Lou Piniella didn't want to name names. So here they are: Paul Spoljaric, Bobby Ayala, Mike Timlin, Tony Fossas and Heathcliff Slocumb.
Seattle's bullpen blew another game in Boston on Sunday as Jim Leyritz hit a game-tying homer and Reggie Jefferson singled in the winning run in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox an 8-7 win over the Mariners."I'm not going to knock anybody," Piniella said. "These guys are giving the effort, and it will get better."
It can't get much worse. Then again, Seattle's relievers have this blown save business down to a science. They blew 27 last year and gave away Friday's game despite leading 7-2 in the ninth.
Seattle starter Jeff Fassero pitched well in his 1998 debut, but gave up Leyritz's two-run homer to tie it 3-3 in the sixth, forcing Piniella to make that dreaded call to his bullpen.
Spoljaric came on, and the next batter, Troy O'Leary, homered. Spoljaric also gave up Mo Vaughn's ninth-inning grand slam to blow Friday's series opener.
Ayala blew a 5-4 lead in the seventh, and Fossas allowed a double to the only batter he faced. In all, Seattle wasted leads of 1-0, 3-1, 5-4 and 7-6, wasting two homers by Alex Rodriguez and one by Ken Griffey Jr. to extend their losing streak to five games.
O'Leary was 3-for-4 and Leyritz went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. John Wasdin (2-0) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings.
YANKEES 7, ATHLETICS 5: At New York, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep and won their fifth straight as Bernie Williams singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth and Darryl Strawberry hit his third homer.
ORIOLES 6, TIGERS 3: At Detroit, Scott Erickson (3-0) stayed unbeaten with another win over Detroit.
Erickson, 14-3 in 21 starts against the Tigers, gave up 11 hits - including Damion Easley's third homer - in 71/3 innings.
ANGELS 12, INDIANS 1: At Jacobs Field, Chuck Finley pitched 71/3 shutout innings, and Tim Salmon hit two homers and scored five runs as Anaheim won for the first time in six tries against Cleveland.
DEVIL RAYS 4, WHITE SOX 1: At Chicago, Wilson Alvarez pitched eight strong innings, Dave Martinez homered and Roberto Hernandez got a save as the three former White Sox led Tampa Bay.
The win improved the Devil Rays to 6-4, the best record for a first-year expansion team in 10 games. No expansion team had ever been over .500 after 10 games.
RANGERS 3, BLUE JAYS 1: At Arlington, Texas, Kevin Elster hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning for Texas.
Elster's shot came off Paul Quantrill (0-1), who got the first two outs before walking Lee Stevens.
TWINS 7, ROYALS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Pat Meares hit two home runs, and Bob Tewksbury (2-1) allowed four hits in six innings for Minnesota.
PIRATES 7, MARLINS 3: Florida said repeating as World Series champion would be an impossible task. These days, a single victory seems inconceivable, too.
The depleted Marlins lost their 11th consecutive game in April, this time to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since winning March 31 on opening day, Florida has set a team record for consecutive losses, skidding to the worst start ever by a defending champion.
"It's a new season with a lot of new players," catcher Charles Johnson said. "If we keep looking back, we're bound to keep stumbling."
DODGERS 7, ASTROS 6 : Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to give Los Angeles a victory over Houston.
REDS 10, ROCKIES 4: Colorado lost its eighth straight as Bret Boone hit his first career grand slam. Pete Harnisch (1-0) blanked Colorado through five innings, dropping the Rockies to 0-6 at Coors Field.
PADRES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Ken Caminiti homered in his fourth straight game as San Diego won its seventh straight - its longest winning streak since 1991. At 10-2, the Padres matched the best start in San Diego history, accomplished by the pennant-winning team of 1984.
BRAVES 3, PHILLIES 2: Tom Glavine (2-0) allowed one unearned run and six hits in eight innings at Veterans Stadium and Ryan Klesko homered, stopping Philadelphia's five-game winning streak. Mark Wohlers gave up an RBI single to Mike Lieberthal in the ninth before getting his third save.
METS 6, BREWERS 4: John Olerud hit a two-run homer in the seventh at County Stadium and reliever Turk Wendell (3-0) won again despite giving up a three-run homer to Jose Valentin that made it 4-4 in the sixth.
EXPOS 4, CUBS 1: Rookie Brad Fullmer went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs at Olympic Stadium as Montreal won for just the third time in 11 games, sending Kerry Wood to the loss in his major-league debut.
GIANTS 2, CARDINALS 1: John Frascatore (0-2) walked Bill Mueller with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, forcing in the go-ahead run at San Francisco. Frascatore walked Charlie Hayes and Darryl Hamilton, then threw four straight balls to Mueller.