Luetge keeps rolling out of Mariners' bullpen

Luetge keeps rolling out of Mariners' bullpen

Luetge keeps rolling out of Mariners' bullpen
SEATTLE -- Mariners Rule 5 rookie reliever Lucas Luetge extended his club record of starting the season without allowing an earned run to 23 appearances when he worked a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Dodgers.

As a situational lefty, Luetge usually faces only one or two batters at a time, and his stint Saturday -- when he needed just two pitches to get Andre Ethier on a pop up to short -- was about as short as they come.

"It feels a little weird to see [manager Eric] Wedge coming right back out, but as long as you've done the job, it's good," Luetge said prior to Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers.

How much preparation went into Luetge's two-pitch performance on Saturday? He actually warmed up in two prior innings as well before getting the call, so he said he probably threw 25-30 pitches in the bullpen.

He said a normal warm-up session is about a dozen pitches.

"It depends on how much time you've got," Luetge said. "I could be ready in three to four pitches if I had to because you know you're getting another eight on the mound. So you just have to pace yourself. If they say get ready for the third hitter, it's a little more of a hurry than if they say the fifth hitter. But generally 10-15 pitches."

Luetge has totaled 15 innings in his 23 appearances. He's stranded 16 of the 17 runners he's inherited and left-handed hitters are batting .074 (2-for-27) against him with 13 strikeouts. His 23 appearances to start a season without an earned run break the former record of 20 by Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2002.