Mariners manager Eric Wedge just made some interesting comments about Jack Wilson.
We initially heard that Wilson was pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Rangers due to defensive issues after committing two errors in one inning, but Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times today that the infielder actually pulled himself from the game.
“I tried to protect Jack by saying he was a little bit hazy and then he made mention of the fact that I took him out of the game,” Wedge said. “I did not take him out of the game. He took himself out of the game. (Bench coach) Robby Thompson and I were underneath there, and wanted him to go back out. Wanted to convince him to go back out. He didn’t think he could do that and ultimately we had to make a change.”
Yikes. If those comments aren’t strong enough for you, Wedge also called Wilson’s decision to leave the game “unspeakable.”
There are obviously some things we don’t know here, but one must wonder if Wilson isn’t thrilled with his recent move to second base. Adam Kennedy is starting at second base tonight against the Indians and while Wedge said Wilson is “available,” it’s pretty clear that he’s in the doghouse, if not out the door completely.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.