Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.
August 30, 2008 9:10 AM
Posted by Cathy Henkel
FIRST INNING: Ichiro gets his 176th hit of season, a single...Reed pops out....Beltre hits into a double play... Cleveland up and down just as quickly: Sizemore doubles down the left-field line, Gutierrez grounds out, moving Sizemore to third...Francisco walks...Peralta lines into a double play. Inning over. (Note: Grady Sizemore stat: his 30th double of the year; already hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases) MARINERS 0, CLEVELAND 0.
SECOND INNING: Ibanez continues his hot hand, singles to right...but gets caught stealing second, first out...Lopez strikes out...Clement strikes out...Cleveland's turn: Garko grounds out, Shoo strike out, Shoppach hits single left/center...Marte hits it high off the wall left/center, throw to plate (Betancourt with relay from Reed) nails Shoppach, inning over. MARINERS 0, CLEVELAND 0.
FOOTBALL ASIDE, COUGAR TRACKER: Oklahoma State (the line says they're favored by 7) leads Washington State, 3-0, after first quarter at Qwest Field. With 11:17 to go in half, Okla. St now leads 10-0. Oops, safety, with 7:38 left in half. ...And a field goal and it's HALFTIME: OSU 15, WSU 0. Game resumes, and it's a field goal for OSU, now ahed 18-0... Cougars avoid shutout, with a Rogers' pass to Gibson, but they miss the extra point...18-6.. OSU responds when Cox returns the kick off 90 yards for a TD, now it's 25-6 with 5:35 left in third quarter....Cougs score again, this time they make the extra point, it's 25-13...Now with 9:45 left, Cowboys lead 32-13....Cowboys again, Hunter finds a big hole and scores, make it OSU 39-13. And that's the final, game over.
THIRD INNING: Tug Hulett hits a home run, his first one as a Major Leauger, M's lead 1-0...LaHair grounds out...Betancourt walks on a full count...Ichiro flies out to Sizemore in center...Reed flies out to left.....Now to Cleveland: Cabrera walks, Sizemore strikes out, Gutierrez strikes out (that's three so far for Washburn)...Francisco flies to center, Reed gets it. MARINERS 1, CLEVELAND 0.
FOURTH INNING: M's go down 1-2-3; Beltre grounds out, Ibanez flies out, Lopez flies out...For Cleveland: Peralta strikes out, Garko strikes out...Choo strikes out...That's six strikeouts for Washburn. He's thrown 67 pitches so far. MARINERS 1, CLEVELAND 0.
FIFTH INNING: Clement grounds out, Hulett strikes out, LaHair singles up the middle, Betancourt pops out, M's are done...Cleveland up: Shoppach strikes out (Washburn is hot -- this is fourth strikeout in a row, seven in game), Marte flies to center, Reed nabs it, two down....Cabrera goes to full count before walking, Cabrera's second of game...Sizemore grounds out to shortstop. MARINERS 1, CLEVELAND 0.
SIXTH INNING: Ichiro singles to center, Beltre grounds into FC, Ichiro thrown out, one away...Ibanez (.388 in August) pops up to Marte, M's done....Cleveland: Gutierrez, looking, gives Washburn strikeout No. 8....Francisco's bunt attempt no good, two away...Peralta grounds out. MARINERS 1, CLEVELAND 0.
SEVENTH INNING: Lopez grounds out (It takes Reyes eight pitches to get him...Clement hits to right for a base hit...Hulett hits deep single to center, moving Clement to third.. (time for a consultation at the mound)...LaHair pops up to second, second out....Betancourt pops up foul, Gutierrez catches it, falling into the front row of seats. Cleveland up: Garko grounds out.... Choo grounds out (Lopez dives for one-hopper, belly flops and throws him out)...time called (Stottlemeyer talking to Washburn)...Shoppach walks (fourth by Washburn)...Riggleman pulls Washburn. His line: eight strikeouts, four walks, no runs, three hits. Miguel Batista (4-12, 6.26) in to relieve Washburn... Marte lines out, inning over. MARINERS 0, CLEVELAND 0.
EIGHTH INNING: Reyes lifted, RH Rafael Betancourt in to relieve, the line on Reyes: 7 hits, three strikeouts, one walk, one run. First up: Ichiro, drives deep to right, his third hit of game, a double....Reed bunts, moves Ichiro to third, with just one away....Beltre sacrifice fly to right, scoring Ichiro, M's up 2-0....Ibanez singles up the middle, he's 2-4, ninth hit for Mariners....Lopez strikes out, M's done. Cleveland up next. Cabrera strikes out, Sizemore walks, Gutierrez singles up the middle, moving Sizemore to third (two on, one out).....Francisco strikes out....Peralta strikes out, leaving two on base.
MARINERS 2, CLEVELAND 0
NINTH INNING: RH Donnelly pitching now for Cleveland....Clement fouls out, Hulett grounds out, LaHair goes to full count and walks (Cairo in to run for LaHair)....Betancourt grounds to second base, fielder's choice, Cairo's thrown out, and that's it for the Mariners. Cleveland's turn: (Jamie Burke takes over as catcher, Cairo at first base, RH J.J. Putz is pitching)...Garko aboard with a single, Choo full count, hits home run deep to center, Garko scores, game tied 2-2, nobody out.... Shoppach grounds out...Marte strikes out...Cabrera grounds out.. EXTRA INNINGS. MARINERS 2,CLEVELAND 2.
