Not much to say. Ian Snell makes his Safeco debut and the Mariners face a pretty good pitcher in James Shields. In six career starts, Shields has a 1-2 record against the M's, but he's only allowed 8 runs in 37 innings pitched for a 1.95 ERA, his lowest against any AL opponent.
Well, don't be afraid to mix in a strike every once in a while. Snell looks a little pumped to be pitching at Safeco. He's all over the place. He walked two of the first three hitters, then gave up an RBI single and followed with a bases loaded walk. He threw 41 pitches in the first inning.
Shields was basically the opposite of Snell, economical, efficient and perfect, going 1-2-3.
Snell seemed to have settled down for a few moments, but he walked Barlett for the second time, gave up a double to Carl Crawford, a fielder's choice to Longoria and then walked Ben Zobrist. At that point, Wakamatsu had seen enough and pulled him and went to Chris Jakubauskas. Jak came in and got a double play ball to end the inning.
Snell pitched 1 1/3 giving up three runs on two hits, while walking six and striking out one.
The Mariners cut the lead to to 3-2 as Carl Crawford misplays Adrian Beltre's fly ball to left for a double and Franklin Gutierrez rips a two-run homer - his 13th of the season. Shields then gives up back-to-back hits and throws away a pick off attempt at first to score a run. It's now 3-3.
1-2-3 innings for each team. I didn't know if that was possible.
A strong inning for Jakubauskas
Meanwhile, the bottom part of the order mixes it up for the Mariners but nothing comes of it.
Well, Jak is getting jacked around a little. Evan Longoria rips a solo bomb to center and Carlos Pena goes deep with a two-run shot to right. Its now 6-3
A note from Round Rock tonight
Brandon Morrow got a no-decision in the Rainiers 7-6 win (sweeping Round Rock in 4-game series), he allowed 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in 6.0 IP. He threw 90 pitches/60 strikes.
Over his last 2 starts, Morrow has 12 hits, 3 runs and struck out 13 in 13.0 innings.
But as the venerable Mike Curto pointed out before the game, Round Rock is one of the worst hitting teams in the PCL with the fewest walks - a perfect set-up for Morrow.
Gutierrez with a double - that's three hits and he's a triple away from the cycle.
The Mariners push across a run as Saunders comes up with his third hit, doubling home Gutierrez. Gutz and Saunders have six of the M's eight hits.
Well that was just plain ugly, Olson walks the first two hitters he faces and Sean White can't bail him out giving up three straight hits. Of the nine walks issued by Mariners pitchers, six scored.