Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
July 12, 2008 5:48 PM
Posted by Geoff Baker
Christmas just came early for the Mariners, who scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead. It's apparently driving the fans here to drink. All of the runs were off ex-Mariners starter Gil Meche. Raul Ibanez hit the team's first home run by anyone other than Richie Sexson since Jeff Clement went deep last Saturday. That was a two-run shot to get Seattle back within a run. Jose Vidro and Adrian Beltre then added singles with one out. Jeremy Reed then lined one into the left field corner to bring both runners home. Reed went to third on the throw back in, but then foolishly tried to score when the ball got away from the catcher.
He was easily thrown out at the plate and the inning died soon after. With only one out, you can't be sprinting home in a one-run game like Reed just did. I know he wanted to catch the Royals off-guard, but there's the element of surprise and then the element of delusion. You hold your ground when you're at third with less than two out. Even if it's the M's hitting.
Jarrod Washburn begins the bottom of the sixth at only 88 pitches. He's allowed just the one earned run. A pretty good performance considering how it began. He stands to win this game.
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5:15 p.m.: Jarrod Washburn gave up the 2000th hit of Mark Grudzielanek's career to start the third, but he battled back to get a flyout to right on Alex Gordon and a double-play grounder on John Buck.
The offense looks woeful tonight. Yuniesky Betancourt needs to get his head in the game -- yet again. He was doubled off first base after going to far off the bag on a routine flyout to right by Ichiro. This stuff happens with him several times per week. He loses focus. Just like Jose Lopez did last year. That's the problem on a team with no self-policing. With no accountability. Guys don't play the game right and they are in the lineup day after day.
Then again, when they look at the clean-up hitter with the sub-.600 OPS, they must figure it's a free-for-all. This team set the wrong tone at the very top, going on several years now, and is still paying the price for it. A losing culture can take years to overcome. Witness how easily this team is going down to defeat tonight against Gil Meche. But there are things you can do. At the very least, you can bench a guy who keeps making mental mistakes. It's not Jose Vidro's fault he can't hit and the manager keeps batting him cleanup. But it is the shortstop's fault that he plays every other game as if he's daydreaming about something else. If some of you think that's harsh, then give me a call when this team gets back to .500 in a few years. Right now, everyone is fair game. This team stinks. It does have a certain degree of talent and that talent has vastly underperformed. Any of you pick these guys to lose 110 games? If you did, step to the front of the class because if the M's keep going like this -- losing whether they get brilliant pitching, or they don't -- that's exactly what's going to happen.
Who let the dogs out? The M's did, apparently. Got everyone all excited here and now this doggie is doing a little dance atop their dugout.
4:54 p.m.: Two innings done and Jarrod Washburn trails 3-0, his pitch count already at 56. Washburn gave up back-to-back singles to Esteban German and David DeJesus with one out. He then walked Mike Aviles on five pitches to laod the bases. Mark Teahen then collected an RBI on a fielder's choice groundout. Jose Guillen flied out to end the threat. But it's an uphill climb for Washburn and the Mariners tonight.
Tug Hulett went down swinging with a runner on to end the top of the second.
4:36 p.m.: One inning complete here and the Mariners trail 2-0 with starting pitcher Jarrod Washburn in some serious pitch count trouble already. Both runs were unearned, but tell that to Washburn's tired arm.
Ichiro led off the top of the first inning with a bloop single to left, but was stranded there. David DeJesus then got the bottom of the frame started by bouncing a ball to first baseman Jose Vidro's left. Vidro made a poor throw to a covering Washburn, allowing DeJesus to reach on an error. DeJesus actually rounded first and had to go diving back into the bag as Washburn took a second throw. Television replays appeared to show DeJesus was out. Mariners manager Jim Riggleman argued the play but to no avail.
Mike Aviles then singled to right to put two on. Mark Teahen hit a potential double play ball, but Adrian Beltre waited just a split second too long to get the throw off to second baseman Jose Lopez. The M's got the force out at second, but the relay on to first was not in time. Teahen got up the line quickly.
