Mariners center fielder Dee Gordon led off the inning with a solo home run to the seats in right field. Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes lofted a fly ball into shallow left-center field, and Gordon made a pair of mistakes on the play - first he stepped back when he saw the ball come off the bat, then despite having the speed to get to the ball didn't take charge and instead let shortstop Jean Segura try to make an over-the-shoulder catch. X-rays were negative but Cruz will undergo an MRI on Sunday.
If a theme can be deduced from the Mariners first three games, it's that surprises could be in store on a daily basis.
In just his second game back with the Seattle Mariners after a five-plus year absence, future Hall of Fame outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is already showing us why he's one of the greatest players in franchise history. But for the anticipation of the season and what we had in store as at team, it's not how you want to get off to a start.
After that game, manager Scott Servais indicated plays like that would be part of the learning curve for Gordon at his new position. He's done just about everything in the game, both at the plate and in the field. I'd like to say they all even out. "It's going to take him a little while to get going". The Mariners opened at Houston last season and promptly dropped their first three.
With Nelson Cruz out of the lineup Sunday and likely the two games in San Francisco, who will the Mariners turn to for the power now missing? Clevinger is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in four career starts against the Angels. Seattle are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and Seattle are 5-11 in their last 16 overall and Seattle are 5-11 in their last 16 games on grass. "I really don't know any other way to put it".
"Freak accident, kind of unbelievable at times, some of the things we've gone through here".