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April 25, 2007 at 7:58 PM

Mariners vs. A’s, Game 1

See how the mind plays tricks on you? I looked up that game, from my rookie season covering baseball, on June 27, 1998, but it was one-hour, 46 minutes and it was Maddux beating Juan Guzman. The Glavine-Carpenter game was the next day, played at a snail’s pace two hours, 23 minutes. Like watching paint dry, I tell you.
LIGHTNING QUICK GAME
Blink and you’ll miss this one. It’s already the bottom of the sixth with the Mariners up 1-0 on a Jose Guillen home run to left in the second inning. I’ve seen a game played live in 91 minutes once in Atlanta. That was way back in 1998 and I believe it was some guy named Glavine on the mound for the Braves. Beat a guy named Carpenter, I believe. I’ll look it up later.
Very impressed so far by lefty Jarrod Washburn. Now, he’s giving a clinic on what “pitching to contact” is supposed to be about. It helps that he’s facing a decimated A’s lineup. Take Milton Bradley and Nick Swisher out of there and it just isn’t the same. But Dan Johnson did make it back to the Oakland lineup tonight, so that’s something.
Washburn has only one strikeout tonight, so, as he’ll be the first to admit, he isn’t overpowering anybody. But his location has been near-perfect. There has been only one really hard ball hit off him all night — the Shannon Stewart single to open the fourth after he’d retired nine in a row. The Washburn I saw his first three outings threw an abundance of pitches the first two innings almost every time. He had 19 through two frames tonight. He’s at 56 through the first five innings, same as Joe Blanton, who’s been nearly as sharp.
Hitting-wise, not much to say. Lots of timely double-plays being turned by both teams with zero clutch hits — save for Guillen’s homer. That joke I made last night about a nine-inning no hitter only being good enough to prolong a scoreless tie into extras wasn’t far off.
The lineups (before the game ends might be good):
SEATTLE
CF Ichiro
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Jose Vidro
LF Raul Ibanez
1B Richie Sexson
RF Jose Guillen
C Kenji Johjima
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Jose Lopez
LHP Jarrod Washburn
OAKLAND
LF Shannon Stewart
2B Mark Ellis
3B Eric Chavez
DH Mike Piazza
SS Bobby Crosby
1B Dan Johnson
RF Travis Buck
C Jason Kendall
CF Danny Putnam
RHP — Joe Blanton

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