Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners vs. Cubs: No, really - who were those guys?

The Mariners lost the first of two games for Seattle today, an anonymous affair the Chicago Cubs won, 9-3.

Eighteen players in the lineup, and not one of them will start opening day of the regular season.

Chicago started Aaron Heilman, who'll start the season in the Cubs bullpen. Seattle started Gaby Hernandez, who'll open the year in the minors.

After two scoreless innings, Hernandez had a bit of a blip – six consecutive Cubs reached base, and all of them scored. With so many innings to be worked and only so much pitching available, Hernandez stayed on the mound and finished four innings.

The Mariners offense? Well, they have nine hits but only two runs

Perhaps Game 2, a televised Mariners-Padres game at 7:05 p.m., will show Seattle in a better light.

Manager Don Wakamatsu had one player open his eyes - minor league outfielder Tyson Gillies, who flashed a glove, an arm and speed.

"He plays the game right," Wakamatsu said. "He had two hits and should have had three, he flies and he can play all three outfield positions. Yeah, he makes you take notice."

Gilles, 20, is also deaf, and wears a hearing aid in each ear.