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June 11, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Mariners break out heavy lumber in 6-3 win

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David Aardsma did indeed get to nail down another save, his 11th.
Been a while since the Mariners put up at least six runs in one game. The last time came seven games ago in a win over Baltimore. Tonight, a 6-3 win over those same Orioles was keyed by a different looking Mariners team after that 27-minute rain delay.
Ichiro got the whole thing going, as this team needs him to keep on doing. His double on the first pitch thrown after the delay really changed the tempo and momentum of this game. It also gave him a personal best-tying 40th straight game in which he’s reached base.
For an exclamation point, nothing quite tops that 450-foot homer by Russell Branyan in the seventh. Three more runs batted in for Branyan tonight.
The Mariners are going to send a catcher back down to Class AAA in time for the Rockies series. Manager Don Wakamatsu wants the extra arms.
Here’s some news: Ryan Rowland-Smith was a healthy scratch 30 minutes before his scheduled Class AAA Tacoma start tonight. Could he be coming back up? Quite possible. You could bring him and Roy Corcoran up and send down a catcher — Jamie Burke, I’d suspect — and Brandon Morrow as well.
Morrow threw a lot of pitches two nights ago and probably isn’t all that fresh. You’d rather have Rowland-Smith’s arm up here since Corcoran was to throw tonight in Tacoma and still is not all the way back command-wise. He’d be up here mostly in an emergency, Denny Stark type of role while he tries to improve command.

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