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Archives: June 2011

June
27th

Braves 3, Mariners 1: No day at the Beachy

Yep, that’s a pun in the headline. And it’s not a good one. Much like this game.

Braves rookie Brandon Beachy made the Mariners look silly most of the night using a fastball and a solid changeup and good offspeed stuff to shut down Seattle. He struck out nine in six innings. And the Braves bullpen, which is outstanding, did the rest.

Of course dominating the Mariners hitters isn’t exactly something that is new this season. So while Beachy was really good, Mariners manager Eric Wedge was less than complimentary to his team postgame as you

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June
27th

Mariners Minor League Report, June 27 — Seager, Franklin and Raben keep hitting

It will have to be an abbreviated minor league report post because of personal commitments earlier today.

The duo of Cesar Jimenez and Luis Jimenez helped the Rainiers to a 9-4 win in Las Vegas

Also the recently called up Kyle Seager continues to rake. He went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a double. Since he came to Tacoma, Seager is batting .500 (9×18) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles and 1 RBI in his first 4 Triple-A starts. He is starting at third base tonight for the Rainiers.

But if you think that’s good, well Nick Franklin,

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June
27th

Figgins back in the lineup for the Mariners

Chone Figgins is back in the lineup facing a team that was reportedly interested in him last season. This year? The Braves probably don’t have much interest in a guy hitting .188 with a .235 OBP and making $18 million over the next two years. Besides, they already have that guy in Dan Uggla, who is making $9 million this year and $52 million over the next four years. Uggla is hitting .177 in 79 games with a 11 homers and 27 RBI and a .244 OBP and .334 slugging percentage.

“He hasn’t played a whole

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June
27th

Rainiers announcer Mike Curto will be in the booth for the Mariners game on Wednesday

Rainiers radio play-by-play man and friend of this blog Mike Curto will be getting a call-up for the Mariners game on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves at 12:40 p.m. Curto will be calling play by play for the third, sixth and seventh innings on radio the radio broadcast on 710 AM alongside Rick Rizzs.

I couldn’t be happier for the guy. He’s put in his dues. He works his butt off. And he does a solid job.

Congrats, Mr. Curto, can’t wait to listen.

June
26th

Ever see that before? McKeon never had

If you’d never seen the winning run of a baseball game scored in the 10th inning – on ball three of an attempted intentional walk – get in line.

Neither had 80-year-old Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon, whose team lost to the Seattle Mariners while trying to walk a rookie outfielder.

Another rookie, Dustin Ackley, was perched at third base with one out in the 10th inning of a 1-1 tie, when McKeon ordered reliever Steve Cisnek to put Carlos Peguero on and set up a possible double play.

Ball one. Ball two. Yikes!

Cisnek’s third pitch sailed to the

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June
26th

Another night w/o a DH for the Mariners

National League rules apply in tonight’s ‘road’ game for the Seattle Mariners, who play the Florida Marlins at Safeco Field – and Doug Fister’s bad luck continues to hold.

Fister has been as consistent as any Seattle starting pitcher, and gone 3-8 despite a 3.34 earned run average. Why? His team simply doesn’t score when he’s in the game, scoring less for him than any pitcher in the league.

Tonight, there’s no designated hitter, which means an offense batting .228 might pick up a notch – Fister is batting .333 this season. The other good news? Justin Smoak returns to

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June
25th

With this lineup, Vargas may need a shutout

The Seattle Mariners will play without their designated hitter again tonight, the second ‘road game’ at Safeco Field as they host the Florida Marlins.

That doesn’t hurt Seattle as it did, for instance, in the days when the DH was Edgar Martinez, but it’s still a bat short for a team that’s already searching for several. Given that, manager Eric Wedge has put together a heart of the lineup few fans could have forseen in spring training.

Hitting third is Adam Kennedy, the non-roster invitee who made the team and has appeared in 60 of the first 76 games. Batting

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June
24th

Those yellow-shirted screamers help Mariners

Aside from getting the odd run now and again, Felix Hernandez doesn’t regularly need much help winning games for the Seattle Mariners.

This season, he’s getting it – and so are teammates – from a Kings Court section of yellow-t-shirted Felix fans in the left field corner during each Hernandez start at Safeco Field. Tonight, they were a thousand strong – and had an impact on the game.

““They’re always loud, I love hearing them,” Felix said after the Mariners beat the Florida Marlins, 5-1, and returned to being a .500 team.

And it wasn’t just Felix those fans cheered

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