Youngster Rick Porcello all of 20 years old will make his second start against the Mariners. He beat the Mariners 8-2 on April 19th for his first career win, pitching 7 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out three.
Much of the talk surrounding the Tigers is their offensive struggles of late, to which I say: The Mariners have struggled offensively most of the season.
Ichiro with a lead-off double to left. He later stole third with Jose Lopez up and the true evidence of how bad the Tigers offense has been of late, Jim Leyland plays the defense in to cut the run off - in the first inning. That move doesn't work so well as Lopez sneaks a ground ball through the middle of the field. M's lead 1-0
Garrett Olson, who is barely hanging on to his spot in the rotation, is watching it slip away at a much faster pace than he pitches at. He's made it four batters before having Chris Jakubauskas. Maybe Jakubauskas should just warm up with Olson before the game starts. Olson gives up a single to Granderson, an RBI double to Polanco, then walks Thames and Cabrera and then serves up a grand slam to Magglio Ordonez, who has been one of the Tigers worst hitters all season. It's 5-1 and he hasn't even recorded an out.
So he gave up, five runs on four hits, he walked two and threw 42 pitches.
Ladies and Gentleman --- Garrett Olson!!!!!!
Olson allows a homer and a walk before he mercifully gets lifted for Jakubauskas-- 1 1/3 7 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 HR. He threw 53 pitches, 30 were strikes and not one of them was a swing and a miss.
This is horrible development, Gutierrez plows into the wall, trying to make another amazing catch. He's down, and we haven't heard what's hurt on him. We'll obviously let you know as soon as we hear something.
He's being helped off the field by trainer Rob Nodine. There's something wrong with his left arm, either shoulder, forearm or wrist.
Balentien will go into left and Langerhans will move to CF.
The Mariners get one back as Balentien tries to make the most of an opportunity with an RBI single.
Still no news on Gutz, Mariners media guru Jeff Evans, promised to keep us posted.
Jack Hannahan hit a solo homer, so now it's 8-3.
If Gutierrez's injury is bad, the Mariners will have the option of calling up Prentice Redman and Michael Saunders, both of whom can play centerfield, Jerry Owens can play centerfield and has played in the big leagues, or they can keep Langerhans in center and use those three or even Mike Carp or Bryan LaHAir in left field, but they aren't exactly ideal defensive options.
The Mariners continue to claw their way back into the game. Wlad Balentien draws a walk and then Ryan Langerhans rips a two-run homers. It's now 8-5 the Mariners lead.
Jakubauskas has been decent since he came in, I would sooner see him make Olson's next start than Olson, Jakubauskas seems to pitch more in them anyway.
It's now 8-6 since Jack Hannahan hit another solo home run to right off of Fu-Te Ni. That's homers in consecutive at-bats. The Mariners third base duo of Jack Hannahan and Chris Woodward were 0-for-18 in the ABs leading up to Hannahan's first homer.
Miguel Cabrera pushes the lead to 9-6 with a solo homer to left off of Shawn Kelley. The Tigers moved the fences in at Comerica a few years ago, and that probably would have never come close to getting out in the old dimensions.
Wlad Balentien continues to make the of his unexpected playing time crushing a pitch off of Bobby Seay deep into the left field stands for a solo home run. That's a season-high four homers in a game for the M's.