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A four-hit Mariners loss – and Saturday notes

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm with 1 Comment »
June 9, 2012 8:43 pm

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dominated the Seattle Mariners today, striking out 12 men in seven innings, then had a five-word summation of his team’s 8-3 victory.

“Thank God Hairston played today,” Kershaw said.

Joureyman infielder Jerry Hairston Jr. homered, doubled, singled and drove in a career-high five runs, four off starting pither Jaason Vargas. The Mariners scored all three runs on one swing: Miguel Olivo’s fifth home run of the season.

“Hairston killed us,”  Vargas said.

“The scouting report said we wanted to get him with fastballs in and that’s what I threw in the first inning, but he put a good swing on it,” Vargas said.

The result: A two-out, three-run home run that put Kershaw ahead for good.“You can’t give a pitcher like Kershaw a big lead, and after the third inning, he was up 5-0,” Vargas said.

Kershaw stumbled once, in the fourth inning, when Justin Smoak singled with one out and Kyle Seager drew one of his two walks to bring up Olivo.

“He was throwing me mostly fastballs and sliders all day,” Olivo said, “and his fastball was tough, always in-in-in on you. He’d thrown me a good fastball and I was looking for that again. He threw me a slider, and it wasn’t a bad pitch. Maybe up just a little. I got a little lucky.”

After Olivo’s fourth-inning home run, the Mariners didn’t score again – or hit again. They finished with four hits, none after the fourth.

“You can watch all the video you want, but it doesn’t tell you when you’ll pick up the pitch after he’s thrown it,” Seager said. “You get an idea what he does, but then he makes good pitches on you and it looks a little tougher.

“He’s as good as anyone we’ve faced all season.”

A few notes from the day:

  • Kevin Millwood’s MRI came back and the team will not place him on the disabled list. Millwood played catch today and could make his next start, especially with Monday’s scheduled off-day.
  • Fourth-round draft pick Patrick Kivlehan and seventh-round pick Taylor Ard each agreed to terms today.  Kivlehan played outfield and third base, Ard is a first baseman.
  • Jesus Montero now has an 8-game hitting streak during which he’s batting .353 with a home run and four RBI.
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  1. wabubba67 says:

    Good news with the draft picks…those are two signings that I was keeping my eyes on!

    About tonight’s game:
    Montero gets drilled with a fastball that produces an ugly golfball sized welt on his elbow, the Dodgers (up by 3) pull off a double steal in the top of the 9th, and still Pryor doesn’t pluck anyone when down by four later on in the inning??!? It was the perfect time to protect Montero by hitting one of their guys in the ribs (down by 4 against a good closer in a game that is extremely doubtful that you will win)…to do nothing, invites more of the same from other teams when they face the Mariners.

    I was disappointed and I bet Montero was too! I like Wedge, but I have a difficult time believing that Piniella would have sat on his hands while in a similar circumstance with a young team. Not a good message to send to the youngsters….Wedge blew an opportunity to show that he had their backs, thereby creating a sense of loyalty and obligation.

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