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Tigers vs. Mariners, Game 33

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 9, 2012 at 7:05 pm with 12 Comments »
May 9, 2012 9:10 pm

John Jaso leading off, Chone Figgins batting ninth and Jason Vargas on the mound as the Seattle Mariners attemt to win their fourth game in the last five to end a six-game home stand against the Detroit Tigers.

The Mariners have their right-handed lineup in this one – it includes Alex Liddi and Casper Wells, but also lefties from Jaso to Ichiro to Kyle Seager.

Roll out your thoughts – who’s going to play the key role in tonight’s game, for better or worse, and which team is going to win?

Will update the score and situation inning by inning.

Top First
Vargas blew threw the top of the Detroit order like this 49-degree breeze is zipping throught Safeco Field. Fly ball, ground ball then a K of Miguel Cabrera.

Mariners went down just as fast. ‘Tis hand-numbing cold right now, with breeze coming in. That might holdscore down, which begs the question: Can the Mariners offense be held down and, if so, how could you tell?

Second inning
Vargas is a strike-throwing machine: 14 of first 17 pitches were strikes, and the Tigers went 1-2-3 again in the second. Throw strikes like that early, you can expand the zone later and get hitters chasing. Cool weather should favor the pitcher.

Mariners go down in a hurry on a strikeout and two fly balls. Hitters seem overpowered through two innings. Neither team has a baserunner.

Third inning

Vargas allowed a single but nothing more and SS Brendan Ryan made a marvelous bare-handed play to get Austin Jackson and end the inning.

Mariners prove that sitting Liddi and Wells for days does not improve their swing, and Figgins walked to become Seattle’s first baserunner. Jaso flied out.

Fourth  inning

Vargas continues putting ‘em down as quickly as they come up. One hit in four innings. That’ll work.

History in the fourth - Ichiro’s single was the first by seattle but his 2,467th of his big league career. That moved him into 100th place on baseball’s all-time hit list. Ichiro stole second and with two outs, Seager doubled him home. That’s 20 RBI this season for Seager, and 13 have come with two outs. Mariners lead, 1-0.

Fifth inning

Mr. Vargas worked around a single by getting a ground ball double play. Two hits allowed, no runner past first base yet. Look-ing good.

Liddi drew a leadoff walk and the Mariners are making Drew Smyly work hard despite the score. He’s thrown 85 pitches.

Sixth inning

Gerald Laird opened with a double to left center field, took third on a soft single by Danny Worth. Austin Jackson flied out to get the tying run home,  With runners at first and second,  Vargas got  Cabrera to ground into a DP.    Mariners 1, Tigers 1

Mariners hurried through the sixth, 1-2-3.

Seventh inning

Vargas gets a 1-2-3 inning and can’t  pitch much better. All he needs are runs, and that’s been an issue for him since coming to Seattle.

Pitching change. Smyly out after 93 pitches, Luke Putkonen in. No matter. Mariners didn’t hit either one of them, went down 1-2-3 here.

Eighth inning

Tom Wilhelmsen warmed up, but Vargas got through the inning without incident – has six strikeouts, no walks and 90 strikes thrown. Has allowed one run and is waiting on the Mariners offense.

Pinch-hit double for Michael Saunders to open the inning. Figgins bunted him to third base. Tigers brouht in LHP Duane Below.  Jaso singled home the run over a drawn-in infield. Mariners 2, Tigers 1.

Brandon League trotting in.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. timeout says:

    I like Wells in this one. He might enjoy putting a dent in his old team.

  2. timeout says:

    Harry Hooper in Ichi’s rear-view mirror. Those who pull for laundry won’t care.

  3. timeout says:

    Have to go to work now, Larry; hope it’s not too lonesome at the top…or frustrating.

  4. Larry Larue says:

    time –
    thanks for stopping by! lol. this was one reason we stopped regular game threads. have a good night.

  5. wabubba67 says:

    Don’t stop the game threads…this is how you develop a regular audience on the blogs! (As a side note, I also live in AZ and this is how I get to envision a game…I have no access to cable or radio.)

  6. timeout says:

    So…and this is a curiosity question, not sniping…where were you last night, after you requested the game thread?

    I felt pretty silly trying to hold up the conversation all by myself. Anyway, sorry you couldn’t see it live; it was a great game. By the way, I think MLB carries these games for a nominal fee. You should check it out, wabub.

  7. wabubba67 says:

    Out with friends in AZ for a happy hour get together. I felt bad for missing the thread last night after Larry finally decided to do one. I believe it’s his best way to gradually cultivate a following here.

  8. timeout says:

    It must be a conundrum for Larry. Controversy feeds the blogs, apparently, and Larry is a reporter, not an editorialist. (My take.) I’m not a big fan of hot “journalism”, but I don’t know what the economics of the game are these days. It seems that deliberately getting crosswise and disdainful with some of one’s readership, and picking targets to slag on the teams one covers–not to mention deliberately assuming controversial positions–may be what drives the machine these days. It’s not what I enjoy reading–that’s why I’m here, and read Larry Stone over at the Times, and miss Kirby Arnold–but I may be in the minority. I enjoy focusing on what happens on the field, and am not day to day in my thought process, although I certainly am in my emotions. I love baseball.

    I’ve noticed that being around baseball full time brings on cynicism in journalists. Some tend to manage it; others thrive on letting it out. I’m for the former group.

    I guess if you, wabub, have no access to cable, my comment about MLB was dumb. Do you use wireline for your computer hookup? If yes, you can follow the progress of the game via MLB. It may be a little slow, but it will be way more dependable than counting on a game thread that only a couple of people are participating in in real time. Good luck, whichever way you go.

  9. Have you noticed how many comments the Seahawks blog gets? This one was never that popular, but through 2010 10-20 comments was fairly normal.

    On a totally different topic, it looks like I was wrong on Vargas, & I couldn’t be happier! (Though the Fister trade still really p’s. me off!)

  10. wabubba67 says:

    I tend to follow the Times game tracker and refresh it every minute for an update. Stone is now my favorite writer for the Mariners. I appreciate Baker, but I often find him to be repetitive and long winded….though he also finds interesting stories and angles (his recent postings on the health of Smoak for instance or how the Mariners seem to be positioning themselves for a sale).

    I’ll try to be here at 4 today for the Yankees game…though I may go to a local watering hole to watch it on TV since it is the Yankees.

  11. timeout says:

    Today’s a day off-Yankees tomorrow, Felix vs. Kuroda.

  12. wabubba67 says:

    Thanks, I thought it was Friday for some reason. I feel like the Big Lebowski down here in AZ…”What day is it, again?”

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