Wednesday’s Game 6 recap: Mariners 5, Indians 1
Player of the Game: Carlos Peguero (pictured) unloaded two home runs, an opposite-field beauty to left-center in the third and a towering shot out to right in the fourth as the big outfielder made his presence felt. Both homers were solo shots and Peguero finished 2-for-4, though he scorched a low liner right at the third baseman in the sixth that was ruled an error, but easily could have been a hit as well.
Stat of the Game: With two more home runs, the Mariners have now out-homered their opponents 12-4 through six games.
Storyline: The Mariners have now won five straight and they got some excellent pitching in this one, including four shutout innings out of the gate by top prospects Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. Hultzen loaded the bases in the first with a pair of walks and a single, but got out of that and struck out four in his two innings. Walker, firing 96-97 mph fastballs and the occasional nasty off-speed counter, struck out two and walked one in two hitless frames.
Worth noting: While the Mariners continue playing long ball — and we’re talking some impressively deep home runs the past few days — none of that has come yet from Michael Morse or Kendrys Morales, the two new power additions. Peguero and Justin Smoak now have two bombs each and Franklin Gutierrez and Alex Liddi also hit monster shots this week. Morse didn’t play Wednesday, but Morales did pick up his first two hits with a pair of opposite-field singles.
Quote of the Game: “That’s another first right there. I wasn’t sure what was going on, like everybody else.” — Manager Eric Wedge after the game was delayed for five minutes midway through the top of the eighth when a fire alarm went off in Goodyear Ballpark and an automated announcement on the loudspeaker commanded fans to calmly leave the park. Some fans did leave and the umpires cleared the field before it was made clear the whole thing was a false alarm.
Next: Jon Garland gets his first start with the Mariners — and first since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2011 while with the Dodgers — when Seattle travels to Scottsdale to face the Giants at 1:05 p.m. MT (12:05 p.m. PT). Garland will get one inning of work. Blake Beavan is then scheduled to throw the next three, followed by two innings from Erasmo Ramirez.
Here’s the link to today’s box score.
Here’s my story on Hultzen and Walker and their thoughts on today’s outing.