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July 21, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Hard luck 1-0 loss; post-game audio

Let’s wrap this up quickly, since there isn’t much more to say about Seattle’s 1-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. To “Bone Yard” down below: what joke are you talking about? I can take a joke. You’re confusing me.
Anyway, can’t find any fault with what Jeff Weaver did today. Outpitched Josh Towers in a lot of ways, going eight strong innings and allowing only four hits — two of them bloop singles. Unfortunately for him, three of the hits came consecutively in the second inning and provided the lone run of a game that took just over two hours to play.
Seattle had just three hits of its own off Josh Towers, two of them infield singles. Jose Vidro had two of the hits.
“Both guys went out there and did an unbelievable job,” Vidro said. “It was a matter of a big hit and that’s exactly what happened. A big hit for them and unfortunately for Weaver that’s all it took for him to lose the game.”
Listen to Vidro’s comments.
Weaver looked the best he has all season. Felt pretty good, too, he told us afterwards.
“I think the big key is just focusing on that first hitter, getting the first out of the inning and going from there,” Weaver said. “That’s pitching. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing. That’s when innings get started, when those first couple of guys get on and make things happen. So if you can get that first guy out, it really helps out in case you make some mistakes.”
Weaver is still winless on the road, despite a 2.35 ERA away from home in four such starts since going on the DL. He isn’t losing sleep over it as he says right here.
“It’s baseball, you know?” Weaver said. “I’ve been around a while now and it’s not the first time I’ve lost 1-0 and it won’t be the last. You just worry about what you do out there, continue to gain momentum, get a nice little streak going.
“And when you continue to do that,” he added, “the team’s got the confidence behind you that you’re going to win ballgames and that’s what you’re looking for.”
So, the M’s are 5-4 since the All-Star Break. Not a back-breaking loss, to be sure, but the offense is definitely something to keep an eye on. Since the break, the Mariners have scored more than four runs in only three of the nine games. That’s not going to be enough to win on many a night, or day, even with solid pitching. Yes, the calls for Adam Jones are going to get louder, I’m sure.
Raul Ibanez nearly broke the scoring ice for Seattle in the sixth inning, but got robbed — Ichiro style — when his line drive to center with two on was caught on the run and over-the-shoulder by Vernon Wells. No, Wells isn’t hitting his contract money’s worth, but he can still play the field.
Hear what Ibanez thought of the at-bat.
What next for the M’s? Try to win the series against Roy Halladay tomorrow, with Felix Hernandez on the mound. Seattle needs the real Hernandez to show up this time. Let’s face it, folks, the M’s were not going to sweep the Blue Jays in their home ballpark. Taking two out of three was the best they could realistically hope for, they played them tough today and still have a shot at winning the series tomorrow.
But was the game winnable? Of course it was. And those games tend to hurt when they aren’t won. A very good outing by Weaver gets wasted.
Here’s what Jamie Burke had to say, first about the pitches Towers threw, then about losing a close one. We’ll see how the Angels and Indians do later tonight.



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