OK, so we used up a bunch of our pixel-real-estate this week to demonstrate how awesome Dominic Leone has been over the last month, and the next time he hits the mound ….
He coughs up two triples, a walk and a single, watches a slender 1-0 lead get obliterated, and exits stage right — just in time to watch Joe Beimel allow his two inherited baserunners to score.
Well, these things happen in baseball. From Brooks, it looks as if maybe Leone’s cutter didn’t quite have its usual glove-side break, and may have just looked like a slower version of the fastball.
Meanwhile, Erasmo Ramirez turned in another odd but scoreless performance.
This time, from the chart, his command of the strike zone was much improved (only 2 BB after giving up 4 and 5 the prior starts), but he didn’t have the devastating change (only one swing-and-miss with the change after nine last outing). He needs both to be the impressive starter that sometimes he is.
Offense: Robinson Cano had three hits, but all singles. His ISO is up a tick to .109, but still well below his career norms.
- Baseball-reference.com boxscore here.
- Mariners affiliates scoreboard here.
- A flat tire for the Taijuan Walker bandwagon: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 1 BB 4 K. He threw 87 pitches and gave up a three-run homer and a two-run homer. These things happen in baseball, part two.
- But then a parade of cool relievers kept the game in doubt through the 14th inning: Brandon Maurer, Stephen Pryor, Carson Smith, Stephen Kohlscheen. Boy, does Tacoma have some arms in the pen right now. Forrest Snow, who also throws hard but has trouble putting it all together, gave up the loser in the 14th.
- Xavier Nady and Jesus Sucre homered.
- Ketel Marte had three more hits, and Julio Morban re-emerged for the first time since April 27, but it was not enough for Jackson.
- High Desert also lost despite a home run parade from Tyler Marlette, D.J. Peterson and Gabriel Guerrero. It was No. 16 for Deej.
- Will Phillips Castillo finally bust out? So far, so good, at least, as he had a homer, a double and a single for Everett and is at .286/.375/.571 in his first six games.
- And we’ll cover the season debut of the Pulaski club in a separate post.