That proved costly because Washburn got Jose Guillen to pop out to Lopez for the second out. But Mark Grudzielanek wound up singling to left field to bring home the first run. Alex Gordon then singled to left as well. Washburn threw 39 pitches in the inning. He did not look sharp. None of the hits he yielded looked all that hard-hit. But he was missing his spots and falling behind hitters. But the M's did give away outs. Can't do that. This team doesn't score enough to play catch-up all game.
Posted by downonstrikes
4:44 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Washburn down 2 zip after the first. only 38 pitch inning. Doing great! Gotta love these guys.
There goes the trade value. Geesh.
Like the videos.
Here comes the Tug boat. Let's see what happens!
Posted by Sexson2NY!
4:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Did you all see the reports of the Yankees being interested in Sexson? I hope he makes the team and gets the wrath of the not so nice fans in NY.
Posted by White Line Fever
4:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008
This is friggen hilarious. He had to duck from the Seattle Media, The New York Media wil rip him a new you know what>
Posted by downonstrikes
4:48 PM, Jul 12, 2008
if he is like most of the other players we jettison after poor performance, he'll improve, become loved, and take his revenge on the M's whenever they visit. The list of similar players is long. Why don't they play well in Seattle? Big question.
Posted by GripS
4:57 PM, Jul 12, 2008
If the M's continue to play as poorly as they have(which i believe they will at this point) and the Hawks have a bad year on top of it it will be a sure sign that Seattle Sports is indeed cursed.
Posted by payaso
5:16 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Bring on the clowns....oh wait they're already on the field. Well at least we got a cool double play...
Posted by headliner
5:34 PM, Jul 12, 2008
I agree with Geoff, this team stinks. It looks like Riggleman was the bench coach for Mac, because they have the same game mind set. Play the same players and expect a better result. Didn't work for Mac, not working now.
Posted by Batter Up!!!
5:40 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Actually Geoff with the lack of drive & effort by the players and the lineup Riggleman keeps submitting, I think they are capable of losing 120.
Yuni is a joke and needs to be on the bench NOW! Somebody needs to shake him up. He should have been meet on the top step of the dugout, chewed out and sent to the showers.
Vidro proved early in this game he should not be on 1st. His throw wasn't even close to 1st base.
Posted by Bums
5:55 PM, Jul 12, 2008
I love this team. I love that Vidro gets trotted out every game at cleanup as though he is all of the sudden going to get it turned around. I love that Yuni loses his head. I love that the DH is 5'8" and is not what the DH is for. I love that Batista is being kept for dire situations. And I love that we can watch Joh and Silva for another three years.
God, I hope someone comes in, cleans house, and knows how to run a team. I fear we are reverting back to the pre-Piniella era. Why can't this club do crap without Piniella?
There is one common denominator over all these years and we all know who it is. Things will never be right until that denominator is taken out of the equation. I will not spend one more penny on this team until that happens. Only way for changes to happen are for people to stop going. I ask again, how can people afford to be going to these games and watch a bunch of overpaid players severly under perform?
Posted by TimsHead
6:06 PM, Jul 12, 2008
This just in: The ESPN GameCast is showing Ho-Ram's profile picture ... with him still wearing a Seattle cap!
Now that's funny!
Posted by Batter Up!!!
6:33 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Nice work Arthur Rhodes!
Once again he comes in and gets it done.
Posted by Al
6:44 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Honeymoon's over, Morrow. This is what happens when all you have is a fastball. Now go down to AAA and develop a real aresenal.
Posted by GripS
6:46 PM, Jul 12, 2008
OUCH!!! Two in a row Morrow. He's lost his confidence.
Posted by Jeff
6:48 PM, Jul 12, 2008
They could screw up a wet dream
They are really snake bit
Posted by richie d
8:53 PM, Jul 12, 2008
Been reading for a long time, first time posting. Obviously, lots of trades possible before the deadline
You think Lopez and Betancourt are part of the equation? Without going into the reasons why, seems like they're young and could get a return that could be at least equal to what they bring to the table.
Reason I say it is because it seems there should be a complete housecleaning.
All the other names are abvious.
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