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March 29, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Late field goal not enough

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Nope, that prevent defense backfired on the M’s today, on an afternoon where the best spot to watch was probably in the outfield bleachers. The M’s wound up losting, 17-12 to the Kansas City Royals, but at least they did so in style.
Seattle was down 7-0 by the second inning as the Royals teed off on Jarrod Washburn. But then the M’s put up an eight-spot on Royals starter Zack Grienke in the bottom of the second and Washburn managed to carry a 10-7 lead through six innings.
But then, the Royals went to town on Seattle’s bullpen and scored nine — count ’em, nine — runs in the seventh to pretty much salt this one away.
“If spring training stats were a guarantee, we’d all be hanging ourselves right now,” said Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, whose pitchers have given up 33 runs in two days. “You’ve got to think positively. Now is not the time to give up on your club pitching-wise.”
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David Aardsma got rocked for five runs in that seventh, while Roy Corcoran gave up four. It was the first time Corcoran has thrown back-to-back this spring, while Aardsma will do that tomorrow.
Corcoran has been slowed by injury this spring and the team’s main goal is to get him out there throwing regularly to the point where he can duplicate some of his success from last season. We’ll see.
Wakamatsu had some good things to say about how Washburn settled down after that rough first two innings.
“I thought he had good stuff the first couple of innings, he just kept the ball up,” Wakamatsu said. “But then he made some adjustments and then pitched well after that.”
That’s one way to look at this one. What choice does he have? All four starters have been rocked the past four days. Not sure who the fifth is going to be just yet. We’ll see.
The real season starts in eight days. The M’s will have to hope this is just a spring anomoly.
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New Mariners acquisition Chris Burke, above, seems to be wondering if that whole switching teams thing was such a good idea. He entered as a mid-innings defensive replacement in center, just in time to go chasing after balls all over the place in that nine-run seventh. He finished 0-for-1 at the plate.

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