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Signs of life from the Mariners in the sixth, as an Adrian Beltre drive to the warning track in center brought a run home. Russell Branyan later tried to tag up and score on a shallow fly by Ken Griffey Jr. — a wise gamble with two out, given the lack of scoring by this team — but was gunned down. Miguel Olivo’s tag at home caught Branyan in the face and he had some choice words for the catcher. Nothing came of it. I’d take Branyan in that little duke-out. Even if Olivo had Jose Guillen in his corner as a tag-team. Mariners still losing 8-1.
6:46 P.M.: Yes, Ichiro probably needed to take Ball 4 in that situation, with the bases loaded. Would have forced in a run and maybe gotten a big inning going. Instead, he grounds into a fielder’s choice and Endy Chavez — really slumping — bounces out. Still an 8-0 game after five and the M’s appear just about done. Not all that impressed by Garrett Olson so far.
6:10 p.m.: Carlos Silva is done for the night after three innings. Garrett Olson is now on the mound. Silva threw 70 pitches over three innings, leaves with a 6-0 deficit on the scoreboard. He allowed all six runs, on eight hits, a balk, a hit batsman and a homer. At least he didn’t walk anyone, eh/
5:57 p.m.: That is indeed Garrett Olson warming up in the third inning. Carlos Silva yielded a leadoff home run to Mark Teahen, then three straight singles. Already down 4-0, he’s in a heap of trouble.
5:28 p.m.: Carlos Silva is already down 3-0 after an inning and likely won’t keep his starting job if he doesn’t bear down in a hurry. Silva had some bad luck on a blooped double to left to start the inning, then got a nice double-play turned by Russell Branyan and Yuniesky Betancourt, going 3-6-3. A run scored, but the killer was Silva allowing a Mike Jacobs single to center with two out that brought the last two runs home.
Silva isn’t fooling anybody with his pitches. Even the outs have come on hard-hit grounders.
5:15 p.m.: Sir Sidney Ponson needed only 11 pitches to retire the Mariners in order in the top of the first inning.
Today is the 27th anniversary of Gaylord Perry notching career win No. 300 for the Mariners. Carlos Silva will settle for win No. 2 of his season tonight.
May 6, 2009 at 6:55 PM