Mariners News 8/7

marinersSBlue Jays Knock Around Seattle's Ace In 7-2 Win
Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game, added an RBI single to cap Toronto's big fourth inning, and the Blue Jays handed Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss since late May with a 7-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays battered Hernandez (11-5) and knocked him out after just five innings, matching his shortest start of the season. A leading contender for a second AL Cy Young Award, Hernandez got no help from his defense that committed three errors that led to three unearned runs while he was on the mound. Despite lasting just five innings, Hernandez's ERA only rose from 2.30 to 2.39. Hernandez had not lost since May 25, a span of 12 starts. Toronto's Josh Johnson (2-8) pitched well with his potential spot in the rotation at stake. Johnson threw five scoreless innings and won for the first time since June 23, snapping a six-game losing streak.

Seattle Demotes Wilhelmsen, Calls Up Capps
Former closer Tom Wilhelmsen was demoted to the minors by the Seattle Mariners in the hopes he can rediscover command of his pitches. Seattle optioned Wilhelmsen to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. He instantly took the mound in Tacoma, pitching two innings in a day game. Wilhelmsen was solid early in the season but had struggled with his command of late. He had 18 walks in his last 23 1-3 innings after walking just eight in his first 24 innings this season. Wilhelmsen had converted 24 of 29 save opportunities this season. Capps is on his second stint with the Mariners. He appeared in 33 games with a 2-2 record and 6.37 ERA earlier this season. Seattle also announced it was recalling Franklin Gutierrez from his minor-league rehab assignment, although he remains on the disabled list. The Mariners also released outfielder Jason Bay, who was designated for assignment late last month.

August 7, 2013