What in the Aaron Harang is going on?!
Aaron Harang’s last start against the Angels left me, my editor, the mailman, that guy that goes to SafeCo Field with two gloves, and pretty much every Mariners fan calling for him to be replaced and released after giving up 7 ER in less than 4 innings.
Seattle 9, San Diego 0
When: 4:10 PM ET, Monday, May 27, 2013
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Umpires: Home – Mike DiMuro, 1B – Ted Barrett, 2B – Alfonso Marquez, 3B – Cory Blaser
Boxscore | NWSB Gameday Recap
Monday’s line was a little different: 9 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, and 8 K’s in his 7th career shutout.
The Padres had scoring opportunities in the 1st and 8th innings, but couldn’t get a run across the board. The bullpen got to rest as Harang went the distance while throwing a healthy 122 pitches. Does this change the opinions of Mariners fans? For now, this performance will do.
The second biggest surprise of the day is how well liked Harang apparently is in the clubhouse, as he was drenched with the Gatorade shower after his fantastic outing.
Kendrys Morales continued his torrid pace today going 3 for 5 with a 2-run double in the 7th, his splits are up to .301/.375/.484. With Morales swinging the bat well, this Mariners team has the opportunity to right the ship before they slam the door in their own face.
Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard lost his 5th game this season, and his ERA ballooned over 9.
After Sunday’s walk-off win over the Texas Rangers, Raul Ibanez was interviewed postgame. His comments were incredibly interesting after ending an 8-game losing streak, the veteran outfielder was full of confidence and believed this team had the skill to make a run.
This run Ibanez is talking about will have to come with the help of new bats on the club, as the team continues to make moves Monday morning after a busy weekend.
Nick Franklin made his unexpected/totally expected debut in Seattle on Monday, turning his first major league at-bat into his first major league plate appearance by drawing a leadoff walk in the 8th.
His promotion Monday morning was a surprise to some coming just days apart from Carlos Triunfel’s call up on Friday, but the organization clearly had to make an adjustment and Dustin Ackley was optioned down to AAA as well.
It is almost worth a trip to Tacoma to see them all again… but that traffic is terrible, which is why I wrote almost.
Go M’s, let’s get a winning streak going this time.