By: Joel Collins
The Seattle Mariners got the win over the Texas Rangers Tuesday night 10-2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX as the Ranger bullpen came apart. Former Mariner Tom Wilhelmsen and Japanese Closer Tony Barnette did not fair well in their debuts for the Rangers as the two combined to allow seven earned runs. Both pitchers had great springs for the Rangers with the former Mariner going virtually unhittable. The Mariners lit up Wilhelmsen though for four runs on four straight extra-base hits in the eighth inning to break the game open. Robbie Cano would homer off the reliever’s first pitch. Wilhelmsen would give up back-to-back doubles to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, and a two-run homer to Seth Smith before being ejected for hitting catcher Chris Iannetta in the thigh.
Starter Martin Perez pitched 6 quality innings leaving the game in a 2-2 tie. The Texas bullpen will need to bounce back Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. cst. when the two teams meet for game three of the Opening Day series. Wade Miley will get the start for the Mariners as the Rangers bring Colby Lewis to the hill. Let’s get those fireworks going Texas!