Batista gets hit while down
22,816 showed up to see the M’s third game yesterday. This is slightly up from last year’s game three 21,394.
Larry Stone rocks. Check out this, from his game story.
In his first start since signing a three-year, $25 million free-agent contract in December, Batista entered the game laden with expectations that he will help solidify Seattle’s rotation.
He left in the fifth inning laden with a 15.43 earned-run average. In 4-2/3 innings, before giving way to the credible major-league debut of Sean White, Batista allowed the A’s 10 hits â€” four of them doubles of the booming variety â€” and eight runs.
Greg Johns in the PI offers:
Would the addition of Miguel Batista, Horacio Ramirez and Jeff Weaver signify a step forward for a team looking to erase its three-year residence in the American League West cellar?
First impressions can be misleading, but there’s no doubt early hopes of a Mariners resurgence received a cold slap of reality Wednesday when Batista — first of the new trio out of the box — got undressed by the Oakland A’s in a 9-0 loss at Safeco Field.