Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
August 17, 2008 4:07 PM
Posted by Larry Stone
I'm going to make this quick, because I have to rush to catch a plane to Chicago. (Yes, Geoff and I like to live dangerously on getaway day).
What a wild game, in many ways. R.A. Dickey called his knuckleball action "violent" which is good and bad. It was hard to hit, harder to catch. The four wild pitches in the fifth were a major-league record. Poor Kenji Johjima (who had a passed ball in the same inning) didn't seem to have a chance with some of those pitches. Dickey said that Charlie Hough told him once that the knuckleball always was erratic in the Metrodome. Apparently, Gino Petralli set a passed ball record here trying to catch Hough's knuckleball. Didn't have time to look up the details.
All told, Mariners pitchers walked 10 in the game. Riggleman cut Ryan Feierabend some slack (nerves, three days' rest) and said he'll make his next start. But if he has another effort like this one, we'll see.
The Mariners have a .299 average since the break, and Raul Ibanez is ridiculous right now. They just need to get their pitching together to win some games. It would help if they didn't fall behind in the first inning every night. The Twins scored 2, 2 and 5 in the first inning. If you play catchup every game, you're going to lose most of them. And the Mariners are.
I'll leave with one last rousing quote from Riggleman after the game:
"We're going to get it together. You can sense it. We're going to get it together and get it turned around.''
I don't share his confidence. Do you?