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April 8, 2008 7:20 PM

Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays: 4/8 game thread

Posted by Geoff Baker

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A very different feel here as there is actually a crowd in the stands numbering more than the usual 3,000 or 4,000 (never go by the announced totals they give you here). They are calling it "a new beginning" in Tampa Bay (or St. Petersburg, if you'd like). We'll see. The devil may be in the details, but it's no longer in the name. The local team is now the Rays, not the Devil Rays. The M's have to beat them.

7:20 p.m.: A tough eighth inning for the M's, who see Ichiro and Jose Lopez get on with singles, then leave them there. Adrian Beltre lined out to left, Ichiro advancing to third. But Raul Ibanez, finally getting a crack at the clean-up spot with runners on, grounds into a double play. Another nailbiting finish apparently in store.

Had one heck of a time getting here today. My flight from Baltimore to Newark was an hour late, causing me to miss my connecting flight to Tampa Bay. Hopped on another flight an hour after that and made it here just in time to hear McLaren speak. Continue to follow me along on this road trip, via our latest video offering down below.

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The Latin American M's players like to horse around pre-game with a game called "flip" in which they bat a ball around with their gloves while standing in a circle, trying to not let it hit the ground.

7:05 p.m.: The M's got a bit lucky that inning, though Adrian Beltre did a great job blocking third base to prevent B.J. Upton from sliding in safely with a triple. A close call. Great throw by relay man Jose Lopez after Brad Wilkerson took his time fielding Upton's double to right. Instead of a guy on third with one out, Roy Corcoran notched his second strikeout of the inning to carry a 6-5 lead to the eighth. Fans here are livid at the Upton call. Booing every pitch now, whether it's the Rays or M's up at-bat. They were even booing the "Kiss Cam'' on the scoreboard between innings. These aren't your older brother's Rays fans. A sellout crowd of 36,048 here tonight and they're making noise.

6:57 p.m.: Erik Bedard is out after six innings, 107 pitches, and Roy Corcoran is on to protect a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Corcoran has pitched rather well since being called up. I think the M's will need to score another run or two if they want to win this game, though. These Rays have so much speed that it's very likely they'll be able to scrounge together another run. Bedard pitched OK. Nothing special. Gave back leads too quickly via home runs and walks. He kept the lead when he had to in that sixth inning. Don't think he's close to hitting his stride yet. Sort of like last April. But he left with his team ahead.

6:39 p.m.: Richie Sexson just put the M's ahead, 6-5, in the sixth with some good hitting, falling behind 1-2 on a close strike call, then reaching out and poking a pitch into right field. Sometimes, you have to go out and get one when you're protecting the plate. Sexson knocks in two runs. The Rays had walked Raul Ibanez to load the bases. Sexson is now 1-for-1 with a walk and three RBI in such cases. If he keeps doing that, teams will have to pitch to Ibanez. Jose Lopez took a huge gamble going to second on that foul pop-up to the catcher. How many times do you see that? But it paid off with an extra run and has the M's ahead.

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6:22 p.m.: Seattle now trails this see-saw affair, 5-4, after booting the ball around in a 35-pitch fifth inning by Erik Bedard. Bedard walked back-to-back hitters, then saw Adrian Beltre scoop up a Jonny Gomes grounder and try for the force at second. It was a bad choice by Beltre, since the runner, B.J. Upton, arrived ahead of the throw. It was also a bad throw by Beltre and wound up in right field, allowing the tying run to score. Upton and Gomes then pulled off a successful double-steal, Upton sprinting home to give Tampa Bay the lead.

5:40 p.m.: Seattle regained the lead, 4-3, in the fourth when Yuniesky Betancourt doubled past the third base bag, took third on Ichiro's groundout and scored on a Jose Lopez sacrifice fly to left. Good job by Lopez getting the run home with less than two out. To Vortex in the comments thread, I never said Raul Ibanez won't cost his team some runs in left field. It was games I said I didn't see him costing the team very often. If you're insinuating he should have had that blooper last inning, fine, but it's not costing Seattle the game. Not with the M's now having the lead. Sorry, but if you want Ibanez's bat and RBI, you have to put up with some less-than-Gold Glove. The way this team is built, anyway.

