Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
March 17, 2008 2:07 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
3:05 p.m. Just got back from talking to Silva, who wasn't too shaken up. Turns out that he was experimenting with a new pitch -- a cut fastball -- that he had been working on with Mel Stottlemyre. He said he used it too often in the fifth and got rocked with it. He didn't feel it was anything to be concerned about, because in a real game he would have ditched the pitch. Silva felt that he threw well until the fifth.
"Good start, bad finish,'' he said.
2:35 p.m. Make that seven straight hits off Silva before he was finally pulled from the game. And every one of them was a rocket. The Silva line is ugly: 4 1/3 innings, 13 hits, nine runs (so far; one of his runners is still on second). I'm interested to hear his take in the clubhouse..
2:30 p.m.: OK, Silva's outing is careening toward the disaster status. In the fifth, after striking out the first hitter, he's giving up five straight hits, all bullets, including a home run to right field by Eric Munson. Make that six straight hits, all bullets.
Sorry, Im having a few technical issues, but I think Im OK now. Except for the apostrophes. Never realized how many of those you use. Im going to go without em for now, until I figure out how to not get the weird coding. BTW, the computer folks in Seattle are working furiously to deal with the posting issues, and believe they will be cleared up by mid-week.
It's 3-2, Milwaukee, in the fourth. The Mariners just knocked out Chris Capuano in the fourth with back-to-back homers by Richie Sexson and Wladimir Balentien. Kenji Johjima followed with his second single, Willie Bloomquist walked, and Capuano got the hook.
Carlos Silva has been a bit ragged, giving up six hits in four innings. But one was a wind-blown popup dropped by third baseman Matt Tuiasosopo, one was an infield grounder,and one was a blooper. Not a total disaster.
I know I promised a haiku, but I decided to go with a limerick instead. Here goes, inspired by Sexson, who struck out feebly in the first, then bombed a homer to center:
There once was a first baseman named Sexson,
The guy many wish played is now a Texan.
It's the last year of Rich's deal
So he might hit with renewed zeal.
But if not, you all will get your pecks in.
OK, pretty lame. Feel free to come up with your own.
(Just about to push the send button when Mike Morse blasted a double off the wall in center. Man, he's really stroking this spring).