can be loquacious on just about any topic, but the
left-hander clammed up after Tuesday night’s 8-3 loss to the
when he was asked about his third-inning intentional walk to
With runners on second and third and two outs, Manager
Cano entered with a .367 average (11 for 30) against Wilson, while Smoak had a .207 mark (six for 29) and is a career .233 hitter from the right side. But the move backfired, as Smoak drove a three-run double to left-center field to cap a four-run rally and give Seattle a 4-0 lead.
Asked if it was strange to walk a left-handed hitter to pitch to a switch-hitter who would bat from the right side, Wilson said, "Yes … no more questions on that one."
It was clear Wilson did not like the move, but he did not want to elaborate, other than to say that the pitch Smoak hit was “crappy.” Catcher
Though Smoak hit a double and a three-run homer in Monday night's season opener, Scioscia felt that Cano, who signed a 10-year, $240-million deal with the Mariners over the winter, is the more dangerous hitter.
"Right now, if you look at their lineup, Cano is a guy you want to try to minimize as much as you can," Scioscia said. "Smoak, give him credit, he got some big hits [Monday] night, some big hits [Tuesday] night, and if that continues, Cano will get some pitches to hit. But right now, you want to make Smoak swing the bat instead of Cano."