A few things before I head back to Tacoma ... and sneak in a workout
The Mariners (15-12) are now 1/2 game up on the Rangers (14-12) in the AL West standings.
First of all, it appears Shawn Kelley (pictured above from the TNT's Joe Barrentine) will be going on the disabled list.
"All signs would indicate that this will take a little bit of time to recover," Wakamatsu said.
Wakamatsu said he didn't think Kelley would even leave with the team today. We haven't heard an official report, but it's most likely a strained oblique/abdominal.
As I said earlier, it looks as thought lefty Garrett Olson will be the player called up to replace him on the roster. Olson was supposed to start in Salt Lake City tonight for the Rainiers but was scratched. It makes sense. Olson is stretched out and they might need a long guy with Carlos Silva starting.
When Kelley went down, that kind of messed up the whole bullpen set up. Wak was hoping to avoid using Denny Stark unless an absolute emergency -- White, Batista and Vargas weren't available.
But Stark had to come in for the third straight day. I asked Stark if he could ever remember throwing in games on three straight days - remember he was a starter first and he's also had two Tommy John surgeries - and he said he couldn't but then said he wasn't going to make excuses. Fine. I'll make them for him.
As for the offense, Wak was relatively blunt about it.
"It's one of those games that the offense needed to pick up the pitching and it didn't," he said.
Erik Bedard did his part, going seven and allowing one run against the Rangers. The Rangers can flat out wear out a team's pitching staff, especially when they get into a team's bullpen.
The offense was less than stellar. The Mariners made Padilla look less like psychotic serial killer and more like a Cy Young winner.
Rob Johnson summed it up pretty well.
"We had no run support for our starting pitchers, no run support for our relievers and they're just going out and putting up zeroes for us," he said.
From the postgame notes
* The Rangers have won 6 of 8 games and 4 in a row, their longest winning streak of the season…with the win, the Rangers have now taken 6 of the last 7 games at Safeco Field.
* Vicente Padilla allowed only 1 hit in a season-high 8.0 innings, his longest outing since April 27, 2008 vs. MIN when he tossed a complete game shutout...his 1 hit allowed was his lowest ever in an outing of 8.0+ innings...this was his 2nd consecutive quality start...over his last 7 starts against Seattle, he is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA (8 ER, 44.2 IP), including 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA (1 ER, 26.2 IP) in 4 games at Safeco Field.
* Michael Young went 3x5 with a double, extending his hitting streak to 9 games…during the streak he is batting .425 (17x40) with 7 runs, 2 home runs, 5 doubles, 5 RBI…Young's current streak is tied for 3rd longest active streak in the American League.
* Ian Kinsler went 2x6 and Michael Young went 3X5… both Kinsler and Young have 12 multi-hit games on the season, 3 behind AL leader, Aaron Hill of Toronto (15)… Young posted his 130th career game of 3-or-more hits, tying Juan Gonzalez for 2nd-most in team history behind only Ivan Rodriguez (146).
* Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a 9th inning grand slam, his 2nd career slam (last: May 23, 2008 at CLE off Jorge Julio).
* Frank Francisco finished the game, pitching 0.2 scoreless innings… has opened the season with 13 consecutive scoreless outings (13.2 IP)…has the most scoreless innings of any pitcher in the majors this season (13.0).
* Last Texas pitcher with at least 8.0 innings and no earned runs to take a no decision: Chris Young, May 9, 2005 vs. Detroit
* The Mariners were swept for the first time this season…have lost just 3 of 9 series…was the Mariners 3rd extra inning game of the year, they are now 2-1 in extra inning games.
* Erik Bedard had his 2nd longest outing of the season, a 7-inning effort and struck out 7 and dropped his ERA from 2.61 to 2.37...has the 3rd best ERA in the American League...recorded a no-decision today but remains 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA (12 ER, 44.0 IP) over his last 7 starts vs. Texas...strikes 9.24 batters per 9-innings, was 6th best coming into play today...has struck out at least 6 in 5 of his 6 starts.
* Wladimir Balentien threw out Michael Young at the plate in the 8th inning to keep game tied at 1-1...his first assist of the season and 3rd for the Mariners (Chavez, Gutierrez)...Balentien recorded 6 outfield assists in 68 games last year.
* Russell Branyan doubled and scored in the 10th inning… since April 17, Branyan is hitting .362 (17x47) with 12 runs, 5 doubles, 5 home runs and 12 RBI…Branyan leads the Mariners in home runs (7) and runs scored (18).
* The Mariners had 4 hitting streaks snapped by Texas…Franklin Gutierrez (8 games, .483/14x29), T2nd-longest of his career…Yuniesky Betancourt (6 games, .407/11x27), Jose Lopez (6 games, .367/11x30), Ichiro (6 games, .281/9x32).
* Wladimir Balentien recorded Seattle's first hit of the day, a single in the 5th…has hit safely in 7 of 10 starts (.368/14x38).
* Reliever Shawn Kelley left the game in the 10th inning with a strained oblique on the left side.