Mariners 7, Tigers 3 (box)
- Ryan Raburn is going to catch a lot of flack for the second inning home run that he “helped” over the fence, but it wasn’t his fault. He was attempting to make an extremely difficult catch and just couldn’t squeeze it. That the ball bounced over the fence was simply poor fortune.
- It wasn’t the best performance of his career, but four strikeouts over six innings was enough for Felix Hernandez to get the win. I’m sure the seven runs were a welcomed sight after his offense only provided him with one run in his previous two starts (combined).
- Phil Coke didn’t pitch very well, but I thought it was better than his last outing. You can’t really blame the first home run on him (although the ball was still smoked), and he didn’t walk any one. Still, that’s two games in a row that the Mariners (a weak hitting team) have had some good swings against him. It’s not time to panic yet, but I think we’re all a bit concerned at this point.
- A great outing by Brayan Villarreal in relief tonight. Four strikeouts in 2.2 innings without a walk. I’ve been impressed that he’s been able to make the big jump to the big leagues while maintaining his strikeout ability. I’m beginning to really like him as a semi-high leverage / long relief guy.
- The Tigers face Erik Bedard tomorrow. Here’s what JAYRC said about him in the series preview:
Erik Bedard might be knocking off some rust this season but the results are terrible. Bedard has allowed 7 homers and has walked 11 in just under 19 innings this season.He currently sports a 7.71 ERA and 1.98 WHIP.
Let’s hope those trends continue as the Tigers try for a bounce back win.