Late comebacks more like never: I was just busy looking up all the comeback factoids for Seattle in the mimdst of that scoring threat in the bottom of the eighth. Seattle is 1-33 when trailing after seven innings this season.
Missed-opportunity department: Seattle had 10 hits in the first four innings — two more than Washington — but only one of the Mariners base hits went for extra bases and that was Ichiro’s lead-off double in the first, Seattle left seven runners on base and grounded into two double plays in those first four innings.
Shortest starts of the season: This is a pretty telling stat because R.A. Dickey’s 1 2/3 innings on Friday night wasn’t the shortest Mariners start of the season or even the second-shortest. It ranked No. 3. Here’s a list of the five shortest Mariner starts of the year:
|Carlos Silva||May 30||Detroit||2/3||7||7|
|Miguel Batista||April 25||Oakland||1||2||3|
|R.A. Dickey||June 13||Washington||1 2/3||8||7|
|Erik Bedard||May 12||at Texas||2||7||6|
|Jarrod Washburn||May 21||at Detroit||2 1/3||12||9|
Second-inning update: Dickey is gone after retiring five of the 15 batters he faced in the game. He gave up eight hits, walked two and allowed seven runs.
Aaron Ryan Rowland-Smith came out of the bullpen in the second to relieve Dickey.
R.A. Dickey needed five pitches to get the first two outs of the first inning, but 18 more pitches to get the final out of the inning. That didn’t happen until Washington had three base hits and one run.
The Mariners tied it in the bottom of the first. Ichiro doubled to start Seattle’s at-bat and Jose Lopez walked. Both runners advanced on Jose Vidro’s ground out and Ichiro scored when Raul Ibanez grounded out.