Tough night for Mariners pitchers in 12-5 loss
By JOSH LIEBESKIND
SEATTLE (AP) – If they didn’t already know it, Mayckol Guaipe and David Rollins are both well aware now how tough it is to pitch in the big leagues.
The rookie Seattle relievers allowed a combined seven runs in one-plus inning as the Detroit Tigers pounced on the bullpen for a 12-5 win Monday.
“It’s going to be a tough night for them, as it is for the rest of us, but it’s not an easy league,” interim Mariners manager Trent Jewett said. “There are tough tasks and we’ll find out about these guys.”
Guaipe (0-1) inherited a runner at first and a 5-4 lead from starter Hisashi Iwakuma with no outs in the sixth. He was unable to record an out in three attempts and was bounced from the game by a two-run single from Castellanos that gave the Tigers a 6-5 lead.
Rollins, who like Guaipe was pitching in his second major league game, didn’t fare much better. He allowed four runs – not counting the two runners he inherited that crossed the plate – on seven hits while managing three outs.
The Tigers scored nine runs combined in the sixth and seventh to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 12-5 win.
“I’m a firm believer hitting is always contagious,” said Martinez, whose solo home run in the fourth gave him 11 in his last 13 games. “You get a couple good guys in the lineup, a couple good at-bats, all of a sudden the pitcher starts losing confidence and . everybody else just keeps feeding off of it.”
Nick Castellanos had four hits and four RBI, and Victor Martinez added four hits and three runs scored.
“It’s not something that’s going to happen every day,” J.D. Martinez said. “That would be the best team in history, offensively.”
The offensive outburst was enough to give Alfredo Simon (8-5) the win. Simon allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings. He struck out three in his return from a strain in his back and right shoulder area that sent him to the disabled list in April.
“He threw strikes and he was healthy,” Jewett said. “Those are important factors. I don’t think he commanded the ball probably the way he prefers, but he came out of it healthy.”
Dustin Ackley hit an RBI triple and Brad Miller followed immediately with a run-scoring double in the fourth to cut the Tigers’ lead to 3-2. Logan Morrison hit a three-run home run in the fifth to put the Mariners up 5-3.
Tigers: With first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list with a left calf strain, Detroit has had to look elsewhere at the position. On Monday, the team claimed Marc Krauss off waivers from Tampa Bay. Krauss is expected to split time at the bag with Jefry Marte, as well as Andrew Romine.
Mariners: Iwakuma made his return from the disabled list Monday. The right-hander hadn’t appeared in a major league game since April 20 due to the strain.
CLEAN BULLPEN WORK
Blaine Hardy, Ian Krol and Bruce Rondon combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Tigers. Only Krol allowed a hit and he erased the single with a double play.
HOME RUN HAPPY
Castellanos started the scoring with a solo home run in the second. Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth and Yoenis Cespedes added a solo shot to lead off the deciding sixth.
MORRISON’S POWER SURGE
Morrison hit 11 home runs last season. His three-run shot in the fifth gave him 11 this year with half the season to play.
Tigers: Rookie Kyle Ryan gets the nod. Ryan, who has started and come out of the bullpen this season, holds a 4.55 ERA and hasn’t had a scoreless outing in seven attempts.
Mariners: Taijuan Walker attempts to follow up one of his best career starts Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers. The young right-hander allowed one hit in six shutout innings to pick up the win at San Diego on July 1.