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GAME UPDATES: Mariners vs. Yankees, June 30

Post by Ryan Divish on June 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm with 8 Comments »
June 30, 2010 6:55 pm

Another day at Yankee Stadium, and no new news on Cliff Lee.

Let’s see on June 30, 1953, the first corvette rolled off the assembly line.

Also on this day, baseball players Tony Fernandez (Blue Jays) and big leaguer Mitch Maier were born.

Also on June 30, 2006, the Mariners were part of the fastest game in the then-seven-year history of Safeco Field when they were beaten by the Rockies 2-0 in 1 hour and 52 minutes. Rockies starter, the illustrious Josh Fogg, faced the minimum of 27 batters, allowing two hits. He beat Jamie Moyer, who also pitched all nine innings, allowing two runs on five hits, including a solo homer to Brad Hawpe.

I’m pretty sure we won’t have a 1 hour 52 minute game tonight.

First inning

Javier Vazquez rolls through 1-2-3.

Felix walks Derek Jeter, then strikes out Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. With A-Rod up, he throws a wild pitch followed by a passed ball on consecutive pitches allowing Jeter to get to third. But Felix gets out of the inning thanks to Michael Saunders, who made a fantastic leaping catch on a liner by Robinson Cano to end the inning.

Second inning

Milton Bradley leads off the inning with a deep homer to center field and there were scattered boos from the Yankee Stadium fans. They don’t like Vazquez much, and I can’t blame them.  Ryan Langerhans makes an appearance, pinch hitting for Gutierrez, who left the game with an upset stomach, and nausea.  He singled to left. But he’s stranded there as Vazquez strikes out Jack Wilson and Rob Johnson.

Felix cruises through the lineup including a strikeout of Issaquah’s Colin Curtis.

Third inning

I think I mentioned this yesterday, but the Mariners have become a JUGGERNAUT offensively. Michael Saunders hit his sixth home run of the season to start the sixth. That puts him ahead of Jose Lopez despite having about 200 fewer at-bats than Lopez. I’m very happy that the Mariners are playing Saunders nearly every day. I don’t know whether he will be an all-star, but it looks as though he can develop into a solid big league player.

The M’s add another run as Lopez delivers an RBI single to short over a leaping Derek Jeter.  I know I was critical of Lopez in my Sunday column. As it was pointed out by colleague Kenny Via, Lopez extended his hit streak to 13 games.  So good for him.

Felix looked sharp mowing down the hitters 1-2-3, including a strikeout of Jeter looking.

Fourth inning

Felix finally gives up a hit as Mark Teixeira doubles to right to lead off the inning. But he’s left stranded there.

Fifth inning

The M’s load the bases for Ryan Langerhans with two outs and he strikes out. It would have been interesting to see what Gutierrez might have done.

Chone Figgins struggled with picking up the ball in the sky on back to back pop-ups. the first one resulted in a double for Colin Curtis, the second one was caught by Ichiro.

Seventh inning

Russell Branyan crushes a moon shot to right-center for a two-run homer.  The Mariners have now hit three homers in a game for the first time since May 21st against the San Diego Padres. That was Branyan’s first as an Mariner since August 25th of last season.

JUGGERNAUT!!

Eighth Inning

Michael Saunders crushed a Gaudin pitch to right for his first multi-homer game of his career. Of course, that could have been avoided if Robinson Cano catches Rob Johnson’s pop up in foul territory. He missed it.Johnson walked and Saunders unleashed the fury on that pitch. M’s have four home runs in this game, first time since Sept. 27, 2009.

Ninth inning

Felix picks up the complete game, two-hit shut-out. Who are these guys?

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  1. dave8557 says:

    It’s such a powerful statement when you have 2 dominating pitchers who can go 9 innings most of the time. There is nothing an opposing team can do about it. The over-used Mariano Rivera means nothing going up against a team with great pitching. And great pitching beats good hitting. That was the formula for the Mets of the late 60′s and 70′s.

    The fact that only an opposing pitcher can throw 9 innings in Yankee Stadium is a statement of the disarray of their philosophy on pitching.

    Is Wak man counting down to when Felix will come out today, or will he let him continue his domination of the Yankees?

  2. Shame they didn’t play like this 2 months ago………… Apparently their talent level is just marginal enough that when all goes right they win, if ANYTHING goes wrong (even little anythings) they lose.

    My recent posts on this have been dead serious: Let’s get Lincoln to free up some of those $’s they’ve been making & make Lee an offer he literally can’t refuse (A Rod type $’s).

  3. Moo, as is so often the case, you are completely correct. Damn though, it is fun to watch a team with zero margin for error actually walk that high wire. It is as fun as this game gets. Sadly this team is only now starting to do that. Too late. It’s not a team capable of winning 15 straight.

    You can see me at Target Field come October. That is the system Z should be trying to build here.

  4. Squid, thanks, made my day! (-: !!

  5. bigmike04 says:

    With Bedard on 85 pitch count, will he stay till the game over after he done or leave right away? Trying to find out cause I got lot of stuff that I want to get signed.

  6. Here’s an article from ESPN on Lee trade prospects.

    While I admit my knowledge on the prospects discussed here is very limited, from what I read, I’d rather see us take the 2 draft picks then the players discussed here:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/notebook/_/page/bbtn100701/baseball-tonight-clubhouse

  7. Personally, I’d rather watch Cliff Lee pitch every 5 days for a goin-nowhere M’s than trade him for any of the prospects in that article.

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