Monday, June 28, 2010
Russell Branyan had a whirlwind day, apparently getting to Miller Park just in time for the game, and he was in uniform and on deck as the final out was made. Realistically, the only chance Branyan would have had to help the Mariners win this game would have been to hit solo homers all four times he came to the plate. The Mariners scratched out all of five hits and one walk. It wasn't exactly a recipe for winning. It definitely was the recipe for a 3-0 loss to a no-name pitcher, however (turns out he does have a name, and it's Chris Narveson). I was out most of Sunday, so you'll find the amount of text here directly correlates with the amount of Mariner hits in the game.
-- Jason Vargas had the kind of start you'd expect from a back-end starter, which wouldn't be such a big deal if the Mariners weren't so used to depending on him to put a good line out thehre every five days. He's usually a lot more efficient than 88 pitches in five innings.
That said, much like Doug Fister the night before, he didn't bury the team. He may not have been efficient with his pitches, but he still only gave up three runs. He was tagged on his second pitch of the game, which went for a Rickie Weeks home run that gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead they never lost. He gave up a leadoff single to Casey McGehee in the second, but stranded him there. In the third, he gave up a one-out double to Weeks, but stranded him there. It wasn't so well in the fifth, though, as Vargas walked Alcides Escobar to lead off. One out later, Weeks singled to move Escobar to third, but Weeks was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Corey Hart then bounced a ball over the wall in left to score Escobar and make it 2-0. Prince Fielder then singled hard through the right side that scored Hart and capped the scoring at 3-0.
the first man out of the bullpen will be discussed in the entries. Sean White threw a scoreless eighth inning. He gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gomez, but got a double-play ball with the next hitter. He then gave up a triple to Joe Inglett, but got Weeks to somehow ground out. I say somehow because Weeks had a four-hit day.
-- the bullpen rest bulletin: Pauley and White threw in this game and will have a day of rest going into Tuesday's game. Brian Sweeney and Brandon League will have two days of rest, and Chad Cordero, Garrett Olson, and David Aardsma will have three days of rest.
-- as for hitting, the Mariners had five total hits. This was one of those games where the Mariners went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, which is almost more damning for the number five than the number zero in the stat. Other than the pitchers, four of eight Mariners went hitless.
-- now, the Ichiro/Figgins stat. Figgins got the only hit of the two, and neither scored. The Mariners remain 10-5 when both players score and 13-22 when both collect hits.
1) Jose Lopez
He had two of the Mariners' five hits. He is now hitting .244. Let's hope the presence of Russell Branyan in the lineup ends up helping him, and hopefully that helps the power hitting as well.
2) Chone Figgins
He went 1-for-4 and stole his 21st base of the season. For as bad as he's been on offense this season, the steals appear to still be there as he's on pace to match or break his mark of 42 stolen bases last season.
3) David Pauley
He made his Mariner debut, throwing two shutout innings. He walked three guys, sure, but since the offense was so awful, the bar isn't set very high for the gameballs.
When a lot of the team sucks equally and it's hard to pick a goat, that's when you go for the leaders, and Ichiro went 0-for-4, ergo he's the goat. He is now 102-for-306 (.333) on the season, putting him on pace for 220 hits.
Lee. Hughes. Tomorrow.