TENTH INNING: RH Lewis (4.02 ERA) pitching for Cleveland. Ichiro walks, Reed grounds out with fielder's choice, Ichiro out....Beltre singles, moving Reed to third...Ibanez base hit to right (his third hit in game), scoring Reed, with one out, M's lead 3-2....Lopez hits ground ball, the ball hits Beltre, the baserunner, and he's out. (Cleveland manager Wedge is thrown out, arguing with ump, wanting a double play) Lopez on at first, Ibanez at second. Burke is up, grounds to center, scores Ibanez. M's lead, 4-2. Hulett strikes out. MARINERS 4, CLEVELAND 2. Cleveland up next: (Green pitching) Sizemore leadoff double up right field line.....Gutierrez grounds out to shortstop....Reed dives, catching Francisco's fly to center, out No. 2....Peralta singles up center, Sizemore scores...MARINERS 4, CLEVELAND 3, tying run at first base. Jamie Carroll to run for Peralta...Green's done, call to the pen brings in Randy Messenger (no record, since up from Tacoma). For Cleveland, Martinez up (in to hit for Garko). Martinez grounds out, game over.
MARINERS WIN, 4-3.
G'day. We're here to turn the light on in the blog room. Without Geoff with the team for a few days, we mortals in Seattle will try to give you a few notes and news. The rest is up to you.
First off, the game is not on TV today. Fox dumped it, so only avenue is KOMO, AM 1000.
SEATTLE (51-83) vs CLEVELAND (65-68), Game time 12:55 p.m.
Pitching matchup today: LH Jarrod Washburn (5-14, 493) vs RH Anthony Reyes (2-1, 2.22).
ON WASHBURN: Washburn, 33, tries to rebound. His last outing was a loss, Aug. 23, at Oakland: 6 innings pitched, 3 earned runs in the 5-1 loss. It was Washburn's fifth straight loss. Since his last win July 27 at Toronto, he's gone 0-5 with a 6.75 ERA. The Mariners are averaging 3.4 runs during that period. Stat on mlb.com: Since 2005, no other AL starter has received less than the 4.3 runs per game that Washburn has averaged. This will be his second start of the season against Cleveland; he lost the other in Cleveland on April 30.
"It would make sense if it happened once in a while; for a year maybe," Washburn told the M's Web site. "But it doesn't make any sense that it happens year after year. Good thing I'm mentally strong or I might just quit or something."
ON REYES: Anthony Reyes will make his fifth start with Cleveland since being acquired from St. Louis. He's never faced the Mariners before. He's 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts with Cleveland. His last outing was Aug. 24, a 4-3 Cleveland victory at Texas: One run and four hits in seven innings, but a no decision for Reyes.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: A poll on the M's site says Ryan Rowland-Smith is the team's most pleasant surprise. You agree? Here's how it turned out:
Ryan Rowland-Smith 36 percent
Jeff Clement 22 percent
Roy Corcoran 20 percent
Wladimir Balentien 15 percent
Cesar Jimenez 6 percent.
WEATHER REPORT: At noon in Cleveland, it was 75 degrees, partly cloudy, winds 10 mph NNE.
WHAT THEY SAID: From the Cleveland Plain Dealer this morning, the angle is focused on Cleveland's frustration of having its 10-game win streak broken by the Mariners, who were buried in the AL West. Cleveland, of course, is trying to get back to .500, for starters; they're at 65-68 now. It was Cleveland's longest win streak in six years.
"I guess we're due for a few tough breaks,'' Cleveland's starting pitcher, Jeremy Sowers. He allowed seven hits in five innings, but no walks or strikeouts.
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The Akron Beacon-Journal blamed the loss this way:
The Indians' 10-game winning streak is history after losing to the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Friday night at Progressive Field in a game they probably should have won.
Why didn't they? In contrast to their recent workmanship, the timely hit was not forthcoming nor was the home run ball, which has been a staple of the attack.
''That was the difference,'' Indians manager Eric Wedge said of the missed opportunities. ''We were one hit away too many times. We just never finished off innings offensively.''
Over at USA Today, the word is that Cleveland will brush this one off quickly. Here's the start:
The Cleveland Indians don't intend to stay down long after their season-high winning streak ended.
The Indians look to bounce back from their first loss in almost two weeks as they continue their home set with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon.
''We'll sit on this one for about 30 minutes and come out and do it again tomorrow,'' Cleveland catcher Kelly Shoppach said.
HISTORY SAYS: The Mariners have won one game in both previous series with Cleveland, but only one. They'll try to buck that trend today.
RAUL IBANEZ: Ibanez was the hot bat last night, with a home run -- his 22nd this season -- and 3 RBI (92 for the season).
PUTZ SAVES: J.J. Putz recorded his 10th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning last night; the M's staff as a whole is 27 for 51 in save opportunities.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: The Mariners have the second-highest batting average in the AL since the All-Star break. They're hitting .288, behind only Baltimore's .301. The M's have won five of their last seven games, and are 14-25 since the break.