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March 5, 2007 at 2:14 PM

Cubs 6, Mariners 5, top of 8th

Who knows which of these clubs will get their first victory? Chicago scored another run in the top of the seventh, with Michael Barrett greeting George Sherrill with a double, followed by a base-hit from Mark DeRosa that left runners at the corners with none out. Sherrill struck out Ronny Cedeno, but Mike Kincade hit a single to center to make it 6-4.
Seattle had some balls drop in front of outfielders in the bottom of the inning, the biggest being a leadoff triple to center by Rey Ordonez. He wound up scoring on a groundout by Oswaldo Navarro to make it a one-run game. Wladimir Balentien then blooped a ball in front of the right fielder for a hit. Balentien went to second on a groundout, but was stranded there when Bryan LaHair flied out to center.
To answer your questions about Vidro’s level of “shape” he does look a little round to me, but I am told, by players and team officials, that it is just his body type. Nothing I’ve seen thus far in games, or workouts, leads me to believe he’s out of shape. He’s also 4-for-7 at the plate, so that’s a good start.
Also, some of the “comments” are getting a little heated down below. Remember folks, this is a place where baseball lovers come to talk and even argue baseball, but it isn’t a battle to the death. Keep the insults to yourselves and try to be civil. Even if what the other person is writing sounds ridiculous to you.
MORROW THROUGH THE EIGHTH
An impressive top of the eighth tossed by Brandon Morrow, the Mariners’ top pick (fifth overall) in the 2006 draft. Morrow got Felix Pie to foul out on a bunt attempt, popping it up to third baseman Mike Morse. Morrow then fanned Angel Pagan and should have been out of the inning on a grounder to third by Murton. But third baseman Morse backed up on the ball and threw late to first, resulting in an infield single. Morrow got out of the inning on a flyout to center.
MARINERS BLOW EIGHTH INNING SHOT
Seattle had its chance to tie the game, perhaps even take the lead, after loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. With non-roster pitcher Randy Cherry on the mound, the M’s managed a hit-by-pitch, a Morse single to center and a Jeremy Reed walk with one out. But Ordonez popped out to the first baseman for the second out.
Rocky Cherry (again with the names) came on to pitch for the Cubs and got Navarro to fly out to center. Heading for the ninth, still 6-5 for the Cubbies.

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