Ok, so in the midst of finishing my Sunday baseball column and pregame notebook, the game thread got ignored a little to which I apologize.
But here's the highlights thus far.
Franklin Gutierrez makes another stellar leaping catch against the wall. I'm sure Indians fans cringe a little bit at seeing him do so well the Mariners, yes they have Grady Sizemore, but you're telling me that an outfield of Gutierrez in left, Sizemore in center and Choo in right wouldn't be better, especially since Cleveland got Joe Smith and Luis Valbuena in that trade.
Wlad Balentien delivers a "seed" to gun down Victor Martinez by 13 steps as he tries to leg out a double.
Tomo Ohka is not good. He's done. He's been done. He tried to pitch for the Rainiers and got rocked last year, I was on hand to witness the abuse. Of course would it surprise me if the Mariners struggled to hit him. No, nothing surprises me about Seattle offensively. They've blown two good scoring chance already
Remember how I said that the Indians might miss Gutierrez, there was a pretty good sized groan at Progressive Field when Gutierrez just ripped a homer to right-center with Griffey on to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. It was an estimated 403 feet.
Hmm Gutierrez at .296 with 12 homers and 40 RBI, or Francisco .235 with six homers and 25 RBI.
Don't mess with Jack Z --- His new theme song should by "Eye in the Sky" by the Alan Parsons Project.
I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don't need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind
Oh that Ronny Cedeno, he's threating to get over .200 soon. He hits a lead off double and later scores on Russell Branyan's sac fly.
Washburn meanwhile is on cruise control.
Grady Sizemore robs Jack Hannahan of a sure double with a nice leaping catch at the wall in left-center. THat's two nice catches this game.
Washburn gets into his first little bit of trouble with runners on first and second with two outs. He fell behind 3-1 to Shin-Soo Choo, but got the former Mariner to ground out to end the inning.
The Indians are on the board, albeit a bit questionably. Washburn gives up a lead-off double to Victor Martinez and then walks Travis Hafner. But he got two quick outs. With two outs, Washburn left a pitch out over the plate and Jamey Carroll dumped it into center. Gutierrez came up throwing and made a good throw home. The ball bounced just slightly but catcher Rob Johnson made a good play and a good tag, but home plate umpire Dana DeMuth ruled him safe, saying he slid under the tag. Wakamatsu chatted with DeMuth and didn't seem pleased. He won't pleased to see that replays showed Johnson getting Martinez by about six inches.
Wak then lifted a miffed Washburn and went the Sean White, who ended the inning by getting Ben Francisco to ground out.
A nice uneventful inning for Sean White.