SEATTLE MARINERS (34-29) AT TAMPA BAY RAYS (24-41)—JUNE 9, 2014
Mariners 3, Rays 0
WP: Beimel (1-1) LP: Price (4-6) SV: Rodney (18)
First Pitch: 1:11 p.m. Temps: 72-in, 85-out Attendance: 10,400 Time of Game: 3:11
THE LOSS: Have been shut out for 19 consecutive innings…were shut out in back-to-back games for the seventh time in
franchise history, frst since Aug 4-5, 2012 vs. BAL.
Ê Have been shut out 4 times in 9 games in June and 9 times this season, most in the AL and 2nd-most in the majors
(10, San Diego) and exceeding their 2013 total (8).
Ê Have lost 13 of their last 14 games, their worst 14-game stretch since Sep 3-16, 2009…have scored 35 runs over this
span, their fewest since April 14-30, 2004 (35)…they have hit .105 (10-for-95) with RISP, including 0-for-13 the last 2 G.
Ê The Rays have lost 7 of their last 8 games when their starting pitcher goes 6 IP or more…prior to this, they were 18-5.
Ê The Rays have allowed 3 or more runs in an inning 41 times (3rd inn. today), most in the majors.
DAVID PRICE: Had his ffth double-digit strikeout game, breaking a tie with WAS Stephen Strasburg (who starts tonight)
for most such games in the majors…Price’s only other season with 5 or more 10-plus SO games was 2011 (6).
Ê With 111 SO this season, took over the AL lead from SEA Felix Hernandez (106)…at least temporarily leads the ma-
jors pending the result of Strasburg’s start this evening (enters with 101).
Ê Has pitched 17 of a possible 18 innings over two starts against the Mariners this season…has a 2.12 ERA and 22 SO.
Ê With 10 SO and 1 BB, his SO/BB ratio actually decreased from 11.2 to 11.1, which is still on pace to be the highest
among qualifying pitchers in major league history.
Ê Allowed a 2-run double to Robinson Cano in the 3rd on an 0-2 pitch…Price has a .220 (24-for-109) opp. avg. after he
reaches an 0-2 count, signifcantly higher than the major league average (.163).
RAYS vs. MARINERS: The Mariners went 4-3 against the Rays and claimed their frst season series since 2009 (5-3)…
marked the fourth time the Mariners won at least 3 games in a series against the Rays at Tropicana Field and frst time since
July 11-14, 2002 (won 3 of 4)…also Sep 18-20, 2000 (swept 3) and May 28-31, 1998 (won 3 of 4).
MARINERS: Have 4 shutouts over an 8-game span since the calendar fipped to June, their frst time with 4 shutouts over
an 8-game span since April 21-28, 1993…have pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings and recorded consecutive road
shutouts for the ffth time in franchise history, frst since July 4-5, 1999 at TEX, ANA.
Ê Marked the 18th time (home or road) with back-to-back shutouts in franchise history (last Sep 24-25, 2013 at KC).
Ê The pitching staff has a 1.90 ERA (71-IP, 15-ER) in June.
Ê Have won three straight and 8 of their last 9 games…are 5 games over .500 for the frst time since fnishing the 2009
season at 85-77…fnished a 6-1 road trip, their best road trip by winning percentage since going 11-1 in 2003 against
KC, MIN, PHI and NYM…was their second road trip this season with at least 6 wins (April 29–May 7).
ERASMO RAMIREZ: Has made 3 scoreless starts in his career and 2 of the 3 have been against the Rays (6.0 IP on Sep 8,
2013 vs. TB and 2.2 IP on June 30, 2012 vs. BOS)…has a 2.16 ERA (16.2-IP, 4-ER) in 4 career apps (3 starts) vs. the Rays.
Ê Had 4.2 scoreless innings after going 0-4 with a 7.96 ERA (26-IP, 23-ER) in his previous 6 starts.
Ê Allowed a career high 5 BB (prev. 4, 4x-last Sep 29, 2013 vs. OAK).
Ê Did not allow a home run for the frst time since a 1.1 IP start on Sep 29, 2013 vs. OAK.
