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June 26, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Game thread, June 26, Mariners vs. Dodgers (and a few more notes)

UPDATE 9:32 P.M.:Here’s the story of the game: The Mariners’ five through nine hitters are 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts. The Dodgers’ five through nine hitters are 8-for-16 with five runs and five RBIs.
Whoops, add one more homer, one more run, and one more RBI. Ethier, again — No. 3. He owns this town right now.
UPDATE 9:17 PM. (BOTTOM OF SEVENTH): Couldn’t resist trying a Dodger Dog — the Eastern-most in quality, the Western-most in flavor. Anyone who grew up listening to Vinny recognizes that slogan.
UPDATE 8:41 P.M.: (MIDDLE OF SIXTH): Ichiro’s infield hit raised his average to .372. That’s precisely what he hit in 2004, when he set the major-league hits record with 262 and won his second batting title.
UPDATE 8:36 P.M.: That triple by Matt Kemp was ugly all the way around. Balentien missed the dive, and then Gutierrez was slow to get the ball in. Give Kemp credit for hustling into third when he noticed Gutierrez’s lob. Kershaw’s single to center accounted for the first RBI of his career. 5-1 Dodgers
UPDATE 8:22 P.M. (TOP OF FIFTH): Mariners’ 6-7-8-9 hitters through five: 0-for-8 with five strikeouts, and one double play. 4-1 Dodgers.
UPDATE 8:15 P.M. (BOTTOM OF FOURTH): Nice back-handed stop by Cedeno to start an inning-ending DP,but the Dodgers are up 4-1. Not scoring with the bases loaded and one out is going to haunt the Mariners, as it has so many times this year.
UPDATE 8:08 P.M. (TOP OF THE FOURTH): That hurt — bases loaded, one out, Kershaw on the ropes, and Johjima hits into a double play. He did hit it fairly sharply, but right at third baseman Casey Blake. And boom, Blake just led off the fourth with a homer, so the Dodgers got back the run Seattle just scored. It’s 4-1, Dodgers.
UPDATE 7:55 PM: (TOP OF FOURTH): Kershaw has no-hit stuff, but he’s not going to have a no-hitter. Ichiro just singled solidly to center to start the fourth. And Russell Branyan follows with what appeared to be a broken-bat single to right. Like I said, Kershaw has two-hit stuff tonight.
UPDATE 7:44 P.M.: Dare I say it? Kershaw has no-hit stuff tonight. He just struck out the side, simply throwing it past the Mariner hitters. Through three: Nine up, nine down, five K’s. Fasten your seat belts.
UPDATE 7:37 P.M.: Gulp. The Rangers are winning 12-2. The Angels are winning 8-0. And the Mariners are down 3-0 after Andre Ethier’s majestic three-run homer off Vargas. The way Kershaw is pitching, this doesn’t look encouraging for Seattle.
UPDATE 7:27 P.M. (MIDDLE OF SECOND): Kershaw entered this game with 12 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, and now he’s added two more. So far, the Mariners haven’t come close to a hit.
UPDATE 7;21: The only complete game of Jason Vargas’s career came against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, 2005, while with Florida. He has just eight innings to go.
UPDATE 7:11 P.M.: The last time Ichiro batted at Dodger Stadium, he hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning to lead Japan over South Korea, 5-3, in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on March 23. This one didn’t go so well. He was called out on strikes and voiced his displeasure to home-plate umpire Mike Reilly.
Kershaw looked quite sharp in a 1-2-3 inning.
UPDATE 7:07 P.M.: Man, they’re pulling out all the stops tonight. A 100-year-old woman just took the microphone to exhort the crowd. She, too, received a thunderous ovation.
UPDATE 7:03 P.M.: Pau Gasol of the Lakers threw out the ceromonial first pitch, looking like someone who had never thrown a baseball before, which is probably the case. He received a thunderous ovation.
UPDATE 6:58 P.M.: They just observed a moment of silence in honor of Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson — and Dodger Stadium elevator operator Horace Lee.
The Dodgers’ lineup is just a bit more formidable than San Diego’s, isn’t it? Here’s all you need to know: Matt Kemp, with a .306 average, nine homers and 40 RBI, is hitting eighth.
I just love this place. It’s where I saw my first baseball game, some 45 years ago, and it still looks beautiful to me.

  • Chris Woodward is still nursing a slight groin strain but says he’s close to 100 percent. He hurt himself last Sunday against Arizona when he advanced to second on a wild pitch, and slipped on the wet grass. The frustrating part for Woodward is that he would have likely had some playing time with Jose Lopez still out on bereavement leave until yesterday, and now with Yuniesky Betancourt on the DL with a hamstring injury.
    “I definitely wanted to play, but at the same time, I wanted to make sure it didn’t blow up into something,” he said. “That would be worse. But now, it’s close to 100 percent.”

  • One more injury update: Erik Bedard (shoulder) will throw a bullpen tomorrow, and look to do a simulated game in New York. He’s penciled in for a start July 4 in Boston. Bedard hasn’t pitched since June 7.
    “Now, because of the time (he’s missed), we have to build him back up,” Wakamatsu said. “I don’t want to get hamstrung with a 60-pitch start. We’re going to try to build him up and see if we can’t get him to at least 90 pitches.”
    The Mariners believe they can accomplish that with bullpens and simulated games, without needing Bedard to make a rehab start in the minors.

  • Ken Griffey Jr didn’t start tonight against Dodger left-hander Clayton Kershaw, but will probably play left the next two games. Kenji Johjima was activated from the disabled list and starts at catcher. Jamie Burke was designated for assignment. Rob Johnson will likely start tomorrow, with Johjima getting the call Sunday.
  • Scouting director Tom McNamara is in Los Angeles, as well as GM Jack Zduriencik. They are expected to meet with L.A.-based agent Scott Boras tomorrow. Boras represents No. 1 draft pick Dustin Ackley.
    Ichiro RF
    Russ Branyan 1B
    Adrian Beltre 3B
    Jose Lopez 2B
    Franklin Gutierrez CF
    Kenji Johjima C
    Wladimir Balentien LF
    Ronny Cedeno SS
    Jason Vargas P
    Juan Pierre LF
    Rafael Furcal SS
    Orlando Hudson 2B
    Casey Blake3B
    James Loney 1B
    Russell Martin C
    Andre Ethier RF
    Matt Kemp CF
    Clayton Kershaw P

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