11-inning thriller a heartbreaker for Seattle pitching
The Headline: Seattle Mariners control the game, until Cleveland dismantles the bullpen winning in 11.
Seattle Mariners 5, Cleveland Indians 6
When: 12:05 ET, Thursday, May 17, 2012
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
Umpires: Home — Adrian Johnson, 1B — Gary Cederstrom, 2B — Lance Barksdale, 3B — Field Culbreth
1. Hector Noesi
A lone bright spot for Seattle today, starting pitcher Hector Noesi put together a solid day. The 25-year old pitched 6.1 strong, giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 5.
Unfortunately, the start ended in a no decision.
2. Putting Runs on the Board
Seattle only needed 8 hits to put up 5 runs today. Though they didn’t have any big home runs, they still managed to do whatever it took to put up runs.
The offense was a total 8-42 with 7 walks. They also had 3 doubles and 2 stolen bases. When the pressure was on they kept pushing, having 2 2-out RBI as a team.
3. Carp’s Return
Mike Carp started the season off in a tough way, spraining his shoulder in the Japan season opener. That landed him on the DL for 4 weeks. He was a late scratch for Wednesday’s game, but luckily another DL trip hasn’t been declared.
Carp returned to action today, getting in two ABs in at DH.
1. Bullpen Blowup
The bullpen was completely disastrous today, pitching some of their worst innings in a long time.
Steve Delabar started things off with a blown save in the 8th. That came after 0.2 innings in which he gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 walk.
After Seattle finally recaptured the lead in the 11th, they handed the ball over to closer Brandon League. Things were over before they began, with League giving up 2 runs on 3 walks, 2 hits, and 1 wild pitch.
2. Useless Ichiro
Ichiro Suzuki has just 5 RBI in May. He’s also mired in a bit of a slump, with his average dropping from .302 to .278 throughout the month.
Today was a pretty bad day for the Ms rightfielder. Ichiro was 0-6 with 0 walks, 0 RBI, and 5 men left on base.
3. Disappointing Baseball
This was just an ugly game to watch, and that’s reflected in the score.
Things didn’t seem too horrible as the Mariners jumped ahead 4-0 by the 6th-inning. Once the bullpen took over, the team shut down. The offense couldn’t get anything going, and the pitching just kept giving up runs.
What looked like a good day for Mariner baseball very quickly turned into a tough loss to swallow.
Lester reached the 1,000-inning plateau after getting the first out of the game. He is the 41st Red Sox pitcher to reach the milestone.
Seattle’s Dustin Ackley singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Pedroia’s 14-game hitting streak ended. Seattle is 1-3 to start a 10-game road trip.
The Red Sox have won six of the last eight against the Mariners.