5:30 p.m.: Erik Bedard gave the lead right back in the third inning, letting the Rays tie it 3-3 after first surrendering a monster home run to right field by Carlos Pena. It almost hit the catwalk perched high atop the stadium. The big play of the inning, though was the inability to nab baserunner B.J. Upton on what looked like a successful pickoff move by Bedard. Upton broke for second as Bedard made his throw over to first. But the speedy Upton managed to beat Richie Sexson's throw over to second base and slid in safely. That prolonged the inning. Bedard hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch to put two on and Willy Aybar blooped a double to left that tied the game.

5:14 p.m.: Big inning by the Mariners in the third, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead with plenty of help from an erratic (and apparently hurt) Matt Garza. The M's got a pair of singles from Ichiro and Yuniesky Betancourt to start the inning off. Both advanced on a Jose Lopez groundout to the right side. Adrian Beltre, not looking very selective at the plate tonight, went down swinging and Raul Ibanez was walked intentionally to load 'em up for Richie Sexson. Garza jumped ahead 1-2, then tried to get Sexson to chase some slop that he wisely laid off of. Sexson has shown a very good eye at the platye this first week. Garza's payoff pitch was below the knees. Sexson drew the walk (he sometimes gets called out on low pitches because his knees are higher than some umpires might think) to force home the tying run. Brad Wilkerson then worked the count in his favor and lined one to right center for a two-run single. Big hit for him. Won't set any records, but he needed that. His first two RBI for the M's.

Jose Vidro then drew a five-pitch walk, sending the Rays' trainers and coaches to the mound. Garza was pulled with an apparent injury, leaving reliever Scott Dohmann to enter the game with the bases loaded and still two out. Dohmann fell behind 2-0 on Johjima, but got him to hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice.

4:47 p.m.: Tampa Bay just opened the scoring when Shawn Riggins tagged an 0-1 pitch by Bedard for a solo home run to left field in the second inning. First career home run for Riggins. Seems like Bedard has given up a long ball in every game he's pitched in calendar 2008, doesn't it? Have to call Navan, Ontario and see what his results in pick-up games were. Bedard had been pitching well to that point.

Brad Wilkerson turned up the heat on himself by grounding into a double play after Richie Sexson had led off the top of the second with an infield hit. Jose Vidro later singled as well. That's three singles in two innings by the M's without a runner reaching second base.

4:30 p.m.: Good job by Erik Bedard to get out of that first inning after the first two hitters reached on chip-shot singles, then advanced one base on a flyout to center by Carlos Pena. But Bedard got a big strikeout of cleanup hitter B.J. Upton on an 0-2 pitch, then a groundout by Jonny Gomes. No score after an inning of play.

Seattle got a single by Jose Lopez in the first inning, but Adrian Beltre swung and missed at an 0-2 fastball that was impossible to connect on for anyone other than a giraffe. Raul Ibanez then flied out to the warning track in left.

4:00 p.m.: Some lineup changes by Seattle as Raul Ibanez hits fourth.

"We had a little staff get-together and discussed some possible changes,'' Mariners manager John McLaren said pre-game. "It's just to give us a little different look."


Speaking of different looks, check out the top of the Rays order against southpaw Bedard. Guess they don't like splitting the lefties up.

Here are the lineups:

MARINERS (2-5)

51 Ichiro (L) CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
28 Raul Ibanez (L) LF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
6 Brad Wilkerson (L) RF
3 Jose Vidro (S) DH
2 Kenji Johjima C
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

45 Erik Bedard LHP


RAYS (3-3)

1 Akinori Iwamura (L) 2B
13 Carl Crawford (L) LF
23 Carlos Pena (L) 1B
2 B.J. Upton CF
31 Jonny Gomes DH
16 Willy Aybar (S) 3B
9 Shawn Riggins C
43 Elliot Johnson (S) RF
8 Jason Bartlett SS

22 Matt Garza RHP

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The Mariners do have some representation in the crowd.

