Monday, June 6, 2011

Danks Slows Down Mariner Offense

Michael Pineda didn't have his "A" game today. But it definitely was an A+ performance giving up just two earned runs through 7 complete innings of work. John Danks did more than match him giving up only one run through 7 and a third innings.

Seattle's offense was brought to a screeching halt against Danks as he gave up just 7 hits, all singles. The only player that had more than one hit was rookie Greg Halman who had three. Since joining the team on Saturday he went 3 for 4 in his first start on Sunday and 3 for 3 today. Seems to like playing with the big boys.

The M's could not string together any hits except for in the 8th when Brendan Ryan singled home Greg Halman after he singled and later advanced on a dropped pickoff attempt by Adam Dunn. The threat ended when Brendan Ryan tried to advance to second on a pitch in the dirt with Miguel Olivo up. A.J. Pierzynski picked up the ball and gunned Ryan out at second. No mojo in the south side of Chicago.

In a game that had great defense from Smoak, Guti and the DP combo of Jack Wilson and Brendan Ryan, spectacular speed from Greg Halman with two infield singles, you would have thought the Mariners had this game in the bag. Halman got to second twice but was left stranded both times. That much needed two out hit just never made it into the lineup.

The lineup was again changed as the M's faced Danks, a left hander. Cust was out of the lineup, as well as Peguero and Kennedy. However Kennedy did pinch hit for Wilson in the ninth to record the last out. In my opinion, we would have been better served staying with the lineup that we've been having success with, but those lefty/righty match-ups seem to be more meaningful to Wedge than myself.

The West has all but lost about every game today. The A's lost to the Orioles 4 - 2, the Rangers are losing to the Tigers 13 - 7 in the ninth and the Angels are down 2 - 0 to Tampa Bay, but that one has a ways to go, still in the 5th. Let's root on King Felix tomorrow and get a "W" in the windy city.


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