Grand slam Blue Jays
The Mariners win streak ended today losing by the score of 7-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays dropping them back to .500 on the year. After last night’s wild thriller today was going to be a let-down no matter what happened and Jays starter Brandon Morrow pretty much made sure of that with his impressive outing today holding the Mariners scoreless through six innings. The Mariners sent Kevin Millwood to the mound today and the veteran right-hander pitched well through seven innings with the exception of a rough third frame when he gave up all three Jays runs. Eric Wedge needed to get some innings out of Millwood today to rest his battered bullpen and Millwood responded with a decent outing despite receiving no help from the rest of the crew on offense.
Wedge is facing a tough task trying to juggle his lineup and bullpen to not only win games but to see who is going to be on the field the rest of the season. He has shown a lot more patience than the local Mariners blogosphere and Facebook arm-chair managers in this task so far. Of course besides the endless clamoring for John Jaso to get more time there has been an ongoing second guessing on Wedge’s decision to not use Hisashi Iwakuma much so far. Well today Wedge had little choice and he sent Iwakuma out to the mound in the eighth with the score still close and Iwakuma promptly loaded the bases and then allowed a grand slam to Edwin Encarnacion to put this one out of reach.
Perhaps Wedge knew what he was doing all along and it is time for all of us with a keyboard and one tenth the information Eric Wedge has to chill out and let the skipper do his job. I doubt that will happen and I’m sure the Figgins, Olivo, Smoak and Brendan Ryan haters will have a field day in the next 24 hours clamoring endlessly about why they are right and Eric Wedge is wrong. I’m going to go with the skippers judgement especially after seeing the performance Iwakuma put in today and focus on the fact that we are still at .500 and still have a chance to win this series in the morning. Love to hear what all you think…..GoM’s! http://jeffsmariners.com