Posted at 8:10 AM on May 2, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Last night wasn't officially promoted as such, but it sure felt like last night was souvenir baseball night. The Mariners' scouting report must have said to swing early and often, because they did just that, fouling off several dozen balls over the course of the night. (There were also a couple homerun balls, but those were thrown back onto the field, almost to say "you might be running low on balls, so here's one back.") The Twins must have gotten the same intelligence briefing, as there were no walks issued for entire game by either team. The difference is, apparently, that the Mariners can hit the ball when they swing.
The Mariners fouled off so many that Scott Baker ended up having 100 pitches by the end of the 5th inning. Not surprisingly then, he started getting beat up in the 6th, where Seattle put up five runs. This is of course also in part due to Jesse Crain's continued fantasticly terrible blow-up season so far. His line this game: 5 batters faced, 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 out. His ERA goes up from 8.44 to 9.49. Wow.
Silver linings: Willie Eyre and Matt Guerrier pitch some shutout relief innings, Lewwwww has a solid game both offensively and defensively, Hunter treads water above the Mendoza line with 2 hits, and Morneau does the same with one of his standard "I sure can hit when it doesn't matter" solo homeruns, and the fans got alot of souvenir baseballs to take home.