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July 27, 2007 at 10:43 PM

Streak finally over

Well, the Mariners now have that seven-game losing streak out of the way. A 7-1 win over the Oakland A’s tonight behind the pitching of Felix Hernandez, who did not get down on himself after giving up that early home run to Nick Swisher. Seven unanswered runs for the Mariners, that Adrian Beltre double down the line with two out proving the key hit of the night. How about that Marco Scutaro at third base? Yeesh.
Jose Guillen hits his 13th home run of the season, going 2-for-4.
Anyway, the Angels also won so the net cost of that seven-gamer was three games. Could have been worse. The Mariners are fotunate to still be in the division race. Also picked up a game on those charging Yankees. Mariners manager John McLaren shuffled his lineup tonight, bouncing Raul Ibanez back to the No. 6 spot against the lefty and moving Richie Sexson up to No. 5 again. Neither had a hit.
Instead, it was Beltre (how many big hits has he had of late? A few) and Guillen carrying the load. Guillen has been playing under the added pressure of trying to negotiate a contract extension for just over a week now. Talks have been put off until early August. Now comes word in of a profanity-laced tirade Thursday night after loss No. 7. Is Guillen feeling some added stress? Possibly. Though his on-base-plus-slugging percentage in July is .988. It’s .829 since the All-Star Break. That’s some pretty good stress. The team could use a lot more of it up and down the batting order. Teammates get fed up with one another all the time. But this is the time for this team to stick together. Let’s hope this was a one-time blowing off of steam and not something longer term.
I like Guillen and his intensity and think it’s something this team needs a little more of. I also don’t like to judge people by their past, prefacing every story with “the volatile Jose Guillen…” and such. But there is a fine line between such intensity being beneficial and not. Tonight, he let his bat do the talking, as he’s done a good part of the year.
Let’s see what this team does from here. It isn’t out of the woods yet. If you’re the Mariners, you absolutely do not want to drop another game in the standings to the Angels before they arrive here on Monday. Two more days left before that.

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