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Mariners waste strong outing by Ramirez in 3-1 loss to Mets

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 pm with 6 Comments »
July 22, 2014 11:13 pm
Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez limited the Mets to two runs in seven innings Tuesday, but the Mariners lost 3-1. (AP Photo)
Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez limited the Mets to two runs in seven innings Tuesday, but the Mariners lost 3-1. (AP Photo)

SEATTLE — The first impulse for any Mariners fan, after a game like Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the New York Mets, is likely to be a renewed call for general manager Jack Zduriencik to find a bat to aid a suspect lineup.

So go ahead and grumble. Yell, even, if it makes you feel better.

This loss underscored the need for that bat, although all indications suggest Zduriencik is working to get one (or more). The Mariners appear to be linked though the rumor mill to every hitter who might be available.

Whatever happens, if something happens, it will come too late to reward a fine performance by right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who worked seven strong innings after being recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma.

“This opportunity they gave me,” he said, “I wanted to show them that I’ve made the adjustments I need to make to throw strikes. I did that today, and I got to the seventh.”

Ramirez (1-5) also matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while yielding just five hits but still exited trailing 2-1 because the Mariners mustered little against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom.

“We hit some balls hard, too,” first baseman Logan Morrison said. “That’s what happens, I guess. It sucks. It’s the same story.”

An all-too-familiar story.

“We didn’t have many chances,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “That young man (deGrom) threw a darn good ballgame against us. He’s got a big arm.”

Once Ramirez left, New York immediately extended its lead when Lucas Duda crushed a one-out homer against Tom Wilhelmsen in the eighth inning.

Duda’s 446-foot drive struck the advertising board at the front of the second deck in right field.

That’s how it ended.

DeGrom (4-5) allowed only one run and five hits in seven innings before Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia closed out the victory. Mejia pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.

“We are seeing what all the minor-league reports said about (deGrom),” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He keeps the ball down (and) gets ground balls…It’s really impressive to see.”

Ramirez deserved better. The two runs he surrendered resulted largely from a decision by center fielder James Jones to gamble on a sliding shoestring catch with a runner at first and no outs in the second inning.

When Jones failed to make the catch on Travis d’Arnaud’s sinking liner, the result was an RBI triple. D’Arnaud scored later in the inning on a bloop single.

“That’s a big point in the game,” Jones said. “If I catch that ball, the guy would still be on first. I would still take the chance on that.

“I thought I had it. It wasn’t like, when I was (sliding) I thought, `Oh, I don’t have this.’’ I really thought I was going to make that play.”

McClendon chided Jones for sliding instead of diving or pulling up and playing the ball on a hop.

“I’m not very fond of slides,” McClendon said. “I think the only reason you slide to a ball is if you’re avoiding the wall or you’re avoiding a player. That’s something that he’ll learn from.

“If he would have dove for the ball, he might have caught it or he certainly would have blocked it.”

It was pivotal.

The Mariners optioned Ramirez back to Tacoma after the game to clear space for right-hander Taijuan Walker, who will be recalled, officially, on Wednesday from the Rainiers to start the series finale against the Mets.

Ramirez chose to be upbeat.

“If you need me,” he said, “I’m going to be around. I wanted to show them what I can do.”

The wild-card news wasn’t good, either.

The Mariners’ four closest pursuers all won, so their lead in the chase for the American League’s final postseason spot is down to 1 1/2 games over the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Indians are two back, and the Royals 3 1/2.

The Mariners’ only run came in the fifth after Willie Bloomquist squirted a one-out single through the right side. Dustin Ackley followed with an RBI double into the right-center gap.

A wild relay throw by second baseman Daniel Murphy to the plate permitted Ackley to take third, but the Mariners left him there when Mike Zunino hit a fly to short left, and Endy Chavez grounded to second.

The search for a bat remains ongoing.


Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Hopefully Ackley will continue his current progress to almost averageness. Nice to see the old Erasmo show up. Hope we can say the same in regard to Walker.

  2. I have given a name to my pain: Corey Hart.
    The guy is a power hitter who can’t clear the infield.
    It seems to me he can’t rotate on those knees.
    Whatever the problem is, he needs to be in the minors it figuring out. Not killing rallies on a team chasing the wild card that needs runs.
    I’d rather have Bloomquist playing DH and hitting slap singles and hustling than a guy who hasn’t homered since April.

  3. AZBubba71 says:

    Watch the Mariners trade away promising prospects AND have to pay a decent amount of money….when instead, ownership could have signed off on the Cruz and/or Morales deals when the cost would have been only money (and we would have had their services for an entire year with this pitching staff). Short term thinking equates to long term costs.

  4. LarryLee says:

    Sweet Lou wanted a right handed power bat and Lincoln wouldn’t allow them to shop for one. Lou left. Now it’s happening again. The team is dropping back to .500 because of lack of hitting and run production. The M’s are still losers and always will be with this FO. they are one injury away from a major spiral to the bottom yet again. Thank our lucky stars for Paul Allen!

  5. While Sweet Lou was complaining about not having a left fielder, Raul Ibanez was having a break out season in KC. Maybe he should have showed just a little patience with his youngster.

  6. Macabrevity says:

    Sure, bring in a bat, just don’t forget to expect a .040 drop or so in his BA and a similar drop in power numbers when you bring someone to the Safe. Any of the names being bantered about are going to come in and bat around .220 to .240 and we’re still right were we started.

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