Mariners get plenty of men on base, but fail to capitalize
Houston 3, Seattle 2
When: 8:10 PM ET, Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Umpires: Home – Chris Guccione, 1B – Tom Hallion, 2B – Phil Cuzzi, 3B – Ron Kulpa
Despite another solid pitching performance from Hisashi Iwakuma, the errors, walks, and an HBP left the Mariners vulnerable. Three should not feel insurmountable a day after scoring 7 runs, but Tuesday it proved too much even though Iwakuma deserved better.
After recording only his second hit of the road trip, Michael Morse jokingly asked the first base umpire for the game ball in the first inning. This was simultaneously hilarious and hopefully the beginning of good things for Morse, who finished the night 2 for 4.
There were positives and negatives from a game that this team should win, but we’ll look closely for Tuesday’s love and hate.
1. Kendrys Morales
Morales was 2 for 4 and reached base three times. His home run was his second in as many games and it may have actually left the park, perhaps literally out of the park.
His 8th inning blast seemed to spark something in the M’s as he gave the team the ‘ol ‘follow me’ stance on the road to a comeback. Unfortunately, no one got on base the rest of the game and the M’s lost.
The team left 7 on base, including the bases loaded in the first, and finished 1 for 5 with RISP. BUT, at least there were players on base. Baby steps, but it is good to see the team hitting and getting on base. Endy Chavez added a double to his work.
Oliver Perez hasn’t given up a run since April 9, which has been his only allowed run in 2013. He has 10 K’s in 10 innings and deserves respect solidifying the bullpen after the M’s lost Stephen Pryor to the DL.
1. Raul Ibanez playing OF
Are we sure that Kendrys Morales is worse at OF than Ibanez? Ibanez is really bad defensively, and he cannot play DH with Morales getting hot. Justin Smoak sitting out and Morales playing first is one possible solution, but Smoak is out-hitting Ibanez.
This is bad news for everyone.
Ibanez was the E7 that brought the first run to the plate, and allowed Robert Andino to miss a catch in the 8th when every other LF would have called off the SS and caught the ball.
2. Carlos Peguero over Eric Thames
- Player A: 89 Plate appearances .347 BA, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .449 OBP .587 SLG
- Player B: 74 Plate Appearances .246 BA, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .351 OBP, .426 SLG
It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that player A is hitting the ball a lot better than player B, and yet, player B got the promotion to replace Franklin Gutierrez.
Player B is Carlos Peguero, and player A is Eric Thames. Manager Eric Wedge told reporters that he chose Peguero because of defense and base-running ability. Which tells me he forgot that Peguero weighs over 255 lbs and is an average minor league hitter/fielder/base-runner.
(Also, how can this move be about defense when Wedge allows Andino and Ibanez to play defense? Seems contradictory)
Defense is fine, but this team needs a hot bat wherever it can get it, Thames should have been called up instead. If Michael Saunders is ready Friday, then Peguero may only last a few days and this rant won’t matter.
3. 9th inning
That sucked. Montero KO-Ackley 4-3 and Andino KO. Astros closer Jose Veras threw only 7 pitches.
After Morales gave hope in the 8th, the Mariners went down quickly. This team needs a series win tomorrow.
5 IP, 6 H, 3 R-2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K’s (only one run came off a hit, one via HBP, the other off an E7)
Kyle Seager extended his hit streak to 12 games.
Jesus Montero followed his monster mash Monday by going hitless in 4 AB’s with 2 KO’s.