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Posted by Seattle Sports Blog

4:22 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Don't you just love how every inch of outfield wall is covered by corporate advertising? It makes me sick.....they are also now allowing advertisements on the actual playing surface in hockey. These advertising agencies sit around all day thinking of every possible way to get their corporate sponsors on everything. No one seems to care?

Love Beltre.....3 pitch strike out

Posted by ethan

4:29 PM, Apr 08, 2008

"Advertising and the End of the World." video by Sut Jalley. learn it. know it. love it.

i see the Orioles won again. but they'll collapse soon. i mean...they havent been through the wars, right?

Posted by Choska

4:31 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Hey Geoff, what is your opinion on advertisements?

Given that they make this forum, as well as Mariner's Radio and TV, possible I'm pro advertising.

Posted by oregongaljjzp

4:36 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Seattle Sports Blog, isn't your name an advertisement?

Gotta go. Hope to hear good news when my meeting's over at 9.

Posted by Frankie

4:36 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I can't stand Wilkerson. I really can't.

Posted by Chopper58

4:37 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Wilkersen, just when I don't think could like you any less. GIDP. WTF, please learn how to bat

Posted by Nat

4:46 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Frankie, I don't know if Wilkerson is going to come around or not but I do know one thing - you don't put Sexson and Wilkerson back to back in the lineup! It's a joke as well as being a super easy DP.

Posted by Adam

4:49 PM, Apr 08, 2008

What the heck is Bedard chewing on?

Posted by ET90210

4:50 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Posted by Ben

4:51 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Yah! someone on 2nd! Way to go Yuni and Ichiro. Double steal? eh? eh?

Posted by Seattle Sports Blog

4:53 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Ethan, good tip on that documentary, looks interesting. I wouldn't exactly call my Seattle Sports Blog a rolling endorsement. I'd just prefer advertising to be left to commercials on tv vs. having to see corporate logo's everytime a ball is pitched or hit. The NFL does it right...no ads on the field or on the players.

If you continue to be passive about things like this in life, things will continue to get worse. There comes a point where you have to say enough is enough.

Posted by Jared

4:53 PM, Apr 08, 2008

We gotta get these runs in.

Posted by Jared

4:54 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Bedard looks like he is having good command besides the HR pitch that hung right in the middle of the plate.

Posted by Nat

4:55 PM, Apr 08, 2008

TB's catcher looks like he's about twelve years old and just got a HR - are ya watching the young'un get a hit yet, Mac? That's what good, eager young hitters do!

Posted by Jared

4:57 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Loading the bases for Sexson.... I hope he knocks a GS. geeeeez.

Posted by sfmsfan

4:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Did the M's pick up Wilkerson so that we'll hate someone more than Sexson?

Posted by John

4:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Richie Sexson ... bases loaded ... two outs.
Any questions?

Posted by Bobby Ayala

4:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Here comes Sexson. Anyone scared?

Posted by Ben

4:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Here's your shot Sexson.

Posted by Ben

4:59 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Maybe he'll draw one of his recently pattented walks?

Posted by Matt

4:59 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Three guesses as to what Sexson is gonna do right now...

Posted by Nat

5:00 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I'd really like to see Richie shut this crowd up with a grand slam here!

Posted by Jared

5:00 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Garza really wants him to chase one...

Posted by Bobby Ayala

5:01 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Oh boy.

I was waiting for Sexson to swing at those potential wild pitches in the dirt to K, but he didn't!

I'll take the RBI's however we can get 'em. Decent at bat to work to count from 1-2.

Posted by Jared

5:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

HAHAHA! Yes! Sexson is a walk MACHINE!!!! Now here comes the rally killer!

Posted by Frankie

5:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Did he just walk with the bases loaded??

Posted by another fan

5:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Don't you love the most recent story on the M's web site praising Beltre's "keen eye". If only he could keep that eye focused on ball when he's batting.

Posted by Ben

5:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Hell yeah. Put the Sexton tm (trademark) next to that walk. It's future sexson - man of many walks.

