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Do You Come From The Land Down Under? – Game No. 132

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 26, 2008 at 7:14 pm with No Comments »
August 26, 2008 7:14 pm

Yes, he does …

Ryan Rowland-Smith is making the sixth start of his big-league career, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.78 ERA in the rotation.

That’s misleading. He’s had a couple of tough starts and two fine starts, including his last, when he pitched seven innings and allowed one run – and lost.

He’s also the only player in Major League history with a hypenated last name.

Now you know …

Old Friends? Not …

Minnesota starter Scott Baker has seen quite enough of Jeff Clement.

The first time they saw one another 10 days ago, Clement went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Tonight, Clement came up with men on second and third base and no one out – and rifled a two-run single up the middle.

Clement now has 22 RBI this season. Four against Baker.

Mariners 2, Twins 0 …

OK, You Manage …

Adrian Beltre and Raul Ibanez lead off he fourth with singles. Do you have Jose Lopez bunt them over?

If you do, a) you’re asking Lopez to do something he doesn’t do well and b) if he does it, the Twins probably walk Clement.

So instead, Jim Riggleman has Lopez hit away – and he lines out.

Clement strikes out. Yuniesky Betancourt beats out an infield single to load the bases.

Bryan LaHair fouls out.

Mariners 2, Twins 0 …

It Started With A Bunt …

Old-school ball. Alex Casilla bunts for a hit, Rowland-Smith picks it up and throws it down the right field line. A single sends Casilla to third, but Rowland-Smith gets a double play ball from Justin Morneau and only one run scores.

Relieved? Not quite. Randy Ruiz follows with his first career home run, and the game is tied.

Mariners 2, Twins 2 …

Not Enough …

Mariners got consecutives from Beltre (double), Ibanez and Lopez for one run with no one out, then couldn’t push home another run as Clement flied out and Betancourt grounded into a double play.

That’s two point-blank opportunities squandered in a one-run game. It’s the kind of thing that costs you a game.

Meanwhile, Rowland-Smith’s 1-2-3 seventh is likely his last inning.

Mariners 3, Twins 2 …

It’s Up To The Bullpen …

Rowland-Smith gave the Mariners seven strong innings and 107 pitches, and despite what Dave will argue, that’s enough from a young reliever-turned-starter.

Roy Corcoran is pitching the eighth and, if he holds, J.J. Putz will get the ninth.

How have the Mariners done in games when they score three runs or less?

They 7-52.

Mariners 3, Twins 2 …

No J.J. …

Putz pitched in each of the last two games and won’t get in this one. Corcoran, who has 78 career minor league saves – but none in the majors – is asked to end it.

Ruiz flied out. Delmon Young struck out.

Pinch-hitter Jason Kubel, who has crushed Mariners pitching this year, singled.

Nick Punto flied out.

Corcoran got the save, Rowland-Smith the win.

Mariners 3, Twins 2 …

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