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Jason Vargas throws just another shutout

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm with 3 Comments »
June 19, 2011 5:38 pm
Jason Vargas - Everything's coming up zeroes

Seattle Mariners lefty Jason Vargas threw a three-hit Fathers Day shutout today, blanking the Philadelphia Phillies in a 2-0 victory.

“Jason got more outs with his curveball today than he had all season,” pitching coach Carl Willis said. “He stayed away from a pattern, because that’s a team that will figure you out quickly.

 “It’s the same pitch he’d throw for a first-pitch strike early this season, then put away. Today, he got a couple of strikeouts with it, a couple of big ground balls to shortstop.”

It was the second career complete-game shutout for Vargas – the first game June 3 against Tampa Bay – but there’s an asterisk there. Vargas pitched nine shutout innings in Baltimore on May 12, but didn’t get a decision.

When Vargas got to the ninth inning, closer Brandon League got loose, but manager Eric Wedge let Vargas finish with 119 pitches.

“I love to pitch, yeah, but I wanted Jason to get the shutout,” League said. “He shutout the Phillies – that’s cool.”

The Mariners took two of three games from the team with the best record in baseball, and did it with a little help from rookie second baseman Dustin Ackley, who tripled and scored Seattle’s second run today.

“The highest praise I can give him,”  Wedge said, “is that he’s stepped right in and contributed.”

Shortstop Brendan Ryan was asked about the second sellout crowd of the season at Safeco Field – 45, 462 – and the series against the Phillies.

“We’ve created an environment, and you’d have to be dead not to feel it,” Ryan said.

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  1. “We’ve created an environment…”

    Yeah you have.

  2. dave8557 says:

    When a pitcher is throwing a shutout, he’s generally on top of his game. It’s as close to perfection as he can get, without the no-hitter. As a fan its fun to watch and be a part of. For the pitcher, to put zeroes up on the scoreboard is a special thing. It usually means a win, because you have to score to win. The adrenalin rush starts flowing about the 7th inning, and he usually gets stronger as the game goes on. To be forced to come out of a game like this becasue of an aribtrary pitch count is a crime. For any pitcher.

    Shutouts don’t happen that often. Walter Johnson is the career leader with 115 shutouts. The Hall of Fame pitchers with 40 to 50 career shutouts would have to average about 4 per year over a 15 year career. So it’s very gratifying to see Wedge let Vargas stay in the game 3 times this year to finish a masterpiece. Vargas is not a Hall of Fame pitcher, but he deserves the chance to stay in the game and finish when he’s on top of his game.

    Congradulations Wedge for discarding groupthink, and the local media who would demand he come out after 100 pitches.

  3. footballscaa says:

    Keep going M’s!

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