Posted by John

5:03 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Can somebody get a hit when it matters ... please?

Posted by Batter Up!!!

5:03 PM, Apr 08, 2008

NAT, We had a big strategy meeting on the plane on the way down here and came up with this idea........ Some of the best minds in the game worked this up, so lighten up :-)

Richie gets a very patient RBI.

Posted by sfmsfan

5:03 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Watching the game online and the location of ball 4 looks like a strike, but I'm not complaining.

Is it possible for Wilkerson to ground into a triple play with 2 outs?

Posted by Nat

5:04 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Maybe the walk will rattle Garza. This would be a good time for Wilkerson to get his first RBI on the year.

Posted by Jared

5:04 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Nice Wilkerson needed that one! Good rip!

Posted by Bobby Ayala

5:05 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Brad Wilkerson absolutely needed that hit. For him, and for us.

Now let's hope Bedard has 7 more innings in him. :)

Posted by Frankie

5:05 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Sexson walks with the bases loaded, and WIlkerson hits a 2 RBI single...

Wake up Frankie!! Wake up!!!!

Posted by Ben

5:05 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Yeah he double his average right there...

Posted by John

5:06 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Finally!!!!!

Posted by another fan

5:06 PM, Apr 08, 2008

will they send wilk here and see if they can run themselves out of an inning once again?

Posted by Matt

5:06 PM, Apr 08, 2008

The last two at-bats have my jaw on the floor...

Posted by Jared

5:07 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Garza is throwing garbage now. Johjimaaaa!!! Lets keep this going!

Posted by Mariner's Fan in Hawaii

5:07 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Garza is going to hit 40 pitches by the end of the third inning!

Posted by sfmsfan

5:07 PM, Apr 08, 2008

If Sexson and Wilkerson can do, than Kenji's gotta be able to push a run in.

Posted by Frankie

5:12 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I love how Niehaus said that the hit was the first clutch hit they have gotten from Wilkerson in a long time...

Ummm I think it was the first clutch hit they have EVER gotten from Wilkerson!!

Posted by Jared

5:13 PM, Apr 08, 2008

He said it was the first clutch hit we have gotten from someone in a long time..

Posted by Bobby Ayala

5:19 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I'm curious about Bedard's fastball velocity. I want to say in Baltimore he could top out around 95.

On opening day, he was mostly around the 92 range. In this game, according to the radar, he is 87-89, topping out at 90. Assuming the radar is correct (that's a big assumption), has he lost something? I'll admit I didn't watch him in Baltimore too often, so I'm not sure what to expect.

His curve is still dropping, and it's hot.

Posted by Nat

5:20 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Tony S.: ha ha, too much information.

It would have been nice to see one of the M's get a GS there, if for no other reason than to see them get on a roll and get some of that big MO going!

Bedard is pitching very well here, I'm liking what I'm seeing from him!

Posted by Jared

5:21 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Can Bedard pitch like the pitcher we traded for?!?! Geez this is getting crazy with the HRs. If he keeps this up I wonder if Mac will put Felix the number 1.

Posted by Ben

5:21 PM, Apr 08, 2008

except he's now given up 2 homeruns...

Posted by Jared

5:23 PM, Apr 08, 2008

How much you wanna bet Mclaren calls Bedard a "bulldog" after the game?

Posted by Choska

5:24 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Geoff, maybe one of your four questions to Bedard can be some variation of "Are you hurt, and when did you know it."

Posted by Nat

5:26 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I spoke too soon about Bedard! Time to shut up.

Posted by Jared

5:26 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Anyone see what Bedard mouthed their on the tv?! haha What the #@%!

Posted by Adam

5:30 PM, Apr 08, 2008

THere is a run that Ibanez's range cost us.

Posted by Bring Back Sherill

5:30 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I love how there's an ad for Geico and All State on the same wall

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

5:31 PM, Apr 08, 2008

i love that mlb.com blacks out the game on my web-package because i live in FL, even though they don't show it on tv here because i'm 5 hours from Tampa. nice.

Posted by Jared

5:31 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I think a more mobile left fielder would have caught that one. eh.

