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June 16, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Game thread: Mariners vs. Padres, June 16

UPDATE 8:49 P.M.:I was wrong about 1-0 standing up, but 2-0 might. Felix has been stupendous. He’s pitched one 1-hitter in his career — at Fenway Park, April 11, stealing the thunder from Daisuke Matsuzaka’s Red Sox debut. Poor Kevin Correia — he allowed just two baserunners in eight innings — the two home runs.
I’m signing off until after the game. I have to finish my game story for the web.
UPDATE 8:15 P.M (MIDDLE OF SIXTH): Ichiro’s streak of 43 games in a row reaching base is in jeopardy. He’ll probably have one more at-bat, unless we go bonus panels (to reprise an expression for extra innings an old colleague used to use).
UPDATE 7:55 P.M. (END OF FOURTH): That was a nifty 3-6-1 double play to end that inning, started by Branyan and ended by Felix hustling over to cover first. 1-0 Mariners.
UPDATE 7:49 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FOURTH): I’d say there’s a decent chance that 1-0 could hold up tonight.
UPDATE 7:38 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SECOND: And I thought I was going to see the first perfect game of Kevin Correia’s career! Mammoth homer by Franklin Gutierrez to left-center, which is actually deeper than dead center. It’s 401 feet to left center, and only 396 to straigh-away center. Gutierrez’s homer was estimated at 428 feet.
UPDATE 7:29 P.M. (END OF SECOND): The Mariners have their own problems, but how about Brian Giles, hitting .197 and making $9 million this season: A good job by Felix Hernandez working out of damage after Kevin Kouzmanoff reached second base with no outs. 0-0
UPDATE 7:20 (MIDDLE OF SECOND): With these two lineups, the game might be 0-0 after 17. FYI: Russ Branyan is tied (with Andruw Jones) for the second-longest homer ever hit in Petco Park — 453 feet on Sept. 24, 2006, when he was playing for the Padres. Entering this season, Branyan and Jones held the top spot, but Adrian Gonzalez hit one longer earlier this season (458 feet). Not that listed home-run distances are particularly accurate. 0-0
It’s fun typing in “Tony Gwynn, CF” in the Padres’ lineup. I haven’t talked to the kid yet, but his dad was always a joy to talk to when he played — and still a joy a few weeks ago when I interviewed him for a Stephen Strasburg story.
Love this ballpark. Actually, the park itself is fairly pedestrian, but the backdrop and view of the city is right up there with PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Adrian Gonzalez having 22 homers while playing in this ballpark, with that lineup around him, is one of the great achievements of this season.
The Padres have lost 11 interleague games in a row.
Ichiro RF
Russell Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Felix Hernandez P
Tony Gwynn CF
David Eckstein 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Brian Giles RF
Chase Headley LF
Henry Blanco C
Luis Rodriguez SS
Kevin Correia RHP



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