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September 17, 2007 at 6:46 PM

Mariners vs. A’s, Game 1

Jose Lopez just broke this game open with a three-run homer to left field in the seventh inning. No, that isn’t a typo. It actually was Lopez going deep to left off Dan Haren for his first home run since July 8. Yes, in two months. That one was also here in Oakland. Last time Lopez homered off anyone else? June 8 in Cleveland, right before his brother died in a motorcycle crash.
That was 185 at-bats between homers for Lopez.
By the way, Jose Vidro was on-base. Yes, it was only another single.
Another aside is that the M’s didn’t even get anyone warmed up until this inning even though Miguel Batista was already over 100 pitches. He’s at 108 right now with one on and one out in the seventh after Donnie Murphy snapped an 0-for-19 slump with a single.
Quite a pitcher’s duel going here in a scoreless fourth inning. Miguel Batista just crossed the 50-pitch mark, so he’s about where he usually is to go six-plus innings. We saw Batista work out of that two-on, one out jam in the first. He did what he usually does, pitching around Nick Swisher to put the two on, then went after the hitters he thought he could get. Struck out Jack Cust and got away with one when Ichiro made a terrific catch on Mark Ellis.
Not exactly textbook, but that’s the way Batista does things. Plays with a lot of fire. Sometimes he gets burned, sometimes he doesn’t.
Not much change to the lineup tonight, for those of you hoping to see a switch. Jose Lopez is back in there for a second straight day. Ryan Feierabend, as expected, gets the start on Thursday in Anaheim. I’d like to say the clubhouse seemed really pumped for this series, but, well, I’d be lying if I did. The season is done and the next 13 days are about playing out the string. It shouldn’t be that way, of course. There should be collective outrage about what has gone on here the past three weeks. There is from some of the players. I don’t know about all of them. Some seem rather resigned to it by now.
I asked John McLaren about that edict given to pitchers about 10 days ago in Detroit, in which the team stressed to starters that they needed to economize on their pitches and not run up huge counts early. It seems like the opposite has happened since then. McLaren had few answers.
“It’s not something I think you can tell them,” he said. “It’s something they have to do. We’ll see if Miguel Batista can do it tonight.
OAKLAND (74-77)
LF Shannon Stewart
1B Daric Barton
CF Nick Swisher
RF Jack Cust
2B Mark Ellis
DH Dan Johnson
C Kurt Suzuki
3B Jack Hannahan
SS Donnie Murphy
RHP Dan Haren
SEATTLE (78-70)
CF Ichiro
3B Adrian Beltre
LF Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
1B Ben Broussard
DH Jose Vidro
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Miguel Batista
HP Bob Davidson
1B Hunter Wendelstedt
2B Sam Holbrook
3B Randy Marsh



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