For a good portion of the season, the Seattle Mariners bullpen has been a strong point for them. But not on Tuesday, the bullpen imploded for four runs and eight hits in three innings, ruining a relatively decent outing from Ian Snell, who pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
“This game is a lot about the bullpen,” Wakamatsu said. “I thought Snell did a heck of a job going out there and competing and giving us six innings under the circumstances.”
Of the five relievers used, perhaps the most effective pitcher was Miguel Batista, and that's not a set of words I type very often.
Shawn Kelly wasn't good, Mark Lowe wasn't much better and Randy Messenger and Garrett Olson, well, I wasn't expecting much from either.
One of the reasons for the struggles has been the absence of Sean White, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list just before the game with shoulder tendonitis. With White out, Wakamatsu hasn’t found the seventh-inning set-up man to get to Lowe and closer David Aardsma.
“We have to allow for Lowe to pitch the eighth and Aardsma the ninth,” Wakamatsu said.
He’s auditioned for it, but neither Kelly, Batista, Messenger or anyone else has pulled away. Maybe they should have used Carlos Silva ... ok that's just a twisted joke.
Equally culpable in the loss was the Mariners' offense, which has been a reason behind many of their losses this season.
The M's grab a 3-0 lead off old friend and teammate Freddy Garcia with Junior ripping his 15ht homer, but they never put him away. Freddy is going to throw plenty of pitches and get himself into his own trouble, however the Mariners didn't seem willing to wait for that after the third inning.
Seattle had 10 hits, but was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
A few injury notes ...
Bill Hall had a cramp in his quad and should be fine, while Jack Wilson bruised his heel running to first and is day to day.Game Notes ...
Mariners Game Recap
WHITE SOX NOTES:
- Freddy Garcia made his first start against his former team since Sept. 24, 2006…recorded his 5th consecutive quality start, his longest streak since recording 6 straight from April 22 to May 20, 2006…recorded his 1st win in 2 career starts at Safeco Field as an opponent pitcher, snapping a personal 4-game losing streak at Safeco dating back to his Mariner days…his 34 career wins at Safeco Field are 2nd most all-time behind Jamie Moyer (55).
- Alexei Ramirez went 3x4 with a run scored, extending his road hitting streak to 9 games…is batting .352 (19x54) with 8 RBI in his last 15 games.
- Scott Podsednik went 2x4 and has hit safely in 12 of last 13 games…during the span he is batting .393 (22x56) with 7 doubles, 4 RBI and 1 home run. Podsednik leads the White Sox in hits with 148.
- A.J. Pierzynski went 3x5 with 2 RBI and a run scored…ranks among American League leaders in average (.315) and is 2nd among AL catchers behind Minnesota’s Joe Mauer.
- Paul Konerko went 2x3 with 2 doubles, an RBI and a run…leads Chicago with 28 doubles and 55 extra-base hits.
- Chris Getz went 2x4 with 2 runs scored…ranks among American League rookie leaders in hits (95) and batting average (.270) and runs scored (49).
- Mark Kotsay went 1x5 with a 2 RBI double…is 10x29 (.345) with 3 HR, 10 RBI, 5 runs scored in his last 9 games.
- Ian Snell made his first quality start since his Mariner debut on 8/2 vs. Texas…allowed no home runs for the 3rd consecutive start…has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 6 of his 9 starts with Seattle…matched his innings-high with Seattle, tossing 6.0 innings for the 3rd time in 9 starts…has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 6 of his 9 starts.
- Ken Griffey Jr. went 1x4 with a home run off Freddy Garcia, career HR # 626, 5th on the all time list…Griffey has now homered off of 404 different pitchers, and 12 of his 15 home runs this season have been off first-time victims.
- Kenji Johjima went 2x4 with a double and a run scored…was his 10th multi-hit game this season.
- Mike Carp went 2x3 with an RBI and a triple…had 2 hits, tying a season/career high (3rd time).
- Franklin Gutierrez went 1x3 with his 14th stolen base of the season. Gutierrez needs only 1 more stolen base to become just the 9th player in club history to record a season of at least 15 HR and 15 SB…both his 16 HR and 14 SB are career highs for Gutierrez…also recorded his American League leading 13th sacrifice bunt of the season.
- Adrian Beltre went 1x4 and is batting .419 (13x31) against the White Sox this season.
- Ichiro went 2x4 with a walk, run scored, and team-leading 25th stolen base…was his AL leading 66th multi hit game…also recorded his AL leading 56th infield hit in the bottom of the 9th inning.
- Ichiro Suzuki was honored in a pre-game ceremony for becoming the first player in Major League history to record 200 hits in 9 consecutive seasons and for reaching the 2,000 career-hit milestone during the M’s recent road trip.