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Sep.
16th

White Sox 6, Mariners 3 — postgame notes

White Sox Mariners BaseballFor a good portion of the season, the Seattle Mariners bullpen has been a strong point for them. But not on Tuesday, the bullpen imploded for four runs and eight hits in three innings, ruining a relatively decent outing from Ian Snell, who pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

“This game is a lot about the bullpen,” Wakamatsu said. “I thought Snell did a heck of a job going out there and competing and giving us six innings under the circumstances.”

Of the five relievers used, perhaps the most effective pitcher was Miguel Batista, and that’s not a set of words I type very often.

Shawn Kelly wasn’t good, Mark Lowe wasn’t much better and Randy Messenger and Garrett Olson, well, I wasn’t expecting much from either.

One of the reasons for the struggles has been the absence of Sean White, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list just before the game with shoulder tendonitis. With White out, Wakamatsu hasn’t found the seventh-inning set-up man to get to Lowe and closer David Aardsma.

“We have to allow for Lowe to pitch the eighth and Aardsma the ninth,” Wakamatsu said.

He’s auditioned for it, but neither Kelly, Batista, Messenger or anyone else has pulled away. Maybe they should have used Carlos Silva … ok that’s just a twisted joke.

Equally culpable in the loss was the Mariners’ offense, which has been a reason behind many of their losses this season.

The M’s grab a 3-0 lead off old friend and teammate Freddy Garcia with Junior ripping his 15ht homer, but they never put him away. Freddy is going to throw plenty of pitches and get himself into his own trouble, however the Mariners didn’t seem willing to wait for that after the third inning.

Seattle had 10 hits, but was just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

A few injury notes …

Bill Hall had a cramp in his quad and should be fine, while Jack Wilson bruised his heel running to first and is day to day.
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Sep.
2nd

Mariners 3, Angels 0 — Bill Hall and Felix Hernandez bail out the Mariners

Angels Mariners BaseballObviously, a great outing from Felix Hernandez. But was it a Cy Young type of outing?

“We got some tough games ahead of us,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “But if he pitches like he did today, he’s going to be an awfully strong candidate.”

Hernandez pitched eight shut-out innings allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks against an Angels team that came into the game leading the American League West in hitting and second in runs scored.

“I thought it was a dominating performance,”  Wakamatsu said. “It was probably one of the tougher games he’s pitched, where I’ve seen him battle.”

It was a far cry from the last time Hernandez faced the Angels in Safeco on May 19th.  On that night, he gave up 11 hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings and having the Angels steal five bases on him. After that game Wakamatsu called him out saying: ” Felix wasn’t sharp. Sometimes you ask guys to step up, and I don’t think he stepped up today.”

But that wasn’t case on the Wednesday. Hernandez stepped up in a big way.

“That feels like a long time ago,” Hernandez said. “This was a different game today.”

It’s different in large part because Felix is a different pitcher. He’s just better, more focused, more polished, more like the pitcher he’s expected to be.

A big key to Hernandez getting the win was Bill Hall, who made a start at second base – the first time he’s played there since June of 2008. And he was solid. His first play in the first inning, he gloved a ball up the middle from Bobby Abreu and then threw him out from the seat of his pants. I am pretty confident in saying Jose Lopez doesn’t make that play. He simply doesn’t have the speed or athleticism or range that Hall does.

I thought Hall looked pretty comfortable defensively and he isn’t known for being the greatest glove.. Offensively, Hall had the RBI double to score Mike Sweeney in the seventh. And he later swiped third off of reliever Kevin Jepsen. On the attempt, Mike Napoli spiked his throw into the ground and Hall scampered home.

“Usually when those pitchers are behind in the count, they don’t want to look back at you,” Hall said. “I try to take advantage of them because I can get a nice running lead.”

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