On the eve of the big-league trading deadline, the Mariners are on a four-game losing streak and may be the only team in baseball that doesn’t have one player rumored to be going somewhere.
Impossible? Take a look at this website. Dozens of players rumored going here or there and not one of them is in a Seattle uniform. Thats remarkable.
As July comes to a close, the Mariners are 6-20 with two games remaining. That’s remarkable, too. The good news? The Twins starting pitcher, Scott Baker, has a 5.00 earned run average.
Of course he has eight wins, too – more than anyone in the Mariners rotation. Yikes!
- Russell Branyan doubled off the scoreboard on the right-center field wall, a ball that likely would have been a home run in Safeco Field, where the fences are 30 feet high in that spot. Franklin Gutierrez walked. Michael Saunders bunted both runners along. Josh Bard walked to load ‘em up. Josh Wilson struck out. Jack Wilson popped out. Just when it appears they must score, the Mariners find a way not to. In the second: No score.
- A two-out error by Chone Figgins put Michael Cuddyer on base and brought up Jim Thome, who – you guessed it – hit his 13th home run. In the second: Minnesota 2, Seattle 0.
- With one out, the Mariners defense collapsed. Casey Kotchman fielded a double play ground ball but got only one out and, with two outs and J.J. Hardy on third base, Joe Mauer grounded to Josh Wilson at third – who booted the ball. Doug Fister hasn’t allowed an earned run yet, and he’s down three runs. In the third: Minnesota 3, Seattle 0.
- With one out, J.J. Hardy and Denard Span singled to put Twins on first and third base, the third and fourth hits of the game for Minnesota. Fister picked Span off first. Alexi Casilla hit a drive off the top of the wall in right center that, upon video review, the umpires ruled a home run. In the fifth: Minnesota 5, Seattle 0.
- Branyan led off the sixth with his second double, then scored on a Gutierrez single. Green-lighted, Gutierrez stole second base. Saunders walked. Bard struck out. Josh-not-Jack Wilson doubled home two runs. Jesse Crain relieved Baker. Jack Wilson grounded out. Ichiro struck out. In the sixth: Minnesota 5, Seattle 3.
- Fister is gone after five innings in which he allowed two earned runs. Jamey Wright now pitching.
- In the seventh inning, Garrett Olson pitching for Seattle.
- In the eighth inning, Brian Sweeney pithing for Seattle.
- Too many mistakes, not enough runs. Seattle is 6-21 in July. It’s a final: Minnesota 5, Seattle 3.