First off I’d like to wish Casey a happy birthday today. I’m sure he is celebrating away. If only the Mariners could have gotten a win for him though…
The Mariners took on the Dodgers today in the rubber game of the three game series. Blake Beavan took the mound for the Mariners today going against Chad Billingsley. Boy did things get ugly early for Seattle.
Beavan had a harmless first inning, but things got away in the second. He gave up a lead off double to Bobby Abreu and after recording two outs, he talked A.J. Ellis. Tony Gwyn and Dee Gordon came up with back to back base hits, each bringing in a run. After walking a batter, Beavan gave up a grand slam to Andre Either, giving the Dodgers six runs on the inning. He was able to get the final out but that would be it for him on the day. His final line was 2.0 IP 5 H 6ER 2BB and 0K. His ERA is an ugly 5.92 ERA and a 5.40 FIP.
Hisashi Iwakuma came in for Seattle, getting through the third inning and then got one out in the fourth before being relieved by Charlie Furbush. Furbush was able to get the final two outs of the inning and pitched the next two innings as well. He went 2.2 innings without giving up a hit. It was nice to see him pitch well today in the long relief role
Brandon League relieved Furbush in the 8th and got into some trouble. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits. Not the best outing for him but I really hope he can pick things up as we approach the deadline so maybe we could ship him off to a contender in need of a late innings guy. Lucas Luetge came in to pitch the ninth giving up one base hit and striking out one. The bullpen pitched well, other than League’s rough inning.
The offense had a pretty quite day, and there was not much action on that side of the ball. They were held to two runs on five hits. Kyle Seager picked up his 8th homerun on the year in the second. Coming into 2012, Seager had only 3 homeruns so the power has really been a nice surprise. His ISO is at .210 which is fifth best amongst third baseman. He his hitting .273/.330/.483 with a .353 wOBA and has a 2.0 WAR which ranks him fifth best amongst all third baseman. He really has been a pleasant surprise this year.
As far as the rest of the offense on the day, Smoak continued to play well, going 2-4. Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley picked up the other two Mariners base hits. The Mariners second run came in the bottom of the ninth off of a Saunders double. Smoak kicked the inning off with a base hit and Saunders brought him in with a double. That was it for the Mariners on the day.
The Mariners lost the first series of the home stand and the offense was really quiet, picking up only 6 runs in the three games. The Padres come to town next, with the first of the three game series kicking off on Tuesday.