How fucking weird is this shit? The Blue Jays hit three homers yesterday, by three different people who spent significant time in the Mariners organization, scoring all four of their runs in a 4-2 Blue Jays victory.
In the fourth, the Mariners nursing a 1-0 lead, Kendrys Morales hit a 2-run homer. Those would be Ariel Miranda’s only 2 runs allowed, in his 6.1 innings (2 hits, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts) as he continues his fine sophomore campaign.
Then, in the eighth, after the Mariners tied it at two on a Jarrod Dyson stolen base followed by two errors (on a bad throw from the catcher to second base, allowing Dyson to take third; and on the centerfielder over-running said bad throw, allowing Dyson to take home), Ezequiel Carrera hit a solo homer to right.
Carrera, you might remember, was thrown into that massive 3-team deal back in December of 2008 that brought the Mariners Guti, Vargas, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, among others (in the height of the Jackie Z era). Carrera never got a call up to Seattle – making it as high as Tacoma in 2010 – before being traded to Cleveland that same year in June for the return of Russell Branyan. Remember when the Mariners were so bad on offense they had to go back to the Branyan well and STILL set records for fewest runs scored in a season? Yeah.
Anyway, I wouldn’t say Carrera has been some All Star or anything since we gave him away, but he’s been a nice little player for a few teams, including Toronto.
Finally, in the ninth, Justin Smoak smacked a homer off of Steve Cishek, because of course he did.
I know the bullpen did us no favors last night, but they’ve been the best bullpen in baseball for a little while now, so I’m down to give them some slack. Where I think the Mariners were really lacking is on offense, and I attribute this one to not having Jean Segura.
I obviously misjudged Taylor Motter’s abilities when he got off to his hot start this season, but he’s been remarkably bad at the plate ever since. All you gotta do is pitch him away – which is sort of the defacto strategy for most pitchers anyway – and he’ll roll over on it and die on his feet. He’s been able to scratch out some singles here and there, but his power is GONE. He’s hit 1 homer since April 23rd; he’s hit 0 doubles since May 9th. Suffice it to say, this stint making up for Segura has not gone as well as the first one.
The Mariners had the double-whammy of having to start Tyler Smith at short stop (bumping Motter to first base) because Danny Valencia needed a day off to rest some nagging injuries. Valencia still came in to pinch hit, but didn’t do anything. Tyler Smith, I know is a rookie, but he doesn’t appear to have it at the Major League level. Sucks we had to lose Mike Freeman, because it feels like he could be a real asset right now.
It seems like most everyone is dealing with one nagging injury or another, but since this is the stupid sport of baseball, there’s yet another game today. I guess that’s what you get with all these fully-guaranteed contracts: no fucking days off. Maybe they can work that into the next collective bargaining agreement.