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March 16, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers at Mariners: 03/16 game thread

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Tyson Gilles just doubled to right center, tying the game 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth.
In Goodyear, Ariz., the other half of the Mariners split-squad was beaten 4-1 by the Cleveland Indians on a walkoff three-run homer by Chris Gimenez off Luis Pena in the bottom of the ninth. The homer came on a 1-2 pitch.
Chris Shelton went 2-for-3. Mike Sweeney hit a double and knocked in Jeff Clement with the only Seattle run.

3:18 p.m.: Mitch Jones just tagged Eric Hull for a leadoff homer in the seventh inning to put the Dodgers up front 3-2. Mark Lowe worked two innings and gave up four hits but only one run — unearned. Too many baserunners for a closer, though. Some weren’t his fault, like the Ronny Cedeno throwing error. I thought he did OK limiting the damage.
Larry Stone is at the other game in Goodyear, Ariz. today and tells me that pitcher Chris Jakubauskas tossed five strong innings. He blanked the Indians for the first four frames, then gave up a run on three hits — one an infield single.
It was his second start of the spring after three scoreless innings his last time out. He was asked if he thought he’d opened some eyes amongst team brass.
“I hope I did,” he said, “I think I have. I’ve had a pretty good spring, knock on wood, it’s not over yet. I’m definitely trying to make this club. There’s definitely some spots open. That’s out of my hands. All I can do is take the ball when they give it to me and prove I can pitch at the highest level, do my job and open their eyes a little bit.”
3:09 p.m.: We’re tied 2-2 as we head to the bottom of the fifth inning. The Dodgers scored an unearned run in the top of the frame after Xavier Paul led off with a single against Mark Lowe and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Cedeno. Glad I spent all that time raving about Cedeno’s defense during this morning’s Geoff Baker Live! show.
Cesar Jimenez tossed a scoreless fourth inning. He yielded a leadoff single to right field by Blake DeWitt (a lefty hitter — Jimenez has trouble with those, which is interesting) but then rebounded with a fielder’s choice groundout in which he threw out the lead runner at second. Jimenez then fanned Delwyn Young and Jamie Burke threw out Juan Pierre attempting to steal second on that very pitch.
By the way, the M’s other split-squad half is tied 1-1 after six innings against Cleveland in Goodyear, Ariz.
1:43 p.m.: It’s now 2-1 for the Mariners after two innings of play as Russell Branyan went deep to left to tie it on an 0-1 offering from Hiroki Kuroda, the free-agent who bypassed the M’s a year ago in favor of signing with LA. An error by shortstop Rafael Furcal was then followed by an infield hit — more of a flubbed fielding play by third baseman Blake DeWitt — from Tyson Gilles and an RBI single by Mel Stocker.
For those of you concerned, Erik Bedard is not injured. He was only scheduled to go one inning after that problem with his gluteus maximus muscle. We caught up to Bedard moments ago. Here is what he said — and I quote:
“My ass feels good and that’s that.”
Sort of says it all.
Just in case, here’s some more.
“I was just trying to feel healthy,” he said. “I was just throwing pitches, trying to get people out as I do usually.”
And also, this: “You want to (get more work) but you have to be smart about it. You can’t just go out there and throw 3-4 innings and have shoulder tendonitis after that.”
Not after his 2008 season, he can’t. Anyhow, look for a longer outing next time. He threw 19 pitches, 9 strikes.
13:15 p.m.:<strong>Erik Bedard looked a little shaky in his first game back from that strained gluteus maximum muscle. Bedard yielded a one-out triple to right center by Orlando Hudson, seen hitting above, then an RBI single up the middle by fellow Canadian Russell Martin (who grew up about 90 minutes drive from Bedard). Mark Loretta then drew a walk. But Bedard escaped the inning when Blake DeWitt hit a scorching liner right into the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre — who tossed the ball to second to double Martin off the base.
The lineups:
Los Angeles Dodgers (9-7)
15 Rafael Furcal SS
30 Orlando Hudson 2B
55 Russell Martin C
5 Mark Loretta 1B
33 Blake DeWitt 3B
9 Juan Pierre CF
3 Delwyn Young DH
75 Xavier Paul RF
83 Mitch Jones LF
18 Hiroki Kuroda RHP
Seattle Mariners (7-8-1)
23 Mel Stocker CF
3 Ronny Cedeno SS
24 Ken Griffey Jr. DH
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
30 Russell Branyan 1B
61 Mike Wilson RF
15 Jamie Burke C
6 Chris Woodward 2B
95 Tyson Gillies LF
45 Erik Bedard LHP

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