White Sox vs. M’s Game 2
Manager Eric Wedge puts out the same Mariners lineup two days in a row, results remain inconclusive
Seattle 7, Chi. White Sox 4
When: 10:10 PM ET, Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Umpires: Home – CB Bucknor, 1B – D.J. Reyburn, 2B – Todd Tichenor, 3B – Dale Scott
Without a dominant performance from the king, the Mariners were able to secure Hernandez his 7th victory of the year. Without dominating, Felix got the job done.
Line 7.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB and 8 KO’s.
The M’s three first-inning runs came as a pleasant surprise, and were delivered from veteran bats hitting well of late. Kendrys Morales singled to right to bring in the first run before Raul Ibanez hit his second 2-run home run in as many days. Ibanez later added a two-run double to pad the lead.
An even more unusual and infrequent occurrence took place before the game, as the recently proven incompetent manager of the Mariners, Eric Wedge, used the same starting lineup two days in a row.
(For as annoyed as me and every baseball writer across the country was at his dismissal of saber-metrics, his rebuttal and apology and clarification that he uses numbers was just annoying).
Wedge has been trying to find a lineup that shows consistency. The lineup changes could just as easily be blamed on the players and their lack of performance, but it is great seeing players get consistent at-bats and find comfort in having a spot.
Even Michael Saunders got into the act tonight with two hits, hopefully getting his season back in gear.
Backup/starting/who-knows-what-role catcher Jason Sucre went down with an injury Tuesday night. As of submission of this article, nothing was decided, but a DL-stint would make for some interesting roster moves.
I could see the Mariners signing a fill-in player that is currently a free agent to fill in for Kelly Shoppach if need be.
Last rant from an amateur writer that uses numbers to prove points and will never be as good as Wedge, Tom Wilhelmsen has been great this season, but his walks against have been detrimental lately.
He hasn’t had a clean inning in his last three outings, this is the sign of a down-trending player.
If the bartender can keep the ball down in the zone and throw for strikes, he will be fine, but if that ball elevates and floats in and out of the zone, the M’s will need a new closer sooner than they want.
Good to see the M’s play well for a week straight, hopefully Hisashi Iwakuma can put the White Sox to bed early today in the day game.