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May 17, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Running game thread

9:14 p.m.: Richie Sexson struck out in the eighth, his third strikeout, and his averaged dipped back down below .200.
We interrupt the game thread: To say that I’ll be assembling the nuts-and-bolts of my game story, which is apparently going to take me longer given my lack of familiarity with the team. The game’s moving at a fast clip and I’m afraid I’ve fallen behind in my story. I’ll be back after the game.
Bottom 4th: Ichiro flied out to right field to end the inning as the Mariners left runners on first and third. Seattle trails by one, and they’ve left six runners on base through four innings, five of them in scoring position.
Top 4th: Somebody’s gotta’ get Tadahito Iguchi a primer on baseball guidelines. I mean, I’m no expert being that my primary job is covering the NFL. But even I know that a runner on second doesn’t try to go to third on a ground ball to the left side of the infield, which is what Iguchi did after doubling to lead off the fourth. Not only that, but he made the first out of the inning at third base — also a no-no, right? — when Yuniesky Betancourt scooped up Brian Giles’ ground ball and threw Iguchi out at third. And then all that was rendered totally inapplicable when Adrian Gonzalez went and hit a 2-2 pitch the other way for a two-run homer to left field.
3rd inning: If you blinked it was over. Well, maybe not quite that fast, but Erik Bedard needed only seven pitches to induce a pair of fly balls to centerfield and then a liner to left. He’s retired seven consecutive batters after allowing those pair of singles in the first inning. San Diego’s Randy Wolf got through that third inning with only nine pitches.
Bottom 2nd: One single and two fielder’s choices put Wladimir Balentien on third base with two outs. Ichiro went to first after being hit by a pitch and the fans here at Safeco Field started booing when one of Randy Wolf’s pitches pushed Adrian Beltre off the plate. Hard to imagine Wolf wanted another runner aboard … but anyway. Nothing like an inside pitch to make fans grumble. Beltre made the final out of the inning with a fielder’s choice.
Top 2nd: Now that was an efficient half-inning by Bedard. He threw 16 pitches of which only five were called balls. He struck out two batters, giving him three strikeouts and no walks through those first two innings.
Bottom 1st: Ichiro singled, reached second on a fielder’s choice and then stole third. It was his 290th stolen base as a Mariner, which matches the franchise record held by Julio Cruz. He scored on Raul Ibanez’s double to left field. It was the first time in four games the Mariners scored in their first at-bat.
Top 1st: Erik Bedard allowed singles to two of the Padres’ first three hitters, but got out of the inning on a pretty bizarre double play in which Adrian Gonzalez hit a line drive toward second base that Jose Lopez leaped to catch, only to bobble the ball, nearly catch it again, and then had it drop. But he stepped on second based, forcing out Brian Giles and threw to third where Adrian Beltre tagged out Scott Hairston.
Bedard threw 15 pitches in the first inning.

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