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May 1, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Mariners-A’s game thread, May 1

M’S WIN, M’S WIN — One of the more amazing finishes you are likely to see as Jose Lopez fouled off nine straight pitches from Russ Springer with two outs before hitting a liner to right field for the winning run.
Seattle wins 8-7.
BRANYAN WALKED — The fans are booing but this is by the book baseball. Branyan is a lefty hitting hot — .333 with three RBI on the night. So the A’s will take their chances with Lopez and two outs — all that matters is the run on third anyway. Lopez is .487 with the bases loaded in his career for whatever that is worth.
M’S PRIMED TO WIN IT — Two on and two out and looks like the A’s may be discussing wheether to walk Branyan and pitch to Lopez.
A’S CAUGHT LOOKING — Kelley got Giambi and Holliday caught looking to end the ninth and set up a chance for the Mariners to get one of their more dramatic wins of the year.
Russ Springer on for the A’s.
WE GO TO THE NINTH — Mariners have played just one bonus panels game this season, memorably coming on Opening Day. But this is threatening to be another as the teams are tied at sevven going to the ninth. Kelley is still in the game for the M’s.
KELLEY SAVES IT — He went to 3-0 on his first batter but then got out of it so we head to the bottom of the eighth tied 7-7.
CATCHING UP — Matt Holiday’s HR tied it in the top of the seventh and after the Mariners went down in the eighth it is now 7-7 in the top of the eighth.
Speaking of eight, the eighth Mariner walk of the night has runners on first and second and one out, forcing another pitching change. Shawn Kelley is now in for White.
WHITE ENTERING THE GAME — 1-2-3 for the M’s in the sixth and now Sean White in to pitch the seventh. Long way to go yet.
BATISTA GETS OUT OF SIXTH — Seattle maintains its 7-6 lead as Batista gets a double play from Ryan Sweeney to end the inning — though of the less common 4-3-6 variety. Sean White is warming for the Mariners and likely due in next depending on how long Batista lasts.
MARINERS COMEBACKS — If this holds, it would be Seattle’s largest comeback win of of the young season. The previous was three runs which happened twice, most recently in a win over Detroit April 17 (down 3-0, won 6-3). But you actually don’t have to go back far to find a bigger comeback — Seattle rallied from six back last Aug. 4 to beat Minnesota (down 6-0, won 11-6).
M’S SHOWING POWER — The comeback of the year so far for the Mariners, who were down 6-1 but now lead 7-6 after a Franklin Gutierrez two-run HR, the second of the bottom of the fifth inning. Oakland starter Eveland is now leaving the game, having out Silvaed himself, giving up seven runs and 10 hits. That’s the second HR of the year for Gutierrez.
BRANYAN GOES DEEP AGAIN — Branyan just hit a two-run HR off Eveland to make it 6-5 and obviously get the Mariners right back in this one with just one out in the bottom of the fifth. This will be a battle of the pens. Branyan now has five HRs — Seattle has 16 as a team.
SILVA’S UPDATED ERA — Is now 7.36. He entered the game at 6.14. You wonder when Ryan Rowland-Smith comes off the DL — word is he is progressing fine and could be back in 10 days or so — if they might find a new role for Silva. If they stay on schedule, he’ll start next on Wednesday in Kansas City.
SILVA DONE — Silva’s done, gone after 3.2 innings and six hits and six runs. Seattle remains in it at 6-3 as we end the top of the fifth.
M’S GET TWO BACK — M’s will need a lot more, especially if Silva keeps it up,but they got two back on a two-run single by Jose Lopez to make it 6-3. Oakland’s Eveland has thrown 49 pitches so the A’s may need some middle relief to get through this one. Seattle definitely will as hard to see Silva lasting more than two more. Batista is warming in the bullpen.
SLIP SILVA-ING AWAY — When the M’s played the A’s in Oakland two weekends ago the A’s left about a million guys on base. They didn’t have that problem in the third inning as a two-run double by Suzki and a bases-loaded triple by Bobby Crosby have broken this one open, the A’s now leading 6-1. The boos began almost before Crosby’s hit touched down. This game will obviously only further enflame the Silva controversy, which died down momentarily when he won his last start last weekend in Anaheim, though it was a rather perfunctory outing at best.
MORE WASTED OPPORTUNITIES — Mariners had two on and one out but couldn’t get any home as Ichiro flied out and Chavez grounded out leaving it 1-0.
TURN BACK THE CLOCK A NIGHT EARLY — Ryan Sweeney of the A’s just made like Willie Mays in 1954 on his circular over-the-shoulders catch of a long drive by Kenji Johjima. Had to appreciate that no matter what team you are rooting for.
SILVA SOLVING A’S — So far, anyway. Another hit, this one a leadoff double by Jack Cust, turns into nothing as Silva set down the rest of the side in order. The sinker appears to be sinking tonight.
M’S GET ONE, BUT NOT ENOUGH — Bases loaded and no outs surely should have resulted in more than one run. But that’s all the M’s got off Dana Eveland as he struck out Adrian Beltre then got fly outs from Branyan and Lopez to end the inning. Branyan’s scored Ichiro and looked to the fans for a brief second like it might be a slam as the crowd roared to life before seeing the ball die quickly in the outfield. 1-0 Seattle.
NOT A BAD START FOR SILVA — Not flawless. But the pitcher M’s fans love to hate made it through the first inning unscathed, allowing one hit but otherwise getting three outs, throwing 17 pitches, 11 for strikes. Seattle coming to bat.
PRE-GAME — Nice night at the ball park with a little bit of breeze but still pretty warm as first pitch nears.
This is usual UW beat writer Bob Condotta filling in for Baker tonight, so the usual caveat if I call a run a touchdown or something.
Anyway, here is the Oakland lineup (Seattle’s is in the earlier entry)
Ryan Sweeney, CF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Jason Giambi, 1B
Matt Holliday, LF
Jack Cust, DH
Kurt Suzuki, C
Travis Buck, RF
Bobby Crosby, 3B
Eric Patterson, 2B
The Mariners memorably swept the A’s in Oakland two weekends ago and has won six straight against the A’s dating to last season (including the games at the end of the season that cost Seattle the chance to get Stephen Strasburg).
Dating to 2007 Seattle has won 26 of the last 41 against the A’s, a team that for so lon had the Mariners’ number. Not that it did them much good the last two years.
Oakland is playing today without 3B Eric Chavez who was placed on the DL with a strained right forearm.

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