Mariners walk it off again … this time to clubhouse
No walkoff dramatics on Monday after the Mariners won Sunday’s opener with a bases-loaded single by Josh Bard. This time the Mariners simply walked off the field and headed to their Peoria clubhouse with a 6-6 tie after the same two teams dueled again to a tight finish.
Since the Mariners only had six pitchers lined up to throw, they called the game a draw rather than have Chris Seddon throw til his arm fell off.
Seddon pitched the final two innings as it was, while Doug Fister and David Pauley opened the game with two frames apiece.
The highlight Monday was a pair of home runs by young outfield prospects Greg Halman and Johermyn Chavez. Halman could be a legitimate contender for a roster spot, given his defensive abilities in center field where the Mariners are looking for someone who can spell Franklin Gutierrez at times.
Gutierrez has yet to play, but will be in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers. Manager Eric Wedge said he still didn’t have any medical update on Gutierrez’s stomach tests, but the club feels good enough about things to let him play.
Chavez is a 22-year-old who played Class A ball last year, so he’s a ways from being Major League ready. But he and massive Carlos Peguero are certainly showing why the future could be interesting.
You never want to read too much into late-inning heroics against pitchers who normally have little chance of making it, but it’s worth nothing that Chavez’s first-pitch bomb came against Ernest Frieri, who went 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 31 2/3 innings last year for the Padres after getting called up from Triple A Portland in mid-July.