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May 30, 2008 at 8:57 PM

Detroit Tigers at Mariners: 05/30 game thread

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8:57 p.m.: Just got back up from the stands where buddy, James, and my girlfriend, Amy, pictured below, were enjoying themselves a little more after Yuniesky Betancourt got that two-run Mariners sixth inning going against Nate Robertson. It’s now a 7-4 ballgame after Seattle scored on a pair of RBI groundouts by Jose Lopez (doing his job again) and Jose Vidro. That’s four runs on four hits for the M’s. Believe it or not, this one isn’t over yet. That Detroit bullpen is lousy. If the M’s do somehow come back to win this thing, R.A. Dickey deserves all the credit. He shut the Tigers down through 5 1/3 innings. Mark Lowe is now on to pitch the seventh. Robertson got chased in that sixth inning, so the Tiger bullpen will have to go more than three tonight.
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Mariners manager John McLaren (above) in happier times, getting ready to tell FSN about his team’s (soon to be over) two-game winning streak.
8:35 p.m.: Adrian Beltre just hit his second home run of the game in the fifth inning off Nate Robertson to cut the M’s deficit to 7-2 as we head to the sixth. There’s always the Tiger bullpen to look forward to I suppose. My pal, James, flew in from Toronto last night for his first ever trip to Seattle and is taking in the game at Safeco Field. I’m running down to say hello to him and my girlfriend in a second or two. Just think, his first memory of this ballpark and the M’s will be of seeing Carlos Silva get routed. He’s an old Expos fan from Montreal. Can’t really bear to cheer for the Blue Jays, so he’s without a team at the moment. Not sure he found one tonight. Maybe the Tigers.
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7:53 p.m.: Adrian Beltre got a run back with a solo homer to left field in the second inning, making it a 7-1 game, Tigers still in the lead, after two. For those of you wondering, no, this is not an example of a game where the M’s aren’t playing hard. When a pitcher buries you to the tune of seven runs before you even come to bat, there is no time to play hard or soft. This is just an example of a lousy pitching performance. Not worthy of $48 let alone $48 million.
7:33 p.m.: My, wasn’t that a fun first inning? Some fans gave the Mariners a standing ovation when they finally got out of it, minus starting pitcher Carlos Silva. It’s a 7-0 game, the Tigers in the lead. They torched Silva for seven runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning. He was on the bench for one of the runs as R.A. Dickey came on and served up an RBI double to Curtis Granderson (his second hit of the inning) that bounced over the center field fence. Two balls hit over Ichiro’s head that inning. Doesn’t happen often, but the Tigers are just teeing off.
How bad was it? One of Silva’s two outs came against a guy named Jeff Larish in his first major league at-bat. Larish got ahead 2-0, then fouled off pitch after pitch to run Silva’s count up and get John McLaren scrambling in the dugout to call the bullpen and get Dickey warmed up. Larish then smashed one up the middle that Silva somehow got his glove on to knock down before throwing to second for a force out. In all, Silva threw 34 pitches, 22 for strikes and about 21 hit hard someplace — either fair or foul.
7:13 p.m.: A rare, sunny evening here as we see Carlos Silva throw the game’s first pitch on the opposite page. The Tigers gave the M’s one of the worst series beatings of their history last week in Detroit. Let’s see if things go any differently this time. Remember, they are an aggressive club that likes to swing at fastballs early. Silva likes to induce contact. Whatever happens, it shouldn’t take very long.
The lineups:
TIGERS (22-31)
28 Curtis Granderson CF
14 Placido Polanco 2B
9 Carlos Guillen 3B
30 Magglio Ordonez RF
33 Marcus Thames LF
24 Miguel Cabrera 1B
19 Jeff Larish DH
8 Edgar Renteria SS
15 Brandon Inge C
29 Nate Robertson RHP
MARINERS (20-34)
51 Ichiro CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
3 Jose Vidro DH
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
2 Kenji Johjima C
50 Wladimir Balentien RF
13 Miguel Cairo 1B
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS
52 Carlos Silva RHP

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