Congratulations to David Pauley.
After 18 big league appearances, including 10 starts, Pauley finally got his first career win in the Mariners 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Pauley, now 1-4 on the season, pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out five hitters. And he also received the customary beer shower afterward.
“It was cold, but it felt good,” he said. “It was well worth the cold.”
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The 27-year-old right-hander has kicked around baseball since being drafted in the eighth round by the San Diego Padres in 1999. He was traded to the Red Sox midway through his sixth season in the Padres organization along with Ramon Vazquez and Jay Payton for Dave Roberts.
He made nine major league appearances, including five starts for the Red Sox over the course of three seasons. He came agonizingly close to getting his first win in 2006, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on eight hits against the New York Yankees, but the Sox lost the game 2-1.
“There’s been other times,” he said. “But I’d always come up a little short.”
Pauley spent 2009 with the Orioles organization, pitching the entire season for Triple A Norfolk. He made 26 starts, posting a 9-12 record with a 4.37 ERA. He signed with the Mariners in the offseason as a minor league free agent.
“I knew I had something to prove after the season I had last year,” he said.
He’s in the process of trying to doing that. He started the season with Triple A Tacoma and was just 1-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 15 starts with the Rainiers, but pitched better than his record.
“He has pitched well all year even in Tacoma and hadn’t been able to get any wins,” said catcher Adam Moore, who also caught Pauley in Tacoma.
But now Pauley has the first one, and manager Daren Brown believes it could make things easier for him.
“I have no doubt that it goes through a guy’s mind, when they’ve been up before and still haven’t got that first win,” Brown said. “I think it frees his mind up a little bit.”
Pauley got the Mariners' usual plethora of runs in support --- all three of them.
And they had Casey Kotchman and Jose Lopez thrown out at home by a combined 2405 feet.
Video highlights below ...
Kotchman was thrown out at home by former Mariner Shin-Soo Choo in the fourth inning trying to score on Michael Saunders base hit. See the highlight HERE
"Choo bobbled the ball," Brown said. "That's one of those things with two outs where you see the bobble you probably have a pretty good chance to score. But Choo has an outstanding arm and we saw it there. "
Lopez was thrown out by a few steps in the sixth inning as he tried to score from first on Franklin Gutierrez's double to left. I could have told him that wasn't going to happen. See the highlight HERE
"It just being aggressive on the bases and at times you are going to make some outs," Brown said. "But I like the fact that guys are being aggressive."
Well, Lopez and several other guys were watching a show on MLB Network about the 1995 season, including Griffey scoring on Edgar's double to left. Maybe Lopey thought he could do the same. Did he know that was Griffey was slightly slimmer and speedier in 1995 than to when he saw him?
A few notes ..
Ichiro had two hits for his league-leading 47th multi-hit game of the season. He also struck out three ties in one game for the fourth time this season and 11th of his career.
Gutierrez is hitting .314 over his the last 10 games.
The win snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Mariners.