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June 13, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Streak is over

That’s right, the Mariners see their five-game win streak end on the same night Miguel Batista finally snaps a dubious string of Seattle starters failing to go at least seven innings.
Yes, the M’s are now back to four games behind the Los Angeles Angels. They’re only one up on the Oakland A’s. But hey, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter. That’s what any Seattle player with a brain and a heart had to realize after watching Jose Lopez play, drive in a run and make several key defensive plays.
On the same day his older brother, Gabriel, was killed in a motorcycle crash. He was only 28.
“He was a good man,” Lopez said. “A good man.”
Lopez wanted to go to tomorrow’s funeral in Venezuela. But there were no flights that would get him there on time. His father, Celestino, told him there was no point in flying out.
“My daddy said to stay and play baseball for him,” Lopez said. “Play the season for your brother.”
So, that’s what Lopez is doing.
“Everybody has to handle it their own way, I guess,” manager Mike Hargrove said. “You try to support him any way you can. But we’ll see. I don’t think there’s any one answer.”
The Mariners weren’t dwelling too much on the one defeat, obviously. Not on a day like this. They know they’re in-tough, even though the bullpen got some needed rest tonight, with Jake Woods the only reliever used — for one inning at that.
Everyone knows that Yuniesky Betancourt keeps having throwing problems. Richie Sexson suggested the shortstop’s arm might be laboring, since his arm angle has dropped down on throws. The team is tired. Everyone has aches and pains. The M’s are 5-1 on a trip that has four games to go. It’s a long haul and the streak had to end.
The seven innings by Miguel Batista were encouraging despite his five walks and 14 baserunners allowed. He bent, but didn’t break. The M’s need another solid effort from Jeff Weaver tomorrow as they attempt to bounce back. This just wasn’t their night. In so many ways that go well beyond the importance of a baseball game.

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