Posted by Vortex

5:31 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Geoff-
Still holding the line you haven't seen Ibanez's fielding cost us any runs?

Posted by Frankie

5:32 PM, Apr 08, 2008

O'Flaherty should be warming up soon...

Posted by Nat

5:33 PM, Apr 08, 2008

II'd bet hitters are hitting out to LF just for that reason-

C'mon Yuni, let's get a double here! Yeah, I called it!

Posted by Jared

5:34 PM, Apr 08, 2008

O'Flaherty.. LOL. Bedard is a bulldog out their! According to Mac he only makes changes if Mel tells him to.

Posted by BrettJMiller

5:38 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Geoff,

You have to admit any other LF in the league catches Aybar's "double" in the bottom of the 3rd. You need to call Raul out for that, even if you have to answer to him. It's the truth, and he has to hear it

Posted by Nat

5:38 PM, Apr 08, 2008

It seems unreal to see Lopez and Sexson and Yuni taking pitches but it is sure paying off!

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

5:41 PM, Apr 08, 2008

wilkerson has improved to an impressive .105 on the year. good pick up!

Posted by Lance

5:44 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I'm glad to see the lineupn changes Mac was willing to make.

However, I would have prefered not seeing Sexsonn and Wilkerson hitting back-to-back. But, then I suppose it could be reasoned to let the Whiff Brothers hit together, get it out of the way, and move on.

Still, I'd rather it not have been Adrian moved to the third hole. You can see why in the third inning. With runners on second and third they just wouldn't pitch to Raul. Teams would rather face the Whiff Brothers in any dangerous situation. If Adrian was hitting 5th or 6th they wouldn't be able to do that. Beltre is much more dangerous than those bros.

Yuni should be hitting third, Beltre five or six.

But, the changes made are better than nothing. It should help get a few more runs in..

Posted by Jared

5:44 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Geoff , You did say games not runs, that is true. I think it just came in our mind as he was really slow getting to that one. I do want his bat and rbi's but be nicer coming from the DH spot ehh?!?! Next year , next year..

Posted by Get Griffey

5:45 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Vortex-
I think Geoff said he hadnít seen Ibanez's fielding cost us lots of GAMES, not runs.

Anyone ells wondering why there is a DEVIL RAY on the sleeves of the (no devil) ray's uniforms? lol

Posted by Lance

5:54 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Jared, I wouldn't be surprised if our DH next year will be Ken Griffey, Jr. Raul might likely move to first base.

Posted by Nat

5:55 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Couldn't afford new uniforms maybe?

These are The New Mariners - who now take walks. I guess old dogs CAN learn new tricks, huh.
It's about time...

Posted by AKMarinersFan

5:57 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Thin Tampa Bay air...

Posted by Frankie

5:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Umm...I hate to break it to everyone, but we lost this game.

We all know the bullpen is coming in at about the 7th inning. So the only way we should feel safe is if we have about a 4 run lead.

Other than that, we are about to be 2-6!!

Posted by Ali from Cali

5:58 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I hope the Mariners bring some good hitting home for the angels at this rate

Posted by Jared

5:59 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Yeah im hoping we get Griffey next year since he becomes a free agent and Vidro and Sexson's contracts are done after this year. But do you think they would really have Ibanez be the full time 1st basemen?

Posted by Lonso

6:00 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I think it's time to put the Wilkerson-Vidro hit-and-run on ice for awhile.

Posted by Nat

6:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

It's about time for Joh to break out of his slump too.Umm...he hasn't really caught on to the idea of taking a pitch yet, I guess...maybe it's a language thing :) Go Joh!

*sigh* Or not.

For a game that requires patience it sure can be taxing for fans.

Posted by Nat

6:06 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I haven't heard anyone say how many pitches Bedard's thrown yet - anyone have an idea?

Posted by sfmsfan

6:09 PM, Apr 08, 2008

72

Posted by Jared

6:09 PM, Apr 08, 2008

72 pitches

Posted by Nat

6:14 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Thanks. But Pena and them are making Bedard work here. I'd love it if he could go through the 8th and then bring RRS in. That might be wishful thinking if he keeps walking everyone!

