Cliff Lee’s Mariner (organization) Debut

marc w · April 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm · Filed Under General baseball, Mariners, Minor Leagues 

Cliff Lee made his eagerly anticipated 2010 debut today, pitching six scoreless innings against an overmatched Salt Lake Bees roster. He yielded 3 hits, an infield hit that Jack Hannahan couldn’t quite handle, a bunt (that Lee didn’t cover first base on), and a fly ball that Ezequiel Carrera lost in the clouds.
Lee got through six innings in 68 pitches, with his change-up looking like the best of his offerings. His fastball was between 89-91 on the stadium gun today, with his change-up in the low-mid 80s. Tony Blengino was on hand to watch the M’s big off-season addition, and it looks like Lee’s on track to make his next start on 4/30.

Pictures from Cheney below the jump…

Cliff Lee versus Peter Bourjos
Cliff Lee


12 Responses to “Cliff Lee’s Mariner (organization) Debut”

  1. Breadbaker on April 25th, 2010 4:01 pm

    Then the bullpen blew the game while the offense did nothing. Welcome to the Seattle Mariners organization, Mr. Lee, get used to this.

  2. spankystout on April 25th, 2010 4:10 pm

    Encouraging news! Can’t wait for the 30th.

  3. hark on April 25th, 2010 4:17 pm

    AAA batters against Cliff Lee just isn’t fair. I almost feel sorry for them.

  4. G-Man on April 25th, 2010 4:40 pm

    a fly ball that Ezequiel Carrera lost in the clouds.

    Methinks we’d better trade this guy to a SoCal team.

  5. davepaisley on April 25th, 2010 6:42 pm

    The box score on the Rainiers website says 3 hits, FWIW.

  6. marc w on April 25th, 2010 8:55 pm

    Right Dave, 3 hits. I’ve edited that.
    Forgot Hainley Statia’s infield hit. So exactly zero clean, legit hits (Hannahan made a great stop on Statia’s hit, but then lost the handle trying to make a throw)…. though to be fair, he yielded a couple of well hit balls that found defenders.

  7. Mid80sRighty on April 26th, 2010 9:18 am

    a bunt (that Lee didn’t cover first base on)

    On what kind of bunt would the pitcher ever be covering first base? Was a pitcher for years and covering first was never one of my responsibilities…third yes, but never first. The second baseman is supposed to cover first.

  8. marc w on April 26th, 2010 9:59 am


    It was a push bunt right to Mike Carp at 1B, who turned and had no one to toss the ball to. Think of it like any other ball a 1B fields moving to his right. That is, a bunt that basically made it to the cut of the IF grass.

  9. thebigp708 on April 26th, 2010 11:26 am

    What kind of AAA jackass bunts against Cliff Lee? Honestly, this is your chance to get a hit of a probable hall of famer. Lee should have put one in his ear next time up.

  10. mike on April 26th, 2010 11:42 am

    Bourjos was roundly booed for bunting (for a hit) when Lee was 9-up, 9-down at that point.

    marc, I hope you got a chuckle (as I did) out of the fact that they held Conger out of the lineup against Lee. Classic Angels wussy move.

  11. joser on April 26th, 2010 12:35 pm

    Ben Davis (in)famously bunted to break up what had been a Curt Schilling perfect game.

    The bunt is an admission that you’re overmatched by the pitcher, I think, and probably a little frustrated about it.

  12. Mid80sRighty on April 26th, 2010 3:20 pm

    The bunt is an admission that you’re overmatched by the pitcher, I think, and probably a little frustrated about it.

    Not necessarily true. In the Davis situation, yes. But, if you’re a good bunter and the third baseman is back on the outfield grass, it’s a good strategy to lay one down. Used to love it when Griffey would drop one down the third base line when the defense had the shift on.

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