Mariners Can’t Solve Verlander
The Headline: The Seattle Mariners fought all night long, but in the end they drop this close one to Detroit.
Seattle Mariners 4, Detroit Tigers 6
When: 10:10 ET, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 57 degrees
Umpires: Home — Brian Knight, 1B — Mike Winters, 2B — Mike Muchlinski, 3B — Wally Bell
1. Seager’s Night
Kyle Seager added to his breakout season tonight, extending his team RBI lead.
The 24-year old was solid tonight, going 2-4 with 2 RBI. He’s now got 20 RBI on the season, and is hitting .297.
2. Kelley Keeps Pushing
Reliever Shawn Kelley returned to the Big League’s over the weekend. The 28-year old righty missed the majority of the 2011 season with elbow surgery.
Kelley pitched a perfect 6th, striking out two batters. Unfortunately he was left in for the 7th, where a battling Prince Fielder skied one out of the park. Kelley finished the inning without anymore hiccups, adding 2 more strikeouts to his nightly total.
The ERA is still inflated, but 4 Ks in two innings is a solid performance.
3. Seattle Puts Up the Good Fight
Seattle has melted away late in the game all season long, but they kept fighting all throughout tonight’s contest.
The M’s start by working Verlander early, forcing him out in the 6 inning after making him throw 113 pitches, while scoring 3 runs. Then they put a run up in the 7th, making things even tighter.
And even though it failed, Seattle put up a great fight in the 9th. Facing off against Detroit closer Jose Valverde, the Mariners loaded the bases—on 3 walks. Unfortunately, they just didn’t have enough for the win.
1. Millwood Meltdown
Kevin Millwood had a great first start of the season against Texas. Since then things have been downhill.
The Mariners starter added to his disastrous 2012 tonight, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. He also had 5 walks in that time. Normally a solid control pitcher, walks have been a major issue for the righty.
2. RBI-less Montero
Jesus Montero had a rough night at the plate tonight, going 0-4 with a walk. It brought an end to the Mariner’s prized rookie’s 4-game hit streak.
More troubling though, is that Montero had 0 RBI tonight. He left seven men on base tonight, four of which were in scoring position. Hitting third, it would have been nice to see some better production in such a close game.
3. Mariners Finally Lose to Tigers
Seattle has dominated Detroit so far this season, outscoring the Tigers 24-11 while winning all four of their previous matches.
That streak came to an end tonight, as the Tigers finally stole one away.
Kyle Seager has gone 16-for-46 (.348) with 13 RBIs in his last 13 games.
Justin Verlander has worked 6+ innings in his last 49 starts. (Going all the way back to August 22, 2010)