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June 17, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Padres, June 17

UPDATE 9:05 P.M.: Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline just had his computer destroyed by a Nick Hundley foul ball. That’s a persistent fear of mine. I’ve perfected the close-the-lid move on any ball that heads toward the press box.
UPDATE 8:46 P.M. (TOP OF SEVENTH): Mike Carp is on deck to pinch-hit for Olson. It will be his major-league debut — with his family in the ballpark having driven from Long Beach.
UPDATE 8:37 P.M.: (MIDDLE OF SIXTH): Will that unearned run in the fifth stand up? I don’t think so. It’s still 4-3 Mariners.
UPDATE 8:03 P.M.: (BOTTOM OF FOURTH): Who says this is a pitcher’s park? Chase Headley just absolutely crushed a 2-run homer into the third balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. building behind left field. Both San Diego homers tonight have come on 0-2 pitches. You’re supposed to waste those, not groove them, Garrett. 3-3
UPDATE 7:57 PM. (BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH): Ken Griffey Jr. makes a nimble play, hauling in David Eckstein’s drive on the warning track with a little leap.
UPDATE 7:54 PM.:Troy Aikman is at the ballpark tonight.
UPDATE 7:52 P.M. (MIDDLE OF FOURTH): The Mariners bring the thunder: Griffey doubles against the wall in left-center to bring in Branyan, and Lopez reaches the second deck for a two-run homer. That’s 42 RBIs for Lopez, putting on pace for 105 this season. 3-1 Mariners.
UPDATE 7:38 P.M. TOP OF THIRD: “Cy” Gaudin, he of the 2-5 record and 6.16 ERA, is rolling. He’s faced just one over the minimum through three. 1-0 Padres.
UPDATE 7:26 P.M. (BOTTOM OF SECOND): Olson is a strike-throwing machine so far — 10 of his first 12 pitches have been strikes. But Kevin Kouzmanoff sent one of those strikes over the wall in left-center for a 1-0 San Diego lead.
UPDATE 7:23 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SECOND); The Mariners had a little rally going — first and second, one out — until Jamie Burke hit into an inning-ending double play. Burke is now hitting .129 (4-for-31).
I haven’t had a chance yet to put up some quotes from the newest Mariner, Mike Carp, who played in Portland last night and was told after the game to head to San Diego in the morning. But the Mariners told him it wasn’t 100 percent certain that he would be joining the team. They knew something was wrong with Erik Bedard, but hadn’t decided yet to put him on the DL.
“I was getting ready to eat and (manager Daren Brown) called me into his office,” Carp said. “It was pretty exciting, but I had to wait (to tell anyone) because it wasn’t a 100 percent guarantee thing. They told me I was going down (to San Diego) and to go to the hotel and wait for a phone call, which I did.”
Carp caught a 10 a.m. flight out of Portland, arrived in San Diego about noon, and had lunch with Seattle traveling secretary Ron Spellecy.
” I was on hold and my family was on hold,” he said. “The call came about 2 o’clock, and they are on their way here. They are close; they live in the Long Beach area. My mom, dad, and sister are coming.”
HIs reaction when he found out last night?
“I was walking on clouds. I didn’t get miuch sleep, but I am wide awake now. It was a mystery. There was no word on who it was and I didn’t know if I was going to the field (Petco Park) or going back to Seattle. I set four alarms and left one wakeup call.”
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Russ Branyan 1B
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ken Griffey Jr. LF
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Garrett Olson P
Padres
Tony Gwynn CF
David Eckstein 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Chase Headley LF
Edgar Gonzalez RF
Nick Hundley C
Luis Rodriguez SS
Chad Gaudin P

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