BY Steve Rudman 05:23PM 04/20/2011

Porcello solves Mariners 3-2

One day after amassing 15 hits, the Mariners returned to offensive ineptitude in a 3-2 loss to Detroit at Safeco Field.

Date: April 20, 2011

Venue: Safeco Field

City: Seattle, WA

Attendance: 13,339

Winning Pitcher: Rick Porcello (1-2)

Losing Pitcher: Erik Bedard (0-4)

Save: Jose Valverde (4)

Rick Porcello (1-2) retired the first 10 batters he faced and allowed just four hits and a run over 6.2 innings in beating the Mariners 3-2 in the final game of a three-game series at Safeco Field. Other than Ichiro’s two-out, RBI single in the third, the Mariners mustered no offense until the ninth when Adam Kennedy led off with his first home run for Seattle. But after a Michael Saunders double, Milton Bradley and Carlos Peguero fanned, ending the game.

Star Of The Game
Rick Porcello Shut down the Mariners by allowing just four hits and one earned run over 6.2 innings; struck out six, walked just one and threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 25 batters he faced.

Highlights

  • Ichiro Suzuki: Went 1-for-4 and drove in the Mariners’ first run with a single in the third inning.
  • Adam Kennedy: Went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season, a ninth-inning shot off Jose Valverde.
  • David Pauley: Threw 4.0 innings of almost perfect relief, allowing just one hit while striking out one; needed just 32 pitches to get through the four innings.

Lowlights

  • Erik Bedard: Allowed three earned runs on five hits over five innings and took the loss, his fourth of the year against no wins; threw first-pitch strikes to just 12 of the 26 batters he faced; walked five, two of which scored.
  • The Mariners managed just six hits, went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left five runners stranded.
  • Chone Figgins: A day after collecting three hits, went 0-for-4, his batting averaging dropping to .176.
  • The Mariners lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Notable

  • Carlos Peguero:A day after being called up from AAA Tacoma, received his first Major League start (left field); went 0-for-4 with three strike outs.
  • Ryan Rayburn hit a home run estimated at 408 feet off Erik Bedard in the first inning.

Numbers

  • .194: Batting average for Mariners DH Jack Cust after Seattle’s 3-2 loss to the Tigers (went 1-for-4).
  • .189: Batting average for second baseman Jack Wilson after Seattle’s 3-2 loss to the Tigers (went 0-for-3).

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