== Offensive slumber under the dome ==
Maybe the Mariners were just paying too much attention to developments at the MLB draft to prepare for the Rays.
What it was, instead, was Turn Back the Clock Night.
Except it was Turn Back the Clock Night for only one guy.
That guy being Erik Bedard.
Bedard was Old-School, trade-your-best-prospect, Cy-Young-vote-getter Erik Bedard. That guy hasn’t been around much since, um, 2007. But there he was, shutting down the newly Wild-Card-co-leading Mariners with 8 K in 6.1 IP, no runs, just one walk.
Seattle got just five hits, three of which were complements of the Beaver crew (Cole Gillespie 2, Stefen Romero 1), with the other two from Robinson Cano.
Michael Saunders left in mid-game with a “shoulder impingement” and is day-to-day.
Of course, Saunders had finally looked like an every-day corner outfielder ever since “Scotch” defeated “Pencil” at the end of April (Abe Almonte supplanted by Saunders in the every-day lineup).
Since that time, he’s been slugging .490 and has an ISO of .173. You don’t have to play center field to make that work.
We’ll see what happens.
Chris Young was back in “survival mode” after giving up five walks and seven hits in 5.0 IP. He escaped with only 3 ER, but with Old School Erik dealing, that wasn’t good enough.
Young was going with the changeup more (12 times), which we think can make his slider more deceptive. The problem this time seemed to be that he was missing with the slider. He threw it 27 times, but only 13 were strikes. He did get three swing-and-miss strikes out of nine swings, but it wasn’t enough to help.
- Tacoma swept a double-header from the ex-Mariner-laden Albuquerque Isotopes (Alex Liddi, Carlos Triunfel, Trayvon Robinson). Ty Kelly homered and doubled in the opener, with Nick Franklin also getting two hits.
- In the nightcap, it was …
Blash Splash No. 14! That would be Jabari Blash, of course. Jesus Montero and Logan Morrison also had two hits each.
- Brandon Maurer got the save in the opener, and Carson Smith got the save in the nightcap.
- Ketel Marte got his 18th double for Jackson, and is tied with teammate Dario Pizzano for the organizational lead. Fellow teammate Dan Paolini got his 17th and is right behind.
- And another ex-Mariner popped up. Eric O’Flaherty, on rehab assignment for the Athletics, pitched a scoreless frame with three strikeouts to help defeat High Desert.
- Edwin Diaz struggled for Clinton, but only three of the six runs he gave up were earned.
- In the losing effort, however, Corey Simpson blasted two homers.