M’s start September right, take two from Sox
The Headline: pitching is the name of the game as the Mariners squeeze out a series win from the visiting Red Sox.
Seattle Mariners 2, Boston Red Sox 1
When: 10:10 ET, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Vic Carapazza, 1B — Eric Cooper, 2B — Jeff Kellogg, 3B — Tim Timmons
1. Pitching Prevails
It was a Mariner’s pitching kind of night, as the Red Sox were able to score just one run.
Things started off with a quality start from right hander Kevin Millwood. The veteran starter went six innings strong on 92
pitches, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He also struck out three.
Closing things out was a solid performance form the pen. The five relievers pitched three innings, giving up one hit while striking out four. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up the save, his 24th of the season.
2. Hit Parade
Despite the low score, the Mariners managed to put up seven hits in tonight’s contest. They received offense from just about everywhere in the lineup, with six different batters getting a hit.
The biggest night came from Dustin Ackley. His two run single in the fourth was all Seattle needed to propel themselves to a win.
3. Expanding Rosters in Big Way
With September here it’s time for teams to expand their rosters for the home stretch. The Mariners have put plenty of moves in place and it looks like they’ll be aggressive with callups in preparation for next season.
Notable names making their return to the big leagues include Alex Liddi, Shawn Kelley and Hector Noesi. Despite their AAA struggles, don’t be surprised if Danny Hultzen or Nick Franklin makes the list in the coming days.
1. Plenty of Pitchers
Despite strong pitching from the Mariners tonight, Eric Wedge felt the need to run through as many bullpen arms as he could.
The Ms used five different relievers tonight to close out the final three innings of the game. The only reliever who pitched one full inning was closer Tom Wilhelmsen. It was obvious the Red Sox were having a tough night at the plate, Wedge didn’t have to play every matchup.
Pitcher use also could have been slowed down by letting Millwood go another round. He had just 92 pitches through six innings, and looked good enough for a seventh.
2. Quiet Middle
It was a very quiet night for the middle of the order tonight. The three through six hitters went 4-13 with three walks, not too terrible. However, they also had zero RBI, zero runs scored, zero extra base hits and three strikeouts.
All of that came on top of leaving seven men on base.
3. Offense Overpowered
Despite the win, and the seven hits, the Mariners looked absolutely overpowered at the plate tonight.
Starting for the Red Sox was Aaron Cook. He’s a groundball pitcher who doesn’t throw hard and doesn’t record a lot of Ks. In fact, he’s striking out a measly 1.9 batters through nine innings.
Tonight, Cook managed to strike out five Mariners. On top of that, the Red Sox staff didn’t allow a single extra base hit all night. While Seattle won the game, it wasn’t their best offensive showing.
Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia went 0-for-3 to snap a 15-game hitting streak.
The Red Sox get Thursday off before opening a homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Boston INF Pedro Ciriaco is 5-for-37 over his last 10 games, dropping his batting average from .360 to .312.