June 1, 1997 in Sports

Olivares Continues Domination Of M’S Pitcher Improves To 4-0 Against Seattle, Which Falls To .500

Associated Press
 

Omar Olivares doesn’t look forward to pitching against the Seattle Mariners, and the feeling is mutual.

Bob Hamelin doubled to highlight a three-run first inning, and Olivares made the early lead stand up, pitching the Detroit Tigers past the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Saturday night.

The Mariners lost for the 12th time in 16 games and fell to 27-27.

Olivares is 4-0 in five career starts against the Mariners.

“They have a great hitting club and I know whenever I make a mistake I’m going to get hit,” Olivares said.

Olivares (4-3) made few mistakes, allowing two runs in 6-2/3 innings and striking out six. He gave up seven hits - six of them singles.

“Olivares has always pitched well against us and did so again tonight,” said Seattle third-base coach John McLaren, who filled in for manager Lou Piniella.

Mike Myers, Dan Miceli and Todd Jones combined for 2-1/3 innings of perfect relief. Jones worked the ninth for his fifth save.

Saturday’s game was the second straight that the Detroit pitching staff held the Mariners to two runs.

“If you can do well against their lineup that builds a lot of confidence for later in the year,” Olivares said.

“I’ve never seen a lineup like the one they have over here,” Jones said. “There are just superstars all over the field.”

The Tigers got off to a quick start against Bob Wolcott (2-3). Travis Fryman hit an RBI single with two outs and Hamelin followed with a two-run double.

Deivi Cruz’s run-scoring single in the fourth gave Detroit a 4-0 lead.

Seattle scored twice in the fifth. John Marzano singled home a run and Jose Cruz Jr. added an RBI groundout.

Cruz went 0 for 4 in his major league debut. His father was a longtime star for the Houston Astros.

Paul Sorrento had three hits for Seattle.

Valle lifts Buhner’s spirits

When catcher Dave Valle retired this month, he called an end to a major league career that began in 1984 - so why was he back in a Seattle Mariners uniform on Saturday?

“I recruited him,” outfielder Jay Buhner said.

Valle, who spent 10 years with the Mariners, spent much of the off-season throwing batting practice to Buhner, who would then throw batting practice to Valle. So Buhner knew Valle could still throw.

Saturday afternoon, hours before the Mariners game against Detroit, Valle threw batting practice to the Seattle starting lineup.

“I’d like to see him out here every day, but I don’t know if he’d go for that,” Buhner said.

For now, Valle is out of baseball and enjoying retirement, watching his kids play a game that he pursued for so many years.

Notes

Seattle will pass the one million mark in attendance today, doing so in the fewest home games in any season in franchise history. The previous record was set last year, when the Mariners did it in their 31st home date. Today they will play their 27th game in the ‘dome… . Mike Blowers missed his third consecutive game with a tender left knee, though he remained available to pinch-hit… . With manager Lou Piniella in Florida to watch his son graduate from high school, third base coach John McLaren ran the game Saturday - and infield coach Steve Smith, a former Rainiers manager, filled in as third-base coach. Piniella and pitching coach Nardi Contreras are both due back in the dugout today. Contreras flew home to see his daughter graduate from high school… . To make room for Jose Cruz Jr. on the roster, the Mariners put Alvaro Espinoza on the disabled list with a bruised left arm, an injury he suffered Wednesday when hit by a fastball from Texas pitcher Matt Whiteside… . Through their first 53 games, the Mariners were 3-14 in games when they scored less than four runs, 24-11 when they scored four runs or more… . Detroit’s Melvin Nieves was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike by plate umpire Jim Joyce.

Coming up

Seattle’s series with Detroit ends with a 1:35 p.m. game in the Kingdome today. Probable starting pitchers: Detroit’s Justin Thompson (5-3, 3.16 ERA) vs. Derek Lowe (0-1, 5.91).

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