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June 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Padres, June 18 (plus more notes)

Larry here. I’ve got to motor to the airport to try to catch a 6:30 p.m. flight to Seattle. If I have time, I’ll post a wrapup thread when I get checked in. Otherwise, I apologize, but you’re on your own.
UPDATE 3:06 P.M.: (BOTTOM OF EIGHTH) The Mariners wriggled out of danger there — a single and three walks,but no runs, thanks to a caught stealing. I’m starting to get nervous about catching by 6:30 p.m. flight home.
UPDATE 2:15 P.M. (bottom of sixth): Adrian Gonzalez ties it up with a homer to center, though Franklin Gutierrez barely missed making a leaping catch. The ball appeared to glance off his glove, which was stretched over the fence. He reacted angrily, as if he felt he should have caught it. It’s Gonzalez’s first homer since June 2.
UPDATE 2:08 P.M.: The Mariners take the lead on another Gutierrez homer. It’s his first career two-homer game. 3-2 Mariners.
UPDATE 1:45 P.M. (TOP OF FIFTH): I was wrong. Morrow is out for a pinch-hitter (Wlad Balentien).
UPDATE 1:41 (bottom of fourth): Great inning for Morrow, but it was the 7-8-9 hitters. Still, he looked completeliy in control. He’s at 74 pitches, so I’d bet he’ll be back out for the fifth.
UPDATE 1:35 P.M.: Another 400-foot homer for Franklin Gutierrez, who has some serious pop when he connects. 2-2.
UPDATE 1:28 P.M.: Another decent inning for Morrow. Gonzalez’s fly should have been caught, but Griffey couldn’t get there. He came back to strike out Kouzmanoff and Headley.
UPDATE 1:12 P.M.:Morrow had a good inning going until he walked the pitcher after getting ahead 1-2. But he bounced back to strike out Tony Gwynn. He’s threw 19 pitches that inning and has 43 through two.
UPDATE 1:03 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SECOND): The Mariners waste a leadoff double by Yuniesky Betancourt. The key was Ronny Cedeno unable to bunt him over. He ended up striking out. 2-1 Padres.
UPDATE 12:55 P.M. (END OF FIRST): A rough inning for Brandon Morrow (sound familiar), but he ended promisingly with a strikeout and broken-bat grounder. Nice sprawling stop by Mike Carp on that one. Morrow threw 24 pitches. He’d better cut that down or it will be another short outing.
UPDATE 12:41 (MIDDLE OF FIRST): Mike Carp gets his first big-league hit with a dying carp, er quail to center, then scores on a ringing double by Ken Griffey. Maybe Wakamatsu was right when he said last night Griffey had some of his best swings of the year and has made a mechanical adjustment that is helping him. 1-0 Mariners.
Chris Woodward returns to the major leagues for the first time since 2007, when he spent the entire season with the Braves, hitting .199 in 92 games. He was selected from Tacoma.
“That was my goal this year, to get back to the big leagues,” he said. “To play well at AAA and show people I can still play. I have a lot left in me, and I know I can play at this level. It’s just getting the opportunity.”
He said he has played mostly shortstop, but anticipating a utility role, did work at second base, third base and the outfield. He was scratched from Wednesday’s Tacoma lineup in Portland and told to catch a flight to San Diego.
“Obviously, I’m happy to be here,” he said. “I don’t know how long I’ll be here. However long it is, it is. I’ll take it day by day. If I play, do everything I can to help this team win a game.”
Woodward was hitting .299 for Tacoma. “Right under (.300), last at-bat,” he sighed. “It’s been good. I got off to a good start. Our whole team is playing pretty well down there. It makes it pretty easy. Of course, no one wants to be down there. There’s a lot of guys in line. I tell them every day, you have to understand where you are, and how to get to the big leagues. Try to be as versatile as you can and play as well as you can. If you don’t like it, try to play a little better.”
A few more nuggets:

  • Erik Bedard was examined this morning in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum and will undergo an MRI later today. No update on his condition is expected until tomorrow.
  • Kenji Johjima was feeling some discomfort in his broken toe today after catching a bullpen, so his schedule is changing slightly. He’ll see a doctor tomorrow and work out with the team. Then he’ll play Saturday in Tacoma. The team will re-evaluate at that point. The original plan was for Johjima to play all weekend in Tacoma.
    “He feels a little bit in the toe from some of the drills he did yesterday,” Wakamatsu said. “We want to make sure he’s 100 percent. We’ll know more after that game he catches on Saturday. We still want him to catch nine before he’s activated,”

  • One more Wakamatsu quote on the all the tragedy striking the Mariners: “I think it’s a reminder that it’s still a game. I think sometimes we get into our own little cacoon and a dose of reality brings us back to what’s important, and that ‘s family.”
    Of Jose Lopez, who is on bereavement leave and heading to Venezuela to be with his seriously ill sister, he said, “She has been sick for awhile and took a turn for the worse. He has had tragedy in his family before.”
    The reference is to Lopez’s brother, killed in a motorcycle accident two years ago. Lopez did not take a bereavement leave at that time.
    Mariners
    Ichiro RF
    Mike Carp 1B
    Adrian Beltre 3B
    Ken Griffey Jr. LF
    Franklin Gutierrez CF
    Yuniesky Betancoudrt SS
    Ronny Cedeno 2B
    Jamie Burke C
    Brandon Morrow RHP
    San Diego
    Tony Gwynn CF
    David Eckstein 2B
    Brian Giles RF
    Adrian Gonzalez 1B
    Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
    Chase Headley LF
    Henry Blanco C
    Luis Rodriguez SS
    Josh Geer RHP

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