Ê He became the frst Mariners starter in club history to be removed from a game following 4.2 scoreless innings, thus
falling 1 out shy of qualifying for the win…the last Mariners starter to go at least 4 shutout innings and not qualify for
the win was Freddy Garcia on Sep 18, 2003 at TEX.
Ê Remains winless since his season debut on April 1 at LAA.
ROBINSON CANO: Had a bases-loaded, 2-run double in the 3rd, the frst bases loaded hit of his Mariners career (frst since
Sep 13, 2013 at BOS with NYY)…was 0-for-3 with the bases loaded before that.
Ê Was his frst career extra-base hit on an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
Ê Extended his road hitting streak to 18 games, 2nd-longest of his career (20, June 12, 2005–Aug 4, 2005), longest in
the majors this season…batting .395 (30-for-76) with 1 HR and 12 RBI over those 18 road games.
JAMES JONES: Had a career high 3 hits (prev. 2, 6x-last Sun vs. TB)…went 10-for-30 with 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI and 6 runs
scored in 7 games against Tampa Bay this season, and 6-for-18 over this 4-game series.
FERNANDO RODNEY: Is tied with KC Greg Holland (8:10 game) for the AL lead with 18 saves…had a pair of saves and
retired all 6 batters faced in 2 apps against his former team this series.
TUESDAY: RH Jake Odorizzi (2-6, 5.31) vs. RH Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.31)
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Clubhouse: 3:25 p.m.
Broadcast: Sun Sports / WDAE 620 AM English / WGES 680 AM Spanish
JOSH LUEKE: Cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham.
JUNE 9 vs. SEATTLE MARINERS
Rays Manager Joe Maddon
On the loss:
“There’s not a whole lot to add to it. At some point, we have to get our bats alive. I’m sure from above it looks as though the guys are a little bit
listless, but they’re not. We’re just not hitting. Every team I’ve ever been involved with, when you’re not hitting it gives that appearance. The ef-
fort is wonderful. The work is great. The hits aren’t there.”
On David Price’s outing:
“Even that inning that they got the couple runs, they missed our defense a couple times. Really good bunt by Jones but limiting it to three runs
was good. Again that was early in the game. We had plenty of opportunities to come back.”
On the lack of run-scoring:
“We’ve been through this recently. Again there are no excuses to be made. There’s no solid reason. I believe in our guys offensively. It’s just
not playing out right now. There are a lot of guys that are under their norm. Why? I don’t really have a solid answer because the works there,
etcetera, the want-to, everything is there. We’re just not hitting the ball consistently well.”
On being considered the worst team in baseball:
“I don’t blame them for saying that. That’s exactly right. We are, according to the records and stats, whatever we are. We’ve earned that. We’ve
absolutely earned that title right now. I don’t believe that we are, but we’ve absolutely earned that right to be considered that. Do I believe we’re
going to get better? Absolutely. Do I believe we can turn this around? Absolutely, but right now, if you’re a baseball fan watching us, and you
look at everything, you have to consider us the worst team right now.”
On if injuries have something to do with losing:
“Injuries have nothing to do with this. Nothing. Zero, zero, zero. We’ve been worse off in the past. We’ve been much worse off losing really solid
guys for extended periods of time, really vital people for extended periods of time. We’ve done that and been able to overcome it. We have
never been a really offensive juggernaut. That’s not been our MO. We’ve always pitched it and caught it but we’ve just been able to even fll in
some of the blanks offensively too. We were able to do that. We’re just not doing it right now. We were even like 2, 3, 4 runs in a game, win 3-2,
4-3 something like that. We’re just not even able to get that game right now. It‘s just the offense has been kind of sporadic—not kind of, very
sporadic. It’s not an injury burden. It’s not somebody that’s not here burden. We’re just unable at this point to generate enough offense to be
able to keep us solvent right now.”
On if he noticed the rain (possibly as a result of the medicine man):
“Yes. It rained heavily. We did ask Bobby for more hits. Maybe he thought I said more rain. Nevertheless, just be patient with all this. Just give it
a little time, but it was an intense rain. From what I understand, it was right over the Trop which I’m pretty impressed with. That’s pretty solid…
Maybe it was a cleansing rain. Let’s consider it a cleansing rain. Let’s see what happens over the next couple of days.”
