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May 2, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Washburn: “That’s a tough one to lose right there.”

There will be nights like these, where it just seems like everything was in place to win. The Mariners got a great start from Jarrod Washburn, an early boost from the white-hot Russell Branyan, and yet it was the Athletics that came home with the winning run in the ninth inning.
“That’s a tough one to lose right there,” Washburn said.
Instead, Washburn got a no-decision in return for allowing one run in seven innings, and the Mariners dropped to 14-10 with a 3-2 loss. Manager Don Wakamatsu chalked it up to some tough breaks, not the least of which was the short hop on Ichiro’s throw home in the ninth.
The Mariners had a tough time on offense, with very little to show for 10 hits. Outside of Endy Chavez tipping off the double steal in the first too early, it’s hard to find too many simply bad plays. Instead, there was the very close play at home, where Chavez was through out, and then the Lopez foul ball that was a few feet from being a two-run home run. Them’s the breaks, and tonight, the Mariners didn’t get enough of them their way.
I’ll be back tomorrow, going an extra inning out of the Times bullpen before Geoff’s back on Monday. We’ll see if I can manage to spell Zduriencik, Aardsma, Wakamatsu and Jakubauskas correctly in the same story.

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