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April 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Mariners play with fire, get burned big time by White Sox bats late

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The Mariners found out today why you can’t play around with all those baserunners the way they did the first three innings. Seattle stranded six runners before the game was even into the fourth inning and the Chicago White Sox finally woke up for a late offensive surge to hand the M’s a 6-3 loss.
This wasn’t one of those post-game clubhouses where everybody talks all warm and fuzzy about a .500 road trip. The Mariners are disappointed that they did not do better than 3-3 after starting off 2-0 in Anaheim. They’ve now dropped three of four and fallen to 13-9 on the year. This was their first series loss on the road and has knocked them down to 13-9 on the season.
They did have 12 hits today. but the situational hitting was awful.
“The whole tempo of the game was kind of lost in the first three innings, where we had opportunities to score, maybe put them down a little bit early, especially after the win last night, and we didn’t capitalize,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said.
On that Yuniesky Betancourt play, where he was doubled off second base by a mile on a soft lineout, Wakamatsu said; “It was just a bad read. It was a bad read and it’s something where he’s got to take a little more time to make sure that ball falls in before he takes off.”
Shawn Kelley had a rough day, allowing his first inherited runners of the season to score in the sixth inning after he’d replaced Erik Bedard with two on. Kelley gave up a double off the bag at first base and on down the right field line to score one, then yielded a sacrifice fly for another.
Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye then rocked Kelley in the seventh for back-to-back, one-out homers. They were the first earned runs he’d given up this season after six scoreless outings in relief.
“The one to Dye was just not a good pitch at all,” Kelley said, “It was right at his belt. A guy that tall and with long arms, that’s not where you want to throw it to him. I thought the one to Quentin was not that bad of a pitch, he just did a great job of getting to it.”
The previous inning, Kelley also left some breaking balls a little too high up and the Chisox got enough on their swings to put balls in the air and tie the game.
“We did a good job the first two days and for most of the game today of keeping the ball down and keeping it away from them so you don’t let them get extended or hit it to the pull side,” Kelley said. “But you make some bad pitches in some situations like that to some guys with power and it’s going to happen. Obviously, we tried to avoid it, but…we left some pitches up and they capitalized.”



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