Well that was just ugly in many ways, particularly for the Mariners bullpen. Apparently the unexpected day off that Jarrod Washburn provided didn't help as much.
Before we talk about the bullpens struggles, let's talk about Erik Bedard for a moment.
Bedard pitched four innings, gave up two earned runs (with a little help from Franklin Gutierrez's throwing error) and two hits, while striking out eight and walking just one.
For a guy that hadn't pitched in a game since June 7th, he looked pretty strong. His curveball was sharp and his velocity was solid.
According to pitch F/x from Brooks Baseball, Bedard's velocity on his fastball was around 92 mph and he hit 94.
Bedard was typically quiet and unimpressed with his outing, of course, he didn't seemed thrilled with some incessant questioning from one person either.
Here's a modified transcript of the 1 minute, 50 seconds of goodness
Did it feel like a month away? Yeah, the first inning I was a little off, but then I started throwing strikes and started getting them out.
What he changed after the first? I don't know. Just throwing strikes. That's about it.
How this felt compared to sim game? I felt the same. My arm feels good, so I'm ready to go. I don't know. You never forget what you're gonna do, so I just try to throw strikes and hope my team wins.
On what he did differently? You just try to make adjustments as you're throwing. If I wasn't getting on top of curveball, I'd try to get on top, and fastball, same thing.
On his next outing? Just the same, and I'll just have a higher pitch count. This is a game of adjustments and you have to adjust while the game's going on.
How different was this compared to sim game? it's just more adrenaline. You've just got to control that and pitch your game.
Bedard was really just a sidenote in this game since, the Mariners relievers combined to throw five innings and give up 10 runs on nine hits. Of the four relievers only Sean White didn't give up a hit or a run.
Bedard left with a 3-2 lead, and it was 12-3 deficit going into the ninth.
"We had a good ballgame going and then the wheels fell off," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
Kind of slightly.
Chris Jakubauskas relieved Bedard in the fifth and looked solid, but Wakamatsu thought that in the sixth after Jakubauskas gave up lead-off single, he got very defensive in his pitching, trying not to make a mistake to Aubrey Huff with one out and a runner on first.
"We talk about the success of our pitching staff being based off of how aggressive we are," Wakamatsu said. "I thought Jak came out in the sixth and tried to protect the lead. For me it really came down to getting behind on Huff 3-0, that was kind of the turning point of the game. I felt he should have challenged him a little more."
Look at the mlb.com pitch sequence (right) to see what Wak is talking about.
Instead, down 3-0, Jakubauskas intentionally tossed ball four. It would prove to be costly as Nolan Reimold singled up the middle to tie the game at 3-3. But the dagger came on the next at-bat when Luke Scott hit a shot to center field that Franklin Gutierrez first took a couple steps in on only to realize it was going to be over his head. He retreated but couldn't glove it. Scott got a triple and two runs scored to push the lead to 5-3 and chase Jakubauskas. From there it just snowballed. The Orioles finished with four in the sixth and then tacked on six in the seventh, including a three-run homer for Scott, who finished 3-for-4 with 7 RBI.
"In two innings, the game was basically out of control," Wakamatsu said.
Here's the lines on the Mariner relievers ...
Jakubauskas -- 1 1/3 IP 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 BB
Kelley --- 1 IP, 4 hits, 5 runs, 2 BB,
Corcoran --- 1 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 HR
White --- 1 IP, 1 K
Obviously, Shawn Kelley is still fighting off the rust, which Wak alluded to after the game, saying he's fighting his mechanics a little and Roy Corcoran was trying to be aggressive but just left a pitch up.
Offensively though, Jeremy Guthrie was not feeling well and was bothered by light-headedness and a queasy stomach and the Mariners missed out in the second and early in the third when he had some walks to put runners on base.
"We had a chance to blow it open," Wakamatsu said.
Another quick note Orioles manager Dave Trembley followed up his meltdown on the field with another one in the clubhouse, including a bit of a rant and some tossing of things. I haven't gotten quite the details, but I'll keep you posted.
&bull Baltimore scored the most runs against the Mariners since May 23, 2006…Prior to tonight the Orioles had scored 3 or fewer runs in all 7 games between the two teams this season.
&bull Jeremy Guthrie pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing a 3-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez in the 1st inning…Guthrie is tied for the American League lead in home runs allowed with 19 (Joe Saunders, LAA)…he has now allowed 33 of his season total 60 runs in the first and second innings.
&bull Luke Scott went 3x4 with a triple, a home run and a career-high 7 RBI, his 3rd time this season to drive in at least 4 runs (last: 5/29 vs. DET, 5). Scott extended his hitting streak to 8 games; during the streak he is batting .379 (11x29) with 1 3B, 4 2B, 3 HR, 6 R, and 12 RBI.
&bull Adam Jones went 2x5 and has now hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games at Safeco Field (as an Oriole)…during that span he's hitting .381 16x42 with 2 R, 4 2B and 5RBI.
&bull Matt Wieters went 1x4 and has reached base safely in 18 of last 21 games…during span he is batting .319 (23x72).
&bull After collecting last night's only hit, Nick Markakis went 1x3 with 3 runs scored, tying a season-high…in his last 13 games he is batting .327 (17x52) with 10 RBI and 6 runs scored.
&bull Orioles Manager Dave Trembley was ejected from the game in the 1st inning after arguing a call with home plate umpire and crew chief Tom Hallion. It was Trembley's 3rd ejection this season.
&bull Erik Bedard, limited to a 75-pitch count in his first start since June 7 vs. MIN, struck out a season-high tying 8 batters (last: 4/18 v. DET) in 4 innings…he has now allowed 2 earned runs or less in his last 8 consecutive starts at home and 10 times in 12 starts this season…his 8 strikeouts are tied for the 4th most in a start of 4.0 innings or less since 1990 (David Cone, 1990; Scott Kazmir, 2007; Hideo Nomo, 1998 each had 9 strikeouts).
&bull Franklin Gutierrez went 1x2 with a 3-run home run, extending his season-high hitting streak to a career-high tying 10 games…during the streak he is batting .500 (20x40)…has now hit safely in 17 of last 18 games, batting .417 (30x72)…Since June 16, Gutierrez is leading American League outfielders in hitting (.397/31x78), is 2nd in runs (16) and tied for 1st in home runs (6).
&bull Ken Griffey Jr. went 1x2 with a double and 2 walks…his 8th inning double gave him 514 career doubles, tying him with Edgar Martinez for 39th on the all-time doubles list…he also recorded his 8th multi-walk game of the season and continues to lead the team in walks with 40.
&bull Ichiro went 1x4 with runs scored and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 6 games (7x28/.250) and his streak against the Orioles to 17 games (.314/22x70)…has the highest batting average vs. Baltimore in history…currently batting .370 (127x343) with 66 runs scored, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, and 31 RBI in career vs. the Orioles.
&bull Luke Scott's 7 RBI performance marked the most RBI by a Mariners opponent since Ramon Hernandez (BAL) also had 7 May 23, 2006.