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Cliff Lee superb in Seattle debut, but ...

... punchless Mariners offense does little to help left-hander in 12-inning loss to Rangers

Originally Published: May 1, 2010
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- Beautiful game, Cliff. But next time, instead of seven scoreless innings, could you pitch more like nine? Or a dozen? Or maybe, considering the way the Mariners are hitting, 15 or 18 or 23?

What a thing. Seattle fans got both the night they've been anticipating for months -- a sublime Mariners debut by Cliff Lee on Felix Hernandez Bobblehead Night -- as well as less-popular promotions to which they've grown accustomed: bad at-bats, too frequent popups, costly strikeouts ...

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