On if there will be more personnel changes:
“For me, these are our guys and these are the best guys in the Rays organization right now. And I believe in them. It’s my responsibility as a
manager and us as a coaching staff to continue to try to bring out the best in them. I want to believe that it’s very diffcult for a good group to go
this bad this long and not turn it around. If we weren’t good and we didn’t have good players, then it would be a different story like if you’re 2006
or 2007 talking to me, it’d be much more diffcult to believe this group could do something other than what we’ve done to this point. My perspec-
tive is wake up, come in to the offce, do the job, do our jobs and really maintain my optimism and I know for a lot of people that may sound
corny or whatever, but I’m sincere. I really feel that way. I really feel sincerely calm and confdent about we’re going to get a lot better quickly.”
On his outing:
“I threw the ball OK. The one pitch I feel like I’d want back was just the 0-2 fastball to Cano. Middle and up in the zone, that’s what good hitters
do and it hurt.”
On the Rays funk:
“It is tough to fathom what’s going on here right now. These guys are trying. They’re working hard every single day. We see it in the dugout
when it’s not going our way. It’s still business here like it always has been, but it’s just not going our way right now. We had a medicine man
here today sprinkling water on people’s chairs. That didn’t work. I don’t know, but there’s something crazy going in the clubhouse.”
Manager Lloyd McClendon
On the win:
“I think our last 7 or 8 starts have been pretty darn good. Our starters have given us everything we’ve asked them and probably a little bit more.
With that, our bullpen is even better. It really is. It was a nice road trip.”
On Erasmo Ramirez:
“He did okay. It was better than his last 2 or 3 outings. He made some good pitches at times. Just got to get him to slow down a little bit out
there, concentrate on what he’s doing but for the most part, I was pleased.”
On pulling Ramirez with two outs in the 4th:
“My responsibility is to the team, not the individual. For the most part, I’m very conscious of that. It’s tough sometimes but I just felt that we’ve
got a lead against probably one of the toughest lefthanders in all of baseball. I just didn’t want to squander it. I wanted to give us every opportu-
nity to put ourselves in a position to win the game.”
On James Jones’ day:
“He’s been great. I say he’s learning every day. He’s going to have his ups and downs. He had his great bunt and he also had a lousy bunt at
an opportune time. He’s learning. He’ll learn from his mistakes as well as his achievements. I like what I see. He’s on his way to being a pretty
darn good Major League baseball player.”
On Cano’s bases-loaded hit down 0-2 in the count:
“It just goes to show you how good this guy is. Again, one of the toughest lefties in baseball and down like that, he really stayed inside that ball.
That was a huge hit for us.”
On if it was a good road trip:
“Most defnitely. Grinding it out, especially at-bat to at-bat and our staff is doing well, especially leaving guys on base…Just doing a good job
On David Price:
“He’s a great pitcher. It’s like crossfre. You’ve really got to zone in on one pitch. I know he likes to get ahead with his fastball and as the game
goes on, he starts pitching backwards sometimes. He mixes it up. He’s not really consistent on the way he comes at you.”
On his bunt single:
“I just took my chances with going to Loney. Longoria is a great defensive third baseman. Him coming in was probably an easy play for him.”
On the quality of pitching from the Mariners bullpen:
“Right now we’re throwing the ball really well. Lloyd’s got the confdence in us. He’s going to us early, going to us late; going to us whenever. It’s
nice to have the feeling that the manager has your back and that he feels we can hold down a 3-0 game.”
On McClendon keeping bullpen arms being fresh and helping the winning effort:
“He’s trying to get everybody to stay fresh, whether it’s facing one batter, two batters or three batters. You’re not relying on one guy; you’re rely-
ing on everybody in the bullpen and that’s what it takes. Right now it’s great. Everybody is fresh for the most part. We’re not being overused.
We had a little spell where we were being used a little bit more than what we’d like, but right now things are going great. Everyone’s arms are
fresh, hitters are doing their part, starters are doing their part and we’re winning.”