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Long ball, little ball – Mariners play both in win

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm with No Comments »
March 8, 2009 4:29 pm

The Seattle Mariners needed back-to-back home runs in the first inning, then three consecutive sacrifice bunts in the seventh to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-7.

They needed all that offense in part because Seattle pitchers walked eight batters, something manager Don Wakamatsu wasn’t happy with.

“Some of those were four-pitch walks by our bullpen, and that just won’t cut it,” he said.

Homers by Wladimir Balentien and Russell Branyan put the Mariners up 4-0 early, but the Diamondbacks caught them a 7-7.

Then Jamie Burke, Ronny Cedeno and Tyson Gillies dropped bunts, and when Arizona’s infield couldn’t handle two of them, Seattle scored four runs.

The victory left the Mariners 6-2-1 heading into a day off.

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