For a good portion of the season, the Seattle Mariners bullpen has been a strong point for them. But not on Tuesday, the bullpen imploded for four runs and eight hits in three innings, ruining a relatively decent outing from Ian Snell, who pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
“This game is a lot about the bullpen,” Wakamatsu said. “I thought Snell did a heck of a job going out there and competing and giving us six innings under the circumstances.”
Of the five relievers used, perhaps the most effective pitcher was Miguel Batista, and that’s not a set of words I type very often.
Shawn Kelly wasn’t good, Mark Lowe wasn’t much better and Randy Messenger and Garrett Olson, well, I wasn’t expecting much from either.
One of the reasons for the struggles has been the absence of Sean White, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list just before the game with shoulder tendonitis. With White out, Wakamatsu hasn’t found the seventh-inning set-up man to get to Lowe and closer David Aardsma.
“We have to allow for Lowe to pitch the eighth and Aardsma the ninth,” Wakamatsu said.
He’s auditioned for it, but neither Kelly, Batista, Messenger or anyone else has pulled away. Maybe they should have used Carlos Silva … ok that’s just a twisted joke.
Equally culpable in the loss was the Mariners’ offense, which has been a reason behind many of their losses this season.
The M’s grab a 3-0 lead off old friend and teammate Freddy Garcia with Junior ripping his 15ht homer, but they never put him away. Freddy is going to throw plenty of pitches and get himself into his own trouble, however the Mariners didn’t seem willing to wait for that after the third inning.
Seattle had 10 hits, but was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
A few injury notes …
Bill Hall had a cramp in his quad and should be fine, while Jack Wilson bruised his heel running to first and is day to day.
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