Seattle Puts Together Win, Aims for First Series Win Since May
The Headline: Seattle Mariners tag Lincecum for 5 earned runs in Millwood’s return.
Seattle Mariners 7, San Francisco Giants 4
When: 10:10 ET, Saturday, June 16, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Sam Holbrook, 1B — Andy Fletcher, 2B — Rob Drake, 3B — Joe West
1. Hustle Plays Win the Game
The Mariners played hard tonight, and they were rewarded with three runs—which became the difference in tonight’s score.
One batter later, John Jaso scored on a wild pitcher.
Despite being far from first place, it’s nice to see the team still hustling and playing hard. And with Brendan Ryan leading the way, the Mariners look like they’re having fun again.
2. Montero Finally Comes Alive
Jesus Montero has yet to launch a homer in June—his last coming May 30th against Texas.
That changed tonight, as the M’s backstop launched a solo shot to left field. It was one of three hits for Montero tonight. He also scored a run later on in Seattle’s sixth inning rally.
Montero’s enjoying a hot June, hitting .340 in the month. However, until tonight he’s had 0 June RBI.
3. Millwood Returns to the Mound
After pitching 6 very memorable no-hit innings, Kevin Millwood was forced to exit last Friday’s game due to a groin strain.
Thought reports say he’s actually pitching through the injury, it was hard to tell tonight. Millwood went 5 on 91 pitches. He struck out 4 while walking just 1. He did give up 9 hits, but only allowed 4 runs—3 earned.
With Blake Beaven‘s demotion, and who-knows-what going on with Felix Hernandez, hopefully MIllwood can stay healthy and pitch through the pain.
1. Wedge’s Lineup Bonanza
There’s two truths to my view on Eric Wedge‘s managing style. 1. He’s horrible at bullpen management. 2. He needs to just pick a lineup and roll with it.
Tonight was no different, as the lineup was nowhere near anything we’ve seen so far this season. It appeared as if Wedge just pulled names out of a hat and hashed together his lineup.
Despite his hot streak when moved to third, Kyle Seager has been slumping of late and that might not be the best spot for him.
2. Seager-Smoak Connection
Seager and Smoak blew up to begin June. They were both hitting really well, especially during the road trip to kick off the month.
However, since the beginning of the San Diego series both have come to a grinding halt. Combined, the two are hitting just 0.074 with on RBI.
That’s 1 hit a piece—both singles.
When these two are rolling the offense is one of the best in the league. As long as they’re slumping, the Mariners are going to have trouble winning—though that didn’t matter tonight (both players were hit less).
3. The Third Inning
Honestly, despite the eye sore that was the Mariner’s lineup, this was a pretty solid win tonight.
If I had to complain about anything, it would have to be the third inning.
The Giants were able to score 2 runs in the inning on an error, a stolen base and an infield single.
When the Mariners were at the plate, they had two strikeouts to end the inning. All-in-all, it was the ugliest inning of the game.
Suzuki needs one more hit to reach 2,500 in the majors. Dating to last year, the Giants are 3-17 in Lincecum’s last 20 starts. Ryan’s two-run single in the sixth snapped an 0-for-20 slump and accounted for his first RBIs in 10 games.
Giants SS Joaquin Arias had his hitting streak halted at nine games. The Mariners recalled LHP Oliver Perez from Triple-A Tacoma.
RHP Steve Delabar was optioned to Tacoma and OF Chih-Hsien Chiang was designated for assignment.