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March 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Milwaukee Brewers at Mariners: 03/20 game thread

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It finally happened. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth — a no-doubt shot over the right field wall. His first homer since returning to the Mariners and only his third hit all-spring (the first for extra bases). He got a nice round of applause as he left the park between innings, his work day done. The M’s still trail, 6-5, as we head to the final half-inning.

By the way, Brandon Morrow threw a simulated game against live hitters this morning (see the video above).He uncorked about 30 pitches at full speed, said he felt fine afterwards and will see how his arm responds in the morning.
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If all is well, he’ll have one more of these, then get into a game, though he’s got a ways to go before he’s ready to start the year in the rotation.
Hear all of what Morrow had to say right here.
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3:09 p.m.: And the bullpen carnage continues in the seventh as Randy Messenger gives up a two-run homer to Casey McGehee to put the Brewers up 6-3. The closer race keeps on going, at half speed. Anybody want this job?
2:49 p.m.: The Mariners added another run in the fifth to go up by two, but J.J. Hardy just tagged David Aardsma for a solo homer to left center to lead off the sixth inning. Three batters later, Mike Rivera blasted one over the left field fence to tie the game up. Aardsma hadn’t given up a homer all spring. Brad Nelson then followed with a two-out double to right center. And Jason Bourgeois added an RBI single to center. Make it 4-3 for the Brewers. Yikes! The M’s need a closer.
2:27 p.m.: Seattle just took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Russell Branyan skied a bomb to straightaway center off Seth McClung with one out that would have been a home run under normal circumstances. But they have that 50-foot batter’s eye in center at these parks, so it hit that for a double. Rob Johnson came up and drilled a two-run homer to left.
Ken Giffey Jr. today? He’s 0-for-2, grounding into a double play in the first and softly lining/popping out to the shortstop in the fourth.
1:49 p.m.: Milwaukee leads 1-0 as we head to the bottom of the third. The Brew Crew opened the scoring off Jason Vargas in the first inning as Craig Counsell and J.J. Hardy notched back-to-back doubles. It could have been far worse, though, as Mat Gamel opened the third inning with a single, followed by a Rickie Weeks double over Mike Wilson’s head in left that put runners at second and third with none out.
That’s when the Brewers literally ran themselves out of the inning. Russell Branyan made a nice play at frst base, snaring a hard grounder by Counsell and throwing out Gamel as he tried to score on the play. Then, Counsell got picked off first base and caught in a rundown. Weeks tried to score and was thrown out by Chris Woodward. Counsell made it to second but Hardy flied out to right to end the threat.

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