Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Mariners 9, Rangers 2
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie pitcher Justin Grimm allowed three home runs as the Seattle Mariners took the first of a three-game series with a 9-2 rout of the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Grimm gets rocked: Grimm sent a message early to the Mariners -- the long ball was possible on this night. The rookie allowed back-to-back home runs to Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales with two outs in the top of the first inning as Seattle jumped out to a 2-0 lead. It was Ibanez's 20th home run of the season. For Morales it was his 10th. Ibanez's homer came on a changeup; Morales' came on a fastball. Grimm's poor night was complete when Morales hit his second home run of the night, a three-run shot to right field off a first-pitch changeup. An error by Ian Kinsler on a ground ball by Ibanez right before Morales' second home run didn't help matters.
M's pile on against Wolf: Ross Wolf has been great as a long man, but he had a rough night, allowing three runs in three innings and giving up five hits. Wolf had allowed one unearned run in his past five outings before Tuesday night. His ERA went from 1.27 to 2.22 for the season.
Power drought: The Rangers' last home run came in the top of fifth by rookie Jurickson Profar in Thursday's 2-0 win in New York. They've gone 38 innings without a long ball, something that was magnified with Mariners starter Joe Saunders having allowed 13 home runs entering Tuesday's game.
Martin extends streak: Leonys Martin had a bunt single to start the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. That's the longest hitting streak of the season for a Rangers hitter, one better than Adrian Beltre's 14-gamer earlier in the season. Martin scored in the inning on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus to cut Seattle's lead to 2-1.
Missed chance: The Rangers had chances in the third and fourth innings to climb back into the game. Andrus' run-scoring hit put the tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs and the heart of the Rangers' lineup coming up. Nelson Cruz struck out, Beltre grounded out and A.J. Pierzynski did, too, to keep the Mariners in the lead. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers had the bases loaded and two outs with Andrus back up. Andrus, who has an RBI in each of his past four games, grounded out to the pitcher.
Up next: The Rangers try to even up the three-game series with Seattle when left-hander Derek Holland (6-4, 3.14 ERA) faces Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (8-4, 2.70) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night. On Thursday, the Fourth of July, Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (2-1, 2.37 ERA) takes on Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (7-3, 2.42 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and on the radio on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.