== Elias gets a bad break at a bad time ==
On Friday, we saw Chris Young give up six doubles and two home runs, and somehow they were spaced out just enough that he only gave up five runs instead of a bunch more.
On Saturday, Roenis Elias gave up only six hits and a walk over 7.0 IP, and only two for extra-bases, but, unfortunately, three of those hits were stacked up in the 5th inning, and the last one was a homer.
And that bad timing was all that the Twins needed to send the Mariners to their fourth straight loss.
Now it is true that Elias will have a tendency to leave some pitches up in the zone, and, sometimes, his luck will run out on those. But not quite this time.
You can see that he did leave some inviting pitches up in the zone, but he got away with only singles (yellow squares) and a double (orange square on the left edge of the strike zone). But he also induced some weak contact on similar pitches.
But the home run, you will note, was way down six inches below the strike zone. It’s that red square down below the zone.
It wasn’t a “hanging” curve ball. It was a curve ball curving the way it’s supposed to. Dozier just anticipated where it would be and got his bat there. And it just cleared the fence for a three-run game-changing blast.
That is not going to happen all that often.
So generally Elias did well, but had bad timing.
And on offense, once again Michael Saunders was at the forefront, with a sac-fly RBI and a solo homer.
And, as on Friday, the M’s put the tying run on base in the 9th, but couldn’t get him home.
Veteran sparkplug Willie Bloomquist (.178/.196/.200) made the final out.
The Mariners are linked to free-agent Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell.
Apparently there is only one YouTube of the guy, so this is the same one you might have seen somewhere else.
- Did Jordan Pries come out of nowhere? No. Not. At. All. But I didn’t anticipate him coming off a down year at High Desert and then crushing AAA. But that’s what he’s doing. Saturday: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. And his ERA is 1.76 including his two starts at AA Jackson.
- Pries’ bullpen almost gave away his fine start, but not quite, and the Rainiers prevailed 5-4. Nick Franklin was 2-for-2 with three walks.
- Victor Sanchez made his second start for AA Jackson since coming off the DL. He went 4.0 IP, and gave up three unearned runs.
- Gabriel Guerrero went 5-for-5 with a double and a stolen base for High-A High Desert.