After a great opening season win on Wednesday, the wheels fall off the Seattle Mariners bus Thursday.
The Headline: the bullpen completely implodes while the offense manages 3 hits against Bartolo “The Wonders of KFC” Colon.
Seattle Mariners 1, Oakland Athletics 4
When: 5:10 ET, Thursday, March 29, 2012
Where: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Umpires: Home – Jeff Nelson, 1B – Marvin Hudson, 2B – Dan Bellino, 3B – Tom Hallion
Here’s my love ‘em hate ‘em breakdown of the second game in Tokyo.
1. Where There’s Smoak, There’s Fire
Justin Smoak didn’t have any amazing day, but it was a lot better than his 0-4 Wednesday. The bulky first baseman nailed a ball deep to left field, giving him his first home run of the season, and the Mariners only run in this game.
Smoak hasn’t been amazing for Seattle, especially for someone who was the star prospect in the Cliff Lee trade. Hopefully 2012 is the season he puts everything together.
2. Ichiro Still Has Game
Despite going 0-4, Ichiro Suzuki still played some wicked defense in right. In the 5th inning he performed some robbery against right field wall on a Kurt Suzuki fly ball.
3. Baseball Returns to the States
These Japanese openers are pretty cool, and a great way for the MLB to further expand it’s audience. But, I think we are all happy that games are no longer playing at 3:00am.
1. The Bullpen Implosion
At least all their runs were giving up on home runs, which can be mitigated a bit by Safeco.
2. Bartolo Colon Dominating
I think we’re all tired of seeing this guy in the league. He’s old, he’s fat, and I think he’ll always have a chip on his shoulder. And yet, he manages to go 8 innings of 3 hit ball giving up 1 earned run and 1 walk while nabbing 6 Ks.
If the Ms are going to get dominated by the As that’s fine, but why does this guy have to be on the mound?
3. Where’s the Offense?!
Wednesday the top of the lineup looked great, while the bottom faltered. Today, everybody was bad.
Seattle outfielder Mike Carp was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after suffering a sprained right shoulder during the season opener. The team recalled outfielder Carlos Peguero from Tacoma.