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March 14, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Rockies at Mariners: Game thread

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It’s 79 degrees and sunny out. Hear it’s raining in Seattle. Sorry…no, not really.
Rockies vs. Mariners
Colorado Rockies (7-7-1):
29 Scott Podsednik DH
2 Troy Tulowitzki SS
27 Garrett Atkins 3B
10 Jeff Baker RF
25 Seth Smith LF
22 Marcus Giles 2B
47 Joe Koshansky 1B
18 Cory Sullivan CF
20 Chris Iannetta C
56 Franklin Morales LHP
Other Pitchers:
34 Matt Herges RHP
44 Micah Bowie LHP
52 Juan Morillo RHP
61 Ramon Ramirez RHP
Seattle Mariners (6-8-1):
51 Ichiro Suzuki CF
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
6 Brad Wilkerson RF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
10 Greg Norton DH
2 Kenji Johjima C
4 Jose Lopez 2B
43 Miguel Batista RHP
Other Pitchers:
31 Ryan Feierabend LHP
38 Jon Huber RHP
49 Jake Woods LHP
62 Cesar Jimenez LHP

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3:58 p.m. The Mariners were slapping hands and walking off the field moments ago, their 9-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies completed. This one was over with early. I’ll have some Sights and Sounds for you momentarily as well as some post-game summations.
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3:40 p.m.: Who is that in the photo above? Why it’s one of you. None other than M’s Fan in CO Exile, one of the guys who loves to argue with me on this site. He’s a lawyer named Mark Rohlena, down here from his home in Colorado, with his wife, Danielle, daughter Isabelle and son, Kieran, all pictured. Also down here at the game with them, his mother-in-law and some other family members. They’ve basically bought up the entire grass berm beyond the left field wall. Nice to meet them and watch some of the game out in the sun. Well, maybe not too much of the game. We were talking most of the time.
By the way, it’s still a 9-4 game heading into the ninth. The Rockies scored a pair in the seventh off Ryan Feierabend. Ichiro’s homer today is his first springtime blast since March 29, 2003.
“I knew that I hadn’t hit one in a long while,” he told us in the clubhouse, moments ago. “I don’t know specific numbers.”
Then he quipped: “I was so worried about it, I didn’t get any sleep.”
2:39 p.m.: Rockies got a run back in the fifth on a double by Marcus Giles and a single by Joe Koshansky to make it a 9-2 game. Miguel Batista is now through five.

2:22 p.m.:
You can see the first part of the Edgar Martinez chat down below. Once the pleasantries were done, I asked him about Shane Monahan and his comments from this winter about drug use on the M’s squads of the late 1990s. Martinez said what I thought he would, but it’s good to get everyone on the record about this stuff for future possible use. Some other reporters added questions later on. Yuniesky Betancourt made a great backhanded pick and throw to first in the fourth inning, another 1-2-3 frame by Batista, who has retired 11 in a row.
2:15 p.m.: Seattle just put up a five-spot in the third to go ahead 9-1. Ichiro just knocked Franklin Morales from the game after 2 2/3 frames, tagging him for a two-run homer to right on a 3-1 pitch. Ichiro also lined a single to right in the second inning, so I guess we can cease all talk about his hitting (finally!). Adrian Beltre also went deep in the inning. A two-base error by right fielder Jeff Baker (I’d have had that one) on a misplayed Brad Wilkerson flyball helped open the floodgates. Greg Norton drove in another marker on a single. We’re finally through three innings in a game dragging along, especially for Rockies fans.
1:58 p.m.: Look who dropped by the pressbox for a quick chat. Edgar Martinez is only down here for a day ot two, doing some promotional work for FSN. Here’s some of that explanation. Now eight in a row retired by Miguel Batista after a 1-2-3 third in which he got a broken bat groundout, struck out Scott Podsednik and got Troy Tulowitzki to pop out foul to Richie Sexson at first base. Still a 4-1 game.
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1:40 p.m.: A perfect second inning for Miguel Batista, getting Marcus Giles to go down swinging, catching Joe Koshansky looking at a third strike and then shattering Cory Sullivan’s bat. Much better frame than in the first. Then again, the hitters weren’t as good. For Merrrill, in the comments thread, I’m actually jealous of you. Was supposed to go to Bangkok and then Phuket in late-January, but we had to alter our plans. Was there in 2004, got Tsunamied out in 2005 and still have yet to get back. Maybe next year.
1:32 p.m.: Mariners made the most of their chances in that inning after Ichiro popped out to second, making him 1-for-26 this spring. Yuniesky Betancourt, Raul Ibanez and Adrian Beltre all stroked singles off Rockies starter Franklin Morales. Bertancourt scored on the Beltre liner to left that tied the game. Brad Wilkerson was called out on strikes and wasn’t happy about it. A passed ball advanced the runners to second and third, prompting Morales to walk Richie Sexson to load ’em up. Greg Norton stepped in next and bettered his chances of making the squad by lining a pitch into left for a two-run single. Kenji Johjima singled home another marker as all nine Mariners came to bat in the inning. Now 4-1 for the Mariners, courtesy of their four-run first.
1:17 p.m.: Miguel Batista already trails 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first. He yielded a leadoff single to Scott Podsednik, watched him take second on a stolen base after the ball got by catcher Kenji Johjima, advance to third on a groundout, then score on a Jeff Baker sacrifice fly. Yes, the other Baker.



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