Pulaski Drops Game One

The Pulaski Mariners were beaten in game one of the Appalachian Series on Thursday night. They'll need to win two consecutive games on the road to take the title. Read on for a recap plus Mariner news and notes for Friday, August 29th.

The Elizabethton Twins beat the Pulaski Mariners 7-4 on Thursday night in the first game of the Appalachian Series at Pulaski's Calfee Park. The Twins got out to an early lead with four runs in the first two innings off of M's starter Nick Czyz. Pulaski got back into the game with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Juan Fuentes' two-run double in the fifth cut the Elizabethton lead to 5-4, but the M's could get no closer. Three Twins relievers combined to throw five innings of shutout baseball to end the game. Fuentes was 3-for-5 for the Mariners. Kris Sanchez and Jose Rivero also doubled, but Mariner hitters struck out 12 times on the night. Game two of the best-of-three series will take place tonight in Elizabethton, Tenn.

The following Mariner notes are compiled by Scout.com and reprinted with their permission

INSIDE PITCH

The Mariners are busily playing this year and planning for next year.

And while all the talk about a reconstructed rotation has focused on Ryan Rowland-Smith and Brandon Morrow, it wouldn't be wise to overlook Ryan Feierabend.

At 23 and just called up from Class AAA Tacoma, where he was 7-1, Feierabend threw seven effective innings Wednesday, the second-longest start of his big-league career. He's in the mix for 2009 as well.

Asked if having Rowland-Smith, whose last two starts have seen him go seven innings, and Morrow, who is making the conversion from reliever to starter at Tacoma, in the mix adds pressure, Feierabend just shook his head.

"That's not pressure; those two guys are good pitchers," the left-hander said. "There is competition between the three of us, but next year in spring training we'll see what happens. We can worry about that then.

"The three of us want to establish ourselves as starters. I need to show I can pitch at this level, just like they can."

Wednesday's start wasn't a win, because the bullpen let a 4-3 lead slip away. But with the game tied at 3, Feierabend threw three shutout innings from the fifth through the seventh to give the Mariners a chance to come back.

"Ryan gave us a great chance to win," manager Jim Riggleman said. "What I particularly liked was that after he got in trouble, he was able to come back with three consecutive scoreless innings."

NOTES, QUOTES

--LHP Cesar Jimenez and LHP Jake Woods aren't being used as much recently in left vs. left situations, because the results haven't been great. Left-handers are hitting .348 against Jimenez and .290 against Woods. "Out left-handers just haven't been getting left-handers out," manager Jim Riggleman said.

--RHP Felix Hernandez will pitch Friday instead of Saturday and LHP Jarrod Washburn will pitch Saturday instead of Friday in Cleveland. On Sunday, LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith will pitch instead of RHP Carlos Silva as the Mariners tweak their rotation. That keeps Hernandez on a regular five-day rotation and means the Mariners won't have to make a move to get Silva active from the DL on Aug. 31. Instead, he'll be activated Sept. 1 when rosters expand.

--RF Ichiro Suzuki and SS Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits and LF Raul Ibanez had one Wednesday against the Twins, replicating the kind of offense the Mariners are used to getting from the top three spots in the batting order. For the year, the Mariners' top three spots are averaging .304.

--LF Raul Ibanez is hitting .394 (38-for-99) for August with nine doubles, two triples, six homers and 26 RBIs.

--C Kenji Johjima has been a first-pitch hitter all year, but there are signs that's about to change. He has 15 walks all season. But five, including one Wednesday, have come in the last nine games.

BY THE NUMBERS: 15 -- Consecutive games, through Aug. 24, in which Seattle pitchers had allowed at least one home run. That was the most by the Mariners staff since the 2004 season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have great respect for umpires. The home run, that's the furthest thing away from the umpire. Everything else (they call) is close to them. But when it happens out there and it's bouncing off rails and poles, there's nothing wrong with getting technical help with that." -- Manager Jim Riggleman on why he supports the use of TV replay.

MEDICAL WATCH: LHP Erik Bedard (sore left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 5. He was unable to throw July 21, but an MRI the next day showed the same impingement he has had. He started throwing again in early August, but his throwing program was halted in late August when discomfort returned to his left shoulder. He started throwing again Aug. 22, but it's unlikely that he'll pitch again this season.

RHP Carlos Silva (right elbow tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 16. He threw off flat ground without pain Aug. 21, and he will be activated to start Sept. 1.

INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 10.

RF Mike Morse (dislocated left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 14. He had surgery April 22 and won't play again this season. He was hitting and fielding in pregame drills in August, and he will go to the Mariners' fall Instructional League camp.


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