Oh man. Who are you gonna bring in?

Posted by Frankie

6:14 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I'm surprised O'Flaherty isn't warming up yet. He's good under pressure....

Posted by Frankie

6:16 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I want it known that I called this loss while we still had the lead...

Posted by Lonso

6:16 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Give me an O! Give me an Apostrophe! Give me an F!

Posted by tybow

6:16 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Is it just me or has beltre really struggled in the field this year? any comments

Posted by Nat

6:20 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Oh-h-h,.this is where Dickey would come in handy...

Posted by Batter Up!!!

6:20 PM, Apr 08, 2008

The Bulldog is gassed! 3 walks in a row. Bad fielding.

No one up in the Pen?

Posted by Vortex

6:22 PM, Apr 08, 2008

OK, I thought I remembered runs. But I'd still argue that any runs given up because of poor defense contributes to the loss. Just because it didn't happen in the bottom of the ninth, the added runs still go on to affect potential at bats and situations later in the game. What if the run hadn't scored, then the 1 run scored in the 9th would've tied or whatever scenario you want to play out.

When it's reduced to outscoring the other team wins, any runs are counter to this and "cost" the team games. Yes we were ahead 4-3, but at the time that run tied it. And I would rather a 4-2 game instead of 4-3. What happens after that play is irrelevant. The run scored when it shouldn't have and that will now factor into decisions made the rest of the game.

Posted by Lonso

6:23 PM, Apr 08, 2008

That look by Kenji shows us just how much of an effect Mclaren is having on this team. His facial expressions are being widely adopted.

Maybe if we go into the late innings down by one or two runs we will have a better chance of winning. I like this experiment.

Posted by Mariner in DC

6:23 PM, Apr 08, 2008

alright, seriously, what the hell jsut happened? Upton stole home? this is getting ridiculous.

Posted by Poe

6:25 PM, Apr 08, 2008

still whining in here...nothing but whine LOL

Posted by Will

6:27 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Can someone please explain to me why Mac would have Johjima throw through to second on that steal with two outs and a runner on third? Johjima throws out about 40% of base stealers, but that means there's a 60% chance that runner at third will be able to score. Absolutely pathetic. This team is hopeless.

And if you're an opposing pitcher, why would you even throw a strike to Beltre? Throw one up around his eyes, he swings; throw one in the dirt, he swings. Unbelievable.

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

6:28 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I wish we had 5 O' Flaherty's to start each night, 3 more to pitch set up, then 1 more to shut down the 9th. Thats right I said it-- an ALL O 'FLAHERTY PEN! Put 9 Wilkerson's in the dugout and this team would be ready to go.

Posted by Ali from Cali

6:32 PM, Apr 08, 2008

we got bases loaded with 2 outs.. Whats going to happen!? ...

Posted by Ali from Cali

6:34 PM, Apr 08, 2008

YES!!! 2 RUN SINGLE FOR SEXSON!! 6-5 mariners!! waaahoooo aawhoooo

Posted by Frankie

6:35 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Don't get too excited everyone. The bullpen will blow it..

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

6:36 PM, Apr 08, 2008

wow, i hope we're not scoring all of tomorrow's runs today. but it is good to finally see sexson swinging well.

Posted by Jared

6:37 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Just remember i said Mclaren will call Bedard a bulldog after the game. haha its his new word. Makes him sound like a tough manager. I heard Pinella gives Mclaren all his old clothes.

Posted by Nat

6:38 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Yay, Richie's muscle memory is starting to kick in! Now if Wilkerson can get another run in...

I SO want you to be wrong here, Frankie-

Is Bedard done for the night then? They keep showing him in the dugout.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

6:41 PM, Apr 08, 2008

The Bulldog is back and he wants a win!

Posted by Jared

6:43 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Thats right! He is showing a lot of bulldog in him tonight. Keeps battling. Strike 3 callllleeed!!!

Posted by Adam

6:44 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Good job Sexson. Didn't really drive the ball, but we'll take it.

