Love ’em & Hate ’em
Headline: Coming off the extra-inning win, the M’s fall to the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday
Chi. White Sox 4, Seattle 3
When: 1:10 PM ET, Saturday, April 6, 2013
Where: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Umpires: Home – Jeff Nelson, 1B – Kerwin Danley, 2B – Lance Barksdale, 3B – Victor Carapazza
Felix Hernandez took the mound for the Seattle Mariners at US Cellular Field in Chicago on Saturday. The offense sported 8 runs in Friday’s victory, but with Felix on the mound, the offense returned to form scoring only three runs when the King needed a little more.
Below includes the love and hate from the loss.
1. Brendan Ryan
Ryan deserves credit. His defense this season has brought shouts of jubilation from fans home and away, but his bat has been consistent through the first six games and his single in the 8th started their rally (that eventually fell short).
Ryan is hitting .357 and his OBP is a healthy .471.
2. Relief Pitching
The last thing the Mariners needed was another long game. After 10 innings and lots of relief work Friday night, Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor needed to be efficient. In 1.2 IP, they had 2 K’s and made quick work of the 5 batters they faced. If needed, the 9th inning would have been just as good from Pryor, who is establishing himself as a trustworthy commodity.
3. Michael Saunders
6 games is a short sample size, but there are positives to take away from Saunders performance thus far. For one, a year ago, Saunders struck out 132 times, while only walking 43. This year, the walk to strikeout ratio is 1.
His home run in the 8th inning showed the Condor’s incredible strength to the opposite field. The ball (which may have had some help from the wind) towered towards left field and eventually left the yard.
His .222 average will rise, especially if he continues his patience at the plate.
1. Manager’s decision
Felix was having trouble locating his pitches and putting faith in his breaking pitches all game, but because he’s one of the elite pitchers in baseball, it only meant 3 runs through 6 innings.
Eric Wedge needed to pull Hernandez with one runner on in the 7th, not after loading the bases.
When Felix only had 3 K’s, something is awry. The wind may have had an affect, but regardless, Hernandez was not his typical self. Furbush did a great job allowing only one run in relief, but that proved to be the winning run and costing the Mariners more opportunities.
Hitting well with runners in scoring position is rarely consistent, as the Mariners have proven thus far.
Friday: 6-11 with RISP
Saturday: 0-7 with Justin Smoak and Raul Ibanez both 0-2
3. Jason Bay: Pinch Runner
Not a fan of that. After Kendrys Morales singled, Wedge sent Bay out to run for the DH. This must have been a “lesser of two evils” type situation, but there needs to be better options from the bench in that situation.
Hopefully Hisashi Iwakuma can outduel the Sox Chris Sale tomorrow in what should be a great pitching matchup.