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.
“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.”
“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.
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
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Andre Ethier RF
Matt Kemp CF
Clayton Kershaw P