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Game #34: Seattle’s long afternoon loss

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 13, 2010 at 9:26 am with 7 Comments »
May 13, 2010 12:10 pm

Franklin Gutierrez has a tight muscle in the middle of his back, so the Seattle Mariners have a hole in the heart of their lineup.

Out for a second day in a row, Gutierrez will get treatment during the day and the Mariners hope to get him back in the lineup tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

Without him, the lineup remains in a scramble mode, with center field held down by Ryan Langerhans, who’s batting .235 but has drawn nine walks in his first six games.

It’s Felix Hernandez vs. Kevin Millwood, with Mike Sweeney the designated hitter against the right-handed Orioles starter.

  • Two pitchers working fast and well through two innings, and the Orioles have the only hit – a one-out single in the second. Millwood has struck out two, Hernandez two. And third baseman Jose Lopez made a lunging, over-the-shoulder catch of a foul pop-up.  Clean, quick baseball.
  • Ichiro opened the fourth inning with an infield single and Chone Figgins bunted him to second base. Casey Kotchman flied to center field. Sweeney walked on a 3-2 pitch. Lopez grounded out. No score.
  • A one out walk to Nick Markakis was followed by a wild pitch and a ground ball, so Hernandez needed to get Ty Wigginton to get out of the inning unscathed. On a pitch that was up and in, Wigginton managed to bloop an opposite field single for the RBI. He has both Orioles hits today. After four: Baltimore, 1, Seattle 0.
  • Ryan Langerhans doubled and took third on a fly ball. Rob Johnson grounded out, Langerhans forced to hold at third. Michael Saunders had a great at-bat, fouling off six pitches  in a 10-pitch sequence before singling home a run. Ichiro homered, his first of the season. In the fifth: Seattle 3, Baltimore 1.
  • With one out in the sixth, Sweeney homered, his first.  In the sixth: Seattle 4, Baltimore 1.
  • Corey Patterson doubled and Adam Jones got him to third base with a ground ball. Felix got a comebacker from Markakis, holding Patterson. Miguel Tejada struck. That is vintage Hernandez.
  • With two outs, Saunders homered, his second. In the seventh: Seattle 5, Baltimore 1.
  • Brandon League replaced Felix, who left after seven innings and 105 pitches. League got into trouble, couldn’t get a third out and on his 16th pitch gave up Luke Scott’s second career grand slam. Yikes! After eight: Baltimore 6, Seattle 5.
  • One out into the ninth, Josh Wilson is hit by a Afredo Simon pitch. Pinch-hitting, Ken Griffey Jr. was hit by a pitch. Saunders struck out.  Ichiro   singled. Wilson was thrown out at the plate.  It’s a final: Baltimore 6, Seattle 5.
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  1. footballscaa says:

    The pitch that you saw hitting Griffey was actually ball four Larry. Wake up sleepy.

  2. In another bizarre twist to the Larry Larue/Griffey saga, I just found out that Brian Goldberg Ken Griffey’s agent spoke to Bill Swartz at KIRO today with more of this story. Goldberg says the napping story was accidentally published by Larue before completing the story. According to Goldberg ,Larue felt horrible about posting the article before talking to Don Wakamatsu or Ken Griffey and tried to get the newspaper to retract the story but the Tacoma News Tribune refused. Goldberg goes on to say that Larue didn’t actually speak with two players but got the info from someone else in the organization.

  3. dave8557 says:

    Groupthink reigns with the Mariners. It says to take your best pitcher out of the game after 100 pitches give or take a few in favor of your 6th or 7th best pitcher, even if he’s throwing well and/or not tired.

    Welcome to the world of no decisions Cliff Lee. This is what you have to look forward to, playing for the Wakman, who must manage like everyone else.

    Yes, who do you want in the game – Hernandez or League, Hernandez or Aardsma, Lee or Kelly, Lee or White? Game after game, year after year, so many games lost by taking out your best pitcher when he’s dealing.

  4. The pitch count infuriates me. Isn’t that the job of a pitching coach? If the guys still bringing it and showing no fatigue let him throw, if he starts to tire warm up the pen. But to pull a pitched because of some mythical “pitch count number” is ridiculous, and I won’t get into how terrible the decision to bring in a tired league was. This mariners team is short of talent and is poorly managed. This season is dead to me already, not that the mariners have shown that care about their fans anyways.

  5. Darrin Beene says:

    This is Darrin Beene, the Sports Team Leader at The Tacoma News Tribune. Let me refute Mr. Goldberg:

    1. Larry LaRue told us at the paper that he has not spoken to Goldberg since spring training.

    2. LaRue never asked me or any other editor to take down the story. In fact, the original post is still active on the papers Mariners blog. here’s the link: http://blog.thenews tribune.com/mariners /2010/05/10/for-grif fey-the-mariners-the -end-is-near/

    3. LaRue DID attempt to call Griffey on Monday after the blog item was posted. LaRue did contact Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik for comment. Jack Z referred LaRue to a team spokesman.

  6. snydro81 says:

    Dave8557,

    You are 100% right. This loss falls on Don Wakamatsu. Felix never should have been pulled. And when it became obvious League didn’t have his best stuff, someone should have at least been warming in the pen.

    Larry, what game were you watching? Were they paying you to be there? Get the facts straight.

  7. dave8557 says:

    Just read the morning paper. Poor Felix, he worked hard in the 6th and 7th, so Wakman walked over to shake his hand. Felix tried to lean away.

    Excuse me, Felix is a professional pitcher. He’s supposed to work hard while he’s in there. That’s what he does. He’s got 4 days off between starts to regain his arm strength. He’s perfectly capable of throwing more.

    But, he’s taught to go only 7 and keep his team “in the game”. Yes Felix is one of the best 7 innin pitchers, but the game is 9 innings.

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