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Game #75: Brewers stretch their lead to 3-0

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 27, 2010 at 11:05 am with 7 Comments »
June 27, 2010 1:26 pm

Hard to keep track of the first basemen employed by the  Seattle Mariners – let’s see, there’s Casey Kotchman, Mike Sweeney, Mike Carp, Russell Branyan, Ryan Langerhans and today’s starter – Josh Wilson.

Start scratching off names, fans. Once he’s here, Branyan becomes the Mariners regular first basema, with Kotchman as the late-inning defensive replacement.

Mike Sweeney is back on the disabled list, Carp is headed back to Tacoma.

Wha’s Branyan do for this lineup? In theory, he’s the one bat with legitimate power on a team whose leading home run hitter – with seven – is M ilton Bradley.

The Mariners are hoping with Branyan in the lineup, players like Bradley, Jose Lopez and Franklin Gutierrez can relax a bit and be the hitters they are, not the power hitter they’ve each tried to be at times in 2010.

Today, it’s Wilson at first base, Jason Vargas vs. Chris Naveson on the mound.

  • On his second pitch, Vargas left a fastball up and Rickie Weeks hit it out for the 17th leadoff home run of his career. In the first: Milwaukee 1, Seattle 0.
  • Four innings in, same score.  The Mariners have managed two hits, two innings apart. The Brewers  have four hits – divided between Weeks and Casey McGehee.
  • Shortstop Alcedes Escobar walked and, two outs later, scored when Corey Hart doubled. Could have been worse. The play before, Weeks had singled – and Milton Bradley threw him out at second base trying to stretch it. Then it got worse, as Prince Fielder singled Hart home.  In he fifth: Milwaukee 3, Seattle 0.
  • Sixth inning, Ryan Langerhans pinch-hits for Vargas and grounds out. Vargas went five innings, threw 88 pitches, allowed three runs and stands to lose this one. Chone Figgins bunted safely and stole second base with two outs – his 21st steal of the season. Bradley struck out.
  • Bottom of the sixth: Now pitching for Seattle: David Pauley.
  • Offense! Jack-not-Josh Wilson led off the eighth inning with Seattle’s fourth hit – and second bunt single – then took second base when Narveson threw low to first.  Michael Saunders flied out. Langerhans, who stayed in the game in left field,  walked. Ichiro hit a soft line drive to short, and Wilson was easily doubled off second. Some offense. Seattle his staring down the barrel of its fifth shutout loss.  In the eighth: Milwaukee 3, Seattle 0.
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  1. VisitingFan says:

    Sorry to bother again, Mr. LaRue, but I’m now looking for some clarification on the information you passed along earlier bout Erik’s changeup. They were changeups, not just offspeed pitches, correct? This site is reporting they were curveballs.

    It’ll be a welcome change :-P to have him throw more changeups. He has a tendency to work on them in sprint training, and then pretty much forget about them during the season. I’m hoping it will be different this time.

  2. VisitingFan says:


  3. Larry Larue says:

    visit – according to the report the mariners got from their on-site people, bedard threw fastballs, changeups and curves. they said 15 changes in all.

  4. VisitingFan says:

    I like the sound of that, thanks for clarifying. And thanks again for replying. You are the only Seattle reporter/writer that finds time do so. It’s highly appreciated.

  5. coryfale says:

    so with the branyan deal does this make the mariners buyers? What does this move say about cliff lee?

  6. wabubba67 says:

    Two different takes on the Branyan deal…

    1.) It’s refreshing to have a GM who can admit a mistake and take steps to remedy the situation, even if it means consuming an extra large portion of crow.

    2.) I don’t think that this move is in the best long-term interests of the organization. Having refused to re-sign Branyan in the off-season, not only do the Mariners have to pay his salary for the rest of year, they also have to give up two young prospects. Carrera has shown that he can play…led his AA league in batting average last year and has considerable speed. I don’t know anything about the SS (Cruz) in A ball other than his .295 avg. this season. I just despise the idea of giving up young talent in return for a 34 year old 1B with a bad back joining a team that is not going to compete for a playoff spot this season.

  7. I Didn’t know Carrera won a minor league batting title. If so, this is a HORRIBLE trade. Repeat after me, THE MARINERS ARE NOT GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS IN 2010.

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