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July 3, 2007 at 7:49 PM

Mariners get destroyed

Not much to say about this disaster, a 17-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals that was over by the second inning. When a starter gives you what Ryan Feierabend did tonight, there’s no point in studying other aspects of the game. Not when the offense is down 10-1 before having a third turn at-bat. Feierabend managed one ground ball out in this game, much as he did against the Boston Red Sox last week. The difference this time was, instead of going five innings and allowing zero runs to the best team in the AL, he allowed 10 runs in 1 1/3 innings to one of the league’s worst teams.
Bit of a difference there. Even though some of the fly balls that stayed in the park at Safeco Field last week might have left the park here tonight. Feierabend gets one more chance in Oakland this weekend (if he’s lucky) and will likely be done if he doesn’t show something more. Horacio Ramirez will be ready to come off the DL by mid-July and Cha-Seung Baek at his worst looked better than Feierabend did tonight and against the Reds two starts ago.
I know the offense looked lousy, scoring just three runs on nine hits, hitting into three double-plays and all that other bad stuff. Like I said, it doesn’t matter. The game was over when Feierabend couldn’t get hitters out. There was some good news tonight in that the Angels, at last check, were losing in Texas. Good old Ervin Santana saves the M’s again. Can’t win on the road. It was 6-2 for the Rangers late, so I asume they’ll hang on.
But my oh my, this series has not started out well at all. Only seven runs scored by Seattle the last three games, so the offense is scuffling and now won’t have Richie Sexson (no jokes please) or Kenji Johjima in the lineup tomorrow. I’m assuming Johjima sits out because his hand must hurt a ton right now. That pitch got him pretty good.
Terrible defense by the Mariners tonight. Again, it didn’t matter all that much to anyone but Jason Davis, though he didn’t help his own cause much with two balks, two walks and a hit batter.
The Mariners need something better out of Jarrod Washburn in tomorrow’s finale. Don’t forget, the A’s will be sending Chad Gaudin and Dan Haren to the mound in the first two games of the Oakland series. Get swept here and another disastrous losing streak is looming right around the corner. As we discussed earlier in the week, every game from here until the break is important, regardless of how well Seattle played last week.
John McLaren is now 0-2. Hot Seat? Just kidding. But I’m sure he’d like to get that first win out of the way. Washburn pitched very well his last time out until Mike Hargrove pulled him early. Needs to bring it once more.
Going down to the clubhouse for the autopsy…

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