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August 25, 2007 at 8:31 PM

M’s lose 5-3 on Beltre’s errors

Wow, that isn’t going to happen often. Four unearned runs scoring on a pair of Adrian Beltre throwing errors. Beltre is one of the best third basemen in the game, though sometimes he makes throws he shouldn’t. This was one of those times. Seattle goes down to a 5-3 defeat to the Texas Rangers and it hurts because the Los Angeles Angels lost to Toronto again, meaning the M’s could have been tied for first place. Seattle also drops a game to the New York Yankees, who are now two back in the wild-card race.
The good news? Horacio Ramirez went 5 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. No, he’s not thrilled — I’m sure — at giving up the three-run, game-tying jack in the fifth to Ian Kinsler after Beltre’s first throwing error. Ramirez should have been out of the inning unscathed.
More good news? Rick White did not pitch all that poorly. He’s an upgrade over John Parrish already. Got out of that jam in the sixth, then saw a run score in the seventh on the second Beltre error. Another scores on the suicide squeeze. White then pitches a 1-2-3 eighth. But all of those runners left in scoring position, something we saw plenty of in the Minnesota series, comes back to haunt Seattle tonight. Seattle now at eight straight games with at least 10 hits, but fails to generate nearly enough runs.
Sometimes, you’ve got to wonder if the M’s are ever going to catch the Angels. They’ve sure had their chances and can’t seem to do it. Kelvim Escobar goes against the Blue Jays tomorrow and he usually owns them. This was Seattle’s best chance to tie for first in months tonight. It didn’t happen. M’s have to regroup and must take this series tomorrow. You absolutely cannot split this series if you are the M’s. It gets so much tougher from here on in. The good news, once again? The loss by the Angels tonight guarantees that the Mariners head into Monday night’s showdown with Los Angeles with a shot at moving into first place. They’ll either be a game or two back, or tied. Lots of pressure on the Angels.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ll take 5 2/3 innings with no earned runs allowed by the fifth starter on the road. That’s what Ramirez gave the team tonight. I think he’s improved over what we’d seen before. That wasn’t overly tough to do, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.
Enough for you folks? How about White? What did you think? I think he may have added something to this bullpen, but it will take more than one game to make up my mind on that. What do you think?

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