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September 18, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Mariners vs. A’s, Game 2

The game just took a dramatic turn in Seattle’s favor when Raul Ibanez launched a Chad Gaudin pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam to make it an 8-1 game. That’s five RBI for Ibanez in the game, giving him 100 for the season. Pretty amazing when you consider the kind of off-months he had earlier on. He does deliver the hits in key situations, though the reality is, these games now mean nothing. To Ibanez, I suspect they probably mean something though.
A’S GET ONE BACK
Jeff Weaver gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the first after Jose Guillen dropped a line drive that he appeared to lose in the lights at the last moment. Guillen was charged with an error. A double by Daric Barton put Oakland on the board, but Adrian Beltre made a nice glove snag later in the frame and threw Barton out at home on a fielder’s choice. Kenji Johjima made a great play to come up with the throw and put the tag on Barton.
Hey, let’s hear it for those veteran right handed set-up men from Montreal! Eric Gagne blew another one and all of Red Sox Nation is freaking out big-time. Think the fans in Seattle are going nuts? The last thing the Bosox need is to blow this AL East lead the way they did back in 1978. Wild-card or not, it will be tough to swallow.
M’S LEAD 2-0
This one has just gotten underway with three straight doubles for a 2-0 Mariners’ lead. Ichiro swatted a leadoff double to center field. He’s neck-and-neck with Magglio Ordonez for the batting title, don’t forget. The only title the M’s will be vying for this season. Adrian Beltre then doubled down the left field line and Raul Ibanez did the same to right field.
And hey, folks, go easy on Dave Cameron (aka “Dave”). We don’t always agree, but he’s a pretty intelligent guy who does know a heck of a lot about baseball. I don’t agree with a lot of the negative comments some of you are making here about him. You may not agree with all of his views, but he’s hardly the Lord of Darkness some of you are making him out to be. Remember, tolerance. We’re all tolerant people here. Even with people we don’t agree with.
Catch that Jose Guillen takeout slide at second moments ago? That was pretty nasty and well away from second. Guillen’s playing hardball tonight. What else is new?
OAKLAND (74-78)
LF Shannon Stewart
1B Daric Barton
RF Jack Cust
DH Dan Johnson
2B Mark Ellis
SS Marco Scutaro
3B Jack Hannahan
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Jeff DaVanon
RHP Chad Gaudin
SEATTLE (79-70)
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 Jeff Weaver
UMPIRES
HP Hunter Wendelstedt
1B Sam Holbrook
2B Randy Marsh (crew chief)
3B Bob Davidson

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