Seattle Drops a Close One at the Trop
Seattle Mariners , Tampa Bay Rays
When: 7:10 ET, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
Umpires: Home — Jim Wolf, 1B — Derryl Cousins, 2B — Al Porter, 3B — Ron Kulpa
1. Seager Explosion
Kyle Seager took it upon himself to provide the offense in tonight’s game.
Playing at the hot corner, the 24-year old went 3-4, blasting two home runs and knocking in all of Seattle’s 4 runs. Seager is now hitting .300 on the season with 3 home runs and 11 RBI.
2. The Bullpen Didn’t Implode
Though their efforts were moot, it was nice to see that the bullpen didn’t make things worse tonight. Charged with covering 2.2 innings, the Mariners ‘pen was near perfect.
Erasmo Ramirez came in to finish up the 6th inning, giving up just 1 hit. He was later relieved by Charlie Furbush, who pitched two perfect innings between the 7th and 8th.
3. Wedge on Smoak
Justin Smoak was dropped in the order tonight, asked to bat 7th while mired in a 4-game RBI-less streak.
Eric Wedge handled the media well, being nothing but supportive of his young first baseman. He was quoted as saying“I’ve always been one of his biggest fans, and I believe he’ll get it done.”
1. Beavan Blasted
It was a rough night for Blake Beavan. The 23-year old has been solid in the back of the rotation. Until tonight, he had yet to give up for then 3 runs in a start.
Beavan was his normal control pitching self, only striking out 1, but limiting his walks to 2 — against a team that likes to work pitchers. However, the M’s starter was hit hard giving up 5 runs off 7 hits — two of which were home runs.
2. Fly Balls Flyin’
Despite his solid stats, Beavan’s season has been plagued by a 46% fly ball percent. In fact, his fly out to ground out ratio is at an ugly 40/30.
Tonight those numbers caught up to Beavan. The young righthander gave up 2 close shots in tonight’s game. Needless to say, the Mariners couldn’t get back to Safeco any faster.
3. Slipping Seattle
With tonight’s loss, the Mariners slip to 11-15 on the season.
Elsewhere in the AL West, the Oakland Athletics have ridden a 2-game win streak to 13-13, while the Los Angeles Angels face off against the bottom feeding Minnesota Twins.
The Mariner’s positioning in the division is becoming more and more precarious.
Shields has surrendered eight runs in 12 innings over his last two starts after giving up only three in 24 1/3 frames over his previous three outings.
The two-homer performance was the first of Seager’s career. Three of his six major-league blasts have been hit at Tropicana Field, where he belted his first shot on August 19, 2011.
All of the Mariners’ last 13 runs have come via the homer.