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GAME THOUGHTS: Mariners vs. Indians, April 30th

Post by Ryan Divish on April 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm with No Comments »
April 30, 2008 4:35 pm

Ok, sorry we’re coming in a little late but I’m working on getting some pictures up here and they’re taking forever to download.


But we’ll start with the updates now and get them going, since I have three stories to write for tomorrow’s paper…


GAME THOUGHTS:


9:40 — Not sure why Mac didn’t let Clement pinch hit for Pepe, who looked awful as expected. But Clement replaced Joh and is catching now, he should bat next inning.


9:18 — WLADDY!!!! That was opposite field. I never saw Wilkerson pull a ball that far. That home run just snapped Cliff Lee’s streak of scoreless innings at 27.


9:03 — Well, I’ve been sitting here trying to sum up what Cha Seung is doing out on the mound. And the best thing I can write: “It’s utterly gross to watch.”


R.A. Dickey is probably watching this in the clubhouse at Cheney just shaking his head sadly.


8:31 — Good hustle by Wlad to get his first hit of the season. The Mariners had a good chance to get some runs, but come up short.


7:46 — Snydro, I talked to all parties involved. Here’s a few quotes.


Clement: You just have to stay within yourself and do what has made you successful. Obviously, we both got off to pretty good starts at the Triple A level and when you come here, try not to do any more than that. You just stay within yourself on a daily basis. It’s a game of failure and take the good with the bad. You try to maointain that balance.”


Balentien: I’ve been waiting for the opportunity now I just have to earn it. I never thought I was going to get called up so early in the year. I’m just going to go out and play hard and do the best I can and hopefully win some more ball games.”


Norton: Of course, I’d like to be in the big leagues somewhere. I don’t aspire to go to Triple A. If no one does claim me, that’s another bridge we have to cross. If there’s any interest in me or interest in going back to Tacoma, we’ll discuss it.


McLaren:Norton’s kind of a victim of circumstance. He mirrors Vidro so much, and we feel like we needed the protection with Burke as the extra catcher when we DH Clement. We need pinch-runner every night, with so many guys who need pinch-running for. We’re not going to pinch hit for that many guys, so we felt like this was the way we needed to go.


They’re smart kids. We sing praises, and it’s hard not to talk about some of our guys, because we’re so high on them and they’re so well-thought of. All we ask them to do is to be themselves and go out and play hard and play smart. That’s what we want them to do, use their talent, and I know they will.


7:35 — And Grady Sizemore with a lead-off home run off of Washburn. I wasn’t living here back then, but how bad was it when Sizemore decided to play baseball instead of going to the Huskies. UW fans could have the same thing happens when some team tries to sign Jake Locker after his season with the Bellingham Belles.


7:26 — John McGrath wrote the other day that Jose Vidro had one of the worst swings he’d ever seen in his baseball watching career. After watching Vidro try and hit a pitch above his head, McGrath will have to make the swing from last week the second worst swing in his lifetime.

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