Mariners sweep & extend streak to 7
Seattle Mariners 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3
When: 10:10 ET, Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Tony Randazzo, 1B — Bob Davidson, 2B — Brian Gorman, 3B — Todd Tichenor
1. Blake Beavan
For a fourth start in a row Beavan was rolling.
The Mariner’s righty looked like an ace, going 7.2 innings strong on just 82 pitches. He allowed 3 runs on 7 hits—no walks—while striking out 4. He did allow two home runs, but otherwise there weren’t many blemishes on his start.
The win puts Beavan at a perfect 4-0 since returning from a tuneup trip to the minors July 17th.
2. Eric Thames
Eric Thames—acquired from the Blue Jays on July 31st for Steve Delabar—was making his first career start as a Mariner. It just happened to fall on a night when his new team was playing his old team.
Needless to say, he made the Jays regret letting him go.
The 25-year old lefty helped fire up the Seattle offense with his tying 2-run shot in the 5th inning. It was his lone hit for the night—finished 1-3—but boy was it a big one.
3. M’s on Fire
They’re still 12 games back from first place, but man is Seattle on fire.
With this win against the Jays they extended their winning streak to seven games. After sweeping the Royals the M’s turned around and did the same thing to the Jays. The best thing is those wins came at home—where Seattle’s struggled all season long.
The team is now two wins away from reaching .500 at home. They’re also a mere three wins out from reaching .500 on the road. With a nine game road trip coming up, we’ll learn how much magic this team really has in it.
1. Pulled at 82
Eric Wedge, please learn to give a guy a leash!
Beavan was a stud tonight, and remained undefeated since returning from the minors. He goes 7.2 innings on just 82 pitches, and he gets yanked because he’s facing Colby Rasmus?
At this point, Seattle had a cozy lead. Yes, Rasmus already had a home run, but you can’t always expect the doom scenario. If we assume Rasmus got on base, then Beavan faces Encarnaion who was hitless all night.
I just don’t understand the manager’s thinking here. He has a chance to let a kid pitch a really good game while conserving bullpen arms—something any team needs to do when their next opponent are the patient Yankees.
Instead, he goes to his bullpen for one out and then uses his closer in the ninth.
Speaking of Colby Rasmus, it is true that he has solved Blake Beavan.
The Jays centerfielder had a stellar night, going 2-4 while belting his 19th home run of the season on his first pitch of the game.
With that blast Rasmus now sports a .714 average and 2.714 OPS against Beavan. His 5 hits include 1 double, 1 triple and 2 home runs. He’s also tallied 4 RBI against the M’s starter.
When there’s a great hitter vs. pitcher battle you always have to root for your team. Unfortunately, Rasmus keeps disappointing the Seattle faithful.
3. Quiet Middle
Despite the offensive outburst of late, the middle of the order was surprisingly quiet in this one.
The three-six hitters were a mere 2-15 tonight with 4 srikeouts. They managed to bring in one run—a John Jaso single in the sixth—while stranding four runners.
Not the kind of night you want from your best hitters. None the less, the M’s scored the runs they needed to and found a way to win this one.
The Mariners have outscored their opponents 37-17 during their winning streak. Seattle’s Brendan Ryan is 9-for-20 in the last seven games.
Seattle, which swept a four-game series with Kansas City prior to Toronto, completed its 10-game homestand 8-2.