Zunino nearly tracks down popup before HR
Mariners catcher comes up short near dugout; Gomes homers on next pitch
SEATTLE -- Nothing went right for the Mariners on Saturday. They recorded just one hit in a 5-0 loss to the Indians at Safeco Field. Rookie starting pitcher Roenis Elias, who had been revelatory in the month of June, never settled into a rhythm.
And with two outs in the sixth inning and Seattle trailing, 4-0, manager Lloyd McClendon might have disrupted a near-spectacular play by catcher Mike Zunino when Cleveland's Yan Gomes skied a popup toward the Mariners' dugout.
Zunino immediately ranged over toward the railing, near where McClendon sits with bench coach Trent Jewett. When Zunino leaned over and extended his glove, McClendon managed to duck to his right and avoid getting hit -- by Zunino and the baseball -- but the ball bounced off Zunino's mitt.
"Those guys are trying to stay there and keep an eye on it but they're trying to prevent you from going over the railing," Zunino said. "Tough play in general."
On Elias' next pitch, Gomes hit a home run to stake the Indians to a 5-0 lead.
"I was trying to get the heck out of the way," McClendon said. "He didn't have any chance to catch it, either. It went over the bench. It would have been one helluva play if he caught it.
"I'm 55. I don't move like I used to."
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.