08/22/12 4:10 PM ET
Mariners pass test in front of big crowd
By Josh Liebeskind / MLB.com
"It was a good test because it was a playoff atmosphere, which most of our guys haven't been a part of. There was a lot of lead-up to it, a lot of expectations with it, and it sure didn't let anybody down," Wedge said. "It was every bit of what you hoped it would be and then some.
"I said to people, 'Hopefully it's a precursor of what's not too far down the road for us.' Just a great environment."
Many of the Mariners players after the game relived the atmosphere and were astonished with both the turnout and energy of the crowd.
Luetge thrilled to pick up save in King's Court
SEATTLE -- When Lucas Luetge entered Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning, the roar of more than 39,000 fans greeted him. Of course, the Mariners fans at Safeco Field were cheering Felix Hernandez for a successful follow-up act to his perfect game.
Still, that didn't stop Luetge from feeling the electricity in the air.
"It was awesome running in while they were giving Felix a standing O, so I was trying to trick myself. I was like, 'Man, they're really excited for me to come in right here,'" Luetge joked.
Aided by a diving stop from second baseman Dustin Ackley, the left-handed reliever got out of a jam in the eighth to preserve the Mariners' 5-1 lead. The rookie then held the Indians in check in the ninth to close out the game for his second career save.
Luetge has been used mostly as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen this season. He's faced just one batter in 19 of his 51 games, and he's pitched two innings during an appearance just once. So for him to go 1 1/3 innings in front of a raucous crowd on Tuesday impressed manager Eric Wedge.
"He's been non-wavering with his heartbeat and how he's handled everything," Wedge said. "Following up Felix in that situation, especially everybody knowing that nobody wants me to take Felix out of the game. It was the right thing to do and it worked out."
"It's awesome," Luetge said. "Like I said, you can't really even explain it. Everybody's cheering for you, and it's a great feeling."
Robinson impressing with flashy glove work
SEATTLE -- Trayvon Robinson has made incredible plays in the outfield with such consistency lately, it's almost become expected.
When the Mariners left fielder dove to snag a sinking drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman on Tuesday, it was the fourth defensive gem he'd made in the span of five games. Along with the usual diving catches, on Monday night he went into the stands in foul territory to bring back a fly ball.
"Just staying with my plan to just play aggressive out there," Robinson said. "Playing smart too. Just trying be a good outfielder, trying to give all the pitchers confidence that I can go out there and go in the stands for them and whatnot.
"I got a job to do. I got to go out there and help the team win and try to beat them any way I can. I'm not going to get hits every day. I'm not going to score runs every day -- that's my focus, offensively -- but it's not going to be there every day. I just try to make sure my glove's there at all times."
Robinson is batting just .230 since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 24, but he's impressed manager Eric Wedge enough to win the starting job in left field.
"It's been incredible," Wedge sad. "We talk about hunting the baseball, whether it be defensively or offensively, and without a doubt you're seeing it happen for us defensively. Trayvon in left field has been right in the middle of all of that. We want ballplayers who stick their nose in there, and that's what we've seen from him since he's been called up this last time, whether it be at home plate or left field."
Gutierrez swinging hot bat during rehab
SEATTLE -- With a scheduled off-day from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma, Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) was back with the big league club on Wednesday. It was the last chance for Gutierrez to work with the trainers before the Mariners take off for a seven-game road trip, which begins Friday.
"Wanted him to come here, get our hands on him, look at him, talk to him, have him work out a bit," manager Eric Wedge said. "He'll be back there playing nine tomorrow. He feels good."
Gutierrez had an impressive day at the plate on Tuesday, hitting two home runs and collecting five RBIs. It was Gutierrez's second two-hit performance in four rehab appearances.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge said injured first baseman Mike Carp will work out with Triple-A Tacoma when the big league club takes to the road for a seven-game road trip that starts Friday.
The Mariners have won 14 of their past 15 games at Safeco Field, the best 15-game home stretch in club history.
John Jaso recorded his team-leading 13th game-winning RBI on Tuesday. He is tied for second most in the American League, trailing only the Yankees' Curtis Granderson.
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.