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May 8, 2007 at 6:18 PM

Ramirez blows another

Looks like Horacio Ramirez just threw a golden opportunity away for his team in a second straight outing. It took him two innings to cough up a 3-0 lead this time. Once again, he couldn’t go six innings. Miguel Batista is the only Seattle starter to have achieved that mark (twice) in the past week.
Before we get any further, this update I’ve been waiting for on Julio Mateo. A sincere thanks to the alert baseball fan who overheard an off-duty police officer talking about this at Safeco Field last week and passed the info on to me in a private email a couple of days ago. Our reporters back in Seattle have been working on it since and managed to get to the bottom of things. Sort of gives you a different take on things, doesn’t it?
Anyway, back to tonight’s game. Ramirez needed 99 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on 11 hits. Not good. Interestingly, he didn’t strike anyone out or walk anyone. Nope, no real need in this game. His pitches were catching so much plate that the Tiger hitters’ eyeballs were bulging like they’d just received an electrical shock. Four doubles and a triple allowed by Ramirez, the doubles all coming in the same second inning. This team needs Felix Hernandez back in a big hurry.
Seattle’s hitters have done a better job in this game, against one of the tougher guys on Detroit’s staff. They tagged Jeremy Bonderman for five runs and knocked him out after six innings. I like the way the Mariners have squeezed out some runs to stay in the game when it looked like the Tigers would run away with it at one point. Richie Sexson drew a walk and scored his second run of the game to go with three RBI on the homer. But it’s now 9-5 for the Tigers heading into the eighth. Looks like the M’s are headed back to .500 unless they produce some late-inning magic the last two innings. Tigers are missing Joel Zumaya in the bullpen. Fernando Rodney is on the mound now. This may be Seattle’s last hope.

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