Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
March 15, 2009 4:38 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
Mariners catcher Rob Johnson apparently can't bear to look at the scoreboard, walking off the field after a 15-5 hammering at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. Johnson had a bird's-eye view from behind the plate of much of today's poor pitching on Seattle's side. The Mariners issued eight more walks -- six of them in the first two innings -- as Chicago built up a 9-0 lead after two.
A look below at what Johnson missed.
The mound work by Seattle was so bad that manager Don Wakamatsu singled out Shawn Kelley as a lone bright spot. All he did was give up four runs on four hits in an inning of work. No, the defense wasn't very good. Yuniesky Betancourt made two errors before the game was three innings old and cost his team a pair of runs. His poor throw to third on a Carlos Quentin triple wound up prolonging a nine-run second inning and then his gaffe on the front end of a double-play attempt cost his team another run in the third.
"I didn't see a whole lot of anything today, really,'' Wakamatsu said.
On starter Garrett Olson, who gave up seven runs on three hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings: "You talk about pressure situations or competing for a starting job and I thought it got the better of him today.''
The good news?
Two home runs from Russell Branyan.
The really bad news?
"Today was the first day we were able to have actual, higher-level minor league players,'' Wakamatsu said. "We were forced to play rookie ball level players earlier.''
Yikes. Anyhow, Wakamatsu singled out Betancourt as part of the overall sloppiness seen on the field from the M's today. Seattle committed four errors and failed to catch up to a number of balls that dropped into play.
Oh yeah, expect some cuts tomorrow. We're told it's going to be mostly pitchers.
Speaking of those, I forgot to mention earlier that the Mariners picked up minor league reliever Jesus Delgado off waivers from the Florida Marlins. Delgado made his debut in two games with the Marlins last season and did not record a decision in two outings. His numbers don't appear to be all that special, and his strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 52-31 in 42 games at Class AA last year is a bit poor. But he's still only 24 and has already reached the majors. And he did notch those 52 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings, which is actually quite good. But he does walk guys -- one reason he was exposed to waivers, no doubt. Put this one under "organizational depth'' for now. Ryan Feierabend was placed on the 60-day DL to make room for Delgado on the 40-man roster.