Mariners 7 Semien 2
Some days a starting pitcher shuts down a team. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Hyun Jin Ryu that did the shutting down. It was M’s starter Yusei Kikuchi. He was terrific. He gave up a leadoff home run to Marcus Semien in the first, and then just 4 more hits (with a walk and 6 strikeouts) in his 7 innings.
He was hitting the edges all day.
Ryu? Not so much. He went 4 innings, gave up 7 hits (including 2 home runs), 5 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He seemed to be just missing the corners (a couple of times, he was sure he would get a strike call but didn’t) and then would have to throw one over the plate. Those got hit hard.
Patrick Murphy did a nice job (a day late), getting 5 outs, allowing just a single and a walk.
We had our first look at Adam Cimber. He did as advertised, getting ground outs (and one strikeout), giving up just a single, while getting 4 outs.
Jacob Barnes pitched a quick eighth.
Unfortunately, Tyler Chatwood didn’t pitch a quick ninth. He gave up 2 walks, an RBI single. Then he got a strikeout (yay). Another RBI single. Then a strikeout, and that it for him. He came off the mound chirping at someone. If it was the umpire, I don’t know why. He wasn’t close on many pitches. If it was Charlie, then there is a problem. I’d imagine Charlie will be asked after the game. But, if he was yelling at Charlie, that can not happen. Bob Elliott tweeted that if you walk the first two batters, you lose your seat at the debate table when the manager comes to get you.
Tyler Saucedo got the last out of the inning, but we were down five with two more runs in.
We only had 8 hits, Semien had 3 (single, double, home run), and Bo Bichette and Teoscar had 2 each. Bo drove in Semien to get our second run. George Springer had our other hit.
For the second day in a row, Vlad did not look good at the plate. I would consider sitting him for a day, let him rest his mind if nothing else. But then he could go 4 for 4 tomorrow.
Vlad had an error, dropping a ball thrown from third (bad thrown but catchable). He also made a couple of nice plays, catching a hard line drive and making an over-the-shoulder catch on a popup down the right-field line.
Jay of the Day: Semien (.092 WPA).
Suckage: Ryu (-.288) and Randal (-.088). And I’m giving one to Chatwood. Just a -.030, but whoever he was yapping at, it wasn’t a good look.
Tomorrow we start a series with the Rays. I hope we saved some hits today to use against them—7:00 Eastern.
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