Game 27 + Minors Rewind: Minute Maid Punch

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== In the land petrochemicals, M’s run out of gas ==

The Mariners didn’t arrive at their Houston hotel until almost 4 a.m. after playing in New York on Thursday night, so it wasn’t perhaps the best night for an 11-inning affair.

As it was, the M’s held the Astros to one solitary extra-base hit (a double), but it was not enough as Houston stitched together 10 singles and 2 Seattle errors to scratch out its five runs.

So with fatigue, the errors and Houston’s .423 BABIP going against them, it was still frustrating to come within inches of a win (Kyle Seager‘s two-run double just missed being a three-run homer) before running out of steam in the 11th.

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Felix Hernandez was given an extra day of rest after a few less-than-dominant starts, but it didn’t prevent another one from occurring.

Looking at his Pitch f/x data, it appears that his stuff was there — velocity and movement pretty much normal — but his command was off a hair, and it took him 89 pitches to go 5.0 IP.

That led to a bullpen parade of six relievers, with Yoervis Medina giving up the tying run and Charlie Furbush yielding the walk-off in the 11th.

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It had been widely anticipated that Lucas Luetge would be sent down Saturday to make room for Hisashi Iwakuma, who will make his 2014 debut coming off the disabled list.

But with Luetge and Fernando Rodney the only relievers not used on Friday, that might change.

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Pencil vs. Scotch Watch:

Compromise.  Michael Saunders continues in the leadoff spot, but reverts to right field, with Abraham Almonte back in center and batting 9th.

Saunders had a single and a walk.  Almonte had yet another strikeout and no hits, but he did draw a walk.

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Shannon Drayer reports that the team’s veterans called a meeting during the eight-game losing streak in which they instructed the younger players to learn to settle down and not overreact to the losses.  The kids were told to “pump the brakes a little.”

Arguably it worked, since the record is much better since.

Of course, Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano heating up played into it as well.

Maybe it helped Brad Miller relax a bit — he has three hits in two games after getting a mental break.

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Erasmo Ramirez — remember?  the guy you’ve already written off? — put the clamps on Las Vegas for 5.2 IP (though it took him 102 pitches to get that far).   His final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
  •  Chris Taylor got his 3rd homer of the year, plus a walk.
  •  Jackson was held to three hits and two walks.  Two of the three hits were Ketel Marte singles.
  •  High Desert got four in the 8th to outrun Visalia, 13-11.  Patrick Kivlehan had two doubles and two singles.  Tyler Pike struggled (4.2 IP, 5 ER)
  •  Clinton got a fine performance from the Dutch MasterLars Huijer,   His first handful of appearances were in relief, but his last three have all been starts, which is where he ought to be.  Friday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.

 

 

 

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