled his butt off out there,” said first baseman Justin Smoak. “It was just one of those games.”

Saunders didn’t speak to the media postgame. He was mildly peeved after some defensive miscues in a loss in Boston. Five unearned runs and falling to 10-11 on the season, certainly wasn’t going to make him feel any better.

The Mariners didn’t do much offensively on the night. Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse (8-7) worked seven innings giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Seager atoned for the second-inning miscue by delivering a two-run single in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 2-2.

The Mariners got a run in the seventh on an RBI single from Nick Franklin and then Justin Smoak continued his hot hitting, blasting a two-run homer to left-center off of right-hander Alfredo Figaro in the eighth inning. It was Smoak’s 12th homer of the season and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. During that stretch he’s hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three doubles, three homers and seven RBI.

“The guy was throwing hard and I was just trying to make contact,” Smoak said.

The Mariners brought in starter Erasmo Ramirez to relief Saunders. Ramirez had been skipped in the rotation, but Friday would have been his normal day to pitch. Thompson said Ramirez, who threw 1 2/3 innings, got a decent work day and will still start in TampaBay either Tuesday or Wednesday.

Carter Capps pitched two scoreless innings in relief, giving up just one hit and striking out two.


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  1. wabubba67 says:

    A Yuni-Slam?? Some sort of meal at Denny’s that includes a Cuban sandwich, eggs, and bacon? I can see Yuni’s face on the menu now. (“I used to be a great SS in the minors…and then I discovered the Yuni-Slam.”)

  2. bbnate420 says:

    The M’s should’ve drilled Yuni in his dumb ass his next time up.

    Apparently Yuni doesn’t realize that hitting a GS versus your former team doesn’t change the fact that he’s a below average player for his career. Put your -2.1 career WAR in your pipe and smoke it.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    I bet Yuni is SO concerned about his -2.1 career WAR. For this one game, what was his WAR? That stat (like all others), is an indicator only.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    Who cares what someone’s WAR is for one game? I can tell you it’s -1.5 for the year. WAR is a pretty good statistic when you have 1,121 games to go from. It’s certainly better than your retarded, amateur opinion. Of course no one statistic gives the entire picture, but all of them placed in context give a good picture. Especially in baseball. Again, objective and better than your stupid 2 cents anyways. Pray tell, what metric are you using that tells you that Yuni hasn’t been an average player, at best, during his disappointing career?

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Perhaps you’re just mad that nobody laughed at your stupid joke?

  6. wabubba67 says:

    I can almost see you pouring over your spreadsheets and readjusting your glasses upon your nose while laughing like Horseshack.

    I didn’t claim that Yuni was anything….other than a player that got the better of his former team for one night. By and large, I use my eyes to to evaluate a player’s worth to his team and then I use stats secondarily to confirm that belief. If the stats don’t agree with the eyes, than it’s time to reevaluate in order to discover if anything was overlooked (or not fully considered) during the initial evaluation.

    Other than Vizquel, Yuni was the most amazing defensive SS that I have seen at a young age. Unfortunately, he got a large contract at a young age…became entitled…grew lazy…and got too pudgy to field his position effectively. Offensively, he simply never learned plate discipline.

    Time for bed, tiny bbs.

  7. bbnate420 says:

    You insinuated that WAR was insignificant. Which it clearly isn’t when you have enough games to look at. The only thing here that is insignificant is you and your stupid opinions.

    People who are professionals believe that sabermetrics have significance. What they don’t think is significant is your retarded, amateur scouting reports. Your eye test, just like the crap in your head, is worth a giant pile of shit. Nobody pays you to scout players. No one ever will. You’re just a sad, old, never was. It’s probably why you talk shit about Junior even though you likely have a closet full of his posters. You’re mad at the world that he was a great player and you never amounted to shit. Enjoy your pathetic life. I see why you teach eighth graders. That’s the only age group you might have a chance at getting laid in.

  8. wabubba67 says:

    Pretty obvious to everyone that you are projecting your own personal problems. I feel sorry for you.

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