Seattle Falls Under .500 at the Hands of Toronto
The Headline: Toronto bests the Seattle Mariners in every way, limiting the offense while blowing up against the pitching.
Seattle Mariners 2, Toronto Blue Jays 7
When: 1:07 ET, Sunday, April 29, 2012
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Temperature: 68 Degrees
Umpires: Home — Victor Carapazza, 1B — Gerry Davis, 2B — Greg Gibson, 3B — Manny Gonzalez
1. Controlling Bautista
The Blue Jays beat the Mariners with offense, plain and simple.
At least one player was made a non-factor by Mariner pitching. Jose Bautista, the 2010 and 2011 American League home run champ, went 1-4 on Sunday. That put him at 2-12 for the entire series with only 1 RBI and 1 walk.
2. Power Surge
The Ms were only able to put up 2 runs in this game, but they still managed to hit the Jays hard.
Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo each had home runs on the day. Tacked on to that were four doubles by four different players. The extra bases didn’t drive in any runs, but they didn’t hurt either.
3. Bye-Bye Toronto
Perhaps the best thing to come out of today’s game is that it finishes up the Toronto series.
The Mariners were outscored 11-19 throughout the weekend, with 9 of those runs coming in Friday’s game. Take that out of the equation and the Mariners were beat 2-14 through Saturday and Sunday.
Seattle now turns their heads towards Tampa Bay, as the head down for a three game series against the Rays.
If anything else it should provide some exciting pitching match ups.
1. Offensive Deficiency
The Mariner bats came into this series scorching hot, only to cool off Saturday.
Things only continued into Sunday. The Mariners were 8-34, with only 3 walks, scoring 2 runs. Despite stringing together 4 doubles, Seattle managed to leave 18 men on base.
2. Backstop Woes
Today was a rough day to be Miguel Olivo. The Mariners catcher did manage to go 2-4 with a home run, but is still only hitting .196 on the season.
The big issues today was fielding. Olivo had two errors in the game, one on a pop fly and the other on a pickoff attempt.
3. Control Issues
Control was a major concern for Seattle pitchers today. Starter, Jason Vargas, got through 6-innings, but took 111 pitches to do it. He finished with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks.
The bullpen continued it’s struggles as well. Steve Delabar and Charlie Furbush gave up 5 combined runs, needing 36 combined pitches to get through 2 innings.
Vargas (3-2) held Toronto hitless until Eric Thames‘ two-out double in the fourth.
Seattle announced that LH George Sherrill will undergo season-ending elbow surgery on May 4. Sherrill appeared in two games this year.
1B Justin Smoak ( 2 for 27) also got the day off. Both are expected to start Monday at Tampa Bay.