The Mariners lost to the White Sox 5-4
Jose Quintana has been putting up really good numbers (2.76 ERA/3.83 FIP/4.30 SIERA before the game) despite a real lack of stuff (91-92 MPH fastball, occasionally hitting 93 MPH, without an elite breaking ball), but the Mariners made him regress to the mean. Dustin Ackley used his speed to get on base with an infield single and after a Trayvon Robinson walk, Kyle Seager knocked a ball out of the park to right field. He knocked one out of the park to center field to keep things alive in the 9th.
Justin Smoak looked bad at the plate (batting right-handed) when he actually saw strikes, but to his credit, he did take a few breaking pitches low for a walk in the 1st. He walked later in the game as well against a wild Matt Thornton. Quintana had real problems throwing strikes, especially with his breaking pitches. It looks like his SIERA was the most accurate number. Miguel Olivo did the Olivo thing and chased to ground-out, but Casper Wells walked as well. Unfortunately, Trayvon Robinson had a long (8 pitch) at-bat in his 2nd time but weakly flew out on a pitch down the middle (he also weakly grounded out on a pitch that caught a lot of the late). He also had seriously problems with Addison Reed’s velocity. Quintana really settled down after the first inning until Dustin Ackley hit the ball the other way to the warning track. It was an out, but it is good to see him make hard contact. Seager hit a similar ball in the same area and it was also an out. Smoak hit a ball hard on the ground and Olivo hit a ball to the warning track (although not on a line like Ackley and Seager). Eric Thames had a good long at-bat before dribbling a grounder up the middle against Brett Myers.
I made fun of Chone Figgins starting and playing centerfield on the forums, but he did make a nice play at the wall on an Adam Dunn drive. His 2nd chance against the wall did not go near as well, as he whiffed on a ball that Alex Rios hit on a hanging slider off Josh Kinney. Olivo had a tough pitch to throw on, but really made a poor throw, nearly hitting a crouching Beavan. The next chance he got, Olivo delivered, throwing an absolute strike to 2nd for an easy out. He had major problems blocking the ball in the 8th inning when Lucas Luetge came into the game (who was pretty wild). Robinson couldn’t get to a ball that I really thought he should have. Technically, he got to it, he just didn’t get the glove on the grounder and it went under his glove.
Blake Beavan was getting good movement on his fastball (mostly 91-92 MPH) to start the outing. However, he couldn’t control it. His breaking ball was also hanging in the zone as well. He was attempting to backdoor Adam Dunn, who torched the Mariners last night, with the curve and had some success getting a called strikeout (with a little help from the umpire). The fastball was too hittable though and he was walking guys, which he cannot do with his low strikeout totals. Since being promoted back to the Majors, he had walked just 3 guys. He walked 3 guys in the first 2.1 innings in this game. He hit Youkilis in the 5th in the back, further evidence that his control was just not there. He was not good, and the numbers (7.30 FIP and 7.64 xFIP) reflected that.
Charlie Furbush was 91-92 MPH on his fastball, but was mainly relying on his curve/slider against lefties, which is pretty normal. He had problems putting away Jordan Danks, as he was fouling away breaking balls that Furbush was throwing for strikes. He got him to ground-out then got his fastball up to 93 MPH up high to get a pop out foul when there was a guy on third with 1 out. He then had problems putting away Dewayne Wise and it eventually cost him as a fastball down the middle was hit on a line for an RBI single.
Brett Cecil (a personal cheeseball of mine) started for the 51′s and brought his slightly below average fastball with solid breaking stuff, which is usually a challenge for Tacoma. It wasn’t quite a typical day for the Tacoma offense though
Luis Jimenez was absolutely fooled by a pitch but beat out an infield single. If that wasn’t enough, he stole a base as well. He did traditional Jimenez things later with a double.
Carlos Peguero had one of the ugliest swings you will see at a park on what turned out to be a double on a low changeup.
Alex Liddi’s march against contact continued as he struck out swinging in the 2nd.In his next at-bat, he got a high fastball outside and was actually able to pull it for a line drive single.
Vinnie Catricala had a long at-bat, and actually walked.
Carlos Triunfel hit a ball hard to the wall, which was refreshing considering how bad he has been lately.He reverted back to bad Triunfel quickly though, striking out on a breaking pitch. He made a really good play at short though. When it is accurate (which it often isn’t), his arm is plus plus.
Nick Franklin had an ugly strikeout on a changeup in the dirt, which has been the story of his AAA career. He did walk though and creamed a fastball up high (but it was turned into an out).
Darren Ford got on the first two times, but was caught stealing again. It wasn’t even very close. This has been a huge problem for Ford. With his speed, he should not be caught stealing 13 times out of 37. Especially if he is going to slug .375 in the PCL. He also hit into a double play. Again, I would rather have Trayvon Robinson.
Erasmo Ramirez struck out 3 batters in the first inning (and then had to get another one as one of the strikeouts actually reached base). He was missing bats but his delivery looked a little more violent than I remember it being in previous outings. He was throwing strikes with all his pitches and getting ahead and missing bats and getting weak contact. You can’t ask for anything else. The 4th was a little bit of a problem though, as he walked a batter and then gave up a hard drive by Luke Hughes to Franklin Gutierrez. He got out of the inning without the runner reaching 2nd though. Through 7 scoreless innings, Erasmo had 6 strikeouts and just 1 walk. At just under 90 pitches, he was brought back out for the 8th inning and continued to pitch well. He got a whiff down low, but then gave up a bloop single. Against Brian Bocock, he kept his fastball away but a breaking ball got away from Guillermo Quiroz to advance the runner to 2nd. A ground-ball (and nice play by Franklin at 2nd) moved the runner to 3rd but got the first out. Needing a strikeout, he got to face Anthony Gose, who is a definite strikeout candidate. After getting ahead with 2 strikes, Erasmo strangely turned to a lot of fastballs and watched Gose foul a couple of them off. He would walk him, ending his outing.
Shawn Kelley then took over and got a called strike with a good changeup and got a fly-out on an inside fastball. Las Vegas would run themself out of the inning but not before Kelley got a big whiff on his fastball. Kelley came out to pitch the 9th and dispatched of Yan Gomes with a high fastball. Luke Hughes struck out swinging to end the game.
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