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Cleveland Indians vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 3

NOT #HappyFelixDay

The Headline: Seattle Loses a Nail-biter. Felix plays ace, but things fall apart in the 9th.

Seattle Mariners 1, Cleveland Indians 0
When: 10:10 ET, Thursday, April 19, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 55
Umpires: Home — Dan Iassogna, 1B — Dale Scott, 2B — Bill Miller, 3B — Angel Campos
Attendance: 12,942

Here we go with my things to Love & Hate about the Indians vs. Mariners game 3 matchup last night.

Love ‘em

1. King Felix

Felix Hernandez — 5.50 ERA over his last two starts — spun together a great bounce back start. Hernandez threw 126 pitches

The King went 8 strong, striking out 12 and walking 1. There was a bit of a jam to pitch out of in the 8th, but Hernandez managed to get out of it.

2. Michael Saunders

Saunders went 2-3 tonight with 1 run scored.

The stat line isn’t amazing, but Saunders is grinding away and has looked real good at the plate early on. The 25-year old is an underrated prospect, and it’s good to see some flashes of brilliance at the plate.

3. Smoak Grinding Things Out

Justin Smoak sat of Wednesday’s game with tightness in his hamstring. Even so, the first baseman was back in the lineup for Thursday’s game.

With Jesus Montero getting the night off, it was nice to see a guy putting himself back in the lineup.

Felix Hernandez

The Seattle bullpen owes King Felix Hernandez a few pesos for last nights debauchery. - (Photo Credit - AP)

Hate ‘em

1. Eric Wedge

Eric Wedge, Mariners manager, made two questionable calls in this game.

The first, was keeping Felix Hernandez in for the 8th. The Mariners ace looked great all season long, but entered the inning at 100 pitches and hit a tough jam.

The second, was pitching to Shelley Duncan in the 9th. With men on 2nd and 3rd, and one out, Wedge had Brandon League pitch t0 the Indians leftfielder instead of intentionally walking him.

Duncan managed to land a walk anyways, but it was still a questionable call.

2. The Bullpen Drum Beats On

The Seattle bullpen has struggled all season long, with Brandon League’s 0.00 ERA and 5-5 in saves the lone bright spot.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. League was nailed for two runs in the 9th, showing serious control issues with his sinker.

And on that note, Seattle loses the game.

3.  Offensive Woes

The M’s bats have been rolling against Cleveland, putting up 12 runs between the first two games.

It was the same ‘ole story tonight though, as the lineup faltered and managed to put up only 1 run in the game.

In total, the lineup put together 5 hits, with the one-six hitters going 4-23.

Here’s the BOXSCORE | and Our Managing Editor “Q” has his RECAP

NoteBook

Smoak went 0-for-4. Seattle was looking to win its first series against the Indians at Safeco Field in nine years. Hernandez has thrown over 100 pitches in all four of his starts.

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  • davetex

    I have to say, being a M’s fan since their inception and now living in Texas, The Rangers have learned what the M’s used to know. Offense wins games and we don’t have any. Smoak is a joke, and I won’t even start on Figgy. The money they have spent on losers is remarkable. They might as well go to the total youth movement like KC is now because this team is broke and it doesn’t look like it can be fixed. I wasn’t expecting greatness this year, but I thought I would see more offense than this. Gueti coming back will help, but please get us a manager that knows how to manage. I saw this guy make several managing errors of late, like 2 on and 0 outs down a run and ryan the worst batter they have up. He let him swing away. Bunt is how it should have gone. push the runners up. and the top of the line up has a chance and 2 outs to work with to tie or take the lead. I like Montero, ackley, seager and liddi for the future, but you can have the rest. They have let so many good pichers go to other teams and not even come close to improving their offense. Montero may be the exception. This team just had a perfect game piched against them by Who? I can’t believe how low they have sunk. I’m dying down here. Sorry about the vent, but I’m 63 and would love to see another winner like we had when they won 116 games. I know we lost in the playoffs, but man, that was a fun, and exciting year.

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