When Lee Guetterman was called up from the Seattle Mariners’
SEATTLE (AP) _ When Lee Guetterman was called up from the Seattle Mariners’ Triple A farm club in Calgary on May 21, the club was looking for a fifth starter.
What they got instead was a stopper.
Guetterman won for the sixth time in seven appearances allowing just five hits as the Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Thursday night.
″He came in and filled the spot and has done real well,″ Mariners Manager Dick Williams said. ″We have a lot more confidence in him now.″
Williams was not so confident when Guetterman was brought up after the 28 year-old left-hander went 0-4 last year.
Guetterman struck out five, walked just two and recorded 14 groundouts.
‴My changeup was real effective tonight,″ Guetterman said. ″I kept them off balance.″
Guetterman earned praise from his Detroit counterpart Frank Tanana, 7-5, who surrendered all five Mariner runs in 7 1-3 innings work.
Tanana faced Mark Langston, who is considered Seattle’s ace, his last start against the Mariners and put Guetterman in the same class.
″You don’t need to downplay him at all,″ Tanana said. ″It looks to me like he’s doing a better job than Langston.″
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Dave Valle’s seventh home run of the year and added another run in the third on a solo homer by Phil Bradley, his sixth ofthe year.
But Larry Herndon tied the score with a two-run homer in the fourth, his fifth of the year, which followed a walk to Alan Trammell.
″I came in with the slider down and he likes his pitches down,″ said Guetterman, who retired the next 13 Detroit batters.
Seattle put the game out of reach in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Bradley, a sacrifice fly by Jim Presley and a wild pitch by Tanana.