Mariners Earn Twinbill Split with Indians

BaseballSportsSeattle MarinersCleveland IndiansShin-Soo ChooTom WilhelmsenDoug Fister

Anthony Vasquez, making his Major League debut on Tuesday night, received the kind of run support Mariners pitchers can usually only dream of as Seattle overwhelmed the Indians, 12-7, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Vasquez, the fourth rookie to crack Seattle's starting rotation this season, gave the Mariners 5 1/3 innings as a spot starter after being promoted from Triple-A Tacoma.

The 24-year-old took advantage of Seattle's second-highest scoring output of the season to pick up the win, despite allowing six runs on nine hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Mariners scored five runs in both the third and fourth innings, taking advantage of Cleveland's own rookie starter Zach McAllister, making just his second big league appearance.

Vasquez gave up a 399-foot home run to right field by Kosuke Fukudome in the second inning and a 438-foot blast to Shin-Soo Choo in the third in a couple "welcome to the big leagues" moments.

But using an array of off-speed offerings and a fastball in the mid-80s, Vasquez kept the Indians off balance just enough to win his debut and help Seattle stop Cleveland just a few hours after the Indians had taken the opener, 7-5, with a walk-off winner by Choo.

The Mariners cranked out a season-high-tying 17 hits, while the 12 runs was their second-most behind a 13-3 win over Detroit on April 19 at Safeco.

Much of the offensive production again came from members of the Mariners' youth movement, as Trayvon Robinson, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley and Mike Carp combined to go 10-for-22 with two home runs, seven RBIs and five runs.

Carp ripped a two-run homer in the third inning to start a new hitting streak after his 20-game run was snapped on Monday. It was his sixth long ball of the season, and he has 29 RBIs in 32 games since being recalled from Tacoma.

Robinson, acquired in the Doug Fister trade on July 30 and promoted to the Majors on Aug. 5, capped off a tremendous Tuesday by going 4-for-5 with a double in the nightcap. For the day, the rookie left fielder went 6-for-9 and raised his batting average from .250 to .321.

Seager continued a red-hot road trip with a 3-for-5 game and his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth. He finished the day 6-for-9 with two doubles, in addition to the dinger. The 23-year-old is 11-for-21 in the past six road games, raising his season average to .276 in 22 games in the Majors.

Even with all that offense, Seattle needed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to get out of a bases-loaded jam started by Vasquez in the sixth before breathing a little easier.

Wilhelmsen, one of 12 rookies on the 25-man roster, hit Lou Marson and gave up a run-scoring single to Ezequiel Carrera that cut the margin to 11-6 and had the bases loaded before striking out Asdrubral Cabrera and getting Choo on a grounder to second.

Wilhelmsen wound up with four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings before turning things over to another rookie, Chance Ruffin, in the eighth. Ruffin heated the water by loading the bases and walking in a run -- one of his three walks to five batters faced -- before Jeff Gray ended the suspense by getting Carlos Santana on a popout and Shelly Duncan on a hard line drive that Seager snared at third.

 

(COURTESY OF www.seattle.mariners.mlb.com)

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