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Category: Postgame notes

July
12th

Mariners 8, Angels 3 — Ibanez, offense continue roll

Raul Ibanez
Raul Ibanez hit homers 23 and 24 of the first half on Friday night against the Angels. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson

The Mariners touched down in New York City on May 13 with Raul Ibanez in a funk.

He was already playing more than he or the Mariners planned after he signed a one-year deal in the offseason. A night later, Ibanez went 2-for-4 with a homer in Yankee Stadium. It was the start of a two-month rampage.

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July
11th

Red Sox 8, Mariners 7 — Starting pitching again fails the Mariners against Sox

Plopped in his black leather chair, Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen let loose a couple what-can-you-do sighs postgame.

He smirked, then offered a mystic explanation for Thursday’s outcome that has been proven throughout time.

“It’s like a baseball God rule, if you walk the batter to lead-off an inning, they’re scoring,” Wilhelmsen said.

Wilhelmsen did that in the 10th inning Thursday. And, to the surprise of no one living in the clouds or sitting in Safeco Field, that runner scored.

The Mariners countered another solid day at the plate with poor starting pitching and not-good-enough relief work

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June
30th

Cubs 7, Mariners 6 — Bonderman has bad start, Ibanez homers again

The Chicago Cubs’ nightmare bullpen almost delivered another dream scenario to the Mariners.

The Cubs sent middling reliever after middling reliever to the mound in Sunday’s late afternoon heat.

Home run Raul Ibanez. Two-run homer Kyle Seager. An afternoon snoozer turned taut, nearly close enough to catch the attention of those in the beer garden.

But, no tie, extra innings or walk-off Sunday. The Mariners rally from 7-1 down halted in the ninth when Cubs closer Kevin Gregg zipped through a 1-2-3 inning. The 7-6 Chicago win gave the Cubs a 2-1 series win. Worse, it ended

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June
29th

Cubs 5, Mariners 3 (11 innings) — Ackley sprains thumb, is day-to-day

The Mariners are running out of space in the medical room.

Dustin Ackley joined fellow injured outfielders Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders and Michael Morse when he sprained his thumb while trying to make a diving catch Saturday afternoon. He’s day-to-day.

Two innings later, Alfonso Soriano provided the 11th-inning insult to injury when he hit a two-run homer off Oliver Perez to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 win over Seattle at a well-populated Safeco Field.

Ackley came charging in, dove, and came up short in the top of the ninth. His momentum pushed his gloved into the

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