I went to the game on Friday night, and got into a really long argument with some Mac and Jack’s. I did not win. The Mariners did, though, so that was pretty sweet. Yesterday was devoted to chilling out at a friend’s place for their now-annual “Scotch of July” party (where I did not partake in the scotch part, because ew, scotch), so today it was nice to just relax and watch the game on TV with the windows open and the nice weather outside. And the cat all up in my business. The Mariners lost yesterday anyway, on what was apparently a really bad play call on Eric Wedge’s part, so I’m not going to shed any tears over not having been witness.
Blake Beavan got the start today, taking a DL’d Erik Bedard’s place on the hill. I don’t know much about Beavan, other than that his name is Blake Beavan. I haven’t been able to keep up with everything going on lately, which should come as a shock to precisely nobody who reads this. I heard about the organization sending Mike Carp back down, which I don’t truly understand because Carlos Peguero is kind of starting to bother me a little. I also knew about poor Chris Gimenez on the DL, which of course gave us Josh Bard. I should be happier about this than I am, because there was a point in time where I really really liked Josh Bard, but time and him not making the major league club at the beginning of the season have conspired against him, and in the fuss of Miguel Olivo, I sort of neglected to really remember Josh Bard. I’m sorry, Josh Bard. I probably shouldn’t be upset about the move, because Bard is on a now-second-place Tacoma Rainiers team (I’m overlooking the fact that the PCL North just doesn’t look that great this year in general), but things are what they are. I’ve been very zen about baseball this year. It’s far less pressure on me to just enjoy the games than to work myself into knots about, say, Erik Bedard being on the DL for the next 15 days.
And Beavan had a good day today, for his first shot. He relied a lot on low-90s 2- and 4-seam fastballs, but mixed in the occasional changeup and slider in as needed. Even a cutter to Will Venable was thrown for good measure. Beavan went through 7 throwing under 100 pitches, and only giving up 3 hits and a run. He was replaced by David Pauley, who loaded the bases full of Friars in the 8th, then managed to get Cameron Maybin out swinging in the high-leverage situation he managed to create for himself. I think it’s stuff like this that makes me nervous, in spite of Pauley’s numbers.
Aussie Josh Spence took the hill against us in the bottom of the 8th, and threw a bunch of low-speed sliders against us, successfully retiring Adam Kennedy and Justin Smoak on a flyball and a pop-out, giving Dustin Ackley a single, and striking out Greg Halman swinging (no surprise). Brandon League came in for the save, Blake Beavan got a win on top of his first MLB debut, and we take the series from the San Diego Padres, attempting to claw our way back to .500.
Tomorrow is a nice afternoon game against the Oakland A’s, and then I will be traveling north to take in an Everett AquaSox game and subsequent 4th of July fireworks. I won’t actually be covering the game, I’m just going up to hang out in the Diamond Club with some friends and eat my weight in corn dogs, because nothing says “American” like baseball, blowing things up, and eating things that are not very good for you.