OK, let's just say the Seattle Mariners got their clocks cleaned by Oakland in a 9-1 loss that was sloppily played, poorly pitched early and all-too-typical of the Mariners offense.
'Nuff said. There's more to talk about:
- Franklin Gutierrez is back from the Mayo Clinic with a diagnosis that agreed with that of Mariners doctors - he has irritable bowel syndrome and is now taking medication. The road back will not be a short one. He has to a) get his meds right, b) regain weight and strength and then c) play ball in the minors before returning to the majors.
- Closer David Aardsma will make two more appearances with Tacoma - Sunday and Tuesday - then rejoin the Mariners and probably be activated later in the week.
- Who goes to make room for Aardsma? There are three right-handed candidates in veteran Chris Ray and rookies Josh Lueke and Tom Wilhelmsen. Best guess? One of the rookies.
- What to do about DH Jack Cust, who's batting .171 without a home run and with seven RBI - four of those driven in with bases-loaded walks. Yes, he leads the team with 16 walks. No, he simply hasn't been making contact: 25 strikeouts in 70 at-bats.
- With two bloops and a blast - a double off the wall in right field - Ichiro posted the 700th multiple-hit game of his career and his 215th three-hit game. That's 27th on baseball's all-time list.