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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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August 27, 2008 3:55 PM

Minnesota Twins at Mariners: 08/27 (not 28th...wishful thinking) game thread

Posted by Geoff Baker

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It didn't take Sean Green long to blow this one for Ryan Feierabend. Green issued a leadoff double to Justin Morneau in the eighth, then a single by Randy Ruiz, followed by a game-tying double blooped to right center by Jason Kubel. Ichiro and Wladimir Balentien got their signals crossed on the ball and it appeared to drop in between them. I've seen Ichiro take charge of those before. That tied the game. One groundout later, Cesar Jimenez came on to face lefty pinch-hitter Brian Buscher. One pitch later, Buscher hit a two-run single to center and the M's now trail, 6-4, as we head to the bottom of the eighth.

All three runs are charged to Green, who has not looked the same in the second half since being overused, er...ridden hard, in May, June and early July.

No wonder Perkins, who now stands to win again, has been on quite a roll of late, going 9-1 with a 3.90 ERA his last 15 starts. The ERA is good, but not nine wins in 10 outings good. Why is he racking up the victories? Try the best run support on his team at 6.79 per game. Mariners starters dream of such support. Felix Hernandez gets barely half that total. Perkins has nine "quality starts'' since May 25, as many as both Hernandez and Jarrod Washburn over that exact timeframe. Amazing what a little offense can do to put a positive spin on your season.

Don't miss the Dennis Raben video from our visit to the Class A Everett AquaSox game last night.

And again, for those who missed it last night, here's a video of 18-year-old Jharmidy DeJesus, the AquaSox third baseman, hitting a three-run homer for Everett in the third inning to bring them back from a 2-1 deficit.

Here's the latest blog post by Ryan Rowland-Smith. Talks about a "Youth Revolution" on the Mariners. There certainly appears to be some promise on the pitching front. We'll see how Feierabend fares today.

For those of you who missed it -- especially anyone in the "boonies" -- here is my Talkin' Baseball segment from this morning on KJR AM 950's Mitch in the Morning Show in which we discuss Rowland-Smith, Brandon Morrow and all things pitching and youth.

One of you asked about J.J. Putz not being happy with being sat down last night, while Roy Corcoran pulled off the multi-inning save. Here's what Jim Riggleman said about it pre-game:

"I talked to him before the game, I'll talk to him today,'' Riggleman said. "Basically, before the game, he was indicating to me that after the game the previous night, he was a little sore. As manager, when you pitch your closer two days in a row, and now the word 'sore' comes up, it's tough to put him back out there.''

Sounds fine to me.


3:31 p.m.: Never thought I'd see Ryan Feierabend throw seven innings, but he just did it -- on 114 pitches. The last one got lined to left field, right into Raul Ibanez's hands with Denard Span on second, so he got a bit lucky there. But everyone needs a little luck every now and then. Very few players get by on skill alone day after day. Another "quality start'' for the M's. That's five in a row. And Feierabend is now in a position to win the game, with Ibanez having homered to right off Glen Perkins in the bottom of the seventh.

It's 4-3 for the M's with Sean Green now on the mound in the eighth.

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2:52 p.m.: Jose Lopez just hit a two-run homer to left off Glen Perkins, which barely stayed fair but did, to tie the game 3-3. Ryan Feierabend had given up a pair of runs in the top of the inning and got a little lucky when Denard Span hit a ground-ruled double to right center. Had the ball not bounced over the wall, it would have been a triple and lead runner Nick Punto -- who Feierabend had made the no-no of walking with two out -- would have scored as well. But the runners were forced to halt at second and third and Feierabend, who may not go more than five innings today, got the final out on a comebacker.

2:29 p.m.: So, it's a 1-1 game as we head to the fourth inning. Minnesota scored a run in the second inning off Ryan Feierabend, who yielded a leadoff single to Justin Morneau and a walk to Randy Ruiz. Miguel Cairo then tried to turn a 3-6-3 double-play on a hard Jason Kubel grounder to first, but the throw back to him arrived a split-second too late. That wound up costing Seattle a run as Delmon Young hit a one-out sacrifice fly to left.

Seattle then tied it in the bottom of the third. Ichiro hit a two-out single off Glen Perkins and Yuniesky Betancourt then drove a ball to left that Young couldn't catch up to. The ball dropped in for a double and the game was tied. Two hits for Betancourt so far, with no defensive mess ups.

2:21 p.m.: Just getting underway here. Ryan Feierabend retired the side in order in the first inning on a groundout, a line drive and a fly ball to center. Yuniesky Betancourt came up with a one out single in the first inning, but Raul Ibanez strikes out and Adrian Beltre grounds out to third, on an excellent glove play by Twins' third baseman Brendan Harris.

The lineups:

TWINS (74-58)

2 Denard Span CF
25 Alexi Casilla 2B
55 Mike Redmond C
33 Justin Morneau 1B
56 Randy Ruiz DH
16 Jason Kubel RF
21 Delmon Young LF
23 Brendan Harris 3B
8 Nick Punto SS

15 Glen Perkins LHP


MARINERS (50-82)

51 Ichiro RF
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
4 Jose Lopez 2B
50 Wladimir Balentien CF
2 Kenji Johjima C
9 Jeff Clement DH
13 Miguel Cairo 1B

31 Ryan Feierabend LHP

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