Posted by tybow

6:48 PM, Apr 08, 2008

que up thunderstruck its time for.....

O'FLAHERTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Batter Up!!!

6:50 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Nice work Dog!

He can go again! He has his 2nd wind now.

Nice if we can get him a couple more in the 7th with 7-8-9.

Posted by Ben

6:56 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Man what's with Johjima? Is he going to get a hit any time soon? Jeff Clement might want to learn how to catch.

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

6:57 PM, Apr 08, 2008

is anyone else excited to see sexson hit again? right now he's flirting with respectable 2005/2006 numbers. but that can't be, we hate sexson?!?

confused,

tallahassee

Posted by Lonso

7:00 PM, Apr 08, 2008

I too am enjoying the new Richmond Lockwood Sexson

Posted by Go M's!!

7:08 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Beltre actually tagged Upton on the hand before he touched the base. Great call!! Too bad Blowers and Sims didn't notice that!!

Go M's!!

Posted by Faceplant

7:08 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Wow. Upton was safe. That's a big break for the good guys!

Posted by Faceplant

7:10 PM, Apr 08, 2008

"Beltre actually tagged Upton on the hand before he touched the base. Great call!! Too bad Blowers and Sims didn't notice that!!"

I didn't see that either. And with the way that the umpire, and Maddon was reacting the Umpire probably didn't see that either.

Posted by Nat

7:11 PM, Apr 08, 2008

It's great to see Richie hitting again, but remember- small sample size!

Well, that was an exciting inning. Hope the Mariners will follow up now. These fans really like to boo, huh. I wouldn't be surprised if a Mariner doesn't get beaned in this inning...

We need a couple runs here to shut this crowd up again!

Posted by Nat

7:15 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Just hit a HR, Beltre!!!

Posted by frank

7:23 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Why wasn't Beltre Bunting? Who is managing this team...and don't give me the "he's our #3 batter" ...A bunt there produces a run on Ibanez's grounder or they walk him and face sexson with them loaded up....

Posted by AKMarinersFan

7:25 PM, Apr 08, 2008

McLaren is watching cartoons in the dugout

Posted by fish93

7:26 PM, Apr 08, 2008

wow here comes RRS

Posted by AKMarinersFan

7:26 PM, Apr 08, 2008

no way McLaren is using RRS? WTF?

Posted by Chopper58

7:28 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Who is this Rowland-Smith guy that McLaren has given the ball, I don't recognise him. He doesn't look anything like O'Flaherty

Posted by Jared

7:29 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Mclaren called Piniella and asked what he would do in this situation. Corcoran didn't do a bad job at all... he had some good pitches in their.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:31 PM, Apr 08, 2008

RRS, nice work!

Posted by Go M's!

7:33 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Beltre has sacrificed 1 time in the last 4 seasons. That's why you don't bunt him in that situation. I agree with letting him hit.

Posted by Faceplant

7:35 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Lovely. I hate this teams obsession with roles. To them, Lowe is the closer right now. RRS has barely pitched all year, but he will be pulled in favor of Lowe, simply because RRS isn't in the closers role. That apparently disqualifies him from pitching in the ninth inning.

Posted by Nat

7:37 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Corcoran aquitted himself very well. RRS looked pretty nervous out there but he did great and didn't use many pitches to do it! But will Mac send hiim back out in the 9th? Just heard Mark Lowe is warming up. I'll be holding my breath...

First time I've seen Percival since he came out of retirement again. I bet the Angels wish they still had him in their pen now that F-Rod is messed up.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:42 PM, Apr 08, 2008

RRS, Gee I quess you've got yourself a role son!

Very Nice!

Posted by Faceplant

7:43 PM, Apr 08, 2008

"Why wasn't Beltre Bunting? Who is managing this team...and don't give me the "he's our #3 batter" ...A bunt there produces a run on Ibanez's grounder or they walk him and face sexson with them loaded up...."

Turning one of your good hitters into an automatic out is never a good decision.

Posted by Nat

7:45 PM, Apr 08, 2008

He stopped the llosing streak - cheers to RRS!!!!

