M’s Score 9 Again, Bats Seal Victory
Seattle Mariners 9, Kansas City Royals 6
When: 8:10 ET, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City
Umpires: Home — James Hoye, 1B — Jim Joyce, 2B — Mike Dimuro, 3B — Jim Reynolds
1. Can’t Score Runs Late…
… then score runs early. That’s exactly what Seattle’s done over their last two games in KC.
For the second night in a row, Seattle’s bats came alive early. Last night the bats put up a five spot in the first and tacked on two extra runs in the second.
Tonight, the Mariner’s kept the trend going with three runs scored in both the first and second.
Seattle has not been a late inning team when it comes to hitting, but 13 runs in the first two innings over their last two games isn’t too shabby. Any offense is good offense with this team.
2. Montero Enjoying Second Half
Jesus Montero is making up for lost time and trying his best to have a good second half. He’s currently hitting .353 post All-Star break, with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored.
The M’s backstop was 3-4 tonight with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. He played the role of spark plug in the first and second innings, get the first Mariner runs on the bored.
3. For Better or Worse, the M’s Scored Runs
If you’re like me it kills you to see Seattle playing this way. No offense at home, best offense in baseball on the road.
As the caption says, for better or worse the Mariner’s season long trend continued tonight.
After scoring 9 runs last night the M’s put up another 9 tonight. The team had 14 hits in total—7 for extra bases—and 4 walks. Montero and Justin Smoak were in charge of the heaving lifting, going a combined 4-7 with 4 RBI, 3 runs scored and 2 walks.
1. Charlie Furbush
Charlie Furbush left tonight’s game in the bottom of the seventh with obvious discomfort in his throwing arm. This could be a huge loss for Seattle.
Furbush left the game after throwing just two pitches. There was no sign of an injury, just Furbush looking very uncomfortable on the mound.
At the time it looked like it may be a rotator cuff issue, but it was later classified as tricep tightness.
Furbush has been Seattle’s best reliever this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.17 ERA. Let’s hope this is nothing serious and he’s able to keep off the DL.
2. Using the Arms
Usually when Eric Wedge burns through a lot of arms one night he’s able to limit his bullpen usage the next. That has not been the case in Kansas City.
Even more worrisome is that this trend goes back to the weekend.
Since Sunday, Wedge has averaged 5.33 pitchers per game, using five Sunday, six yesterday and five tonight.
I understand the pitchers are having issues going deep into games, and that Wedge wants to play the matchup game, but at some point enough is enough.
3. Opening the Door
The Mariners did not play good baseball tonight. The score might make you believe so, but they didn’t.
At one point, Seattle was up 6-0. A couple innings later and they were up 9-3—sure the Royals scored, but they still had a six run lead. Yet somehow, the final score sits at 9-6.
Seattle won, but it should have never gotten this close. Seattle retained a six run lead through much of the game and they let Kansas City waltz right back in.
They’re not a late inning team so they’ve got to keep these leads.
Cain’s homer was the second of his career and first since 2010 with Milwaukee. Less than 24 hours after the shortest start of his career, LHP Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Royals.
Sanchez, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs on Monday, went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 outings this season. “We just felt change was necessary at this point and time,” Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said. “It’s just one of those things that didn’t work out.”
Seattle optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Tacoma to make room for Beavan. Delabar went 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 relief appearances this year.