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June 18, 2009 at 5:38 PM

The Mariners let Adrian Gonzalez beat them

I have 15 minutes before my plane to Seattle boards, so I’m going to make this quick.
A wise and humble man noted early today just how good Adrian Gonzalez is.That’s no secret to the Mariners, of course. In that weak Padres’ lineup, he leaps out. Don Wakamatsu said the Mariners game plan was to not let Gonzalez beat them — to basically pitch around him. And then he noted sadly that they let him beat them.
Gonzalez was 4-for-4, including an RBI single in the first, a game-tying homer in the sixth (despite a valiant effort by Franklin Gutierrez to snare it over the wall), and a two-out double in the 10th that prceded Kevin “You Can’t Spell His Name Without 2 K’s” Kouzmanoff’s game-winning single off the man Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News-Tribune has likened, in haircut, to George Jefferson, Miguel Batista.
“It’s easier said than done sometimes,” Wakamatsu said of attempting to pitch around Gonzalez. “When I was in Texas, we went into a series [against the Angels] where we didn’t want Vladdy [Vladimir Guerrero] to beat us. He hit six home runs. Sometimes, when you try to be too careful, you end up making a mistake.”
The Mariners blew a few scoring chances in the game. Once you got past the No. 5 hitter, Franklin Gutierrez, it got pretty bleak. Don’t forget, they were missing 25 homers today in Jose Lopez and Russell Branyan. Ronny Cedeno and his .132 batting average has become a real problem. Yeah, he’s not getting consistent playing time, but he has to start producing something , and soon, or else Chris Woodward could move into that utility role.
I thought Mike Carp was quite impressive. You can tell he knows the strike zone,and he looked comfortable at the plate. I want to see more.
Not so sure that same sentiment goes for Brandon Morrow. There was no word on whether he stays in the Seattle rotation. I guess it will depend on the status of Erik Bedard, who was seen today by Dr. Lewis Yocum and underwent an MRI. We’ll find out tomorrow what’s the report. If Bedard is OK, he’s penciled in to come off the DL Tuesday and start against the Padres at Safeco. That would be Morrow’s turn. If Bedard returns, I’d guess Morrow could continue his starting training in Tacoma. But that’s speculation on my part right now.
Got to fly now — literally.

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