But Baek told the Mariners' medical crew that he'd been struggling with a sore shoulder for a while now. He hadn't wanted to say anything and had tried to pitch through it. That hadn't worked, which is why the Mariners were looking for an option other than Baek before settling on Feierabend. "This came up relatively recently," manager Mike Hargrove said.
Baek, who went on the disabled list retroactive to June 17, had allowed 21 runs his last four starts, one reason he'd fallen into disfavor. Still, the Mariners had won three of those four starts, and overall Seattle is 8-3 in the games Baek starts, a mark no Seattle pitcher can match.
REDS 16, MARINERS 1. One night after the second of back-to-back shutouts, Mariners pitching was blasted for 16 runs on 16 hits, including five homers, in the most lopsided loss for Seattle since the club moved into Safeco Field midway through the 1999 season.
LHP Ryan Feierabend, being asked to try to fill a hole in the Seattle rotation at just 21 years old, had control issues from the start, walking five in 2 2/3 innings. Manager Mike Hargrove, who didn't like the ball-strike calls Feierabend was getting from umpire Mike Winters, was ejected in the second inning.
--Manager Mike Hargrove was ejected in the second inning. It was the 48th career ejection for Hargrove, who ranks 12th on the all-time list of managers asked to leave the premises.
--LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith, called up for the second time this year from Triple-A Tacoma, made his big-league debut. Rowland-Smith, a native of Australia, is the first player with a hyphenated last name to play in the major leagues. He threw 1 1/3 innings without allowing a run.
--3B Adrian Beltre and SS Yuniesky Betancourt both had six-game hitting streaks that were snapped by Cincinnati RHP Aaron Harang.
--RHP Cha Seung Baek was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis before Friday's game to make room on the roster for LHP Ryan Feierabend.
--CF Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a single to lead off the fourth inning. It was his first career hit off RHP Aaron Harang, against whom he is 1-for-13.
--LHP Ryan Feierabend, who'd averaged seven innings in each of his first two starts for the Mariners, will get several more starts even after giving up nine runs while getting just eight outs Friday against the Reds. Mariners pitching coach Rafael Chaves wrote it off as "one of those games."