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GAME UPDATES: Mariners at Yankees, June 29

Post by Ryan Divish on June 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm with 7 Comments »
June 29, 2010 7:23 pm

Is this Cliff Lee’s last start? I really don’t think it will be. I think he has one more after this one.

First inning

Phil Hughes is 10-1 and will likely the make the all-star team. The M’s are not good on offense. This should be interesting. Russell Branyan’s first at-bat since his return ….  is a soft looping single to left — just what everyone was expecting. But he’s stuck there.

Cliff Lee shows that he is human by giving up a solo homer to Nick Swisher. Lee threw him all fastballs – all at 91 mph, but the last one was out over the plate and Swisher drove it left. Lee has given up four homers this season. That ties the number of walks he’s given up.

Second inning

The M’s answer as Jose Lopez doubles down the left field line just past a diving Chad Huffman (yeah, I hadn’t heard of him till today either) and then Franklin Gutierrez singled to center. Curtis Granderson bobbled the ball a few times allowing Lopez to hesitate twice and then take a whole bunch of little steps home to score. Gutierrez did not get an RBI on the play.

Later in the inning Guti has some sort of mental mistake as he takes off on steal of second but then lets up right before the base and is thrown out, snapping his streak of 12 straight steals. Tie game 1-1.

Well that’s it, the apocalypse is upon us. Cliff Lee walked a  hitter. What’s next? A gigantic meteor hurling toward earth? Lee then gave up a single to Curtis Granderson – basically destroying any trade value he had. But he manages to get the aforementioned, but still unknown Huffman to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

Third inning

The M’s grab a 2-1 lead as Michael Saunders legs out a double to shallow center and later scores on Ichiro’s single to center.

Lee gives up a single to Derek Jeter, but works out of the inning without any trouble.

Fourth inning

The Mariners are an offensive juggernaut. Franklin Gutierrez hits his 7th homer of the season and Seattle takes a 3-1 lead. They’ve scored in three straight innings. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the M’s haven’t scored in four different innings in a game since May 28 against the Angels.

Cliff Lee gets three fly outs and beats everybody back into the dugout.

Fifth inning

JUGGERNAUT! JUGGERNAUT! The M’s score again. This time Rob Johnson doubles hits a ground rule double to right and then sac bunted to third by Michael Saunders. Johnson scores on Ichiro’s sac fly to left. That’s four runs in four different innings.

Lee gives up lead-off to Granderson, but retires the next three.

Sixth inning

The Mariners are just rolling offensively. Milton Bradley draws a walk and later advances to second. Franklin Gutierrez is intentionally walked and Jack Wilson makes them pay by singling home Bradley. Then Rob Johnson steps up and doubles to left to score Gutierrez. The Ms’ lead 7-1, that’s not a typo.

Lee gave up his second homer of the night to Nick Swisher. That’s very rare. How rare? Well, only Edgar, Carlos Lee and Jose Guillen and now Swisher.

Seventh inning

I’m totally disappointed in the Mariners, they didn’t score a run in that inning despite getting the first two guys on base. Now that’s the Seattle offense I’m used to. That whole scoring runs in every inning is ridiculous.

Eighth Inning

Lee is through eight and is at 101 pitches. Does he go out for the ninth?

Ninth inning

It wasn’t an easy ninth for Lee. He gave up a leadoff double to Teixeira, got A-Rod to ground out, but then Robinson Cano singled to left and Michael Saunders throw to second got away from Chone Figgins, allowing Teixeira to score. Saunders was charged with the error, but Figgins needs to knock that ball down. Posada then doubles to the gap just out of the reach of an un-diving Ichiro to score another run. It’s now 7-4. Rick Adair comes out to talk to Lee. But he stays in and gets back to back pop ups to short from Granderson and Huffman.

Cliff Lee wins the game. That’s three straight complete games for him.

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  1. bigmike04 says:

    Hey Ryan
    Why does Wak want Eliezer to stay within the Orginization??? Also if Eliezer does go to Minors, will he be going to Triple A than if so does Quiz head back to Double A or do Tacoma keep those 3 guys…

  2. bigmike04 says:

    Another Question with Erik Bedard making rehab start thursday with Tacoma, Will he be flying out to meet mariners in detroit or stay in town and just work out with Tacoma seeing as his 1st start of season could and will be at Safeco so would make sense for him to stay in town but than again Cliff Lee 1st start was at Safeco and he decide to go be with the team.

  3. I know this won’t happen but………… I’d love to see Z make Lee’s agent an offer for an extension so high that if he doesn’t accept it Lee would fire him.

  4. tomiron24 says:

    Hello Ryan, I usually love your work, but aren’t we all taking Ichiro for granted too much?

    Your summary of the game:

    “The M’s grab a 2-1 lead as Michael Saunders legs out a double to shallow center and later scores on Ichiro’s single to center.”
    Seems to me like Ichiro had a clutch go-ahead RBI hit for a team that struggles to score runs.

    “Johnson scores on Ichiro’s sac fly to left.”
    Same here. How many times has the team stranded a runner on third (usually Ichiro), one out or less?

    (In contrast)
    “Then Rob Johnson steps up and doubles to left to score Gutierrez.”

    Then you also make a snide remark about an “un-diving Ichiro”. Is this a TNT institutional bias?
    I would like to know if so.

  5. BigMike,
    Alfonzo is a good back up type catcher you keep in Triple A. Quiroz is basically the game guy. they just want the depth at the position.

    As for Bedard, that’s really up to him and the trainers. but they may want to see him throw a bullpen too.

  6. Tom,
    With the blog, Twitter, and two stories for the paper, i write over 4,000 words per game. I don’t have time to be biased.

    I wasn’t being biased. At least, intentionally. I respect Ichiro plenty. When I used the phrase “steps up” I meant as in steps up to the plate.

    And Ichiro did not dive on that play. I like Ichiro, I think he’s a great player. But I have always been in disagreement on the fact that he doesn’t believe in diving. It’s just a personal choice. I respect him as a player in every facet. But it’s my right to disagree with him on that, much the way I disagree with him on his love of pink shirts.

  7. bigmike04 says:

    thanks ryan

    I am hoping Bedard will sign autograph like Jack wilson and Adam moore does..

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