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March 4, 2007 at 11:59 AM


Here’s the lineup for today’s game:
CF Ichiro
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
RF Wladimir Balentien
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Willie Bloomquist
C Rene Rivera
And the pitchers, with their scheduled innings…
Jeff Weaver — 2
Jorge Campillo — 2
Jim Parque — 2
Juan Sandoval — 1
Rene Cortez — 1
No, Big Barry isn’t playing for the Giants. Think it’s the flu, or his knee, or maybe…nah, never mind.
As we wait for the game to start here in sunny, albeit very windy, Scottsdale Stadium, I’d just like to thank all of you for clicking on this blog the past three weeks. I’ve been shown the numbers and I can tell you there are thousands of you reading this every day and thousands coming back as repeat “core” readers. I am thrilled at your interest. This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to keep on posting. I’ll be leaving for a few days of vacation (rest!) starting on Thursday, but will be back by the middle of the following week and throughout the season. In any case, keep checking in here for updates.
But it’s a great start. Some days, my inbox gets swamped with emails even when there are only one or two comments — or no comments — in the comments thread. I guess some of you are shy. Maybe a little intimidated. Don’t be, there’s room for everyone here. “Willmore” I’d like to see you keep on posting. And for what it’s worth, I do think Justin Thomas can be considered a “prospect” — a term that often gets both overused and underused in baseball.
In my book, any young pitcher who can get hitters out regularly is a “prospect” no matter how Baseball America ranks them. I’ve yet to see a team not give a shot to a pitcher who gets hitters out. That’s my barometer. When do guys stop being “prospects”? When they stop getting hitters out — via strikeouts, ground balls, fly balls or whatever. Top-10 and Top-20 lists come and go. The object of the game is to get outs. If Thomas keeps doing it at every level, he’ll get his shot.
Once again, thanks to all of you, opinionated or silent, who are helping to make this blog what it is. Keep the hits coming and so will I.
********TWO ON, ONE OUT, ZERO RUNS***********
Well, we’ve seen this before. The first inning began well for the Mariners, getting a one-out, infield single by Beltre and an ensuing walk drawn by Jose Guillen against Giants starter Noah Lowry. But then Raul Ibanez hit into a fielder’s choice, as did Richie Sexson — bouncing the first pitch to the third baseman — to end the threat.
Here comes Weaver to pitch the bottom of the inning. He’s already thrown seven pitches and Dave Roberts just bounced one up the middle for a single. It’s only March 4.
*********GIANTS 2, MARINERS 0 END OF IST*********
The leadoff guy getting on came back to haunt Weaver, who got a fly ball out by Omar Vizquel, then threw a wild pitch that put Roberts at second. Old Seattle friend Rich Aurillia then popped out rather pathetically, but Ryan Klesko got all of a Weaver pitch and rocketed a drive to the gap in left center that brought Roberts around to score. Bloomquist just saved another run with a great dive to his right to snag a Molina grounder headed for center. Alas, he was in no position to throw even the slowest man in baseball out, so that infield hit by Molina left runners at the corners. Weaver couldn’t take advantage of the break Bloomquist gave him, serving up a solid liner to right by Randy Winn. What is this? Ex-Mariners day? Apparently.
Weaver wound up going 3-1 on Mark Sweeney, who drove a ball to the deep part of center before it was hauled in by Ichiro. At this rate, they’ll have to turn the lights on by the fifth inning.
*********ONE ON, ONE OUT, ZERO RUNS********
A one-out single by Betancourt goes for naught as Bloomquist lines out to right (not deep enough to advance the runner). Betancourt then gets thrown out on a steal attempt. Is this a trend we’re spotting? That’s 19 straight innings without a Seattle run. It’s only March 4.
To my mega-poster “Steve”, the Predicted ERA for Cha Seung Baek was 3.49 compared to 3.67 actual ERA.
For Woods, it was Predicted ERA of 4.97, actual ERA of 4.20.
***********GIANTS 3, MARINERS 0 BOTTOM OF THE 3RD*****
Weaver got rocked to start the second inning, with Kevin (not Barry Bonds) Frandsen drilling a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall. The next batter walked, but Weaver got Roberts on a fielder’s choice, Vizquel on a flyball and caught Aurillia looking at an 0-2 pitch (seen that before).
So, the line: 2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 WP and 1 big headache.
The Mariners stranded another runner in the top of the inning after a one-out walk to Ichiro. Lowry was feeling so stress-free, the Giants let him go 2 2/3 innings. That’s 20 consecutive scoreless for the M’s. You already know the date.



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