Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
June 14, 2008 8:01 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
8th inning: Ryan Langerhans is credited with a stolen base, but somehow that just doesn't quite capture what happened on the base paths. Arthur Rhodes had him picked off for what should have been the final out of the inning. Rhodes threw to first as Langerhans ran toward second, but Richie Sexson double-clutched getting the ball out of his glove and Langerhans slid safely into second by the time Sexson's throw arrived. Now Sean Green is on the mound, replacing Rhodes.
7th inning: A bunting strikeout. That's particularly ignominious, and that's what happened to Yuniesky Betancourt in the bottom of the seventh with two aboard and nobody out. But hey, he didn't ground into a double play this time. Ichiro did that.
4th inning: Jose Vidro hit a solo home run for Seattle's first run of the game. It was his second home run in five games, which qualifies as a power surge given his history. Vidro homered three times this season in the first 49 games he played.
Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run with two outs to tie the score 2-2.
4th inning: Erik Bedard has struck out six batters in the first four innings. Trouble is he's given up eight hits in that same amount of time. Bedard has yet to retire Washington in order.
3rd inning: Jamie Burke led off the bottom of the third with a single, and then up came Yuniesky Betancourt who's free-swinging approach saw him ground into a double play up the middle. It's not swinging at the first pitch that's the problem. It's which pitch you pick to swing on. Betancourt picked a change-up he grounded directly to the shortstop. Probably not an at-bat that would be described as "effective."
Top of the 3rd: Umpire Jerry Crawford -- the crew chief -- is experiencing back spasms, causing a delay to start the inning. Second-base umpire Paul Nauert left the field to change into the behind-the-plate gear. Crawford returned to the field, gritted his way through the top of the third, and was replaced by Nauert in the bottom of the inning. The rest of the game will be umpired by a three-man crew.
1st inning: What's that cardinal rule about making outs at third base? Never the first or the third, right. Well Ichiro was thrown out at third base when Elijah Dukes throw from right field was relayed by second baseman Felipe Lopez onto third base and Ichiro was out.