MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - INSIDE PITCH
SEATTLE -- The return of DH Kendrys Morales had one exciting moment but didn't give much of a jolt to the hapless Seattle Mariners offense on Friday night.
Morales drove in Seattle's only run of the game in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore in 10 innings. His sacrifice fly in the sixth ended 15 scoreless innings of baseball for the Mariners, who have now scored just four total runs during a four-game losing streak.
"It's just a tough stretch," McClendon said. "It'll pass. It's not pretty right now."
The return of Morales, who played with the Mariners last season, was supposed to provide some much-needed offense. Seattle traded reliever Stephen Pryor to Minnesota to re-acquire the veteran slugger on Thursday. Morales was not in uniform for Thursday's 4-0 loss to Baltimore and reported to the team on Friday.
Before Friday's game, Morales admitted that he wasn't expecting to be back in Seattle.
"It caught me by surprise," he said. "But it feels good to be back here and be with the team I was with a year ago."
The Mariners are hoping that the 31-year-old Morales can anchor a lineup that has fallen on hard times in recent weeks. With second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager, both participants in the recent All-Star Game, batting on either side of him, Morales gives Seattle the franchise's best heart-of-the-order potential in more than a decade.
"I just want him to be a stabilizer and drive in runs and have good at-bats, productive at-bats," McClendon said before Friday's game. "I can tell you this: he won't be overwhelmed by any situation. He'll be a nice piece to have in our lineup."
MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost four
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--DH Kendrys Morales reported to the Mariners and was hitting cleanup in Friday's game against Baltimore. He drove in Seattle's only run of the game, and first in a span of 16 innings, with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly in a game the Mariners lost 2-1. Morales went 0-for-3 and almost had a chance to come to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with a runner on base, but a replay overturn of a play at first base ended the game before Morales got to step into the batter's box.
--DH Jesus Montero lasted only one game in his latest call-up, as the Thursday acquisition of DH Kendrys Morales made him expendable. A former top prospect in the Mariners' organization, Montero has fallen out of favor with the front office and has yet to get a prolonged opportunity at the big-league level this season. He went 0-for-3 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of Thursday's 4-0 loss to Baltimore, and on Friday he was sent back to Triple-A to clear a spot for Morales.
--RHP Felix Hernandez didn't get a decision Friday night, but he did get a trivial piece of history after allowing just one run in seven innings of work. It marked the 13th consecutive start in which Hernandez has thrown seven innings or more and has also held the opposing team to two runs or fewer. The only other pitcher to have a streak that long since 1900 was the New York Mets' Tom Seaver in 1971.
--INF Willie Bloomquist (15-day disabled list, knee) has a deep bone bruise in his right knee, an MRI revealed. The diagnosis means his injury, which landed Bloomquist on the DL on Thursday, probably won't result in any lingering damage. But Bloomquist might need all of the 15 days to get healthy.
--2B Robinson Cano hit his second triple of the season Friday, then came in to score the Mariners' first run of the game on a Kendrys Morales sacrifice fly. He went 2-for-5, giving Cano 40 multiple-hit games this season.
--SS Brad Miller found a way to get on base in each of his first three plate appearances Friday, drawing three consecutive walks. But his only official at-bat resulted in a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning, ending that frame with the score tied 1-1.
--RHP Chris Young has been pretty solid at home this season (5-3, 2.45 ERA), but he sure could use a little more run support. He's lost his last two decisions at Safeco Field, during which his Mariners have scored just one total run. Only once in Young's past six starts at home has Seattle scored more than three runs for him. He's scheduled to start Saturday's game against Baltimore.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He pitched a great game. He was outstanding." -- Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon on RHP Felix Hernandez, who didn't get a decision Friday night in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.
MLB Team Report - Seattle Mariners - ROSTER REPORT
--LHP Roenis Elias (cramp in left forearm) left his July 21 start in the sixth inning due to the ailment.
--INF Willie Bloomquist (right knee contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list July 24. An MRI revealed a deep bone bruise.
--LHP James Paxton (strained lat muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list April 9, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 9. He met with the team doctor April 23 and was cleared to start playing catch. He threw bullpen sessions May 9, May 11 and May 14. He pitched in a simulated game May 17. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on May 24. He didn't throw May 26 due to left shoulder soreness, and he was shut down for five to seven days as of May 28. Paxton threw bullpen sessions June 27, June 30 and July 4. He pitched simulated games July 8 and July 12. He began a rehab assignment with short-season Class A Everett on July 17. He threw a 40-pitch bullpen workout July 19 and made a second rehab appearance July 22 for Triple-A Tacoma.
--RF Michael Saunders (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list July 11.
RHP Felix Hernandez
LHP Roenis Elias
RHP Chris Young
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma
RHP Fernando Rodney (closer)
RHP Danny Farquhar
LHP Charlie Furbush
RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
RHP Brandon Maurer
RHP Yoervis Medina
LHP Joe Beimel
RHP Dominic Leone
1B Logan Morrison
2B Robinson Cano
SS Brad Miller
3B Kyle Seager
DH Kendrys Morales
INF Corey Hart
INF Chris Taylor
LF Dustin Ackley
CF James Jones
RF Endy Chavez
OF Stefen Romero