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May 2, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Mariners vs. Athletics game thread (5/2)

8:22 So the Mariners will need another run, after Jason Giambi knocks in his second run of the night. Mark Lowe had to throw 24 pitches there and gave up three hits, but he did get out of the jam with a strikeout of Jack Cust (who has one of the American League’s best on-base percentages).
8:08: The Mariners got the run they needed there, but I’m sure they feel like they could have gotten more, with the bases loaded and just one out. Endy Chavez, though, gets credit for making sure to get that fly ball deep enough.
That will be it for Washburn. Mark Lowe is now warming up.
7:50: Trevor Cahill has been pitching with plenty of confidence, ever since the leadoff single by Branyan in the fourth. He hasn’t given up a hit since, and he just finished the sixth by getting a seventh consectuive Mariner out. But with his pitch count at 97, it doesn’t look like he will be in for much longer.
7:40: Washburn looked like he might get out of the sixth after that leadoff single, until Jason Giambi hooked that line drive right down the line into the right-field corner. Gregorio Petit scored from first, tying the game at 1. I’m seeing some life in the Mariners’ bullpen.
7:17 p.m.: Add that shot by Jose Lopez, that barely went left of the left-field foul pole, as just one barely missed opportunity in tonight’s game. The Mariners have put plenty of guys on base today, but there isn’t much to show for it. Washburn’s keeping them ahead, 1-0.
7:01: A pair of photo finish plays did not go the Mariners way in the bottom of the third, first on Ichiro’s attempt to steal second, and then Chavez’s try for home on Adrian Beltre’s double. Throw in Ryan Sweeney’s impressive diving catch, and that inning definitely didn’t go the M’s way.
6:50: The A’s finally made Washburn throw some pitches (he’s up to 44 through 3), and got a couple hits, but the Mariners defense made another quality play, this time with Jose Lopez’s double play.
6:38: Some news as the Mariners take a 1-0 lead on Russell Branyan’s lumberjack shot to center field: the Mariners have signed Steven Shell, a right-handed reliever, to a minor-league contract. Shell was on Washington’s opening-day roster and made four appearances but was designated for assignment on April 20.
6:29: Does Ibanez make the play Chavez just made in deep left on Kurt Suzuki’s long fly ball? It seems that even though this outfield doesn’t supply a lot of power, it saves its share of runs.
6:24 p.m.: A promising inning goes south with Endy Chavez picked off as he left too early trying to steal third. Nineteen pitches for Cahill in that first inning.
6:15 p.m.: Quick first-inning from Washburn, who throws 13 pitches and get three fast outs. Now comes Trevor Cahill, who held the M’s to one run in 7 innings back on April 12.
Jarrod Washburn is about to take the mound, looking to break a three-game losing streak to the Athletics. He has beaten Oakland just once in the past 13 starts; the win was a shutout on April 27, 2007.
Only three Oakland players have more than nine at-bats against Washburn: Orlando Cabrera (9-for-31, 1 HR, 1 K), Bobby Crosby (4-19, 1 HR, 4 Ks) and Jason Giambi (7-for-39, three HR, five Ks).
The Mariners have the roof on, with the rainy, cloudy skies not looking like they’re going away anytime tonight.

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