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April 18, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Game thread

Note: Reporter Danny O’Neil is reporting on Saturday’s game and keeping the live blog.
Bottom of the 9th: Ken Griffey Jr. popped out for the first out of the inning. I’m going to have to sign off now to finish writing the first-edition story for our newspaper.
Bottom of the 8th: Ichiro was called out on strikes for the second time in the game after reliever Bobby Seay entered the game — relieving Edwin Jackson after 7 2/3 innings — and continued with the Tigers M.O. of keeping it high and tight on Ichiro. In “Top Gun” parlance, Detroit’s kept buzzing the tower when No. 51 is on the plate, and Seay struck out Ichiro with a nasty looking offspeed pitch.
Bottom of the 8th: Yes, that was your Mariners catcher trying to steal second base with one out, getting thrown out. So much for having the tying run at the plate.
Announced attendance: 31,966.
Top of the 7th: Curtis Granderson got served a taste of his own medicine when Endy Chavez threw him out at the plate to end the Tigers’ half of the seventh. Chavez’s one-hop throw was sick or nasty or filthy, depending upon your preference of trendy adjectives.
Top of the 7th: Erik Bedard is done after 100 pitches, replaced by Roy Corcoran. Bedard gave up seven hits, two runs (one earned), walked two and struck out eight.
Bottom of the 6th: That smack you heard in the bottom of the sixth? That was Ken Griffey Jr. getting around on a pitch and hitting it into right field with a roar of expectation from the crowd.
That grown you heard in the bottom of the sixth? Well, that was the sound that happens when a stadium full of expectation exhales in disappointment. The ball died in the air, which seems to be happening a lot here so far.
Brandon Inge seemingly crushed a ball earlier in Saturday’s game, and it didn’t even get to the warning track. Seemed like Adrian Beltre thought the ball that went off the wall on Friday night was headed out. Must be the thick April air here. The anti-Coors Field.
Top of the 6th: In a game in which neither starting pitcher allowed a run over the first five innings, it figures that this game would be decided by a pair of arms.
The surprise is who those arms belonged to.
One, is Curtis Granderson, who threw out Jose Lopez at the plate in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth, Ichiro air-mailed a throw to home, allowing Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird to score on Brandon Inge’s single to right field.
Bottom of the 5th: Ah, the fundamentals. Jose Lopez strikes out, but legs his way on base after the ball gets by catcher Gerald Laird. He got on base, was running on a pitch to catcher Rob Johnson, who went the other way with a single and Lopez advanced to third.
Runners on first and third, one out, and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt lifted a ball to center, medium depth. Curtis Granderson caught it and his no-hop strike home got Lopez, the only question being whether Granderson has a license for that gun attached to his shoulder.
That’s Eri-k-k-k-k-k-k with 6 Ks: Erik Bedard has a curve that’s pretty filthy … or nasty … or whatever word the kids are using these days to denote something that is very, very impressive.
Every-other-inning approach: Erik Bedard has taken an every-other-inning approach in some ways this game. He’s labored in the first and third innings, throwing more than 20 pitches in each inning, but was pretty smooth in the second and the fourth.
Smoke signals: The Supercross motorcycle event is taking place just to the north at Qwest Field, and two big puffs of black smoke were emitted after a series of fireworks exploded. Not sure if those organizers got the memo about Earth Day being next week.
Top of 4th: Erik Bedard threw 56 pitches in the first three innings, but he struck out four. He began the fourth by striking out Marcus Thames, for his fifth K.
Top of 3rd: A question came from chad2613 regarding attendance, and I’m not the best estimator, but I’m going to say it’s less than half full. Three entire sections on the lower deck in left field — just outside the foul pole — are almost entirely vacant.
I would guess there were more fans at Qwest Field for today’s Supercross event than at the Mariners’ game.
Top of 2nd: Pitch count was a bit better the second inning for Erik Bedard. After throwing 23 pitches in the first, it was 10 in the second.
Top of 2nd: Sometimes Adrian Beltre does stuff that just makes you shake your head. His diving stop of Marcus Thames’ drive down the third-base line was one of those times. Beltre caught the ball deep behind the bag, actually landing on the chalk. He got up, flung a throw to first — actually falling to the ground again after the throw — and got Thames.
Incredible.
It likely saved a run, because Gerald Laird — the next batter — singled to left field.
Bottom of the 1st: Endy Chavez started a new hit streak with his one-out double. Chavez hit safely in his first 10 games as a Mariner, went 0-for-3 on Friday vs. Detroit.
Top of 1st: Erik Bedard struck out two batters in the first, walked one and gave up another hit, leaving two Tigers stranded. He threw 23 pitches in the inning, though. That’s hardly a sign that points toward another performance into the ninth inning.
1st inning: Greg Erik Bedard’s first pitch is a 93-mph strike. Now, a journalist more cynical than myself might call him Greg Erik “Contract year” Bedard. Good thing I’m not cynical. He had one of his very best outings as a Mariner the last time out, pitching into the eighth inning of a game the Mariners won 1-0.
Bedard had the first batter of the game 0-2, and then walked Curtis Granderson.
Apologies for the mistake on Greg Erik Bedard. Greg Bedard is an NFL reporter who covers the Green Bay Packers and had been requesting information on the Seahawks’ draft picks this week. Erik Bedard is the Mariners pitcher. Apologies.

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