Ryan Rowland–Smith is lost at Sea. Tonight Smith was slammed for 7 earned runs in the first 3 innings in front of 10,051 A’s fans down at the Oakland Coliseum . Gio Gonzalez picked up the win for the A’s who snapped a 5-game losing streak winning this one 8-4. The Mariners did score a run in the top of the first when Jose Lopez knocked in Franklin Gutierrez who has quietly slipped to below .300 after his hot start. Matt Tuiasosopo managed to hit one out of the park in the 4th. And Lopez did pick up a total of 3 RBI’s on the night. Other than that tonight’s story is what will happen to Ryan Rowland-Smith who is out of options and will probably swap out with Ian Snell in the rotation.
Luke French and Steven Shell are both looking good in Tacoma, but I think rather than losing Smith the Mariners will try to use him in the pen for awhile. Mike Sweeney sat out again tonight with a sore back, and Josh Bard got the start t behind the plate. Despite our troubles tonight, it is apparent that starting pitching is not our problem. And to be honest I don’t have the energy to re-hash all of our problems this season, as it seems to be a moving target with a wide array of leaks in our hull.
So I want to close this post by thanking all of you who have been following my Expansion–Blog this year and hope that the first quarter of the season will be the worst and we just get better from here. http://jeffsmariners.com