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June 24, 2009 at 9:03 PM

San Diego Padres at Seattle Mariners: 06/24 game thread

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Brandon Morrow made it through five innings this time, but gave up three hits and five runs in that fifth and final frame. So, it’s 3-3 now as we head to the seventh inning. Chris Jakubauskas retired the side in order in the sixth, so I suppose you could say the Mariners got a “quality start” out of this one. Morrow threw 88 pitches, so he’s building up his arm strength. But he didn’t have much left in that fifth, yielding one out singles to No.7 and 8 hitters (remember, this is an NL lineup) Will Venable and Eliezar Alfonzo, striking out No. 9 guy Everth Cabrera, then giving up a tying single to Tony Gwynn Jr.
Morrow got out of the inning when Alfonzo was thrown out after taking too many steps towards third base on the hot. Seattle hasn’t scored since the second inning.
7:54 p.m.: Russell Branyan just made life worth living for Mariners fans again, destroying a pitch from Josh Geer and launching it into orbit well beyond the wall in center for a three-run homer to put Seattle ahead 3-2 in the second inning. The Mariners actually had five hits in the inning, but saw Yuniesky Betancourt thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ichiro single right before Branyan’s homer.
Oh yeah, Adrian Beltre and his bone spurs had a double as well. Had quite a few of them last year with the same problem, so let’s not hit the panic alarms just yet. We’ll see how he does from here. Josh Banks was already warming up in the Padres bullpen that inning, so the San Diego bench is not impressed by what Geer is offering up.
Brandon Morrow gave up a two-run rocket of a homer to Kevin Kouzmanoff in the top of the inning. Adrian Gonzalez had singled to get on, then Kouzmanoff buried a pitch over the out of town scoreboard well beyond the left field wall.
By the way, scene-stealing umpire Angel Hernandez, whose borderline strike calls last night definitely gave Chad Gaudin a toehold against the Mariners, earned the ire of Ken Griffey Jr. that inning when he ruled he went arounf on a checked swing. Hernandez is umping third base tonight, Griffey appeared to give Hernandez a dismissive wave as he walked towards the dugout. Plate umpire Randy Marsh, the crew chief, turned and followed Griffey towards the dugout. Couldn’t tell whether he said anything or not. Funny though, how it’s always the same umpires getting noticed game after game, year after year. This stretches back to my covering-the-Blue Jays-days with Hernandez, trust me.
7:31 p.m.: Adrian Beltre, above, draws a walk in his first plate appearance of the game in the first inning. Padres pitcher Josh Geer walked Beltre and Ken Griffey Jr. back-to-back to load the bases with one out. Ichiro had led things off with an infield single.
We’ve been down this route before, right?
Well, this time, it was Franklin Gutierrez hitting a double-play grounder towards the shortstop, only it hit Beltre in the foot — sparing the twin-killing, but leading to an automatic out on the runner. Gutierrez gets credit for a base-hit on the play (no, it doesn’t seem right to me, either). Wladimir Balentien then grounded out to third.
Situational hitting. Sigh.
Brandon Morrow got through a 1-2-3 first inning. Let’s see how he does from here, with Adrian Gonzalez leading off the second.

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