Gold Nuggets – Wedge Returns
Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today Aaron writes about the return of Eric Wedge to the dugout and a recap of last night’s 2-0 loss to the Angels.
It sure was nice to see Eric Wedge back inside the Mariners dugout Friday night at Safeco Field.
“He’s part of our family,” said Felix Hernandez after the M’s 2-0 loss to the Angels. “I was a little disappointed. I was trying to win this one for him.”
Eric looks terrific, has lost some weight, and was clearly excited to be at the ballpark Friday afternoon. “I feel better than I have in 10 to 15 years,” he said. “This is a new beginning.”
- Mike Trout finished Friday night 0-for-4, snapping is MLB-best 40-game on-base streak. He’s a career .308 hitter vs. the Mariners, .441 vs. Felix, and finished 0-for-4 for just the second time versus the Mariners this season (14 games).
- Nice work Friday night by Carter Capps. After allowing 4 runs over his last three outings combined (3.0 IP), Capps worked 2.0 scoreless innings and faced just one over the minimum. His fastball had terrific life and it looked like he worked in his changeup a couple times, too.
- Watching Angels closer Ernesto Frieri pitch the ninth inning for his 27th save of the year, you have to wonder how many more he might have if the Angels were the reverse of their 56-71 record. He threw virtually nothing but 93-95 mph fastballs (with a couple sliders) and struck out the side.
- Had a brief chat with Mike Zunino Friday afternoon who (as always) seemed thrilled to simply be at the ballpark. Sidelined since July 25 with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, he said he caught two bullpen sessions, took some swings, and is hoping to participate in batting practice Saturday.