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It’s Game #131 – And The Return Of Batista!

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm with No Comments »
August 25, 2008 6:32 pm

Yes, Miguel Batista is back in the starting rotation, at least for tonight, and no one who knows is saying why – and those who don’t know can’t figure it out.

It could be a showcase for the Twins or somone else, but that seems unlikley. Batista has not pitched well consistently in any role this season.

It may simply be a case of why not Batista?

R.A. Dickey didn’t seize a spot in the rotation when he had the opportunity, Brandon Morrow isn’t quite ready for his big-league starting debut, Carlos Silva is still down.

Batista’s last start was Aug. 4 – against the Twins. He lasted three innings, allowed six runs and got no decision.


That Was Easy …

Eight pitches, three outs, see you later – that was Batista’s first inning.

Now all the Mariners have to do is score on Francisco Liriano.

No problemo…


Ichiro Marches On …

Ichiro’s first-inning single was his 172nd hit of the season, with 31 games remaining.

Another 200-hit season – his eighth in a row – seems within reach.

Ichiro stole second (No. 39), took third on a fly ball and was stranded.

And Batista?

He’s thrown 20 pitches (10 balls, 10 strikes) and has put down six of seven batters.

No score …


Hey, He Got Excited …

Batista continues to pitch well, and after retiring Carlos Gomez on a comebacker, he ran off the field.

Oops. It was the second out.

Back on the mound, Batista walked a man, gave up a stolen base and an RBI single to Alexi Casilla.

Twins 1, Mariners 0 …


It’s A One-Run Rout …

Batista got help in the fourth – Ichiro threw a runner out at home, but Mr. Liriano hasn’t needed any. He’s mowing the Mariners down.

Lots of game left, but Batista looks mortal. Liriano? Not so much.

Batista’s also on a pitch count – yes, Dave, that’s for you – and may not get more than six innings in.

Twins 1, Mariners 0 …


Luck Never Hurts …

Mariners caught a break. After catcher Jamie Burke singles, a two-base error gets him to third and Miguel Cairo singles him home for the tie.

Cairo is stranded, as Ichiro, Betancourt and Ibanez go down in order.

To the sixth.

Mariners 1, Twins 1 …


All Hail Miguel …

Give him credit, Batisa pitched well for six innings, but after 95 pitches is probably done. Against a team in the pennant race, he gave up only one run.

If he had his way, this would be his last game in a Seattle, but he may have waited too long to make a good impression.

Now pitching for Seattle, Sean Green.

Mariners 1, Twins 1 …


Today’s pitchers …

Eerie how similar the lines were on Liriano and Batista: Each threw 95 pitches, went six innings, allowed five hits, one run and struck out three.

Batista walked three, Liriano one.

Now it belongs go the bullpens, which means newcomer Eddie Guardado may get the chance to face Seattle again.

With Texas, he was vintage Eddie: 88 mph fastball on the outside corner, at the knees. Try to pull that pitch, it’s an easy ground ball. The Mariners – and most other teams – still try to pull it.

Mariners 1, Twins 1 …


Advantage, Twins …

Against Green, Twins put together a rally that includes a pair of two-out singles, and they take the lead.

Minnesota’s hitters rarely try to do more than they’re capable of, and it shows. When singles will do the job, they hit singles.

Patience at the plate, along with an idea of what’s needed, make them a dangerous team year after year.

Now pitching, Mr. Guardado.

Twins 2, Mariners 1 …


Not So Fast …

Adrian Beltre doubles, Jose Lopez gets aboard on an E-6 and Jeff Clement grounded into a ninth inning double play – as the tying run scored.

The Mariners aren’t going quietly.

Maybe they won’t go at all.

Mariners 2, Twins 2 …


Goodbye, baseball …

Adrian Beltre’s sixth career walk off home run ends the game in the 11th inning, coming with Raul Ibanez aboard.

That’s 49 wins.

Mariners 4, Twins 2 …

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