The Mariners salvaged what could have been a leaky voyage home by beating the Tigers in Detroit 7-3 thanks to a pair of homers by Miquel Olivo, one a two run shot, and another thanks to a two run homer by Justin Smoak .
Smoak now has 12 homers and Olivo 1o. So there is some power in the middle of the lineup beginning to flex itself.
Admiral Felix, now 7-5, pitched eight innings giving up three runs. There could have been more had not the Mariner defense turned three double plays.
The win split the four game series with Detroit and sail home with a 3-4 record on their recent briny sea voyage.
For the second outing in a row Michael Pineda struggled and has allowed 13 runs, 7 earned, in the last 12.1 innings with two losses on his debit ledger. He pitched two no decisions prior to that, though pitched quite well.
Every pitcher, like every hitter, hits a stretch where things are going wrong. It could be teams are adjusting based on scouting reports, or it may be mechanics. Or he is just out of rhythm.
And after sitting out Friday nights game, Ichiro in the worst slump of his career, having gone 3 for 36 before sitting, had two hits Saturday and two hits Sunday. The M’s need their best ever lead off hitter to keep getting hits and scoring runs if the M’s want to continue to be in the race.
Chone Figgins continues to below the water mark with a .189 average.
A big three series at the Safe beginning Monday night with the Angels currently in third place behind the M’s and Seattle wants to keep them there. So Vargas, Fister, and Bedard, get the call to keep the Angels down. Thursday is an off day with the Phillies coming in for the weekend to face Pineda, Felix, and Vargas.
Two tough teams at home, but good match ups for baseball fans. A good time to fix a leaky ship, to batten down the hatches, and fatten up some batting averages.