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September 5, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Mariners vs. Yankees, series finale

All the arguments the Mariners have had with the umpiring crew tonight could not have helped in that seventh inning. It’s now a 5-2 lead for the Yankees, with the Seattle bullpen getting roughed up again.
Three consecutive walks and some borderline calls on a 3-2 pitch by George Sherrill and a 3-1 pitch by Sean Green loaded the bases and then brought the go-ahead run home. Green stared long and hard at plate umpire Larry Vanover after a pitch that appeared a fraction of an inch inside. But many pitchers get that call.
The Sherrill offering on a full count looked low to me, but you get the sense these guys are being squeezed plenty. The frustrating part, I’m sure, for the M’s is that they had every right to argue the previous calls.
Jose Lopez then failed to get the double-play turned quickly enough on a grounder — he might have had time to throw home — so another run scores and then Melky Cabrera slashes a hit-and-run single through the open hole on the right side to make it a three-run game.
Alex Rodriguez just did what an MVP candidate does, taking Jarrod Washburn over the left field fence on a full-count offering. The interesting part is that the Yankees just made an announcement in the pressbox, updating A-Rod’s medical condition after last night’s collision at third with Adrian Beltre. A-Rod has a sprain and bruise in his right ankle. So, he’s playing hurt.
It’s a 2-2 tie in the seventh and Jose Lopez just made his second error in two innings on a grounder. Washburn is out of the game and George Sherrill is on.
Adam Jones would have made that play — at second, anyway. Raul Ibanez did a fine job of cutting off that Jose Molina single to left center in the sixth, but Jose Lopez bobbled the strong throw and failed to get the tag down. Yankees now have a runner at third with one out after a sacrifice bunt. One more mistake that could prove costly.
But no, not this time. Jarrod Washburn picks Lopez up, striking out Melky Cabrera and getting Derek Jeter to ground out. This is a man-sized effort being turned in by Washburn tonight. A two-hitter through six and a 2-1 lead.
Joba Chamberlain now in the game for the Yanks, in relief of Phil Hughes.
John McLaren has a right to be out there arguing, as first base umpire Tony Randazzo just blew a call involving Ichiro at first base. Ichiro appeared to beat out a throw from shortstop Derek Jeter, but Randazzo flagged him out in any case. That’s two botched calls in three innings involving Ichiro. In a 2-1 game like this, every baserunner is important. Especially a leadoff guy getting on.
To “Kayla” it looks like your Jarrod Washburn prediction came true. But a worse pitcher at giving up leads? Hmmm. How about Horacio Ramirez?
Jarrod Washburn just gave a run right back in the bottom of the third, allowing a solo homer to left off former Angels teammate Jose Molina. It was Molina’s first long ball since Sept. 14, 2006 off Rangers pitcher Edinson Volquez. A span of 186 at-bats went by without a homer until tonight. Bas time for Washburn to give one up, now a 2-1 game.
M’S UP 2-0
And Raul Ibanez opens the scoring with a blistering drive into the right field seats on a 2-0 offering. His 10th homer since early August for a 2-0 M’s lead heading to the bottom of the third. This was the kind of jump the team has looked for. This is the first time Seattle has opened the scoring since taking the lead in Toronto last Friday.
Ichiro didn’t get the call from second base umpire Gerry Davis on that stolen base attempt here in the third inning. Ichiro dodged the tag attempt (replays show he wasn’t touched) but he was ruled out anyway. Davis appeared out of position on the play. John McLaren and Ichiro both argued, but an out nonetheless. Jarrod Washburn has looked strong the first two innings, striking out three while allowing only a walk to A-Rod.
That walk by Kenji Johjima here in the second inning was his first in the last 101 plate appearances for him. Two walks drawn by the M’s — along with a hit-by-pitch — in the first 1 1/3 innings off Phil Hughes. No hits yet.
We have a lineup change, with Alex Rodriguez moving to the designated hitter’s spot, bumping Jorge Posada out and putting Wilson Betemit at third base and Jason Giambi over at first.
NEW YORK (77-62)
LF Johnny Damon
CF Melky Cabrera
SS Derek Jeter
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Shelley Duncan
1B Jason Giambi
3B Wilson Betemit
C Jose Molina
RHP Phil Hughes
SEATTLE (74-63)
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Ben Broussard
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
LHP Jarrod Washburn
HP Larry Vanover
1B Tony Randazzo
2B Gerry Davis (crew chief)
3B Greg Gibson



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