SEATTLE – This was not the kind of assist Michael Morse wanted, especially on a night one of the best defensive outfielders ever was being honored.
Scooter Gennett capped Milwaukee’s six-run seventh inning with a three-run homer off Morse’s glove, and the Brewers ruined the Mariners’ night honoring former star Ken Griffey Jr. with a 10-0 win on Saturday night.
“I felt like I had a good chance on it till I hit the wall and it kind of jarred my wrist back,” Morse said.
Morse’s unintentional assist was the capper to a sloppy inning by the Mariners on a night they honored the greatest player to wear a Seattle uniform. Griffey was inducted to the team Hall of Fame before the game, then saw his old club give up two big innings to the Brewers.
“You would hope to win on a good night like this, the Griffey induction, but sometimes it’s just a bad day,” Morse said.
Tom Gorzelanny had his best performance of the season for the Brewers. Making his seventh start after beginning the season in the bullpen, Gorzelanny (3-4) gave up just three hits in seven innings.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma (10-6) matched Gorzelanny for the first six innings, but quickly fell apart in the seventh.
Carlos Gomez started the inning with a bunt single, diving around the tag attempt of Justin Smoak at first base to reach safely. Iwakuma said he tweaked his back on the play and struggled to get the ball down in the strike zone from there.
Caleb Gindl then chopped a grounder to the left side as Gomez was running on the pitch. Shortstop Brad Miller fielded the ball, but made the mistake of throwing to first when it was clear he wouldn’t get Gindl. That allowed Gomez to reach third and put runners on the corners with no outs.
Khris Davis then hit a shot down to third base that Kyle Seager backhanded. He tried to get Gomez at the plate but his throw was slightly high and Gomez was safe after crashing into catcher Humberto Quintero and knocking the ball free. Quintero stayed down briefly as the inside of his right knee collided with Gomez’s right knee, but he remained in the game.
Juan Francisco then doubled to left-center on Iwakuma’s next pitch to score Gindl and give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage. Yuniesky Betancourt added an RBI single before Gennett’s second homer of the season.