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June 2, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Game thread

Bottom of the 8th: The Mariners have 13 hits, which is their most since … ummm … Sunday. I started out struggling to think the last time they had this many hits only to look back and see 15 hits in Sunday’s come-from-ahead loss to Anaheim.

Branyan’s two-run bomb makes it 14 hits and a six-run lead. That was followed by Ken Griffey Jr.’s solo home run and then a double by Jose Lopez. That makes the first five batters in the lineup a combined 13 for 24 at the plate with five doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and all eight of Seattle’s runs.
Bottom of the 7th: Ken Griffey Jr. hit his second double of the game. The first five hitters in the Mariners lineup have combined for 10 hits in 19 at-bats, scored five runs and driven in four.

Top of the 7th: No bagging on Erik Bedard for his pitch count this time. He got to one out in the seventh, walked the last two batters he faced and left the bases loaded with one out in seventh.
He threw 112 pitches — his most in any game this season. He’s thrown more than 100 pitches in seven of his 10 starts this season.
He was replaced by Sean White, who got two ground outs to end the inning. Baltimore scored its first run when pinch-hitter Luke Scott grounded out to first. White made a good reaction to a bouncer up the middle from Brian Roberts to get the final out of the inning.
He’s heating up: Don’t look now, but the cold bat of third baseman Adrian Beltre might be thawing out. Over the past five games, he’s had 10 hits in 18 at-bats. Now, those 10 hits are all singles — which isn’t exactly the kind of lumber you want your No. 4 hitter wielding — but at least the guy’s hitting. He’s had three or more hits in four games this season, two of those coming in the past four games.

Bottom of the 6th: And that will do it for Baltimore starter David Hernandez, who is being relieved by Mark Hendrickson, who went to high school in Mount Vernon, attended Washington State and has the distinction of a professional career in both the NBA and Major League Baseball.

Adrian Beltre drove in a run with his third single of the game, scoring Ichiro, but Russell Branyan was thrown out at third base to end the inning.

Top of the 6th: The first batter of the inning was Adam Jones, who doubled the last time he faced Erik Bedard. Well, he struck out this time as Bedard continues to look very sharp. It was his fifth strikeout, and he’s walked only one batter.
He struck out Aubrey Huff on an absolutely nasty breaking ball to end the sixth. He’s thrown 86 pitches through those six innings, and while no one is throwing in the bullpen, there are a couple of players stretching.
Attendance: Announced at 17,978 paid tickets.

Bottom of the 5th: That scream just heard somewhere in Indiana was a fellow on this blog who goes by the name T$, who said he had $20 on Ken Griffey Jr. driving in Adrian Beltre. That very nearly happened when Griffey doubled over the centerfielder’s head with Beltre on first.
Beltre was held at third by third-base coach Bruce Hines. Beltre scored when Lopez pulled a ground ball to shortstop. Griffey was left at second.

Top of the 4th: Adam Jones doubled off the left-field wall to begin the inning. Too bad the Mariners don’t have a young player like that with double-digit home runs and a .344 average. Oh wait, they did have that young player, but Mike Hargrove preferred to play Willie Bloomquist ahead of him in 2006 and then in 2007 he was part of the package that acquired Erik Bedard, the pitcher who just gave up that double. Ouch.
No harm, no foul, though. The inning ended with Jones still on second, the second time Bedard has kept Baltimore from scoring after it got a runner in scoring position.
Bottom of the 3rd: Sorry for the slower pace of updates earlier. In my other life as the Seahawks beat reporter, I was tracking down a story that undrafted free agent running back Tyler Roehl suffered a knee injury.
Adrian Beltre singled to start the third, and after an out by Ken Griffey Jr., the one-two punch of Jose Lopez and Yuniesky Betancourt comes to the plate. Seemed like a good time to interject a really funny story about Don Wakamatsu’s meeting with reporters before the game.
Columnist Steve Kelley asked Wakamatsu if players such as Lopez or Betancourt could learn something from Ichiro’s approach at the plate, and Kelley concluded by saying that Ichiro didn’t take all that many pitches.
“I think they understand that part,” Wakamatsu said.
And then what does Lopez do in the third inning, but take two pitches to get ahead in the count 2-0 and then drive a fastball into left field for a double, moving Beltre to third. Beltre scored when Betancourt grounded out to shortstop on — you guessed it — the first pitch.
Bottom of the 2nd: Endy Chavez’s sacrifice bunt won’t get any points for style, but it goes down as a successful sacrifice, moving catcher Rob Johnson along to third base after a one-out double.

Russell Branyan hit the longest strike seen in a while, a towering shot that just snuck outside the foul pole that really should be called the fair pole. Instead, he popped out to third, ending the inning.

Top of the 2nd: Erik Bedard allowed his first hit of the game, a double, but left the runner stranded at third after he stole a base.
Bottom of the 1st: Ichiro had an infield hit in his first at-bat Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 26 consecutive games. That broke the franchise record he set in 2007 with a 25-game hitting streak.
Ichiro hit the third pitch from Orioles starter David Hernandez to the shortstop Cesar Izturis, who threw the ball to first. The ball came out of the glove of first baseman Ty Wigginton as Ichiro touched the bag. The umpire signaled safe and Ichiro was credited with a hit.
Newly installed No. 2 hitter Russell Branyan singled after Ichiro. Of course, those are the only two batters in the Mariners lineup hitting better than .300.

Jose Lopez doubled off the glove of left-fielder Nolan Reimold, driving in two runs. So of Seattle’s three hits in the inning, two touched the glove of an opposing fielder.
Top of the 1st: Erik Bedard’s first inning of work was like his interviews. Brief. He needed 10 pitches to get the three outs.



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