Posted by Go M's!

7:46 PM, Apr 08, 2008

You Mclaren haters need to give him some props for adjusting his bullpen and giving his bats some time to come through!! Good win!!

GO M's!!

Posted by Anna11

7:47 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Wow -- the bullpen held a lead! Corcoran and RRS pitched really well.

And way to go Bedard. Nice way to come back after a bad inning.

Posted by Frankie

7:47 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Well, it worked!!

Me saying the Mariners were going to lose this game obviously jinxed them into winning. Maybe I should do it more often :)

Posted by East of Enumclaw M's Fan

7:48 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Nice save, RRS!!! Finally

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:49 PM, Apr 08, 2008

RRS, this guys a gamer! Loved the post game interview.

Corcoran was impressive also!

Nice win!

Posted by sjazzdude

7:53 PM, Apr 08, 2008

It was nice to see Corcoran and Rowland-Smith seize the game. I know we can't rely on them every game, but maybe these are the go to men in the pen. It's obvious that O'Flaharty and Green are not the answer.

I know it's only the beginning of the season, but I don't think O'Flaharty and Green are up to the challenge. They can't throw strikes in the clutch and you can't afford to give the other team runs by throwing wild pitches. I don't blame Felix for getting upset in that 3-2 loss. He threw a gem, only to have the bullpen practically give the Orioles the win.

Our bullpen needs to be fixed and to have Corcoran and Rowland Smith as anchors, we maybe on the way up.

Posted by Blair

7:54 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Nicely done Rowland-Smith. I like the baserunning and work done by Lopez today. Maybe he's getting past the mental issues of the past. Nice win today! Perhaps put a slow to some of the negative posts about various players/managers/front office personnel being "pathetic, morons, idiots" etc. Seriously, baseball is supposed to be fun. I'm well aware going to the game is expensive and the Mariners don't exactly have the best track record in baseball but reading some of the comments sometimes it seems like people almost want the team to lose to confirm their complaining or give them something else to complain about. Go Mariners, once Putz is back I think this team looks pretty good.

Posted by sjazzdude

8:02 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Bedard is not pitching to what is expected of him. For what we spent to get him, he is not pitching like an ace, rather a number three to five starter. Maybe he isn't an ace. He's not fooling many hitters.

How many homeruns has he given up so far? He's barely keeping us in games. It seems when he starts, the question is "How many homeruns will he give up today?" He gave up two today. Is that how the so-called "ace" should be pitching?

Posted by Frankie

8:05 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Bedard isn't keeping us in games? Maybe you forgot what he did on Opening Day while he was getting squeezed by the umps.....

Posted by GW

8:10 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Geoff,

Thanks again for the great video and pics from the game site! Keep up the great work!

Posted by sjazzdude

8:11 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Another question: Why isn't McLaren utilizing his bench? Why are Bloomquist, Jiminez and Morse justing sitting on the bench. It's going to be a long season and he can't use the same players everyday.

I see Beltre's play is up and down and probably needs a day off. Wilkerson is sputtering in RF and hitting worth #$%&. Vidro is showing he's not an everyday player and Ibanez will need his time off as well.

How does he expect the bench to produce if he doesn't insert them in the lineup. I

Posted by sjazzdude

8:14 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Frankie, don't blame the umps. If showed any type of consistency, he might have gotten the calls, but he was all over the place. He struggled big time.

Posted by ralph

8:14 PM, Apr 08, 2008

Faceplant: Teams sacrifice "one of their good hitters" all the time in late innings when you are looking to add an insurance run....also beltre is your protoype number 3 hitter (high avg or rbi guy) he handle the bat fairly well and runs as well which means most managers would and should bunt in that siituation.

Posted by 97MarinersLineup

9:23 PM, Apr 08, 2008

thanks Geoff for your outstanding coverage. i only go to your blog for mariners news. the "other blogs" are good but they don't have managing editors to report to.

Posted by kingk

3:03 AM, Apr 09, 2008

Some of you should go back and see what you posted Not only is it incredibly negative and wrong but stupid also...Just amazing what "fans" we have

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