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Offense fails again, Mariners lose sixth in a row

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on June 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm with 10 Comments »
June 15, 2012 10:44 pm

It wasn’t the pitching or defense that beat the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, it was the mistakes on the bases and at the palte the helped the San Francisco Giants win, 4-2.

The sixth consecutive loss at home dropped Seattle to 10-19 at Safeco Field, and afterward Eric Wedge said his veteran players were not delivering when needed.

“We’ve got to do more with our opportunities,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We need our veterans to do more. We need Ichiro to do more – we can’t always put it on the kids.

An 0-for-4 night left Ichiro batting .259 – and he had two of the more important at-bats of the night.

Miguel Olivo doubled and Brendan Ryan walked with one out in the third inning to bring up Ichiro.

One of the few veteran hitters on the team with a history of success, Ichiro popped up weakly on the first pitch thrown to him – doing precisely what the Mariners have preached against all season.

Don’t try to hit the pitchers pitch. Pick a pitch you can hit well and hammer it.

Want gnaw-on-your-knuckles frustration, try the Seattle eighth inning. Dustin Ackley legged out an infield single. Olivo singled, his second hit of the night, and was replaced by pinch-runner John Jaso. Pinch hitter Casper Wells, batting for Brendan Ryan, singled to load the bases with no one out – and the top of the Mariners order due up.

Another offensive outburst? Not quite.

Ichiro hit into a fielders choice, scoring one run. Franklin Gutierrez grounded out, scoring a second run. Kyle Seager grounded out.

Inning over.

That was, in a nutshell, the Mariners offense at home this season. With five hits Friday, they managed to remain a .198-hitting team at Safeco Field. The Giants, meanwhile, had 11 hits, including a pair of home runs.

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  1. VNHLNFAN says:

    no comment

  2. Go ahead & slam me for being negative; but our best 2 hitters (Seager & Saunders) would likely be 6-9 hitters in the lineup of a winning team; & at between 1/3 – 1/2 of the season they are the best 2 hitters on our 2012 Mariners.

    I know we have great pitching at Jacksonville, but are there ANY “can’t miss” offensive prospects ANYWHERE in the system?

    I still have high hopes for Saunders, Seager, Montero, Ackley & even Wells; but I wouldn’t call any of them “can’t miss” at this point.

  3. mannix49 says:

    yawn…..

  4. Let’s also look at the 3 passed balls of Olivo, Base running errors by Montero. Throwing errors by Ryan, And the 17 million Mr hit into a double play right fielder #51. How much pressure is to much for these hitters? and pitchers? What’s going to happen is this. Bad habits by all of them. #51 has held this team back for at least the last 3 years. Felix should be a trading chip for better hitting. The park has proven to hold offences. Franklin is done. get what you can for him. There isn’t anyone for our young stars to look to. Give Wege what he needs. Or don’t do anything and just enjoy the family experience of going to a ball game. That really seems to be the matra of the current ownership and front office. Squeese the dollars outa the public and laugh all the way to the bank.

  5. Nomdeguerre says:

    I stopped going to Safeco last year. I believe in Wedge, but the front office has lost me. At this point, I have no desire to watch on television, and will go putter in the yard – a lot less frustrating than watching the M’s.

    At my age, I can’t waste the time.

  6. This has gone beyond just angry rants; I’d like to know how did this same Armstrong/Lincoln/Nintendo f.o. produce the good-great 1995-2003 teams that have been so amazingly AWFUL since 2004?

    We are becoming the laughingstock of MLB.

    Was it all Woody Woodward & Lou Pinella?

  7. wabubba67 says:

    It was Piniella/Gillick and the credibility that they brought to the franchise….and Gillick’s willingness to sacrifice the minor league system in order to be competitive during his tenure. Both eventually clashed with ownership and the area has been burdened by the heavy-handed ambivalence of Lincoln/Armstrong ever since.

  8. Tanks for the correction, Bub. You are 100% right. My memory ain’t what it used to be……..

  9. wabubba67 says:

    Woodward does deserve credit for recruiting Piniella, though, in 1995…and for staying out of Piniella’s way while serving as a buffer between him and an incompetent upper management. That’s about it, though regarding Woodward.

  10. wabubba67 says:

    Sorry…it was around 1990 or 91 that Woodward was instrumental in bringing Piniella to Seattle, not 1995.

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