UPDATE 3:42 -- Ok, sorry for the long break, I got caught up writing my Chad Cordero story for the paper, plus there was really nothing good to post. Gaby Hernandez gave up four runs on four hits. Mark Lowe came in and didn't look really sharp again. He pitched one scoreless inning, but had two costly walks and allowed a run in his second inning of work.
David Aardsma looked sharp in his one inning, while Tyler Walker worked out of a slight jam in his two innings.
UPDATE 2:23 --- the gritty, the gutty Oswaldo Navarro drives in the first run for the Ms with a liner that hit pitcher Luis Vizcaino and bounced away. Prentice Redman scored on the play. He singled earlier and then advanced on a throwing error by Vizcaino.
UPDATE 1:53 -- Not much going on for the M's offensively against Sean Marshall. But down in Tucson, Seattle took a 3-0 lead on RBI singles from Bryan LaHair and Matt Tuiasosopo and a sac fly from Mike Morse. But that disappeared as Jason Vargas gave up two runs in the next inning, so it's 3-2, M's.
And Sam Fuld just went deep to right off of Hernandez, so now it's 3-0 Cubs.
UPDATE 1:31 -- an eventful bottom of the first for Gaby Hernandez. He gave up a one out walk to Sam Fuld, got Derrek Lee to pop out and then walked Aramiz Ramirez on a long at-bat. Hernandez then worked Mike Fontentot and seemed to throw a perfect strike three pitch on a fastball on the inside corner that froze Fontenot. Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds called it a ball. Hernandez wasn't pleased giving a shake of his head and taking a long walk around the mound. On the 3-2 pitch, Fontentot rippled a single up the middle to score a run.
Hernandez glared at the ump as he went to back-up home.
Later in the inning, Hernandez tossed a wild pitch to score a run before striking out Reed Johnson to end the inning. Cubs 2, Mariners 0 after one.
We're coming to you live from HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona from the Cubs-Mariners game. I could have went to Tucson, but manager Don Wakamatsu is here, and I go where my fellow Asian-American compatriot goes.
The reason Wakamatsu came here is to evaluate a few relievers. Mark Lowe, David Aardsma, Tyler Walker and Shawn Kelley are set to throw along with Luis Munoz and Denny Stark.
Gaby Hernandez gets the start today.
The Cubs are rolling out a decent lineup today with Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez back from the WBC to join Derrek Lee. (Lineups below....)
Here's the lineups
Seattle Mariners (6-5-1)
6 Chris Woodward 2B
7 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
30 Russell Branyan 1B
25 Wladimir Balentien CF
9 Jeff Clement C
50 Prentice Redman LF
24 Tyson Gillies RF
41 Oswaldo Navarro 3B
36 Gaby Hernandez P
Chicago Cubs (7-8)
2 Alfonso Soriano LF
8 Sam Fuld CF
9 Derrek Lee 1B
17 Aramis Ramirez 3B
16 Mike Fontenot 2B
4 Reed Johnson RF
3 Koyie Hill C
35 Andres Blanco SS
46 Sean Marshall P