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The Last Game Before Trading Deadline

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on July 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm with No Comments »
July 30, 2008 4:44 pm

Manager Jim Riggleman has little say over what trades do or don’t get made, but he’s clear enough about sending signals to his players.

SS Yuniesky Betancout, who simply whiffed on a fastball during a squeeze situation on Tuesday finds himself on the bench tonight in favor of Willie Bloomquist.

Riggleman’s message is straight forward: Do the little things right or feel free to watch the game from over here.

Good for Riggleman. …


Pinch-hitting 101 …

When the Mariners pinch-hit Kenji Johjima in the ninth inning Tuesday for rookie Bryan LaHair, it raised a few eyebrows.

Riggleman’s thinking: Lefty LaHair would have more trouble bunting vs. LHP C.J. Box than right-handed hitting Johjima. And if the count went to 0-2 and the bunt sign was lifted, Joh’s chances vs. a lefty were considerably better than LaHair’s. …


Hold On …

Score to take a lead and teams want their pitcher to hold the opposition the next inning. So after the Mariners cobble together a four-hit, two-run rally with two outs for a 2-0 lead, Miguel Batista gives up two home runs and the game is tied.

In Texas, that’s Rangers baseball. They don’t mind giving up runs, they just can’t wait to get their at-bats in. …


The Deadline Looms …

By 1 p.m. in Seattle tomorrow, the trading deadline will have passed, and it doesn’t look like there’s a huge deal on the Mariners horizon.

Without much to offer, and with the interest out there extremely limited, the Mariners aren’t in a position to vastly improve their team.

Yes, they could have moved Jarrod Washburn for nothing. And twice, they could have traded Raul Ibanez for a minor leaguer of little interest.

Teams don’t see much value in Seattle players. If there’s a likely deal, it might be sending Arthur Rhodes to a team – Florida, Milwaukee and even the Mets have inquired – for a mid-level prospect. …


Streaking On …

Jose Lopez singles home a run for a 3-2 lead and pushes his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games.

With two months left in the season, Lopez now has 59 RBI.

Last season, he finished with 64. …


How Many Base Runners Does It Take To Score A Run? …

More than three. The Mariners loaded the bases with no one out in the seventh inning of a tie game and did not score.

Raul Ibanez flied into a double play, with David Murphy making the catch and throwing Willie Bloomquist out at the plate.

Adrian Beltre then took a third strike. …


Balls & Strikes …

Arthur Rhodes appeared to have struck out Marlon Byrd for the second out of the eighth inning, but plate umpire Paul Nauert didn’t see the pitch that way, so Byrd walked.

Next batter, Michal Young, flies out – for what would have been the third out – to get home the go-ahead run.

At that point, Mr. Rhodes let Nauert have it and was ejected.

Mariners should have had a lead long before the call or the ejection.

Texas 4, Seattle 3 …

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