== No game, no Chris Young ==
As you know by now, no game was played Friday night due to rain Thursday, and the inability of the O.co Coliseum to make the field playable.
These things happen in Oakland, I guess. Along with winning 90 games every year with guys like Coco Crisp.
Anyway, the real news was that Chris Young will be skipped and Felix Hernandez will go on regular rest today (Saturday).
We don’t know what Young would have done or what will happen on the make-up date, but, for now, that’s a percentage-play victory for the Mariners.
More big news despite no MLB game:
Taijuan Walker started for High-A High Desert and went 4.1 IP. He faced 18 batters and threw 72 pitches. Final line:
- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
In other words, not showing any ill effects from being shut down for a couple of weeks. His next start will also be in the minors and they are only saying it will be a “warm-weather site” — so presumably either California again or the AA Southern League.
Walker is from the Inland Empire area, but skipped the California League on his way up, so it was his first chance to pitch as a pro in his home region.
- Also in that High Desert game, D.J. Peterson delivered a two-run homer.
- Stephen Landazuri took the loss, but went 6.0 IP with 0 ER for AA Jackson.
- Tacoma busted out on Albuquerque in its rain-delayed season opener, 11-1, with Blake Beavan getting the win.
- They got 11 runs in seven innings with no homers, but Jesus Montero had three hits.
- Anthony Fernandez was slated to start the nightcap, but was scratched and a starter-by-committee took over.
- Nick Franklin and Cole Gillespie homered in the losing effort.
- Franklin and Chris Taylor swapped places in the double header. Taylor was at short and Franklin at second in the opener, and the opposite in the nightcap.