Milton Bradley earplugs
The Mariners lost tonight 2-1 to the Cleveland Indians in a game that was practically handed to them if they could have got a key hit or two when it counted. But instead the Mariners suffered their sixth loss in a row primarily due to an inability to score runners in scoring position. The Mariners were 1-11 with RISP and the 3-4 batters Milton Bradley and Jack Cust were particularly feeble tonight against the surprising Indians. The Mariners sent Doug Fister to the mound tonight and he allowed two runs one of which was an unearned run that was the result of a terrible throw by Milton Bradley in the top of the fourth to allow a runner to score that should never made it past third.
Milton Bradley was jeered by a few fans for the rest of the game after this error and at one point he even complained to the umpires to try and get the fans tossed. Later in the game Milton was seen at the plate with earplugs in as he once again failed to move the runner along in a key situation in the 8th where Chone Figgins led-off with a double and ended-up stranded by the meat of the order.
Of course Bradley and Cust were not the only choker’s tonight as evidenced by a two out bunt attempt by Ichiro in bottom half of the 7th to make the last out with the tying run on third. Ichiro has not pulled this goofy move for awhile but it seems like every time he does it does not work and leaves the fans speechless for the sheer weirdness of his thinking. It will be interesting to hear if manager Erick Wedge scolds Ichiro like he did Jack Wilson, or if he will join the long line of Mariners managers who allow Ichiro to do whatever he wants.
The 12-3 whipping Friday sucked but this sort of choke-fest feels all to familiar here in Seattle and in many ways is tougher on the morale of an already dejected fan-base who only want to see a little improvement this year in order to keep the faith. As for me I am going to take the day off tomorrow and try to regroup so I don’t end-up getting to sour before the month of April is even half over. But fear not fans as I have a new surprise for you on Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog, tomorrow I will be passing the wheel to a new helmsman my good friend Scott who will be posting his first in what I hope to be many regular Sunday articles right here. I am sure you will enjoy his fresh approach and I’ll be back on deck Monday after a little R&R.Go M’s! http://jeffsmariners.com