Luke Scott's fifth home run of the season traveled 366 feet and landed on the flag court. It also signaled an early end to the evening for Mariners starting pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith, who was immediately removed from the game even though he had only thrown 55 pitches.
I don't know why M's manager Don Wakamatsu used such a quick hook. Maybe he just figured that three runs and seven hits over three-plus innings was a pretty good indication that Rowland-Smith didn't have much tonight. Maybe he watched last night's game and figured that giving up three runs to the slumping Orioles was like giving up eight to anyone else.
Maybe with Cliff Lee last night and Felix Hernandez going tomorrow afternoon, Wakamatsu just wanted to get his bullpen some work.